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Jack The Sipper | Southern Prohibition Brewing

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3.78/5
Very Good
134 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Prohibition Brewing
Mississippi, United States
soprobrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BigGold on 04-20-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,715
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
134
pDev:
10.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
40
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 29
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 Gbert1231
4.93/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cburnham
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scootercrabb
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hazedandconfused13
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mythaeus
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Weston64
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 braican
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of singletary
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ealanjones
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Damian74
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justinm4bama
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delgotit99
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Malacant
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first ESB. Delicious. Complex flavor. Malty, bitter, mild hop. Name alone is worth another 6 of these.

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Photo of JLC60
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Jack The Sipper from Southern Prohibition Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 134 ratings
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