Juniper Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

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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
Ratings:
1,329
Reviews:
678
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
111
For Trade:
1
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Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow color with meidum thick white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Had this on tap at Taco Mac while eating spicy foods, so it was difficult to pick out any outstanding nose or taste. Mouthfeel was a bit tnagy, yet offset slightly by malty sweetness.

This is a smooth drinking, full-bodied beer that goes rounds to a nice finish, and would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of Slats
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle

Appearance: Rich yellow that is just shy of being amber. Fluffy white head that settles to a very thin ring.

Smell: Citrusy hops and potting soil like earthy aroma. Juniper scent is there but very subtle and balanced with the malts.

Taste: Herbal/earthen flavors balanced nicely against the malts. Clean hop flavors that help highlight the juniper. Hop and juniper take the stage at the back end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. Smooth and soft on the pallet.

Drinkability: Session strength and body, however, the hops and juniper will likely be fatiguing after more than 2 glasses.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with creamy one-finger eggshell colored head. Nice lace.

Sweet orangey citrus hops, hint of pine, with spicy perfume scent on top; hint of caramel.

Pale malts, mildly sweet with hints of orange. Good amount of hops to balance throughout that builds to a bitter and slightly spiced finish.

Smooth, almost creamy, full-bodied Pale Ale. Good hearty Pale that is pretty sessionable.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Lexluthor33
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 alexmpino
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great head. Thought it was maybe overfermented; but could not find a best by date. The carbonation was overflowing out of the 22, but when poured into glasses it had about a one inch head. (as a sidenote; this beer was served at around 8000 ft. elevation and brewed at around sea-level) Nonetheless This was a delicious american pale ale from Rogue. Not quite as much juniper flavor as I had expected though. With the price of beer rising, and this one was five bucks, it was well worth the buy, but only for a try. I will usually buy based on pricepoint and this brewery usually aims just above my line. But always worth a taste of something new and interesting.

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Photo of Hokies
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a nonic glass

A: Poured a nice one inch head which dissipated quickly leaving a nice lacing. The beer has a nice copper color with moderate carbonation.

S: Starts with a light hop aroma followed by some yeast and hint from the juniper.

T: Starts with a decent amount of malt sweetness that is followed up by the rogue yeast then a mild juniper taste that finishes leaving an oily feeling and a hop bitterness at the end.

M: Smooth leaving an oily mouth coating with mild carbonation.

D: A nice pale that does not go over the top with juniper, yet I would only have one at a time.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22-oz bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Hazy amber, large off white head with big bubbles, recedes quickly leaves lots of lacing on glass.

S = Smells like a typical APA, pine from hops, light malt scents of bread dough, light hints of white pepper and grapefruit rinds.

T = Sweet malt tastes, with honey, maple syrup, half-baked white bread, on the sides and back of the mouth there is some slight amount of pine bitterness together with a slight oily bitterness of the juniper berries. Finish is medium long.

M = Medium-light bodied, fair mouthcoating, frothy mouthfeel.

D = Only fair drinkability on this one. It is basically a pretty standard APA but with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste of juniper berries. Too bad, I had wanted to like this one.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mid gold with a big head, this is a beer that reveals its charms with time and a little warming up. The nose is hoppy and slightly piney . The beer at first is a normal APA with the tradmark Rogue yeast taste but after awhile the juniper comes out in the finish as dry and herbal. A nice drinking beer with subtle influence from the juniper

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Photo of MoJoe
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy light copper color. Soft white head with moderate head retention. Giving way to a light lace along the glass.

S- Sweet malt with decent hop aroma and yeast. A slight berry hint as well.

T- Definete malty sweetness followed by substancial bitterness. The biterness gives way to juniper berries and finishes with decent amount of hop flavor. Maltiness almost had a buttery hint to it..

M- Full bodied with mild carbonation. The hops and juniper berries combine to give it an exotic tengling mouthfeel.

D- All on all a note worthy brew. Very interesting and memorable. Not a session beer but one i will enjoy again.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had been curious about this for a while, as some people had referred to this as being an "extreme" beer. Well we'll shortly find out I guess.

