Jubelale is a medium-bodied, dry malty with hops Winter Warmer out of Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.
Julelale is garnet colored, and pours with a finger-thick tan head of foam on top that disperses to a layer of small bubbles. The aroma is roasted malts, dried prunes, with molasses and fruity hops in the background.
It tastes drier than expected. Those who don’t like sweet Winter Ales may prefer this one. The roasted malts bring out dried fruit, toffee, spicy notes (but not a spiced beer), followed by bitterness from Bravo, Cascade, Delta, Tettnang, East Kent Goldings hops. It has a pleasant, medium carbonation and medium body.
Deschutes brewed this in Northwest style, with 65 IBUs of hop power but with the right amount of malts. Jubelale is still true to Winter Warmer style, even if a bit light on the alcohol at 6.7% ABV.
The artwork on Jubelale’s label changes each year. The 2015 label is a beautiful illustration by Taylor Rose. Click here for an enlarged view at the artist’s website.