365 Days of American Craft Beer (Day 1)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Lounge on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

I have heard about people doing a challenge of drinking an American craft beer a day for 365 days straight. I have to admit I have been intrigued by the notion and wonder how I will hold up when I am a little under the weather and don’t even want to drink water let alone a beer. So as best I can, I am going to try and keep to this notion. I won’t do a full fledged review here, I will link to that on the site, but I will try to give an overview along with how I am feeling in terms of the grand scheme of things. Should be interesting.

So here goes the first day. Jubeale by Deschutes Brewery is a Winter beer that I have heard good things about and the season, especially in Chicagoland, is perfect. Let me say up front that I am not a huge fan of spiced beers, so we will see what happens here.

Not much spice on the nose or on the palate. Plenty of malt, with roasted malt adding a twist for the unexpected. Sweetness along with floral hop and fruity notes in the middle. The sweet might be too much for me as at times it felt syrupy – making it tough to have more than one. To be honest, not what I expected from this beer, especially with all the good hype it has been given. I would gingerly have it again. I have a 2006 bottle in the cellar, what do I want to do with it? Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 6, Look: 9, Drinkability: 5, Overall: 6.6

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