Jubilee Ale | Island Brewing Company

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Jubilee AleJubilee Ale

Brewed by:
Island Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 42
Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Island

Dark amber in color with a khaki head. Opens up with bread, toffee, and toasted malt. A little bit of caramel in there as well. Mild floral and earthy hop aromas, a touch of metal to it, too. The flavor is quite sweet. Toast, caramel, toffee, and an overripe fruit note. A bit of tart prune juice, a tinge of metal on the finish. Very light hops.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.28/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. GABF Silver Medal Winner 2002 and Gold Award at LA County Fair 2003, seems like it has a little pedigree. Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head that quickly disappears and collars around the glass. Malty, biscuit, nutty, caramel, and slight spice in the nose. Overall, not a bad smell but not great. Medium mouthfeel. Taste is...not that great. Slightly roasty with a perfume like note. Backbone really falls apart mid way through the game. This has an odd sweetness to it that doesn’t work for me. Lingering bitterness. Overall, meh, had once, not need to try again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted peanuts and roasted malt mainly. Taste is of the roasted peanuts and malt with a hop flavor on the finish. Mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a bit one dimensional with the roast aroma and flavor.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.41/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby-brown with a couple fingers of light tan head that receded into a greasy film that left a network of thin lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet and briny with strange notes of what I think are spices or fruit.
T: Warm alcohol taste with notes of 'root-beer', chocolate and tobacco. Not a good combination. A touch of sourness to the finish with some bitter orange zest thrown in.
M: Medium body with even carbonation and a funky sour aftertaste.
D: A few mouthful of this was all I could handle. This one did not impress me at all. I see what they were going for in this one, sadly it's just not quite there yet.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

Pours with a small beige foam atop a erddish orange body, decent clarity, good lace, though the head faded quickly.

This is really odd smelling.... its got some brown sugary notes, but they remind me of a bbq marinade, almost in a teriyaki kind of way. Kind of reminiscent of a soy based marinade I have made before....even a little twinge of acid. Additionally, there are some stale 7-11 coffee flavors, caramel notes with some toasted notes in the taste that try to salvage what is really an off-putting aroma. Something else in the finish that I can't quite place, but overall not very enjoyable.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear and bright very dark, deep red with a light off white head that is short but firm; good looking beer.

Nose is a creamed coffee, not unlike Islands IPA but far more appropriate on this brew. Pleasant with carmel/fruit undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium with nice body and character although very one dimensional.

Flavor is strictly one dimensional as well in that there is a creamed coffee flavor, character and finish. Coffee character and flavor goes to finish as light espresso.

Not bad but drinks like a light stout in that you really get the roasted grain character and not much else.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber with a small, foamy tan head.Nose of sweet roasted malt, caramel, some fruit and hops. Taste was tangy sweet and biscuity malt flavor upfront. Caramel, fruit, baking spices and a bit of sourness. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness. Off balanced and not one of the best warmers I have had for sure.

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Photo of Floydster
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from the brewery for four dollars a few weekends ago, opened last night with Drake, poured into a snifter, medium brown color with red edges, one inch creamy beige head that lasted about five minutes, minimal lacing, aroma consists of light hops, sweet malts, cherries, toffee, grapes, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla, flavor starts off with some sweet malts mixed with dark fruits, sweet in the middle as well, some mild bitterness in the finish to go along with a very big caramel presence, sweetens even more as it warms which hurts this brew's flavor profile, malty, sweet, and slightly dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, moedrate level of carbonation, taste lingers a little, pretty heavy stuff for what it is, alcohol is masked fairly well, the malt profile is strong and could use more of a hop presence to balance things out, wish this old ale packed more punch as far as ABV but its flavor does not seem to suffer too much from that, not a bad seasonal brew from these guys, would drink again, worth trying

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark bown with a bit too much carbonation. The head is big tan and leaves no lace.

The smell is ok lots of spice.

The taste is also ok if you like a spicy brew, that is a bit sour, I do not.

The mouthfeel is ok but a bit too fizzy, just less the medium body.

The drinkability is ok for a holiday spiced brew, I'm not really impressed, it crosses the line of too spiced for me.

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Photo of charlzm
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at brewery, consumed 02/18/08.

Medium brown pour. No aroma to speak of. No head, no active carbonation. (I must note here I tried a four ounce sample, so all prior traits noted might be different in a pint glass or from a bottle). Moderate malt sweetness, followed by a stronger piney hop finish. Unremarkable mouthfeel.

The best of this brewer's portfolio.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear brownish copper with a very slight white head and almost no lacing.
Smell is malts but just a little thin.
Taste is dark and fruity, apples, slight caramel, just a slight bitter hop note. Some dark malts, roasty and nice.
Slick and smooth going down. Slight carbonation.
Easy to drink and the fruit notes make it an interesting beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review # 700!
The "Jubilee" Ale seemed only appropriate to celebrate today's special anniversary. It claims to be suited for a summer picnic but yet robust enough to stand up to a cold winter wind; this 12th day of April was flashes of both. The label also claims to make any season a time of joy and celebration, I think I know someone who does just that same thing...
650 ml bomber, pours a gorgeous sandy burgundy in colour, unique and attractive. An abundance of froathy, off white head. Leaves even webs of lacing all down the glass. Aroma ripened by crystalized caramel malts, lots of amber, lightly roasted. Hints of dried fruits, a poundcake like character. Very gritty, high mineral content too. Mouthfeel carries different degrees of dimension. Hits initially upfront with a pincing alcohol sting, mellows into a fairly packed (yet light bodied) set with fairly quenching finish. An almost astringent metallic bite. Flavours evolve throughout. Different malts peak at different points with accompnying varying degrees of roast. Light smoke character, works nicely as a winter warmer. I get the impression of over-ripened fruits (banana maybe) and nut mix. Hints of chocolate, spice. Hops leave a soft, lasting finish. Enough flavour here that it manages to keep you interested, but not overly satisfied.
A special thanks to Solomon420 for including this local treat as part of my Secret Bunny '07 package! Appreciated Damian!

