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 cdbooth219
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into glass mug

A: Pours a pale yellow with two fingers of white head that lingers for a few seconds then slowly dissipates, leaving a little lacing on the sides of the glass and some floating foam on the top

S: Very strong floral aroma, with some bitterness on the nose and some pale malts

T: Tastes of pine, with some malt and juniper berry flavor. Its bitter, but not from the hops as much as the juniper berries. This is a very unique pale ale. As it warms, the juniper begins to stand out a bit more

M: Not overly carbonated and a bit watery, but it works for this beer. Leaves a bit of an oily residue in the mouth after swallowing.

D: Not overbearingly heavy or bitter, I could drink a few of these in one sitting

Overall, this is a very good beer. This is both my first juniper beer, and my first Rogue ale, and I will definitely be seeking out more Rogue beers

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Photo of unHipHopHead
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: medium orange hue with a fluffy head that settles into some larger bubbles

S: the smell of this is just plain funky... it smells a little like rice pudding, also kind of musty, old and dusty?

T: some hops... some similarities to Bass. Tastes dusty, old, and funky. after a couple sips i start to get more of the juniper and camping smells and taste. Something is just out of whack with this one.

M: feels ok, pretty average in terms of carbonation and smoothness

D: nope, could barely finish one glass.

Note: perhaps this would work better if you used it to cook with or paired it with a meal that would bring out certain flavors. by itself however, not too enjoyable.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a bronze with a decent head.

Smells of a stronger pale ale, pale malt, good cascade presence, slight yeast presence and some lemon

Tasted like a malty pale ale with an added bitterness from juniper berries. Only had one other Juniper brew and this one "pales" in comparison but it is good and glad to have tried it. Medium Carbonation, aftertaste is mainly of bitterness from the Juniper berries. This is a nice brew, but would probably not want to have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of mickstepp
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little like blending gin with a Pale Ale. An interesting blend of hops, not aggressively bitter (certainly not as bitter as my usual preference)but with a pleasant enough muted edge. A little thin on the palatte. I can imagine drinking this beer, poolside, on a hot summer day. I popped a lemon slice into my second glass and it gave the beer a mildly pleasant sour taste like a mixed drink. Not my favorite Rogue (there's no such thing as a bad one)but I'd have another should the occasion arise.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Slight juniper nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is juniper and hops, finish is hoppy and bitter. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of DrinkingAleToday
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy bronze with a coarse head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and juniper berries, hint of lemon

T: Piney bitterness and flavor, some citrus and juniper, malt presence is their but quickly dissapears with the extremely dry finish, gin like flavor from the juniper berries really lingers in the aftertaste, so much so that its still their in the next sip.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel, crisp and very dry, some coarse bitterness.

D: Not for everyone, distinct gin like flavor (I like gin) especially in the finish, good beer just not a regular of mine.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, bright yellow in color, one inch head, high carbonation

Smell: wood and citrus hops

Taste: wood, citrus hops, caramel malt, melon, and bubblegum on the finish--is that the juniper taste?

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter, medium light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: The taste gets better as it warms and is only slightly different than most pale ales. Very dry and on the hoppier side I could have two. A sipper.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As today was Hopslam day (the day to spend a crazy amount of money at the beer store and not drink the expensive stuff because it needs to age), I needed some interesting beers to try. I had not seen this Rogue before and some of their other things were good. My first though was, "Are juniper berries edible?" Apparently, but not tasty.

This ale is flat looking and tasting. The odd flavor may grow on me (I hope so) but I will never seek it out again. There just doesn't seem to be much to distinguish this. It beats things that don't try very hard, but it's just an off taste. Maybe it will be better very cold. That is how I intend to drink the rest.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale ale infused with Juniper berries. Immediately I thought of a gin and tonic/pale ale hybrid. I guess I was wrong.

A: Dark copper/gold with a moderate, bright white head that leaves ample lacing. Not a typical looking brew. Nice.

S: An unique herbal/floral note is dominate, along with some mild hops and funky yeast.

T: It's hard to put my finger on this one, because while it's not abrasive or hard to drink, it has an odd aftertaste, probably because of the juniper, that I can't quite describe. It's like a dull hops bite, but not by the hops. Different, for sure.

M: A little thin in the body, and could be a bit more carbonated, at least for my taste.

D: This isn't a bad brew to split a six pack with friends, but I think the unusual floral accents might get tiresome after 2 or 3. Something I would drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try and find it.

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Photo of WalterSobchak
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Poured clear straw color with a 1/4 inch dense head.

Not much to note for smell. Subtle floral notes and perhaps a hint of juniper as it opens up. Subtle honey in the background.

