bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 Bottle: Pale orangish-yellow pour with a large, fluffy white head. Very pleasant nose on this...notes of lemon, pepper, oak, some acetic sourness and a bit of a christmas spiciness, though subtle. The distinguishable Jolly Pumpkin body and sourness hits with some very light oak tones and not much in the way of the spices. Good, solid brew.
Homer321 (3752) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasting at Backus’ Backyard Bash. sour apple, very cloudy. mouth full of carbonation. tart with a drying finish. typicaly JP brett. lacks general definition but drinkable.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light funky and fruity nose. Cloudy orange with a big thick bubbly white head. Nice lacing. Nice sourness but not much in the finish. A bit thin. Not on par with the depth and complexity I’ve come to expect from JP.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of spices, fruit, lots of Brett yeast, apples, pears, nutmeg, and a slight tartness. Poured copper/amber in color with a small to medium-sized, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Small particles throughout and some large particles as well. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of Brett yeast, funk, wood, nuts, spices, light grape, nutmeg, cinnamon, chestnut, vanilla, malts, and slight vegetables. Medium body. Smooth, tingly, then chalky texture. Lively carbonation. Funky, acidic, yeasty dry finish.
mar (5132) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to bhops. murky amber pour with a nice cream head. great scent of brett with some cherry. very smooth on the palate with a great sour flavor and a nice tart finish with some nuts as well.
dchmela (2971) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting at Backus’ Backyard Bash. Cloudy dark gold pour. Vinegar sour apple aroma. Slightly sour wood, light apple tart, and sweet malt taste. Interesting, but only ok.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of the Merrit Island tasting hosted by mcbackus. Poured a golden orange color. Smell was woody and tart. Flavor was sweet sweet malts with a hint of sour apple. I like the sweet and malty ones so this one was okay in my book!
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting at mcbackus. Hazy apricot color. Funky, woody aroma. Funk, sour, tart, woody flavor. Again I just cannot get into sours. This one was ok, just not my style.
gabrielsyme (66) - Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy dark orange, big white head. definite sourness, lemony. some malt sweetness
eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from CaptainCougar. Tons of excitement upon bottle opening, a total gusher, loud pop, foam geiser, three relatively sober guys couldn’t solve the problem as it spilled over the tv tray onto the floor everywhere (thanks to the Little Green machine for the cleanup, they’re awesome!). Full semi-cloudy hazy orange appearance. The aroma was spices (cardamum and white pepper came to mind, but I don’t actually know what the heck they are half the time, lol), bret, yeast, nuttiness, floral hops (lavendar?). The flavor was all of the aroma, lots going on in here, white grapes, but perfumey floralness and too intense of spicing as it warmed were the faults in this one. Aftertaste included a nice touch of sawdust, but not enough to clean up the spicing and overly floral notes. Mouthfeel was lively, but that probably was not a great thing given the flavors I wanted less envigorated. A fun brew, the base beer quite nice, but other than that just a nice spice beer, most of which don’t work for me. Thanks, Tom!