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Juniper Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

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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 peabody
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very weak ice tea color with one finger of white suds and slight lacing around the glass.
Smell is juniper berry I guess but I am smelling some grapefruit and pine needles. Orange peel mixed with caramel malts finish this aroma off.
Taste is a bit dirty but still has enough piney hops to keep it interesting.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part and it goes down nicely when fairly cold.
Good session beer but Dead Guy is a better choice.

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

A- A slightly cloudy golden color with a thick white head. There are some good streams of rising carbonation.

S- A nice crisp hoppiness with some good malt backing. A little bit of Juniper. I wish the juniper berries were a little more pronounced.

T- Hopply. Just a decent pale ale with a tad bit of Juniper aspect. Something is missing here. The last bottle I had of this, I seem to remember the juniper being more pronounced. Seeing that this is a winter release, this could easily (and sadly) be an old bottle.

M- Very crisp and on the dry side. The carbonation level is good though.

D- A little disappointing. I will have to get this again when I can be more confident with the age of it. Still a worthwhile beer, but didn't knock my socks off.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with the usual Rogue screen printing.

A: Very nice initial color, kind of a darker straw color, with a good head. No lacing, only a small ring remains around the edge after the beer sits for a while.

S: Very nice piney (juniper I guess) hop smells, slightly floral, with some light earthy malts in the background.

T: Nice crisp hop blast, very piney but light and not overbearing. Not much malts going on, but some lesser light grassy/earthy malts in the background

M: Good mouthfeel but a not so good oily aftertaste. Well carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink and very smooth, I could drink it all day.

One of my favorite Rogue offerings. Nothing crazy, but a solid, well hopped, easy to drink pale ale. Rogue doesn't really have an IPA they put out regularly but I'd put this as close to an IPA as anything else Rogue offers. A definite buy again.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice treat from Rogue, a little bit of variety. This nice pale ale has a good amber color, with a nice off white head. The smell is citrusy and piney, with some fruity notes that I imagine are the juniper berries. The malt also lends a creaminess and some caramel aromas. The taste offers the same notes as the smell, with more complexity, fruitiness, maltiness, creaminess, caramel, etc. The mouthfeel is medium and fairly full, and the drinkability is very good. This is easily sessionable. Recommended.

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Photo of loren01
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden color, good sized white head, good lace.
S: Juniper berries and good amarillo hop smell, citrusy.
T: Good malt profile up front, biscutty/bready. Followed by good hoppy taste, not too bitter. A little bit of juniper spice to the aftertaste as well
M: Light to medium bodied, good mouthfeel
D: This is one of my favorite rogue beers, very drinkable.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger layer of foam. Leaves some decent lacing.

S: Hops hit you up front in a moderate fashion with a hint of spiciness behind it. The malt is present as well foreshadowing a nice balance.

T: The hops are the key component to this again, yet they have a slightly different taste, most likely brought on by the addition of the juniper berries. A little citrus, a little floral, and a little spicy. Very nice overall. A solid malt backbone adds a bit of sweetness to it which creates a nice balance.

M: Smooth, a little thin, but good for the style.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. I don't know if it would be something I'd want to drink all the time, but it's a nice change of pace.

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

Juniper pours a cloudy light orangish color with a minimal head. The smell is hoppy and aromatic. It tastes spicy and the hops are the powerful ingredient. The mouthfeel lingers quite sometime. My wife said it reminded her of Jubelale from Deschutes. It was the spice added that gave the impression. It is a good refreshment and I will try again to see it a second time.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason this brew was not as good the first few times I had it. Pours a cloudy pale amber, with a decent pal ale head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is big and malty, with some nice understated hops there as well, like cut grass. Taste is a little thin, remember being a bit hoppier. The hops are there with a citrusy spicy bite, but I was hoping for something more assertive. A solid brew, but I may have to revisit in case this isn't a fresh example.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of Puffin Pale Ale (new alias!) at Rogue's Public House in San Francisco ('free range coastal waters' in the ingredients)

a- cloudy, light copper/orange hue with small, white, creamy head that is mostly diminishing, moderate lacing
s- nose has subdued tones of dry maltiness, with underlying hops and very slight berry aroma
t- dominated by maltiness in the front and middle followed up by a bitter hoppy finish, and yes i catch a little berry in the middle that is probably of the Juniper variety
m- medium bodied, adequate carbonation, dry prolonged finish
d- well-balanced pale ale with nice blending of 4 malts and 2 hops, alcohol is well-hidden, not the most outstanding choice in the pale ale category, I doubt I would have an urge for a repeat tasting

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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 WaveRebel51
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who knew that Juniper berries would complement a nice Pale Ale? The beer does not appear to be anything noteworthy -- it has a really pale, yellowly appearance. But appearances aren't everything. This beer has a nice combo of floral and fruity taste character that is truly unique and worth trying. I would not consider this an everyday beer, but this is perfect if you're in the mood for something different.

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

Recently found a bunch of old reviews that I never typed up. This one was from a Rogue night at the Blind Tiger this past spring...

Orange-amber liquid with a nice off-white head. Smelled foresty & earthy with caramel malt. The juniper came out later, as it warmed, and I'm glad it was subtle. I like juniper in general, but there's a reason that gin bombs never caught on.

Unfortunately, I didn't think this beer really worked. The hop and the juniper seem to have created a perfect storm of astringent bitterness that even a Rogue's blend of malts could not overcome, I'm sad to say. I was disappointed by this one and wished I'd spent my money and sobriety on one of the other delectable brews available that night (like the dry-hopped Brutal Bitter... mmm....).

