Juniper Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale
1,328 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,328 |  Reviews: 678
Photo of fbandc
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received the Yellow Snow Pale Ale (an alias for the Juniper Pale Ale, as I am informed by beeradvocate) as a secret santa gift from our beer club. This was a good representation of the style, as Rogue continues to not disappoint. A great hoppy aroma, and a really nice IPA taste. This is definitely a beer that I could stay with all night.
One of the measures that our beer club uses is "would you buy a six pack of it?" and my answer would be yes...

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this brew was once called Yellow Snow in 2001/2002 as a Celebration Ale for the Winter Olmpics in Salt Lake and the name was changed after the Olympics..I could be wrong. Either way it was a good beer. Poured a dark yellow out of the bottle almost like a light honey. The head was 3/4 inch and nice white. You could smell the Junipers and the taste was evident. Floral and citrousy. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poura a nice dark amber color with a great two finger off white head. Decent lacing. Has a very strong aroma. A lot of berries, malt, hops, pine, and citrus. Has a decent taste but nothing astounding. Almost tastes like its watered down with a hint of malt at the end. Definitely not at the top or even middle of the charts. Has a great aroma but no taste to follow. Easy drinkability but nothing to the mouthfeel.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into pint glass

a: hazy straw yellow color, minimal head that does reduce into lacing

s: citrus aroma and hops dominate

t: slight malt sweetness quicly overpowered by hop bitterness. Slight citrus bite. Very nice, definatlty for hop heads though

m&d: medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Can be a session beer if not imtimidated by hop bitterness


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

Had as Yellow Snow Ale.

Pours a clear orangy amber with an off-white head. Rich, malty, spicy and slightly hoppy aroma is quite appetizing. Flavor is malty and spicy and surprisingly hoppy, more so than the aroma suggests. Texture is pleasingly smooth.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Rogue Brewery in Newport

A- Poured a golden yellow color, with a small head that didnt last very long, some lacing

S- grapefruit, orange, I didnt really catch the juniper berry's in it

T- Not overly hoppy but I still can't smell or taste anything special, good balance

M- Crisp, clean

D- Very easy to drink, will probably get again when I see it.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a healthy 1-finger white head that laces the pint glass nicely. The aroma is of piney/herbal hops and light sweet malts.

Taste is hoppy, with pine and herbal hops dominating. There's a sweet, toffee-like malt backbone and a bit of a light breadyness. No juniper to be had, at least not to my crude tastebuds.

Very carbonated, refreshing mouthfeel with a nice light hop aftertaste. Very drinkable. You can't really go wrong with a Rogue, in my experience.

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Photo of Lukie
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first of the Rogues I will try over the coming week or so. I thought I would go with a Pale Ale, something the Americans are known for, and with the addition of Juniper Berries?

Poured out a hazy golden with a thick fluffy sticky 2 inch head. It slowly fell to a 2mm top and thick clingyness along the sides of the glass.

A very floral aroma with some fruity sweetness which I gather is Juniper berry? Never having seen them or tasted or smelt them before, I have no idea what to look for.

A nice sweet malt is pushed away by a big punch of hoppy character. Bloody Americans :P
Very fruit characters, with some grassy overtones, and dry hop finish. The hop astringincy lingers, but I have been enjoying that lately.

Overally, a very good brew to get into the American craft beers. It gives that hoppiness that seems to be what the Americans are all about, but it's not overly harsh. A fantastic Pale Ale that has thus far put most of the Australian efforts to shame from just a glassful of it.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Summits, Snellville, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy-yellow orange beer with a half-finger of average-retention white head that leaves solid sheets of sticky lacing. Yellow snow indeed!

Aroma: Similar to the mouth (see below), though with a little more of a malt edge - mainly just grass, light pine, simple sweetness, light citrus. A very simple tasting beer.

Taste: Surprisingly nondescript. Malty, biscuity, largely neutral, with a piney, slightly citrusy hop note. Not a lot of bitterness, nor a lot of hop notes, and the malt profile isn't very good, either.

Mouthfeel: Medium level of effervescence, an average body, and a little uneven. Pretty average.

Drinkability: A surprisingly unenjoyable beer - not much at all going on here. Not that anything was offensive: just very bland. Give it a try if you must, but I likely won't be havin' it again.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Super foamy upon opening, in fact it bubbled over into my shoe...don't ask.

This was a little cloudy and dark straw colored, tons and tons of lace. Surprisingly the smell is mostly grainy and wort-y. I don't really detect Juniper at all. The taste is malty, grainlike with some juniper if you really look for it. The hops are nice but subdued upfront...stands out in the finish. This beer has crazy good mouthfeel, one of the best I have had in a while.

I like it, though it is hard for me to get and I won't likely search it out again.

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Photo of exlex
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Golden with a thick creamy head

Aroma: Soft floral aroma with light hops

Taste: Creamy palate with fresh almost astringent green hops

Found this ale to be full of promise on the aroma but somewhat disappointing in the taste with the astringency of the hops removing any hope of a rewarding complex and floral taste. Overall an ok beer but for sessionability it is best to followe it with something slightly more balanced.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$3 pint special at the Long Room.

Pale gold with a slight haze. Thin cap of foam, the lacing was nice looking, it formed in concentric rings down the glass. Typical pale ale aroma of light bready malt. Really hard to pull out the juniper based on smell alone.

