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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,171 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,171
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a mug at a pretty cold temperature...it was sitting in a box on my front porch all day! Thanks mikesgroove!

A - Poured a clear golden color with a fair amount of carbonation and a slight head with little retention.

S - Faint floral aroma with a mildly hoppy backdrop. Not very strong.

T - A little hoppy with a piney/floral accompaniment. Leads way to a malty flavor until it finishes with a slight tartness. Interesting blend, hard to put a finger on it exactly...a 50/50 mix of an APA and the stated Herbed/Spiced Beer styles.

M - Thin, bubbly body with a crisp finish.

D - The slightly complex flavors make this out to be better than it is...I felt like there should be more to this beer. Still an enjoyable selection, but I won't be looking for another one anytime soon. More of an APA than anything.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 02:44:32 | More by JohnnyM2002
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22-0z bomber, no date.

Pours golden yellow, transparent, with thick foam with tiny bubbles. Pretty persistent, with fine lacing along my wine glass. By the time I poured the last of it, I was pouring yeast or other sediments, dark speckles that did not seem to affect flavor but made the beer less transparent.

This has the malt aroma that seems to be a signature in most Rogue brews, I’m not quite sure what it is. I'll need to double check the ingredients. Anyhow, it's a nice malt. There is also something like vanilla cream. Funny, cause it is made with Juniper. I can find the Juniper in the nose, but the spiciness has another dimension. Intriguing.

Taste is malt, but there is something of that vanilla-like spice. The hops are primarily there for bittering, and balance the malt without giving you a big hop pucker. Bottle says 45 IBUs, which is higher than I would have guessed. This is delicious.

The mouthfeel is a bit oily, pleasantly coating the mouth, but the finish seems dry. Interesting textures

Starting Gravity is listed as only 13 deg Plato, but seems strong, and over the course of 22 ounces, the maltyness began to cloy. Maybe it could be a little more balanced? I wouldn’t drink more than one of these bombers in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 16:28:47 | More by pweis909
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Jackal

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-26-2013 04:15:46 | More by Jackal
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TripelMark

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-10-2013 20:51:44 | More by TripelMark
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Necronomad

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-20-2014 01:10:26 | More by Necronomad
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Greasy

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-22-2013 16:48:39 | More by Greasy
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deanhead

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with a creamy white lace of thin bubbles around the glass.
Herbal aroma. Some grassy notes, with hints of pine.
Crisp dry, and refreshing beer. Clean taste, very neutral yeast profile.
Taste has a very slight bitterness up front, but seems to hit you at the end. well balanced malt and hops make this easy to drink.
Medium bodied and very easy drinking beer. The finish is mostly dry with a subtle malt undertone, along with a distinct bite reminiscent of some Bavarian lagers I have enjoyed.

Highly drinkable offering from Rogue. This beer has character to it. While it's not my favorite Rogue, I certainly would drink this one again

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 13:44:55 | More by deanhead
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benito

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this at the Rogue bar in Eugene, OR a few weeks ago and liked it enough to grab a bomber for home. The underlying style here is a pale ale; it's been flavored with juniper berries and, consequently, shows a clean fruity finish instead of the typical hop bitterness that characterizes APAs. It's a pale gold (the bottle says 'saffron') with a huge, dome of a head that is well-retained throughout the pint.

The bouquet shows little sign of juniper; rather, it's filled with strong bready and buttery aromas along with a light, estery fruitiness. The malts are clearest up front on the palate, where their toasty flavors really
come through. The finish is sweetish and clean, as the hops have been reduced in favor of juniper. Strangely, there's only a slight juniper presence flavor-wise in this beer. It's effects are clear in and limited to the overall mouthfeel.

I really enjoyed this beer, though I find it problematic style-wise, as it neither jives well as an APA nor as an herb/spice beer. The juniper flavors and aromas just aren't strong enough, but neither are the hops. In
a blind tasting, I could have been pretty easily convinced that this was an amber ale. Were Rogue able to keep the current appearance and overall texture of the brew while upping the juniper presence as part of the beer's aromas and flavors, this could be a classic brew.

