Tuesday, June 29, 2010

John John Ale

Tonight I'm drinking John John Ale, a pale ale brewed with Juniper berries and aged in Spruce gin barrels. This beer is the work of Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon and their Spirits Master John Couchot and Master Brewer John Maier. I'm guessing you can add up the reason for the beer name! The label is a little old school, especially compared to the caricatures and cartoony style of their other labels. This label is paper and depicts both Johns in overalls looking ready to go to work, and sporting a pint of beer.

I smell wood and booze. Yes, the gin is definitely going to be a part of this beer right from the start. Lemony, a bit on the bitter side, and definitely giving me some wood! The yeast is prominent as well. I dislike bourbon barrel beers, so this one was an interesting twist on aging beer in spirits barrels, and also a step up from bourbon. I don't taste many beer qualities at all. Basically a beer plus gin and tonic, yes with solid carbonation. The gin is too prominent, and I even had one little shiver moment. Definitely a distinct flavor, though, perhaps from the juniper berries. There was some warming alcohol and slight burn, too. Slightly better as it warmed. You finish with a hard alcohol aftertaste and plenty of Woody (two days in a row)! Sorry but this beer does not particularly meet my fancy!

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11 comments:

Lost said...

I had Cisco Dark Woods this weekend. Similar story - brewed in a barrel not frequently associated with beer: a rum barrel.

It had quite a distinct flavor. Definitely a sipper.

-Lost

Beer Drinker said...

Yeah, I don't particularly like the cross-over flavors from the spirits OR the wood. Rum, great with Coke. Jack? Sure, on the rocks. Gin? Me and my buddy Snoop drink with with juice. With beer? Not this time.

I actually don't drink much hard stuff, though I love me some Grand Marnier!

Michael Jurewicz said...

I'll be posting my review tomorrow on this. I love gin. One of few liquors I enjoy and I did not get any gin scents or tastes from this one.

Adam Yusko said...

I would be scared to try this beer, as I hate Gin, and Dislike a lot of pine flavors often found in Juniper berries. I even think a large amount of Cascade Hops can be very overwhelming and rather unpleasant tasting.

Beer Drinker said...

Hey Mike. I'll check out your review for sure. For me, it was all about the wood and the hard stuff!

cheaperthantherapy.me said...

wow, I've never even heard of this one! I thought I'd had every Rogue beer...is it a seasonal?

Beer Drinker said...

I had never seen it locally before a few weeks ago but not sure if it's a seasonal or not. I think they have a few versions too but could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time today.

Michael Jurewicz said...

It is a one off series they are doing of beers aged in their liquor barrels.

bunny said...

I liked this beer. It was right up my alley.

Beer Drinker said...

I figured, bunny. But I know you're a 3 martini lunch alcoholic kind of girl. LOL.

bunny said...

Yep! Outside of a good craft beer, one of my fav-or-ite drinks is a gin & tonic! :)