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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:
#36,830
Reviews:
678
Ratings:
1,328
pDev:
13.57%
Bros Score:
3.12
 
 
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112
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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head that pillows down.

Honey malt and barley malt compete for smell, with a fair amount of grassiness. Hints of herbs tickle the nose as well.

Bitter in an almost sour way, with much of the bitterness being up front and mid-tongue. Ends less bitter than it starts, with a spicy tingle on the tongue. Definite lemon, grass, and straw tastes, with hints of tobacco, and a slight peep of honey.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, with a fair amount of spicy tingling on the tongue and toward the back of the mouth.

Decent enough of a brew, while I like it, I won't be rudhing out to buy a six pack of this.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden yellow with a nice white head that recedes in a normal amount of time, leaves lacing on the edges.

S- Smells of a pale ale, pine hops and pale malts. Some of the pine scent is no doubt from the juniper.

T- Light malt and pale ale level of hoppiness. I notice the juniper in the drink but not as much as I would like, the aftertaste is there though. Overall I wish there was a lot more juniper flavor, I am a gin guy when I am not drinking beer and was hoping for this to be a blend of both but it isn't quite that.

M- Medium body, full for a pale ale. Coats the mouth, with the juniper and spice lingering.

D- Drinkable beer but not quite what I was expecting or desireing from a beer that highlights the juniper, especially from a brewery know for being strong with flavor.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy gold with a thin, white head. Biscuity malt and a bit of piney hops in the aroma, or is that the juniper. Light to medium bodied. Dry malty finish with a light hop bitterness. I really did not get the juniper at all. Subtle to the point of non existent. Decent base beer however.

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Photo of Mjoepp
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden, white head, leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Light, sweet and some fruit I don't recognize. Must be the junipers.

T: Much better than the smell, still the same as above but more pleasant. Aftertaste is bitter along with the new taste experience of juniper.

O: Nice beer, will drink again if found again in my hometown.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Juniper Pale Ale | on-tap | 5.3% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Rogue Brewery / Brewer's on the Bay
Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer
Glass: Pint

Appearance:
Lemony orange amber with a lackluster head.

Aroma:
Juniper berries of course, with some additional citrus backing. Earthy, spicy tones.

Taste:
There's a dry, biscuity malt base with soft bitter hops. The finish is dry, bitter and lemony.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel and decent carbonation.

Harmony:
Interesting but not that great.

Would I get it again?:
No

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to pint glass. No date or batch number in sight...probably a good decision by Rogue since it seems their entire portfolio is on every shelf around, and I rarely see anyone buying them. Purchased as part of the variety case, and these bottles seems to be fresh.

A: Pours with an enourmous bright white head. Fluffy and rocky with big pockets of air. Even though it takes a while for all 4 fingers to completely disappear, it diminishes at a fairly rapid rate. The body is 90% clear with just a bit of haziness and is pale saffron in color. Given the size and type of head, it is surprising that only spare clumps of lacing are left behind.

S & T: Light malts of bread (think dinner roll), grain and straw. Above average hop intensity: grassy/floral. As the name suggests, this ale is brewed with juniper berries, which are highly evident on the nose and palate, and without this twist, would lead to a much less interesting brew. Moderate sweetness front to mid palate quickly turns to very dry on the finish.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Medium full body with a lively, biting carbonation. Mineralic texture. Highly astringent and bitter, mostly noted on the finish.

D: The Juniper Pale Ale is a beer that I would gladly drink at any given time, but I don't see myself spending my own money to do so.

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Photo of rjhaupt
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Really interesting colors happening, opalescent even. Shimmering as the light passes through at different angles and intensities. Goes from goldenrod to pale yellow. Overall adequate level of head retention.

S - Very floral and piney notes. To me, this is especially aromatic for pale ale.

T - Light and spicy, I'm not sure how well the juniper comes through here. Maybe as a volatile aftertaste you feel floating around your mouth as much as you taste on the tongue.

M - Feels like a beer, nothing especially exciting happening here. Dry, light hops, bit of spice.

D - An easy drinking beer that could work equally well on a cold day (thanks to spice) or a warmer day (thanks to the lightness and hops). Versatile and tasty, a typically drinkable offering from Rogue.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.43/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a light dusting and collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet honey and bready malts with a little spice (juniper?). Not much to smell as it warms.

The flavor is a little honey sweetness in the background with a medium harsh bitterness that dominates. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very watery texture that washes out the flavor.

Overall, an OK pale. It's pretty bitter, but no real interesting flavors and it's very watery.

