This week’s featured brew is Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue. This ale is out just in time for warmer spring weather – especially for those of us in seasonal climates. I label this good warm-weather beer for doing some yard work, especially when you dust off the ‘ol riding lawn mower!
A little history on this ale from Rogue:
“The Turkey was named the official bird of the Rogue Nation in August 2007. To commemorate the momentous occasion, Rogue Juniper Pale Ale was dedicated to “the turkey in each of us.”
Tasty Mug Review
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep gold with an adequate head and minimal retention. Some minimal lacing as you drink.
Smell: Hoppy and piney and a little floral.
Taste: Dominant pine and hops upfront, then ends more on the malty side with a mild sweetness. It leans on the dry side. There’s a very slight taste to this that reminds me of the hint of a pilsner somewhere in the middle.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied but feels right for the taste of the beer, crisp and carbonated. Sticks to the tongue a bit at the end.
Overall: I’m classifying this in the “it’s a good craft beer to try for craft beer newbies weaning themselves off of Bud Light” category. It’s nothing extraordinary to a seasoned craft palette – it’s got some flavor, but it’s got a slight underlying taste that falls in line with something that tastes similar to a domestic. It’s got better flavor and hoppiness to it though, which shouldn’t come off too strong for a newbie palette. Would definitely be a good lawn-mowing beer on a hot summer day when you need something crisp and refreshing. Good session beer.
Tasty Mug Rating: 3.25 / 5
Style: Pale Ale
Original Gravity: 13º Plato
Malts: Maier Munich,Crystal, Triumph, C-15, Great Western 2-Row
Hops: Styrian Golding, Amarillo, Perle
Special Ingredients: Juniper Berries; Pacman Yeast, Free Range Coastal Water
Food Pairings: Turkey, Hot & Spicy
Glassware: Pint glass or mug
Aging: Not recommended
Where to get it:
My guess is this one is pretty easy to find when it’s in-season, I picked up a single bottle at the local Whole Foods.