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Juniper Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

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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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Photo of vfgccp
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Light golden honey, think creamy head.

S - Sweet brioche, touch of pine.

T - Super bitter opening. Bring pine resin, lightly waxy mid profile. Oak and juniper finish.

M - Light body with a booze stringency.

D - Great hop character but the bitterness slows you way down.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer pours a cloudy orange-gold color with a sparse, foamy head about half an inch on pour that disappears as I write this. Not sure if I was expecting a nose full of gin smells, but I am pleasantly surprised by the subtle aromas; flowery and a hint of hops. The juniper absolutely comes through on the taste, and actually overpowers any taste of hops. It has a weird dynamic of being flowery and sour at the same time, and that doesn't necessarily blend all that well together. There is also a note of roasted barley somewhere deep down in the taste. The beer is dry and a bit harsh in mouth, with a sour aftertaste. Rough on the finish, this might be a tough bomber to polish off.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/27/05- Purchased at the Rogue Alehouse in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- 1/2 inch foamy white head. Just the tad bit of cloudyness in the golden pour. Excellent lacing.

Smell- Picked up a noticeable amount of fruity hops as well as a heavy yeast scent.

Taste- Taste reflects smell almost identical. Very hoppy with a very fruity base. Light malt intertwined. Reminescent of the yeast used in Pyramid brews, but better tasting. No juinper berry taste detected. Doesn't taste like the Yellow Snow Ale at all.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine Pale Ale almost towards an IPA. Nice and fruity and refreshing.

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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 WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is good. It boasts of pale ale malts and an array of floral hops. The taste is good as well. It is a light, pale beer with an awesome hop flavor and a dry finish. It says it is brewed with juniper berries, but I don't taste them. It is a good beer nonetheless. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks very well. I've never had a bad beer from these guys. It didn't know what to expect with this only because of the name, but I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks Quaffer for helping me reel in my "white whale."

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

Pours a golden orange color with a thick creamy head. The head lasted through most of the drink, and glass lacing was produced. The aroma is of malt and honey tones. The malt flavor is quite smooth, and some bitterness and spiciness arrived on the tongue after swallowing. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, and I noticed the bitterness from the hops sticks to the back of your tongue well after swallowing. Enjoyable and drinkable, even though the name of this one gets you thinking...

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco. On to the beer:

Electric orange in color, topped off a big frothy head which leaves thick lacing on the glass. Nose is subtle, light aromas of juniper make their way around.

You never know with spiced beers how dominating the spice will be. The blend of juniper and pale ale in this concoction leans towards the pale ale side. Lemon peel and citrus notes all around, some juniper comes through. There's a small dash of pine thrown in. The soft mouthfeel helps make this a drinkable, enjoyable ale.

Solid ale made to drink at nearly any hour. I've had tastier beer before, yet this beer put me in a good mood during lunchtime.

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

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small head, very nice lacing thoroughout the drink.

S - Scents of hops, malts, and slight citrus.

T - The taste is slightly hoppy/malty with a nice dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice brew from Rogue, but I would consider it a Pale Ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is mild, some berries. Taste is of sour berries with hops, not bad but nothing great. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent but unspectacular beer.

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

Pours with a brilliantly clear, rich, full, almost perfect copper color. The head starts out about a finger and a half thick and is a pale, not quite tan color. The aroma is a mix of rich malt and spicy hops , the spicy, earthy hop notes certainly dominate. There is also a bit of diacetyl noticeable in the nose, though just a touch, noticeable underneath the hops and malt.

The taste of this beer has a light sweetness to it that is mostly drowned out by the spicy mix of slightly herbal hops and the touch of diacetyl, which proves a almost foil, but a definite enhancement of said character. There is a noticeable bitterness here that that starts in the middle and finishes through to mostly lingeringly bitter finish. Despite the diacetyl (though it really is only a touch of it), this beer is pretty well integrated. As individual flavors the notes do not make this beer, it is the integration as a whole that make this enjoyable. The diacetyl, the hops and the malt all add up into a well integrated whole that just seems to work despite the perhaps disparate flavors that should otherwise compete with each other.

