Jack The Sipper | Southern Prohibition Brewing

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Jack The SipperJack The Sipper

Brewed by:
Southern Prohibition Brewing
Mississippi, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 139
Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright lightly cloudy amber color with a small white head. The aroma is malt. The taste is smooth sweet malt.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Caramel copper, with an off white, fluffy and dimpled head that leaves a little lacing down the glass.
S: Yeast, caramel, and some hope aromas.
T: Too phenolic. It tastes someone mixed a very bitter and hoppy beer with banana juice.
M: Light bodied but overly carbonated. The beer exploded when I opened the unshook can.
O: I didn't really care for this beer, though I've had very little ESBs to compare it to. I wouldn't buy it again, but it might be worth a try if you're an ESB fan.

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Photo of biegaman
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jack The Sipper should have an easy time louring you in - its pretty persimmon colour glows against the light and is incredibly inviting. The dense haziness isn't ideal but easy enough to overlook. My only real issue is that its head flared up immediately upon opening the can; there's far more foam than I care for and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

There's more yeast in the aroma than there aught to be for an ESB; this is a style that plays caramelly malt and earthy hops off one another but makes no mention of the fresh-cracked (and rather farmhouse-y) spiciness that's noted here. I'd have loved a lot more toasty, biscuity malt but the assortment of plummy, peachy fruits is a welcomed, if slightly out of place element.

My palate is extremely sensitive to phenols so any claims I make of tasting clove and peppery spice should be taken with some degree of skepticism, but I swear they're there! Regardless, present or not, that doesn't explain the lack of nutty, toffee malt nor the absence of floral, fruity hoppiness. Or why the water seems soft. This doesn't strike me as an ESB at all.

Part of it is the carbonation - these bubbles are hyperactive and bloating, creating a prickly, stinging texture that's a far cry from the smooth, soothingly malty kinds of ales I so strongly associate with cask. The can says it's made from 100% English malt and hops but there's isn't the rich, fullness of Marris Otter nor is there earthy, floral qualities of Goldings or Fuggles.

Maybe hold off for now on that steak and kidney pie... Jack The Sipper isn't really the armchair travel its Union Jack-speckled can and description let on. While it may serve the same purpose (simple, standard/moderate-strength session drinking) this Mississippi brewer has a ways to go before replicating the characterful, distinctive qualities of the Old World ESB.

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Photo of Soneji75
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have always loved a solid ESB. Believe it or not, good ESBs are not that easy to find. It is a style that is very easy to muddle and screw up. We recently... read more https://agrainoftruthblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/southern-prohibition-jack-the-sipper/

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Photo of jadpsu
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In Laurel, MS.
Pours a hazy amber with a tan head that has average retetion.
Aroma: Sweet and toasty malts, caramel and butterscotch.
Taste: Bread malts that get some balance from the mildly bitter citrus hops.
I liked this beer, both for its balance and it's moderate elements of in malt and hop characteristics.

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Photo of Myotus
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 48°F from a 12oz can (no can date) into a nonic pint glass. Allowed to warm up to 54°F before reviewing. Consumed on 22Jun16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sweet peaches commingle with mild aroma of figs, plums, black cherries, and buttered toast. Subtle aromas of caramel, floral hops, earthy hops, and bitter hops provide a balancing complexity.
TASTE: A mild sweetness of plums, figs, and black cherries opens the profile. Mild flavors of sweet peach and buttered toast immediately follow to provide a simultaneous augmentation and balance to the initial sweetness. The balance remains in tact as mild flavors of caramel and floral hops enter mid-palate. Mild earthy and bitter hop flavors flow in last to shift the balance in slight favor of the hops while all previous flavors persist.
NOTE: Balance. Balance. Balance. This beer was an elegant display of it as it should be, given its style. I highly recommend to any seeker of balance that is out there. I wish these guys distributed to Texas because I want more of this.

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Photo of Squire
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clean burnt umber. Nice egg shell cap with consistent lacing.

Aroma: Very malty in a good way, earthy, spicy hops in an undertone. Some caramel notes.

Taste: Ah, yes, this is an ESB, make no mistake about it. Full, rich malt flavor seasoned by rather than dominated over by hops. Toffee with little roasted malt bitterness. In fact the bitterness I note appears to come from the hops. Clean finish with tasty malt rather than hops apparent.

Texture: Rich malty texture, medium to full body.

Overall: A for effort here. They have managed to capture some of the best features of ESB with a hop crispness that overcomes malt sweetness. Very good balance. The sort of thing welcome around my house anytime.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent copper with a slight chill haze& a pinky of beige head. Stays effervescent through out, average head retention with pretty good lacing

S: Pears, faint breadyness

T: Breadyness, pears, a little toffee & woody hops up front, toastyness & a little biscuitty malt as well. Grassyness, pear & biscuitty malt as this warms. Finishes fruity, malty & a little herbal hop bitterness

MF: Medium body with light carbonation, nicely balanced

Easy to drink, very true to style, would love to try this on cask

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Photo of schenectady
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with an off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of caramel and malt. Very drinkable. Spot on for this style. Bitterness is there but balanced. Definitely a go to sixer for me if I want something simple and tasty

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into an Ommegang chalice.
A beautifully-designed c an contains an effervescent, chestnut-hazy beer with light, creamy head.
Smells malty and caramelly. Red apple esters.
Malty-generic English style ale. It nails the style, but it's not a very interesting style. The expected caramel malt, dark fruit skin, and mild metallic bite are all present.
Mmm. Delightfully crisp and full-bodied, simultaneously.
Props for drinkability and style. Pretty basic, but worth picking up the occasional sixer.