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bomber into a pint glass it pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Smells of floral hops and slightly piney. tastes nice a hoppy, with a nice malt balance, i not sure if i tasted juniper berries since i dont know what they taste like. mouthfeel was on the lighter side of medium-bodied, and goes down very smooth. this is a pretty good beer, i will most likley buy this one again.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 22 oz bottle.

A bright golden yellow color. Lots of carbonation. Big fluffy head, with a haze throughout. Really nice-looking. Bright and just good to look at.

The smell has dry malt characteristics. There is a sweet berry scent that floats on the top as an accent to the malt.

The flavor is a dry maltyness, but with a bitter taste on the back of the tongue. A bit roasted. Also (expectedly) a dark berry accent -- I have never had Juniper but I'll bet that's it. The berries don't overwhelm, but accent the beer nicely.

The feel leaves a film, with a nice coating. A bit creamy and even bubbly. Not bad. All told, it's a well-balanced ale. Dry but a little bitter and a little sweet. Pretty good indeed.

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

From notes. Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Dark straw color, foamy white head settles to about 1/2", leaving lacing along the way. Lots of streaming.

S: Bready malts, biscuity, like a Southern bakery. Oh-so-slight juniper berry scent, but definitely more subtle than I feared. A good omen, that.

T: Nice malt profile, in line with the nose. Slight piney hop kiss, but certainly not bomb-like. Juniper presence is nicely understated, making it much less offensive, than, say, the Chipotle Ale.

M: Dry, slightly peppery feel in the finish. Heavier and thicker than the average APA on the palate, a generally more robust body. A more oily texture than I expected--not to its detriment, but not to any particular benefit, either.

D: The disparities from my expectation made this interesting and refreshing; in particular, the forbearance shown by Rogue in the level of juniper was an uncharacteristically subtle and excellent decision.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored brew, mostly clear, with a head of white foam that jumps up a couple of inches.

Earthy hop with a dextrin depth, fruity aroma which I'll assume to be the juniper berries.

Flavor is crisp and fairly clean. Hops are a decent presence, grassy and herbal but fairly prominent for those characteristics. Malt is pale, but the depth of the flavor, especially in the finish, comes from the dry juniper taste. Dextrin, sea side, oyster cracker finish.

Strange brew, not unlike other coastal brews except this one showcases Northwest hops that stand up to any lightly heated malt. Interesting ale, may come back to it in a pinch.

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

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a thin but lasting head. The aroma is a nice blend of citrus hops and juniper with a hint of spice. The taste is very well balanced between earthy citrus hops, sweet malts and robust juniper flavor. The beer is rather crisp and light bodied. This is yet another extremely enjoyable beer from Rogue.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin, white head.

The smell is of juniper and sweet malt. The "Rogue" yeast strain comes through - since I like it, no complaints there.

The taste is of juniper, sweet candy and an earthiness. Bitter, earthy finish.

Medium to full bodied. Creamy.

Another nice brew from Rogue. Blends the juniper in well with an earthy bitterness. Interesting.

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

I never was one for gin, but thankfully this beer bears little semblance to gin.

Nice golden amber colour with a good head. Smell is fairly bland. Malt, with hop traces and and a faint piney smell from the juniper.

Decent pale ale taste, with a faint piney, semi-sweet taste. Nothing spectacular, but certainly a tasty twist on a standard flavour.

The piney taste does make this a little hard to swallow, and this certainly isn't for everybody.

On-tap at the Rogue Alehouse in Portland.

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

moderate flavor
quality and subdued
semi-sweet nut malt
very slight
citrus hops too
along with the juniper
sort of tart juice twang
hint of peppery zing
finishing the whole thing

pours hazy light tan

taste is subtle and good

feels balanced on the palatte

quickly becomes understood

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a nice and cloudy, pale, hazy peach color. Lots of sticky lace in the glass.

S: Hard to get much of an aroma out of this one. Very mild toasted malt and a tiny pinch of juniper. Barely noticable. Not at all like a knock you on your ass gin smell.

T: Just slightly more juniper flavor than in the nose. Dry, toasted malt and a teeny amount of citrus-y hops.

M: Dry and crisp. Prickly on the tongue and, to me, just so-so.

D: I expected more from this Rogue beer, and sadly it didn't really deliver. It's a fair beer but it seemed rather bland.

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Photo of smurphy77
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let's start with the good news. This is a really drinkable beer. Bitter without much hop aroma to balance. Light bodied and little aftertaste. Here's the bad news - not much taste. Really lacked in flavor. I didn't detect the slightest hint of juniper. Just a crisp beer with a slightly bitter finish.

Nothing exceptional or offensive about the appearance: pours a pale orange color with a 2 finger head that slowly dissipated.

Nice session beer actually, but I wouldn't go out of my way to sample this one.

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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 prototypic
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a nice golden to copper color. Foamy one finger head had short retention. Not a lot of lacing to speak of.

Smell: It's pretty light on the nose. It has a floral scent to it, which I'm sure is the Juniper coming through. There are a few light citrus scents as well (a little orange or mango). Definitely a bit of hops in there.

Taste: Initially, it has a sweet taste to it. Some of it seems to come from the citrus notes. The remainder possibly stems from the Juniper. It certainly has a sweeter taste than other pale ales on the market. Hops add a decent bitter taste, but not as bitter as I'd prefer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. I think it's a tad to sweet to session, but it's fairly drinkable. Carbonation seems very light. Overall, it's okay. Not one of my favorites from Rogue, but it's worth a try.

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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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