Saturday, December 7, 2013

Deschutes Brewery's Jubelale Winter Ale

This is a great brewery and quite frankly it's surprising this is the first brew review from them.

This brewery is located in Bend, Oregon right off the Deschutes River and is one of my favorite breweries. I have the utmost respect for ex-brewmaster Larry Sidor (now working at Crux Fermentation Project) and he helped to get a hell of a line-up at Deschutes. Their line-up are usually solid as hell and wicked cool.

This beer is darker than the heart of Saruman and just as cold. It's got a dark tan head on it so you know this stuff is gonna be full bodied. It's like saying "hey man, come and get it". Oh, you're gonna get it Buster Brown. And at 6.7% ABV gonna gonna really get it. The label is alright. It was designed by Avlis Leumas who painted a picture of the local owl celebrity. Yeah. I said local owl celebrity, dodo brain. You can buy his stupid crap online. Look it up if you want. I'm not gonna send ya there. Still a nice label. You can get a sixer for a 10-spot.

Okay. You can see Avlis Leuman stuff here.

The taste is a cool, bitter consistency with a mulchy spice with a hint of fruit. They use pale, crystal, roasted barley and carapils malts and nugget, cascade, willamette, styrian, tettnang, and east kent golding hops. Also known as "all the left over stuff mixed together". This shit yields 60 IBU's so if you think this shit isn't as bitter an ex-highschool girlfriend you dumped at the roller skating rink; you'd be wrong.

It gives off a sweet aroma and a heavier scent of fruit than the taste would suggest.

I don't typically like winter ales and this one is no different. These are great because they are strong, heavy and bitter. I suggest if you are trying to substitute a meal for a beer, this will do. It has a gravy-like aftertaste to help. So it has it's good points. This would be a good beer to warm you up at a bar as you snack on some peanuts. It's so bitter you don't really wanna slug a dozen of these down and wrestle your dad on Christmas morning in your underwear. I mean what are you gonna do? Wrestle best of 3? Until someone taps out? I mean just stick to getting it at a bar. Though it would be a nice Christmas memory. Pretty good for a winter ale but it's still a winter ale.

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10

Overall: 6.5/10


  1. Thank you for the kind words Michael.

  2. Oh. You're quite welcome. I did end up throwing a link up there.

  3. cool, please guidance so that I can create a blog like yours