Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Jasperilla Old Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Jasperilla Old AleJasperilla Old Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

61 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 61
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-02-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 61 | Hads: 94
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.22/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This struck me as a decidedly below average old ale. It had a bit of wine-y, barley-wine like astringency (which I would say is within the rather broad confines of this style as I understand it), but it wasn't very rich, had a number of flavor notes I thought didn't belong, and was a bit watery for this style.

Color was an oddly clear pale brown, with very little head composed of large and inconsistently sized bubbles. Aroma was odd...some earthiness and (I'm not intending to be mean) manure notes. Flavor was somewhat cereal-y, only a bit astringent, and pretty weak compared to other old ales I've had. Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

I've come to expect old ales to be wine-y or to resemble a spirit (like bourbon or cognac). This one did not deliver on this expectation at all.

I bought this bottle at Central Market in Austin, Texas.

 840 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.31/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

2011 vintage. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded pry-off pressure cap and basic label art acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. No ABV is listed on the label. Reviewed as an Old Ale because it identifies clearly as such on the label.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of beige colour. Okay thickness. Subpar creaminess. Complexion should be softer. Head retention is good for the ABV - about 7 minutes. Pretty impressive. Uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Ugh. Over-fermented tropical fruit: mango, distinct lychee, pineapple. Taffy. Sticky melted fruits. Bubblegum. Boy, I'm not having this at all; it's quite off-putting. Luckily, it's fairly mild in terms of strength. Alcohol is evident but not overbearing.

No yeast character, malt character, or hop character is detectable. I'm dreading trying this based on the aroma. Really awful; it's certainly off. There's something very wrong here.

T: Luckily, the taste is better than the smell. Lychee, white grape, heavy tropical fruits - overfermented mango, passionfruit, and pineapple. Boozy. I get some vague fig. White port. Raisin. Rum. Vague coconut. White plum. The flavour profile is a mess; it's all over the place. A bit too sweet. Zero cohesion. Not at all a gestalt flavour profile. Muted; very shallow depth of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour for the style. It really needs more of a malty presence. Horrid lack of balance. No real complexity or subtlety either. I'm not a big fan of this beer.

No yeast or hop character comes through.

Mf: Unnatural. Smooth and wet. Strangely thin and weak for the style. Not full-bodied. Poor presence on the palate. Doesn't complement the flavour profile all that well. Good carbonation.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, astringent, biting, or sticky.

Dr: All things considered, it's a pretty poor old ale and drinks more like a bad barleywine (so not only is it bad, but it's not even bad to style). I definitely wouldn't touch this stuff again. A subpar effort from Independence Brewing. Hides its ABV okay, I guess. I've certainly had worse, but I'd caution others against picking this one up. Clearly, there's a reason a 2011 bottle was available in late 2013 at a grocery store.


 2,834 characters

Photo of goochpunch
2.46/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

2006 bottle.

Pours out a copper amber with abundant carbonation and a nice small, but sturdy, head. Leaves some sheets of lacing. Aroma is mostly tart plum and granny smith. Lots of sherry and booze too. Is this already showing signs of heavy oxidation? Lots of plum up front in the flavor with a middle showing of sour apple. Toast starts to blossom towards the end, but is interrupted by sherry and an odd fungal/baker's yeast flavor and dryness in the finish. Carbonation is rather mellow and a touch creamy. The body isn't too thick, but holds strong. Not impressed with this at all. Not finishing this bomber.

 615 characters

Photo of drseamus
2.47/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Nice crystal clear amber/red body. Not much head, but old ales don't typically have that much.

S: Very powerful sweet raisin aroma. Too much for me really. It's overpowering.

T: BAM! This hits hard but not in a good way. It is very sweet and overpowering initially and then there is a bitterness but it is not a good one. I couldn't finish it.

M: Medium bodied and along with the appearance the only redeemable qualities.

D: Not good at all.

 448 characters

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.54/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/26/2009 (2008 bottle):

Pours a clear golden red color body with a small white head, quickly diminishing. Somewhat musty aroma, strong dark fruits. Alcoholy taste. Somewhat old, musty taste. The fruit taste mellows in the aftertaste. Hotter as it warms up. Would taste better aged another year, maybe two.

 317 characters

Photo of champ103
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a semi hazy copper color. A thin bubbly white head forms, and recedes in an instant. Light lace.
S: Not much is here. Some light fruitiness. Sweet doughy aromas. Though very metallic and a chemical aroma.
T: Fruit and sweet malt. A little too sweet. Dough and biscuit. A big copper flavor that I don't like.
M/D: Slick, oily, and syrupy. Low on the carbonation end. Overall, a medium body. The high alcoholic content does not show, but there is nothing here that really makes me want to take another sip. I had to force myself to finish the bomber.

