John John Juniper | Rogue Ales

John John JuniperJohn John Juniper
275 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
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Ratings: 275 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of dandmc24
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Offa
4.82/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one beer from Rogue which I absolutely love and which I find has great balance and complexity. I do love gin so I figured I had to give this a try but wasn't expecting much.

Pale amber/dark gold, it has a medium-big off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and leaving a hint of lace.

Aroma is lots of toasty bread, bread dough, raisin, herbally-flowery hints, somewhat banana-like yeastiness, hint of lemon and a faint hint of grapefruit.

Taste is outstanding, balanced, and complex, very engaging, and, though full of flavour, is still fairly restrained. It is also slightly unusual in subtle ways. Firm, light malty base of lightly sweet grain, strong yeastiness (mostly pear, a faint hint of banana), definite herbal-spicey-woody hops, complex and hard to pin down exactly, although I can detect a light, but definite hint of juniper before the spicey-sweet finish. It has a long aftertaste. Feel is very solid, lively and engaging yet with faint, creamy oiliness. Drinkability to me is outstanding.

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Photo of C-Dog
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of techfed87
4.62/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice frothy head. Color is a clear amber red.

Smell is very citrus-like. There is a hops presence, but there is also an interesting grapefruit-like flavor that's hiding in plain sight.

First sip is a bit more sour than I expected. There hops really aren't that apparent in this beer. Neither is there a real bitter-like spruce flavor that comes through sometimes when juniper berries are added to the mix. This beer really is quite tasty, but also easy to drink. It reminds me strongly of beers with wild yeasts in terms of the sour notes that come out in it. Very worth your while.

An interesting beer indeed, try it sometime!

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Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +25%
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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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; cloudy yellow with a creamy white head. Somewhat chunky lacing and great head retention.

smell; sugar coated, sour lemons biond with the malts. Not much hop odors but hints of juniper sweetness, not bitter scents of the berry.

taste; i love juniper berries and that is what is most noticed in the taste, I would lover to use this beer to make a sauce for wild boar or deer. Nice sweet and piney notes of juniper with spruce bitterness in the finish that balances nicely with lighter juniper flavors and lemonhead candy.

mouthfeel; medium bodied and slightly creamy, leaving a resiny, puckered feeling in the mouth, quite smooth and refreshing.

overall; get to know and appreciate the flavor profile of juniper and this berr will be appreciated. Much like a Sahti without the spicy Rye flavors. I will be drinking this for Walpurgisnacht.

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Photo of thezach
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
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 Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale straw yellow with yellow highlights with a finger of head and left good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there is some juniper berries for sure in the aroma with grains that a pretty potent as well which also had hints of citrus and hops. The malt is there but not as big as I thought it would be.

T: I definitely get the gin flavors mixed with the juniper berries that balance out really out well with the malt and citrus notes. It also had grainy and slight hop accents.

M: the beer was medium body with a good amount of bubbly carbonation that had a citric crisp and slight dry finish.

D: the brew drank very good and was really tasty to me since I do enjoy an occasional gin cocktail. I'm glad somebody got the balls to age a beer in gin barrel; good call.

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Photo of yesferro
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in a Sam Adams glass from a Bomber purchased at The Smokestack Westpoint MS.

This beer is new to NE MS as far as I know, I liked the regular Juniper Ale pretty good so buying this was a no brainer.

Pour a slightly hazy golden color, not much of a head with a tiny bit of lacing.

Absolutely love the smell, earthy and very much of Juniper, I love it!

Tastes delicious, if you like Juniper that is, my husband doesn't care for them and he could barely stomach this brew. There's a hint of pine flavor too, which makes for a very refreshing flavor. It's getting hot and humid here in MS, and this brew will replace the usual Wits and Heffes on yard work day!

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Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- nice unfiltered looking pale... bit of a pee yellow really.... light orange, slightly cloudy... not much head but a bit of fizzy ring making going on.

- Nice soothing citrus and nostril clearing freshness to it... bit of lemon, light grain... light woodiness... light gin really... some floral notes....

- Very nice blend of flavors here... floral, citrus... sweet caramel without being over the top... grassy, lemon earthiness... woody light gin... certainly different and very good.

- Quite drying... light bodied... the spruce and gin must be aiding to the dry mouthfeel...

- Overall I am very impressed.... wish it were a painted bottle. This is one to have and try.... extremely balanced flavor... and quite refreshing on a warm muggy day.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale yellow with an orange hue. Very thin, white head that fades almost immediately.
Smell is weak malts clouded by the gin and spruce presence. Peculiar, salty dill cracker aroma, as well as some woody notes. Different, but appealing nonetheless.
Taste is malts with a sharp, vinegary bite that shifts to the gin and spruce. The spirits are much more present in this one than in John John Dead Guy. Some more woody notes. Bitter finish, with the gin flavor swelling a bit.
Mouthfeel is crisp yet smooth, with a dry finish. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is very good, but being fond of gin, I may be biased. I could see how this one might rub some people the wrong way. I was happy to find that the gin is more noticeable than the whiskey was with JJ Dead Guy.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy golden, 2 fingers creamy head retained and laced very well
S - dank and fruity hops, toasty malt, light lemon and berry scent
T - same hops, sweet and tart juniper berries, grainy malt, light piney finish
M - medium carbonation, slight bitter, tart and sweet through the finish
D - a very fine mix of hop qualities with the tart sweetness of juniper berries, and the light pine hint from the gin cask finishing is subtle but complimentary

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
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 Nomad1219
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice golden to orange color and a head that lingered leaving a nice rim and lace on the glass. The smell was of herbs and grass, clean, maybe minty, it deffinatly hints towards the presence or affiliation with gin. The taste was light on hops and malty sweetness but had an unusual and never experienced bite at the end that was like that of gin, a dry-wetness lets say. The taste was unique and different and I like the idea of something that has bitterness appeal without being overly hopped. The color and the unusal taste were the best parts. I would drink this again.

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John John Juniper from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 275 ratings
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