Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of light sourness, wood, spices, some citrus, cherries, sugary. Taste is moderately sour with a very nice wraming oakiness on the finish. As the beer warms, fruity elements pop in. Mouthfeel is thick and tarte.
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 Any new Jolly Pumpkin beer I haven’t had is exciting, Thanks to dickinsonbeer for bringning this to share. First impressions are vanilla and oak that are a little strong at first but warm up to me quickly with a good taste that was pretty smooth. Cloudy look with thin head that stayed. The vanilla worked really well here. Cheers!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to dickinsonbeer for opening this one up. This bottle has eluded me for some time now, so this was a joy to finally try...
Appears a murky, muddled, transparent brown with a small white head that fades into a small collar.
Smell is of tart, oaky, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with light apple, caramel, vanilla, and toffee jumping out.
Mouthfeel is dry, oaky, citrusy, sweet, with light tartness.
Very well done.
TomDecapolis (4485) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 Thanks to dickinsonbeer for sharing this one off my wish list. Pours a translucent golden copper with an average off whtie bubbly/creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts, hints of oak, some citrus. Flavor was lightly sour, some hop bitterness and citurs, earthy. Yet again another solid brew from JP.
egajdzis (5341) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear copper color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma was sweaty, earthy, with some brett, toffee, raisin, and fresh dough. Taste of caramel malts, with earthy yeast, strawberries, and a some what tart finish.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Murky burnt orange color with a thin film of white head. Sweet alefruit aroma, with perfumey tinges of spice and a phenolic yeast character. Earthy and tannic shrouds over a slightly doughy and dark fruity malt flavor. Tart finish with residual caramel and alefruit. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat dry.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ross. Coppery brown, small bubbly off white head that settles quickly. Fruity aroma with a a background of wood and spice. Medium body supported by a light tingly carbonation. Sweet fruity flavors quickly take a back seat to a pleasing sourness that continues into a tangy finish which is helped out by some drying bitterness. I’m not a big fan of sour ales, but I found this pretty good.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Shadey. Multi brown. Small layer of off white foam. Funk nose of vinegar, oak, earth, barn, plum, zing, and subtle grain. Flavor adds an underlying bitterness throughout and a light toastiness. Dry, sour, bitter finish. Medium body is a bit more bubbly than balanced, which works well. Great brew.
asheft (2518) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2006
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
[Mondiale de la Biere, 2006]
At first, I thought that this beer was inadvertantly infected. This is mostly because Biere de Garde is not a sour beer style. Ever. Okay maybe not 400 years ago, but not nowadays. Later, someone told me that Jolly Pumpkin puts Brettanomyces in all of their beers. I guess that’s one way to avoid cross contamination. This beer gets a big thumbs down for being so off base. Either that or they get an F for serving up an infected beer at an international beer festival.
blankboy (6067) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. The 4th Jolly Pumpkin of the night! Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a small diminishing white head. Aroma of sweet malt and spices with some sour fruit and some funkyness. Flavour is slightly sour, fruity and malty with some spices and fruit...and then my notes just say "man I’m drunk". I know it wasn’t one of my favourite Jolly Pumpkins but it’s still a fine beer.