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:
1,328
Reviews:
678
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
111
For Trade:
1
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Photo of July2Nov
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice golden hue (ie. apple juice colored). Had about an inch of head that dissipated in a minute or so.

Smell: Fruity, sweet & tart.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A bit dry up front, that spikes slightly and then mellows out. Has a sweet tartness to it like (drum roll...sweetarts!). Also tends to have a pine tree aftertaste, which is very pleasant. Not too bad at all.

Drinkability: I probably would only drink one within any drinking span. It certainly is an acquired taste, but one atleast worth trying. Rouge pulls through again.

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Photo of glid02
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Market Square Liquors in Tallahassee.

Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a one-finger white head. Head recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top with a relatively thick ring around the glass.

Smells malty and spicy with a slightly metallic aroma. Not that great, but certainly interesting.

Has a slightly sweet malty taste with a slightly spicy taste, actually it seems more tangy than spicy. There's a slightly metallic taste in there somewhere. There's a little hop bitterness at the end, and the bitter aftertaste sticks around for quite a while.

Mouthfeel isn't good or bad. Decently thick but the carbonation is a bit much.

Drinkability is actually alright. It's certainly not a bad beer, and the taste is different enough to drink it down pretty easily.

Overall this beer isn't great, but it's worth a shot.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 8/7/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a decent-sized off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of spice and caramel, along with a good hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, it's a little bit different from your regular pale ale and is a decent lighter beer to drink, but there are several beers I would pick first.

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Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light golden color with a one finger creamy head which left good lacing.

Both smelled and tasted of hops and a bit if citrus with an ever so slight juniper presence. I'd had this beer about a year or so ago and it seemed that it had more of a juniper presence back then.

Mouthfeel was good. Thin to medium bodied with a nice smoothness and just enough carbonation to make it crisp.

This was a nice beer which I'll return to on occasion. Not too heavy but with enough taste to make it a great session beer. I just wish they sold it in six packs.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into an English pint glass.

Head flowed out upon opening, but was able to manage a little (1 finger) on the pour. Copper, slightly opaque color. Decent looking carbonation.

After warming a bit, a sweet caramel smell appeared with pineapple, and hoppy goodness.

Flavor was markedly different from the smell - think "beer's version of a gin & tonic." (great for summer!). Only thing I could want more of would be a little more malty balance.

Mouthfeel was a little thin (metallic tap-water), but still had a definite crispness to it - leaves you refreshed, as a good pale ale should!

I enjoyed this with a grilled tuna steak and rice salad w/avacado, tomatoes, etc. The fish made for a nice combo!

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Photo of andrewm190
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rogue always delivers. This brew is fantastic. From the bottle it pours a thick and fairly well lasting head. The bubbles seem to find permanent residence on the sides of the glass. The smell is unusually sweet and malty for a pale ale. Once on the pallet there is a distinct but by no means overwhelming bite. The taste of the brew has coolly strolled into my personal top five. Casually sweet, with remarkably well balanced malts and hops, this beer delivers an easygoing flavor that is just too good to treat with any insouciance. With a mildly dry and equally mildly bitter aftertaste, one can easily relax and enjoy this beer. Pick it up and enjoy with no regrets.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Tangerine-tan color with soapy looking head. Good lacing not quite opaque.

S - Hop aroma and orange fruit.

T - Hops and malt fruit mango orange juiciness. Faint juniper lingering bitter finish.

M - Thick, rich sticky body. Bristling hop sizzle at finish.

D - Hop bite in finish keeps it from being super drinkable, but that's Rouge.

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

A- clear golden straw in color with tiny bubbles, 2 fingers of white foam with great retent, attractive lacing

S- sweet and fruity, honey bready malts

T- bready malt finish, berry sweetness throughout, citric rind, grassy, well balanced

M- medium and coarse, well carbonated

D- drinkable and tasty, nothing outstanding but a solid brew, do try this

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

Deep pale golden color with a light haze to it and a large line of fine lemon tinted cream colored fluff.

Smells sweetly flowery and fruity (may be juniper?) with a lightly toasted base and herbal spicy hops.

Very pleasant, interesting flavor. Sweet, soft, and flowery, with a bit of fruitiness similar to melon or tangerine. But it is combined with some dry lightly toasted crackery malts, along with bitter rindy and herbal spicy hops. Medium body with lots of smooth-fuzzy-lightly-creamy carbonation.

