Mugshot IPA | Jailhouse Brewing Company

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Mugshot IPAMugshot IPA

Brewed by:
Jailhouse Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mugshot IPA features an arresting lineup of Warrior, chinook, cascade and sterling hops and a balanced blend of malt flavors that finish nice and dry. Forward hop bitterness lingers on without a overwhelming the palate.

Malt - U.S. malted 2-row barley; munich, caramel, and special roast; demerera sugar
Hops- Warrior, Chinook, Cascade and Sterling
O.G. - 14°P | ABV - 6.7% | IBU - 50

Suggested Pairings: Sharp Cheddar cheeses including spicy hot infused cheeses; Pork BBQ; Fried Dill Pickles; Pizza; Curry

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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 38
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a goblet. And on tap in April 2016.

Pours with a medium amber body that has excellent clarity and a durable, creamy head.

Some mildly sweet malty flavor up front before an ample hop load kicks in. A moderate bitterness with earthy hop flavors lingers on the palate after a crisp and dry finish.

O: recommended for hop heads, although not as fruity as I prefer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a SAVOR snifter and consumed at a recent tasting.

Pours a light copper color with a good white head and a tad bit of lacing as the foam went down. The nose brought forward some mild earthy and herbal hops with a bit of light citrus rind. The flavor is really bland with very mild hops and a bit of bready malt. I'd say this was way more toward the English end of the spectrum in terms of the hops. Light chalk there as well. Medium body and light bitterness. This was an okay beer, and not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cpinto6 for another new brewery for me to try.

Pours a nice big creamy head that rises 1 finger and fades semi slowly with some soapy lacing, over hazy yeast chunk filled orange pale carrot colored beer.

Nose has some decent hops in there, mostly an earthy bittering hop of east coast style, but it also brings some light floral hops, a bit of citrus, light fruity clementine like aroma, and hints of a fluffy aromatic light sweet malt base. Nose isn't bad, but just a bit too light overall.

Taste starts with more hops, again with an East Coast like earthy bittering hop, but gets a bit more herbal and slightly gritty, a bit of a grainy malt also comes out, with light sweetness and hint of straw like malt, but fairly light. The hops mutate to a light citrus candy, clementine like again, light grassy and floral hops as well. the grainy gritty feel takes away from it slightly, but overall not bad. The finish gets a bit more bitter and borders astringent but never goes beyond the line, and a bit more grassy herbal like hops, and malty like lingering taste.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, bit gritty and abrasive feeling.

Overall not bad, decent hops but not quite the fresh big hoppy IPA, more like bittering herbal earthy grassy like hops, with a grainy gritty abrasive malt backing. Quite quaff-able but since I've been hooked on big citrusy tropical fruit IPAs these earthy bittering ones just don't cut it.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. Thanks go to HopDerek for generously sharing this one.

Pours a hazed copper, with 2-3 fingers of frothy eggshell-white head. This retains with a lot of rich creaminess, drenching the sides of the glass with some huge sticking lacing. The aroma is fresh smelling with grass and citrus and a touch of herbal leafiness. Sweet grains and some fleshy fruit give this a light juicy tang in the nose. Some more dankness seems to emerge as this warms up.

The taste has a zesty citric bitterness and a touch of sharp pine to it, which is well balanced by flat toasted grains, a splash of sweet caramel, and some softer fruity character. Bitter citrus peel lingers in the finish with some dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being creamy and smooth on top, but then prickling the tongue a little more as it moves out into the mouth. Alcohol is very nicely hid and that 7% feels about perfect here.

This was definitely a bit more of a subtle and restrained version of the style and I didn't mind one bit, as this focused more on those fresh hop flavors and less on the aggressive bitterness. This was quite thirst-quenching. I'd love to try it on draft.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dispensed a light copper body, lightly hazed and capped with a finely-textured, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts with a hint of sugary caramel. The hops (Chinook, Sterling, and Cascade) throw off notes of fresh florals, citrus fruits, and (lightly) pine.

