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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,220 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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 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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off white head on a golden-orange body with excellent clarity. As the head settles, it leaves a nice, dense lace pattern.

S - Grainy, with herbal hop notes and, of course, juniper (although the gin like character is not as pronounced as one might expect).

T - Spicy, grainy flavor up front, followed by a bit of sweetness. The herbal flavors come in next with flavors of juniper berries and floral hops that fade into a strong, grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body and high carbonation along with just a bit of residual sweetness in the finish.

D - For hop or gin lovers, this should be pretty easy to put down. I hadn't had this beer for some time and I am a bit disappointed to find that its gin-like character is not as intense as I remember it. Nevertheless, this is an unusual beer that has some good herbal notes and just enough sweetness in the finish to be reminiscent of a gin and tonic.

nickfl, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Jason
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22oz bomber with no freshness date to be found. Ingredients and a blurb about the brew on the label.

Appearance: Mild tobacco earthy aroma with a spicy hop / juniper and pale malt sweetness.

Smell: No not the colour of yellow snow, more of a full glow of bronze with a patchy white lace.

Taste: Smooth with a crisp malt and fullish mouth feel, herbal and almost tobacco like hop bitterness and flavour erupt in the mouth with a light juniper berry flavour. Mild fruitiness with a sweet and malty back round, grainy finish. Hop flavour lingers and becomes a bit astringent along with a touch of juniper that brings a little sparkle to the brew.

Notes: Not a bad brew at all though hops seem to over take the brew with an earthened hop flavour that may not be agreeable with some beer drinkers.

Jason, Jan 27, 2001
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber hue with an off white cream colored head leaves behind ample lacing fluffy appearance nice. Aroma: Touch of Juniper berries brings about an herbal tea quality to the flavor along with the pale malts and mild citrus tone hops are light here different from most Rogue products. Taste: Slight sweet spicy golden ale with an herbal hop profile not bad just nothing blowing me away I did enjoy. Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied decent carbonation slightly fluffy texture. Drinkability: Strange unique quality added from the juniper berries can't say I would frequent drinking this beer but it was nice for something different.

WVbeergeek, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 8/7/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a decent-sized off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of spice and caramel, along with a good hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, it's a little bit different from your regular pale ale and is a decent lighter beer to drink, but there are several beers I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a very nice off white head. Flavor is extremely smooth. Nice crisp juniper edge that carries a nice berry tone. The juniper definitely appears more as time goes on and it warms. Nice feel on the mouth. I think this is a very good beer. Sure it is heavy on the juniper. But I’ve never been opposed to having an interesting ingredient in my beer if it provides a unique drinking experience.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me. Poured cold and allowed to warm in a goblet.

A - A brilliant amber w/ 2 fingers of white foam that creates sporadic lace on the glass. This ale had a slight chill haze when poured.

S - A light apricot aroma is fragrant w/ a subtle floral note. There is a pleasant aromatic pine/juniper note w/ an herbal aspect. The citrusy amarillo hop aroma is noticeable in the nose.

M - Grainy w/ a moderate amount of bitterness up front. The malt provides a decently balanced feel. A full effervessence contributes to the balance also w/ a nice touch of malty warmth underneath and herbal tinges.

T - A smooth malt flavor w/ a good juicy dose of tangerine flavored citrus hops. Plenty of malt flavor w/ crystal influence is detected in the sweetness of the flavor. A piney note that carries on until the sweetness and subtle warming w/ a hint of spice.

D - Very decent drinkability wise. This is a nice NW pale w/ plenty of hop flavor and the juniper is hinted at also. The balance is very good, I would definitely pick this one up again.

