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Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Calabaza Boreal

Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Editor’s Note: This entry is for capped 750mL bottles brewed at Jolly Pumpkin. If you had a corked and caged silk screen bottle from Anchorage, please rate under the Anchorage listing.

He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you. -Nietzche

When introspection fails, it’s time to look outward for inspiration, perhaps Northward! One of the people who inspired me this past year is my friend Gabe Fletcher, of Anchorage Brewing Co. We brewed this beer together. I hope it inspires you. Northward!

Warm regards,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Sampled August 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright, pale honey color that shows a clear, golden hue when held up to the light. The aroma is quite inviting, with a mix of citrus, tart lactic tartness, earthy spices, earthy oak notes, and an earthy fermentation character. Woody pepper notes, softly toasted oak notes, and light notes of freshly milled oak mixes with grain notes of rustic bread with a thick crackling crust. The aroma is not as complex as I might have first have hoped for, but the balance between the notes that are here really sing.

Lightly tart up front, it picks up a bit more tartness towards the finish as the grapefruit zest accentuates this. The grapefruit is bright in the finish, and there is a bit of pith character that melds with a musty fermentation character, and a bit of earthy phenolics. Soft peppery notes and a lingering woody astringency and light oak flavor are also found in the finish. There is a bitterness to the finish that seems perhaps grapefruit derived, and provides a bitterness that reminds me of hops. The texture has a soft lushness to it that is seems to be a combination of lactic slickness and structured oak, yet is still light and quaffable.

This is a really nice, thoroughly enjoyable beer. The balance that the entirety of this beer is able to achieve is just quite fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10888) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2015
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Aroma. Sourness, funk, leather, some barnyard, citrus. Flavour. Full of barnyard, leather, horseback, citrus, sourness and loads of funk. medium to full bodied. Ends dry and sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4011) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Bottle: Poured a clear golden with white head. Aroma is sour baby diaper. Taste is sour tart funky fruit with brett.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (371) - Redford, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Aroma of sour apple and oak. Appears slightly hazy clear gold with big white foam and light lace. Very mild malt character, mellow bitter tannic oak stands out, with mellow but deep sour, lingering mellow tannins, very very nice. Fizzy light palate. Overall, a great beer, only jolly pumpkin seems to get this mellow lingering tannic bitterness, so very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
firstsip (719) - Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Deep hazy dark gold. Long lingering head. Very nice sour, peppercorn nose. Slightly thin, dparkly body. Very peppercorn, lemongrass, lemon zest, bit of grapefruit tang and sweetness. Complex and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3012) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
Sample taken from a 750ml brown bottle at RBAG 2015. A clearish yellow colour, thin white foam. Lemon, funk, melon aromas. Taste - yeasty, bitter, funk, leather, lemon. Good carbonation. Impressed by this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1364) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle to tulip Grass, yeast, and wheat. Clear amber with a thin white head. Taste is wheat, hay and some sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (8152) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2015 by Kevin. Cloudy pale yellow, lasting white head. Big bretty funky character, lemon peel, minerally yeast. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle. Appearance is cloudy yellow with light white head. Aroma is Brett funk, citrus, and oak. Taste is Brett funk, grapefruit, and pepper. Crisp dry finish with some nice bitterness. Very crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (8664) - Tel Aviv, - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at Alexey’s place. Blend #3, bottled 4/14. Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of earth, funk, grapefruit, spice, a bit of lacto and some fruitiness. Sourish flavor, funky, grapefruity, bitterish, with a bit of spiciness. Really nice.

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