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Juniper Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

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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:
#37,547
Reviews:
678
Ratings:
1,328
pDev:
13.57%
Bros Score:
3.12
 
 
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Photo of cracgor
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an ambercolor with a thin flimsy white head and minimal lace. Has an aroma of oily hops that remind me of melon and sycamore trees. Very good smell. Tastes incredibly well balanced. The sweet foundation of malts stands up very well to the hops that taste exactly like they smell. The beer has a light/medium body that lends well to enjoying this beer through the night. Another solid beer from Rogue.

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Photo of slvrmon82
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very light crisp golden color. Not as much saffron as the bottle says.

S - Smells a lot like an English pale ale can't smell the juniper over the amarillo hops.

T- Very nice and refreshing. On the light side of pale ales. Juniper upfront with hops as a very nice finisher.

M - Light with a little cream.

D - Very refreshing. A good summer or spring beer. Not so much winter ale.

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

Appearance: Lightly hazy, pale golden body with a small white head.

Smell: Mild aroma with a vague biscuit character and notes of pine and citrus.

Taste: Slight dry, biscuity maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. Piney, citrus hop flavors with a medium amount of bitterness. The meager juniper flavor comes in right when the bitterness hits and is rather obscured by it. Heck, if the beer didn't have "juniper" in the name, you might miss it altogether. Light, lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe I need to lighten the fudge up, but unless the juniper berries ever decide to drop by, I say just skip this one.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bartender served with a head that looked more like lacing. Dark olden in colour, and fairly clear. The Juniper flavour seemed to get lost in the excessive hoppinness early on. Not much malts, and it finished off a little disappointing to be honest. It did look and smell nice, if only the flavour had more resembled its appearance. Interesting, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of semihobo
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with no date.

Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a turbulent sticky head that has great staying power.

Smell is piney hops (perhaps that is aided by the juniper?) with dry, crackery amber malt. The beer is cold, but the smell is still pretty subdued, developing a small off-note as it warmed.

Taste is pretty much a plain pale ale. Hops are split between bittering / flavor, malt is crisp. Pretty dry when cold, although it gets a little cloying as it warms. Nothing extreme going on. There is a hint of juniper on the finish but it is very subdued and is somewhat redundant with the piney hops... a little disappointing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

As a matter of personal taste I like my herbed / fruit / oddball beers a little over the top. This is a fine pale ale, but grading within the style, it loses points for juniper failure.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a very nice off white head. Flavor is extremely smooth. Nice crisp juniper edge that carries a nice berry tone. The juniper definitely appears more as time goes on and it warms. Nice feel on the mouth. I think this is a very good beer. Sure it is heavy on the juniper. But I’ve never been opposed to having an interesting ingredient in my beer if it provides a unique drinking experience.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow color with minimal head, but what is there is bright white. Totally transparent. Lacing is somewhat present on the sides of the glass.

S- Sour hops. Also, some floral and citurs smells there, but not alot like most pale ales. Caramel is very light, but is also present.

T- Semi bitter hops. Citrus and florals are there as specified in the nose.

M- Low carbonation (possibly from the tap) and is oily.

D- Does not go one way or another. Just average to me.

Overall- Just Ok. Decent ale, but is somewhat watery to me. It may be because this was from the tap, but I will definitely give another try to distinguish if this is indeed true.

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

22 ounce bomber purchased from Cooke's Family Market in El Segundo for five dollars, split with my dad a couple nights ago

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a pale golden yellow color that a bit of a murky appearance, small 1/4 inch white soapy head did not stick around for long, weak retention and minimal lacing

Smell was a mixture between fruit, hops and mild spices, mostly sweet berries and bready malt characteristics stood out, the hoppiness was faint but still definitely there

Taste was crisp at first when chilled and the straw-like hops really stuck out, then it turned into a chewy malty beer and had too much funky fruitness going on, particularly blueberries and cherries, the spices were a little much too and had a strong herbal flavor, not my thing when the beer is overly sweet and spicy, if I were ever to drink this again I would make sure the beer was very cold and not drink it because of its enjoyable taste because that is not the case, pale ales should be far more hoppy than sweet and this one was the opposite

The body was pretty weak and not thick, the carbonation might have been too heavy, the beer tasted much better when it was cold rather than when it warmed which is usually a bad thing, taste did not last long

Could drink about two bombers before getting really tired of its weak flavor, it is not heavy and the alcohol percentage is low, but the sweetness would really catch up to me, not a good session beer like most pale ales tend to be

Not Rogue's best, thought it was worth trying because I only see it about one month out of every year and it seems to sell out pretty fast, recommended if you are curious but not the best pale out there, average beer that did not do to much for me overall

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Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent golden pale color with a thick head that recedes down to a one-finger head, leaving some lacing in the result. Nice and bready upfront, malty and with the juniper berries adding a nice but subtle touch to the aroma. There's almost a minty quality in the aroma as well.