Slatetank, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of rocky egg shell white head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Biscuitty malt & leafy hops

T: Biscuitty malt, leafy & minty hops up front, plus slight medicinal juniper twang. Minty hops, dryness, & some more biscuitty malt. Finishes with chalky dryness, some grapefruit, apricot & leafy hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, & pretty good, balance, just not super-wild about the hops used here

Drinks pretty good, but nothing special as far as pale ales go

russpowell, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste under the new label and name. Sure, it was a cute, clever, if crude name for a winter spiced seasonal, but vulgarities only get you so far in the wider world. Who can take a beer seriously, when it's named after something you wouldn't want to eat or drink? So, goodbye Yellow Snow, hello, Juniper Pale Ale...

Very cloudy orange appearance, bedecked with a fresh, full head, softly settling.

Citric aroma, orange, tangerine, lemon, met well with spice, ginger, juniper, and a hint of spruce? Or am I imagining things? It's sweet and pleasant, though, ...bready, malty presence is felt and makes itself known in this mix...sweet and spicy, just like I like it!

Taste: smooth, fruity entrance on the palate, very slick and easily quaffed...great balance here, fruit and spice have melded and are backed up by malt...this is a unique beer, fit for any occasion, but best suited for impressing non-beer-loving friends to jolt them from their preconceptions.
Very tasty, medium-bodied, with a light, fruity finish.
Would go great as with food or as an after-dinner aperitif, or just on it's own as a special treat.
Damn nice beer, no surprise, from Roque.

feloniousmonk, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is good. It boasts of pale ale malts and an array of floral hops. The taste is good as well. It is a light, pale beer with an awesome hop flavor and a dry finish. It says it is brewed with juniper berries, but I don't taste them. It is a good beer nonetheless. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks very well. I've never had a bad beer from these guys. It didn't know what to expect with this only because of the name, but I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks Quaffer for helping me reel in my "white whale."

WesWes, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin, white head.

The smell is of juniper and sweet malt. The "Rogue" yeast strain comes through - since I like it, no complaints there.

The taste is of juniper, sweet candy and an earthiness. Bitter, earthy finish.

Medium to full bodied. Creamy.

Another nice brew from Rogue. Blends the juniper in well with an earthy bitterness. Interesting.

jwc215, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a brilliantly clear, rich, full, almost perfect copper color. The head starts out about a finger and a half thick and is a pale, not quite tan color. The aroma is a mix of rich malt and spicy hops , the spicy, earthy hop notes certainly dominate. There is also a bit of diacetyl noticeable in the nose, though just a touch, noticeable underneath the hops and malt.

The taste of this beer has a light sweetness to it that is mostly drowned out by the spicy mix of slightly herbal hops and the touch of diacetyl, which proves a almost foil, but a definite enhancement of said character. There is a noticeable bitterness here that that starts in the middle and finishes through to mostly lingeringly bitter finish. Despite the diacetyl (though it really is only a touch of it), this beer is pretty well integrated. As individual flavors the notes do not make this beer, it is the integration as a whole that make this enjoyable. The diacetyl, the hops and the malt all add up into a well integrated whole that just seems to work despite the perhaps disparate flavors that should otherwise compete with each other.

Ok, is this note of diacetyl, given how sensitive I am to this particular chemical compound, actually here, or is it just the manifestation of the juniper. Actually I have realized that it is the combination of the diacetyl and the juniper flavors that have mixed. The two actually form a spicy mix that makes the otherwise objectionable diacetyl all that much more bearable, and actually a positive contributor to this beer.

Gueuzedude, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a yellow/light amber into a tulip, with a thick white head, good retention, leaves spotty, bubbly lacing.

S: Lots of biscuit malt, hoppiness is restrained, juniper berries add a bit of lemon scent.

T: This is a very interesting tasting Pale Ale. The juniper berries add a spicy, lemony, herbal complexity to the nice pale ale template. I also got a nice flavour of biscuit malt to balance the floral hops and spicy juniper, a weird flavour, but enjoyable as well.

M: Smooth and crisp, resiny, medium-bodied, carbonation is spot on.

D: An interesting experiment that complements the APA backbone nicely. I like it when brewers do stuff off the beaten track that works. Good job Rogue.