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

orangey-tinted pale ale appearance as expected...healthy head that settles into a thick ring...little lacing.

really gotta stick my nose in the tulip to get the hops. very stealthy. but another big whiff and i catch that minty/herbal oiliness i expect to taste. no juniper/gin smell that i can tell.

well, to tell the truth, i expected a really biting juniper/hop fusion but this at first taste is like a british pale...refreshing, simple...there is more going on. again, the stealthiness is not so much intriguing as it is annoying. very clean and crisp mouthfeel. quite drinkable alone or paired with almost anything (i imagine). but let me take another taste and see what reveals itself without effort on my part....finally a HINT of juniper in the finish...i think...malts in this really make the sweetness of this pale stand out. interesting but nothing really special. glad i bought the 12 oz bottle...

just doesn't seem like it can be called an 'extreme' beer.

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Photo of association330
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours hazy light gold with a fleeting, half-pinky head. Leaves a ring of bubbles and a few patches of lace.

S - Bready malt, vauge hop and juniper presence. All balanced, restrained, and subtle.

T - Brief malt fades to a juniper note with a bit of citrus. Gives way to a swallow of moderate hop bitterness, which transitions back into a modest, dry juniper aftertaste.

M - Body on the light side of medium. Refreshing carbonation.

D - Not a bad brew, and fun to try (especially if you like gin), but I expected a little more from Rogue.

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Photo of Shadman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

World Champion Pale eh? we'll see about that.

Dirty gold, hazy colour with the usual excellent Rogue head and lacing.

Piney aroma with some decernable sweet malts. Barely a whiff of juniper ( I'm a gin drinker...)

pretty much a solid Yank Pale ALe. Nice combo of pine and citrus bitterness with some decent malt backing. Juniper is faint and difficult to pull out of the already bitter flavour profile. Finish is dry and quite bitter.

If your afraid of juniper or youy have previous gin nightmares, relax.

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Photo of steveh
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't tell you how old this bottle is, received it from a store owner who said a distro was passing out beer samples... here goes.

A -- Hazy, deep gold with a thin white head.

S -- Bready and yeasty with citrus esters back. Some earthiness with warming. Juniper?

T -- Spicy, herbal hops up front. A touch of citrus fruitiness and finishes with biscuit malt, even some vague diacetyl with warmth. Finishes dry and bitter. All good for a Pale Ale. Juniper?

M -- Medium light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

D -- While very easy going down, I just have to ask, juniper? For those unfamiliar, take a whiff of your favorite gin -- that's juniper. This beer is a nice Pale Ale, but I wonder if I got an "aged" bottle. For those of you worried about laying some down, the most I can say is that if the juniper faded, at least there's a good Pale behind.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

We prefer the previous name but we know the ceiling is very short when it comes to marketing beer with potty humor--aka Yellow Snow Ale. Brewed with whole juniper berries, four malts, three hops and their house yeast.

Sizeable foamy head from a normal decanting, the head dissipates to a thin ring of lace after a while. Weathered-gold color still glows with a good clarity. Soft aromatics of citric floral hops, steely juniper and biscuity malt infiltrate the nostrils. Trademark Rogue smoothness always aims for the bull's-eye of being quaffable, impeccably smooth with a medium body. Bready malt flavors with some sweetness to start, then a quick shot of juniper which runs sharp but not harsh. Hop bitterness finally kicks in to bring the balance full circle. Clean palate. After a few more sips the steely juniper flavor sticks to the taste buds a bit more but never too much. Oily hop flavors complement the juniper with woody, herbal and mild citric notes. Finishes a touch dry with a faded lingering juniper character.

This is a great example of what extreme beer can be--simple but still extreme. You have a Pale and add juniper berries to it--right there the brewer is thinking outside of the box. Toss the turkey to the dogs, a juicy glazed ham will do the trick for the holiday pairing. If not for the pairing it is at least a good conversation beer.

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Photo of gameface23
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: There is nothing wrong with the way this looks in a glass: Hazy light golden with a great looking head. Lacing is apparent and plentiful.

S: Mostly pale malts and spicy juniper with a slight amount of floral hops.

T: Orange blossoms and light caramel sweetness that transitions into juniper berry, cantaloupe rind, hop bitterness and green tea earthiness. There is a decent amount of bready malt and citrus notes as well.

M: Crisp and clean, medium bodied.

D: It's a decent beer. It didn't live up to what I anticipated it to taste like, but it's still a well-crafted beer.

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Photo of bump8628
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard 16oz pint glass.

Slightly hazy gold with a nice stand of foam that leaves some nice rings.

Grainy base pale malt makes up most of the malt profile leaving room for the hops and juniper berries to make their mark. Speaking of which, I'm getting some light citrus and pine notes that, if I didn't know there were juniper berries in this, would make me think they're strictly due to an American hopping regimen. That said, I see this also has some Amarillos in it, so perhaps that's the case afterall.

Anyhow, it makes for an interesting and easy drinking pale ale. Not one that I would go after, but definitely not something I would turn down.

