It’s been forever since I last had a Left Hand beer and I’ve heard a great deal about this one, so I figured I would give it a go.
From the website, lefthandbrewing.com, we find this bit of information about the Smokejumper.
Here in Colorado we are blessed with abundant natural beauty. Smokejumpers are those fearless wildland firefighters who specialize in parachuting into the wilderness so that we can continue to enjoy it. Smokejumper Imperial Porter is a tribute to them – a twenty-one degree plato porter made with barley malt hand- smoked by our brewers. Roasty brown in color, the long lingering smokiness wraps around flavors of molasses, toasted malt and an earthy hoppiness. Here’s to smoke in your glass, not in the woods. Smokejumper is the official beer of The National Smokejumper Association. http://www.smokejumpers.com/.
Ok. Let’s get to it.
This brew comes in a 22 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 8.8%.
It poured a very nice dark brown to black color. Just a smidgen of ruby was seen around the bottom of the glass. It had a tan colored head that was small, smooth and creamy. The retention time was average and the lacing was thin and seemed to fall back into the liquid fairly quickly.
The smell released a nice dose of smoke. Hints of bacon grease, bacon fat and baked ham. A touch of woodiness was noticed along with a relish of dark chocolate deep within aroma. Some earthy hops seemed to play a supporting role from the very beginning and stayed consistent until the end. This is a real nice smelling brew right here.
The taste was more of the same. A good bit of smoke and wood. Some roasted grains with a nice bacon and ham flavoring. Some tasty chocolate that began to be more noticeable as the brew warmed. I also got a taste of dried black pepper beef jerky. Very nice. The earthy hops were noticed again and they helped to bring about a touch of bitterness that was needed actually. As I continued, I don’t know if I just happened to be getting used to the beer or not, but the smokiness started to subside and lose it’s power. Hmm. Could’ve just been me I guess.
The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Very smooth and chewy with a touch of warmth from the alcohol. The carbonation seemed to be low to medium. A lot of flavor was left behind after each sip however.
Overall, I thought the Left Hand Smokejumper was a nice and solid “smoked” beer. I, personally, don’t think it’s quite on the level of the Schlenkerla products, but if you were looking for a worthy substitute, this beer could be it. It’s definitely worth a try. I doubt that I would ever turn it down if it were offered to be honest. Like all smoked beers though, the drinkability factor is somewhat low for me. I like about one bottle per sitting. This is not a style that I can make a night of that’s for sure, but on occasion I just get a craving for one. These type of brews are best suited for the cooler weather in my opinion, but I had no problem handling this on the relatively warm night in which I tried it. Be sure to let me know how you think this beer compares to other smoked beers out there if you get the opportunity to try it. I would love to hear your opinion.
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Until next time. Cheers.
Score: 3.8 out of 5