Halcyondays, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a thick creamy head. The head lasted through most of the drink, and glass lacing was produced. The aroma is of malt and honey tones. The malt flavor is quite smooth, and some bitterness and spiciness arrived on the tongue after swallowing. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, and I noticed the bitterness from the hops sticks to the back of your tongue well after swallowing. Enjoyable and drinkable, even though the name of this one gets you thinking...

Gavage, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/27/05- Purchased at the Rogue Alehouse in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- 1/2 inch foamy white head. Just the tad bit of cloudyness in the golden pour. Excellent lacing.

Smell- Picked up a noticeable amount of fruity hops as well as a heavy yeast scent.

Taste- Taste reflects smell almost identical. Very hoppy with a very fruity base. Light malt intertwined. Reminescent of the yeast used in Pyramid brews, but better tasting. No juinper berry taste detected. Doesn't taste like the Yellow Snow Ale at all.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine Pale Ale almost towards an IPA. Nice and fruity and refreshing.

GClarkage, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

InspectorBob, May 22, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was toying with going out to watch the Pitt/Syracuse basketball game tonight but with the pending weather event and my warm house, I have decided to forgo going out. That means that I will have a prolonged amount of time to spend drinking this beer and I am looking forward to its company.

My initial pour created just over a finger of off-white head with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an earthy characteristic, less "floral" as noted on the bottle and more herbal, if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a peppery blast of spiciness on the tongue. Finish was as advertised: "dry [and] spicy". Mmmm. Let's see how I feel about it after a bomber's worth all to myself, but I would say that this is certainly worth a try, if not something for an occasional drink.

woodychandler, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a two finger white head that quickly dissipates and initially has a large number of fine bubbles rising to top.
S: Very faint lemony/floral scent, some hops, nothing too spectacular, though the dense smoke in the room may have clouded my judgement in this regard
T/M: Not really picking up on the juniper or really anything that remarkable here. Very smooth with the most persistent taste being a light hoppy flavor. Basically a mediocre pale ale.
D: Not the worst, just not up to what I expect from Rogue as nothing really stood out or distinguished itself. My macro loving friends thought this was phenomenal

yourefragile, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -3%

orangesol, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant bright gold colour, with a filmy head of very fine creamy white foam. Lacing is excellent, even though the head dissipates after a while. Lots of streaming carbonation looks a little out of place given the rather strong body.

Decent citrus and spice on the nose, a lot of grain notes, a little bready but quite full and flavoursome. It doesn't have a really fragrant floral nose, and the characters are a little odd, but it's pretty nice overall.

Taste is also a little odd. A little grain sweetness on the front before a little floral note mid palate. Then the bitterness turns up right on the back and quite full, in quite an unusual position. It's a little unnerving - I take it it's probably the juniper addition here. Mouthfeel is round and pleasant, despite the carbonation, it's pretty smooth. I like it.

Yeah, an odd little beer, but a pleasant enough one. It just jolts me in odd directions, so it keeps my interest, while challenging me at the same time.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, pours semi cloudy light amber, lifts a nice looking, loose, light oatmeal head, that then goes to a tiny bubble film and leaves better then average plentiful and fine lace. Leafy hop nose, with a hint of mint. Tasty bready malts up front, then dove tailing with resiny and more minty hop notes. Nice balance and better then moderate interest here. One of the huge line of BA worthy Rogue offerings. I dont get much in the way of the advertised juniper, which would have been nice. Worth a try, but nothing too special.

Billolick, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this brew was once called Yellow Snow in 2001/2002 as a Celebration Ale for the Winter Olmpics in Salt Lake and the name was changed after the Olympics..I could be wrong. Either way it was a good beer. Poured a dark yellow out of the bottle almost like a light honey. The head was 3/4 inch and nice white. You could smell the Junipers and the taste was evident. Floral and citrousy. Worth a try for sure.

barleywinefiend, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Georgiabeer, Jul 14, 2014
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.