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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

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1,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 23
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
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Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange pour with a medium white head. The smell nicely hoppy and had a mellow fruit sweetness....berries and maybe some apricot as well. The taste had a decent combintaion of hops and fruitiness giving it nice balance. Fruitiness is present up front and then becomes more dry, malty towards the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a semidry finish. Decent drinkability. Not one of my faves.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 18:14:50 | More by Popsinc
Photo of CaptainIPA


2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a moderate head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam.

S: Subtle nose doesn't track with that of a typical pale ale. Perhaps the addition of juniper berries subjugates the aroma of hops.

T: Opens exceptionally dry and bitter, with a bright effervescence throughout. Finishes with a juniper beery bite that lingers. Lacks a noticeable malt foundation and any interplay with hops. Not entirely satisfying.

M: Well carbonated with an almost champagne-like mouthfeel.

D: Not familiar with the Herbed/Spiced Beer style, but certainly not representative of what I'm looking for in a Pale Ale. Mediocre at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 03:30:03 | More by CaptainIPA
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangey-tinted pale ale appearance as expected...healthy head that settles into a thick ring...little lacing.

really gotta stick my nose in the tulip to get the hops. very stealthy. but another big whiff and i catch that minty/herbal oiliness i expect to taste. no juniper/gin smell that i can tell.

well, to tell the truth, i expected a really biting juniper/hop fusion but this at first taste is like a british pale...refreshing, simple...there is more going on. again, the stealthiness is not so much intriguing as it is annoying. very clean and crisp mouthfeel. quite drinkable alone or paired with almost anything (i imagine). but let me take another taste and see what reveals itself without effort on my part....finally a HINT of juniper in the finish...i think...malts in this really make the sweetness of this pale stand out. interesting but nothing really special. glad i bought the 12 oz bottle...

just doesn't seem like it can be called an 'extreme' beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 01:23:27 | More by mempath
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-26-2012 16:04:15 | More by IPx
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-20-2014 01:21:41 | More by cd34
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-03-2012 02:50:10 | More by AWS2111
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-14-2013 01:21:28 | More by Pensfan0782
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3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent flavored pale ale, but nothing to write home about.

Pours a medium gold/copper in color, slightly hazy with notable carbonation. Has a thick fizzy white head that receded into a thin cap halfway through the pint. Nose is quite hoppy, lots of floral aromatics. Taste is also hoppy with a thick oily malt body. The juniper isnt very noticable, slightly spicy in the aftertaste but I'm thinking the hops really overtook the flavor overall.


Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 08:40:21 | More by Gaisgeil
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North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As you can guess from the name, Yellow Snow is golden in color. Unfortunately, it also smells a bit like its namesake. The taste is similar to the scent, but better, and the advertised juniper berries are faintly noticeable on the palate. Not a terrible beer, but not up to Rogue's standards. I had trouble finishing the 1 pint 6 oz bottle. All in all, a bit disappointing.

According to the bottle, this came from the 2002 batch, so it may have been sitting on a shelf for too long, explaining the bit of funkiness. I'll certainly give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 23:48:15 | More by RockyTopHeel
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

06-18-2014 05:26:03 | More by beerbrains
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-29-2012 22:38:15 | More by Nutwood
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-04-2012 05:50:15 | More by RandyBoBandy
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-28-2014 02:40:53 | More by vhmf1978
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one I had heard about and never had the opportunity to buy, so when I saw a 1pt.9.6oz. bottle of the Yellow Snow, I had ot go for it. It poured copper-orange with a large white foamy head, which stuck around. It had the aroma of honey and malts, mild hoppiness, virtually nothing else.The taste was the same, lots of sweetness, malts and mild floral hops and yeasts. It was smooth and crisp, but a bomber of this was almost too much to drink by onesself. At the very least it was very interesting, and I once again applaud Rogue for branching out and trying something I hadn't seen before, and haven't seen yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 18:33:42 | More by sinistrsam
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

01-05-2014 03:51:44 | More by crowbar540
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into into a cloudy pale gold, with a thick head. Head evaporated after several seconds. No real noticeable scent. Tastes slightly bitter, with the hint of herbs. No noticeable aftertaste. Feels somewhat fizzy in the mouth, but overall, a mouthful goes down smoothly.

A decent beverage, but nothing that really stands out to set it apart.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 23:02:54 | More by Seanstoppable
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-17-2012 16:42:45 | More by edwardkersh
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-07-2013 01:04:16 | More by logicalparadox
Photo of hopsaplenty


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

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Hazy sunset gold. Short, crackling head of loosely packed off-white bubbles of mixed sizes. Slow to settle, eventually falling to a tall collar and a handful of scattered dust. Citrusy floral hop aromas and a touch of sweet malt. Floral citrus hops lead the flavor with a bit of raw bitterness. There is a lingering spiciness in the finish that has a tingly quality about it and is a bit peppery. No obvious signs of juniper berries. The hops are the main flavor contributor. The finish is a bit drying and the hops linger a short while. Medium-light body with nice, tingly carbonation. As a pale ale this was ok, but I could not detect any juniper berries which was the reason I decided to try it in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 12:43:04 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of DESTRO


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is bangin. its a fine lookin brew, hazy sunset with a big frothy head. smells spicy, citrus up in hurr, a touch herbal, a pinch piney...im hyped. taste? good. very good. big and malty, yes its hopped but not intensly so like some rogues. a bit grainy with an awesome spicy hit. different than your ordinary pale. medium in the mouth, yet fullfilling in all areas. an outstanding beer, beautiful and tastey...my new favourite "pale ale".

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 23:23:41 | More by DESTRO
Photo of brewmudgeon


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

rogue juniper pale ale
4 hazy golden, looks nearly like a wit but a shade darker. short head drops to a ring and leaves sliding lace.
4-4.5 hops and bready, crackery malt. the hops are citric but not very bold, some juniper in there as well
4 the hop/berry flavor spectrum not as deep and wide as anticipated, but nice. juniper sneaks into the finish, which has a sullen but calms demeanor.
3.5-4 not overly carbonated, but what there is prickles within the soft medium body.
4.5 on the soft and muted side, moreso than would expect given the relative dryness. the hops hang back to try and let the juniper take a leading role, but the berry might not be quite up to the challenge. perhaps a little dull at times and i thought now and then could use a touch more carb, but still enjoyed this one. an easy drinker with a slight twist. a certain german character (from the malt), and for some reason i imagine drinking this from a stein at an ancestral family reunion. definitely evoking the old world, an aspect of the brew i am appreciating more and more as i near the end of the bomber. just read that it's 5.3 abv, which leaves me even more impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 21:58:04 | More by brewmudgeon
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3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance; off white head, clear golden body, very tight bubbles of carbonation. Nice chunky head with rings of fine lacing.

smell; hop bitterness and piney a bit from the hops and probably the juniper, then a sweet juniper aroma, blended well with the hops. Very spicy, definitely much juniper.

taste; upfront quite strong juniper flavors, bitterness combines with resiny hops. A sweetness, quite characteristic of juniper blends nicely with some semi-sweet malts and balance out the resiny bitterness. Nice balance, well done.

mouthfeel; quite complex and a bit creamy, tingly on the tongue. Refreshing and a bit dry in the finish.

overall; a tasty beer and a must try for juniper/gin lovers, would go nice with game or as a sauce with game.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:38:33 | More by Sachsenfreude
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-31-2013 05:22:06 | More by CaptainPancakes
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-31-2014 02:33:48 | More by jkn09
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-27-2013 02:29:27 | More by plinythederek
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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