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RATINGS: 486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A sustaining beer that is brewed to comfort in the gusty ides of March and welcome in a wealth of warmer weather.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Sampled at the 2005 Great Taste of the Midwest: Pours a muddy hazy brown with a thin, wispy off-white head. Very nice Belgian yeasty, bready, earthy and lightly tart aroma. Body starts with nice Belgian malty sweetness, turning more oaky dry and lightly buttery toward the finish. A nicely-balanced and drinkable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Pours a very fizzy cloudy brown with an everlasting head. Smells slightly medicinal, with some oak woody aroma. The flavor has a sweet raisin taste with oak wood. There is a slight sour flavor in the back end that makes it refreshing. There is a lot of carbonation but it doesn’t taste too thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle: Pours a could dark orange with a large sustaining head, very rocky. Aromas are loaded with outdoors, woods, leaves, earth, lots of fruit as well, oranges and other citrus. Flavor is lightly sour fruits, quite spicy, sweet caramel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
Woody aroma offers notes of oak, melons, leafiness and occasional but strong whiffs of alcohol. Opaque brown-orange with low off-white head that recedes to thick ring with some sudsy lacing. Fairly bitter, oaky, woody, vanilla sweetness is joined by a tart yeastiness. Medium body with fair carbonation. Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival 2005.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2005
GTM. A little smoky in the aroma. Don’t really like it. Sour, like a Belgian or flemish sour in the nose. Dirty dishwater appearance with small ring of off-white head. Taste somewhat like it smells. Some sour tartness. I wanted to like this beer more than I did based upon my experiences with other Jolly Pumpkin brews.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Although this beer is not recieving much praise, I completely disagree; it’s a great beer. Wonderful tart fruit flavors, intermingled with bitter organic and vegetable notes. The sourness is beautiful. Very nice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2005
What an excellent brew- again Jolly Pumpkin continues to impress! This robust ale boast a thin lacing of caramel to compliment its fruity aroma. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
Couleur rouille aux reflets rouge-brun foncés et parsemés d’une énorme mousse beige pale. Curiosités nasales suggérant le melon et la carambole suivis d’un faible mais grandissant caractère boisé style chêne et d’un faible profil de malt. Les arômes annoncent déjà un breuvage aux traits acides. En bouche, le caractère boisé reste et est accompagné de cerises sures, de tartre ainsi que d’une présence cireuse, difficile à dire si provient du baril ou des houblons utilisés. Corps semi mince, finale allant vers aqueuse, fine et discrète carbonatation. Appréciable en quelque sorte mais certainement étrange, une curieuse interprétation du style aux résultats probablement différent de ceux escomptés. Michigan brewer’s fest, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Juillet 2005.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2005
from the bottle (1pt 9.4oz0 bought at a store. poured a reddish color, with a beige head. aroma, sour, orange, floral, as it warms some anise and malt comes out. flavor orange, cherries, caramel , yeast, did get just a touch of wood. nice clean and dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. The body is light brown and orange. The aroma has oranges and some flowers with sweet caramel. The taste seems floral with orange rind and walnuts. I would love to pair this with some food. Jolly Pumpkin continues to impress.


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