Brewery: Independence Brewing Co. | Beer: Jasperilla Old Ale 2008
Style: Old Ale | ABV: 9.3% | IBUs: 29
Serving Method: 22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
Named after brewery founders Rob and Amy's dog Jasper, Jasperilla is Independence's biggest beer, and the only one to get the single-bottle treatment. Brewed once a year and aged for six months before release, Jasperilla is an Old Ale on a mission.
Independence note it's brewed using English Old Ale and Chico yeasts, but do not divulge the hop or malt bills. Regardless, here's how they describe the finished brew:
Brilliantly golden, Jasperilla is a unique take on an old ale. Biscuity malt flavors meld with subtle plum and berry notes.Sounds like a good dog to me, let's give it a try. We're trying the 2008 release here, but these notes are from when it was still fresh
Appearance: A slightly hazy, and pumpkin-colored body with plenty of sediment in solution. On top, a finger and a half of creamy, off-white head that endures well and leaves decent lacing.
Aroma: A mix of various fruits (mostly apples and citrus) over sweet toffee-like malt with some whiffs of alcohol around the edges.
Taste: Golden fruit and citrus notes riding on top of a bold toffee-and-molasses malt backbone. Towards the end some woody flavors manifest themselves. The alcohol is much more present in the mouth than in the nose and compliments everything well. As for the aftertaste, it's nicely boozy and peppery.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a dry finish. There's some slickness from the alcohol left in the mouth and just a hint of burn.
Drinkability: Definitely approaching sipper territory.
Verdict: I'm happy to report that this is quite a tasty and complex beer, and would be a great brew to enjoy with a cigar in the evening. I'll be cellaring a bottle for a year or so to see how it ages.
Note: While the review above is being posted in 2011, the tasting notes contained within were taken when the beer was fresh.