A: Poured from a 22oz bottle, cloudy copper color, billowy white head about 2 inches thick, reduced to a film after a few sips.

S: Sweet malty smells, very malty, piney hops, much more towards the pine, interesting but not impressive.

T: Big malty sweetness, especially after it warmed up, bready tastes, a faint hop bite at the end, interesting sweetness in with the hops notably from the juniper taste, but not overwhelming, i expected something similar to gin, but this wasn't the case, a little skewed to the malt side but good, lingering bitterness towards a peppery side.

M: Slick and smooth, not very well carbonated, nice dry finish though.

D: Pretty drinkable, I got through the whole bomber pretty easily, quite interesting, but I wouldn't be able to drink another in one night, just not that level yet. A fine beer, but nothing that I'd keep on hand.

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Photo of dickieb
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had anything from Rogue in a while and this one caught my eye. Pours clear amber in color with an initial big head that hangs around a little bit, and leave some good lacing. The smell is of sweet malts with some hints of lemon zest and some bready aromas. The taste starts of with some light spice followed by an average malt backbone well balanced by hops. I pick up some light juniper flavoring at the end, but if I was not looking for it I wouldnt have picked it up. This could pass as a session beer if it diddnt only come in $5 bombers, some good but not overpowering flavor and a high level of drinkability.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a sturdy head that retains well and leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Cracker malt with a subtle lemon, pineapple aspect

Taste: Opens with a crackery flavor that expands in an herbacious but fruity direction by mid-palate; unlke other pale ales, the fruity touch is very light and delicate; after the swallow, the fruit lingers but the juniper taste becomes apparent at the very end, with a nice dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A worthwhile experiment but not something I would seek out on a regular basis

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Photo of JDV
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost completely clear gold color with a small white head. Smell is very faint. Some sweetness and very light hops. Not sure I'm getting any juniper from the nose.. Taste is pretty balanced for a pale, perhaps bordering on the malty side. Noticeable sweetness and light hop flavors and bitterness towards the finish with an overall lively, crisp mouthfeel. Pretty muted flavor overall, but nice, and very drinkable. I'm not too sure on the flavor of juniper but I didn't get anything that bowled me over and screamed juniper berry. Nice pale ale.

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Photo of righlander
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy gold from a 22oz bottle, not a lot of head. i really expected this beer to be a lot sweeter. bit of pine and fruity smell. taste is good nice hop balance. i could use a bit more hops my self but hey.. it is good. after taste is a bit of bitter hop then nice and malty.... but not too malty. all in all this beer is really good. will buy it again for sure. although would be cool to be able to find it in 6 packs. really very drinkable. i could drink a bunch of these. good job rogue! i like it!

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Photo of Strix
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a good head.

Nice hoppy smell, with pine and grapefruit.

Towards the beginning of the bottle, I did notice a juniper twang, but by the end it sort of faded. Nice hop notes in this, but balanced, with a fading sweetness towards the end reminiscent of Dead Guy Ale.

Mouthfeel nice and substantial.

This large bottle went down easy. Nothing earth shattering, but very pleasant. A good blend of hop bite and smooth sweetness.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a bottle at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD. Pours a nice light amber with some pinkish hues. Had a nice fluffy head that left some good lacing as it dissolved. Has some nice maltiness in the nose, as well as some spicy notes. I was expecting something a bit stronger in that department. Herbal initial taste, followed by a solid bitterness, and then finished with a nice malty back bone. Medium bodied with a nice clean finish. I could see this being a nice session beer, just finding it this one time was a big enough problem.

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Photo of mattster
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 22 oz bomber bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Forms nice layer of foam across top of mostly clear amber ale.

Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is also hoppy, with hints of piney, but don't really taste or smell cedary juniper. Maybe a hint of it, but I just can't place it. With that being said, this brew has a nice quick finish, with a really nice full body.

