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Jubilation Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Jubilation AleJubilation Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%


Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 01-02-2009)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glazed terra cotta infused with brick red, polished brass accents, and a generously sized lid of golden beige colored foam. The beer fizzed like crazy on crown cracking, but there doesn't appear to be excessive bubbles at this point. The foam deflates in the usual fashion and leaves the glass pretty much bare.

Call me crazy, but shouldn't a beer that includes Japanese figs and cinnamon smell like either Japanese figs or cinnamon? To be fair, the latter is appeciated with warming. Otherwise, there isn't much here to be jubilant about. Some toasted malt, a faint fruitiness... and very little else.

Thankfully, Jubilation Ale tastes better than it smells. It still doesn't reach the relatively high bar set by the other Baird brews that I've had. Most of their lineup is solid without being special. This one is growing on me, but it still probably won't get to 4.0 for either taste or drinkability.

This seasonal ale tastes like a Belgian dark ale whose Belgian yeast strain has cinnamon esters rather than clove esters. As far as I know, Belgian yeast wasn't used, I was just trying to make a point. Figgy flavors (or figs themselves) always work better in slightly sweet beer rather than slightly bitter beer.

The second pour adds quite a bit of murkiness, so let's see if it also adds more and deeper flavor. Yeah, it does, a little, though I still can't pull the trigger on taste, so let's reward drinkability instead. No appreciable alcohol is a plus.

Warming (and the sediment-laden bottle half of the bomber) turns a 'too small' beer into a 'just big enough' beer. More malt and better bubbles would have improved things.

Again, most of the Baird lineup consists of quality craft beer. If it was less expensive and more easily available, I'd drink it often. Jubilation Ale isn't one of their better efforts and the $10.79 price tag makes it that much harder to recommend. Bottom line: there are plenty of American winter warmers that I would pick up before this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 14:32:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Glass.

A: Reddish-brown with a thick slightly brown head that fades quickly though it leaves nice lacing on the glass when swirled. When held to the light, the color becomes Santa Claus red and steady carbonation can be seen.

S: Raisins, cinnamon, malt.

T: Fruity, lots of raisins, floral, and nuts. It reminds me of the noel from Carlous, however, it is not as strong.

M: I expected it to be heavy, yet, it manages to seem decently light. The heavy carbonation plays a role in this not doubt. It becomes creamier towards the finish.

D: Though it is done in the Noel style, which means heavier, darker, more alcohol, and complexity, it still fare well due to the light mouth-feel. Also, the flavors are not as strong or extreme as in some Noels.

Overall: I've been pretty happy with the two Baird beers I have consumed. Flavor is present, however, their beers seem more subtle than American counterparts. I have had quite a few of Hitachino's Nest as well and it seems to be the case with some of their beers as well. It is important to remember that subtle does not mean bad. Indeed, many of these beers seem more elegant because of their restraint.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 21:19:18 | More by ianjsullivan
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TheycallmeTim

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz. bomber into a Hennepin flute.

A--Nice creamy eggshell cap, maybe two fingers, that laces well with excellent retention. The body is a hazy reddish burnt caramel. Looks like the inside of a plum.

S--Pretty straightforward, but not in a bad way. More plummy or raisiny than figgy, I'd say. Just not that rich, but then again, I've never had a Japanese fig. Cinnamon coats the edges of the nose, and warms the fruitiness up. Smells like it will be sweet, with considerable caramel pulling through, too.

T--Oh wow, good winter warmer. The restraint here is welcome. The spiciness is gentle, refined, not whack you over the head with a 2x4. You get, essentially, a wisp of cinnamon that tugs clear through the middle of the profile. Any fig flavor remains subdued, and I'm not getting much in the way of those plums or raisins on the tongue, either, which is a shame. Back end of the flavor profile is essentially a brown ale, with some cocoa powder, nuttiness, and hop bitterness packed in there. Kind of like a Belgian Dark without the esters--take away the clove and medicinal qualities, and you have this beer.

M&D--Both are good. I juiced the drinkability on this because, for a winter warmer, this isn't overly spicy or overly boozy, so you could throw back a few no problem.