Taste is smooth and malty upfront with a biscuity touch in the mouthfeel and a slight dryness at the back of the throat. The juniper seems hidden though but in its' place is a decent and drinkable pale ale. There is a slight mint feeling in the aftertaste but that's all that I can detect.

Overall, a solid pale ale that when fresh, would no doubt taste much much better.

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Photo of younger35
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this about six months ago at Rogue. Have been sitting on about 6 different bombers of stuff from Rogue that I need to finish asap. I thought it would be fitting to drink this on Christmas day since I drank this under the alias of Yellow Snow Pale Ale.

Appearance- Pours a chill hazed piss yellow with a big foamy two finger bright white head. Slowly recedes leaving a huge foamy cap and collar and crazy amounts of lacing.
Smell- Really bright and overly citrusy. No signs of the juniper berries but I’m not 100% sure I’d even know what they smelled like. Loads of pineapple and mango along with a slightly caramel undertone.
Taste- Like the nose there is plenty of citrus goodness to go around. Loads of tangerine, lemon, pineapple and orange make this quite a tropical delight. Almost numbing in the bitterness with a smack of spiciness. Finishes slightly doughy with a dry sweet toffee finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a semi dry finish and medium tingly carbonation.
Drinkability- This brew is not too shabby at all. I’m not really sure where the juniper berries come into play but something is a bit different about this brew. Another pretty quality brew from Rogue.

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Photo of slyke
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of white head that laces a little bit after fading to a thin cap.

A note of juniper is definitely in the aroma, but so are hops. rankly I was hoping for more of the juniper with this one.

Taste is good. This is a nice example of a northwest U.S. pale ale with a twist.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side.

Drinkability is decent with this beer. I'd drink it again if it were offered, but I doubt I'll seek it out.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Elk Public House, served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a gold color and slightly hazy. A small tight foamy head tops the brew but is not very resilient.

Smell is faint. A bit of a mild vinegar smell.

Taste is bitter but bland. Juniper flavor I guess.

Mouthfeel is a dry thin feeling. It's light and not filling.

A drinkable pale ale, but average. The juniper gimmick doesn't do much for it.

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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 yourefragile
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a two finger white head that quickly dissipates and initially has a large number of fine bubbles rising to top.
S: Very faint lemony/floral scent, some hops, nothing too spectacular, though the dense smoke in the room may have clouded my judgement in this regard
T/M: Not really picking up on the juniper or really anything that remarkable here. Very smooth with the most persistent taste being a light hoppy flavor. Basically a mediocre pale ale.
D: Not the worst, just not up to what I expect from Rogue as nothing really stood out or distinguished itself. My macro loving friends thought this was phenomenal

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Photo of mjd83goblue
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber for $5.79. Poured into a pint glass

A: Refers to itself as "saffron colored". I'll buy that. Decent head.

S: This smells awful. A mix of sickly sweetness and stale macro crap. Ugh.

T: Decent hop flavor, finishing with a good deal of bitterness. Still too sweet, in my opinion. I don't get any juniper in this at all.

M: Fine

D: Pretty crisp, but a little sweet to have too much

Rogue has better stuff out there.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok...slightly peculiar.
Pours a dark, pale yellow more like a bronze color...with a medium white head that sticks around as a small ring.

Aromas are similar to a pale ale with nice crisp hops and mildly sweet malt, but a type of spiciness I really can't identify and don't think it's "juniper' as advertised.

Taste is crisp and light like a pale ale with the same attributes noticed in the aromas but again, a bitter spicy finish that I can't really identify.
It tries to be lemon but then doesn't quite make that either.

To me, this starts out like a fine APA but then tries to be something else...something it has no business trying to be and Rogue just misses the mark with this one.

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Photo of cerveza5150
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed at all. The initial taste is barely detectable sweetness, followed by a metallic hop burn, ending with a spicy juniper berry burst. Not too enjoyable - almost like this ale started out as a good idea, but ended up loaded with probelms. I'm not going to waste another 5 bucks on this one.

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

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me. Poured cold and allowed to warm in a goblet.

A - A brilliant amber w/ 2 fingers of white foam that creates sporadic lace on the glass. This ale had a slight chill haze when poured.

S - A light apricot aroma is fragrant w/ a subtle floral note. There is a pleasant aromatic pine/juniper note w/ an herbal aspect. The citrusy amarillo hop aroma is noticeable in the nose.

