The history on this beer states:
“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.” An axe and the dedication have been added to the serigraphed 22oz bottle and Juniper Pale Ale tap stickers.
Rogue Juniper Pale Ale was dedicated to “the turkey in each of us.”
The Pilgrims were ale drinkers and most likely enjoyed beer at the first Thanksgiving. Juniper Pale Ale, like all Rogue products preserves water by using more ingredients, contains no chemicals, additives or preservatives and uses Free Range Coastal Water.” – rogue.com
I had no idea the turkey meant so much to the guys at Rogue, and while I find the turkey one of the most visually amusing animals out there (falling short of the giggle-inducing Proboscis Monkey,) I felt myself compelled to try this one. Perhaps it was the lack of turkey leftovers in my fridge that harkened me to try it and salute the flightless wonders.
I had a Juniper IPA in the Samuel Adams mix pack over the Christmas holidays, and for the life of me I could not find a reference point for the flavor of the juniper berries. Since then, however, I’ve discovered that juniper berries are used to spice gin … and not being a big gin aficionado, that came as a surprise to me.
This beer was a bit different from the Sam Adams variety. A pale golden brew sporting a egg-shell white, foamy head, it was mouthwateringly refreshing. There were some very fine yeast particles floating in and around the crisp carbonation. Spruce on the nose mingled with lemon and grains of paradise, giving the overall experience a floral, spicy and fruity nose. Overall, this one was really enjoyable – brought thoughts of Springtime to mind, and it’s quite drinkable. Nothing too amazing, but still one you want to try if you’re a hophead.