kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ML bottle: Medium amber w/ no head. A thin ring forms around the top of the body, but does not have a head. Seems as though it would be white though. Oak wood aroma is immediately noticeable as is the Jolly Pumkin yeast twang/brett aroma. Malt is lightly grainy, but mostly just oak & yeast character. Lightly toasty & bready as it warms and the yeast becomes a little peppery, but all other aromas are fairly light. The beer is fairly dry from start to finish. Very oaky and wood tannin like in the flavor. Very immediate taste is lightly sweet w/ a light tart fruitiness. A light cinnamon taste comes around mid palate from somewhere, maybe the yeast. Aftertaste is dry, oaky, and lightly toasty malt. Lighter medium body, medium high carbonation, light warming alcohol. Definitely not my favorite JP beer. Others have been good up until this point, and it’s not a bad beer, just a bit 1-2 dimensional IMHO as far as complexity goes. Could us some aging to mellow out the oak character.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear chestnut body with virtually no head. The nose is really interesting: at first I thought it might be infected, but now I’m not so sure. Sweet apples, tart berries, caramel, layered grains, earthy hop notes, light spice (almost cinnamon?), vanilla, hints of oak, light diacetyl, warm alcohol and some sherryish hints as well. The body is perhaps a little thin and has virtually no carbonation. The flavor is kind of sweet up front with the fruity and grainy elements coming through. Nice subtle caramelization as well. The finish has a surprisingly strong hop bitterness that I was not expecting. The spiciness is very subtle in the mouth. The finish is short to moderate in length and with some noticable alcohol warmth. This didn’t even begin to grab me the way most of the Jolly Pumpkin beers have. I don’t know if this one doesn’t really work for me or if the bottle I had was a little off. Hopefully I will find another bottle to try.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750-HUGE thanks to TAR for bringing this one to the DLD06 gathering (your a gentleman and a scholar!). bright copper with a small soapy white head. tropical nose with a nice oaky/woody undertone (like most of the jolly pumpkin line). some nice citric qualities as well (light). very tart finish, the most tart for all the Jolly pumpkin beers i have had to date. This is a pretty good Biere De Garde, but i think La Roja is a tad better (more balanced).
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy red-copper body with a small white bubbly head. The aroma is subtler than the reserve - more rich caramel maltiness, yeast, and tons of fruit...apples, pears, and oranges come to mind. Fantastic. In some ways I prefer this to the Reserve (which was drunk side by side). The drinkability is superb and the scores reflect that aspect - lots of juicy fruit flavours that were evident in the aroma and plenty of brett funkiness. I could see myself drinking this outside on a warm summer day :-).
Purchased at Bello Vino, Ann Arbor in April 2006 (Recent batch).
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks for sharing Mike! The second of many at what ended up being Tuesday night Jolly Pumpkin Bonanza! Sampled side by side with the reserve version. Not as cloudy as the reserve, and pours deep mahogony/amber with medium beige froth. After a minute, looks like a barley wine. More subtle in aroma than reserve, less booze, and more fruit. Lots of apples, pear, with mild hints of caramel and a funk that is not as pronounced. Very tart, with super bretty funk taste, and lots of yeast. STrange fruitty bitter flavours too, that last through the finish. Very soft and silky. ANother champ from JP. Thanks Mike!
hopscotch (9089) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... DLD06... Lightly hazy amber ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Woodsy, earthy nose with light whisky. Tangy, woodsy flavor. Tart and lightly bitter. Bourbon. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes astringent, lightly bitter and dry. Thanks go out to TAR for sharing the bottle!
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle pours caramel brown with ruby highlights and a medium tan head. Aroma is of vinegar, caramel, candy sugar, and yeast. Flavor is caramel sweet up front but fades quickly to sour cherry, yeast, and a touch of that brett funk that makes Jolly Pumpkin brews their own. Palate is medium bodied and actually a tad watery it seemed and seemed acidic. Unique and complex as are all of their brews.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 750ml - 2005 - Thanks Pailhead - Aroma of oak, candi sugar, brett, red wine vinegar, some cherry and spice. Pours transparent brown with a medium head and great lacing. Flavor isn’t as defined as the aroma. Lots of brett funk, oak, port wine, cranberry, yeast, with a nice tart finish. Palate is sour and tangy, maybe a bit thin. Overall this is another fantastic brew by JP.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Batch #2. Pours amber with a slight ruby hue and little head. The aroma is sour cherries, grapes, plums, caramel with a touch of lacto and vinegar. Very little Brett. Flavor is semisweet, sour fruits, oak, plums, nuts, becoming tart at the end. Finish is slightly sour with some tannin bitterness. Mouthfeel is light with very soft carbonation.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - APR 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Pours a dark red with a decent tan head...lacing. Aroma is dominant tartness and funky yeast...some great malt and fresh fruit. Taste is also dominant with tart fresh fruit and fresh malts...some nice hoppy bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is divine (very little carbonation)...perfect jolly pumpkin.