Conjugal Visit - Jailhouse Brewing Company
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Reviews by glid02:
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a dark brownish-amber color with a tan head that leaves solid lacing.
Smells of rich caramel malts with good amounts of toastiness. Also present are slight amounts of medium fruits and leafy and herbal hops.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though more one-dimensional. Moderately sweet caramel malts with heavy toasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by slight medium fruits. Midway through mild amounts of leafy and earthy hops come into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.
Overall this was probably my least favorite of the one-offs from Jailhouse, I would have liked more emphasis on the hops and lighter malt influence. Still, a solid beer that’s worth a shot.
08-24-2011 01:53:17 | More by glid02
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4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
The Conjugal Visit is the burgeoning breweries newest offering, and since it was an amber; I was intrigued. The amber category is currently my favorite, as you well know, and since Jailhouse has proved their worth with the Slammer Wheat, I was hoping to add another Jailhouse to my list of favorites. As I opened the beer and took that first telling whiff, I was entranced. I don’t want this to be taken the wrong way, but this beer drinks like a homebrew. That is not to say it is bad, it is quite good, but has the unpredictable twists and turns of a homebrew; someone who wants to challenge the style. The beer is perhaps a tad lighter than Laughing Skull, with similar hop levels and malt sweetness. However, the malt is not standard to the style. The maltiness is caramely, but tangy as well.
06-27-2012 15:49:14 | More by Dudeletter
3.3/5 rDev -10.8%
Poured a deep reddish, almost brown that produced a nice oatmeal color thick head that was well retained that settled into a thin cap and left some lacing. The best part of the beer.
Mostly a thick malty aroma with a hint of pine hops.
The taste is pure malty sweetness with a bitter aftertaste. I guess that I expected more from the taste of the beer than I got. I didn't find it complex or at least interesting in any way.
Medium body, smooth, but sticky and pretty enjoyable. Overall, a decent beer, but one that I will only buy or drink again sparingly.
12-12-2011 18:07:11 | More by PhillyStyle
3.21/5 rDev -13.2%
A: Turbid brown body with a creamy voluminous tan head. Excellent head retention and sticky lace.
S: Caramel, toffee and lightly floral nose.
T: Sweet malt flavors are balanced by a slightly bitter hoppy finish.
M: Smooth and balanced.
O: Tasty brew.
03-14-2014 01:14:00 | More by Paincane
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
We pour a bomber into our Hop City pint glasses. It glows a rich caramel-burgundy, supporting a two and a half finger tall head of cakey, khaki colored foam. This shows good retention, flattening out into sheeted Swiss cheese lacing. No haze or sediment is noted, and clarity remains high throughout. Carbonation is light, but sits in discrete bundles of active streams. The aroma gives fresh sweetness of nectary, herbal, and citric hops, cranberry and raspberry fruitiness, fruity herbal tea tannins, sandy washed up seaweed, light buttery diacetyls, warm and toasty amber and brown malty grit, grassy earthiness, tweed, and fresh mint leafiness. With warmth comes a nice buzzing zest of grapefruity and citric hop cleanliness. Our first impression is that there is a thick syrupy quality to the flavoring, giving a surprising sweetness that goes will with the otherwise hop-forward base of the beer. As we the sip, the taste begins with warming amber toast and heavy caramel malt sweetness, sweet tea tannins, herbal and nectary hop sweetness, bitter grapefruity skins, light phenolic plastics, and echoes of fusel booziness. The middle comes to a head with mango, kiwi, and red apple sweetness that mixes with brightly tart and sugary citric and nectary hop syrups, herbal earthen mineral, vitamin dust, warming amber and pale maltiness, honey sweetness, and continued dark undertones of alcohol. The end washes through with buttery diacetyls, angel food cake, canned peach and pineapple syrups, clay, cotton, pencil eraser, amber and red malty base sugars, gentle cornbreadiness, and residual cloy of those fruity, nectary hop oils. The aftertaste breathes of cranberry and tangerine sours, chalk, gravel, lead and mineral, tinny metallics, powdery yeastiness, strawberry leaf, earthy, herbal, and citric hop twangs, Styrofoam, gentle clove and plastic phenols, and light warmth of buttery diacetyls. The body is thick, and the carbonation is medium. Slurp and smack are hearty, with cream, froth, and pop to match. The mouth is coated and oiled, dripping into a mild but warming tannic dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back easily as a smoother sipper.
Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew is both its aroma and taste. These vie for this holy distinction throughout, but if we absolutely had to crown a winner it would be flavoring, as this remains more consistent through to the last drop. This is a majorly hop-forward “imperial” red ale, and it certainly lives up to that name and promise. The hops are wonderfully fresh and enticing, blending beautifully with a thicker and heartier base grain that shows just as much caramel sweetness as it does amber and red malt toast. The end result is fresh and sultry, with nice balance and big sipping. This is a rich treat for the drinker, and we would be happy if this one stopped on by for a visit any time.
03-26-2014 21:22:58 | More by TheBrewo
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
A nice pour on this beer, with a dark orange/garnet color and a fine head that settles to a thin head. It does leave some sloppy lacing as well. I'm not as huge red ale fan, but the ones I like are either heavily malted, approaching a scotch ale in flavors, or heavily hopped where the big hope play off some firm malt. This is neither, the hops are too slight and a bit too grassy for my taste, but there is a lingering bitterness that seems a little out of place without the more forward hop flavors. The malt is also lacking a bit and could definitely use a boost. I've really enjoyed the other offerings from this brewery, but this one is a miss for me.