A nicely bittered but standard pale ale that develops complexity as it warms. Not much juniper although there is a metallic finish that could be juniper. Yummy combination of hops adds body.

Quite a bit of carbonation which seems to mask some of the understated elements.

This could be a session beer for me. Refreshing and the juniper is not at all overpowering. A good, of not basic pale ale.

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Photo of adamette
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $1.83 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Basic light copper translucent body under a one inch off white meringue like head that sticks reasonably well to the inside of the pint glass. 3.5

S Really just smells like a standard Pale Ale. I do not get "Juniper" aromas but only minimal hops and malt that someone might expect from the style. 3.0

T Basic Pale Ale taste of minimal malt, hops but then a rather bitter, organic taste (could that be the Juniper?) that is not to my liking. Repeated sips nearer the bottom of the glass reveal a bit more flowery Juniper tastes but really I am not impressed. 2.5

M Thin except for the bitter Juniper and minimal hops bitterness. 3.5

D Just fine but there are more drinkable beers within this style. 3.5

Notes: Gimmicky idea for a beer that Rogue seems to do repeatedly. This one did not work for me.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juniper Pale Ale pours a pale orange color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit hoppy. The flavor is surprisingly light, I was expecting a more intense hop flavor or for that matter a more intense juniper flavor. It is fairly hoppy, with a good amount of malt in the background. The juniper imparts an evergreen like flavor which is fairly mild (much to my satisfaction, I can't stand gin which juniper is the main flavoring and I was almost dreading this one). Decent, worth a try.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Hmmmm, I have an aversion to gin, how's this one gonna work out?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which settles slowly, leaving a bit of ripped wallpaper lace around the glass.

It smells of earthy evergreen, tart berries, grassy grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and soft bready caramel malt. The taste is more sassy, spicy tree branch crispness, herbal berry skins, floral, citrusy hops, field honey, and a slightly biscuity, grainy caramel malt.

The carbonation is a little high and tight up front, but dials it back after a wee spell, the body medium-light in weight, and nicely rounded in its smoothness. It finishes dry as a stick, the citrus and wood branch flavours fading us out.

A quite enjoyable pale ale, the guest star complementing the standard bittering tropes to produce an interesting, and rather drinkable dry beer. And I'm glad that gin never crossed my mind while I made my way through this.

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Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours an impressive nice semi see thru amber colour with a good looking sudsy,foamy two finger head which then settles down to a nice tier of foam across the top of the beer,i really like the aroma of this it comes across with a nice clean,crisp,herbal smell very nice,it has a good medium moutheel to it with that clean crisp aroma coming thru on the taste and i also can taste a nice taste of the juniper berries in there aswell but i dont find it overly dominant in the brew just nicely paired and it does finish quite bitter,overall a nice brew that is easy to session on and afterall being a beer by Rogue im not suprised.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, clear pale golden with some amber and orange highlights and a sudsy, stark white head. Great looking light beer, and leaves spotted rocky lacing in spots on the glass. Has a clean herbal bread and yeast smell with some floral notes, maybe some vinous hints. Very smooth beer that has a very light malt base followed by more herbal quality that cuts through the bitterness as it shows. The juniper is revealed mostly as the grain dissipates. The herbs and hops mix to create a light crisp finish with green grassy flavors lingering. The beer has a light to medium mouthfeel. The herbal and green qualities of this beer creates a very refreshing and delicately flavored pale ale.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with a pillowy white head that does not go away. Probably some of the best lacing and head retention I have experienced with any brew from Rogue.

S: For having juniper in the beer, the dominant aromas are still from the malt. Caramel, honey, and toast. The hops are floral and fruity, while there is just a touch of pine on the end.

T: This beer is very balanced. There is no start or finish. Flavors of fresh bread, caramel, stone fruit, grass, citrus, honey, and pine mingle with eachother to give a full flavor throughout each sip. Juniper is only present in the backround, giving the beer a long, crisp finish.

M: Medium bodied, but tastes lighter than it is. As with most Rogue brews, it once again has that creamy texture.

D: Juniper Pale Ale is underrated. It's very easy to drink, and has a great flavor profile. It's definitely worth a try.

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

I'm a big fan of Rogue Beers. Great product, great packaging, great marketing. I also love juniper in gin and the smell of pine trees, so this beer should be a match made in heaven.

This Rogue pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a big, bubbly head. Lots of nice lacing.

Surprisingly there isn't a ton of juniper on the nose. It's like if you took a handful of spicy grapefruit, melted one caramel on it and then ground up a couple of those spiky things from a pine cone.

This beer tastes a lot like it smells. Maybe a touch more pine on the palate than the nose. Not blowing me away.

