Smoke Jumper | Court Avenue Brewing Company

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Court Avenue Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BretSikkink on 01-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 2 |  Reviews: 1
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Smoke Jumper was explained to me as an American Pale Ale that has a smoked malt ingredient. I'm not sure if APA is a better designation. Tasted on cask at the brewpub on 1/5/09.

An attractive-looking beer to say the least: orange-brown color with luminous highlighting, a super-sturdy tan cap that keeps it's whipped shape for a span of several minutes, and beautiful lacing that leaves the glass looking like a banded sea snake when the beer is gone.

The aroma is a lot less enticing, and (a trend I'm noticing with Court Ave.) is barely existent. Even with the nose fully in the glass, he head stifles any scents trying to leak out. Definitely some hops, fruity, English-style yeast, and - maybe the power of imagination - a lightly smoked character.

The palate is consistent with the nose, with a Tomahawk-style pepper-heavy hop that leads the way and it pretty consistent with the mild smoke flavor. Loaded with flavor for a pale ale. I don't love everything going on, but it's still jam-packed. The yeast brings some dark fruit to the party, like a boozy raisin, although the alcohol is pretty well hidden (and unknown to me).

One major qualm I have is that this cask beer was served awfully cold. Not Coors Light cold, or even regular keg cold, but definitely chilled. Not appropriate.

The mouthfeel is round about medium, thinned a bit by the hops and the lightly smoky bitterness. There's too much carbonation for a cask version of the style and I'm afraid any bottle-type ale would be a little too brisk for the flavors to emerge. The lush, creamy factor that I love in cask beers just isn't apparent.

If you're jonesing for some hops but prefer a milder vessel than the Honest Lawyer IPA, this is honestly not a bad little brewpub beer. Definitely some wrong notes, but probably worth a pint for those with an interest in APAs, piney hops, smoked beers, and cask ales.

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Smoke Jumper from Court Avenue Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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