I saw this for about $5 a bomber. I thought that was a good deal, and something I wanted to try. I have, and I don't care to try it again.

 697 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Jasperilla Old Ale pours a clear copper body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam. The head retention is limited and it leaves little lacing behind. The nose is malty with a hint of caramel, and fruity with yeast character (apple, pear, red berries), but it has some higher alcohols and a touch of acetone as well. That carries over into the flavor and seems to dominate. It's like drinking a hot honey-mead. Perhaps the fermentation just got away on this batch - the cooling system failed or something - but it's not good. As it warms and the maltiness comes out a bit more it's a little easier to take, but at that point the alcohol becomes more prevalent. Flawed. Perhaps next years will be better.

 704 characters

Photo of Riccymon
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the bomber a transparent orange-red with a good couple fingers of head filling up the tulip. Smell is floral hops at first with some yeasty, almost barnyard notes when I swirl the glass. First sip was hops, some cherry/grape fruit juice, and a soft fusel alcohol note. Pretty light in body, almost wine-lilke, with a sour finish. While not the hottest beer I've had, I did sip a little slowly, given the alcohol.

It was nice to try this local, but I don't know if I'd buy another bomber of Jasperilla. I enjoyed the flavor at first, but after a while, it just became a chore to keep sipping.

 604 characters

Photo of armock
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2008 Vintage

A - Poured a light copper color with an off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of fruits upfront then some malt and alcohol

T - I don't know its not good but its still drinkable has a fermented fruit taste with a touch of malt getting by the fruit and alcohol

M - This beer has fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - I think this would be easier to drink if I was in the mood for it rather than seeing it in the fridge and saying why the hell not this beer isn't anything to go out of your way to get

 539 characters

Photo of northaustin
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got a 2005 from grapevine.

i should mention that it smells a little stale,but the malt bomb was still slightly intact. poured into a schnifter suprisingly clear with a small amount of off white head.

taste is a bit stale and lacks that "aged" flavor and texture. but still drinkable and jasperilla in itself is a very solid ale.

overall i fell semi blessed to have gotten a hold of this vintage offering. look for a follow up review of the 2008 coming soon

 459 characters

Photo of charlesw
2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Really cloudy pale orange/brown. Micro head of tiny bubbles. Needs to be clearer and darker.

Smells kinda of fruity, orangy. Something like Tang mixed with maple syrup. I know that's not entirely fair - it's not quite that artificial - and yet if you had one in front of you, you could see it. So... Light and faintly artificial fruits but with a good malt backbone.

Tastes like underattenuated prehopped extract brew. Too sweet for the amount of flavor present. Low bitterness. Hints, again, of, oh, orangeade, if you prefer.

A bit too thick in the mouth. Not a big hit, here. Maybe better super fresh - maybe there's more hop flavor to it. On tap I'd expect more carbonation, too - to help cut down on the body.

 716 characters

Photo of Viggo
2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, 2008 vintage, thanks to GregMcQ for sending my way!

Pours an almost clear light amber/golden, some orange highlighting, very thick off white head forms, chunky and rocky, drops a ton of lace on the glass, very thick, real nice layer, looks good! Smell is interesting, quite sweet, lots of toffee, very heavy biscuity aroma, bread, some raisin and light fruitiness, grapes, touch of alcohol, lightly earthy, something about it that smells a bit weird I can't place, like a dirty bathroom floor. Taste is weird, apricots and rotten fruit, some caramel and brown sugar sweetness, grapes, raisin, biscuits, very sweet, some iron, alcohol, kind of a mess. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, almost syrupy, low carbonation, some warmth going down, a little tough of drink. The biscuit/toasty character is neat, but too sweet and some real strange flavours going on, but it does look nice. Thanks Greg!

 911 characters

Photo of grub
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. 2008 vintage. sampled june 7/09.

pours ultra-hazy dark orange with a small dense tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is ok. light citrus - orange, tangerine - but mixed with a bit of musty rotted wood and cat pee. alcohol, stronger than i expected. bit of white bread and cracker. hint of caramel.

taste pretty much follows suit with the aroma. starts with some light caramel and citrus, then gives way to some musty/earthy character. medium bitterness level, too high for the style. warming alcohol, bit of white bread and cracker.

mouthfeel isn't great either. astringent. medium-large body is ok. carbonation is over medium strength and carries a bit of sting.

drinkability is ok. the balance isn't too bad for the style, but otherwise there's nothing bringing me back for more. don't really have much interest in finishing the glass, let alone considering another.

