Juniper Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale
BA SCORE
44.7%
Liked This Beer
3.61 w/ 1,328 ratings
Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,247
Reviews:
678
Ratings:
1,328
Liked:
593
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
13.57%
Alströms:
3.12
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
112
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,328 |  Reviews: 678
Photo of McMatt7
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - warm golden wheat with a slightly copper hue. Pours clear with a centimetre of head that quickly dissipates to a lacy thin rim. Occasional bubbles that aren't over powering. Best part of the beer is the warm glow of the colour.

S - Initial smell of lemon peels and grapefruit followed by a hoppy pine sap and a faint floral scent. Overall the smell is mild compared to other notable pale ales. Considering this is a juniper pale ale neither of us tasters could detect juniper on the nose.

M - Medium bodied, nice balance of carbonation.

T - Nice balance of hoppy bitters, flavours of citrus peels and pine sap. Bitters linger for a short stay on the tongue. Once again considering this is a juniper flavoured beer, the herbacous juniper flavour was hard to detect. As the beer warmed the bitters were more pronounced and the flavours developed. Starting drinking it at around 10 degrees, and warmed to approximately 15 - certainly more complex as the beer warmed.

O - While the flavours improved as the beer warmed, this beer was not memorable for either the flavour or the scent. I was looking forward to a herbaceous complex flavour or smell, but was left trying to finding it all the way through. While I didn't find the juniper anywhere - I find this easy to drink, but not something I'd reach for.

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Photo of J_Dub
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of burnstar
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold orange with a small white head. Aroma is light, sweet, a touch of juniper, a bit of citrusy hops. Big malty flavor. Piney juniper flavor is definitely noticable and rather nice. Some citrusy hops are also prevalent. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This is different, but not all that different. Juniper really goes fairly well as a flavoring in beer. Pretty drinkable stuff.

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Juniper Pale Ale pours a golden yellow color into my snifter. Only a sliver of an off-white head, which disappears completely within a minute. Average to below average lacing for this brew. The nose is mainly lemon, pineapple, hops and malt. There's an earthy-ness to the nose as well. The taste is fairly underwhelming. I get the hops, but beyond that.... not much. It's also so dry that I can't really get much- the flavors evaporate off your tongue so fast I can't identify them. The earthy/lemon quality is still there in the taste as well. Feel is super thin and way too dry. Overall, this one misses the mark for me. Cheers.

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Photo of lzepplin01
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of diablo14
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Tastes like a mediocre ale with a shot of mediocre gin tipped into it. Say no more.

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Photo of Adkins1203
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of BlindPig
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- ¼” whitish head that left quickly. Light cloudy. You could see medium carbonation and was a golden yellowish color. Very little lacing if at all.

Smell- Fruity hops with not much malt.

Taste- Fruity flavor. Light malt and just a full fruity flavor (fruity is probably juniper). Had a very big flavor to it.

Mouthfeel- med body with med carbonation

Drinkabilty- I really liked it. Nice aftertaste, nice smell, good all around beer.

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Photo of athomasPSU
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Enola
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

** I am reveiwing this as Yellow Snow Ale

This beer is a clear amber color. There was a small white head. The smell is citrus like. There is a sweetness to the smell as well. The taste is is fairly bitter with a fair amount of lingering bitterness. The moouthfeel is incredibly smooth for the style. Pale ales are kind of hit or miss with me but this seems to be a pretty good one. The drinkability is good. I could easily session this beer. A easy drinking brew.

*Note: This beer was very good for a beer brewed roughly 4 years ago. One of the best I have had of the style.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale pours a couple fingers of loose foam
over a cloudy orange brew. There's not a whole lot of carbonation,
and the nose is bready and herbal/spicy. The flavor is a bit of sweetish
malt up against a variety of hop notes dominated by the herbal tastes
in the nose. The head collapses fairly quickly though there is a bit of
sticky lace left behind. Mouthfeel is crisp finishing dry. I like the idea of
using other bittering agents other than hops, especially now that there
is a hop shortage, While there are minor piney notes in this brew, there
are ways to get there using certain hop varieties, so I'm a little puzzled
as to the why of using Juniper berries and emphasizing them on the
bottle- it just doesn't seem to make up much of the flavor. Not that I'm
complaining too much- this is still a pretty decent APA- it's just not that
much different from a ton of other ones.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a very hazy straw color, nice one finger headf and lacing as well.
Smell was fairly innocent. Slight twinge of hops, no juniper berries noticed and very faint malt tones.
Taste was nondescript as well. Very mild, slight hoppiness and very little added from the juniper.
A bit dissapointed, but not terrible.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a very bright gold and yellow color. I can see where the name comes from. The head was fluffy and it left a great fluffy lace to match.

