Jailbreak Infinite Amber Ale

Tonight’s selection is another beer I picked up during a DC trip. I’ve been preferring cans to bottles and it looks like Jailbreak exclusively cans their beers. I think the stigma of cans is finally starting to go away. Last year, when we had our family reunion, I exclusive got canned beers and people seemed to like them. Hopefully we will continue to see a shift towards cans. They weigh a lot less than bottles and if you’re having beer by a pool (which seems really attractive right now given it’s Winter), you have no risk of glass breakage.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Easy drinking and infinitely smooth, this amber ale is classic in style yet uniquely approachable. Hits of roast and caramel lend to a slightly sweet malt with a semi-dry finish. Perfectly pint-worthy.”

Random: This beer came in at 19 IBUs.

This beer poured with a huge, two and a half finger, tan head. It went away slowly, not leaving much lacing on the glass. The body was a deep and clear mahogany color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had notes of maple, almonds and hazelnuts with some toffee at the end. The taste was super malty with caramel, maple syrup and toffee. The nuttiness was more muted in the taste than the nose. The body was thick and chewy for the style with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with caramel sweetness. A can of this beer was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but I wish it had a little more balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Jailbreak Feed The Monkey

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I picked up during our last trip to DC. I always look forward to going to DC because the food down there is awesome. We went to brunch last time at Izakaya and it was really good. Food is served tapas style, so you can get a bunch of different things and try them. My favorite thing was the grilled avocado with ponzu sauce. I could have eaten about 10 of those and they probably would have gone well with this beer.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A german style hefeweizen that combines traditional notes of clove and banana with subtle citrus aromas and flavors to provide balance and complexity. With this hefeweizen, there’s no fruit required — we’ve got that covered.”

Random: This beer comes in at 14 IBUs.

The beer poured with a generous three finger, pure white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was mildly cloudy and bright yellow with some carbonation visible. The nose was mild for the style. It started with banana and some grain and had a note of white grapes as well. The taste was like a normal hefeweizen with banana and bubble gum. It had a touch of Mandarin orange segments, but also some green apple and white grapes. The beer had moderate carbonation and was a decent thickness. The finish was lengthy with the banana and white grape. This beer was $1.83 a can, which came to $.15 per ounce. I thought this was a good example of a domestic hefeweizen and would have it again for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Jailbreak Welcome To Scoville Jalapeno IPA

As I get older, I enjoy spicy foods more. When I was a kid, I hated anything spicy. Now, I order things extra spicy most of the time and it’s a crisis in the house if we run out of hot sauce. When I saw Val picked this beer up for me, I thought it was right in my wheelhouse.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An artisanal style IPA combining mildly bitter hops, garden fresh jalapeño peppers and cilantro. With a moderate malt profile, this culinary concoction offers both an easy drinking IPA and a bowl full of jalapeños without the burn of bittering one might expect. Never would Scoville have imagined such a fitting match for the world’s perfect pepper.”

Random: I love fresh jalapenos from the garden.

I poured this beer and got a one finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with light carbonation. The nose had slight pepper spice and grassy hops. I couldn’t pick up much else. The taste had way more malt than I expected and a weird rusty taste up front. Once I got through that, I picked up jalapeno spice at the end that hit me right in the back of the throat. It was more like a fresh jalapeno note as opposed to a pickled one. The booze was hidden but the metallic and rusty taste was so off putting that I had trouble drinking this at times. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with jalapeno flesh and ribs and metal. A can of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I was so excited to give this beer a try, but I think it needs some refining.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0