Juniper Pale Ale | Rogue Ales

Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.61/5
1,328 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#36,730
Reviews:
678
Ratings:
1,328
pDev:
13.57%
Bros Score:
3.12
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
112
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,328 |  Reviews: 678
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into a shaker pint.

Apperance- The body is a standard yellow-gold with a few carbonation columns in the hazy body. The head made it to about a half-finger before becoming random globs of foam dispersed on the top of the beer.

Smell- There is some standard grassy hop scent that gives that "beer" smell to the nose. There is a little bit of herbalness, I'm not sure that it is juniper, but it is there.

Taste- The profile is pretty close to an adjunct. There is a lot of grassy hops, not very bitter. It tastes like something in the 30-40 IBU range.

The malt is a little bit like a wheat-cereal. The juniper herbal note is mainly in the mid-drink to the finish, but it does not last very long. The grassy hop and bitterness is what sticks around.

Mouth feel- The body is light to medium and a little fizzy. The carbonation may just be slightly over done. It is a little too slick giving it a slight watery character that I wish was not there.

Overall- To have juniper in the name, there should be noticeable amounts of juniper. Sure, there is a slight herbal quality, but it is not distinct, or nearly big enough.

What is left, is the base pale ale. And while this base is not bad, it really needs that juniper to make it one I would want to return to it again.

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Photo of TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jburd19
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Thrasher
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is surprising that for a winter seasonal, this is one of Rogue's lighter and more drinkable offerings. Also I am not sure why this is classified as an herbed/spiced beer, since the only extra ingredient is juniper berries although juniper berries could be considered to have a somewhat spicy flavor. There is no actual spice in the beer though. A fruit beer, perhaps? Well, not really. This is essentially a light-ish pale ale with an accented hop bite, and a bitter tartness from the juniper berries which are not at all sweet berries, they're used to make gin remember? A light, clear gold, with average head and lacing. The malts are the high point of the beer, and are generally light and biscuity but there is a roastier, almost chocolatey undercurrent that really appeals to me. A very crisp, clean, appealing taste in which no yeast intrudes, the end result being refreshing if maybe a little one-dimensional. The hops close things out with a tweak of bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and a bit metallic, not particularly good. It's that malt that keeps me intrigued though.

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Photo of Envelopes
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of CaptainPancakes
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of InfragilisBrew
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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 mzwolinski
4.36/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it beer. I place myself squarely in the former category. Crystal clear, and golden in color, this beer sports the typical huge Rogue pillowy head, and leaves a nice lace down the side. The aroma is of floral hops and a bit spicy. Flavor starts off with a smooth malty body which soon develops a pleasant fruitiness from the juniper berries. Slightly acidic with a bit of a hop bite at the end, but a bit of honey sweetness kicks in to make this an incredibly well-balanced beer. Crisp and well-carbonated, but with just enough complexity to make this a great session beer for genuine beer lovers.

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Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whenever I see a Rogue and have the $8 required to buy a bottle I'm more than happy to buy. Review from notes:

Pours a very light, hazy amber with a one finger bone white head that displays some decent retention and nice sticky, patchy lacing. Carbonation is visible and quite active.

Smell of citrus. spice, malt and a slightly sour astringency; possibly juniper? Unfortunately I've never had the chance to try the berry.

Citrus, grapefruit rhine, clean dry malt and like the label states "a dry, spicy finish" accompanied by a faint sour bite.

Medium bodied, smooth and the dryness is quite snappy. Very refreshing and easily sessionable. Great balance makes it quite quaffable.

Overall, another solid offering from Rogue. I think next time I fall upon some, I might go with their stronger, fuller bodied offerings for a chnage but wouldn't mind having this one again.

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Photo of Momon
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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 acevenom
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours dull hazy yellow with a thick white head and lots of streaming bubbles. There are some nice bready malt aromas with some floral hop aromas. I also get some of that juniper in the nose. The bready malt provides some nice flavor and there's some sweetness. I get some of that juniper as well, but it's not powerful. I get some of that spiciness that is presumably coming from the juniper, which plays well with all the flavors here.The bready malt provides some nice flavor and there's some sweetness. I get some of that juniper as well, but it's not powerful. I get some of that spiciness that is presumably coming from the juniper, which plays well with all the flavors here. The body is medium with strong carbonation. The finish is dry and the drinkability is high. This is a good and refreshing beer.

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Photo of TaylorK
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of Slynger
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 dradair
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of brewerburgundy
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Ommegang tulip, thanks Rogue, no freshness dating on the bottle. I have had it for at least a month in the fridge, so it's not super fresh.

Clear, light end of gold beer with a very lovely white, rocky head. Lots of it on the pour, nice retention, lacing, and clumpiness.

I'm definitely thinking this is not too fresh judging by the aroma, or lack thereof. The hops seem to have mostly disappeared. There's a solid pale malt base, nice graininess, and a subtle, cooling herbal note. I'm really digging at the moment, but it's not like a fresh pale ale. Oh, and of course the Pacman yeast.

The taste is essentially as I described the aroma. The evergreen, cool herb is perhaps more distinct and the grainy malt is very hearty.

Nice, medium weight in the mouth. Despite the head, the carbonation is medium-low.

I don't feel like this is an ideally fresh sample, but I know it has been treated well (refrigerated). The Juniper isn't overwhelming at all, in fact, it seems barely there to me, but it's nice.

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Photo of salinasa
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nineworldseries
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of SirBentham
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dull copper hue; a decent hop aroma with some freshly squeezed lemon and oranges that graze the nose. Creamy, a quick in yer face blast of citrus hops; fresh fruit, in the way of orange and berries – you try to taste the juniper berries. Massively dry palate; 99.9% rounded mouthfeel; rich and satisfying, very well done.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy gold with a thin, white head. Biscuity malt and a bit of piney hops in the aroma, or is that the juniper. Light to medium bodied. Dry malty finish with a light hop bitterness. I really did not get the juniper at all. Subtle to the point of non existent. Decent base beer however.

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Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 1,328 ratings
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