Bill Becker (2050) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Dec 2006
Poured from 750ml capped and foiled bottle(2006 bottling) a clear(until the second por) light reddish gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a solid layer with lots of lacing.
The smell is very spicy. I can get nutmeg, cinnamon, some banana, clove. Pretty darned complex.
The taste is as spicy as the smell. Cinnamon seems to dominate but I can taste everything I mentioned in the smell plus there's Ginger and some dark fruit in there as well. Hint: The tastes are at their *peak* when you take really small sips; larger sips seem to blend all the flavours together too much and so, imo, diminishes the enjoyment of this Ale.
Oh, and I notice a fairly abundant amount of solid bits of floating yeast and although on the small side, the fact that they're there takes points, for me, off the appearance score but doesn't change the fact that this is a tasty Spiced beer. A more careful pour would probably stop the majority of them reaching your glass but, like I said, they're *really* small.
I notice that there's no given abv given for this brew and if I were to take a guess, I'd say it was somewhere between 7 and 8%abv as there's no alcohol in the taste and there's just a bit of warming.
Bottom line: Coopersmith's bottles a brew and I like it. I think the name Jingle Ale is appropriate because it does "feel" like Christmas drinking it. Give it a shot, I say. ;^) cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Tap @ Coopersmiths. Pours an orangish amber appearance with a tan head. Huge spice rack aroma with a ton of ginger. More ginger in the flavor along with cloves, chewy bubblegum, and some citrus notes. Bleh. ScorpyX (18) - USA - MAR 6, 2011
Clear golden color with a small head.
Ar: Very spicy, with overwhelming cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells like holiday potpourri.
T: Tastes much like it smells, with a cherry flavor most apparent. Finishes with a taste of alcohol. The cinnamon quality makes it quite fitting for the holiday season. Definitely has some reminders of certain pumpkin ales.
P: Fairly crisp, though some of it sticks around.
Very drinkable. Not all that heavy and as long as one can take the taste, multiple pints would not be out of the question.
I tried this one last year and had been counting the days to its return. Definitely one of my favorite sweet season ales. BeerandBlues2 (14403) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a large, creamy, off-white head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, nutty), light hop (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, pear, and apple. Medium bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness. hapjydeuce (1007) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Bottle shared at Sean and Ryan’s tasting with the Pizza Port locals and many others. Apparently this one had 2+ years of age on it. Serious gingerbread cookie aroma with lots of ginger spice that makes this totally suitable for the Holiday Season, although we’re in May by now. Hazy amber color that pours quite still. More ginger and citrus in the flavor that ends with clove and malts. A bit thin on the palate.
WeeHeavySD (3398) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Tasted at Sean and Ryan’s tasting, 750 old at least 2 years old. Pours amber with a tan ring. Nose is spicy and nice. Taste is sweet spiced and really pretty good. wetherel (1905) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Tasted at Sean and Ryan’s PP party. Bottle looks older with a worn and torn label. Great aroma like a gingerbread cookie. Ginger, cinamon, cloves are all in full force. There are some floaties in the bottle, which look like spices. Maybe they are.. Cloudy amber color. Flavor is more blandish. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Some serious carbonation in this one! The head is massive and overpowering and continues to grow; creamy, off-white, and mostly lasting with some nice lace. Body is mostly clear with sparkling carbonation and a deep amber color. Nose is dominated by the numerous spices, especially the nutmeg, ginger, and clove, with some noticable pumpkin pie notes and gingersnap cookies. Similar flavor with spices being dominant but a lot going on. Some tastes I get stewed apples with cinnamon, some I get gingersnap cookies, and some I get pumpkin pie with clove and nutmeg; other notes of brown sugar, light toasted notes, and faint orange peel with a nearly moderate bitterness, mostly from the spicing. Palate is decent with a mmedium body, a lively carbonation, and a creamy but watery mouthfeel. Finishes lightly dry and moderate length with some pumpkin and brown sugar with some light notes of stewed apples and orange peel. Actually liked this one more than I thought I would; I figured the spices would be too dominant but actually they created quite a unique beer. This probably would have been better with some more supporting malt notes or as a stronger strength beer but even still a fairly easy drinking beer. Assuming you like a big baking spice presence in your beer, this one is a great holiday easy drinker. jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Not what I was expecting in the spice department. A small amount of nutmeg and cinnimon. Nice thick mouthfeel. Overall an OK seasonal. luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Had this on-tap at the brewery. The beer poured a medium, clear amber color with a tiny, mostly diminishing head. The aroma was dominated by the seasonal spices you would expect to find: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove; as well as sweet notes of honey, caramel and a light toasted grain aroma. The flavor started moderately sweet with an average-length, moderately bitter finish. The palate was watery and thin with lively carbonation. I liked that the balance of holiday spices in this beer was a little different than the other ones I’ve had—heavier in the cinnamon and lighter on some of the headier aromatics. A nice winter brew.