This one got a little sloppy. I could attribute it to being rusty in my chug methods, but I’d like to think chugging is like riding a bike. No, I think that this was simply a tough beer to chug, so I say “good effort, Jubelale” as I truly felt challenged for those 4 1/2 seconds.
How Much: 6
I bought this in a build-your-own-six-pack, but my local liquor store sells it for $8.49 for a sixer. Fully reasonable price for a very decent beer, so if winter ales are your thing, this is a good bet.
This is an interesting beer, to be sure. It has all the elements I would expect out of a winter seasonal, caramel malts with a bit of fruity spice to it, but the finish still has a bit of citrus and hops bitterness, which was a nice surprise. My pre-conceived notions kind of got the best of me as I was expecting something that tasted like baked raisins, but this a really nice example of the winter seasonal style.
Deschutes distributes to half of the states in the union, but Jubelale is a winter seasonal available September through December.
Overall Rating: 6.9
Suggested food pairing: Turtledove jambalaya
Random gif from “A Christmas Story:”