The smell was strong but in a pretty traditional fashion. The taste gave something similar, but with a pretty good kick in the finish. Up front it was full of hops, much like the St Rogue Red.

It's good stuff, but it could probably be toned down a little bit. It's not too far from being great.

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Photo of greyghost86
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of treehugger02010
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a 22 oz. bottle at Brothers in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Appearance: Cloudy orange color with lots of head. You could tell it was heavily carbinated. There was a fair amount of lacing, but the head retention was poor to average.
Smell: Hoppy aroma, but not much depth.
Taste: Hoppy, yet sweet, however the sweetness didn't appear to come from a familiar malt, hints of fruit.
Mouthfeel: Great, went down smooth, but didn't lose the stift hop feel.
Drinkability: Above average, but not the best beer ever.
Don't drink and review.

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

Appearance: Cloudy, orangish, small head with good lacing

Aroma: Malt; citrus; light juniper

Taste: Malty; citrusy; very slight juniper notes; finishes slightly hoppy; tasty and good for a session beer, but nothing special

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of obywan59
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, yellowish-gold color. Tons of carbonation buttles rising throughout the glass. A 3 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly leaving decent lacing.

Initially, the aroma is redolent of hops, but the smell of honey-like malt soon arises and eventually predominates.

The first taste impression is of honey. soon balanced nicely by a hoppy bitterness and a hint of juniper.

Medium mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy, again reminiscent of honey. Very peppery carbonation. Smooth and silky.

A good drinker. Very pleasant.

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Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into a shaker pint.

Apperance- The body is a standard yellow-gold with a few carbonation columns in the hazy body. The head made it to about a half-finger before becoming random globs of foam dispersed on the top of the beer.

Smell- There is some standard grassy hop scent that gives that "beer" smell to the nose. There is a little bit of herbalness, I'm not sure that it is juniper, but it is there.

Taste- The profile is pretty close to an adjunct. There is a lot of grassy hops, not very bitter. It tastes like something in the 30-40 IBU range.

The malt is a little bit like a wheat-cereal. The juniper herbal note is mainly in the mid-drink to the finish, but it does not last very long. The grassy hop and bitterness is what sticks around.

Mouth feel- The body is light to medium and a little fizzy. The carbonation may just be slightly over done. It is a little too slick giving it a slight watery character that I wish was not there.

Overall- To have juniper in the name, there should be noticeable amounts of juniper. Sure, there is a slight herbal quality, but it is not distinct, or nearly big enough.

What is left, is the base pale ale. And while this base is not bad, it really needs that juniper to make it one I would want to return to it again.

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Photo of TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jburd19
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Thrasher
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is surprising that for a winter seasonal, this is one of Rogue's lighter and more drinkable offerings. Also I am not sure why this is classified as an herbed/spiced beer, since the only extra ingredient is juniper berries although juniper berries could be considered to have a somewhat spicy flavor. There is no actual spice in the beer though. A fruit beer, perhaps? Well, not really. This is essentially a light-ish pale ale with an accented hop bite, and a bitter tartness from the juniper berries which are not at all sweet berries, they're used to make gin remember? A light, clear gold, with average head and lacing. The malts are the high point of the beer, and are generally light and biscuity but there is a roastier, almost chocolatey undercurrent that really appeals to me. A very crisp, clean, appealing taste in which no yeast intrudes, the end result being refreshing if maybe a little one-dimensional. The hops close things out with a tweak of bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and a bit metallic, not particularly good. It's that malt that keeps me intrigued though.

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Photo of Envelopes
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 44.7% out of 100 with 1,328 ratings
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