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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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Ratings: 275 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rogue John John Juniper

Pours a pale, light yellow color with a soapy head and some lace. Aroma of barrel, wet wood, vegetation, and spruce. In the taste, mild tannins on a very bland body reminiscent of crystal malts and some herbal elements. Hint of a Gin like bite and then washes to nothing. Light bodied, soft carbonation, and a semi clean finish. Overall, an interesting, delicate ale with some gin flavor and mild barrel notes.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled June 2011
A soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that leave some light lacing on the sides of my glass; the beer is quite lively carbonated and would have foamed up out of the bottle after a moment or two if I gave it the chance. The beer sits in my glass with a bright copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, gold tinged, pale copper color when held up to the light. The aroma sort of starts out perfume like with herbal notes, some bright aromatics, a touch of citrus and a sort of spicy floral character. A deeper draught of the aroma suggests at the juniper, with a sort of diluted gin like aromatic character. There is some dry, dusty malt character here as well as some more round cracker like malt notes. As the beer warms up there is a certain phenolic like note that reminds me a bit of plastic (that is not quite burning); sort of smells like what some Brettanomyces strains produce, but in this case I think it is from the gin / juniper character.

Quite fizzy as it first hits my tongue, the beer is also pretty dry and this accentuates an herbal character as well as a spicy character in the finish. The spiciness in the finish sort of reminds me a bit of ginger, but I think it is from the juniper as this is also noticeable. Lingering in the finish is a clean bitterness as well as a touch of tongue number herbal-woody leaning thing (is this from the spruce gin barrels. There is a woodiness to this beer that also gets wrapped up in a dry, hay and cracker like malt character. This definitely has overtones of gin in the flavor, luckily the alcohol is not really noticeable, but there is that definite gin-like quality to this that is sort of herbal, perhaps a touch citrus like, . This is an extremely quaffable beer, it is quite light bodied and it seems like the woody / gin notes are what keeps me from downing my glass in a sip or two on this hot summer’s day.

Not bad, I had forgotten that this was a regular strength beer, somehow despite my initial misgivings this lower gravity pale ale works pretty well with this treatment. This is quite drinkable, the fact that it finishes so dry (though it still has some texture / body to it) helps with this immensely too. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of bruachan
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

head...meh. hazy light copper color

smells like a cascade APA with some extra pine in the nose

the flavor is where i can detect juniper (or at least where i think i can detect it). or not really: juniper's flavor just isn't so crazily different from that of hops

this beer reminds me why i rarely drink Rogue beers. not to be mean but they're often not high quality

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Naja's Place and served in a 16 ounce shaker. On to the beer:

The beer shows a light orange color with little head and a gentle splatch of lace. The aroma is like a gin and tonic with a kiss of lemon peel. Could be the juniper berries that help create a part of the distinct nose.

Its taste is very distinct. Once again, the juniper berries help create it, but the gin barrels seems to give the berries and citrus notes an extra bite in taste. This package helps make a beer that is easy to drink and surprisingly refreshing. Still, the pricetag that it commands ($8 for the pint) mean that future meetings will be scarce.

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Photo of shand
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

The John John Hazelnut really let me down, especially with the base Hazelnut Brown Nectar being a top 5 beer for me, but I was willing to give this bad boy a try for some reason. This beer pours a pale golden color with a finger's worth of head. The aroma is very spicy, with a bit of the wood making it's way through. The taste here is surely what it says on the bottle. Spruce, juniper, and gin. It tastes a bit too alcoholic for the modest ABV, but is otherwise nice. The finish is especially deserving of note, with the ample spruce notes nicely mingling with the juniper barrels and the drying mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel is great, it's nice and juicy at first, but quickly dries out as the gin makes itself known. The drinkability is fairly good, but is impacted by the beer tasting more alcoholic than it actually is. Overall, a solid beer and better than the Hazelnut John John for sure. Recommended, but I wouldn't spend too much on it.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan and pretty hazy. Head was about a finger and fluffy, but didn't last too long. Lacing was pretty good.

Smell was amply spicy and lightly woody, with a slightly ginger aspect. Hops were brisk, but nice. Malts were also light. Definitely more of a spiced beer smell than the regular juniper ale.

