John John Juniper | Rogue Ales

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John John JuniperJohn John Juniper

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Juniper Pale Ale aged in Spruce Gin Barrels.

11 Ingredients:
Harrington, Crystal, Triumph, C-15 & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ malts.
Styrian, Golding, Amarillo & Rogue Hopyard Willamette hops.Juniper
Berries Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

34 IBU
77 AA
3.2º Lovibond

Added by Parrotbeak on 04-24-2010

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Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity Aroma, some berry and gin too. Apples,pear, oak, chardonnay. Golden-Light orange color. Taste us less pungent than aroma, but pleasant. About to have a dinner of mahi-mahi and Lima beans and i’m anticipating a good match. (Is that too close to ""silence of the lambs"" to be be creepy?) Very nice. A touch sour on the aftertaste, but a well crafted beer. Yea Rogue."

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Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge off white head. Golden orange color.

Lots of berries and gin. Very pine needle like. Earthy and green. Light bitterness. Bready malts.

Very unique beer. Very surprised by this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold under a quickly receding 3” light cream colored foam collar.
S: Big juniper aromas are initially detectable from 3 feet away. Also traces of fruit and spice, possible biscuit.
T: Fruit and spice initate the attack with peach and caramel notes, mild sweetness, traces of citrus, biscuit, followed by juniper and and then a moderate hop bitterness carries through a drying finish.
F: A medium high level of carbonation is very soft on the palate. Medium body.
O: The juniper works surprisingly well in the beer for a refreshing, flavorful drink.

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Photo of thezach
4.39/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beer that literally brought a smile to my face, and did so once again when I brought it home and had it months later with a friend, who also couldn't help but smile at the citrusy hops, shimmer of pine interwoven with woodsy, sunshiny spruce, and a subtle carbonation. Hazy burnt gold with a nice frothy head that fades to a lace. This one just hit it on the nose for me.

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Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer: I love gin and first experienced gin in a beer in the Magic Hat Artifactory series. Since then, I've been searching for a comparable been with gin tones in it.

Pours a orange-tangerine like hue, bold and opaque, with a bit of sediment arisen from the bottom.Smells of mild pine notes, definitely a touch of amarillo hop . Mouthfeel was carbonated mildly and weighs well on the tongue.
Lacing was scant. Taste of lime, caramel sweetness, somewhat tart. No real clear sense of the gin or juniper berries unfortunately.

finishes sweet on the back end. Complex ending here. Its a great beer for fall season and the cool nights. But still does not hit the juniper notes I've still looking for. So to that end, I'll still drop a shot of gin into a Torpeda IPA for full effect.

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Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this on claseout after it had gone sour in the bottle, which ended up being pretty good and interested me in checking out the beer that was intended.

It's orange but on the paler side of it, with a pale orange-tinted head acheiving just more than half a finger. Retention is moderate to good and lacing remains more spottily than anything, but with some patches.
There's lots of malts, and it offers a solid complexity of caramel and bread, but not lacking in hops. It's got a fruity element before pine and spruice tips (no kidding) some out, with the gin very evenly tempered. The boozy heat is kept at a lower level; that seems like a good thing, because I can imagine the gin getting pretty hard and being way over the top.
The flavor is sweeter than expected, both from caramel and from fruits. Pine is still strong in here. Something lemony adds a sort of tartness and a mintiness I assume is from juniper makes itself known underneath.
The body is a solid medium but thins a little at the end of every sip as the booze sneaks in. It's got a moderate crispness and is pretty smooth overall. A woody note hovering in the finish is good until a little whisper of astrincency sneaks in.

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Photo of RaggaD
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a glass. Pours a slightly hazy copper/golden color with a massive head that seemed to linger forever.

S: As a gin lover I was expecting to be floored with juniper but was underwhelmed really. Don't get me wrong it's there but it's faint.

T: Could taste a bit more of the juniper than I could smell, still not as much I had hoped for. Still not bad woody notes throughout

M: Crisp and refreshing

O: Not bad, but not what I had hoped for. Needs more juniper!!

