Monday, October 10, 2011

Beer Review: Rogue Brewing John John Juniper Pale Ale

Barrel aged Food Pairing: Pork, Hot & Spicy

Tasting Notes:
A hint of cucumber and a Sprucey note in the aroma followed by a Juniper bite mid palate finishing with a soft oakiness.
11 Ingredients:
Harrington, Crystal, Triumph, C-15 & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ malts.
Styrian, Golding, Amarillo & Rogue Hopyard Willamette hops.Juniper

Berries Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.


34 IBU

77 AA
3.2º Lovibond

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with a very small amount of head. Slight white ring around the glass.

Aroma: Sweet citrus fruits like orange and tangerine. A slight pale malt and a hint of ginger ends it out. As the beer warms a bit of juniper/pine comes out of the aroma.

Flavor: Great up front balanced bitterness strong on the grapefruit. Hints of caramel and nuts fill the middle leading into a piney goodness that ends pretty soft.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: This is my first time trying this and I  must say it is spectacular. I am not huge on the juniper usually but I thought it complimented a great pale ale very well. What I liked most is what the spruce barrels brought to the picture. The end pineyness always goes well with American hops. hops. The additions are not too over the top however, and it is not like you are sipping on a bottle of gin. The pale ale component is well balanced and has the right amount of malt and hops. I give this one an A.

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