Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
Deep yellow in colour, with minimal carbonation. Mellow malty aroma. Good creamy body. Not a whole lot of juniper or gin flavor, just some nice Munich malt, and a sweet honey like taste. A good sweet v. bitter balance too. Not really what I had expected (juniper wise), but still very enjoyable.
06-22-2005 21:35:18 | More by fisherman34
4.08/5 rDev +13%
Whenever I see a Rogue and have the $8 required to buy a bottle I'm more than happy to buy. Review from notes:
Pours a very light, hazy amber with a one finger bone white head that displays some decent retention and nice sticky, patchy lacing. Carbonation is visible and quite active.
Smell of citrus. spice, malt and a slightly sour astringency; possibly juniper? Unfortunately I've never had the chance to try the berry.
Citrus, grapefruit rhine, clean dry malt and like the label states "a dry, spicy finish" accompanied by a faint sour bite.
Medium bodied, smooth and the dryness is quite snappy. Very refreshing and easily sessionable. Great balance makes it quite quaffable.
Overall, another solid offering from Rogue. I think next time I fall upon some, I might go with their stronger, fuller bodied offerings for a chnage but wouldn't mind having this one again.
09-01-2009 01:14:12 | More by ludachris
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
Pours a hazy dark golden yellow with a white head that fades fast with some good lacing throughout. The smell is a usual rogue, with some malt, hop, and spice notes. The taste starts malty with some nice spicy notes, then stays malty throughout with a nice bitter and dry finish. The aftertaste stays somewhat bitter and a little hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a nice balance in flavor. This is an easy drinker, full of flavor that isn't overwhelming and has plenty of great attributes that contribute to a great beer. This beer, like all rogues, is worth drinking. Another great beer from Rogue.
01-10-2009 03:33:59 | More by wingman14
3.13/5 rDev -13.3%
Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a medium slowly dissipating white head. Aroma and Taste is biscuit malt, sweet light berries notes, and some yeast, Some light bitterness in the taste. Palate is a medium body, slightly crisp with moderate carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet light fruity notes, some yeast, biscuit malt and some hops bitterness for balance, a bit of nutty notes. Overall an average brew, nothing special about this brew.
07-30-2012 18:28:42 | More by Samp01
4.15/5 rDev +15%
Hazy bright yellow hue with a healthy enough white head on top. Dissapates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing. It smells really nice. Definitely some nice fruity aromas coming through a floral hop nose. The juniper berries remind me of oranges mixed with apricots and maybe some sort of other tropical fruit.
Interesting taste, light to medium body with a small hop hit in the middle and then not much else with the hops. A berry bitterness is noticeable throughout the taste and even into the aftertaste, which I have to say is different than I thought it would be. Its bitter like a berry's rind actually, which, never having a juniper berry before, I can only assume is the juniper. Its unique at the very least and I do give it credit for that. Incredibly easy to drink and yet still enjoyable for the complexities of the berries and floral hop combination. The mouthfeel is quick, clean, and dry, lending itself to the style nicely. The hops actually come through more and more throughout the beer, but they never take over. They instead take a seat on the side and let the other flavors do the work, which is a plus for the style. All told, I'm enjoying the easiness and yet thoughfulness in the balance of this one. Didn't know what to expect with this, but I am pleasantly surprised.
06-29-2011 03:22:43 | More by chodinheaven
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
Orange-amber color and has a big white head. Head retention is good. Smells big and malty with some hop bitterness. I do not really detect and berries of any kind. Taste balanced. Has a big maltiness followed buy a oily hoppy aftertaste. Great drinkability!
05-07-2005 06:33:06 | More by Luigi
British Columbia (Canada)
3.03/5 rDev -16.1%
A - warm golden wheat with a slightly copper hue. Pours clear with a centimetre of head that quickly dissipates to a lacy thin rim. Occasional bubbles that aren't over powering. Best part of the beer is the warm glow of the colour.
