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
Reviews:
678
Ratings:
1,327
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 678 | Ratings: 1,327
Photo of prototypic
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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 whartontallboy
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one's from the Juniper Pale Ale bottling, not Yellow Snow.

Cloudy orange pour, little head that doesn't make much effort to retain.

Smell is kind of doughy, but there's quite a bit of hop in it as well that give it a sort of piney scent. This could be juniper berries, I suppose, but I don't really pick those up that strongly.

Flavor is kind of muted pale ale-ish. The hops aren't overly strong, and there's a little bit of an off flavor in there. I can't really tell what it is, but I don't dig it. It tastes a little mildewy, and then the junipery clean tastes comes through in finish.

Overall: I saw this one in Nashville, and I'd never seen it, so I picked it up. Glad I got to try it, but I won't hit this one again, I don't know if it's the juniper or what, but it's not my favorite.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the local grocers after getting a sample taster from a Rogue guy doing a promotion.
22 oz screen printed brown bomber( as always)..some dude with his pet Lab. "Together we can do it"..I hope so!
Very pretty looking beer..dark golden with a nice carbonation..small white head.
Whoa..strong and fresh aroma..load of hops..some malt undertones and a piney aroma..must be the juniper.
mmm nice tasteing ale..not as strong as i thought after the aroma..but nice..mostly malty to begin with..creamy, then a hop bite and right at the end a spicy junpier bitter aftertaste.
Pretty nice on the palate..smooth.
A most drinkable beer..at any time of the year.

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Photo of hophugger
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mostly clear gold with average head and decent lacing. Aroma is light, smells between a good pale ale and a light IPA. Don't pick up much of the juniper in the aroma. Taste is of a nice, hoppy pale ale, with a light touch of the juniper, not too much. Overall, I might not know the juniper was in there unless you told me. Overall, though, a good pale ale, balanced well and feeling good on the palate. Light aftertatste, pretty clean finish..

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

My impression is that this is some form a standard rogue ale recipe with a different set of spices. For me that was enjoyable enough.
Aroma is a nice mixture of Am. style hops with notes of citrus, but the greater aroma came from the Juniper leaving a strong sense of pine.
Pours slightly cloudy golden with firm off white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.
In the flavor the pine took a back seat (although still noticeable) to the strong hop presence and pale malt foundation. Nicely balanced overall.
Didn't smooth up as much as I would have liked as warmed, but stayed enoughable throughout. Medium thickness.
Overall, good plus.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mid gold with a big head, this is a beer that reveals its charms with time and a little warming up. The nose is hoppy and slightly piney . The beer at first is a normal APA with the tradmark Rogue yeast taste but after awhile the juniper comes out in the finish as dry and herbal. A nice drinking beer with subtle influence from the juniper

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Photo of alexgash
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Rogue bottles thus far. Pours a medium straw yellow with a puffy off-white head. Smells of light, macro-ish malt, with palpable un-macroish floral and citrusy hop notes. Taste is light, crisp, smooth malts with a touch of fruitiness. Hops are the main event here; very grapefruit-citrusy in flavor, but not too bitter. Finish is a touch oily, bitter, and thirst-quenching. I'd rather drink this in the summer than in the winter. Reminds me a little of New Belgium's Loft (but I like the Loft more).

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

I appreciate the concept inherent in this herbal beer; however, this ale is less charismatic than most of Rogue’s other efforts. Juniper Pale Ale (also known as Yellow Snow) is clouded chamomile color with a relaxed sudsy head and broad draping lace. It tastes like a clean and handsome pale ale in a curious juniper dress. An agreeable curiosity and a welcome diversion, but not a standout on Rogue’s roster.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazed gold with about a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates slowly. Thin coating of lacing and heavy carbonation.

N: Juniper berries and caramel with some light citrus and grapefruit.

T: Lemon citrus and grapefruit upfront followed by caramel and grains. Finishes with bitter lemon rind and juniper berries.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, bitter and dry.

O: Has a nice bitterness for a Pale Ale. The juniper berries are a nice little touch in the finish. Nothing extraordinary even for a Pale.

