Jasperilla Old Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

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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 ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle obtained as part of Secret Santa 07 package from RickSawyer. 2006 Vintage. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with heavy coating lace. Aroma is strongly sweet, but also has some citrus and pine. Taste is lightly malty upfront, but strongly citrus and fruity in the middle, with a light hoppiness next, and then a warming close. The sharp citrus character is reminiscent of lemonade. Mouthfeel and drinkability are just alright as well, quashed by that citrus as well. This one fell apart a bit once I got past the eyes and nose.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.22/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This struck me as a decidedly below average old ale. It had a bit of wine-y, barley-wine like astringency (which I would say is within the rather broad confines of this style as I understand it), but it wasn't very rich, had a number of flavor notes I thought didn't belong, and was a bit watery for this style.

Color was an oddly clear pale brown, with very little head composed of large and inconsistently sized bubbles. Aroma was odd...some earthiness and (I'm not intending to be mean) manure notes. Flavor was somewhat cereal-y, only a bit astringent, and pretty weak compared to other old ales I've had. Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

I've come to expect old ales to be wine-y or to resemble a spirit (like bourbon or cognac). This one did not deliver on this expectation at all.

I bought this bottle at Central Market in Austin, Texas.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2006 vintage, into a half-liter mug. This pours a very cloudy copper-orange color with only a thin layer of foam on top. A lot of fruit is to be found in the aroma, along with some sweet caramel and a hint of acidity. Flavor, unfortunately, is unpleasant. There's a moderate maltiness, and fruity character is still there, but there's a tannic metallic flavor the follows. Alcohol is apparent at the finish as well. Body is watery.

This beer is best forgotten. Hopefully Independence can do better in the future.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

2006 bottle.

Pours out a copper amber with abundant carbonation and a nice small, but sturdy, head. Leaves some sheets of lacing. Aroma is mostly tart plum and granny smith. Lots of sherry and booze too. Is this already showing signs of heavy oxidation? Lots of plum up front in the flavor with a middle showing of sour apple. Toast starts to blossom towards the end, but is interrupted by sherry and an odd fungal/baker's yeast flavor and dryness in the finish. Carbonation is rather mellow and a touch creamy. The body isn't too thick, but holds strong. Not impressed with this at all. Not finishing this bomber.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bronze with a thick creamy off white head that dies quick and leaves behind spotty lace. Smells very bready, caramel, sweet malt and almost a hint of banana chip. Taste is big on malt then big on booze. Finish is sherry like. Full in the mouth with minor carbonation. Had to choke the end of this down. Way too boozy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Jasperilla Old Ale pours a clear copper body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam. The head retention is limited and it leaves little lacing behind. The nose is malty with a hint of caramel, and fruity with yeast character (apple, pear, red berries), but it has some higher alcohols and a touch of acetone as well. That carries over into the flavor and seems to dominate. It's like drinking a hot honey-mead. Perhaps the fermentation just got away on this batch - the cooling system failed or something - but it's not good. As it warms and the maltiness comes out a bit more it's a little easier to take, but at that point the alcohol becomes more prevalent. Flawed. Perhaps next years will be better.

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Photo of Xadoor
4.92/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage

A dark rich amber colour in the glass. No head, but a thin layer of bubbles around the edge. Fairly strong aromas (particularly as it warmed) of bread and dried fruit, similar to a Christmas fruit cake. The higher alcohol, often typical of the style, is detectable, but light. Full, rich flavours of caramel and dark fruits; raisins, figs, apricots, vanilla. Finish is slightly dry and a bit acidic with a mild warming affect. This is a wonderful beer that can be enjoyed with a desert as well as savoured as an evening ender. Very drinkable.

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Photo of JJJ22
4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper/Apricot
Aroma: Bread, Malt, Caramel
Taste: Light alcohol burn, raisins, caramel, black cherry, with a caramel coffee finish. Faint metallic tinge to the finish. No detectable hop flavor with little hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Nice and chewy. Leaves a slight, yet pleasant coating on the palate.
Drinkability: Almost TOO drinkable for a 9.3% ABV beer. Easy to get tanked on this one.

A pleasure to drink, this beer is what I'd call a stealth beer. Very easy to drink quickly for such a high gravity. It'll be interesting to see how this one matures over time.

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Photo of JayStewart
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 2005 vintage at Grapevine Market, Austin, Texas, in April 2007. First, do not drink it too cold! Let it warm to 50-55 degrees or warmer. Clear golden color with malty nose. Caramel, dirty, apricot pits, vanilla, licorice, and warming. Complex sweetness. Chewy. 22 ozs of joy. Don't plan another brew on the same day.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark golden in color, with a touch of haze, a moderate white head, thick glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, spicy aroma, like Christmas cookies, pleasant, and rather evocative of the memories of Christmas past. There are notes of cookie dough, and dark fruits, as well.

Taste: Caramel and dark fruit dominate the opening. There is also some strawberry, not unlike St. Arnold's Christmas . As the taste progresses, there are candied tangerines, dark fruit, cherries, and spicy alcohol. The finish is moderately hoppy with mild citrus hops, which balance quite well against the complex sweetness. The high alcohol notes are quite subtle.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, and very full, quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant example, which expresses great complexity for its style. Needless to say, recommended.

Sampled at Independence Brewing on Saturday, October 14th, 2006.

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Photo of DamYankee
4.88/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a sample of this on tap at the brewery, and then again at The Draughthouse.

My first impression upon tasting this was to simply, quietly, stand there and stare down into my glass. After a long silence, I told someone, "There simply are no words"

Amazingly light bodied despite it's high alcohol content. Dangerously good, too easy to drink pint after pint of this wonderful elixir.

It redefines the Old Ale category.

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