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Photo of bjohnson
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to solomon420 for this offering as part of my bombing anniv. Silver medal winner at GABF 2002, gold medal at the LA County Fair 2003 both in the Old Ale category. Many awards--excellent.

Pours a dark plum color with a thin caramel colored head. Not much retention except for a thin skim. Dark fruit sweetness with subtle strawberry notes. Caramel and chocolate malt and toasted grain notes. Floral notes with hints of roses.

Floral and fruit notes. Tangy lemon and lime zest with a subtle orange peel flavor. Weird. Sweet caramel and dark chocolate hints peak in and out. Toasted grain notes. A bit thin on the palate with a hefty carbonation blast. I'm really not sure what type of brew this is. No personality to this "winter warmer" as it's stated here. Old Ale? I don't think so. A weird cross between a porter and a dubbel, although a dubbel with no belgian esters. Weird as hell....glad my sink was thirsty as I couldn't finish more than 1 pint of this.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Garnett colored with a crisp transparency. Head is a medium tan color with a slight tint of peach to it.

S: Orange peel, raspberry, caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Begins with spruce hits to the tip of the tongue with a red fruit embracement. The winter spices then fall into place, allowing the flavors to mingle for a moment. Little bit of dirty hop bitterness comes in next followed by an unfortunate soapy streak mixed with day old coffee. Finishes a bit cloying, some what over spiced and fruity.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel.

D: I started out really liking this beer. But once I looked under the hood and really started disecting it, I found aspects that really weren't working for me. Regardless, I over all enjoyed this beer and was surprised by that.

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Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 650 mL bomber from Solomon420.

A: The ale has a chocolate brown color with some ruby highlights throughout. The head is an almost nonexistent white band.

S: The aroma is chocolatey with hints of a brett-like (but not exactly brett), natural sourness.

T: The ale has a slightly chocolate flavor. The taste is dominated by a slight sourness that overpowers the chocolate. There aren't enough spices here to make it as a winter warner.

M: The mouthfeel comes across as too thin and one-dimensional.

D: It was worth a shot, but this ale just seems to fall short. The spices aren't dominant and the ale never really comes together.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zrrbrrt for bringing this to the tasting...
Appears a transparent light brown with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out into a collar. Small spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light coconut(power of suggestion?), grapes, vanilla, cocoa, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a bit of a strangeness that keeps me on my toes enough to stay interested.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, Belgian, and creamy vanilla with light astringency.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This came out of the tap a glistening brown in color with a nice, stiff, off-white head.

Smell – This nose resembles a Mild, especially in the malt character. There’s some light brown sugar here as well but otherwise a fairly uneventful bouquet.

Taste – The malts here are off a bit. They are kind of soury, and I can’t pick up any of the classic spices that are typically found in the style.

Mouthfeel – This lightweight had a cheap, fizzy carbonation that left me cold.

Sinkability – I had this at an outside beer fest so there really wasn’t a sink to pour this in, but I did find a port-a-potty that served as a nice dispensing mechanism.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at the Island Brewery.

The Jubilee has a beautiful brown look with a medium head. Good looking beer.

There was a light citrusy, hoppy scent coupled with maltiness.

It was hard to distinguish the flavor. It was a like nutty with a light grapefruit taste. Hard to tell exactly.

Medium body. Decent carbonation.

Quite a drinkable little number. This would make a good session beer if the abv wasn't quite so high.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If you like a medium hoppy ale, with a BIG sour finish, you'll like this ale. The color was of a hazy reddish brown with load of medium tight tan foam and a fair amount of lace. The taste was of hop's and a lot of sourness. Medium hop's and sourness, that all I got out of this ale. Sour, sour and sour, that's all I can say about this brew. The sourness even in the after taste wasn't pleasant. I for one will never purchase this brew again!

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Photo of Zorro
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is sweet like a porter with a nice roasted malt scent. Nice Chocolate and coffee scent to this.

Taste is malt and roasted malts. Mildly sweet with Chocolate and smoke being the main flavors. Bit of Vanilla comes out in the end. Not a hoppy brew at all.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkable Brew might try again.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a recent journey to Santa Barbara. Pours a beautiful clear amber with a foamy beige head. Didn't leave any lace but coated the glass nicely. Smell of sweet roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, red fruit (prunes,plums?)spices and a mild hoppiness.
Tangy sweet and biscuity malt flavor upfront. Caramel, fruit, baking spices and a bit of chocolate in the middle. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness, a smidge of alcohol and a wisp of
peat/smoke. Did seem a little out of balance.
Light bodied for the style but had a creamy smooth mouthfeel due to the soft carbonation. Very quaffable beer. The alcohol was hidden well. Glad I picked this up, it was a nice surprise.

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Jubilee Ale from Island Brewing Company
3.33 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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