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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,222 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,222
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 vhmf1978
3.5/5  rDev -3%

vhmf1978, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Stoneman78
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Stoneman78, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

SIRIUS2, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of jmw4437
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jmw4437, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of mlklein27
4/5  rDev +10.8%

mlklein27, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of CBlack85
4/5  rDev +10.8%

CBlack85, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep straw color with a lot of billowy white head. Maybe 2 1/2 fingers, not much retention, but a fair amount of lacing.

S: Strong flavor of hops, and some slight juniper smell. Slightly floral, really great smell.

T: Wow, what a letdown. Tastes watery, some slight hops on the finish, but not a whole lot else. I'm not tasting any juniper, almost no malt. Terribly out of balance and weak.

M: Mouthfeel is fine: Light, nice amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, just not good. I would never pay money for this again. I had high hopes since I love gin so much, but this is an enormous disappointment. More proof that Rogue is a mediocre, overpriced brewery.

DaveBlack, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of sacfly
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

sacfly, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of kwkdmk
3.25/5  rDev -10%

kwkdmk, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of chugamugofsud
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

chugamugofsud, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -16.9%

timjim1327, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't get the props it deserves. It is a very interesting beer, listed as an Herb/Spice, but comes across like a badass Pale. Nice earthy florals on the nose, big hay-straw hoppy tongue.

No dates to indicate what, when, where, but I have a feeling it was pretty fresh. All its characteristics were very lively and very jumpy. I am not a huge fan of this style, but I did very much like this beer.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this on-tap at the Rogue Portland brewpub. Poured a clear, honey yellow with a small, foamy white head. Pretty good retention. I'm not sure what juniper is supposed to smell or taste like, so it's hard to judge the beer. The predominant flavor and aroma is honey actually: a sort of tasty sweet/sour combination. Some herbal elements - is that the juniper? Surprisingly hoppy on the center of the tongue, with a distinctly grainy finish. Appropriate mouthfeel, good carbonation. Overall, easy to drink, just not that amazing.

ndekke39, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of 9InchNails
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy gold body with a very smooth creamy white head. Decently carbonated with bubbles rushing upwards. Nice lacing throughout the glass.

Somewhat floral sweet smell with grain. Not really impressed.

Slight bitterness upfront, metallic taste. This is quite bland for a Rogue Brewery offering. This is not horrible but not good. As it sits for a little bit a taste of honey is noticeable.

Body is light feels a little too carbonated.

Drink ability isn't good. I'm really not impressed with the taste or the feel.

This beer is lacking almost everywhere. I don't think I'd bother with it again.

9InchNails, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of TequilaTom
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

TequilaTom, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of C-Dog
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Neorebel
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sunny yellow/orange hue with decent clarity. The initial 1/2" head is retained fairly well, with a little bit of lacing clinging to the glass. In the aroma I could pick up sweet maltiness, a spray of citrus and a little bit of the juniper. After a taste, I get sweet bread out of this, and European hop bitterness. The finish comes off as herbal and is where one mostly tastes the juniper. It's very subtle, I wish it was more dominant. This beer is primarily an APA, and there are better ones out there. Still worth a try if you want a dash of something different in the mix.

Neorebel, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of hdofu
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of golden colored, bubbly. Smells very strongly of berries. Taste begins sweet of a wild berry but finishes with a strong bitter taste that ends in hoppiness. Not a bad beer, I wasn't sure what to expect when I popped the top on this bottle. It would probably go very good with some boneless honey wings. It goes down easy enough to go back for seconds

hdofu, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of hyuga
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 edition. Many bubbles ascend rapidly to form a frothy white head with great staying power. Pale orange/copper in color, definitely pale ale. Sweet floral hop aromas abound in the nose. Hints of toasted malt and what I'm guessing is the product of juniper berries from the bottle's statement (but I've never had juniper berries, so I wouldn't know). Flavors appear that jump between malty and hoppy as it rolls over your palate, and combine in a well-balanced sweetness. Medium body. Hints of what I again assume is the juniper abound. Later on, a small amount of rind-like flavor appears and leaves a bit of bitterness behind on the edges of your tongue. Although I expected more of a spicy brew, this is a great, well-balanced beer that I find very satisfying.

hyuga, Sep 05, 2002
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber, one of the coolest beer bottles in the world like all other Rogue bottles. It pours a brilliant burnt orange color, with a HUGE creamy white head of frothiness. It's quite amazing to me actually as the head refuses the effects of gravity and dissipation for quite a while.
The aroma is all hops, zingy like a german pale ale can be. There's not much else to smell really, no juniper berries to smell here.
As far as flavor and mouthfeel, it's all dominated by hop characters. I'm not sure exactly what Juniper berries have to offer a beer, but in this case it seems like nothing more than an additional oily, grassy, dry finished flavor to combine with the hops already in there to make this a hoppy beer overall, and seem lacking. It's smooth though somehow, not super pungent like some IPA styles can be, and not really crisp like some american pale ales can be.
Overall it's still an enjoyable beer from Rogue who I enjoy every brew in their lineup to some extent. That being said, I won't be buying this brew again, but I'm also not disappointed either, merely a slightly above average satisfaction.

AudioGilz, Sep 24, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

olympicgatorade, May 03, 2012
Photo of jurbanik
3/5  rDev -16.9%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of twenteone
3/5  rDev -16.9%

twenteone, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of jkn09
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jkn09, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of beerbrains
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

beerbrains, Jun 18, 2014
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.