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Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 796 | Ratings: 1,656
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is aged about 8 months, 2008 vintage. Pours a pretty clear reddish-amber color with an impressive pillow of tan foam that has good retention and average lacing.

This smells mighty tasty, a complex myriad of aromas. Heavily sweetened peanut brittle, maple syrup, overripe figs, molasses, sour cherries and citric hops...wow!

The taste does not disappoint, as raw vanilla beans, oak staves and dark chocolaty maltiness assault the tastebuds. All this with no spices? That is a mighty feat indeed. Malty goodness with a nice hop balance. This is a fine winter warmer from Avery.

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Photo of gtermi
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:The beer pours a very dark brown with a nice head that quickly fades.

S: The beer smells like your typical winter warmer. it has some malt and spices.

T: I love the nutty flavor and maybe I am crazy but get a tiny mint type flavor. It has some roastedness too, but that is on the finish.

M: This beers mouthfeel is very pleasant. It has a good amount of carbonation, but is also very smooth.

O: This beer is very nice. It is the best winter warmer I have had and I wish this was year round. I will get this as many chances as I get.

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Photo of warnerry
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fantastic clear red/mahogany withone finger f creamy off-white head. Head has very good retention but doesn't leave much lacing.

S - Very malty, with caramel, toffee and chocolate. Very slight bubblegum aroma. Bottle says there are no spices, but I do get a small spice aroma as well.

T - Taste is similarly malty, though with an oaky dryness both up front and on the finish. Lots of dark chocolate and toffee. Some hops that were hop apparent in the aroma. Has a bitterness that doesn't really seem to work.

M - Medium mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for the style. Finishes dry and bitter.

O - A pretty good brew, but probably not one I'd come back to. Has elements of and old ale, but I don't think I would have thought of it as such with a blind tasting.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a thick coppery brown too deep to see through. A brownish, thick, dense head sits around for a little while and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing behind.
The aroma is strongly malty with dark fruits and none of the spices one gets from the typical winter warmer. There's a bit of hops in here as well.
Hops presence is stronger than one might expect behind a firm malt backbone. A light sweetness is contributed. There's just a hint of a nutty flavor and a very subtle sort of roasted astringency that's just light enough for that tinge not to harm the flavor.
The body is medium and carbonation is light to moderate. There's a crisp bite in an otherwise pretty smooth feel.
This may not be what one would expect from a winter warmer (being a very ambiguous "style"), but it's nicely-crafted and a good beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear mahogany color. The head is massive, and recedes slowly into thick lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass the whole way down. The aroma is of malty with faint chocolate and ginger notes. The taste is like the like the aroma, but with a more pronounced spices. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice beer that I would certainly buy again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. Avery's brews have all been pretty good so far and this is no exception. This is a pretty good seasonal ale to boot. Pours a pretty amber color with a medium thin beige head. Spicey aroma of connamon and hops. The flavor was a mixture of malts, brown sugar, cinnamon etc and was surprisingly rich. Good stuff!

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Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Winter Warmer that fits the style well but doesn't particularly excel in any category. Old Jubilation has a nice appearance, deep brown liquid with a good beige head. The aroma is predominantly light malt with a metallic tinge. It's not bad but a bit weak. The taste is somewhat boring caramel malt with good spicing and a lightly bitter finish. The spices are particularly well done with clove and cinnamon dominant and never take on the annoying artificial character of so many other beers in the style. Unfortunately, Old Jubilation just fades into the background of my winter warmer memories. It's well done but a bit boring. I would recommend it to fans of the style or those looking for a simple entry point to winter warmers (of course, the latter seems like a bizarre audience that I just invented).

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep amber/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg spices. In the taste, primarily cinnamon and nutmeg spices. A spicy bite in the mouthfeel and a semi dry cinnamon spice in the aftertaste. Big in cinnamon, very nice, yet nothing to out of the ordinary for a winter beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep translucent firey glowing brown color, thin sandy colored head thats firm and crusty only to fade somewhat quickly to a semi-fluffy thick collar, lace in minimal strings and spots. Aroma is quite roasty, dry and coffeeish with a nice malt tone thats a touch sweet. Which becomes more evident as it sits, plus some alcoholic warmth seeps through as well once it warms; quite nice with a bit of added dried floral hop notes too. Taste has a warm roasty maltiness thats a tad sweet, touches of spice, molasses, and a favorable little coffee-like dryness and mild dried leafy hoppyness. The only thing is thats its a wee bit flat and doesn't last for very long. The finish has a nice light effect of sweetening dryness. Feel is just shy of medium body with a thinner side to its creamyness. If this weren't 8% this could be one fine dandy session of an Old Ale, but that detours it a bit from being so, other then that its still fairly drinkable. Not bad actually, just a bit short lived.