S - Initial smell of lemon peels and grapefruit followed by a hoppy pine sap and a faint floral scent. Overall the smell is mild compared to other notable pale ales. Considering this is a juniper pale ale neither of us tasters could detect juniper on the nose.
M - Medium bodied, nice balance of carbonation.
T - Nice balance of hoppy bitters, flavours of citrus peels and pine sap. Bitters linger for a short stay on the tongue. Once again considering this is a juniper flavoured beer, the herbacous juniper flavour was hard to detect. As the beer warmed the bitters were more pronounced and the flavours developed. Starting drinking it at around 10 degrees, and warmed to approximately 15 - certainly more complex as the beer warmed.
O - While the flavours improved as the beer warmed, this beer was not memorable for either the flavour or the scent. I was looking forward to a herbaceous complex flavour or smell, but was left trying to finding it all the way through. While I didn't find the juniper anywhere - I find this easy to drink, but not something I'd reach for.
03-11-2012 07:35:50 | More by FondueVoodoo
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from a brown 22oz. bottle labeled 2002. Slightly hazed brownish gold in color with a small amount of white head. Aroma comprised mainly of citrusy hops, but malt is also detected. Yellow Snow has a good tasting, smooth malt backbone. Well hopped, but not nearly as aggresively as I had anticipated. Citrusy, floral hop flavor barely edges out the malt. Taste almost seems to bounce back and forth between the malt and the hops. This balance of flavor keeps it interesting. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. Overall, a very good beer, but not as bold as many other Rogue offerings.
01-17-2003 19:54:59 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.11/5 rDev -13.9%
A: Golden copper in color, with a nice transparency to it, has almost no head at all, and left just a tiny bit of lacing around the glass.
S: Strong hints of lemon zest and grapefruit, following with some pine notes as well, the hops were present on the nose, no juniper though.
T: The balance of the beer was not to bad, the lemon and citrus were present throughout, hints of pine on the tongue as well, slight breadyness also. Still no juniper, that I noticed at least.
M: Medium Bodied, good amount of carbonation.
O: Nothing great about this beer, easy drinker, but was expecting different flavors from the herbal notes but didnt find them.
04-07-2014 14:47:24 | More by thedoubler55
3/5 rDev -16.9%
This 2002 brew poured a small head of small bubbles. It had a transparent light amber colored body with carbonation rising in the mug. It has a floral aroma and a very tart initial taste that was overcome by and even stronger bitter/tart finish that left behind some spicy elements.
07-13-2003 08:51:00 | More by TheDM
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
Appearance: A barley hazy golden-straw body capped by half a finger of fluffy off-white head that endures well and leaves great lacing despite its short stature.
Aroma: Floral, lightly spicy, and citusy hops over a sweet crackery malt body.
Flavor: Up front, floral, peppery, and citrusy hops with light bitterness. Underneath the hops, a pale crackery malt backbone keeps everything balanced nicely. Unfortunately, the elements don't work as well together here as they did in the aroma. Floral hops and crackery malt in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a drying finish.
Drinkability: Easily quaffable, the big bomber goes back in a flash.
Verdict: Juniper Pale Ale is a cheery little beer, but ultimately pretty forgettable. The aroma was pretty promising, but the flavor ended up being a little too muddled and boring.
01-03-2011 00:08:09 | More by BeanBone
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a cloudy deep orange gold. The white head dissapeared almost as quickly as I poured it. Aroma is musty and and slightly fruity, with very reserved scents of biscuity malt and herbal hops. Flavor is quite bold, especially considering how subdued the aroma is. Beginning with slightly sweet toasted malt, then becoming quite spicy and a little bit fruity, finishing quite bitter with some notes of Gin... obviously the juniper berries at work. Has a medium body and a slightly rough mouthfeel. A very interesting brew that is pretty drinkable.
01-21-2003 14:52:37 | More by zerk
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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