Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,252 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Ratings: 1,252
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 31
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
10 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Crystal,
Triumph, Maier Munich & C-15.
Hops: Styrian Golding & Amarillo.
Specialty: Juniper berries. Rogue' s Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

13º PLATO
34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant pale, hoppy, creamy like an icemaker's beverage. Mild, some watery mouthfeel. Cloudy Yellow appearance. Good floral and spice aroma. Good example of APA. Popular import into Ontario. Interesting dry edge from Juniper berries. Easy drink. Another good balanced brew from Rogue.

Photo of t0rin0
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I saw this at the liquor store I got excited on account of I had the Alaskan Winter Ale a couple weeks back and that had spruce tips in it. I figured if one beer with random tree parts in it is good, then maybe this one is too. Well anyway, I don't mean to bash this beer too much but I was let down especially when the clerk said it was nasty, I figured that meant it would have some kind of extreme flavor.

It poured a nice copper/brown pale ale color that was crystal clear. Had some nice bubbles coming out of solution and produced a nice white head that stuck around for a minute. Not much lacing to speak of though. If you try real hard you can smell a fruity sweetness to this beer but I can't figure out if thats from the hops or from the whole juniper berries that they put in there. The rest of the smell comes from the pale malt.

The beer has a considerable bitterness and a nice sweetness, a bit generic. After reading the back of the bottle I discovered that some of that bitterness may come from the juniper berries. They're noticeable on the aftertaste, a bit spicy. There was a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth and pretty drinkable, would go good with dinner if you happen to make something thats a bit too bland for your tastes.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grains and some slight herbal (juniper?) aromas. Taste is of malt/grains up front with a finish that has hints of herbal flavors. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the juniper that is supposedly in this one does not stand out very much.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and pale malts in the nose along with some hints of juniper.
T: Flavors of pale malts are present in the taste, along with notes of juniper berries—these particularly stand out and linger in the finish. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid and drinkable pale ale; the addition of juniper berries definitely makes the taste more interesting.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a sturdy head that retains well and leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Cracker malt with a subtle lemon, pineapple aspect

Taste: Opens with a crackery flavor that expands in an herbacious but fruity direction by mid-palate; unlke other pale ales, the fruity touch is very light and delicate; after the swallow, the fruit lingers but the juniper taste becomes apparent at the very end, with a nice dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A worthwhile experiment but not something I would seek out on a regular basis

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breweries that make fruit beers should buy you a sample of the fruit so that you know exactly what flavor that the fruit will impart into their finish beer.

The pour brings a murky orange, golden color that seems a bit more viscous than your everyday Pale Ale. A very froathy head forms near the top of the glass and holds very firm throughout. Looks good, just a bit thick.

Sweetly aromas of peaches, pears, appricots, mangos, and kiwi fill the estery nose very quickly. Surprisingly, the citrusy and piney hops only provide a secondary layer of interest. Biscuity malts give a bready-sweet base to the aroma. The beer starts to take on English Pale Ale proportions, but with the added juniper berry. (By the way, what's a juniper berry?)

The sweet fruity, biscuity malt flavors take over the flavors right away with only a balancing hop flavor to slowly rise at mid-palate. The lable boasts the use of Sterling and Amarillo hops for a blend of citrus, pine, and grassy pungent earthy notes. The hop flavor shines a bit more late in the sip, after the fruity malty stuff fades.

As expected, the beer does take on a thicker consistency than expected which eventually hurts the drinkability. The heavy sweet fruit notes also make the beer far too sweet for Pale Ale enjoyment.

Odd for Rogue to make an under-hopped beer. C'mon guys, where's the West Coast influence? By the way, what the hell is a juniper berry!?

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a yellow brew with a nice large head with standard retention. Aroma is really sweet with nice touché of hops and malts coming out of my glass. Taste is incredible with the usual sweetness and refreshing taste of a pale ale but with added bonus of juniper berries. I love the taste of gin and I think I find here again but without the strong alcohol content. Another truly great beer from Rogue and one underrated beer in my own opinion.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Singer finger white head on a hazy golden with slight crimson hues. Aroma is nice but faint sweet juniper aroma with a slight almost noble hop like aroma. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a subtle nobel hop, musty almost wet sock hop flavor. Light malt. Moderate to high carbonation and light to medium body. A nice beer if u like noble hop tasting beers.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer gushed out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap, but didn't seem overly foamy as I poured it into the glass. Rich, lemony orange-amber with a small amount of haze. The bone white head is medium in size and softly undulating on top as it descends. Not much lace, which is odd for a Rogue beer.

The nose is quite nice. I expected it to smell like juniper berries (what gin is flavored with), but it doesn't. It smells citrusy, though not really like an IPA or an APA. It's more on the order of pineapple and candied lemon peel. The flavor isn't all that wonderful. The aroma translates well to the palate, but there's also an earthy, spicy, intense herbalness that I don't find all that enjoyable. Not bad, but if the flavor followed the nose more closely, this would be a better beer.

