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Conjugal Visit - Jailhouse Brewing Company

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84
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jailhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 08-03-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Keith_R, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Zach136, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Dudeletter
4.1/5  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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Dudeletter, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

TheBrewo, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of mttdls
4/5  rDev +8.1%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of busterwhite
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, aggressive pour yielded a 2 finger head. Nice copper/ dark red color. Good amount of lacing.

You can smell the malt, a little caramel and the hops throw in a slight floral scent.

Up front malt flavor balanced well with the hops in the finish.

Well carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

Overall a very drinkable, very solid red ale.

busterwhite, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

vfgccp, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

gford217, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  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.

glid02, Aug 24, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Hopefully, each of these subsequent future one-offs won't see the incremental price boost of the releases so far.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, amber-brown body with a tall, sudsy, ecru head.

Smell: Malty aroma, both bready and toasty and with some slightly sweetish, nutty butterscotch notes on the perimeter. Grassy, lightly citrusy hops.

Taste: Bready, deeply toasty malts with just a sliver of roast to start things off. Modestly sweet. Earthy, citrusy hops with a punchy though not overbearing bitterness. A bit of growing grassiness as it beings to warm up a tad. Also some more nuttiness and a hint of diacetyl showing as it goes along. Drying, earthy finish with some bitterness enduring into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's decent enough, both amply hoppy and malty (though not particularly sweet). I'm not so certain it's nearly nine bucks decent, but still.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Mattsk1, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

jscogggins, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a deep, somewhat coppery reddish brown with a thick and frothy pale tan head. Malty aroma has an earthy, yeasty overtone and just a touch of spice. Earthy flavor is quite satisfying with malty, nutty and caramel tones and just a whisper of cloves. Texture is smooth, a bit dirty (how else can I describe it?), and only a little fizzy but still pleasing. Overall, a good, if not great, ale that is worthy of at least a try - and probably downing the whole serving. Keep up the good work, JailHouse, and may you soon make lots of beer lovers your prisoners! ;)

Cyberkedi, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

match1112, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bendurgin, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

maximum12, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Jailhouse Brewing Company's
Conjugal Visit Red Ale
3.63/5.00

Jadjunk, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 13, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Bhalter8 for providing this. Long time fantastic trading partner.

The head is tight with a light pinkish/rust colored hue. Collapses and becomes more creamy. The beer is a deep amber color with tons of garnet tones. Looks like a barleywine actually. Lace clings all inside the glass.

Aroma is thick and rich. Malty with some dark fruit and perhaps a touch of prune.

Ok, this is a straight forward malty red. Initial bitterness that appears to be from roasted malt gives way to a moment of fruit and then a dark caramel flavor. The lingering bitterness comes in after a pause. Very interesting. Quite a delay.

Fairly thick body. smooth

It’s a decent little red but not something I would chase. As always, very glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

Reagan1984, Oct 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

FLBeerGuy, Apr 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Xcalibur077, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

sendbeer, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of MAJ85
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

MAJ85, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

BeerDawgs, Dec 22, 2012
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Conjugal Visit from Jailhouse Brewing Company
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