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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 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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Photo of treehugger02010
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a 22 oz. bottle at Brothers in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Appearance: Cloudy orange color with lots of head. You could tell it was heavily carbinated. There was a fair amount of lacing, but the head retention was poor to average.
Smell: Hoppy aroma, but not much depth.
Taste: Hoppy, yet sweet, however the sweetness didn't appear to come from a familiar malt, hints of fruit.
Mouthfeel: Great, went down smooth, but didn't lose the stift hop feel.
Drinkability: Above average, but not the best beer ever.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i was pretty dissapointed in this one. being a big gin fan, i was really hoping rogue would put out some kind of gin-like beer explosion but wow did this fall short of expectations. pours a urine like yellow. no real smell, slight juniper but only very very slight. the flavor is smooth and not overpowering. there just isn't much flavor there to work with. maybe with a kicked up juniper flavor this could be really enjoyable, but right now it was just great.

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

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours gold-amber with a foamy two-finger head. The aroma is surprisingly malty, with some light and slightly roasted malts. There is a considerable cascade hop presence. I like gin, so I was interested to try this, but I honestly can't smell any juniper.

Tastes like it smells, but a bit hoppier. Finishes with hop bitterness. The juniper is perceptible at the very end as a slight piney note that I would have mistaken for pacific northwest hops if my friend hadn't point it out.

The moutfeel is dry and a little slick, with mild carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but hardly a juniper beer.

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Photo of harpo111
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had not tried one of i gave it a shot.
interesting brew. has a piney/junipery sort of whang to it...almost in a citris way.
A: golden yellow..nice head..stayed for a while too
S: somewhat malty, but you can pick up the hops and other flavors
T: some hops...not as much as some other rogues..but nice...the juniper/pine flavor is there in the aftertaste..not too bitter..but the flavor is distinct. I think this would go well with something that likes citris...say fish or spicey foods...tia come to mind...
M: nice, but not too a good pale ale should
D: very drinkable...filling one 22oz is about all you would want with a meal...then move onto something else for a finisher...

overall a great craft beer.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a 22oz bomber of Yellow Snow Ale that is dated 2001 on the side just sitting unrefrigderated on a shelf. I half expected there to be some skunk but I thought I'd try it anyway and it seemed to be just fine and actually pretty damn good???

Pours a pale hazy copper with a thin splotchy top. The nose is of honey toffee malt sweetness, tropical fruits, and some hoppy florals. Mellow malt character and ripe fruit start but a bitter astringent hop character moves in that is metallic and then ends with some big pine flavor. As it warms the bitterness lays down and becomes a more apparent juniper spice and toffee malt, spruce, and tart fruit notes get bigger. The finish is dry and bitter with some hop tones and juniper providing a boozy gin effect. Medium high carbonation and an even mouthfeel that is crisp on the edges.

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

650ml bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden colour, quite pale, more so than I expected. Massive rocky head, lots of lace, and vigorous carbonation. Looks great. Smell is less amazing, but not really offensive. Very earthy malt nose, slight caramel sweetness, some floral notes, and for lack of a better term, the forest after a light rain.

Taste is much more hoppy than I expected, but piney, resiny hops. Bitter and sour is the name of the game here. It's strange, but even though the flavour is a bit awkward, it reminds me of the Pacific Northwest in a big way. Wet leaves, pine, forest, grass, earth. There is a little bit of clover honey sweetness in the back but the malt presence is light and dosen't really shine through much. Taste mellows as the beer warms but this is definitely a unique one. Not offensive, just different. Mouthfeel is very drying and light bodied. Not a heavy beer but it's a little sticky. Carbonation is a little bit high in my opinion. I'm not sure if more than one of these would be in order, but it's not a dreadful brew. Very unique and worth trying at least once. It reminds me of nature and all the things my Grandfather loves.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow/golden color with a thick head. The smell is strong of hops and a bit floral. The taste is hops bitter and the juniper berries are just detectable enough to add some interest. The mouthfeel is full and fits the beer. This is a nice beer that is refreshing and I’d consider quite drinkable. My chef friend suggests drinking this with pastrami.

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Photo of VitBAficionado
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden/flesh orange color. Clumpy two-finger thick head with some lace clinging on. Extremely high levels of carbonation evident.
S: The standard earthy malt notes found in a lot of Rogue beers... I'm not nocking on it. Also a sweet pine smell like one might find in gin. Some hops, but not as much as I would like/expected from a beer with "pale ale" on the label.
T: Sweet up front but than PINE, I guess a double dose of the juniper and the hops. Not overbearing though and not normal. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Whatever the cause the result is really interesting, quit different from a beer that might get a heavy pine taste from just hops. Sounds pretentious but whatever.
M: Looks were decieving. Thought it might be too carbonated from its appearance but not that bad. Not great, but not bad.
D: Gin mixed with beer??? Thank goodness that didn't turn out to be true. Still, wouldn't want to drink more than a bomber of this really.

