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).