M - Grainy w/ a moderate amount of bitterness up front. The malt provides a decently balanced feel. A full effervessence contributes to the balance also w/ a nice touch of malty warmth underneath and herbal tinges.

T - A smooth malt flavor w/ a good juicy dose of tangerine flavored citrus hops. Plenty of malt flavor w/ crystal influence is detected in the sweetness of the flavor. A piney note that carries on until the sweetness and subtle warming w/ a hint of spice.

D - Very decent drinkability wise. This is a nice NW pale w/ plenty of hop flavor and the juniper is hinted at also. The balance is very good, I would definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I saw this at the liquor store I got excited on account of I had the Alaskan Winter Ale a couple weeks back and that had spruce tips in it. I figured if one beer with random tree parts in it is good, then maybe this one is too. Well anyway, I don't mean to bash this beer too much but I was let down especially when the clerk said it was nasty, I figured that meant it would have some kind of extreme flavor.

It poured a nice copper/brown pale ale color that was crystal clear. Had some nice bubbles coming out of solution and produced a nice white head that stuck around for a minute. Not much lacing to speak of though. If you try real hard you can smell a fruity sweetness to this beer but I can't figure out if thats from the hops or from the whole juniper berries that they put in there. The rest of the smell comes from the pale malt.

The beer has a considerable bitterness and a nice sweetness, a bit generic. After reading the back of the bottle I discovered that some of that bitterness may come from the juniper berries. They're noticeable on the aftertaste, a bit spicy. There was a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth and pretty drinkable, would go good with dinner if you happen to make something thats a bit too bland for your tastes.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber
I picked this up the other day as it sounded interresting.
Pours an amber with a bubbly white head one inch head that quickly faded to the sides of the glass. Aroma comes through with some caramel maltiness, some citrus fruit, and an slight almost medicinal smell. The taste is typical north american pale ale. Medium body with good carbonation.
A decent pale ale, I only wish the juniper was more pronounced. I felt that it was barely noticable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a yellow/light amber into a tulip, with a thick white head, good retention, leaves spotty, bubbly lacing.

S: Lots of biscuit malt, hoppiness is restrained, juniper berries add a bit of lemon scent.

T: This is a very interesting tasting Pale Ale. The juniper berries add a spicy, lemony, herbal complexity to the nice pale ale template. I also got a nice flavour of biscuit malt to balance the floral hops and spicy juniper, a weird flavour, but enjoyable as well.

M: Smooth and crisp, resiny, medium-bodied, carbonation is spot on.

D: An interesting experiment that complements the APA backbone nicely. I like it when brewers do stuff off the beaten track that works. Good job Rogue.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this on-tap at the Rogue Portland brewpub. Poured a clear, honey yellow with a small, foamy white head. Pretty good retention. I'm not sure what juniper is supposed to smell or taste like, so it's hard to judge the beer. The predominant flavor and aroma is honey actually: a sort of tasty sweet/sour combination. Some herbal elements - is that the juniper? Surprisingly hoppy on the center of the tongue, with a distinctly grainy finish. Appropriate mouthfeel, good carbonation. Overall, easy to drink, just not that amazing.

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

i like gin. will this be like a gin beer?

it's pale—in the gold range—and has an assertive head. good lacing helps remind one of the once vainglorious foam

i'm not gonna lie, the juniper character is minimal. in fact, i would never have identified a juniper influence. it sure would be nicer if it were more noticeable, as that would make the novelty of the whole thing a little more palatable. i would say there is something i don't recognize, but it's not enough to make the beer great (or particularly good, even)

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Photo of JamesS
4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a nice light tan color, good head, good lacing. It has a great scent and taste, a nice crisp, hoppy aroma and taste with great hints of juniper. Although it's listed as an herbed/spice beer, it reminds me partially of a fruited wheat beer, except it's a great pale ale in place of the wheat beer. It goes down quite easily, I could drink one or two all on my own quite easily.

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Photo of WonderfulSam
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a big glass stein, got about 1/2 finger of unremarkable head with moderate retention. The color was a pale straw, and the beer had a few big bubbles coming up through it.

This smelled slightly sweet, with a bready malt aroma and mild hops. I REALLY enjoyed the flavor. Rich, balanced bread and butter body with light juniper sweet notes coming through and creating a pleasant tangy aftertaste. I was expecting a bit more juniper flavor. However, the subtle juniper flavor that came through was a very nice touch, and I rather enjoyed the way that the flavor evolved in my mouth.

The mouthfeel was smooth and buttery. This was really nice to drink. My notes from that evening say "De-liscious." It went down quite smoothly with a nice aftertaste.

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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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