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

Poured into pint with a thin head.

Color was a golden color with some haziness to it.

Smelled a bit of sweet honey and spice along with the hops.

Taste was hoppy with an easy dry finish.

Shared this one with 3 others as we tryed numerous beers that night and all of us like this one.

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Photo of dirtylou
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, split three ways last friday night after work

appearance: poured into pint glass, watery golden-yellow body

smell: ehh, grainy malts, skunky noble hops, light pale malt

taste: Maybe im missing the point of this beer or something, but i was totally unimpressed by this rogue offering - just not a good APA...really grainy, skunky euro hops, light and watery. No Thanks.

mouthfeel: light and watery, grainy

drinkability: decent

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow body with a very light hazy to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface. There is a boiling white rocky head that fades after a bit.

S- This beer has a fresh sweet malt aroma with a slight honey malt note with a hint of herbal hops.

T- This beer has a fresh pale malt flavor blended with a biscuit malt flavor. There are also notes of honey malt sweetness in the background. There is a bitterness in the finish that is not from hops but there is a dry grapefruit note that is from hops blended in with it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a great fresh malt flavor but the bitterness is big and one-dimensional. This is a very nice session beer.

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Photo of wedge
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luminous golden color with a thin creamy head. Pretty much smells like a pale ale with flowery and honey-like aromas. Pale malty flavor, noble hops, and slick mellow juniper. Tight bitterness. Medium and a little gritty.

Very refreshing and well made.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer as a bonus brew on a recent trade. I find beers in this style to be a grab bag - awesome, average or what were they thinking?? This one seems to be more of an average brew. I will confess to never having had juniper berries. Wouldn't know what they taste like before considering reviewing a beer.

The biggest impression I get from this beer is a moderating effect to the typical Rogue house style. While slightly spicy and easy to drink, to me the biggest contribution from the juniper berry seems to be mellowing out the typical Rogue hop / yeast character.

Decent and easy to drink. Out of the ordinary and worth advocating, not really.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a mug at a pretty cold was sitting in a box on my front porch all day! Thanks mikesgroove!

A - Poured a clear golden color with a fair amount of carbonation and a slight head with little retention.

S - Faint floral aroma with a mildly hoppy backdrop. Not very strong.

T - A little hoppy with a piney/floral accompaniment. Leads way to a malty flavor until it finishes with a slight tartness. Interesting blend, hard to put a finger on it exactly...a 50/50 mix of an APA and the stated Herbed/Spiced Beer styles.

M - Thin, bubbly body with a crisp finish.

D - The slightly complex flavors make this out to be better than it is...I felt like there should be more to this beer. Still an enjoyable selection, but I won't be looking for another one anytime soon. More of an APA than anything.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a light bright copper, fairly thick medium dense white head. Dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is mostly of sweet malt. I don't get a lot of hop or spice smell.

Taste is lovely: starts with perfume and spice, middle has sweet malt, finishes with a tingly piney and perfuminess. I like it a lot, both now out of the bottle, and when I've had it on tap at the Rogue brewhouse.

Excellent, tasty, smooth, super easy drinking beer.

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

Served on tap at TDR Spring House in a pint glass.

Appears honey yellow in color with a nice thick head that quickly dissipates into a layer of thin lacing. Smells of sweet bread, some citrusy hops, and a bit of fruit. Taste is yeasty up front followed by some citrus, a hint of the juniper, and then a nice sweet finish. Medium in body and very smooth, moreso when it warms up. Easy to drink, though not something I'd rush out to have again.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Yellow Snow ale is the brew that got me motivated over craft beer. This is a very complex beer with many characteristics of spices, malts, and yeast.

Yellow Snow pours with a moderate amount of CO2, which forms a nearly pure white head. The head dissolves into clumpy lacing that lasts all the way through. The body is quite cloudy and has an orangish colour. It almost looks like a Heffeweizen.

This brew gives off a rich floral aroma, and is somewhat piney and sweet at the same time.

This tastes very spicy. I detect nodes of juniper berries as well as a biscuity characteristic. It finishes with spiciness, as well as a copperish taste (you know you used to put pennies in your mouth when you were a kid).

Yellow Snow feels a bit chewy and spicy. It's also a little coarse. Definitely warm to the palate and oily hop appeal.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers. This has to be drank slowly for appreciation.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A really pale and clear light brown in color. Whole lot of carbonation rising to the surface but a matching sized head of foam. Just a thin layer that dissolved almost completely. Kind of looks like a foamy, bubbly apple juice. Nose is various hints of malts and apples.

