zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Popped and overflowed immediately upon opening. This happens with pretty much every Jolly Pumpkin beer we’ve tried. Dark orange in color with a mountain of white foam that lasts forever and a day. Earthy and spicy aroma with hints of oak, funk, rye and fruit. Lots of spice and dry rye characteristics at the start of the flavor with some deep and sweet oak notes, a fruity followup and a lightly peppery and dry finish. Tons of different flavors and they all blend really well together.
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled with compliments of a kindly fellow rate-beerian at the RBSG 2010 grand tasting. Pours a hazy blond almost grayish with a good head and some lace. The aroma is lemon rind with some earthy notes and some sweet fruit. The flavor i s dry and slightly smoky with some good sour and tart notes and a bit of spiciness.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml, pours hazy auburn with white head. Nose of cookie, rye, herbs, and phenolic. flavors of rye, caramel, spicy yeasty, medicinal. Spritzy carb. Odd brew.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy and dark amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt, fruit, dried fruit and some notes of acidity. The flavor is close to the nose. The palate is dry. Overall a good beer.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Foggy orange brown with a lacy off-white head. Poured out half the bottle into two glasses before the foaming settled down. Wild stuff. Nose is yeast and lemon candy with floral hints. Medium light with prominent sudsy carb. Taste is hay, lemon peel, melon and apricot. Finishes with peach pit and lime zest. Crisp and very sessionable. Really good farmhouse brew.
Bulk_Carrier (3637) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is not a tripel.
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing roaming here and there around the glass.
The smell had a nice real authentic citrus to spicy rye. A light rye malt enters in as it warms.
The taste was mainly sweet but had a light spicy rye to the flavor. A nice light sweet rye aftertaste accompanies the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. I’d say that the carbonation was good for me and for the style. Overall, I say this was a pretty good rye beer. This is not a tripel, there’s nothing that tells me it has the characteristics of a tripel in the smell and taste.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle
Despite being an immediate gusher this was another excellent production from Jolly Pumpkin. Throwing rye into a tripel did not create some strange novelty. Instead this, kind of like rye IPAs, sets itself apart while retaining the characteristics of a beer true to style.
Aroma / Appearance - After the foam settled the glass was full of caramel bronze liquid. The bubbly foam never really settled 100% but instead left a layer of frosting. Graham crackers, caramel, pretzels, sourdough bread, and rye all contribute to a thick and sweet experience.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy with a tickle of spices this is not subtle. The full bodied mouthfeel contains within a blend of yeast, rye, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. The long lasting finish gives plenty of time for reflection as well. A well rounded release is definitely a winner if you want something different than your average tripel.
Huhzubendah (3443) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden orange body with a small white head. Funky brett, fruity notes, malt, yeast. Lovely flavor. Bready citrus with loads of Jolly Pumpkin brett funk. Delicious.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBSG Grand Tasting ’10. Pours a coppery-blond with fluffy head. Plenty of fizz. Nose is spicy and full. Quite bready with a nice phenolic overtone that lends a sweetness. booze hides out in the background. On taste, the rye keeps it spicy and dry. full bodied and alcohol is well hidden. some cloves. Well fermented. Finishes dry. Very tasty stuff.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ale absurd... Pours a cloudy orange caramel brown with a hefty soapy white head... Aroma of earthy sweet and medicinal spiciness as well as orange peel... Flavors of lively and spritzy earth and citrus. Little too dry and effervescent