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz cage and cork bottle to a tasting glass. It poured a golden color with slight white lacing, bubbles rising to the top all the while. Got to taste this brew over a friends house during a beer tasting. This jumped out as one of the most original brews served. I was told that it was brewered in juniper berry barrels that once housed gin. You can definitely taste this in the beverage.

Found it very similiar to belgian golden ales, but also had the bitterness of hops added to it. Refreshing.

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Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Golden Monkey Goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a light gold/dark peach color and leaves a formidable white head behind. A lovely looking beer.

Smell: Starts with juniper and ginger, straight up and straight away. The ginger is not overbearing but adds some nice aromas to this one. Perhaps some citrus as well.

Taste: The taste hits all of the smells of this one, but then adds some extra interesting aspects. A mouthful of juniper and pine; this one tastes like a spruce bush. An interesting, dry finish definitely sets this one aside from other ales, and I'm guessing this comes from the aging in spruce gin barrels.

Mouth-feel: Very light, with a good amount of carbonation. Even lighter than most ales.

Overall: A very interesting beer. As a lover of juniper and gin, this one matches some gin-like tastes pretty well, especially in the finish. It is an enjoyable experience, and I'll definitely be reaching for another one of these from time to time.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with 2 fingers worth of bubbly white head that retains well

S: Some nice pale malts, a hint of breadiness, and some juniper berries. Don't really get the barrel

T: Differs slightly from the nose, only because you get some good barrel character. Starts off with the gin barrels and quickly goes into the base beer. The base beer is bready and slightly fruity from the juniper berries. Finishes slightly bitter from the berries and possibly the gin

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The barrels definitely didn't kill the carbonation

O: Not too much different than the base beer, but still good. You really only get the barrels at the very front of the taste. Nice to try, but once is enough because it just doesn't differ much from the regular

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into glass. Massive medium-bubbled head with extended retention; never lost it's head. Color is lightly clouded orange/gold.

Smell is all citrus, if a bit musty. Surprising lack of alcohol notes, considering the gin barrels.

Taste is crisp and clean, if not underwhelming. Definitely enjoyable, but, again, lacking the juniper pop one might be hoping for. Juniper is present, of course, but my drinking partner and I agree on a preference for Rogue's standard Juniper Pale if that's the flavor you're shootin' for.

Mouthfeel is the beer's strong point. Definitely exciting stuff in this respect. Bunch of little overly-ripe-orange-type-of-citrus pops all over the mouth, even in places beer usually doesn't make itself known, and seemingly in a random fireworkish manner.

By this, in a more literal sense, I mean that the strong aspects of the mouthfeel aren't concentrated in a certain part of the mouth - little sparks of action seem to materialize in different parts of the mouth, albeit not so aggresively. A fun beer to drink for this reason, and because it's a solid beer with the added aspect of having been gin-barrel-aged.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a very hazy golden color with three fingers of head and very active carbonation throughout. Retention is very good.

S: All I get is brett funk. Not sure if this is infected or if this is the gin and juniper berries. I get some citrus in the background. As I continue to smell this beer, I get lots of interesting flavors. Musty brett still seems as though it's there with stone fruits.

T: Juniper berries, citrus, and mustiness. If you told me this was brewed with brett, I'd certainly believe it. It's pleasant, but not overly complex.

M: Very dry with strong carbonation.

O: Really a quite odd beer - to me it tastes like a citrus IPA with brett. The juniper berries and gin barrels provide a decent flavor, but it's just decent.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden straw with a slight haze. Nice lace cling after a tipping the glass and a good low snow-white head persists throughout.

Smell - juniper/spruce comes through immediately, reminding the drinker of a gin and tonic with a twist of lime almost more than it does of a beer. Since that is as advertised, it is a compliment rather than a drawback.

Taste - The herb spice infusion creates an interesting treat. I rated it average since it was about what I'd expect from this kind of infusion and didn't standout as might as it might have. The combination of the citrus becomes more grapefruity in the taste.