Thanks goes to Gusler for the sample of Avery brews!

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Photo of morimech
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a red tint. The head is minimal and had poor retention. Just spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt, chocolate, spice, citrus, and alcohol.

Taste: Dominated by the sweet malt. Some spice and hops are noted. Overall the taste is weak. Some alcohol warming is experienced.

Mouthfeel: Seems thin for a winter warmer. Carbonation is low.

Drinkability: A disapointment all around. No need to visit this beer again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was probably the 2010 version. There is nothing on the bottle to indicate the year though. The label is a little different than the picture here; has the brewery logo at the bottom on the label.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown color, almost opaque. An inch head formed but quickly faded.

S - Overall a very light scent. Some malty smell...

T - There's a great balance between the malt and hops here. Neither really come out ahead, but they complement each other well. A short sweet finish. This is one of the few winter seasonals that I have had that does not have an array of the "Christmas spices" in its flavor. I like it.

M - Medium going toward heavy body. Almost no carbonation. A good weight for a winter warmer.

D - A good beer. I am enjoying sipping it on this (finally) cold night. I will probably have one more from the 6-pack and save the others for the next few years. Avery says that they can be cellared for a couple years so we will see if anything changes with time.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Murky dark brown in color with a nice brown head that went down slowly and pooled on top of the liquid.

Smell – I couldn’t get much from this until it sat, but the aroma is malty in nature with a big cocoa powder influence. There’s some (kind of minty) spicing in there and some serious sugar of sorts. Also, I’d swear there were some big time hops in this brew.

Taste – The peppermint comes out more at the taste, nicely complimenting the huge, darkish malt backbone. There definitely is a hop balance here, strongly supported by some quality raw sugars.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and a bit fluffy in the mouth. This one is a bit over medium and actually has a touch of dryness (somehow – don’t ask me).

Drinkability – This has “winter warmer” written all over it. It harkens back to memories of log fires, Christmas trees, and frosty window panes. You’ll want to sip this hearty ale for sure.

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Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby red color with a sticky egg shell colored head that left some lacing. The aroma is of sweet red grapes, candied cherries, a bready honey malt, and a hint of hops. The taste is big on bitter resiny hops which is supported by a sweet bready malt. The dark fruit flavors (grape and cherry) serve as subtle notes towards the end. The feel is thick and chewy, borders on being slick from the ABV, fairly soft carbonation, finishes sweet. The drinkability is fine, again a bit thick and boozy. Good if you are only looking to drink one.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2007 vintage, so somewhere in the 5-6 year old range.

3.5 A: Deep brown borderline black color. Just a short frothy head formed and fell quickly. No lacing. In any case, I'm happy about the carbonation level at this point.

4.5 S: Seems that this has aged quite nicely. Still quite potent, but also with smooth, well integrated aromas. Big toastiness, dry caramel, light tobacco, and a pleasant spiciness. Dry overall, but balanced. Not a ton of complexity, but that tends to happen when a beer is aged so long. Despite this, it smells amazing.

4.5 T: Like the nose, it's hard to find any problem in the taste. Lots of toastiness, caramel, and dry graininess. No hints of booze at all. Fairly dry, but again, balanced.

4.25 M: Medium body. A little undercarbonated compared to what I'd expect fresh, but easily enough for a beer this age. Goes down super easy, but a bit more body and creaminess would be nice.

4.5 D: This drinks like a session beer. So easy to drink. I'm furious that I don't have another. Tons of flavor, great balance, and no problems.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. 2012 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A deep malty and nutty aroma. Toasted malts with big hints of bready biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, and some chocolate and hazelnut. A fair amount of brown sugar. Subtle undertones of fruits including citrus orange and dark figs and raisin. A little hint of smoke along with some earthy hops. Not really any spices, just a good malt aroma.

