Full Grown Jack
Tupps Brewery

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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #13
ABV:
12.1%
Score:
86
Ranked #8,456
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 5.65%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
20
From:
Tupps Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Pegasus from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber brown with reddish highlights, crowned by a slightly coarse, but very dense head, with excellent retention. Thick, unbroken lacing, with a silhouette of mountains and valleys coats the glass walls.

Aroma: An epic surge of ginger and cloves greets the senses, as well as dark caramel, ripe bananas, molasses, dark bread, slight cinnamon, and very over-the-top sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with dark caramel, and a wave of pumpkin pie spices. Noteable are ginger and cloves, though there is some cinnamon, also. Ripe bananas are also notable, as well as spicy, warming alcohol. Late in the taste, there are molasses notes, as well. Finishes with a lingering spicy note, and a slight burnt crust flavor.

Mouthfeel: Stunningly thick and rich mouthfeel, far more full than is expected from an ale, with a presence more like that of whole milk.

Drinkability/notes: An absolutely stunning example, completely over the top. As another reviewer noted, one can is the limit, not because it isn't great, rather, because it is.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

Nov 21, 2018
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obrike from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Uber-smooth, super flavorful beer. Not quite pumpkin, but certainly reminiscent of pumpkin pie spice. This one reminds me quite a bit of St. Arnolds Pumpkinator, but in a 4 pack format.

Big boozy beer for a cool Texas fall or winter evening.

Sep 14, 2018
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JohnDee from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a deep brownish black with a thick tan head. Smells mainly of cinnamon with some nutmeg. Taste is exactly as advertised—a spiced imperial stout. It makes no claim to be a pumpkin stout, but it's a very good stout—full bodied, not too bitter, and a little boozy, which I like. The cinnamon that was obvious in the aroma is less obvious in the taste, and in fact the spices are very well balanced. It has a smooth, creamy texture that complements its booziness nicely. Overall very enjoyable.

Oct 08, 2017
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a velvety smooth Fall beer available in cans in north Texas (and anywhere else lucky enough to get it).
While it touts that it's pumpkin spiced, what I believe Tupps absolutely nailed here was gingerbread. Usually I sample pumpkin stouts from various breweries and find them underwhelming as far as drinkability goes, due to one spice being too much, another off-putting, off-balance etc. etc....
But this brew has a tough-to-balance idea nailed in my opinion: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice seem unified and in sync with my taste buds. I don't find hops overdone, I don't find overly bitter, peppery flavors. Just the spices it promises, with pumpkin's essence a presence but far from overbearing, and a gingerbread flavor I've always wanted a brewery to capture in a double-strength seasonal. Sweet just right, sticky, the spices...after extra sips vanilla creeps in.
It's a big beer and I couldn't go past one can, but they did it so well.

Oct 08, 2017
Full Grown Jack from Tupps Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 20 ratings