Ok, is this note of diacetyl, given how sensitive I am to this particular chemical compound, actually here, or is it just the manifestation of the juniper. Actually I have realized that it is the combination of the diacetyl and the juniper flavors that have mixed. The two actually form a spicy mix that makes the otherwise objectionable diacetyl all that much more bearable, and actually a positive contributor to this beer.

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Photo of plaid75
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy amber hue. A finger's worth of head with little retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was nearly non-existent. Maybe a hint of hop, but no juniper.

The taste was thin. Very little hop bitterness aand no juniper accent.

The mouthfeel was okay. It was clean and dry, which added to the ale's drinkability.

I will conceed that the cloudy nature and the relative flatness may be evidence of an old beer. I will attempt to sample another bottle.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a two finger white head that quickly dissipates and initially has a large number of fine bubbles rising to top.
S: Very faint lemony/floral scent, some hops, nothing too spectacular, though the dense smoke in the room may have clouded my judgement in this regard
T/M: Not really picking up on the juniper or really anything that remarkable here. Very smooth with the most persistent taste being a light hoppy flavor. Basically a mediocre pale ale.
D: Not the worst, just not up to what I expect from Rogue as nothing really stood out or distinguished itself. My macro loving friends thought this was phenomenal

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

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a yellow/light amber into a tulip, with a thick white head, good retention, leaves spotty, bubbly lacing.

S: Lots of biscuit malt, hoppiness is restrained, juniper berries add a bit of lemon scent.

T: This is a very interesting tasting Pale Ale. The juniper berries add a spicy, lemony, herbal complexity to the nice pale ale template. I also got a nice flavour of biscuit malt to balance the floral hops and spicy juniper, a weird flavour, but enjoyable as well.

M: Smooth and crisp, resiny, medium-bodied, carbonation is spot on.

D: An interesting experiment that complements the APA backbone nicely. I like it when brewers do stuff off the beaten track that works. Good job Rogue.

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Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow brew that is almost electric yellow.

Smell is mild malt and a mild sour scent.

Taste is very hoppy with a load of bitterness up front. The Grapefruit flavor of cascade hops starts to come out. It looks like a pilsner but tastes like an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK drinkable, but an unbalanced brew. I would pick a Stone Pale Ale or Sam Adams Winter Lager over this.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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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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 puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 25, 2011. The pour is an above average golden yellow with long simmering fizzy white head and delicate carbonation bubbles. On the nose there are a few malts, a few hops, and a little grass with a stronger berry element. The body was in the medium range and very comfortable for the style. The taste does embellish the bittersweet berries and they mix with your basic pale ale malt-hop character. Decent enough.

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Photo of dar482
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I love the juniper in Taqueray, but this doesn’t have that. I went in hoping for strong spicy aroma and flavor, but it was just subdued. I would think it was a pilsner if I wasn’t reading the label.
However, even it has a bit more flavor than that, it really just cuts off the tongue really quickly. This helps the drinkability, but not what you expect from a "Juniper" Pale Ale. Not a great beer for me.

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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 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 barleywinefiend
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 clayrock81
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the bomber bottle into my glass and received a dark gold body with a two-finger head that stayed with the beer and left minor lacings. A dry, hoppy smell with some floral aromas and some citrus to it also, but nothing too descript. Not the greatest tasting brew, but it has a fuller citrus flavor from the juniper and there is a nice malt mix to give it a full body. A little too hoppy and dry on the back end makes it a little less smooth than it should be, but it goes down easy. Just a little too dry and not as sweet as I though - just not something I would repeatedly buy.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow body with a very light hazy to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface. There is a boiling white rocky head that fades after a bit.

S- This beer has a fresh sweet malt aroma with a slight honey malt note with a hint of herbal hops.

T- This beer has a fresh pale malt flavor blended with a biscuit malt flavor. There are also notes of honey malt sweetness in the background. There is a bitterness in the finish that is not from hops but there is a dry grapefruit note that is from hops blended in with it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a great fresh malt flavor but the bitterness is big and one-dimensional. This is a very nice session beer.

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