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Photo of Morey
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This west coast pale poured a hazy orangish-yellow color with a one finger white head that settled to a thin lace after 10 minutes or so. Decent head retention.

Very mild aroma. Some hops are detectable, and maybe some grains too.

The taste is not offensive in any way, but honestly, I was expecting more. A mild yet pleasant hop bitterness up front which fades rather quickly for a smooth and somewhat unexciting finish.

Thin to medium body with an appropriate pale ale carbonation level.

I could easily do a sixer, but I wouldn't be the one buying it.

Morey's Bottom Line: Rogue overcharges for their beer, and for that reason alone, I won't be buying this again anytime soon. It's a decent pale, but I'd rather have Stoudts Pale, Troegs Pale, or Southern Tier Pale and they're all available in my area (and cheaper too)!

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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 Beaver13
2.43/5  rDev -33.2%
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 Brent
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What impressed me about this ale was how sharp the spicy/floral hops were at the middle, but then became quite dry at the finish with relatively little hops residual.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow golden filtered, medium low carbonation, 5 fingers of light fluffy off white head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

S: Juniper berries, skunk, malt.

T: Juniper berries, malt, American IPA hops, metallic, a clean bitter finnish.

M: Medium resinous body, medium low carbonation.

O: A unique American ale with some juniper flavours. Reminds me most of an American IPA with slightly more bittering hops. Love the bottle.

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

22 oz brown bomber, capped. "Rogue Yellow Snow Ale"

This pale ale poured a clear, golden color with off--white foam that settled. The smell was very malty with a very good mix of bitter and floral hops and faint juniper spiciness. The taste was first and foremost a pale ale: pale malt with a nice mild hop bitterness and some fruity hops and floral hops. The juniper was barely noticeable, but was there if you concentrated. There was the faintest taste of alcohol as well. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low to moderate carbonation feel. This ale was relatively clean overall. This was a rather nice pale ale with a little something extra. Yellow Snow Ale is an odd name for a beer, however, but I see from Rogue's web site that they changed the name to Juniper Pale Ale in Jan. 2005.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice orange color. Slightly unfiltered and cloudy. Decent head at pour disappates to on top of the beer.

S: Fresh - malt balance with mild hoping.

T: Again, nice balance with subtle Juniper flavors more towards the backend of this beer. Citrus hops. Refreshing.

M: Light but still with some body.

O: Quality brew.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden straw color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date noticeable.
Massive two finger head from a slightly aggressive pour that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind some very nice lacing.
Aroma is malty with a definite spicy kick to it.
Taste is sweet and malty upfront with a chewy, oily bitter finish.
Crisp and easy to drink, and in my opinion has all the makings of a good session beer.
Definitely worth a try, and I feel this beer has all the characteristics of being the kind which is an 'acquired taste'.
I would recommend it, at least to try once.

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Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bomber bottle pours a chill hazed, apricot body with a prominent, ivory head that finally stabilizes at about two cm. Gorgeous, patch lace decorates the imperial pint glass I am enjoying this in. Massive presence of small, carbonation bubbles rising to the surface is duly noted.

Interesting aroma that begins with a Munich maltiness, earthy English hops which evoke a meadow suitable for grazing livestock, and some fresh bales of hay to accompany said livestock. At room temperature, the nose is closer to a British style ESB malt note.

Mouthfeel is rather average, light to medium bodied, with good carbonation.

Taste: Hops dominate the beginning, with earthy hay and bitter grass. The juniper berries are definitely noticed, but not in the sense of gin. They meld into the unique hops profile to produce a citrusy, mandarin orange/tangerine, bitter, tartness that is quite tasty. As this Rogue approaches room temperature, a delicate and complex balance emerges between the hops and malts that makes this seem very English, in style. A hybrid between a British pale ale and bitter comes to mind. The bittersweet, dryness that the juniper berries contribute adds a bonus to the complexities present here.

