Saturday, April 11, 2015

He'Brew Funky Jewbelation (2015 edition)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1322) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 11, 2015
Blending is an artform to be sure, though most breweries only blend two beers together. In the case of He’Brew Funky Jewbelation, it’s a blend of six ales and lagers which are then aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels. Somewhere along the way they pick up a sourness as well (I’m not sure if that’s natural or man-made). It’s a feat in brewing innovation to be sure and the result is always a delicious beer.

I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 2/18/15 and cost $12.49 ($0.57 per ounce).

Appearance: Seemingly black in color, but actually a deep shade of maroon. Pours to a fairly large, eggshell, frothy head that laces and retains rather well.

Smell: Lovely aroma of dark fruit, especially berries: raspberry, blackberry and black currant. Distinct sour scent, but nothing abrasive.

Taste: Trying to describe the palette of a beer made from six distinct brews is a challenge to be sure as no one flavor dominates. It’s an ever-changing, constantly evolving taste profile. I will say that it begins with a sweetness; dark malt but no roasty flavor along with dark fruits but no tartness. Mild bitterness through the middle finishing with a lovely sour tang on the finish reminiscent of black currants or any kind of tart, acidic fruit. Unlike previous vintages, the sourness is a tad light in this 2015 edition.

I notice that each swig is different. If I concentrate on one of the individual brews in the blend I can almost taste it. The “Death of a Contract Brewer” Black IPA is quite prominent with a resiny/piney hoppy character, as is “Rejewvenator” which is made with actual grape juice. The barrel character doesn’t seem to create for a lot of distinctiveness other than a light smokey/woody flavor. I’d imagine this is a beer that will definitely improve and involve with age, but as of this sampling it’s merely excellent instead of outstanding.

Drinkability: For a big beer, He’Brew Funky Jewbelation is surprisingly easy on the constitution. The mouthfeel is fairly light, crisp and bubbly but in no way thin or watery. Full-bodied as far as taste goes, but medium in actual presentation. There’s no cloying or sticky sensation to be found here despite the 9.4% ABV weight. The sourness, unfortunately, finishes a little too clean; dry bitter hops do linger, though. The alcohol does account for minor warmth in the throat, but this is still a remarkably drinkable brew (I was able to down the entire bottle without any trouble). 
Grade: 9/10


  1. Hey there, you might wish to know that @circlembeverage and the operator of it Amber Markiewicz (@markiewhat) have stolen your image, cropped it, and have it on their site hocking beer sales. They took images from myself and numerous others. When confronted they justify their unethical behavior and tell people to make their accounts private. A very bad attitude. Lets get them to stop this!

    1. Thanks for letting me know. I left a comment on their page saying they didn't have my permission to use that image. Whoever runs social media for this store is a dope who doesn't have any idea how IP works.