Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale

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From their site:

A dark, malty celebration ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping. Jubelale pours deep garnet in color, medium bodied, with notes of chicory, earth, spice and fruit. To beer lovers, it’s like Yule fire and family

From my notes:

brown, medium bubbled head and a dark coppery red color. Nuts and toast with malt on the nose. Toasted oats with earthy, bitter finish. Continue reading “Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale”

New Belgium’s Pumpkick Fall Seasonal

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 From the bottle:

What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your tastebuds sailing

From my notes:

 Slightly cloudy amber color, thick tan head with very fine bubbles that quickly dissipated. The beer smells of cooked pumpkin with hints of cinnamon, no sweet on the nose. Refreshing mouthfeel, crisp. Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg taste, light malts. Alcohol taste and burn on the finish.  Continue reading “New Belgium’s Pumpkick Fall Seasonal”

Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Sterling Pils

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This has been sitting in my fridge for longer than I’m comfortable with. Before you get freaked out about beers sitting in the door shelf of a refrigerator for years at a time, let me clarify what “longer than I am comfortable” means in my house: about a week. That just won’t stand! So, down it had to go. A cold beer is also a nice way to end a day of weekend working.

At this point you already know the format so let’s just dive in!

From the can:

Sterling Pils is a German style Pilsner brewed with North American ingredients – including Sterling hops from Washington, Premium Pilsner malt from Montana and Idaho and some of the best brewing water in the world from the Pacific Northwest

From my notes:

Looks just how you want your Pilsner’s to look: cloudy straw and lots of carbonation. Smells of some malt and maybe yest. Sweet, but very subtle. Some white, velvety head that quickly dissipates. Crisp and refreshing, very drinkable! Tastes crisp, grassy, with some crackeriness (that’s the light malts and yeast, I think) Nice hop finish that lasts… Complexity in the finish, earthy and herby with some spice.

That book is where I make my beer notes. It is a fancy moleskine beer journal my wife bought me. She is the best wife.
That book is where I make my beer notes. It is a fancy moleskine beer journal my wife bought me. She is the best wife.

A perfectly serviceable beer! If not the best Pilsner I’ve ever had. And, since it isn’t I don’t see myself drinking very much of it in the future!

Rating (out of five):



Not A Review: Maui Brewing Company’s Lemongrass Saison

Good beer also comes in cans now.
Good beer also comes in cans now.

I know I’m no longer doing the Year of Beer. But, I am still drinking beer on occasion, I’m still reviewing it (not here.) I’ve decided that occasionally reviews will appear here. Though They won’t be part of the original 52. I’ve been a fan of saisons ever since I tried Brasserie Dupont’s Saison Dupont last summer. One of my favorite breweries, North Coast, has a good example: Le Merle.  I don’t see them on the shelves often. When I do I always make a point of picking it up and giving it a try.

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Cans are not quite a pint!

From the can:

Spring is here! What better way to celebrate than with a fine Belgian inspired Saison. This handcrafted beer was created with our good friends at Lost Abbey. Being a San Diego native, we are connected, we celebrate this friendship with our collaboration. Saison has been brewed for centuries, often for the Spring and Summer months. Brewed with Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts, Nelson Sauvin hops and locally raised lemongrass. Our Saison is a malty, spicy, refreshing, and carries a beautiful aroma of citrus and fruit esters.

From my notes:

Slightly cloudy straw yellow, short lived large bubbled, foamy head. Mostly yeast and malts on the tongue with hints of citrus, a soft sour finish.

2013-08-04 18.22.58As much as I’d like to recommend this beer; I found it only adequate. There are much better, and even cheaper, Saisons out there… This was really not worth the $15 I spent on the six pack. Look for Dupont’s or Le Merle if you are in the mood for a good Saison. And why wouldn’t you be it’s the perfect beer for a hot summer day!