 964 characters

Photo of allengarvin
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2006 vintage, into a half-liter mug. This pours a very cloudy copper-orange color with only a thin layer of foam on top. A lot of fruit is to be found in the aroma, along with some sweet caramel and a hint of acidity. Flavor, unfortunately, is unpleasant. There's a moderate maltiness, and fruity character is still there, but there's a tannic metallic flavor the follows. Alcohol is apparent at the finish as well. Body is watery.

This beer is best forgotten. Hopefully Independence can do better in the future.

 513 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in trade from TexIndy and RickSawyer thanks for the opportunity to try this brew. I actually had one bottle of this break in a shelving incident so I'm glad I had multiple bottles.

This review is the 2007 Vintage and it has been in my cellar for about a year.

Pours a clear medium to dark copper color with a good sized bubbly off white head that sticks around for a while. Aromas of caramel and light citrus come to the forefront. Slight alcohol and a twinge of biscuit round things out. Smells decent, but smells malty sweet, very little hop on the nose. The taste is sweet caramel and a light fruitiness. Its really malty sweet almost to the point of cloying. Theres a strange twang in the background that I can't quite identify its almost metallic or phenolic luckily it doesn't stick around long enough to ruin this completely. Slight alcohol burn in the finish. Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel is sticky, body is medium to thick. This one has some issues. It could be my fault for sitting on this bottle for 2 years, but as is this isn't that good. Its heavy on the malt without enough hops to balance the sweetness. That strange taste doesn't help much either. I'd love to give a fresh bottle a try.

 1,218 characters

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 16 Oct 2007.

Medium light brown head. Well carbonated. Clear brownish orange color. Aroma is yeasty, vanilla and cakey-sweet. Tastes of burnt caramel and not a whole lot else. Overly sweet. Minimal bitterness. Finishes warming, toasty, bready. Medium body. Becomes somewhat tart as it warms.

Think this was the first beer from Independence we had.

 369 characters

Photo of aerozeppl
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smuggled back from Austin.

A: Fairly clear light golden color. Poured with a finger of white head with some very nice lacing.

S: Sweetness then chestnuts. Has a nice oak quality as well. No malt though which is weird for an old ale.

T: Very sweet up front then it just sort of dies. It lacks the complexity of an old ale. A touch of raisins and then more sweetness. Not what I look for in the style.

M: Light bodied. I want this style a little thicker. Carbonation was spot on though.

D: I had high hopes for this beer but it fell short. It brings back great memories of spending time in Texas though. It needs more of a malt taste and for the body to be thickened up.

 673 characters

Photo of pwsoldier
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

'08 Vintage

A - Pours slightly hazy copper/amber with a weak white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Smells like apple cider. Some faint notes of dark fruit and alcohol come through as well, backed up by caramel malts.

T - Cider-like qualities carry over onto the palate, with sweet notes of red apple and raisin being the most dominant. Malt sweetness is assertive and fairly one-dimensional. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing. Some subtle notes of cinnamon come through in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and drastically under-carbonated. It's almost like drinking apple juice.

D - Easy enough to drink, but the lack of carbonation combined with a lack of flavor complexity make it difficult to enjoy. I probably won't be having this again.

 765 characters

Photo of midaszero
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2007 vintage

A - Dark golden color with some suspended yeast little head and lace

S - Sweet smell almost caramel

T - Odd and light sweet taste with a little burn

M - a little chewy

D - Good every once in awhile.

This one is just hard to nail down. I find that it best when severed at a bar because several bottles have been misses that I picked up at stores. In the end I think it is worth trying but not something you are going to want all the time. You might want to avoid the 2006 vintage.

 500 characters

Photo of franksnbeans
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bronze with a thick creamy off white head that dies quick and leaves behind spotty lace. Smells very bready, caramel, sweet malt and almost a hint of banana chip. Taste is big on malt then big on booze. Finish is sherry like. Full in the mouth with minor carbonation. Had to choke the end of this down. Way too boozy.

 331 characters

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

2007 Vintage. Nose is malty-sweet with soft apple/grape-jelly fruit, softer caramel/toffee, and a butterscotch-like aroma that suggests age, diacetyl, or possibly oxidation. Yes, diacetyl it must be; I'm conjuring up the buttered popcorn JellyBelly.

Pours a copper color with yellow highlights. Mild suspended particulate in the first glass, a veritable snowstorm of particles in the last poor. I don't mind particulate; it's nature and adds character. Bravo Independence! Any monkey can filter. It takes a man to bottle something that would scare 99% of the drinking population. Very little head.