Nonetheless, it remains a very refreshing brew from Rogue that pairs well with creamy pasta dishes.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 04:45:37 | More by benito
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jmtpi

France

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-26-2014 20:25:53 | More by jmtpi
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-04-2011 17:18:18 | More by NCbeerpirate
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baiser

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber colour, creamy head and a thin layer of foam that persisted. Floral aroma, hoppy, berries. Hopped up, fruity and dry. Sweet fruit, balanced by a good amount of bitterness. I always like a hopped up pale ale, and this one suited me just fine. Would drink this more often, but a bit pricey around here. Anchor liberty is a better and cheaper alternative.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 05:43:42 | More by baiser
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alkemy

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 12 oz. bottle and into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A - Pours a pretty hazy golden/yellow hue with a fluffy white head.

S - The hops and juniper combine to create a pretty floral bouquet. Beneath this lies some honey, lemon, and a bit of grassiness.

T - Much the same as the aroma. The juniper presents almost as an aftertaste, akin to straight gin. Nothing earth shattering, but nothing off-putting.

M - Light to medium feel. It's pretty refreshing and I'd rather have this on a hot summer day.

D - Pretty drinkable. The pale ale taste is supplemented by juniper rather than allowing the supporting role to take over.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:52:17 | More by alkemy
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SitkaSteve

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-21-2014 03:46:12 | More by SitkaSteve
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just above average, I was kind of exspecting more. Nice yellowish amber color with a lacey head. It is kinda "flat" however. Subtle hops, just barely there. Nothing really jumps out at you, except the name. I would drink this again, but I won't go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 15:44:48 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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slvrmon82

Delaware

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very light crisp golden color. Not as much saffron as the bottle says.

S - Smells a lot like an English pale ale can't smell the juniper over the amarillo hops.

T- Very nice and refreshing. On the light side of pale ales. Juniper upfront with hops as a very nice finisher.

M - Light with a little cream.

D - Very refreshing. A good summer or spring beer. Not so much winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 01:26:57 | More by slvrmon82
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Jon

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't eat the yellow snow, but by all means, drink it! This ale pours a nice, dark golden hue from the tap and features a durable, bubbly head. The nose, typical of most Rogue products, is quite hoppy, leaving not much else to the imagination. The taste is very pleasing and balanced, featuring a nice amount of bittering hops, malt, and some fruit (Juniper berries). The carbonation is just right on this one, and drinkability-wise, Yellow Snow scores high. A quality offering, and well worth seeking out on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2002 14:32:27 | More by Jon
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sneth019

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-29-2012 22:48:57 | More by sneth019
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Stoneman78

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of Puffin Pale Ale (new alias!) at Rogue's Public House in San Francisco ('free range coastal waters' in the ingredients)

a- cloudy, light copper/orange hue with small, white, creamy head that is mostly diminishing, moderate lacing
s- nose has subdued tones of dry maltiness, with underlying hops and very slight berry aroma
t- dominated by maltiness in the front and middle followed up by a bitter hoppy finish, and yes i catch a little berry in the middle that is probably of the Juniper variety
m- medium bodied, adequate carbonation, dry prolonged finish
d- well-balanced pale ale with nice blending of 4 malts and 2 hops, alcohol is well-hidden, not the most outstanding choice in the pale ale category, I doubt I would have an urge for a repeat tasting

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 23:36:32 | More by Stoneman78
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours hazy pale gold with creamy white uneven head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Light pale malts balance with some citrus hops and a light smell of fresh yeast. in a word - nice.

T&M: Flavors are balance very well. The fresh aromas transfer nicely to the flavors as this sold wash of flavors envelops the tongue with a creamy texture that just adds to the experience. The carbonation is light and continuous. The finish is quick, clean and lingers just slightly with dry balance of hops and malt.

D: Most enjoyable. Easy to drink, very fresh tasting, and definitely something that I would seek out again in the future. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 22:45:44 | More by SIRIUS2
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sacfly

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz
Pours a hazy orange color. Medium head of small bubbles. Aroma is of orange peal and pine.
Taste is balanced with a malty sweetness and orange citrus hops. Interesting interplay between the Amarillo hops and Munich malts… The juniper berries show more in the aftertaste, but do make an appearance in the taste as well. Slight pine in the flavor, slight gin like aftertaste.
Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 17:01:25 | More by sacfly
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.1%

09-18-2013 16:21:43 | More by athomasPSU
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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

01-29-2014 03:02:11 | More by kybeerdrinker
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-16-2014 19:17:15 | More by bigeyedfish89
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-02-2012 15:04:41 | More by CBlack85
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jordanmckell

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-03-2012 02:26:34 | More by jordanmckell
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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