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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,207 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 28
Gots: 47 | 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 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 C-Dog
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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 TequilaTom
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

TequilaTom, Aug 02, 2014
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
Photo of AudioGilz
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
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 olympicgatorade
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of CBFanWish
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Watch out where the huskies go, don't you eat the yellow snow...
A light yellow pour with a good size head. It had a semi floral smell, nothing spectacular. I didn't care much for the taste I was upset with the lack of balance that rogue usually exceeds in. I like hoppy, but this was too much.

CBFanWish, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/amber color with a fluffy 1 finger head. Not much lace action happening.

Smells of a citrusy hop aroma & sweet caramel malt notes. Don't get much of any juniper.

Sweet maltiness up front, bisquity/bready, some hop bitterness, herbal, medicinal, spicy, dry lingering finish. Quite a bit going on actually.

Medium bodied, creamy, dry.

A 22 oz bottle not a chore at all. I'd gladly have again.

Interesting brew from Rogue. What else is new? Rogue is typically hit or miss for me. Although this one is somewhere in the middle.

bbothen, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Juniper Pale Ale | on-tap | 5.3% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Rogue Brewery / Brewer's on the Bay
Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer
Glass: Pint

Appearance:
Lemony orange amber with a lackluster head.

Aroma:
Juniper berries of course, with some additional citrus backing. Earthy, spicy tones.

Taste:
There's a dry, biscuity malt base with soft bitter hops. The finish is dry, bitter and lemony.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel and decent carbonation.

Harmony:
Interesting but not that great.

Would I get it again?:
No

BeerNemesis, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of kwkdmk
3.25/5  rDev -10%

kwkdmk, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of MJR
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dull gold with a bit of chill haze. A creamy, off-white head starts strong and stays that way.

Smell: I pick up on dry grains, a touch of hops, and juniper berries. Has a fairly weak aroma compared to other Rogue brews.

Taste: Has a good balance between the malt and hops. The hop profile is quite constrained considering the brewer. The juniper berries are way in the background...good idea.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin mouthfeel, with a crisp, dry finish. I think the addition of juniper berries add a nice dryness.

Drinkability: Pretty high considering the spice flavor is very laid back. The good balance and dry finish make it an easy-drinking brew.

While not one of Rogue's best brews, it is an interesting pale ale.

MJR, Dec 17, 2002
Photo of mempath
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

mempath, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of tpacek
3.5/5  rDev -3%

tpacek, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Popsinc
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Popsinc, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of CaptainIPA
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

CaptainIPA, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of jkn09
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jkn09, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Pensfan0782
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Pensfan0782, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of beerbrains
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

beerbrains, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of jrempel
3/5  rDev -16.9%

jrempel, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of BigGold
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

BigGold, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of IPx
4/5  rDev +10.8%

IPx, Mar 26, 2012
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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