Taste wise this beer is quite good, and more along the lines of what I hope for when I pay the price for a rogue ale. It's actually pretty darn good, and meets the description on the bottle in spades. Gin and spruce are obvious, and that's what I want when I buy a "spruce gin barrel aged" beer. It's also not too overdone either, the aging added just the right kick and flavor. Juniper adds a light fruitiness. Spices are very well balanced and nicely noticeable. Very good job on this one.

Feel is light, almost a summery beer, despite the aging. Light body and plenty of carbonation, combined with a lightly floral aftertaste makes for an easy drinking brew.

Overall I do like this one and recommend you try it at least once. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a tine white head. Poor head retention. Fair lacing.

Light sweet malt with a mild herbal juniper note. Nothing special.

Silky soft malt with a bitter, herbal juniper character. I don't get the point of this beer. If you want gin, drink gin, if you want beer, drink beer.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This a fairly simple beer. There is plenty of juniper but the balance doesn't quite seem right.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a little better than the regular Juniper Ale. The pour was orange and had some yellow highlights. The head was thin and didn't lace too much. The smell was a bit more herbal. The taste had subtle flavors of spruce and gin. Still not enough flavor for me to love this beer though. The mouthfeel wasn't much different it was medium bodied. Overall just a touch better than the original, not all in all neither make me wanna run back to the store for more.

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Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's today.

The beer pours an orange amber with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also attractive, mostly showing some gin/juniper, but with some light dry citrus as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is a bit more interesting I thought. The beer starts off as if it will moderately sweet, but the combination of juniper and hoppy bitterness quickly put an end to that. The beer finishes very dry and fairly bitter, with a lot of "gin flavor" in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall this beer delivers a lot of flavor for the abv.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this is still a solid beer overall I thought.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber -> PBR Pint

A ~ Poured dark and cloudy like unfiltered honey. Fucking gorgeous, soft lacing.

S ~ Juniper, Forest, Ginger Beer, and believe-it-or-not, Cumin

T ~ Lots of spices that make me want to take yet another sip soon after I'm finished with the first. Coriander, Ginger, Tree Sap, and Bitter Hops which override the piny citric Hops lingering in the back round.

M ~ Herby as heck, but Pretty damn smooth. Would love to buy one at New Years and save it til Christmas see how it conditions.

D ~ Would and Will buy again. I like this one more than the OG Juniper Pale, the Gin Barrels added more complexity and softened the Juniper flavor.

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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 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 claspada
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of toasty bread, biscuit dough, herbal and flowery notes, and hints of lemon and grapefruit.
Taste is similar; begins with a bit of honey and biscuity malts, a bit toasty with substantial orange/citrus characteristics. A bit of spruce, spiciness and juniper, some floral/herbal flavors on the backend.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Overall this is an interesting beer, but it's a one and done for me because of the "uniqueness". This would have been a great food beer with a light chicken, turkey or fish dish. Worth a try for the originality but nothing phenomenal or a brew you NEED to try.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I hope this brew is better than their regular Juniper due to the price.

Head presentation is a finger thick of off white color, and the body is cloudy and gold in color.

The aroma is dominated by the juniper, and some apple and floral notes.

Taste wise it's a bit salty, which is a strange trait. There is a bit of citrus character here, but hard to pin down.

There is a lot of carbonation and leaves this brew with a wetting finish.

Overall this brew is a mess. I am a fan of Juniper Pale Ale, but this brew is a huge side step from it. Over priced and under developed.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since I've had a Rogue beer. Most of their beers are pretty good. This one looks a bit different than their others, at least with its packaging. Instead of the artsy graphics of their other beers, the John John Ale is simply a picture of two beer brewers with wide beer-induced grins. I was excited to get this one. After all, it is a pale ale brewed with juniper berries! Midnight Sun's Cohoho uses the same and what an absolutely amazing beer it is. Add to that the John John Ale is aged in spruce gin barrels, I expect that to add some pine-like and gin-like spice. All the better!

Since this is served in a 22 oz. bomber and because there is some sediment at the bottom, be sure to swirl the beer around to loosen up the tasty stuff after pouring some out. The John John Ale pours a murky but clear golden with a quickly dissolving and very bubbly head. It looks like a blonde, actually. Remnants of the head stay on top long after the head has dissolved (mostly) away. It smells strongly of citrus, grains and yeast. Piney smells are in there too, undoubtedly from the juniper.