Taste: It the smell indicates, a good mix of baked bready malt flavors. Toasted malts with a good taste of baked biscuit, toast, yeast, caramel, toffee, and hazelnuts with some nice notes of cocoa. Mild sweet presence of brown sugar and some subtle smoke. Some fruit undertones with some light citrus orange and a good dose of raisin, fig, and prune. Moderate amount of earthy hops adds some drying bitterness in the finish. Its the bready malts that shine the most.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, toasty, and fairly drying in the finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good winter beer. Really nice use of malts that give a complex mix of flavors. Sweetness and body is just right.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is murky brown with a small beige/tan head of foam. The aromas are very hoppy and malts all at the same time. This is what a strong/old ale is supposed to smell like....wonderful! The taste is malty and strong, but the alcohol is well integrated in this brew and the hops that hit hard on the finish round things out nicely. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy and the drinkability is excellent as well. A great strong brew...

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: As per the picture in the BA Database, this is a 12 ounce tall thin brown glass bottle, purchased as a single from a broken 6-Pack. The one obverse label has a snow covered Xmas scene. Strangely it has the words “Yeah, It Is!” in the bottom right hand corner – what’s all that about then? No freshness date or strength listed – but the Website states this is an 8% Seasonal beer.

Appearance: Served in my thick based old McEwan’s Scotch Goblet, it has a chestnut brown body, yet it portrayed a deep auburn body, with a deep rich red mahogany hue when held to the light. Lucid yet dark. The head strangely only started to appear half way through the restrained pour. A beige head that slowly disappeared and laced well, still, the beautifully rich deep color of the beer made up for the lack of a decent head at the end. Excellent conditioning in the body of the beer. I chose a fitting glass selection, because at times this looked like a strong Scotch Ale!

Nose: Deeply malty with a hint of hops. Apparently 5 different malts are utilized in this beer – I am no expert – but I would say that they all, to varying extents perhaps, shine through in the nose. Some dark fruits in the bottom of the glass at the end.

Taste: Lovely rich malt beginning. Hints of chocolate hazelnut spread and dark chocolate covered raisins in the middle peak through. The middle is still dominated by malts, but the latter third slowly exhibits some light bitterness, with a limited hoppy feel that feels bigger than it really is. Dark fruits occasionally peep through, more so as the beer warms. A clever beer, not complex – but very interesting nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Solid levels of dissolved carbonation are superbly balanced with great poise and lend a smooth creamy feel on the tongue, and do a good job of holding the 8% off. In fact the alcohol rarely comes through in this beer at all. Smooth, rich chocolate malts are enticing yet never overpowering.

Drinkability: I easily finished this one, and its 1:39am (I can’t sleep) – but it’s a good job I don’t have a 6-pack of this stuff, it’s very quaffable. A very good example of a Strong Ale.

Overall: Fantastic, very reminiscent of some English Strong Ales that I drank in the UK. I must return to the beer store where I found this offering standing on its own, and pick up a whole 6-Pack if I can. Avery has yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Deep murky brown with 1-finger oatmeal head with good retention and tightly bubbled lacing.

S: Malty up front with raisins, plums, and dates mingling with cherryish alcohol note and a leafy and floral hops finish. Some cocoa is in there too.

T: Well-rounded taste that seems most reminiscent of an old ale or a slightly understated, maltier Arrogant Bastard. Dark fruits are most prevalent with a solid chocolate presence and bitter leafy hoppiness in the finish. No spicing is a blessing.

M: Medium body is supported with pretty active carbonation and lingering leafy and floral hops aftertaste.

D: A really good winter beer that avoids the spice parade by being a super-solid ale with big, complex malt and hops flavors. I'm going to cellar a few and see what develops over a couple of years.

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Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cola brown with garnet highlights against the light. Quite cloudy. Small head with nearly no retention and flecks of lacing left on the glass.

Ample caramel/toffee malt with notes of dried dark fruit, cinnamon, wood, leather and tobacco/earthy hops. Alcohol is evident but complements the aroma.

Toffee and brown sugar malt with prunes and dried cherries. Hops are earthy with tobacco and pine, bitterness is mild with a bit of anise and coffee grounds in the aftertaste.

Alcohol is pretty well hidden and complements the flavors well. Body is a bit more sessionable for an old ale and medium/active carbonation helps it along. Surprisingly has some nice drying to the finish.

Not the most complex or layered old ale but it is balanced, flavorful and sessionable despite the ABV. My only regret is not having tried it sooner, good one Avery.

