checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a dark orange with a tan head. The aroma was fruity (apples), oak, and spices. The flavor was somewhat tart, dry oak with a hint of apple spice, nuts and cinnamon. Overall, a really tasty brew, high quality and sophisticated.
bb (8452) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Batch 336. Rich amber beer with a light tan head. Tart, light malt, light fruity (apple and light dark fruit) aroma with light spice. Tart, light berry flavor with spice. Medium bodied. Refreshing. Tart, light berry, spice, malt, and light caramel lingers.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy yellow gold pour with a big rocky white head. The aroma has the same sour apple right upfront that I get from all JP beers. There’s also some various hints of spice, chestnut, coriander, lemon and orange zest, and some pepper. Mouth puckering sourness hits the taste buds first and then fades to grassy, floral hops, soft caramel and biscuit, some ripe fruits, damp oak, citrus, and apple cider vinegar. Dry medium body with lots of carbonation. Im really a little amazed at how delicate the numerous flavors are in this and yet the sourness is still quite strong.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle- 3rd bottling-2007: Seems like it may have leaked during shipping- there was a couple of inches of air space in the bottle. It also seemed less carbonated than the average Jolly Pumpkin offering. Pours a cloudy murky orange with a white dense film of head. Bright and zesty aroma- Lemon rind, that musty Jolly Pumpkin yeast, some brett, and peppery citrus spiciness. Light and fluffy, crisp feeling. Zesty and spicy taste with lightly tart citrus and an underlying brett character. Some underlying oak meshes with grapefruit flavors. Again, seemed a bit less carbonated, and seemed to be missing much of the volume in the bottle, which leads me to believe it had leaked during transport. Still very tasty, I just want to revisit this one.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle. Nice golden-orange color with a pleasant, oaky aroma that features some pleasant sourness, spices, and citrus. Flavor has a nice citrus bite with a bit of bretty sourness that is well balanced with gentle spices, oak, and assorted fruits. Nice mouthfeel. This is a classic example of why JP rules!
Skinnyviking (8645) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. High creamy and long lasting off-white head. Hazy dark orange body with a lot of bubbles. Bitter sweett aroma of oranges grapefruit and hints of coriander. Flavor as indicated by the aroma, rather hoppy lemon grapefruit peach acidic with a bit of coriander. Low carbonation and a long aftertaste.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poursa a dark and straw golden body with a long lasting white head. The nose is impressive complex with citrus-notes and various spices. Like the scient the flavour is also pretty complex but disapoints with no really finish but some bitterness. I taste ginger, tonicwater, aniseeds, grapefruits and cloves. Great mouthfeel due to the complexity. Nice one
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Backus Backdoor Bash! Pours an orange color. Full of Autumn spices and bitter orange flavors. Some peppery spice in there, too. Another good beer from Jolly Pumpkin.
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 (4176) - 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.