Interesting spicy amber/brown take on the winter warmer style, if a bit simple. A little like a stripped down Rare Vos.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 01:14:56 | More by TheycallmeTim
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SLeffler27

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My tulip glass fills with a slightly hazy, plum red and one finger of off-white froth that drops fairly quickly, leaving little lace and a film on the glass. A quick swirl brings new life to the head.

Very sweet cherry cough syrup, with some straw, licorice and no figs, but there is some cinnamon.

Ah, there's the fig, in the back, behind the cinnamon, and only in the lingering finish. Flavor otherwise is estranged from the aroma. There is a little bitterness and the hops make no appearance. Some notes of tea can be detected.

This is a full body with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. The alcohol is present, but far less than expected for this style.

While Jubilation is relatively easy to consume, it is just not what I want from a winter warmer. The promise of fig infusion fails to deliver just as this one misses the prerequisites for a sipper or contemplative complexity. Pair this one with beef and enjoy it for what it is, rather than what it claims to be.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 01:58:16 | More by SLeffler27
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thirdeye11

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from 21.4oz brown glass bottle (what an odd size) into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a medium brown color, when held to light it is a deep orange in appearance. Really pretty color. Lacing on the glass is superb, 1 finger head that's gone in about 60 seconds.

S: The bottle indicated this is brewed with Japanese figs and cinnamon, but I'm not sure I detect either in the smell. There isn't much to be smelled here to be honest. Trust of the matter is I just can't detect any smells here except some of the malt which is sweet. It's not bad, but not strong either.

T: The taste is however pretty distinct. There is a nice chocolatey malt up front which is delicious. Lingering bitterness indicates the presence of some hops, but isn't bad at all. Quite nice actually and never gets in the way of the malt. The yeast profile reminds me almost of the complexity of a Belgian beer, but not quite. Pretty well balanced.

M: Maybe the most perfectly carbonated beer I've had yet, the tiny bubbles dance across my tongue unlike any beer I've had yet. Weight of the beer is a little thinner than I'd prefer, but the carbonation being so good keeps its score really high.

D: Very high, I could drink a lot of this. Nothing cloying, bitter or bad in any way.

Highly recommended. I'm not sure the cinnamon or fig ever show their presence, but this is a good beer and you should try to find it.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 03:16:00 | More by thirdeye11
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried April 2009
A gusher that I had to quickly move to the sink so as not to create a mess. A careful pour yields a three-finger thick, lightly tanned head. The beer is a deep cherry-red color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells cherry up front, some fig notes and a finish of brandy soaked raisins. A touch spicy as well which seems to accentuate an almost mace like note. Nutty malt notes and a touch of toasty grain becomes noticeable after a bit in the finish.

A bit chewy, with a touch of tartness and only a touch of sweetness. Fruity flavors of fig and a touch of plum are noticeable up front and in the middle. The beer finishes with a spicy note and a nutty toasted malt note as well as a touch of bitterness. This has a bit of cherry and cherry pit like flavors as well as a touch of vanilla flavors here. This has a bit of astringency in the finish that seems to be contributed from the malt and something else that I can't quite place (the fruit perhaps). The body on this brew is not too heavy and not too light, it has a bit of viscous character to it.

I am glad that this was not infected, it was just poorly conditioned. This is a nice brew, one that is definitely enjoyable. This is definitely a fruit dominated beer. I definitely like the fruit contribution here, it surprisingly has a fair amount of cherry character to it, almost more so than recognizable fig flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 18:05:00 | More by Gueuzedude
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It's appears thin with a nice cinnamon and fig aroma. This is a "celebratory beer" as the bottle states and it definately has a holiday/winter warmer feel to it. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth taste that goes down dry and finishes with a touch of fig flavor and cinnamon spice. It's 7% abv., yet it's not a heavy drinker. The alcohol is hidden nicely as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I'm not really sure what to make of it. It's not your typical holiday brew, but it's well brewed and easy drinking. I do admit that their beers are highly overpriced for the quality of the product.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 01:16:14 | More by WesWes
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Jubilation Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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