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Photo of cokes
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep scarlet hue with a lasting dense, frothy head. Smell of dark fruit and quite malty.
These scents materialize in the taste. A nice stab at an Old Ale. Raisin and other dark fruit tastes. Just enough floral hops to keep things evened out. Very enjoyable and drinkable for a brew of this magnitude. This one has been sitting on the shelf for several months and has the integration to prove it. Slightly sweet, alcoholic finish that brings with it a little warming sensation
Maybe a tad too thin for a brew of this strength, but this helps add to the overall drinkability.
Probably the best Avery Brew I have had to date.
A very nice seasonal.

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Photo of jsh420
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours amber with a 1 finger tannish head that faded fast and left some spotted lacing

smells of fruity hops and thats about it - reminds me alot of a boulder beer but the name escapes me

taste is solid - sweet carmel malt with fruit upfront then fades to roasted/chocolate then bitter ashy finish

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that has plenty of life to tickle the tongue and still be creamy smooth

drinkability takes a hit - while i enjoyed the all the flavors this beer had - one and done - maybe it was the 8%abv

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very aggressive head forms and is as thick as 3+ fingers. Very creamy and excellent retention. A deep ruby/amber color with excellent clarity and no visible carbonation. Clumpy lacing everywhere.

Aroma is a little muddy, earthy, grain like and a hint of cherry.

What's funny (not really) is that the muddy earthy aroma is also front and center to the flavor. Deep malt flavors, a touch of dark fruit. Not quite yeasty, just dirty and earthy. (these are not off flavors.... Perhaps grainy as well.

Lots of A bit grainy and the ABV is present.

Gotta say, glad I only bought one bottle to sample. This will be the last one of these that I have.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown pour, medium-sized head that could have lasted a little longer.

The smell is what you'd expect from Avery's winter warmer, and I like it! It's a cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness on top of a doughy malt, but then there's a much more substantial hop aroma giving some citric bitterness to the smell. Nice.

Velvety, creamy flavor where the bready malt mixes well with the baking spices, a slight orange-peel/lemon flavor, and a little bit of a hint of bitterness from the hoppiness.

Overall: Very nice winter warmer. Not cloying or overly-spiced and with a few new twists. A new favorite in the style.

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Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: The pour gives a low, khaki colored head that recedes to a ring aorund the glass and an arrangement of bubbles on the surface. The beer is a rich chestnut brown in color.

smell: Mmmmm oh man. I love winter warmers. A blend of sweet, dark fruits and milk chocolate upfront. There's a light, wintery spice noticeable after swirling the glass alongside some dark wood. I've never had plum pie, but a well toasted crust and mushy, warm plums comes to mind. Candied orange notes. Nice American hop aroma in perfect balance with the moderate malts sweetness. So close to a 5.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth, lighter medium. The body is a full medium.

taste: Upfront I find notes of milk chocolate and dark fruits, particularly raisins. There's also a slight nutty woodiness, especially noticeable after the swallow. There's a nice hop flavor and a considerable bitterness that lingers into the finish with some roasted flavors. Not overly complex, but very solid and nice in the subtlety of the flavors..

drinkability: Not a hint of the 8% ABV save for just a tinge on the nose. An easy sipping winter warmer.

Picked up a single this past winter, cellared since then (8 months or so)

2012 bottle consumed 2013, properly cellared. Fun to look back on my original review, when a beer of this type was so new and foreign. While I may not score it the same today, I do find that it's a nice, simple old ale that melds toasted, nutty malts with even a little roast and dark, leathery fruit flavors. Hints of spice but not in an additive sense, wood and touches of cured tobacco. Only a touch of balanced brown sugar mid-palate before a balancing bitterness and earthy hop flavor pulls in. Good stuff.

old scores 45/45/45/4/4

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Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive frothy head of fluffy foam rests on top of a dark mahogany shaded beer. Oh my, this head is seriously chunky...looks like seafoam. Sweet malty aroma: coffee, caramel, and nuts - very inviting and yet restrained. Heavy malt flavor - chocolate and nuts held together by a sweetness that isn't cloying in any way. Take a big mouthfull and all the layers of malty goodness become quite evident. Very pleasant sweetness in the finish. Perfectly enjoyable closer to room temperature and no signs of its apparent strength anywhere. Smooth, near creamy mouthfeel actually begins to resemble a dry stout near the end of the glass.

What a delicious malty treat this is. Stuck inside on a cold day? This'll put you in a good mood. Its not a huge beer, but its probably worth cellaring to see what would happen to it.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,656 ratings.
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