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Jasperilla Old Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-02-2006

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottling

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a decent enough head that leaves a nice trail of lace behind

Smell: Caramel forward, with undertones of dark fruit (fig and date) and oak

Taste: Caramel and fruit, up front, with strawberry, fig and date flavors; by mid-palate, there is a bit of an oaky, earthy/pithy tone that reduces the sweetness that was building from the outset; the fruitiness returns, after the swallow, leaving a lasting impression

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While I would like to see more complexity and depth, this is a rather tasty old ale

Thanks, mhenson42, for the opportunity (666 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Azure blue with lime green highlights and a lavender lid. Not really, but I get tired of trying to come up with yet another way to say 'orange beer, white head'. Actually, JOA looks good. It's coppery apricot in color and is topped by a beige crown that has a creamy texture. Abundant lace looks like paint daubed on with a sponge.

Strangely enough, the nose is reminiscent of a Belgian (semi-)dark ale. There's an earthy muskiness, a mild spiciness and a considerable amount of medium-dark fruit. In the end, there's just enough depth to grant the higher of the two considered scores.

Jasperilla loses something on taste bud contact. It would be better beer if it was bigger and richer (more malt-intensive). More than two years in the bottle probably did it no favors. Then again, it might not have been a behemoth when young. Think well-aged, lighter-than-usual English barleywine and you'll be pretty close to the mark.

The flavor profile is fairly typical of the style: dark caramel, leather, ripe figs and cherries soaked in port wine, raisins and black pepper. Sweet, sour and bitter are all at a fairly low ebb and are pretty equally balanced. The shortage of malt sugars means that the alcohol is slightly more prominent than it should be. Having said that, this is still incredibly tame beer for the ABV.

The mouthfeel is a definite lowlight. It's waaay too light and is underbubbled to boot. Again, more malt would do wonders in any number of ways. A hint of slickness on the finish helps, but it isn't enough to pull the score up to average.

Any reasonable beer lover would think that a 9.3% old ale is a prime candidate for aging. Well, apparently not *this* 9.3% old ale. I hope the boys at Independence Brewing Co. aren't satisfied with the status quo, because Jasperilla has a great deal of potential. Thanks to mhewes for an interesting extra. (1,880 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aramel smell coming off of this, literally took me by surprise. Nice aroma of oak and alcohol mixing and swirling around with it now, really starting to pick up steam the warmer it got. So complex, with rich earthy tones running rampant through it. Warm oak infused notes of brandy like alcohol running over the tongue, so sweet and sugary. As you roll it around you start to notice there is a little bit of a bitter bite to this one. Way down deep under all of the malt, there was a subtle bitter hoppiness, very grainy and earthy, but it was there, and really pushed through on the finish. Long drawn out finish it was, soo complex, with every sip letting you discover more and more flavors. Deep dark fruit now coming through for me, really started to actually dominate the scene all together. Huge raisin and plum notes giving it that sweet but yet tart dark fruit flavor we all come to love (895 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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 kojevergas
2.31/5  rDev -33%
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+ (2,834 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bomber poured into a snifter. The cap pries off with barley a hiss. This brew appears a lightly hazed copper orange color with less than a finger of white head that quickly recedes down to a thin film across the top with some islands of fluff floating around on top. Faint spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is a big orange-like with pulp and zest. Fairly sweet smelling from a combination of the previously described orange character and a mixture of caramelized sugars with minor vanilla notes. A swirl releases a bit of a sulfur indication which isn't that enjoyable but the finer aspect of this brews nose outweigh the negative. As it comes up to temperature some aromas of toasted malt come forward with a touch of grassy to herbal hops.

The taste of this brew is quite toasted with malty flavors that eventually get a bit sweet with minor fruited quality like orange pulp and zesty bitterness like the aroma hints towards. A herbal hoppiness blends well with the orange character but clashes a bit with the toasted grain quality. The alcohol is readily evident in the flavor despite it being very well masked in the aroma. The taste is a bit solvent-like and also does not blend that well into the taste of this brew. There are times when the toasty malt flavor gives way to minor notes of caramel but that quickly dissolves into the bold alcohol and lasting herbal bitterness.

This is a medium to full bodied brew. Light to moderate carbonation but leaning more towards light. This is a fairly decent take on the style but there are others that are better. It is a decent sipper and more enjoyable while it is chilled. Once it warms up, it gets to be a bit of a disjointed mess that doesn't meld well due to its lack of big residual malt flavoring I expect in the style. (1,808 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage consumed Dec. 15, 2009.

Pours orangish-brown with not much head. The aroma is very sweet with lots of caramel malt. The flavor has a lot of malty sweetness with some a caramel flavor. There is also some fruit, specifically apple. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. I have had this beer before but never reviewed it. I think it was better fresh. (361 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
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 ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle obtained as part of Secret Santa 07 package from RickSawyer. 2006 Vintage. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with heavy coating lace. Aroma is strongly sweet, but also has some citrus and pine. Taste is lightly malty upfront, but strongly citrus and fruity in the middle, with a light hoppiness next, and then a warming close. The sharp citrus character is reminiscent of lemonade. Mouthfeel and drinkability are just alright as well, quashed by that citrus as well. This one fell apart a bit once I got past the eyes and nose. (647 characters)

Photo of Viggo
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
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 glid02
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Common Market (?) in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramel malts that have a somewhat watered-down aroma. Hints of toastiness come in and out along with leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted and mildly spicy caramel malt flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip somewhat earthy and leafy hops come into play and carry through to an ending that's equally sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this tasted more like a hybrid of DIPA and American barleywine that was aged long enough to let the hops fade. Strange for an old ale but not terrible. (866 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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 champ103
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
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 EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Pours a hazy auburn/copper color, with an off-white less-than-a finger of head. Lacing is spongy and spotty.