Overall - an enjoyable specialty variation. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A copper base color with golden highlights around the edges, a single finger of white foam that lasts about a minute but leaves behind decent-looking lacing. Body and carbonation levels are both medium.

Smells....rather faint overall. I can pick out a thin juniper/gin aroma over a wispy caramel aroma, but that's about it. I was expecting a lot more boldness than this.

Thankfully, the flavor seemed to have a tiny bit more kick than the aroma, with light herbal hopping / gin herbals / woody pine aspects over a disturbingly mild base beer profile. In the case of the flavor, my criticism is that it seems more like a diluted gin than a gin-augmented beer. If I were to pretend that this was my own homebrew project, I'd be trying to find a way to amplify the flavor profile of the beer base by about 20% and the gin-barrel characteristics by about 10% for the next batch.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber with little head and no lacing. Interesting faint spruce, juniper and citrus start with citrus middle and pleasant herbal, hop finish. Medium malt base and body. An enjoyable juniper flavored ale.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a mason jar. Gold color with minimal head. 3.0

Crackery malts, light grassy hopping, and a tinge of juniper berry. 3.0

Pilsner-like malts with spicy hops, grassy flavors, and evident gin barrel. Oakiness and spruce. The attempt to make it what it is detracts from the original pale ale. 3.0

Thin carbonation with a medium body. Drinks kinda slow. 3.0

I like the Juniper Pale just fine, but the gin barrel aging is interesting and it hurts the original beer. Tough to pull off a gin barrel aged beer, anyway. Props. 3.5

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Photo of Jeriba
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours the color of a wheat beer, very cloudy

S: orange juice

T: cherries, tree bark, juniper, something kinda mossy. There is a definite medicinal quality on the finish. A bit spicy as it warms.

M: fairly crisp, slightly sticky.

D: I can't say I'm excited to finish the whole bottle.

Overall: Not what I was expecting. Gin is my go-to drink when I'm not having beer so I was excited for this combination, but I didn't detect any flavor influence form the gin barrels. Their regular Juniper pale ale is much better.

John and John need a more flattering photo for their label art.

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Photo of russwbeck
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy yellow pour, basically like a pale ale that isn't see-through. A huge head builds up and sticks around for a really long time. the lacing is spotty.

S: Big fruit aroma, I'm assuming this is what Juniper Berries smell like. The Gin barrel aging is pretty apparent, which is impressive because this is the first Gin barrel aged beer I've come across.

T: The taste is really just a Pale Ale with hints of Gin, and those are very faint at that. Getting some amount of fruitiness, but not on the level of the aroma. Very weird aftertaste. Just overall, a strange taste that is certainly in the realm of unpleasant.

MF: Light and really carbonated well. The weirdness of the taste and booze on the backend make the drinkability low. Glad I shared this.

Value: This was around $8 for a 22oz bottle. If you're interested to see what a pale ale aged in Gin barrels tastes like, give it a shot, but I'd say you aren't missing anything.

O: Weird. Not a huge fan. Won't be giving this a second chance.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a nonic

A: Pale, cloudy orange with lots of active carbonation. Fluffy white head. Good lace.

S: Very gingery (like ginger ale) with a sweet note.

T: Bright and welcoming with a distinct ginger flavor. The juniper here is so subdued that it gives a very diverse flavor profile including (ginger), lemon, lime, tonic, Angostura bitters. I really like how this is categorized as spiced/herbed beer but doesn't take like medicine. It drinks like it is an intended flavor, not just some brewer's random additive binge. So clean. A light bitter finishes, cleansing the palate.

M: Astringent on the finish and well bodied throughout. Lightly viscous with a slight oily note being cut by the astringency.

D: Out of the park. If you are looking for something unique but fully drinkable, you must seek this out. Its uniqueness alone is a must try. I would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of Kromes
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange color with a fluffy white head that laces the glass.

S: A sweet citrus and slight pine aroma.