Nothing I'm crazy about, but more than willing to drink this again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the bomber bottle into my glass and received a dark gold body with a two-finger head that stayed with the beer and left minor lacings. A dry, hoppy smell with some floral aromas and some citrus to it also, but nothing too descript. Not the greatest tasting brew, but it has a fuller citrus flavor from the juniper and there is a nice malt mix to give it a full body. A little too hoppy and dry on the back end makes it a little less smooth than it should be, but it goes down easy. Just a little too dry and not as sweet as I though - just not something I would repeatedly buy.

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Photo of theformula
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #34 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/3. Picked this one up at River City Cellars in Richmond, VA.

A: Pours a light gold body into a tulip glass. A large, whipped white head holds together really well. Body has good clarity, a bit cloudy.

S: Not a strong, characterful aroma but pleasant. Biscuity, grainy malts with a clover honey-sweetness. Subtle grassy, citrusy hops are noticeable but aren't assertive, appetizing though. Light citrus fruits and vague spruce is evident, but not juniper necessarily.

M: Super-smooth, creamy body w/ a nice crispness. Nice.

T: This is a very nice, balance PA. Nothing's out of place. However, I don't detect much juniper, it would be nice to get more of that influence. Biscuity malts w/ honey and some grain carry the beer w/ a woody, spruce note. The sweetness and the yeast give this a German pils-like appeal to me. Finishes very dry w/ grain, yeast and green hops.

D: A delicious pale ale, extremely drinkable as well. Too easy. I'd like more juniper and there's nothing that particularly stands out about this one, but I'd pick it up again. Recommended.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a nice gold-bronze honey w/thick head that quickly dropped and left ok lacing.

S-Hop character w/hint citrus and floral notes, touch of fresh dirt and vegetation, and malt with overtones of a grain I can't identify.

T-Slightly sweet malt at attack, and palate opens up citrus flavors and I get the first trace of juniper berries which I probably wouldn't have identified if it wasn't written on the bottle, clean, dry finish with lingering bitterness. I think I'm also getting a bit of salt.

M-I really enjoyed the way this stuff went down...smooth and clean. It's an easy drink. Body is just right, carbonation is just right.

D-Not my favorite stuff, but this beer is still delightful. A double deuce goes down smoother than most twelvers, and it's enjoyable.

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Photo of bisoubisou
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this would be a try-once bottle but we've had at least a sixer. Very drinkable and not as much juniper considering the name. The pretty hop aromatics are assertive and complex. Would make a great everyday pale ale if it was local. One of my favorite Rogues.

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Photo of wcdoyle
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on tasting notes from '07 Knoxville Brewers Jam.

Poured a clear gold with a pale head. Hop-forward smell, although I missed the juniper here. The taste brought out the juniper for me, but this is a hop-heavy beer. Sharpness in the mouthful and a medium to light body. Overall, this is a nice (the good nice, not the bad "nice") choice in terms of drinkability. Different and worth trying

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" white head that fell to a cloud with little lacing. Slightly hazed yellow body.

S: Light aroma of sweet bready malt & some floral hops.

T: The sweet malt from the smell is balanced perfectly by spicy and bitter hops. I can't say I taste the juniper, but to be honest, I probably wouldn't know juniper if it bit me in the ass.

M: Very good mouthfeel. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very smooth. Sticky/oily with a lasting finish.

D: Easy to drink. Nothing to object to, but there's also no reason to go out of the way to get one.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off white head on a golden-orange body with excellent clarity. As the head settles, it leaves a nice, dense lace pattern.

S - Grainy, with herbal hop notes and, of course, juniper (although the gin like character is not as pronounced as one might expect).

T - Spicy, grainy flavor up front, followed by a bit of sweetness. The herbal flavors come in next with flavors of juniper berries and floral hops that fade into a strong, grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body and high carbonation along with just a bit of residual sweetness in the finish.

D - For hop or gin lovers, this should be pretty easy to put down. I hadn't had this beer for some time and I am a bit disappointed to find that its gin-like character is not as intense as I remember it. Nevertheless, this is an unusual beer that has some good herbal notes and just enough sweetness in the finish to be reminiscent of a gin and tonic.

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