First sip displays an amazing viscosity with no carbonation. Soft application of heavy malt followed by tartness, bitterness, and an echo of alcohol heat. Noninvasive floral hops throughout; herbal and earthy notes. Good bit of sweetness saturated in the sticky caramel malt. Nebulous fruit sensation akin to the active natural fermentation of a ripe apple left in a backpack over Christmas break. Maybe a little vinous, not much diacetyl, if any. Alcohol heat grows in intensity, but manages to stay under the abusive cloak of malt. Finishes fairly sweet.

Reminds me of a flat whiskey Dr. Pepper or a mildly-sweet, slightly hopped tawny Port. Not as thick or sweet or alcoholic as North Coast Old Stock, but closer in all three than many Old Ales I've sampled. All-in-all I don't really like it. It's annoyingly cloyingly sweet and never amounted to my notion of tasty, engaging, or drinkable.

 1,496 characters

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2010 vintage. I always like drinking Independence beers when I am in Austin, and this is one of theirs that I haven't tried yet that is available in bottles too! Awesome! Let's give this beer a try:

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt orange color with a small ~1/8" head of tannish bubbles after an aggressive pour, but the head was disappearing as fast as I could pour it, so by the time I got done, the head was just a small ring where the beer meets the glass. There is no lacing left after the beer is drank.

Aroma: My first impression was that it was a bit boozy, but I am not sure that I am getting that strong of an alcoholic presence in the cold beer. Otherwise the aroma is pretty reserved with only some sweet malts coming out and what seems like a reserved floral and maybe a bit of an earthy hop presence. Some citrus is coming out as the beer warms, but it is coming across more as the meat of an orange rather than the rind. As the beer warms further, the hops are coming out even more, yet the alcohol is still noticeable.

Taste: The flavor has a bit of a boozy edge to it as well. The alcohol is noticeable from the beginning and sticks with the beer the whole way through to the warming in the finish. Overall, the cold beer is reserved with some caramel notes and some reserved hops to notice about the flavor. Overall the body is medium with low carbonation even for this style. The beer is remarkably light on the palate for being a beer this big and this low in carbonation. The finish is pretty balanced overall, all things considered. The alcohol is a big player in the after-sip part of the finish, but the beer comes across in the finish as a bit watery, but it doesn't end sweet, so I would say that the hops edge out the malt by a hair.

Opinion: I don't know what to say except that this is a pretty good beer, and that this is a hard category to score well in because the competition is so high. That said, this beer is very thin for the style by any stretch. The hops are pretty aggressive for the style as well, so maybe it would be better appreciated once it has been cellared for 4-5 years. Either way, it is decent and worth a shot to see if you like this end of the Old Ale spectrum.

 2,238 characters

Photo of jwillcourt
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, with the color and appearance of apple cider. Fine, white, finger-sized head. Average head retention and little lacing.

S - I couldn't smell anything, for two reasons that are no fault of the beer. First, it was served way too cold. I find this is a consistent problem at this bar. I don't always have the time or patience to warm the drink with my hands. Second, I am still recovering from the flu -- although I certainly thought I was well enough to venture out and order this drink.

T - Sweet up front, with sweet malt, caramel, plum, and apple cider flavors. Hops kick in with a pretty bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body and low carbonation. There is a residual alcohol warmth.

D - This is pretty boozy.

 755 characters

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 vintage, I think this may be the only bomber from a Texas brewery...useless beer trivia. Pours a clear, light copper color with very little foam, just a few large bubbles bobbing about on the surface.

Nose is pleasant, with oxidized malts and dark fruits leading the way. Sweet caramel malt makes an appearance as well. Pretty decent smelling Old Ale.

Taste is heavily leaning towards the sweet malts...burnt caramel, toffee and crystal malt. There is some muscadine grape fruitiness in there as well as a few hints of raisins and figs. Jasperilla is a bit watery and there is not much character to the ale, never will be called overly complex. I enjoyed drinking my half of the bomber though and would consider purchasing again.

 736 characters

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy grapefruit juice ruby/orange color.

Smell is of grapefruit. This stuff smells like grapefruit juice. What the hell?

Taste is of grapefruit juice. There is a tiny bit of a hop balance with the huge malt sweetness. There is a caramel malts swetness in here, but the grapefruit tones come out in a HUGE way. They are hugely dominant. As the beer warms, it just tastes like grapefruit juice.

Puckering mouthfeel. There is a fullness and crispness, but there is a slight puckering feel on the palate.

A bit too much grapefruit, but it comes together decently well.

 578 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Jasperilla Old Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.