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Conjugal Visit - Jailhouse Brewing Company

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 35
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jailhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: gford217 on 08-03-2011

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Reviews by match1112:
Photo of match1112
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Dudeletter
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of glid02
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Theaudiblesigh
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look of this beer was misleading to me. Very smooth beer.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Paincane
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of el_michoacano
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gzuz
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jscogggins
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mlawrence
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

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.

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Photo of jpskydawg
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer. Loving this version versus the last few. Think it's clocking in at 8% for this one and it taste great.

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Conjugal Visit from Jailhouse Brewing Company
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