The aroma is chock full of dark fruits, light sweetness, malty sweetness, caramel,

Taste is mild dark fruits, sweet malts, a hint of nuttiness, some light heat, and a tinge of citrus.

The fell is a tad creamy, more medium in body at best. Carbonation is minimal.

The ABV is nicely hidden in this and is overall very smooth, and drinkable...very drinkable for an old ale and with the age, is a very tasty one at that.

I'm not sure where the carbonation issues, clarity issues and other stale issues, that I see complaints of, are coming from. Maybe storage is an issue, but the age has done well for my bottles and I don't seem to have those issues at all... (790 characters)

Photo of JohnBender
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.
A- Pours light brown, very white head. Head is very slight.

S- Candy and booze.

T- More of the same. Certainly boozey throughout. Sweet with a slightly dry finish.

M- Medium bodied. Carb feels right on for a two year old old ale. Very solid.

O- A good beer. I haven't seen any of this since 2011. With a few tweaks, it could be great. I think the age definitely did this beer well. (403 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
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 Pegasus
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden in color, with a touch of haze, a moderate white head, thick glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, spicy aroma, like Christmas cookies, pleasant, and rather evocative of the memories of Christmas past. There are notes of cookie dough, and dark fruits, as well. The finish is moderately hoppy with mild citrus hops, which balance quite well against the complex sweetness. The high alcohol notes are quite subtle.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, and very full, quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant example, which expresses great complexity for its style. Needless to say, recommended.

Sampled at Independence Brewing on Saturday, October 14th, 2006. (707 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off a big thanks to JonathanL7890 for this one. 2006 bottle

A- Nice copper color with a nice lacing and a small amount of head.

S- Fruits, a little bit of citurs and alcohol I can pick up here.

T- A little alcohol burn as this one goes down but not bad at all. A little bit of ceral taste as well and a little caramel also.

M- Maybe a little dry and chewy.

D- Alcohol is hidden well and it is very enjoyable. I think this one could sneak up on you if you're not careful. (481 characters)

Photo of grub
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
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 wagenvolks
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber (2008) into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a strange color for an Old Ale, leaving a golden, copperish clear brew in my glass. A decently sized cap of off-white foam retains well, leaving behind a few splotches of lacing. Aroma is sweet and boozy, with notes of honey, apple, flowery hops, and a hint of caramel malt. Still not getting the Old Ale vibe...

The flavor is a step in the right direction, and tastes of syrupy booze, white pepper, tropical fruit esthers, and a kiss of piney hops along the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a low carbonation level and a lingering finish of warming alcohol. Jasperilla isn't exactly what I look for in an Old Ale, but it's a decent brew that's worth the small asking price. Nevertheless, I don't think I'd buy it again. (782 characters)

Photo of charlzm
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed May 13th, 2012 at Whip In, Austin, Texas. 2011 vintage.

Clear dark golden beer, verging on caramel colored. Minimal head.

Aroma is butterscotch.

Flavor is sweet and esthery; lots of dark fruity flavors. Butterscotch and toffee/caramel notes up front on the palate. Significantly bitter on the finish. Alcohol is lurking but is well masked by the flavor.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick but has good carbonation to offset it. Slightly parching.

This is one well assembled beer! I would gladly have this again anytime, anywhere. (537 characters)

Photo of armock
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
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 aerozeppl
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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 IntriqKen
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical deep, dark amber color with a smallish white head that melts quickly to a faint ring. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas are very heavy with caramels and sweet, sweet, dark sugars.

Taste is a real disappointment after the aromas.
Thin, synthetic tasting roasted malts with some brown sugar but really thin both in mouthfeel and taste. But.... this may be what they were looking for. This is an Old Ale...not an Imperial or double old ale...or any of the extra heavy ones we've seen lately. Perhaps it is how they want it to be. Still, I miss the 'kick' I am accustomed to in this style. I think my 'benchmark' is North Coast Old Stock"...sorry.

Aftertaste is also a disappointing synthetic experience. (707 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottled in 2006. drank in 2008.

pours a dark reddish peach with a nice big frothy yellow tinted head. great lacing.

the nose is complex like the mind of a woman! sweet malts right off the bat, a little molasses, a lighter fruit like a ripe pear blended with lemons, doesn't smell like maple syrup but it has the same aromatic texture as hot maple syrup, subtle hints of cocoa powder.

although this bottle is starting to slightly turn, you still get notes of red apple, sweet malts, nice crisp hop balance.

very smoothe, low carbo, best beer by Independence Brewery by far. (578 characters)

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Jasperilla Old Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.