gunnar (4745) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at RBNG-14. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is weak funky, red berries, caramel and pepper. Taste is light sour citrussy, fresh tart, lively clean mouthfeel. Smooth sipper, this one should be enjoyed in small servings, a GT is not the best way to enjoy this one.
AlainG (1007) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un liquide orangé, coiffé d’une mousse majestueuse, dense, crémeuse et compacte, qui tisse une très belle dentelle au verre. Un nez d’agrumes, poivré, fruité et boisé principalement, où des effluves de bretts s’immiscent dans les arômes. En bouche, c’est subtil et équilibré. Juteux et acidulé. Sucré et amer. Aigre-doux et épicé. Plus que plaisant à boire. Batch 1243 Embouteillée le 9 novembre 2012 (986-240114)
rayOfBeer (651) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: hazy amber pour with medium-sized white head. Aroma has fresh grain, a sourness, some woodsy leafy notes, pumpkin, and allspice. Flavor is a bit convoluted at first with a tart fruit skin bumping into earthy pumpkin and woodsy malt and then into a bitter spiciness and caramel. Changes as it warms but just too many crashing flavors to enjoy for me.
NachlamSie (2616) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL from Wallaby’s. Normally the words "Ale brewed with chestnut and spices" would ward me away from purchasing a beer, but in this case the words "Jolly Pumpkin" are on the label. The spice and chestnut application is perfectly tasteful and makes this interesting and different while not compromising the classic wild fermentation JP does so well. The aroma is tart and wild like barnyard with gentle nuttiness and caramel notes. The palate is a little lighter than I would like for this kind of thing, but not too bad. There is a trademark tart funk throughout the flavor with appropriately subtle spices in the finish. Light sweetness comes out for some balance. Really nice beer, though I prefer some of their core lineup more.
tfredvik (910) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium amber body with a... hey, what’s that smell? A strong aroma of mint? Also gentle bretty hints. Lots of mint in the flavours as well, this is like drinking a mint bubblegum. Also herbs and a gentle wildness. A fun thing with the mint, but it’s just a bit too much for me.
[Sample @ RBNG14 Grand Tasting, Fredriksten festning, Halden ]
Arve_Christian (2675) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At RBNG 2014 Halden. Golden unclear ( last at bottle) color, good foam. Aromas of berries, autumn leaves, citrus. Medium body & complexity. Good sourness- well balanced. Very enjoyable
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NikkTwist (1346) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Eulogy. Hazy copper orange with some foamy lace. Bitter oranges. Grass. Dried leaves. Honey wheat bread. Allspice. Pumpkin seeds. Artichokes. Nutmeg. Chestnuts. Yellow plums. Fair amount of funky sour in the mix. Very JP. Very good.
ClubGonzo (3449) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Halv Toll, Stavanger. Pours a clear orange body with a small creamy white head. Nose is almonds, caramel, vanilla, hints of mild red berries and minty leaves. Taste is sour oaky tones, vanilla, almonds and hints of caramel. Medium body and carbonation. Nice and mellow.
salvaticas (350) - - JAN 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor. Nice subtle spice on the nose. Pours a brownish red with a lot of head. Very complex flavors but honestly just not for me.
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_angst_ (2279) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought @ bierkompass.de. Pours slightly hazy deep golden with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is vinous and funky with dark bread, hay, dark grapes, plums, moist wood, leather, lemon juice, chestnuts, moist soil, nutmeg and lemon zest. Taste is sour, vinous, funky and slightly fruity with biscuits, dark bread, lemon juice, grape juice, hay, moist wood, leather, horse blanket, lemon zest, plums, apple cider vinegar, toasted hazelnuts, chestnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and hints of yams. Mouthfeel is tart, dry, tiny crisp and light to medium bodied. Finish is sour with dark bread, lemon juice, grape juice, hay, lemon zest, horse blanket, leather, barnyard, moist wood, soil, nutmeg and hints of chestnuts. Solid JP funky vinous goodness. Will never get tired of that.