5. Deschutes Jubelale
Style: Winter warmer
When your brewery is within a short drive of a great hop source and myriad Christmas tree farms, your holiday ale had best be spectacular.
From its label designed by Oregon artists Cara Thayer and Louis Van Patten to its fruity mocha flavor, Jubelale captures the spirit of the season as boldly as possible. Its potpourri of caramel, coffee, chocolate, cherry and mild citrus mix like a mulled-wine porter with just enough spice to let a drinker know it's there.
It's a bit hoppy, which is to be expected of an Oregon beer so close to Cascade and Willamette hops, but the mild crystal and two-row pale malt keep this a warm, subtle holiday treat.