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Photo of julesypop
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Southern Prohibition--Jack the sipper--ESB

from a 12 oz can

A: 2 1/2 fingers of micro foam with excellent retention. Shady, rusty amber in color. Light transparency.

S: Maltiness is present, but tempered by citrus. a little sour on the nose. Smells well balanced. Citrus and sour and baked sugar all blend very nicely in the nose

T:Pleasant, light citrus gives way to a soft yeasty middle with light malt and sweetness, finishing crisp and easy. The balance in the nose is perfectly conveyed in the palate. Nothing dominates this beer's flavor. There is a harmony between all the flavors that lend to a rich, complex creation that is vastly appealing from start to finish. This is a WOW.

M: Tight carbonation. This beer feels good in the mouth which only accentuates the wonderful sesation.

O: Go get this NOW. Once in a while, I fall for a beer like I have fallen for this. This beer is a well crafted specimen. It leaves little if anything left to be desired. There are precious few breweries putting out quality like this ESB. I've had ESBs that are tart or bitter or sharp and I feel like they give ESBs a bad name. This beer is damn near perfect and if I had any criticism for it, it would be that I can never look at another beer the same after enjoying this one.

From someone that generally thinks ESBs are lacking, this one blows me away.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Flying Saucer. Pours dark red with white head. Aroma is of bready malt and some hops. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, caramel malt and red fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry. Good session brew.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with off-white head. Caramel malt, light pine, toffee, and biscuit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with caramel and biscuit.

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Photo of esetter
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Deep. Sweet caramel , cinnamon , malt notes. Similar to a very light barley wine. Taste the malt right off , followed by a pleasant bitterness. Head was light. Really good ESB ,rivals what I had in the U.k.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark amber, copper
Smell: Malty with sweet caramel notes
Taste: Malty and caramel sweet front fading into hoppy bitterness. Very nice balance throughout. Sweet aftertaste as well.
Mouthfeel: Very light and smooth. Light carbonation.
Overall: Jack the Sipper is a wonderful ESB Ale that is smooth enough to enjoy numerous back to back, yet complex enough to keep things interesting.

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Photo of funkydrumma
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really dig ESBs. This is a nice example from SPB. Thick creamy head with nice lacing, smooth yet crisp mouth feel, and the 100% English malt and hops really set this one apart. When I'm not in the mood for something super hoppy this is just the kind of brew I go for.

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3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a ESB should with a nice Amber brown body and a short inch of light tan head. Nose is big malty and a overall carmalized sweetness. As you take first sip you get initial Carmel sweetness that is followed by a nice bitter balance. Overall this is a perfect example of an ESB. Very solid for the style.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a creamy head, hazy orange amber color. The aroma is rather boozy-- it's mostly yeasty fruity estery very British very earthy and there is a faint level of earthy hop aroma in there as well. Flavor is toasty, nutty and pleasingly balanced by the English noble hops. Mouthfeel is ok but a tad sugary and astringent. A rough but tasty ESB that drinks like one of the better brews at the homebrew meetup.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can courtesy of thomasl pours a hazed copper color with a small off-white head. fair retention and little lace.

Nose is caramel, toast and molasses. Earthy with a sugary aroma.

Taste has a nice range of maltineess that goes from sweet to roasted grains to a nice honeyed cereal. Hops do juuuust enough to clean things up on the finish. This is a tasty beer with enough depth to keep it interesting over 2 or 4 cans in a row.

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Photo of GerryPendry
2.13/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

I used to love this beer, but the last 2 six packs were a bit cloudy and had a strong off-flavor, possibly oxidation. I hope this has been fixed, but I've been apprehensive about buying it again. I e-mailed SPB about it a while back and did not receive a response. Unfortunately I had to lower my rating.

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Photo of ftafuri
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not quite as dark as a traditional ESB and a little hoppier, but what a happy and refreshing mouthful. Enjoying with smoked and cured meat tray at Cochon Butcher on Warehouse District in NOLA.

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Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly good ESB and certainly one of the better ESB's I have had from a can. The taste is husk, caramel, and pale malt. A sipper and a beer that I would go back to if I wanted the style.

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Photo of vivaldian67
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. Starts with a hit of toffee sweetness and finishes with a nice bitter note from the hops. Beautifully balanced.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep burnt / rustic orange with good head and lacing. aroma is sweet, bready, caramel malts. Taste follows suit with a sweet, bready malt presence, caramel, a slight fruitiness. really delicious. very easy drinking.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Extremely easy drinking offering from southern prohibition... Seems very well balanced as it should. Bready malts kissed by those English hops.... Ever so slightly bitter... Very nicely done. Nothing earth shattering, just a good solid beer

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Jack The Sipper from Southern Prohibition Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 139 ratings