Jack The Sipper | Southern Prohibition Brewing

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Jack The SipperJack The Sipper

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Southern Prohibition Brewing
Mississippi, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by EgadBananas:
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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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 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 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 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 Tiernan
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcorn
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 jeschaefer
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ToniBailey
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%

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 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 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 Rick83
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Photo of GRG1313
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 tone77
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doing some snowbirding and trying some local beers. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some light malts. Taste is malty, bready, some hops and a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Jack The Sipper from Southern Prohibition Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 138 ratings