Mouthfeel is good. Thicker than I expected and a long lasting finish that's satisfying.

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Photo of CellarBrau
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours light golden with a frothy but not so dense white head. Lighter than expected. Head retention and lacing are minimal.

S: Immediately identified as a northwestern style. Crisp, fresh, piney aroma. No Juniper detected (not that I know juniper taste except from Gin) but very pleasent and moderately intense aroma.

T: I think there is some Juniper here! Very nice subtle maltiness as well. The juniper is a very subtle compliment to the forward but not overwhelming hoppiness.

M: Quite highly carbonated but that suits this beer I think. Thin texture. Finishes Dry.

D: 650ml didn't last long. I immediately wished I had another one.

Bottom line: Rogue, you make very nice, but not exceptional, beers. Cut your advertising budget, sell these beers for $6 instead of $8.

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Photo of deruiz10
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Less than 1 finger head quickly dissipates but leaves a good eggshell-color layer throughout. Lacing is all but nonexistent. Color is extremely clear, burnt honey color with lighter yellow around the edges. Great effervescent carbonation.

S - Juniper and hops hit immediately, sweet malts, some caramel. All pretty faint, not much to smell.

T - Malt body is fairly earthy, leaning towards sweet. Juniper berries and spicy hops predominate, finish is very reminiscent of gin. Overall is fairly balanced and very refreshingly crisp.

M - On the lighter side with a good amount of carbonation, but serves well to keep the hops and juniper berries lively.

D - Very refreshing and smooth, a unique and successful spin on the pale ale style.

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Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A bright, yet hazy golden body with lots of active carbonation...a two finger, white, and fizzy head forms and falls into a chunky one finger cap...good lacing

S - It comes across a little lager-esque at first...once you get by that you can pick up hops, berries, and some grains

T - The taste doesn't come across as a lager...this is an ale...there is a hop presence up front that's pretty earthy...actually the entire beer is earthy throughout...a touch of honey is added for extra sweetness...I'm getting a berry taste but I don't think it's the juniper berries...it's a sweet, fruity berry...there's a touch of grain towards the middle-end of the beer...a spicy ending to this beer pairs the hops and the juniper together

M - Lighter side of medium...the carbonation level is ample, slightly creamy and smooth

D - This was an odd beer for me...you have to give it up to Rogue for using juniper berries in a beer...there is definitely a spicy, hop-like presence in this beer that makes it likable...but there is something there that makes it unusual for me

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant bright gold colour, with a filmy head of very fine creamy white foam. Lacing is excellent, even though the head dissipates after a while. Lots of streaming carbonation looks a little out of place given the rather strong body.

Decent citrus and spice on the nose, a lot of grain notes, a little bready but quite full and flavoursome. It doesn't have a really fragrant floral nose, and the characters are a little odd, but it's pretty nice overall.

Taste is also a little odd. A little grain sweetness on the front before a little floral note mid palate. Then the bitterness turns up right on the back and quite full, in quite an unusual position. It's a little unnerving - I take it it's probably the juniper addition here. Mouthfeel is round and pleasant, despite the carbonation, it's pretty smooth. I like it.

Yeah, an odd little beer, but a pleasant enough one. It just jolts me in odd directions, so it keeps my interest, while challenging me at the same time.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with a frothy eggshell head with great retention and plenty of sticky lace left behind on the glass. The smell is piney and citrusy with an herbal quality I'm attributing to the addition of juniper berries. Well balanced flavors of mild citric hops, pine resin and dry cracker like maltiness. Creamy on the palate and medium bodied, finishes dry. An enjoyable pale ale for sure.

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

I'm drinking this from a bottle labelled "Yellow Snow IPA" which according to the Beer Advocate is an alias for Juniper Pale Ale. It has great head retention. Smells of pine (Juniper i guess) and has a very earthy, grassy hop scent. I'm not a fan of the name but it is good beer. Much better than the stuff i had earlier in a can from Belgium.

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Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a 3/4" head that maintained through most of the beer. The aroma was a hoppy one. The taste was lightly citrus with an almost bitter after taste that was odd, maybe the juniper? The feel was light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Whatever the juniper taste was, it was not offensive, not sure what it added though, either.

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Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

G: Affligem Chalice

A: Clear gold without the yeast, cloudy with. 1.5 inch head with good retention leaving thick lacing.

S: Hops, citrus fruits, faint sweet malts and junipers.

T: Citrus fruits, junipers, fainty spices and sweet malts

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry bitter finish.

D: Interesting brew with the addition of the junipers, but not enough top wow me. Good, but I wouldn't spend the high price to try this again.

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Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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