Light bodied with a decent feel, pale malt, caramel, a dry finish with a bare hint of pine and herb. I haven't tasted juniper berries before, but there wasn't much in the way of fruit, just dry herbals with a mild element of bitterness.

This was an easy pint to drink, refreshing and fairly well put together.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy gold. Big rocky head.

S - Metallic, floral and with a touch of tangerine. Sweet, light malt backing.

T/M - Some pininess I guess... I could be imagining it... and some citrus. Nice slick malt body and a solidly bitter finish. Could be a menthol afterfeel...

D - Kind of underwhelming. Juniper isn't leaving much of an impression. FWIW a nice drinkable beer though.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ Circa

Appearance- Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
Smell- Smells of sweet malts, some juniper spicyness, some citrisy hops.
Taste- nice mix of the flavors. The malt base is good and made better by some earthy and citrisy hop flavors and some spicy juniper berry taste at the end.
M- Very nice feel to it with the right amount of carbonation could have had a little more body to it
D: Very drinkable, dont know if i would order it again, left me wanting more flavor

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

22 ouncer, pours semi cloudy light amber, lifts a nice looking, loose, light oatmeal head, that then goes to a tiny bubble film and leaves better then average plentiful and fine lace. Leafy hop nose, with a hint of mint. Tasty bready malts up front, then dove tailing with resiny and more minty hop notes. Nice balance and better then moderate interest here. One of the huge line of BA worthy Rogue offerings. I dont get much in the way of the advertised juniper, which would have been nice. Worth a try, but nothing too special.

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

22 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with 2-3 cm of white fluffy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of weed more so than hops. Initial flavor is sweet, almost sugar sweet. Flavor changes quickly to a dry, hoppy, bitter, floral flavor that has a long aftertaste. Light to medium body, limited carbonation, light lacing, and slight alcohol presence. Overall, on par with Rogue beers, but one of their weaker beers.

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

Pours a orange/amber color with a fluffy 1 finger head. Not much lace action happening.

Smells of a citrusy hop aroma & sweet caramel malt notes. Don't get much of any juniper.

Sweet maltiness up front, bisquity/bready, some hop bitterness, herbal, medicinal, spicy, dry lingering finish. Quite a bit going on actually.

Medium bodied, creamy, dry.

A 22 oz bottle not a chore at all. I'd gladly have again.

Interesting brew from Rogue. What else is new? Rogue is typically hit or miss for me. Although this one is somewhere in the middle.

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Photo of erosier
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some juniper spicyness, some citrisy hops.
T: Very nice mix of the flavors. The malt base is good and made better by some earthy and citrisy hop flavors and some spicy juniper berry taste at the end.
M: Very nice feel to it with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, able to finish the whole bomber with no problem and would gladly go back for more.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer smells a bit like a lager, sweet malt backbones. Pretty much no hops. The beer has a really nice head and dark golden colour. The beer is really fruity and the junipers come out to the end. There is also a bit of bitterness. Pretty balanced beer. Pretty average flavour. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, and decently drinkable.

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Photo of jraycee
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker golden. Not quite red. Lots of bubbles and a two finger head. Nice lacing marking ewach sip. The smell definately carries more juniper than the taste, lending a sweeter smell. Taste is expected plae ale flavors, strong hops, grains, and malt. Very light in the mouth feel due to the high carbonation. Easy drinking for a pale ale.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.
Color is a pale transparent yellow. 2 finger fluffy white head. Leaving spotty clumps of lace.

Smell is perfumy in a sweet blast of malt and hops.

Taste is sweet upfront with a good dosage of hops throught the tasteing experience, even into the finish...Is hops with a bittering dry linger.
Good even amount of carbonation through the middle. Very piney hop flavor. Theres somthing woody or nutter after the swallow with a bark like taste. Could be compared to full leaf tobacco too.
I'm not firmiliar with what juniper berries taste like, so I'm not sure where to look in the taste.

Good clean beer with big hop flavor.

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

Bomber. Pours a hazy orange color with a small fizzy, off-white head. Aroma is mainly hops, pine, and a hint of juniper. Flavor is buttery, but bitter. A light malty, but again mainly hop flavor. Finishes easy, decent beer. Rogue just makes good beer.

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

Ok so a different beer, not my favorite Rogue offering to date but a worthy one.
Appearance was rather bland to me which is kind of odd for this brewery.
Smell was really faint, but some notable hops and the spice comes through as the beer warms.
Taste is far more pronounced with more malt than anything coming through. Some high quality hops are also present.
Mouthfeel is good, oily on the tounge.
Drinkability is near perfect.

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Photo of changeup45
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, it doesn't look like yellow snow. Thought I'd get that out of the way... it's more like a hazy copper-orange color. Aroma is sweet and what I thought was hops. The flavor however is slightly sweet and malty, with a bitter hop bite finishing it off. Very well balanced and smooth.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pale golden with a hint of orange. Very thin white head quickly dissipates.
S: Lots of hop and spice. Hint of juniper...not overpowering...if anything was expecting more.
T: Nice spice and hops...again, hint of juniper, but more in the background. Fairly representative of aroma.
M: Very crisp and clean. Nice smooth mouthfeel.
D: A nice twist on a pale ale. I prefer darker brews, but for a pale ale, this was a pleasant surprise. The juniper played nicely in the background...well balanced. And I'm not sure you can get much more drinkable...excellent sessionability.

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Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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