I like this one a lot. One of the most drinkable Rogue ales that I've sampled. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good, but not an above-and-beyond selection from Rogue... their Juniper Pale Ale is a nice rendition of the style and is very crisp, refreshing, light, and satisfying... a good brew for a hot, summer day... Copped a 22 oz bomber from Gary's in Madison... Pours a very light copper color with minimal or no head and some visible carbonation... smell was very faint, not too apparent, and I had expected more from the Juniper berries that were advertised on the logo sticker... taste is light and sweet with a slight Juniper berry essence... somewhat hoppy with a strong floral character... pleasing bread and butter flavor with no bitterness detected at all... vanilla and light-caramel taste with a pleasing and satisfying taste laden with quality... Overall, this is a very good brew and a step above most other Pale Ales out there... Recommended...

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - pours a hazy pale peach color, two fingers of white foam form up (and recede) relatively quickly. Some dotted lace left behind. Nice beading action from below.

Aroma - the initial pour is a tad sloppy just to give me a nice aroma burst. I get a good orangey, tangerine citrus and, here's a first, an aroma that reminds me of Off bug repellent. Just briefly, then it disappears, leaving behind a more conventional hop and malt nose.

Taste - a light malt, biscuity base, moderate hopping coming out fairly quickly. The swallow brings out the dryer side of the hops and what I imagine must be the juniper. A somewhat tinny, (coppery?) flavor, again reminiscent of Off repellent. It's not unpleasant but not that great either. If I was more familiar with juniper it might make a difference.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, pretty light-bodied too.About right for the style.

Drinkability - not for me. The metallic bitterness isn't all that appealing.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is a hazy bright gold beer with a small white head on top. The aroma is rather plain: clean malt, a faint hoppiness. No hint of juniper, in the nose at least. In the taste the Juniper does come through, but very lightly, giving just a touch of herbal spice to it. The malt is light and sweet, the hops floral with medium bitterness. It's a nicely balanced, light ale.

Very drinkable. Though if I hadn't been told up front about the Juniper, I would have assumed it was just the hop variety.

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Photo of ckollias
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 22oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Golden yellow ale with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Fresh spicy hop aroma. Grassy, fruity, with hints of toffee.

T: Rich malty ale balanced nicely by citrus fruits with a dry, sweet finish. Juniper berry flavor in the background.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation

O: Interesting juniper beer. Well balanced and the addition of the juniper berries makes it an extreme beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$5.49 for a bomber. Brewed with Northwest Harrington, Crystal, Triumph, Maier Munich, C15 malts. Hopped with Styrian Goldings and Amarillo. Flavored with Juniper berries.

OG=13 plato. 34 IBU. 77 AA. 3.2 Lovibond.

Pours out to a chill-hazed peach, forming a rocky pale yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is odd...there is a definite soapiness imparted by the juniper, but aside from that, there is a definite ruddiness and very strong cardboard smell. Not impressed at all. The mouthfeel is lively, and thankfully not oxidized with a medium body. The taste starts off with some floral hops, then a brief flash of pale malts, then overpowered by a plain chemical bitterness and finishes with damp musty cardboard and dank forest soil. Bitterness is medium strong and somewhat harsh.

I'd be hard pressed to tell you this was made with juniper, which is a contrast to Rogue's otherwise genuine knack for bringing out the best flavors when using adjunctive ingredients (chocolate, chamomile, chipotle peppers). Ultimately, this beer is a total disappointment, just like the last few Rogue's I've had. Definitely not recommended.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Redrover
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220z brown bomber. No freshness dating, but it includes the funny blurb about free range water.

The beer pours a yellow almost metallic gold with a dense white head. Wonderful lacing!

Nice aroma of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and an almost sugar like smell. Very fresh smelling.

The taste is almost grassy with a nice amount of bitterness. I’m a little surprised because the beer has almost a sour taste. The beer has some pine taste and is also a bit metallic (but not in a bad way). The hops become more assertive as you work your way through. Is it one of their hop varieties that gives it that slightly sour tang or is the juniper berries?

Good mouhfeel as the beer is soft and creamy with a brisk dry finish. Drinkablity is solid.

Nice beer, I still can’t figure out the sourness, but I enjoyed it!

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