Jasperilla Old Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

Jasperilla Old AleJasperilla Old Ale
96 Ratings
Jasperilla Old AleJasperilla Old Ale

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 02-02-2006

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 16 Oct 2007.

Medium light brown head. Well carbonated. Clear brownish orange color. Aroma is yeasty, vanilla and cakey-sweet. Tastes of burnt caramel and not a whole lot else. Overly sweet. Minimal bitterness. Finishes warming, toasty, bready. Medium body. Becomes somewhat tart as it warms.

Think this was the first beer from Independence we had.

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of jwillcourt
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, with the color and appearance of apple cider. Fine, white, finger-sized head. Average head retention and little lacing.

S - I couldn't smell anything, for two reasons that are no fault of the beer. First, it was served way too cold. I find this is a consistent problem at this bar. I don't always have the time or patience to warm the drink with my hands. Second, I am still recovering from the flu -- although I certainly thought I was well enough to venture out and order this drink.

T - Sweet up front, with sweet malt, caramel, plum, and apple cider flavors. Hops kick in with a pretty bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body and low carbonation. There is a residual alcohol warmth.

D - This is pretty boozy.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/26/2009 (2008 bottle):

Pours a clear golden red color body with a small white head, quickly diminishing. Somewhat musty aroma, strong dark fruits. Alcoholy taste. Somewhat old, musty taste. The fruit taste mellows in the aftertaste. Hotter as it warms up. Would taste better aged another year, maybe two.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

'08 Vintage

A - Pours slightly hazy copper/amber with a weak white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Smells like apple cider. Some faint notes of dark fruit and alcohol come through as well, backed up by caramel malts.

T - Cider-like qualities carry over onto the palate, with sweet notes of red apple and raisin being the most dominant. Malt sweetness is assertive and fairly one-dimensional. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing. Some subtle notes of cinnamon come through in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and drastically under-carbonated. It's almost like drinking apple juice.

D - Easy enough to drink, but the lack of carbonation combined with a lack of flavor complexity make it difficult to enjoy. I probably won't be having this again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.32/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of armock
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
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

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Riccymon
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the bomber a transparent orange-red with a good couple fingers of head filling up the tulip. Smell is floral hops at first with some yeasty, almost barnyard notes when I swirl the glass. First sip was hops, some cherry/grape fruit juice, and a soft fusel alcohol note. Pretty light in body, almost wine-lilke, with a sour finish. While not the hottest beer I've had, I did sip a little slowly, given the alcohol.

It was nice to try this local, but I don't know if I'd buy another bomber of Jasperilla. I enjoyed the flavor at first, but after a while, it just became a chore to keep sipping.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

This brew is being enjoyed at room temperature. I've had this bottle cellared in my pantry for about six months. I wanted to give it longer but at this time of the year in Texas I really can't afford to keep the a/c going full blast in order to maintain a good cellaring temperature in the apartment so I'm going to drink this one.

Pours a hazy copper colour, with huge white head, which I'm sure is mostly because it's not refrigerated. The aroma is malty and musty and full of promise. There's a hint of Gorgonzola in there too, which makes me wish I had some good ripe cheese to wash this down with. That would be a good pairing. I'm also getting that wonderful smell you get upon walking off the street and into a British baker's shop.

Sweetly malty on the tongue, not much in the way of hops at first, but a slightly bitter finish to it. I'm getting some hints of port wine in here. This about the point where the ABV makes itself know to you. I wonder if I'm going to regret opening this one at 7pm instead of 30 minutes before I go to bed?

Mouthfeel's a bit on the thin side. Not much evidence of carbonation.

I have to mark this one down on drinkability because it's a sipping beer, not a session drink. But that's the nature of the beast with most old ales and they shouldn't be denigrated for it. Once you get a taste for them you're hooked.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, and pumpkin-colored body with plenty of sediment in solution. On top, a finger and a half of creamy, off-white head that endures well and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: A mix of various fruits (mostly apples and citrus) over sweet toffee-like malt with some whiffs of alcohol around the edges.

Taste: Golden fruit and citrus notes riding on top of a bold toffee-and-molasses malt backbone. Towards the end some woody flavors manifest themselves. The alcohol is much more present in the mouth than in the nose and compliments everything well. As for the aftertaste, it's nicely boozy and peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a dry finish. There's some slickness from the alcohol left in the mouth and just a hint of burn.

Drinkability: Definitely approaching sipper territory.