Very nice and enjoyable. Real quality brew good for something a little bit different than normal, while still mellow enough for the not so serious.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours orange and gold with a thin white head and mild lace.

S - Piney citrus and bread like balance.

T - Malty with a light hop bitter kick. I taste the berries in the aftertaste more than anywhere else.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A little watery.

D - Much better than expected. I would love another.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a hazy orange-amber body with a thick finger of ivory foam that retains at a chunky sheet and leaves scattered lacing on the glass.

Smell is resinous evergreen, with zingy hops and juniper in front of a spicy whiff of sweet orange and malty caramel.

Taste is crisp and fruity with a note of toasted nuts drizzled in buttery caramel. Plenty of grapefruit flavors, along with a wonderfully aromatic, mellow, wood-resiny bitterness that helps keep the drink balanced. The drink is toasty, spicy, and laced with citrus notes and is made nearly perfect for my tastes and preferences with a wonderfully dry finish. Juniper Pale Ale could pass for a nice, hoppy American IPA any day.

Crisp, medium-bodied, and refreshing with excellent carbonation, this pale ale works very nicely.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of this stuff this afternoon and yeah it was pretty tasty stuff. As a fan of Rogue Breweries, I've wanted to try their other stuff and this certainly was good.

Appearance was a nice golden light amber with a decent head and a fair amount of lacing. Not a bad looking beer poured straight from the bomber.

Smell was fair in rich malts and juniper berries. Just like the bottle advertised, the juniper was very strong with this ale and made itself welcome.

Taste was good. It had a nice buttery taste along with a strong amount of juniper, malts, and crispiness to it. This stuff went down rather quickly and had a nice finish. Definitely a good beer to drink during dinnertime.

Mouthfeel was above average, with a fair amount of frothiness, flavor and satisfaction. Not a bad beer to behold before the big finish.

Drinkability is good however. A bomber of this stuff goes quickly. My suggestion is to grab at least 2 or 3 of these babies for a great weekend, for you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of KeefD
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber-orange color with straw yellow highlights around the edges. Two inches worth of foam and lots of lacing down the glass. Looks nearly perfect. Smell is not so great. Smells like a typical pale ale, but not catching much in the way of juniper berries that are reminiscent of gin. Taste is of some sweet barley malts, good hop profile, some piney-ness, hints of spice and juniper, but nothing out of this world. Dry finish, light carbonation, and pretty easy to drink. More carbonation would make this one zing a little more. I like Rogue Ales, but this one I would probably not revisit, as I've had better.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale pours a couple fingers of loose foam
over a cloudy orange brew. There's not a whole lot of carbonation,
and the nose is bready and herbal/spicy. The flavor is a bit of sweetish
malt up against a variety of hop notes dominated by the herbal tastes
in the nose. The head collapses fairly quickly though there is a bit of
sticky lace left behind. Mouthfeel is crisp finishing dry. I like the idea of
using other bittering agents other than hops, especially now that there
is a hop shortage, While there are minor piney notes in this brew, there
are ways to get there using certain hop varieties, so I'm a little puzzled
as to the why of using Juniper berries and emphasizing them on the
bottle- it just doesn't seem to make up much of the flavor. Not that I'm
complaining too much- this is still a pretty decent APA- it's just not that
much different from a ton of other ones.

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Photo of fastricky
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I love this beer!

I'm watching the final between Spain and Germany and want a GOOD session beer to drink away while getting futbol'd.

This beer is CREAMY! I love IPA's but they can be a bit much one after the other IMO, this one is milder in flavor than say a DFA 90 minute, but what makes it get such high marks the the creamy texture and aftertaste.

Nice balance of bite, smooth, and aftertaste. One of my favorite everyday beers.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Big lacing head. Orange cloudy pour. Good Lacing

Smell - Herbal and floral. Reminds me of fresh cut grass, flowers and pineapple juice.

Taste - Mild on the bitterness scale leaning towards sweet. Big hop character. Smooth.

Mouthfeel - Very well balanced on the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. No astringincy.

Drinkability - Easily drinkable.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy golden with nice 2-3 finger head. Decent retention, falling to a white cap. Great lacing.

S - Faint. Moderately strong buttery note with something vague that could be hops, juniper, or both.

T - More bland than I would expect. Thin malt profile dominates with some graininess, followed by the buttery flavor mid palate. Taste finishes up with some very faint juniper and some very mild citrus hops. Quite bitter aftertaste considering the general lack of flavor.