There's a dry, crackery malt base with a softly bitter contribution from the hops and the flavors that I just described. The finish is dry, bitter and lemony, leaving the tongue absolutely clean. The body is medium, generally speaking, but there's too much carbonation (hence, Mount Juniper on crown cracking).

Juniper Pale Ale is interesting beer, but isn't one that I'll pick up again. I give Rogue credit for trying something different, but this one doesn't rise to the level of some of their other, better known, offerings.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors a very nice clear golden color, with no head to speak of, no lace, not very impressive to loook at really. Smell is good, piney, hopey, not very strong though. Taste is very nice, smooth, and a great backend to it. Has that nice piney, grassey, hops taste to it. fairly well carbonated, not overally so at all though. This is a great session beer. Could easily put down a few of these without blinking. Its not your drop down, fantastic hop explosion by any means, but a great pale ale. It may not be too impressive on the eyes, or nose, but I would definatly have another.

Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy golden color with a fluffy white foam.

S: Very subtle citrus and pine, the Juniper is very muted, not at all what I was expecting.

T: A bit of pine on the front and then pretty bland after that. Fades into some malt flavor and not much else. I was expecting to really taste the juniper, but was disappointed.

M: Crisp and dry, good carbonation.

D: As a gin drinker, I was hoping to experience a lot of the juniper herbalness, but it was absent. The beer still tasted okay, but I don't think it highlighted the juniper at all. Could have just been any pale ale.

Photo of Knapp85
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was so excited to try this beer and it left me completely bummed. The pour was decent with golden colored liquid accompanied by a white head that left some lacing. The smell of the beer really didn't give me any reason to believe there was any juniper in there. The taste was kind of on the typical ale flavor side with not too much else really jumping out at us. The mouthfeel was decent, it was a bit heavier than some ales but not by much. Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer at all. Better luck next time I guess.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Lightly hazy, pale golden body with a small white head.

Smell: Mild aroma with a vague biscuit character and notes of pine and citrus.

Taste: Slight dry, biscuity maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. Piney, citrus hop flavors with a medium amount of bitterness. The meager juniper flavor comes in right when the bitterness hits and is rather obscured by it. Heck, if the beer didn't have "juniper" in the name, you might miss it altogether. Light, lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe I need to lighten the fudge up, but unless the juniper berries ever decide to drop by, I say just skip this one.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems to pour more of an orange color than a urine color but what the hell,with a decenthead that left a light lacing on my pint glass,definent Northwestern ale smell of zesty hops.Taste does have a nice malt firmness to it with a slight juniper taste finishing with a hop atttack wich kinda brings this beer together.Apretty good beer but Rogue makes better.

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Hmmmm, I have an aversion to gin, how's this one gonna work out?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which settles slowly, leaving a bit of ripped wallpaper lace around the glass.

It smells of earthy evergreen, tart berries, grassy grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and soft bready caramel malt. The taste is more sassy, spicy tree branch crispness, herbal berry skins, floral, citrusy hops, field honey, and a slightly biscuity, grainy caramel malt.

The carbonation is a little high and tight up front, but dials it back after a wee spell, the body medium-light in weight, and nicely rounded in its smoothness. It finishes dry as a stick, the citrus and wood branch flavours fading us out.

A quite enjoyable pale ale, the guest star complementing the standard bittering tropes to produce an interesting, and rather drinkable dry beer. And I'm glad that gin never crossed my mind while I made my way through this.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the juniper doesn't really come out as much as it should I don't think in this brew, not nearly as out there as the john john ale, but still a decent pale ale for what it is. hazy brassy colored with a short white head, rather generic, yet still really appealing with a little foam running down the side of my frosted pint glass. slightly fruity nose, slightly astringent, slightly bland. American malted barley and west coast hops in lower dose for the style. the flavor is balanced, but more malty than hoppy I think, a touch of toasted grain bread to it, and the juniper comes in at the end with a fresh pine medicinal vibe. its not out of place really, just sort of a funny addition. I much prefer the john john for juniper, although I didn't love that beer either. bright carbonation and a drinkably medium body, if it wasn't so funny in the stomach id have several. not my favorite thing from rogue, but I certainly appreciate the attempt.

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$3 pint special at the Long Room.

Pale gold with a slight haze. Thin cap of foam, the lacing was nice looking, it formed in concentric rings down the glass. Typical pale ale aroma of light bready malt. Really hard to pull out the juniper based on smell alone.

Light bodied with a decent feel, pale malt, caramel, a dry finish with a bare hint of pine and herb. I haven't tasted juniper berries before, but there wasn't much in the way of fruit, just dry herbals with a mild element of bitterness.

This was an easy pint to drink, refreshing and fairly well put together.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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