Flavor is odd. Sweet with the first impression. Then slightly evergreen from the hops. That is quickly followed by a Granny Smith apple flavor and then something else I do not recognize. i imagine that something else is juniper berries. However, I do not believe I have ever had a juniper berry so I am just guessing. Mouthfeel is very light and pleasing. I imagine this would be a great beer after a long, hot day working outside.

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

Poured into a pint glass, this one is fairly pale yellow, leaning just a little toward orange. The head is white and fizzy, and not very thick.

The smell is certainly flowery from the hops. That being said, past the first impression, the smell is not very potent. Digging deep gives a touch of citrus to the mix.

The taste is a bit thin up front, the malts don't seem to be lighting up my tastebuds. As it progresses a hoppy mix takes over. Citrus mostly, and some pine flavour. Berry flavour begins to show itself as the beer warms. Then something strange tasting on the very back of the tongue, that seems to hang indefinitely. An unusual mix of pleasant and not so pleasant. I guess it is pretty average in this department.

The mouthfeel is light, with plenty of carbonation. It seems suitable for this beer, but nothing great.

This one doesn't go down too quickly for me, but does get better as I progress through the bomber. Not bad, but I but I don't see myself buying it again.

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

Poors a very nice clear golden color, with no head to speak of, no lace, not very impressive to loook at really. Smell is good, piney, hopey, not very strong though. Taste is very nice, smooth, and a great backend to it. Has that nice piney, grassey, hops taste to it. fairly well carbonated, not overally so at all though. This is a great session beer. Could easily put down a few of these without blinking. Its not your drop down, fantastic hop explosion by any means, but a great pale ale. It may not be too impressive on the eyes, or nose, but I would definatly have another.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale and hazy yellow with a very thin white head. Smells just ever so faintly of juniper berries but mostly of pale dry malt.

Taste is much like the smell, faint, very faint juniper berry and crisp pale malt. Finishes clean, almost no finish or aftertaste. This is drinkable but very disappointing. The juniper is very faint when it could have shown nicely against this malt profile. Barley distinguishable from many light pale ales. Boo.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a thin half-finger white head that is somewhat creamy and very quickly dissipates to a patchy layer of thin lace on top of the beer. Leaves slight lacing as you drink. The color is a hazy honey/orange. Looks like my first homebrew!

Smell - Slightly sweet and mainly bitter/crisp hops up front. Some lighter-colored fresh fruit aromas behind this, with a bready malt aroma all the way in the back. There is little alcohol detectable on the nose.

Taste - Very bready and maybe even toasted malt character up front, with bittering, crisp, and somewhat sweet hops up next. I'm trying to pick up on the juniper, and maybe it's slightly there, but nothing definite. It finishes mainly with bready malt and some fruity sweetness. The aftertaste is earth and hops. Little alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel - Some carbonation bite right away, but it mellows out toward the finish and becomes quite refreshing and complimenting to the overall character of the beer. It has a heavy medium-body (poured thickly) and is pretty smooth.

Drinkability - Easy! The flavors are of average pale ale strength, something like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I could take down a six pack in a night easily.

A decent pale ale, although I'm a little dissapointed that a beer having the word "juniper" in its title is, at least to my taste buds, pretty much completely absent of juniper flavors or aromas. Worth a try, and probably a good sessioning beer.

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Photo of veech
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected a little more tang in this beer than was actually there. Less juniper taste than anticipated, but this is actually just the new name for Yellow Snow Ale, which I have always enjoyed. No recipe changes to speak of just the name alone. The appearance and mouthfeel were both better than average, but nothing to write home about. The aroma actually contained more juniper than the taste which was mild with a very subtle hint of a gin like flavor. Much like gin, I cannot personally tolerate too much due to the acidity. This limited the drinkability score for me, which holds true, as after one or two pints of Yellow Snow I'd usually switch to something else. Those who favor hopped bitterness should really seek out this beer. I just wish they had kept the name.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Hazy sunset gold. Short, crackling head of loosely packed off-white bubbles of mixed sizes. Slow to settle, eventually falling to a tall collar and a handful of scattered dust. Citrusy floral hop aromas and a touch of sweet malt. Floral citrus hops lead the flavor with a bit of raw bitterness. There is a lingering spiciness in the finish that has a tingly quality about it and is a bit peppery. No obvious signs of juniper berries. The hops are the main flavor contributor. The finish is a bit drying and the hops linger a short while. Medium-light body with nice, tingly carbonation. As a pale ale this was ok, but I could not detect any juniper berries which was the reason I decided to try it in the first place.

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