M - Thin and low carbonation, borderline watery. This stuff needs body and CO2 to carry the flavor and provide crispness.

D - I wouldn't mind having a few of these mindlessly if not for the price. It's a slightly interesting take on a pale ale and the low carbonation coupled with the thinness would be perfect if I was already drunk.

When I saw "juniper" I suppose I was expecting something akin to gin. I know this brew is vastly different than something like gin, but even still I wasn't impressed by the juniper, and I wasn't impressed by this "pale ale."

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Photo of morimech
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a nice one inch white head. Retention is excellant as well as heavy lacing. A terrific looking beer.

The aroma is bready malt with some floral hops, noble hop aromas.

Has a solid malt backbone with mostly hops complimenting the malt. I don't detect the Juniper until the finish with a lingering aftertaste. If finishes dry. Overall a nicely balanced ale.

Has a light body with high, bordering on harsh, carbonation.

A really nicely balanced and flavorful beer. I did not know what to expect with the Juniper berriers but it was more of a complimenting element than a featured flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of rocky egg shell white head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Biscuitty malt & leafy hops

T: Biscuitty malt, leafy & minty hops up front, plus slight medicinal juniper twang. Minty hops, dryness, & some more biscuitty malt. Finishes with chalky dryness, some grapefruit, apricot & leafy hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, & pretty good, balance, just not super-wild about the hops used here

Drinks pretty good, but nothing special as far as pale ales go

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, honey-bronze with a small bubbly white head that soon diminished.

S: vanilla, and sweet juniper berries with a light floral hopping.

T: starts out with a nice biscuity nature and a moderate herbal hopping. Light citrus, vanilla and juniper berries soon make their presence known. In the finish there was fresh pine and fresh citrus with a semi-sweet ending. A fairly odd and strange combination but intriguing none the less.

M: crisp, very carbonated with a medium fullness.

D: Average at best drinkability. Worth a try for something new. Good as a single and to try something unique but probably wouldn't need to sample and try again.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours hazy pale gold with creamy white uneven head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Light pale malts balance with some citrus hops and a light smell of fresh yeast. in a word - nice.

T&M: Flavors are balance very well. The fresh aromas transfer nicely to the flavors as this sold wash of flavors envelops the tongue with a creamy texture that just adds to the experience. The carbonation is light and continuous. The finish is quick, clean and lingers just slightly with dry balance of hops and malt.

D: Most enjoyable. Easy to drink, very fresh tasting, and definitely something that I would seek out again in the future. Nice.

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

Haven't seen this beer in ages. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a rich honey color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just a hint of citrus and juniper. On the palate this is an impressive beer. There is considerable hoppy bitterness, which is even more pronounced on the finish. The beer is on the dry side, but has enough malt to keep everything in balance. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and a decent, bitter finish. Frnakly, I'm surprised by the abv., as it really tastes like a pretty big beer.

A solid beer from Rogue.

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Photo of botham
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a nonic pint. pours a golden yellow color with three fingers of loose white head that dissipates within a couple minutes. rocky lacings.

aroma is piney, with a lightly fruity character and a bit of pale malt that gives the brew a backbone apart from the hops. nothing really 'juniper' about it, other than the piney character, which could be mistaken for hops.

taste is a mix of pale malts and floral hops up front, with a base of grain. finishes on the opposite side of the spectrum, with coniferous hops rampant and a dry texture from the juniper.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and semi-dry throughout the palate, along with a dry and lightly bitter finish. juniper pale ale is the perfect name for this brew.

drinkability is good. for the hop oriented BA, this one comes off as a mellow and deceptively smooth brew, with an underlying hop quality that builds upon itself as the tasting goes on. nicely crafted, but nothing special here.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold with a nice frothy head. Head settled to just a sliver leaving plenty of lace.

S: Light hops with a hint of citrus and malt.

T: Pale malt, light hoppiness. Not much juniper, which was a bit of a disappointment.

M: Clean, crisp and smooth.

D: Easy to drink. I just wish that there was more juniper. Rogue brews some big flavors and I was surprised to find this was a bit ordinary.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow color with meidum thick white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Had this on tap at Taco Mac while eating spicy foods, so it was difficult to pick out any outstanding nose or taste. Mouthfeel was a bit tnagy, yet offset slightly by malty sweetness.

This is a smooth drinking, full-bodied beer that goes rounds to a nice finish, and would make an excellent session beer.

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Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,328 ratings.
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