Naka (705) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish amber. Sort of chunky. Has a thick light tan head that laced nicely. Aroma is a slight grainy funk, but not nearly what I expected. Flavor is a bit caramel sweet, but is balanced well with a peppery bitterness. Slight funk and caramel fruit. Body is light, but holds up with a tight carbonation. Finishes bitter and dry.
rbrazell (1629) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 3-14-2012. Opens up a gusher, light amber pour with a large rocky white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is tropical fruits, citrus, yeast funk, hay, slight hints of herbs and still a fait amount of a hoppy bottom note. Definitely a signature Jolly Pumpkin aroma. Citrus and peppercorn of driving the flavor to yeast funk and a more herbaceous character. Lively carbonation with a slightly bitter finish. Solid.
djd07 (3480) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a small frothy off white head that lasts leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is strong earth, funk, wheat, barnyard. Medium mouthfeel with a nice light tart wheat, earthy hop, and nice sour finish. Enjoyed this one.
daknole (9050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky orangish pour. Light head. Funky and lightly sour also had some odd bitterness. Kinda weird.
TXBadger (1342) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy/cloudy amber color with off-white head. Citrus, pine, and grassy on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes a bit lighter than I expected, light bodied almost.
alliance100 (639) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml - pours a dark rusty orange . Big Brett and barnyard tart aromas. Taste leaves a bit to be desired ... Thin , faint hop bitterness , almost no sourness . Drinkable but a bit of a let down from JP .
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Masterkush7 (504) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ottle, shared with a group. Cloudy light amber brown with a very lively head. Yeaty, lightly funky, lightly fruity roma. Lively mouthfeel, spicy and funky elements dominate the palate, yeasty more than malty, dry almost tart finish. Not what I was expecting,
Beerhunter111 (7150) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trübes goldgelbes Bier mit großer Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Citrus, Gewürzen, säuerlich. Geschmack säuerlich fruchtig, würzig.
Palme (3302) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.75l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. When popping the cap the beer pops up up from the bottle and gives us a greaving "hello". It pours a cloudy orange-ish body with a nice big and lasting off-white head. On the aroma this is light funky-sour with lot’s of sour red berries. Also something that reminds me of wheat and palms. Quite interesting and complex. It has a high carbonation level and a thin almost watery texture. The flavor is mildly sour and quite bitter. Light woody-grassy also this one. Ends of really grassy-bitter - almost like fresh cut grass - in a watery finish. Interesting flavors, a bit lack in the body, but nice. 16.06.2012
Prufrockstar (915) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Batch 1046/1047, bottled 3-16-2012), thanks to OldMrCrow! Bottle was a bit of a gusher, but a slow, easily contained one. Pours murky brown-gold with pillowy white head. Aroma: mineral, dusty, musty, some earthiness. Taste: Light sweetness, with mineral and some biscuit in the lingering finish. Palate: Light-medium body, ample carbonation, very drinkable. Overall: I’d think of this as more of a biere de garde than a saison, and not even remotely sour. Really quite pleasant -- love the low ABV, and held its own nicely side-by-side with tonight’s other saisons (Fantome Pissenlet and Grassroots Arctic Saison), while being completely different than either of them. This would be welcome at my table most any night.
OldMrCrow (1810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh bottle from Belmont Station.
I cracked this one as part of a saison mini-tasting with Prufrockstar and Mrs. Prufrock. Up against the excellent though very different saisons of Hill Farmstead Arctic Saison and Fantome Pissenlit, both substantially higher in ABV, this one was a decided underdog and yet came through to win the day. It didn’t offer the complexity of either of the other beers (interesting for JP to be less complex than comparators), but for pure enjoyment and drinkability it was the beer of the night.
Jolly Pumpkin beers are gushers, and there was no excuse for me to forget this. But forget I did, and some fraction of the beer ended up on the table. Oops. Once we got it under control it provided a copper pour with a fluffy white head. Drying brett aroma, more dust and less hay. As expected, this beer was richly minerally in true JP fashion. Less expected from a JP beer, it was (1) very dry and (2) not in the least sour. The malt presence kept this one fuller and rounder than the excellent sour Hill Farmstead Arctic Saison with while we paired it. (Aside: this pairing is a great example of classification gone wrong. HF Arctic is a sour beer classified as a saison; this is a saison classified as a sour.) At the same time, these malts brough none of sweetness of JP pissenlit, the other comparator saison for the night. While the aroma was pure saison -- no hop juiciness -- the flavor carried a substantial drying grapefruit pith. While the beer came off as somewhat thinner than the comparators, the discrepancy was far lower than one would expect given the JP’s 1.8% and 3.2% deficits in ABV. Splendidly drinkable, I can’t say enough about how much I wish this were readily available in Seattle.