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RATINGS: 1158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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This delicious farmhouse ale is named for our Jack Russell, who struck by a car, bounced back in fine tenacious Jack Russell fashion, and is brewed for those of us who knocked down, have picked up, dusted off and carried on undaunted. Golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast. Please enjoy our beers in good health, And look both ways when crossing the street!


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw (1937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 Murky orange-tinted gold with huge foamy head / Perfumed, wet blanket sour yeast and orchard fruit nose / Light, crisp and tart body, with great hop balance and lightly bitter finish / Sour, earthy flavors of green apple, green pepper, lemon, orange, coriander, wet blanket, and grass / It could be a saison, or a wit, but unmistakably JP. A masterpiece of a session beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - MAY 1, 2012
La mia prima Jolly Pumpkin e sono molto più che soddisfatto! Il voto parla da solo direi. Appena messa nel bicchiere ha uno splendido colore biondo e una bellissima schiuma fine persistente, aroma acido di fiori e un pò di frutta, sapore acido, grazie ai lieviti selvaggi brettanomyces, molto floreale e leggermente fruttato! Il retrogusto è leggermente astringente, un pochino amaro e ancora acido, cmq molto gradito e per nulla invadente in ognuna della sue fasi! Molto saison e soprattuto un pò lambic questa birra è una delle migliori mai assaggiate!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Editing my rating with a 2yr old bottle. And holy hell get one of these and forget about it for a good while. All the better qualities of sour beer, and far less of the odd ones. Compared to Oro, a Jolly that starts very sour without the age, and has won ’best of’ for its style.. the 2yr Bam blew away a 1yr Oro drank on the same night (which is incredible in its own right). Seemingly freshly extra tart and expanding on the tongue, with perfect aggression against the taste buds and wonderful, fluid mellowing as it slides over the palate and into a grin-inspiring aftertaste. Bam was one I wasn’t sure would age so incredibly (particularly in comparison to other Jollys you KNOW will age well). But damn, one of the better beers I’ve drank in a good bit. I’ll be grabbin up a few more specifically to age. In truth: I would not give a fresh Bam nearly this high of a rating (probably closer to a 4)... but with age comes grace, wisdom, and knowledge. Or something like that.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Dull, hazy orange in color with huge white head, made up of tiny bubbles, lasts most of the beer, great lacing. Huge floral kick in aroma, farmhouse yeasty funk, citrus, orange zest background, faint spice (can’t pinpoint). Flavor again all over the place. Floral, spicy hops with citrus (lemon and orange), musty wood, faint yeast, really mild malt character towards the finish. Great mouthfeel, creamy smooth but bubbly carbonation at the same time. Once again this is a beer, my review does no justice. Without a doubt the most drinkable beer, I’ve ever had. Man it’s going to be a flavorful summer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Attractive cloudy brass color with a HUGE sudsy sno-white head that receded slowly while shrinking from the sides of the glass leaving a full coat of sticky, intricate lace. Aroma included fruity floral hops, with orange, orange blossoms, tangerine and pineapple, spring meadow, bay rum and yeast. Flavor was full-on bitter grapefruit hops, with orange and lemon-lime, strawberry, juicy fruit gum, tropical spice and medicinal herbs, with a hint of rum and rum bitters. A bit of sour yeastiness. Mouthfeel nicely effervescent and cleansing.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bottle, courtesy of Schroppfy. (I owe you a kidney, Michael, take your pick.)

Cloudy, dull and orangish-gold in color with a creamy, foamy head that’s off-white and leaving beautiful lacing tracks along the sides of the tulip. Aroma is, in a word, heavenly. Tart nectarines and souring mandarins, sauvignon grapes, freshly split lemons halves, herbal buttered crescent rolls and a touch of sugar and vanilla crème. At times, other alluring aromatic sentiments reminisced of scone batter and lemon shortbread girl scout cookies. Flavor is divine as well. A touch of spiciness is sweetened by sugar-sprinkled lemon heels while a coalescing background vanilla current weaves a creamy tale. Herbal extremities, a touch of mild cackled white pepper and fresh cotton aid the delectable country cadence.

