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Baird Jubilation Ale

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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
There is a tradition in the world of ale brewing to craft celebratory holiday ales that incorporate festive spices and perhaps other special ingredients. Baird Jubilation Ale is brewed within the context of this tradition and in the spirit of joyful celebration. A hearty ale with a rich malty base and soothing alcoholic warmth (ABV 6.5%), Jubilation Ale is made luxuriant by deft additions of two wonderful ingredients: (1) fully ripened figs candied in the country kitchen of our friend, Shoko-chan, and (2) cinnamon twigs culled from a Japanese Nikki tree. A sublimely balanced interplay between sweet and spice reminiscent of the yin-yang duality of life results. The ruby-red hue and the wafting aroma of cinnamon warm the heart and furbish the soul.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
22oz bottle - I have to wonder how long this beer sat in the summer time in a hot warehouse while waiting to be distributed to the various locations. What I tasted seemed to be a echo of what could have been a much better beer. Rather flabby and lacking any real direction, the flavors of this beer kind of just lay flat on the palate. Wet paper, light vegetables, canned peaches, and golden raisins seemed to combine to an uninspired aroma. Flavor was light pitted fruit, more wet paper, raw dough and old caramel malts. If it wasn’t old (which it seemed to scream it), then it’s poorly executed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"a decent hoppy spiced ale that was enjoyable enough. even a little unique. but in the end the flavors were a bit muddled and the beer lacked focus. i’d drink it again, but wouldn’t pay the premium price on another bottle."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (859) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
Aroma is honey tea and biscuit malts. Appears an amber/copper with a crimson tint. Taste follows nose with sharp honeysuckle, tea, biscuit and sweet caramel overtones. Mid palate is sugary sweet toffee, tea leaf and more biscuit. Overall, unique but too sweet for my taste. B- rating.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (1638) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark caramel brown color with almost a finger of off-white head. Aromas of apples, dark fruit, light spices. Tasting notes of dark fruit, spices, slightly bitter bread. Medium-light body, dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenkiGonzo (344) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2014
Draught. Copper colour, small white head, some lacing. Quite sweet aroma of fig and some spice. Lots of cinnamon balanced nicely with the sweet fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westkyoto77 (538) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Not usually a fan of spiced beer, but this was nice. Deep burnt amber with thin broken head. Sweet nose with rich fruity malt, figs, and caramel. Lovely sweetness and fullness- was as warming as advertised. Didn't get so much cinnamon as I thought, but there's definitely some spices in there. A great winter warmer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at SlutFest 2011 on 04/23/2011. Mostly clear copper body with a medium frothy off white head. Sweet fruit, caramel and light spice aroma with earthy notes. Sweet fruit, fig, caramel, light spice and earthy flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
7% an amber winter warmer on Tap at the cozy Baird Numazu Taproom. An amber pour with a light beige head. Malty sweet, spices, figs in the aroma. Great earthy+fruity taste, malty but with bucket loads of sweet figs with a bit of spices & a mild ascerbic puckering bitterness to it. More flavorful than I was expecting. A good surprise, but best in small amounts I think. Worth trying, quite unique.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3059) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

4/28/2011: Baird Jubilation Ale (Japanese Ale Brewed with Figs and Cinnamon)... Aroma: Sugary and fruity maltiness; fig definitely comes through in the aroma; smells VERY malty. Appearance: Hazy orange complexion with a frothy off-white head; soft visible carbonation; minimal lacing. Flavor: Sweet and fruity in the front with figs in the middle with fig and honey sweetness in the middle with just a subtle touch of spice; dry pear-like fruitiness and alcohol though the finish. Palate: Medium; very mellow and smooth; seems a bit thin at times. Overall: Interesting... Not great, not bad.

1 PT 5.4 FL OZ bottle (7% ALC/VOL) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #106 for this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
This brew is a cloudy brown color with a medium thin white head that dissipates quickly to a wispy film. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit and malt. Medium body with flavors of sweet malt, fruit and spices. The finish is sweet with a dark fruity aftertaste. Decent overall.


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