Juniper Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale
1,328 Ratings
Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is just a barely above average beer. I was expecting a harder juniper punch to it but instead I got a very malty and middle of the road beer. I like that the aftertaste is this mix of malt/hops that comes out at exactly the same time, giving it some unique character I've never had before. Really nice snowy head. Really light mouthfeel, like you're drinking less than you really are. I probably won't buy this again but it's worth trying.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Pours a hazy orange color with a small fizzy, off-white head. Aroma is mainly hops, pine, and a hint of juniper. Flavor is buttery, but bitter. A light malty, but again mainly hop flavor. Finishes easy, decent beer. Rogue just makes good beer.

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Photo of GeoCait
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

12 oz bottle

A - Golden color, slightly hazy, very thin but tight white head settles quickly to a thin layer, slippery lacing

S - Immediate notes are citric hops, maybe with a light floral edge. Roasted malt undercurrent; if there is supposed to be juniper in the nose, it's lost on me.

T&M - Smooth feeling, lighter to medium bodied. Nice hop and malt balance. Malts have a sweeter edge to them. Citrus hits in the front with a very subtle juniper (gin-like) quality in the finish. Bits of lemon peel as well.

D and notes - Very sessionable ABV with good balance of flavor. The juniper in this is mostly lost on me. Juniper should be very aromatic, and I really felt like I was searching for it in the flavor. I guess if it's in the name of the beer, I expect it to be more present.

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Photo of Polasiuss
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jellikit
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: mostly yellow. Thin, foamy head. Nice lacing.
S: meh. Smells like corona.
T: medium- light maltiness. Slightly sweet at the end. Piney hops. Not as much juniper as I expected.
M: mellow carbonation. Medium-light body.
O: decent. Lacking in aroma. Tastes fine.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Glass

Appearance - Has a moderately hazy slightly dark colden color to it, with a little bit of carbonation bubbles popping up. Head pours at around a 1 finger width with an aggressive pour and has a alot of sticky lacing on the side, more so than I have seen in a while.

Smell - It's got a fairly sweet fruity smell to it along with a bready and malty scent. I'm also picking up some caramel and a slight piney hop smells in here too

Taste - Moderately fruity flavor to it, which I'm assuming is the juniper berries, along with some pretty hefty malty notes. I'm also picking up some slight bitter piney hop flavors in here too, giving it an almost grassy flavor. Overall, it's a pretty earthy tasting beer. Moderately dry aftertaste, consisting of that malty/grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Body is fairly light and the beer itself is pretty thin, and it's got a certain crisp & refeshing feel which I contribute to its ingredients and earthy makeup.

Overall - It's a alright beer, but it's really nothing too special even with juniper berries. It's refreshing, but that's all I can say of what is an otherwise average tasting beer

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Photo of Guffy
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of winomark
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep gold with a vigorous fluffy white head.

Aroma: Slightly spicy nose with rich malt presence. Hop citrus makes an appearance.

Taste: Mild malt with lots of hop and spice coming out. Dry, crisp, and slightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light on the palate, but nice and flavorful throughout. Good carbonation balance.

Drinkability: A good, easy-drinking offering from Rogue. Juniper berries offer an interesting twist. Try this one if you can.

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Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of HugoGrim
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ML bomber into a standard pint. I'm not sure which name came before the other, but the bottle I sampled was called Yellow Snow Ale (not Juniper Pale Ale as the database lists it), and featured the Rogue guy in red ski gear with a black labrador retriever.

Color is pale orange gold like apple cider. No head or lace to speak of.

The scent is sweet and floral. You get no hops in the nose of this ale which is surprising after tasting it.

Smooth malts and strong Earth hops make up the flavor profile, with a light juniper element accent. The hops finish strong and spicy.

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Photo of t420o
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale

A- pour produces a 2-1/2 finger off white head that rests on a slightly hazy straw colored body. Good retention 4

S- cereal grain, alcohol, metallic twang, slightly herbal, slightly bitter smelling. Not a very appealing smell 2 

T- bland. Not bad, but very bland. Grain, slight yeast taste, malt profile is ok, slight floral hop, slightly herbal. I like juniper berries and love them in the only other beer I've had with them which is Mammoth 395 IPA (one of my favorites specifially because of the juniper), but this beer has none that I can really taste. Pretty disappointing but my expectations keep going lower and lower for Rogue beers. 3

M- good mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the light side of feel and good body.  4

O- at $5.99 for a 22 it wasn't too expensive but I still feel ripped off. This is such an average beer it should be like $2.99. Oh wait but they have those cool labels on the bottles that they spend all that money for! 3


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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Elprico
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of brewskis4drewski
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of KevdoggNasty
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Poured very cloudy and orangey-yellow. Alot of head quickly dissapated into light and fluffy bubbles. Looks similar to natural, unfiltered apple cider. Scents of fruits and perfume. Tastes of hops and pepper, juniper berry -taste of gin... Good flavor. Was kind of worried about trying this one, as it listed styrian hops, and I have noticed that I just plain dislike them -find those beers skunky, but did not notice the styrian in here. I have always enjoyed Rogue, and this one fits right in. Nice drinkability.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not a large head but a really nice golden color. Sunset orange hues, slightly hazy.

S: Toffee, citrus hops. A little honey and light bread.

T: Out standing. A very dry resin controls the flavor load here. The juniper plays this part, acting as the bittering hop. Malt is cleverly rich to balance the astringency. Agave, caraway, and rye could all be found here.

M: Astringent, dry yet viscous. Good.

D: Very good drinking pale. Interesting and unique but not overwhelming or a novelty.

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Photo of nmeiborg
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of OsoRojo
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Jasoncolliver
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of blmar311
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Osiris9588
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a brown, honey hue--or "saffron" accoring to the 22oz bomber. The white head doesn't stick around for very long.

The nose is hoppy, with some yeast and light citrus--and only a whisper of juniper, not as much as I was hoping for.

The flavor consists of orange, light spice, touch of nutmeg, berry, malt, yeast, somewhat strong hops, and juniper berries on the finish.

The mouth is light, and rather creamy for a pale ale. It is not really all that complex. The hops are pretty mellow, and the juniper only adds on a crips dryness on the back palate.

Drinkable and pleasant, would definitely drink this "out on the town," but not earth shattering. Also being a fan of gin, I was intrigued when I saw a juniper pale ale. However, I was kind of underwhelmed by the result.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BMan33
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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