Juniper Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.61/5
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:
#36,730
Reviews:
678
Ratings:
1,328
pDev:
13.57%
Bros Score:
3.12
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
112
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,328 |  Reviews: 678
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look is Amber yellow with a nice head. The aroma is of malts,herbs,spices and background notes of light hops and pepper. The taste is lightly malted,spicy and sweet. The carbonation is good and the overall feel is a nice clean finish with less hops than expected but a grainy texture.
Notes: I had this brew at David Copperfield's and it was ok,nothing bombastic and nothing to reget over ordering it. I would have it again but not in a hurry to do so.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Rogue brewpub...in the Portland Airport no less.

Crystal clear pale golden with a faint head.

Mild sweetness in the aroma. A bit of citrusy hops, with a nice light malt presence. Light earthy spice. I live in cCntral Oregon, which is freakin juniperland. I know a juniper when I smell (or taste?) one, and ths beer does not have a big juniper profile.

Nice hop bitterness, almost an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light, and drinkability is superb. A real nice brew!

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

A very fine brew from Rogue, a brewery that, for one reason or another, I have tried very little. While the name may turn some off, this brew pours a wonderful golden color that still offers more character than your regular old golden beer. The head is respectable and apparent for a short time. This is one of the more drinkable brews I have had in quite some time. The taste is extremely palatable and would go well with just about any fare - in my case, it was German food. Find it, try it! Prost!

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rich golden color with lots of robust white head with great staying power. Looks great, IMO. I was expecting it to be a little lighter since this is the renamed Yellow Snow, but it's good.

S- Malty and citrusy. The malt is a bit biscuity, grainy, light. Citrusy hops with another aroma I can't quite pin (I'm guessing juniper).

T- Surprised that the alcohol comes through a little in this one. A bit earthy and piney from the hops. Not as much juniper here, although it does contribute to some of the earthy/bitter notes. I tend to like piney beers, and this is a nice one. Not overpowering, but pretty enjoyable. The depth of flavor here is somewhat lacking, however. Kind of reminds me of a nice Pils.

M- Sticky, medium bodied, nice balance with carbonation and body. A bit dry on the finish.

D- A pretty good brew here. Not fantastically deep or my favorite from Rogue, but definitely a good session.

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Photo of climax
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the 650ml bottle. Poured a nice hazy orange with a slow rising yet certainly substantial off-white webby head which lingered like it should. It left a dome atop and moderate lacing as it slowly receded. After i topped off my glass, it left clumpy thick spots of foam which clung on the glass like the third guy in your party riding on the back of the golf cart after the driver has had 17 holes worth of PBR.

Nose was very crisp and balanced well. The smooth citrus and pine hops were backed by cracker-like malt. For those expecting juniper berries or a gin-esque nose may be left dissapointed, however it is in there.

Flavor is along the lines of the nose, as it should be. The hops don't completely take the show, as the toasty cracker-like malt is right up there with the resiny hop profile. All the goodness fades to a clean citrus and almost sweet finish, leaving the mouth waiting for more.

Feel is smooth with a good crisp bite. It surprisingly easy to drink quickly (even after a large meal). The finish is neither dry nor bitter. I may have liked a bit more body, but it's crisp refreshing and flavorful.

The juniper does not stand out much at all, and being a gin-lover I was rather looking forward to a flavor explosion. However, it's a great pale ale I will return to when I feel like dropping the dough for a bottle.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of 21Maestro8
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of khiasmus
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange in color with a light ring of white head.

S- Hoppy and strawy, with some yeasty and bready notes, and a very little malt in the back.

T- Well-balanced. Hops are prevalent, but the malt and dry starchy flavor make it an easy drink. The taste lasts all the way down, and is good and basic for a pale ale... but a good pale ale.

M- Good. Not exceptional, but good. clean, medium-bodied, and smooth.

D- Yes please. I'll have another.

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Photo of supercolter
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so a different beer, not my favorite Rogue offering to date but a worthy one.
Appearance was rather bland to me which is kind of odd for this brewery.
Smell was really faint, but some notable hops and the spice comes through as the beer warms.
Taste is far more pronounced with more malt than anything coming through. Some high quality hops are also present.
Mouthfeel is good, oily on the tounge.
Drinkability is near perfect.

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Photo of BWED
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Pale goldenrod and unfiltered. Weak white head dies quickly.

S- Earthy evergreen comes out first in the nose. A hint of caramel and grainy malt.

T- Toasted malts with a bite of evergreen, I'm assuming the juniper. Bitterness is light.

