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Jailhouse Brewing Company
Incarceration

Incarceration

Described as a ‘Golden Ale’ on the bottle, I am wary of such a bland and non-descript title. I suppose it’s a Belgian inspired beer? We’ll see. 22 oz bootle with a high head initially. Complete clarity. Yeasty tastes - good. Sweet up front, drier in the back. Tropical fruits are there but muted. Ordinary (as in unspectacular) but that's its strength. I learned later that this was inspired by Duvel, and not to overstate anything, but I can a t least see the thinking if not the need to draw any...

Hard Time Barleywine Style Ale

Hard Time
Barleywine Style Ale

Part of the solitary confinement series. I had a few conversations with various folk about the type of Barleywine I could expect, American or English. More than one person suggested that I could expect to find a hybrid. I think they were wrong. In a nutshell we get a distinctly American Barleywine, but one that is not quite as aggressive as some. Don't get me wrong, we have large hop bitterness, unbalanced malts and lots of alcohol (it comes in at 10.5%) so all of the usual attributes are...

Insanity Plea Ale

Insanity Plea Ale

More Jailhouse goodness? I hope so. Not sure if 'plea ale' is a play on words (pale ale), but from the tap handle it looks like this might be branded as a 'fresh/wet hop' IPA. We'll see. All the initial indications suggest that is the case, with a orange, golden crystal clear body and a small, creamy looking head. Atttractive no doubt, with a little lace, but fairly thin and not really especially sticky. Hop nose is clean and fresh but in no way large - at least not in the American, hop...

Midnight Special India-Style Black Ale

Midnight Special India-Style Black Ale

So, I had heard about the new limited, special series that Glenn at Jailhouse was going to release and this one popped up at Green's on Buford yesterday. $8.99 for the large (bomber like) bottle. Part of the new, Solitary Confinement Series; Cool! Not sure that I understand the label with the train bearing down on the convict in his bed, but, hey...whatever! The pour is a very rich looking, dense, totally black affair that pours with a real, 'gloop, gloop' noise as it comes out of the bottle....

Midnight Special India-Style Black Ale

Mugshot IPA

Wow, I really, really, really like this beer. Pour is a mid-orange/copper with nice clarity, a little chill haze and a head that although present, could be better - HOWEVER, I watched the barstaff at Taco Mac pour this, and know that they did not do a good job so I suspect I could get a better appearance than they managed. Nose and tastes are SUBTLE! Imagine that! Very light fruits with some subtle, sweeter fruits like peaches, but a healthy dose of sweetened grapefruit giving the true IPA...

Midnight Special India-Style Black Ale

Smokey

Very surprised to come across this - I hadn't heard that this was out, but delighted to try in when I took a break from the Atlanta Cask Ale tasting by slipping into the bar at Taco Mac, Prado with the wife. Pour was a dark brown affair that was presented with far too little head. This was a pouring issue rather than a beer issue - a common problem when drinking at Taco Mac. The beer was also too cold, which had an influence on the nose. With time, the beer did release its aroma and when they...

Midnight Special India-Style Black Ale

Slammer Wheat

22 oz bottle from Hop City, GA, USA. Nice presentation, I like the artwork, and having been to the brewery it certain is in keeping with the branding that they are looking for. I first tasted this beer way back in February or march of this year when I visited the brewery. I thoroughly enjoyed it then, so i was delighted to see that the bottles had finally made it out a couple of weeks ago - good stuff. A honey colored, orange pour with nice cloudiness, a decent yeast sediment that makes its...

Midnight Special India-Style Black Ale

Breakout Stout

Drunk at the brewery just a few days after the first batch was brewed. (This was brewed for the first time in April 2010, but will eventually become a winter seasonal according to JBC). Classic, black pour with a few reddish highlights in the strong light. Head is thick, well formed, offers excellent retention and some nice lace. Creamy head. The nose gives a distinct oatmeal aroma (even though the beer is NOT an Oatmeal Stout) - Glenn (the brewer), suggested that this could be due to the...