T: Tastes like a sweet christmas tree. The juniper kicks in right away and then fades into a citrus, gin and hop flavor. Very soft and mellow.

M: Light body and high carbonation. A nice smooth feel to it.

O: Definitely different, but the flavors mix well with one another and they aren't all competing for attention. I was surprised at how well balanced and tame the beer was. Some of these flavors can be very strong.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a cloudy golden yellow, huge billows of foam halts the pour abruptly. Barely escaping a foam-over, this white rock of a foam cap slowly nestles back down into the glass, leaving just some stray dots and sprigs of lace behind. Only patience will get this first glass filled...pretty decent looking beer despite the delay.

Aroma - has a spicy, pungent sniff. Not sure what to attribute that to, but after some setup, it goes grainy with a touch of citrus color. Slowly pushing more beer into the glass as the cap settles, I begin to get some nice citrusy whiffs.

Taste - decent bready, biscuity base to the ale. The hops and juniper influence are likely overlapping in effect, but what I'm getting is some orange and light pine flavor, good restraint and balance on both. Some mild abv warmth going down, not something I'd expect from this lighter abv entry. Some resonant kind of bitterness on the aftertaste, which may be the juniper. I do pick up gin notes here; to this point I considered gin to be rather hot and tasteless, but this beer helps identify the flavor that is gin. Educational beer, hell yeah! Dry finish, gin notes lingering.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, any pour from the bottle just creates a mountain of foam the entire way through. Fluffy and easy drinking body.

Drinkability - leave it to a beer to open my eyes to gin. I won't be hopping onto ginadvocate any time soon, but I enjoyed the beer and would have it again, and would absolutely consider it as a fun component of a pale ale / herb / spice beer tasting.

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Photo of Number45forever
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer surprised me, in a good way.

It pops loudly, seems bottle conditioned. Pours a bright yellow with a slight orange hue. Big, fluffy white head dissapates to a 1/2 finger pretty quickly.

Smells great, very piney, huge juniper (gin) notes. Smells like summer in a glass, I just love it.

Taste is somewhat more muted than the smell. Just a nice, clean pale ale with a good gin-like aftertaste. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel, as others have noted, is extremelly dry and bright thanks to heavy carbonation. So, so drinkable. Almost explodes on the palette. Summer!

This is a really, really good beer. I'd drink this all the time, it's so damn refreshing. Give this a chance!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange, with a remarkable white 4-finger froth for a head. It takes a few minutes for the head to settle into a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Sour berry is the dominant aroma, and I also detect a little straw. That's about it.

Taste - Wow! An almost overwhelming berry sourness bites at the tongue then mellows out to a sweet note. Also a touch touch of spiciness. A bit of citrus bitterness comes in at the end and rides out into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Nice dry, medium body, and the carbonation is almost champagne-like. Really pops in the mouth.

Overall - This is a unique beer, and I dig that. The barrel aging takes the Juniper Pale Ale to another level, more so than the whiskey does for Dead Guy in the other John John varietal.

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Photo of Kornoms
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a golden-yellow, relatively opaque appearance. Surprisingly for a spiced beer, there is very little smell, with only a faint hint of juniper and hops. A fairly uncomplicated pale ale with a mild juniper taste that gives it a little it a of a rough feel.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber-tinged gold with a compact, clinging white mousse.

S: Surprisingly weak in the aroma department, at least when compared to Rogue's other barrel-aged beers. Mild scents of spruce, juniper, caramel, and vanilla are all I could detect.

T: A rich, sweet entry gives way to notes of spruce, caramel, toffee, juniper berries, cream, vanilla bean, and toasted coconut. The finish is smooth and shorter than one would expect with juniper, spruce, and caramel flavors being most pronounced.

M: Medium-bodied and somewhat syrupy with mild, unobtrusive carbonation. Very drinkable, but also somewhat nondescript.

O: This is a decent barrel-aged pale ale, but there is something missing here. I was expecting a heavy gin flavor, but did not get it at all. A good effort, but somewhat lacking in my book.

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