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Jasperilla Old Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Jasperilla Old AleJasperilla Old Ale

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-02-2006)
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thugherman

Texas

2/5  rDev -42.4%

09-08-2013 22:27:51 | More by thugherman
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drummermattie02

Texas

2/5  rDev -42.4%

12-21-2011 03:47:04 | More by drummermattie02
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 13:44:42 | More by BeerBelcher
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kojevergas

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

D+

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 08:25:26 | More by kojevergas
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drseamus

New York

2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 04:33:02 | More by drseamus
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goochpunch

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 04:14:28 | More by goochpunch
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thereal_adam

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -28%

01-13-2014 03:09:38 | More by thereal_adam
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 04:32:23 | More by jujubeast6000
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champ103

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 20:02:24 | More by champ103
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 23:57:52 | More by NeroFiddled
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Riccymon

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 02:39:19 | More by Riccymon
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armock

New York

2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 00:48:46 | More by armock
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 20:26:45 | More by Viggo
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northaustin

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 00:58:18 | More by northaustin
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charlesw

New York

2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:12:56 | More by charlesw
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 20:44:14 | More by grub
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allengarvin

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 13:19:13 | More by allengarvin
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 23:09:56 | More by johnnnniee
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ATXRyan

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-17-2011 19:19:23 | More by ATXRyan
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kort27

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.5%

02-04-2012 02:35:00 | More by kort27
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Grebdioz

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-28-2011 10:24:17 | More by Grebdioz
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Wowcoolman

California

3/5  rDev -13.5%

03-15-2014 02:04:06 | More by Wowcoolman
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 21:17:12 | More by htomsirveaux
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aerozeppl

New York

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 22:37:57 | More by aerozeppl
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pwsoldier

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 03:20:00 | More by pwsoldier
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Jasperilla Old Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.