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RATINGS: 1344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Juniper Pale Ale: the new package for Yellow Snow Ale (winter 2004/2005). While the recipe (a pale ale infused with whole juniper berries) on the label remain the same, the name and label are new for 2005. Juniper Pale Ale is available in the classic 22-ounce bottle and on draft. Also known as Pale Rain. Measurements: 13 degrees Plato, IBU 34, Apparent Attenuation 77, Lovibond 3.2.

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DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Golden color with a spicy pine aroma.The juniper was present and thought maybe too present.Not to much excitement here

3
omhper (25153) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Bottled. Clear amber, brief head. Citric nose. Medium sweet with clean mouthfeel and spicy bitter finish. Didn’t get any of the juniper berries at all.

3.9
rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2005
The golden yellow colored pour, out of the 22. oz. bomber labeled Yellow Snow Ale, was attractive due to lots of carbonation and a thin but lasting head. The smell was sweet and perfumey, with a hint of wood. The taste was bready and sweetish, with a mineralized buttery flavor typical of English Pale Ales. Hops were earthy and spicy, and the juniper berry taste was not quite evident until the sediment was poured in. At that point a spruce like bitterness crept in, which I presume was due to the herbs used. Mouthfeel was crisp initially, but became much softer and thicker after the yeast pour. A very sessionable beer far superior in complexity to its other Pale Ale brethren that clock in around 5.2% ABV. For some strange reason, not distributed in Georgia.

3.4
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2005
OK. I didn’t expect this to be in the "spice/herb/vegetable" category. But I like it. I think it’s the best "s/h/v" beer I’ve had. This is not a bad ale, but it remains to be seen the degree to which it acheives the "juniper" flavor in it’s name. I was expecting something like gin-flavor... but the juniper taste is slight. There is a nice dryness, but the palate otherwise is a bit thin.

4.8
MammothMan (8) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
Do you also have that beer that does not rank in the top percentile, but has entranced you nonetheless? This is mine. Dry, hoppy, with spice and juniper to create a beer unlike any I’ve been able to find. Indelible.

3.6
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Bomber: This was a delightful surprise. I’ve seen this one on the shelf at my local store for some time now and have passed for what ever reason because of the Pale Ale name. Grabbed it today thinking "come on, it’s Rogue" and I was right. This is nice! Pours a gold color with a creamy white head that stuck around for the ride and left some nice lacing rings in the glass. Nice hoppy smell of flower and lemon. The flavor was of grapefruit and spices. A bitter taste was left behind to remind you of this great ale. Light and smooth, with a dry texture. Don’t pass it up, you’ll be surprised!

4.2
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Packaged as "Yellow Snow" 22oz bomber. This was an extremely pleasant surprise! Cloudy dark golden pour with a 1/2" buttercream head. Aroma and flavor had characteristics of a fine APA (nice high-alpha hop presence), and it had the sweetness from the juniper berries. Slightly oily yet smooth and crisp on the palate. Bitter citrus berry finish was fantastic. Gotta get some more of these!

3.1
hurleymanvw (101) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2005
I had it under the name yellow snow but a good pale alew with a nice golden color and white head. Not to much going on very smooth almost creamy, very good pale ale.

3.3
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2005
22 oz bottle: Cloudy light amber/deep gold w/a short lived thin, off white head. Soapy and citrusy lemongrass hop aroma with caramel malt as it warms. Very light hints of juniper as it warms as well as diacetyl. Low fruitiness with some perfumey pine scents. Well balanced w/ citrusy, gentle bitterness mid palate into the finish. Some very faint juniper flavor may add to the bitterness. The finish is also a bit flavored with toasty malt w/ some lingering bitterness into the aftertaste. Smooth & creamy m/f, medium full body and lower carbonation. A good pale ale with a very well restrained juniper character that adds nicely to the overall beer instead of dominating it.

3.4
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Draft: Pretty damn good pale ale, really smooth, and not as bad of a bite as a lot of other pale ales.


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