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

Poured a hazy dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate floral hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spicy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a slightly hazy golden hue, two fingers of foamy white head that retains well

S - strong hints of spice & juniper, floral & citrus hops, along with mild bready yeast and malt

T - I found the juniper to come through more subtle than the smell suggests, nice floral hops, grainy and hoppy on the finish

M - light and slightly creamy, finishing a little dry and tingling on the back of the tounge

D - i found it to have a nice mix of hop bitterness and spicy juniper for a nice take on a pale ale, milder than an IPA, and fairly easy drinking

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Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with vigorous carbonation. A rocky eggshell head slowly settles to a thin film. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Spicy and earthy, with a nice floral note. A bit of citrus and straw reside in the back.

T: Starts with a light toasted bread flavor that's followed by a moderate pepper, spruce and dry earth spice. A little bit of citrus rounds things out. Finishes dry with a lingering spiciness.

M: The medium light body is semi-dry and could stand quite a bit less carbonation.

D: This was a nice change of pace. The juniper adds a nice layer of interest that kept me going back to the glass.

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong spice (juniper), slight wheat, slight hop, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Herbed/Spiced ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong spice (juniper), slight sweet malt, slight hop, and a hint of yeast. Overall, very strongly spiced, as far as Juniper beer goes, it's the best I've had ... and only.

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

Pours a pale golden color with slight haze, modest head, but still some residual lacing. Not all that appetizing. Nose has a mixed citrus aroma, with a faint resemblance of cantaloupe rind. On the palate there's a good dose of malt with mixed tropical fruits, and some edgy bitterness. Nothing much to get excited about.

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

A- Pours clear golden yellow with a two finger frothy off-white head. Carbonation is seen rising slowly. The head has good retention and leaves a large pillow and spotty lace.

S- Pretty good. Notes of bready yeast and light malts. Lemon peel, grassy hops also make an appearance. The strength falls a bit toward the end and caramel malt takes over.

T- Light malt and bready yeast notes up front. Some citrus and grass from the hops, lemon peel as well. Juniper lends some spice and woody aspect to the beer. Caramel malt becomes big later on. A low-medium amount of bitterness is nice.

MF- Light body with a decent amount of creaminess. The medium carbonation slightly stings the tongue. Bitters coat the palate with peel notes and juniper.

DB- The Rogue price is usually pretty good, as with this one. A decently good taste with no real off-flavors. Not a ton of juniper, it is hard to notice. Just a semi-bitter pale ale. Probably wont have again but could session it.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber into a nonic.

Appearance, pale golden, clear and topped with a just off white head. Not particularly attractive to me, but well within the appearance guidelines for the style, so there you go.

Aroma is cracked black pepper, and a bit of tarragon or fennel coolness, which I can only assume is the juniper. Smells quite nice actually.

Malt forward, crusty bread-like with a good amount of lemon in the foreground also. Hop bitterness is there, but restrained as it should be in a pale ale. Pine and again with the cool slight mintyness of fennel or tarragon. Really, a lot better than I expected. Very balanced and a lot of flavor, which I wasn't expecting after the appearance.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but again this is perfectly in line with pale ales. Refreshing and quaffable.

Overall, I'm super impressed by this beer. I wasn't expecting this to be so good, but it's really a nice balanced beer. I'm thinking of making a beurre blanc or a mussel pan sauce with this to see if the lemon flavor comes out more, and what that minty aspect does also. Great beer! Cheers!

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Photo of industrialswill
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't try this beer if you require the latest, greatest, most extreme taste experience to make you happy. This beer is nothing more than a very nice, full bodied brew with no unpleasantries.
A good beer for any occasion and it would also be a good choice for any mainstream lager drinkers who wish to experiment with a mellow craft ale option.
I do not like to see this beer described as a spice beer...there's nothing spicy about it. Hopefully, calling it a spice beer isn't a deterent for those who are curious about giving this very tasty beverage a try.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.67/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My second taste of Rogue after Dead guy ale.
A- A flat looking dirty gold. There's lacing but almost no head.
S- A bit of sweet beet or tomato juice. Some hops and iron.
T- Same as the smell. Not too good but I like it. A bit oh honey hop. Black tea.
M- Weak carbonation, pretty thin. Feels like an unfinished homebrew.
D- Good. I could drink a few of these but they'd have to be colder to make up for the rest.

Won't buy it again but would drink it again.

EDIT: Read the other reviews and I'm seeing discrepancies, especially in regards to the mouthfeel. So I'm guessing I may have gotten a subpar bottle.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange hue with a thin finger of rapidly-dissipating ivory foam head. Just a touch of haze; overall, not too bad.

Smell: slightly sweet caramel malt aroma with an earthy herbiness. I suppose this is the juniper, although I can't readily identify it as such. It reminds me a little bit of heather-seasoned beers. Not bad if you like earthy stuff.

Taste: slightly sweet, slightly dry caramel malt flavors with citrusy hops and an evergreen flavor. I think the juniper is rather nice here, but again, it's more of a general herbiness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. There's a good creaminess here.

Drinkability: quite a refreshing and quaffable beverage. The overall impression is greater than the sum of its parts.

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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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