Riesling like tartness is evident and oh so admirable (it’s the character trait that seals the deal and elevates its status to world class.) Soft lemon butter infused with sage further hints at the artesian farmhouse roots. Spicy, curt and teetering on the tart & sour scale, boding flawlessly throughout the palatary playing field. Effervescence is perfect. Yeast strain, perfect. Spicy hops, yes, perfect. Husks spritsed with lemon juice and squeezed tangerines - with a tiny pinch of sugar - bring this beauty to a close. Again, Jolly Pumpkin dominates my favorite beers of all-time. Ron, you’re beautiful. Never change.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle with many thanks to schroppfy! Hazy golden body with a riot of bubbles rushing for escape. The head itself is tall and pillowy, almost meringue-like with its peaks and valleys. Aroma of a freshly tended garden. Floral with earthy-sour (freshly cut weeds and turned earth). Citrus and spice come through more as it warms. Lovely, lovely, aroma. The aroma is outstanding and the flavor also delivers in spades. Wow. Words fail. I could drink gallons of this stuff. The yeast character is all over the place, the crisp firm light malts (Pilsner?), the light balance of funk, the citrus smack at the end, the spiciness, this has it all. Crisp and dry palate. Oh so quaffable. This one deserves top 50 status and it is a crime, IMO, if it does not attain and retain such a position. Jolly Pumpkin is one of, if not the best, brewers out there. Oh how I gush…

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2006 Thanks to OhioDad for this one. First of all, let me say that I consider Ron Jeffries to be a visionary . He is to beer what Da Vinci was to science. Secondly, let me say that I am Goddamned sick and tired of certain people downgrading great beers such as this. In fact, the ratings given by certain people to this one cause me to lose absolutely all credibility for those certain people. I won’t call people out, but they know who they are, and it seems funny that the beers that get screwed are all American beers on the brink of greatness. To give a beer as good as this a below average score is inconscionable to me; a travesty of this site, and I’d like to see it investigated. Perhaps we need Olympic scoring, with a sliding scale based on # of ratings and the top and bottom few scores are thrown out. If this was an isolated incident it would be fine, but the same 3 or 4 guys keep preventing great beers from getting a fair statistical rating, downgrading good beers like a pack of hyenas ambushing and downgrading the lifespan of a limping antelope. Enough is enough! On to my rating. The pour is hazy dark straw colored, with a 3-finger foamy white head. The aroma is heavily citric, with a great lemon/orange/grapefruit trifecta coupled with tropical fruit, floral notes, and some funky, cobwebby malt. The taste is citric and hoppy and floral, with some candi sugar, pineapple, mangoes, papaya, and apricots. The palate is extremely complex, with a lively density and very intense flavor components. The dry floral elements come out a bit more as it warms, and the substantial malt base reasserts itself. This beer is awesome. Period.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Floback (527) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2007 Had to re-rate, cuz I love this beer and it deserves better. Pours a large, cloudy head that wants to implode down the middle, but reserves more self-dignity. Cloying, clumpy, mouth-watering lacing. Huge sour barnyard nose which exerts an incredible floral bouquet. Zesty earth notes, dried citrus, wheat, lite green grape, with a sourish pepper aftertaste. Highly carbonated, supremely balanced, and refreshing. Definitely in the top ten best beers...EVER.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2007
12oz Bottle. Nice cloudy yellow color, big huge rocky white foam, unbelievable lacing, unreal retention. Aroma it slightly citric, with noticeable brett influence, very nice maltiness showing also. Flavor is very Orval-like, lots of peppery goodness, very dry finish, good bit of tartness. Fantastic palate, very hard to believe this clocks in under 5%abv. Simply world class.


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