Taste: Pale malts with a modest amount of supporting caramel sweetness. Hop flavors present fresh orange peelings, white pine, and humble meadow flowers. Medium bitterness. A bit more maltiness prior to the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A decent India Pale Ale out of Jailhouse. Any hopheads looking to receive a curb-kicking of hop character and bitterness will be left wanting, but those seeking a balanced IPA should be pleased.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see this local brewery moving to bottles. Poured from a bomber, pours a somewhat hazy orangey amber with a quite good head that sticks around and even leaves some lacing. Nice hop aroma with citrusy and grassy notes and a touch of grain. The taste still has the same nice hop notes, but a little too much graininess for my taste- I find this a bit distracting from the hops. Not bad, but one that could use a little more sweet malt and less graininess, or more pine notes in the hop profile to compensate for the grain.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 3, 2014.

The pour is golden to light copper with a decent but short-lived head. Reasonably good clarity.

The aroma is very mellow which is how I like my IPA's really with its earthy hop and fruity character. Not explosive by any stretch of the imagination but pleasing on the senses.

The body is around medium but very smooth.

The taste is just as low profile as the aroma suggests with a mellow hop character, a decent caramel note, and an astringent bitterness at the finish. Lingers quickly but fades but it is memorable.

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3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach136
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7-11-14, poured into IPA glass, reviewed live.

A - Pours honey gold with a rocky white head, good lacing.

S - Medium-High intensity hop aroma dominates, tropical fruit, citrus, and light touches of grass. Little malt/yeast aroma which is A-OK by me.

T - Again dominated by hops, medium intensity flavors of pine and citrus peel up front with a background of more on the earthy side of the hop flavor wheel. Moderate bitterness. Malt bill comes through a bit more in the flavor with light levels of sweet bread-ness.

M - Medium bodied, slightly sticky finish with some lasting bitter astringency.

O - A great local IPA, better than I remember and well worth re-visiting.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Outlaw's in McDonough, GA.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bitter citrus hops - mostly on the lemon/lime side of things as opposed to grapefruit - with mild amounts of pale malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt aromas kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of brusque citrus hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. Like the wheat the thickness is good however the carbonation is on the high side.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I think this could benefit from a few tweaks to the hop bill however as it is now it's certainly far from bad.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy dark amber-golden with a nice, fluffy, fine-bubbled pale orange-tan head. Aroma is good and hoppy, promising a better-than-average IPA. Strongly hoppy flavor has a decided evergreen undertone to it. Texture is smooth, fizzy and pleasing.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass stemmed goblet. No freshness date. Sampled secondary to the good shopping sense and generosity of my friend Erinn -- thanks.

A: Slightly hazy gold-amber with 1-2 finger off-white frothy head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Aroma reminiscent of an English IPA with very herbal hops aromas and toasted caramel maltiness.

T: The flavor also follows the upper-crust English IPA blueprint with sweet toffee and caramel maltiness with some toastiness matched with largely herbal hoppiness with a subtle citrus quality as well. Easy to consume and with a dextrin-laced finish and aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation helps with the smoothness but there is some sweet tackiness in the feel as well. Medium-bodied and nicely coating.

O: Not a bad beer but doesn't really fall in the American IPA slot at all, but it represents a very nice English IPA with subtle herbal, haylike, and mildly citrus character with toasted caramel malt. Worth a try for sure.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma is fairly tame for an IPA with some citrusy lemons and light grassy notes. There's also a grainy toasty malt smell in the background. Not much sweetness.

The taste is similar with some malts balancing out the citrus hops. The finish is bitter with hops, though not flavorful hops, just bitter.

Mouthfeel is active with lots of carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

A drinkable and balanced IPA - another decent effort from Jailhouse though probably not quite as good as the stout.

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Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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Mugshot IPA from Jailhouse Brewing Company
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