08-13-2011 19:43:09 | More by Georgiabeer
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
a: medium brown body with some amber highlights. quarter inch of tan head fizzed out quickly to just some spotty foam on top.
s: malt, dark sweet fruit and a little pine.
t: big malt flavor with a touch of roastieness. sweet fruit sugars and a pine hop finish.
m: body seems a little thin and watery at first. goes down slick with a oily feel and a long bitter finish.
o: decent enough of a red if you like alot of malts. nothing real exciting about it, but it's not bad either.
12-23-2011 01:45:57 | More by match1112
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
Bottled in 2011, opened in Sep 2012.
A - Nice cranberry ice tea body. Great bone white head with nice lace and great retention.
S - Sweet cranberry cocktail, caramel malt, toasted almond.
T - Wow, this is actually surprisingly good. Deep caramel, smooth grape concentrate, edge of herbal bitter hops, pumpernickel bread.
M - Smooth, medium-full frame.
O - A robust red with a solid flavor profile.
10-20-2012 02:49:21 | More by vfgccp
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a nice deep copper with a creamy beige head that sticks stubbornly to the sides and leaves great lacing.
Aroma is a mixture of citrus and herbal hops, which are definitely the most prominent feature. The other main characteristic is the roasted caramel malts which have little sweetness to offer.
The taste may offer a tad more sweetness up front with hints of caramel coming through but it's quickly swept away by the bitterness of the hop profile which doesn't bring a ton of flavor, but does leave an astringent roasty finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied but seems a tad thin and has soft carbonation.
I've been largely impressed by Jailhouse stuff thus far and this is no exception though I would rate this toward the bottom of the portfolio. That's more a compliment of the other beers than a condemnation of this beer, which is a little too bitter and lacks the malty body that I like to back up the hops.
08-03-2011 02:21:12 | More by gford217
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
On tap at the North River Tavern someplace in the untamed wilds of suburban Atlanta. We stumbled on a place that was giving away free glasses with a pint of Jailhouse, & I only have 173 glasses, so hey! It's fate!
The waitress says this is "some kind of IPA" so I'm surprised when it arrives, & even more surprised when I find it's an amber: it's dark brown, trending into nighttime. Smells pretty nice, all hoppy & biscuity. Mmmmm, biscuits. Why can't Minnesota make biscuits like they have in Atlanta? Damn delicious.
Conjugal Visit isn't as much fun as the name implies, well, I mean, for the visitor, maybe. Huge toasty malts that lends it an almost porter-like edge, but there's a lively hop chop. More biscuits, grain, & it's the bitterness that really sticks with you. Goes down smooth.
Blind taste test as this was, I thought it was a dark IPA, but what do I know? Nice intro to a new brewery, picked up a bottle of the stout to take home with me. Good beer.
08-23-2012 22:08:45 | More by maximum12
3.7/5 rDev 0%
Got this as an extra from Grant. Thanks homey. Poured into a tulip. Pours dark amber with about an inch of creamy beige head. Leaves a ton of sticky lace.
Powder cocoa in the aroma with some hints of citrus orange zest. Pretty unique on the aroma; a lot more malts than I would have imagined in the aroma. Toasty malts on the pallet with hints of cocoa with a nice bitter hop finish.
Nice medium body here with good carbonation. Overall this one isn't bad. Glad to have tried it; so far I've enjoyed everything I've had from Jailhouse.
11-23-2011 03:03:01 | More by Bendurgin
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
A - A cloudy, sediment filled brown-red, with no clarity. 1 finger of head, and sticky glass left all over the glass.
S - Prunes and sugar. Not too sweet
T - Caramel, sweetness, high malt backbone.
M - medium to light bodied. light carbonation.
O - A good red. Looking forward to what Jailhouse can produce in the future
12-22-2012 05:10:22 | More by BeerDawgs
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
Conjugal Visit is brewed in the style of a Red Ale. No bottle date or information. Summer seasonal limited release from JailHouse Brewing Company.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a pint glass. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit
(Appearance) Pours a thick, creamy off-white head over a deep copper orange body, deep medium in tone. Head retention is pretty solid, lacing is light but streaked. Nice appearance. 4
(Smell) Aroma contains biscuity caramel malts, earthy, citrusy and spicy hops, a touch of booziness. Potency is high. Aroma is mostly clean, some mild grain alcohol. Pleasing aroma. 4
(Taste) Bready , biscuity caramel malts, a note of toffee and diacetyl. Balance is moderately sweet, Malt-forward and a spicy, resiny hop profile. Very malt-forward and much less hop character. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Smooth, creamy with a very mild carbonation presence. Body is medium for a red ale, medium overall. A mild/medium alcohol presence with a touch of grain alcohol. 3.5
(Overall) The aroma and appearance are really pleasing in this beer, and the flavor and mouthfeel, while falling a bit short of the rest do manage a generally tasty concoction. 3.5
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02-25-2013 06:04:11 | More by Jadjunk
Conjugal Visit from Jailhouse Brewing Company
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