For taste, John John brings a nice light balance of flavors. Hop spice is evident but not pronounced with some nice bite of carbonation. The juniper berries and spruce add some subtle spice to the hop spice. I believe I get a sort of sour taste, but not something I'm put off by, that lingers a bit along with citrus. The aging in spruce gin barrels have made the pale ale less harsh in its hop spice, something that I'm obsessed with, but the John John Ale is extremely drinkable and an interesting beer to try. It looks and tastes more like a blonde to me, though, not that that's bad. I definitely enjoyed drinking this since it's SO DAMN HOT OUT IN TEXAS. I don't think this is great but it is very good.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

John John Ale has a darkish, cloudy orange colour and a 0.5 cm soapy head that reduces to a nice even lacing very quickly. The smell is slightly sour with fruity berries with a hint of yeast. Interesting, but I don't love it. This beer starts with a sour tang: fruity and yum. The finish is slightly woody with a hint of yeast and smoke. This is a very interesting beer. Worth tasting.

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Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of spruce?, slight sweet malt, ginger?, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Herbed/Spiced beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spruce?, slight ginger, citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, slight oak, slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, blend, complexity, and body.

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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 Dawkfan
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazed pale straw yellow, 2 fingers of white head. Commendable retention, some lacing.

S- I would of guessed an IPA if someone put a pint glass of this in front of me. Pine, spruce, juniper berries, and light citrus hops. Smells sweet and a tad floral as well.

T- Definitely gin-like, the juniper berries are present throughout. There's a honey/caramel sweetness and floral flavor in the middle. A burning bitterness in the finish reminiscent of gin, but it's not boozy, it's spicy and sprucy.

M- Dry mouthfeel, medium carbonation and body. Goes down smooth.

D- I despise gin now, but this was very good and exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite clear light golden brew with a lot of active carbonation... Creamy head and lots of lacing...

The gin barrels dominate here and sort off wipe everything else out... A bit of toasted malts and a touch of hops maybe but the earthiness of the barrels and the gin inside of them are the key component...

Slightly bitter and has a sour aspect... The juniper is heavy and at the forefront... Very earthy... Reminds me of a freshly cut balsam or something... Finishes quite dry and abruptly..

Hell I liked this one.. It grew on me as I sipped it... Pretty drinkable...

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Photo of elniko
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into globe glass.

A: Medium amber coloring, not much head or lacing to speak of. Not too impressive.

S: Nose is a little boozy, don't get much juniper.

T & M: I do get the juniper in the taste but it is quite faint. Mouthfeel a little tingly from the carbonation, otherwise fairly light bodied. Just not a lot of flavor to be honest.

D: Drinkable but overall I was a little underwhelmed by this brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow amber with a wispy head. Smells like a pine forest, with lots of juniper and some spruce. Definitely somewhat gin-like. The taste is similar but a little softer and even more gin-like. Less of an impact from the spruce. Soft and sort of like a watered down martini. Interesting, and fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Yeah, Gin smells like liquid broken glass to me, some spruce

T: Gin and spruce def make the presence known, hopes, light pine

M: Kind of unique bitter finish, well carbonated

D: Its ok to try but probablt will not drink again.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy gold color. Solid start to the head; settles slowly leaving spotty, but chunky lace on the glass.

Surprisingly mild aroma--I cannot detect any spruce or juniper berries. Initially, it reminds me of a cream ale. Ah, on the second whiff, I do get some pine and some floral hop. Still cream-ish though.

Prickly taste right on the initial sip. There's a lot of Pale Ale in this, which I think makes it a better-than-average spiced beer. All too often brewers will overemphasize the adjunct; this is far more subtle. As a pale ale it is fairly traditional, but the extra spices provide some real creativity to the brew. I find it has a strong lemon flavor with a white pepper spice. There's a hoppy black pepper touch as well. In a word--complex. Each time I sip this I get new flavor profile. Here's a beer that holds my interest throughout.

One thing I've noticed, if the review gets wordy, it deserves a superior score. Here's one to seek out for something different yet not extreme in any way.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber. Poured into a basic pint glass. Color is a bright golden yellow. Big pillowy head with some pretty darned nice lacing. Smell is of, perhaps not surprisingly, flowers, specifically, juniper. Light mouthfeel with a mild bittersweet finish. Taste is very floral, with tons of juniper throughout the beer. Alcohol in this beer is cleverly hidden. It's aged on spruce gin barrels but you can't seem to find it. The beer is a little out of balance due to the heavy handed use of juniper, but it's still an enjoyable alternative to your normal every day fare. An interesting diversion.

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