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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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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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 Kegatron
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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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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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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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 Cyberkedi
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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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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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 FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

880th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip
22 oz

Thanks to @thehughbachi for this one

App- A good mix of oranges in a glass. Nice hazy and soft glowing color balance. A good puffy two finger head wth good cling lines to it.

Smell- A good bright mix of citrus. Lending more towards a deep citrus vs bright. Nectarine, grapefruits. A bit crisp malt with some some earthy, bready bitter.

Taste- A pretty good smaller IPA. Good bitterness with some citrus and some good grassy and pine notes. A bit full on flavor with some good balance not leaning too citrusy or too piney.

Mouth- Medium bodied with full flavor profile and a wet medium carbonation level. Good residual pine flavors.

Drink- A tasty little beer. This is a good one on a hot day. A little to piney for me in a single IPA but still good and refreshing. I've been very happy with Jailhouse so far. Thanks Hugh!!

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Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker shade of yellow in color. Clear. Forms a modest off white head. Good retention. Light lacing. Aroma is bready and earthy. Some pine and, as it warms, a bit of green apple. Taste is similar. Lots of toast. Quite earthy, a bit of pine, then some bread. A little caramel compliments the earthy character. Medium bodied. Moderate astringent bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. A IPA in the old school american style. Not my personal preference, but not a terrible beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a clear golden amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is sweet malt and light hops

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish snifter. NB: the bottle leaked in transit, but it was still carbonated. Got a nice pop when opening it.

A- pours a very cloudy shade of orange with a super thick, one finger white head. The head is very impressive and leaves a lot of lacing. The body looks very ugly.

S- citrus hops. Smells like orange juice...I like that smell.

T- the taste is very weak...but what I'm getting is slightly bitter citrus. It tastes good, but there just isn't much strength.

M- it's got some thickness to it, that's for sure...bordering on syrupy

O-not bad....but not great. I'd seek out other options before this again

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Photo of rajendra82
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hazy, amber, body was topped with a very large head, that started off at 3/4 glass tall and finally ended up at 3 fingers thick. The smell was far less assertive than most IPAs, as the hops seemed to be floral and delicate. The taste was also indicative of milder hop strains, as the bitterness was very much in check, allowing an earthy, herbal hop character, and a sugary malt presence to emerge. It was a flavorful combination, but not typical of the IPAs, I am used to sampling. The aftertaste was herbal, and a touch spicy. The body was decently sticky for the style. Easy to drink as a result of the simplicity and delicateness.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky amber with a nice head. A lovely East Coast IPA such that the hops are definitely present but not overwhelming to either the nose or tongue. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle picked up at Green's Buford Hwy Atlanta, GA

A - Nice golden color with lots of clarity. Nice 1 finger of head, and sticky lace on the glass. Pretty standard, but solid looking IPA

S - The hops jump out of the bottle upon opening. Nice! Nice mix of floral and bitterness

T - A very solid, well balanced IPA. Floral hops up front, and bitterness kicks in at the finish and aftertaste. Dry finish.

M - Smooth, dry.

O - Very high drinkability. I could be happy with a couple of growlers of this one on a Friday night. I have had this brew a while back, maybe a year ago, and this is better than I remember. I think they may have changed it since its original conception, but whatever, well done!

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Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bomber -> Dogfish Head Glass

A - Pours up a clear gold without much of a head. What head there is lingers for awhile, and there is some leftover lacing.

S - not much on the nose. Mostly a fresh grassy smell

T - fairly well balanced between malt and hops with a slightly perceptible alcohol note on the finish.

M - lingering bitter mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - not too bad, taste is the best part fortunately.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours cloudy yellow/amber with a large foamy white head that takes forever to settle and leaves tons of lacing along the way while holding a great cap.

Aroma is citrus, oranges, tangerines, a bit of grapefruit, some floral and pine, bready and yeasty. Moderate strength. Could use more oomph in the aroma department.

Flavor is citrus hops, oranges and lemons, herbal and grassy, a touch of pine, bready and light caramel malt for balance, fair bitterness, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium carbonation, goes down nicely.

Good well-balanced IPA, could use a bit more "kick", but enjoyable and easy-drinkin'.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a muddy orange hue with lots of haze; an easy pour produces a huge, billowing head of beige foam as thick and creamy as shaving cream. Almost needless to say, with head retention this nice, lots of webbing remains on the walls of the glass as it empties.

The nose is extremely subtle for an American IPA. A dosing of bready malt with a bit of buttery diacetyl mingles with vague notes of pine.

Medium-bodied with a soft carbonation, moving effortlessly across the palate with a solid base of grainy, slightly bready malt with just a hint of sweetness, moving into a rather bitter middle with piney, resinous tone and a slight hint of citrus that carries far into the finish, which is bone-dry with a bit of lingering pine.

Quite drinkable, overall this strikes me as more of an English-style IPA than an American -- in fact, it really reminds me of an ~3% ABV bitter I brewed not long ago. The brewery hit the mark pretty well when shooting for a well-balanced IPA, as this is one of the most well-balanced I've had, but going into it expecting something similar to another Georgia-grown 6.7% ABV IPA, I must say that this one comes as a major surprise.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber (9) with thick/tight white head. Grassy citrus nose. Earthy grass hop with hint of grapefruit flavors. Medium lite/dry mouthfeel. Mellow balance of hops and malt - I'm starting to get a taste for these more earthy "southern" style IPAs. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a hazy copper with a rocky, off white head that drops slowly, leaving some chunky lacing.

Aromas of citrus and pine, pink grapefruit and pink grapefruit zest. Hints of malt in there somewhere.

Flavors of citrus hops, pink grapefruit, orange, grapefruit zest, caramel malt, some grainy malt in the background. Finish is long, with citrus hop bitterness lingering into the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium, with sticky malt, mouthcoating hop bitterness, and a good level of carbonation.

Overall a good effort. Nice balanced IPA. Not too assertive.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SlickMcCricket for sending this beer.

Pours cloudy orange amber, producing a finger of nearly white head. This fades to some lacing.

Citrus and floral hops define the smell, backed up by some fruity sweetness.

This is far more balanced than many IPAs I've had, but that's not necessarily what I'm looking for in the style. Citrus and pine are evident, along with some caramel flavors from the malts. The malt doesn't come off as overly sweet, though, and the finish is nice and dry.

Light to medium-bodied, with some nice carbonation, this is a pleasant beer on the tongue and quite drinkable.

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