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Beer Review: Jailhouse Brewing Co., Misdemeanor

Dec 17, 2011

Ding Points: 86.00

Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 90.00

Tasting Notes:

Bought a growler of this a few weeks ago but left it in my brother-in-laws fridge by mistake. This is on tap at Taco Mac, Prado, Sandy Springs/Atlanta, GA. Had a few 16 oz glasses.

Understated, subtlety in a glass – it’ll be largely wasted on the American, geek palate! I am hoping against hope that the ABV is 4% or under, since this beer drinks like a really nice session beer, but obviously can’t be if the ABV exceeds that. I am almost always disappointed when I ask questions like that, so I’m not holding my breath.

It’s a pretty simple, mid-amber pour without frills. Medium carbonation and a pretty small head, but this more to do with the careless Taco Mac pouring rather than a knock on the beer itself.

Jailhouse Brewing Co., Misdemeanor

Jailhouse Brewing Co., Misdemeanor

Lots of pale malt character and simple bread notes here. Gentle sweetness and a nice biscuity malt base that scream ‘moreish’. I found myself drinking three pints of this without even noticing. Very straightforward and easy on the palate.

It has an English Pale Ale character about it, and although it’s obviously a kegged beer, it has a quality about it, and it has something that reminds me of, a classical casked pale ale. Definitely not what one might think of as a typical, American Amber Ale at all, it’s more subtle than that, nowhere near as dry and gives plenty of softer, sweeter malts.

Moreish aftertaste leads me to want to gulp more. This is the type of beer that Jailhouse does really well – well-crafted and straightforward, with subtle undertones and no need for fanfare or frills. The kind of beer that for me, is a hallmark for the brewery.

Other: ABV unkown.


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