M- Dull bitterness throughout, and the finish is long.

O- Just not that impressed with this one. The bitterness is dull and not that pleasant, and there isn't really much flavor.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint.
A: Deep yellow to a gold body color, with a fluffy white head that settles with sticky lacing. Good levels of carbonation.
S: The aroma shows a pilsnerlt and a bit of a grassy note. Medium intensity on the aroma.
T/M: The Upfront flavors are of a light ale, but the juicy body does not hold up through the finish, the berries give off a strange moab taste. The berries show me a bit of an off putting usage, a dry medicinal note.
D: I do not think that this would beer I would drink again. Enjoyed about the whole glass and thats a fine taste for me.

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Photo of tjsmith910
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of tgatort
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Faint toasted malt, not much else.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Nice toasted malt flavor with some bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of Genx
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy honey color topped by a white head made of medium sized bubbles.

S: I can smell the juniper in this beer, which is interesting because I didn't know what to expect. I also get a slightly sweet bread aroma.

T: I can taste the juniper more than I can smell it. It has a slightly spicy flavor to it, along with that bready note I got from the smell. The finish carries the juniper. The bitterness is strange; it's not bitter at all, so the Juniper does balance out the sweet malt. Its a tad different.

M: Surprisingly smooth, but it is somewhat thin. Light bodied, but well carbonated.

D: Its quite drinkable, but would I actually want another? Well, it's better than a lot of other choices.

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Photo of LouZ
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of TequilaTom
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of IAmHollywood13
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of shirfan
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear golden, with a mountainous, foamy, retentive head.

Aroma is mostly citric hops with a lesser sourdough note.

Having never met a juniper berry outside this beer, I'll have to take the bottle's word for their inclusion. Taste is slightly peppery, sourdough again from the malt, mild grapefruit and an evergreen-type flavor I can only assume comes from the juniper berry. Not resinous like wildly hopped brews, more of a pine-needle sensation. Finishes dry and bready.

Slightly thinner bodied than I had hoped, however this would make a good "left-field" session beer just because it's a unique concoction.

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Photo of bboven
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great head, gold color about twice as dark as MGD, great lacing.

Smell is all basic two row malt. Where are the hops...

Lot of honey, a little bitter, very sweet almost makes it seem like it's under-attenuated.

Surprisingly thick and creamy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

This stuff would be great to bring along on any summer outing.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saffron colour with no head. A ring of lace settles where the beer sets for a little while. Despite that, no lace at all. Smells of malt, gin, dry hops and cigar leafs. Is tobacco brewed in this beer? Tastes okay. Earthy, tobacco and gin taste mellowed out by a sweet malt character. Mouthfeel is a little too astringent. This was my first beer from Rogue. I was disappointed. It's actually a bit of a bland beer. Personally, I find very little to write about it. Yeah, it was drinkable. But this is one beer I won't be purchasing. Hopefully, my next Rogue experience will be a much more pleasing one.

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Photo of Higravity
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good dark yellow color with a solid head with nice lacing left. Smell is much that of a usual pale ale nice crisp sweet malt with pleny of hop tones these being more of a piney and floral variety. The taste doesn't really hold any of the juniper berry qualities too strongly, if I wasn't really looking for it I might have missed it and dismissed it as hops. I would have liked it a little stronger to really display the juniper flavor. It has a good body and it is a very drinkable pale ale, I just wish they would take the bolder step and really go with the juniper.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown bomber with pry-off cap poured in a nonic pint glass.

Hazy, golden yellow in colour. White head is 1/2 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap with lots of lacing down the sides.

Aroma is mainly citrus (lemony) and herbal.

Flavour is pretty much the same as the aroma. Citrus, herbal, lemony with hints of malt.

Easy drinking and goes down smooth. Not overly bitter or hoppy. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

A really nice pale ale. Not overly complicated but well balanced and smooth. Drinkability is off the scale.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-A slightly hazy golden beer, topped with a bright white, fluffy head, decent retention.

S-Subtle floral hoppiness with some spicy juniper character over a sweet maltiness.

T-A light, malty foundation is balanced by moderate hop bitterness and a bit of floral hop and juniper. Aftertaste is subtly of juniper berries.

M-Light body with a low carbonation, perhaps a bit too low for style.

D-The juniper is subtle enough that it melds enjoyably into the beer's flavor, instead of overwhelming and drowning out the beer character. Overall, a good, not great, brew.

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Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 1,328 ratings
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