Name: Juniper Pale Ale
Brewery: Rogue Ales
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Newport, Oregon
Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.3%
First Brewed: 2001
Golden yellow color. On the nose, it is fresh, grassy, and fruity with hints of toffee. A rich mouthfeel of matinees is balanced by citrus fruit, with peppery notes. A dry, bittersweet finish.
I am a big fan of Rogue… and I am sure this one will be good. The name of the beer has me excited, as I am just starting to get into gin. Gin is pretty much juniper… in a glass. From the nose to the flavor, juniper is what produces a good, drinkable and enjoyable gin. I am new to gin, but I know Rogue makes a gin. The gin they make is actually produced at the Newport brewery. Anyway, I am hoping this beer has a hint of juniper… because now I am craving gin!
In the Glass: It looks like an unfiltered wheat beer. I am hooked on the Fretzys unfiltered wheat. This is what it reminds me of. The head is decent, at best, and the lace is almost nonexistent. But it looks clean, crisp, and drinkable. I will tell you, since I am such a hop head, pale ales are not in my routine when it comes to drinking a beer. I prefer the deeper darker imperial IPAs over a pale any day of the week
Nose: I want it to smell, and taste, like gin. I know that the beer simply uses the juniper berries, but still. Rogue makes gin, too. Maybe it will smell like gin. It doesn’t. It smells like any typical pale ale. Not bad, but also not great. Maybe it will taste like gin!
Flavor: I was just talking to someone on Google+ about this beer. He said it was “piney”. I am not getting that at all. Last night I had a bottle of the Alpine Super IPA… and THAT is piney. It was like sniffing and drinking a glass of pine needles. But this one is pretty much boring. There isn’t much flavor here. For using the same berry as the gin, I am a little disappointed.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty bad. It has a ton of carbonation, and is an uncharacteristic pale ale. As soon as it hits your lips, the small bubbles attack your tongue. It reminds me of a brettanomyces. Anyone that knows me knows I can’t stand a brett.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is there and gone again. Not much of an aftertaste. I wanted it to be longer, more piney… like the guy on Google+ said. But it just wasn’t. Coming from Rogue, a typically incredible brewery, I am very disappointed in this bottle.
We brought quite a few bottles with us from Indiana… we have two left. Both of those beers are boring, but once we get through those, we can go shopping again!!! That is my favorite part. I like having the beer in our fridge staring at me saying, “Please drink me.” OK… I will! Bottoms up, people!
Juniper Pale Ale – The bottle says: “NA”
Tonight’s beer is another one that we have left from our move from Indiana. Just a few more, then it’s time for more beer shopping! Let’s see how this one is. It looks kind of like a wheat beer in the glass. It had quite a bit of foam pouring it out, and it looks thick and like a golden color in the glass, typical of a wheat beer. Although I’m not sure that it is. The beer also has a lot of sediment floating around in the glass, which is a bit unusual. It smells a bit citrusy, kind of lemony in the glass. Let’s see what it tastes like.
It tastes hoppier than I expected. I believe this beer is actually a pale ale, which, while it tastes like one, is NOT what it looks or smells like, at least to me. It retains the thickness in its taste, but not the citrus flavor. To me, hops and citrus don’t really play well together. I don’t think I’ve ever really had a beer that tasted hoppy and citrusy at the same time, and this is no exception. The hop flavor isn’t bad, but it definitely kills any other flavor that might be in this beer. The beer is ok, but that’s just it – ok. There isn’t anything about it that really turns me on. All in all, the beer is better than some I’ve had, but nothing special. Probably not one I would buy again.