Verdict: I'm happy to report that this is quite a tasty and complex beer, and would be a great brew to enjoy with a cigar in the evening. I'll be cellaring a bottle for a year or so to see how it ages.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of northaustin
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got a 2005 from grapevine.

i should mention that it smells a little stale,but the malt bomb was still slightly intact. poured into a schnifter suprisingly clear with a small amount of off white head.

taste is a bit stale and lacks that "aged" flavor and texture. but still drinkable and jasperilla in itself is a very solid ale.

overall i fell semi blessed to have gotten a hold of this vintage offering. look for a follow up review of the 2008 coming soon

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Photo of grub
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
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!

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Photo of RedChrome
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage:

Cloudy bright orange colored beer under a half inch of light tan colored head. Foam halved quickly before becoming a slick on top. Only minimal carbonation bubbling.

A very sweet biscuit malt backbone. Fruit presence is unattributable to any one fruit aroma. A decent alcohol aroma in the back of the nose.

A big grain taste as expected from the aroma. Same generic fruit flavors noted in the scent. A very faint licorice taste at the back of the tongue.

Nice thickness and carbonation in balance. Tastes cling to the tongue and bring a warming aftertaste.

A good brew. Works well with a grilled Swiss cheese sandwich. Worth the taste, but not the best I have had in the style. A solid craft brew.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber courteous of ottovon in recent trade...poured into la chouffe tulip

a-bright copper color with slight tan head...that fell rapidly...slightly bubbly from the carbonation...

s-fruity and malty kind of strange for an old ale...boozy in the nose...

t-much like the smell...fruity up front...followed by malt and almost some grapefruit in there...strange

m-mouthfeel is good and thick like i imagine an old ale being...slightly over carbonated for this style to me and a bit weak feeling..

d-the fruity taste really brings this down...kinda reminds me of an old ipa??? strange...

overall im glad i got to try this its different i will give it that...

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Photo of charlesw
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Really cloudy pale orange/brown. Micro head of tiny bubbles. Needs to be clearer and darker.

Smells kinda of fruity, orangy. Something like Tang mixed with maple syrup. I know that's not entirely fair - it's not quite that artificial - and yet if you had one in front of you, you could see it. So... Light and faintly artificial fruits but with a good malt backbone.

Tastes like underattenuated prehopped extract brew. Too sweet for the amount of flavor present. Low bitterness. Hints, again, of, oh, orangeade, if you prefer.

A bit too thick in the mouth. Not a big hit, here. Maybe better super fresh - maybe there's more hop flavor to it. On tap I'd expect more carbonation, too - to help cut down on the body.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a healthy head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer and small ring of lace. Its color is light amber with a moderate-low amount of carbonation and slight haze. The aroma is faintly sweet with a hint of hops. Very sweet, with tones of honey and bourbon oakiness. The alcohol is well hidden. A bit of bitterness on the backend.

Overall, interesting, but a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at Whip In in Austin and couldn't resist. This is the only old ale being done by any TX brewers, so far as I know. This is the 2008 edition.

Poured into a snifter, the Jasperilla is a light golden brown color. Thin head with big, porous white bubbles that dissipate quickly but cling to the sides of the glass. Sort of looks like a slightly darker ginger ale. The nose is malty sweet, with a slight citrus twinge. Orange rind, cold apple pie, and pepper. An odd aroma all around, but not necessarily bad. The taste is stronger, again with a peppery sensation. Sweet malts and light fruits (apple and pear) persist, but there is also a darker, murkier flavor here that I am having trouble identifying. Over-spiced bread, maybe. Strange for sure. Mouthfeel is firm and smooth, but also very prickly with lots of carbonation.

This is a strange brew. I'm not sure I would call this an old ale, exactly, but it is interesting. Big and adventurous, but it seems to miss its target. A good one to try, if you're into new, off-center brews, but it's a stretch to say this is like any other old ale I've ever had. Cheers to Independence for being creative, though.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy dkachur. Thanks, Dan!

A: Murky golden hue. A sparkling, foamy head. Retention is quite good. It doesn't have a lot of lacing left behind on the glass walls, but the head does maintain itself all the way down.

S: Butterscotch and toffee. Quite sweet... both the scent and flavour are about the same in that sense. Some raisin and a bit of a cardboardy scent. Flavours feature some more fruity qualities, but it does seem to be a little off. Fortunately, it works out alright. I'm curious to know what it was like fresh.

M + D: Medium body, medium carbonation. Pretty straight forward, maybe even lacking a little something. This likely peaked a little while back, but it has managed to hold up alright. No real desire to hunt it down again, but not too bad. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of champ103
2.61/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of lonestar1836
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2008 Vintage

A: pours a deep cloudy golden brown with moderate ligh gloden head

S: fruity notes combine with carmal malty scents

T: very fruity sweet citrus and others i can't quite place, intence malt sweetness in the middle and lighter sweet fruit flavors at the end

M: a little oily, a little thick

D: this is a pretty intence beer and nice to try, but not easy to drink much of

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Jasperilla Old Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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