ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Bottle drunk on 8/12/06.
The usual light gushing and huge amount of foamy, well-aerated head is produced here, with a thick layer of sediment left on the bottom. The head is a light-cornmeal color while the body is a deep copper-tangerine-peach, with gold-leaf highlights and some darker auburns. Medium-high to high clarity from leaving the sediment behind. Unlike some other JPs, however, the head is not as long-lasted, fading rather steadily to barely cover the liquid, with some blotchy lacing left behind.
Brett strikes forth in the nose, fruity and phenolic, with a light dose of nuttiness (wood tannins), some specks of cinnamon and brown sugar and then a fade-to-lacto, with a hard, sour, yogurt-like note. Quite strong in the nose, and the brett seems in peak/near-peak form, giving off hints of pear skins, limes, lemons and such. The malt is a little bit more difficult to discern, obviously being nearly all-attenuated, but certainly a softness of caramel residue, light vanilla cream notes and honey. Not overly spicy in the nose, nor would I ever pick out the chestnut, but there is an added zestiness. Wood character is very subdued in the nose. It all comes together very uniquely, nothing being too dominant, though aside from the wild yeasts, I think, perhaps, itís a bit too reserved? No alcohol is apparent in the aroma.
The first sip is, again, unique for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. A fuzzy, aerated, rather large-bubbled carbonation immediately loosens things, providing more vacuousness than usual for these beers. Brett mixes with dry, tannic oak and is quickly supported by soft fruits (cherries, apricots, pears, peaches, nectarines) and further pale sugars. Lactobacillus influence is very light in this one, without nearly as much hard edge to the finish as many. Probably that this is still relatively young contributes to that factor. Whatever the reason, itís quite drinkable, with the usual heavy brett and wood dryness offset by the light, but noticeable residual sugars. Some mildly herbal, somewhat leafy hops are noted, and the spices are extremely light. The mouthfeel had some problems, going from heavily carbonated (though not aggressively so) to quite undercarbonated, without much transition between the two. Still, with the low abv, and medium colored malts and a decided softness not found in many JP beers, I found it extraordinarily drinkable, much moreso than the bottle I had fresh (which was too sweet). Probably wouldnt want to let this one sit too much longer, unless you enjoy tons of lacto character.
Rerate on 2/3/07
Still as good as I remember, no problems in the aging thus far.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber pour with a thin white head. Very good aroma of brett, spices and fruits. Again the flavor is very good with brett, spices and fruits. The body is light with a dusty mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Another superb offering from Jolly Pumpkin.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a fitting scarlet fire color with a healthy white head. The aroma and body were both really delicate, something Iím learning to appreciate with JP beers. This really smelled like Xmas when first poured - noting warm cinnamon and bread. The warmth was balanced with a nice, subtle lactic tartness, which added a nice complexity. I thought the mouthfeel was a bit prickly, interrupting the flow a bit. The body is sublte as well, noting light biscuit malts, with hints of caramel and cookie dough (snickerdoodle?). More tartness appears in the finish and balances the sweetness. As the beer warms, a strong vanilla and oak note come out as well. Very good and would be even better with a more soft carbonation.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 750mL Bottle. Pours a rich, orange hued, ruddy amber sunset topped with a luscious layer of sustaining ivory head. Intriguing, musty aroma of applewood dusted with a coating of Estevant pine bark sawdust. Plenty of green fruits to freshen up the old woods aroma, including some green pears and white grapes. A subtle underlayer of allspice seasoned honey adds another sweeter dimension for my olfactory enjoyment. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with a soft pinch of dry vermouth tartness. Very musty and only a touch sour, but plenty of flavor. Leather baseball glove stitching, tart ripe apples, a sprinkle of cinnimon, and a squeeze of fresh lemon to start off. Freshly baked whole wheat bread and a bit of grated ginger root follow soon thereafter. Quite nice, overall. Thanks, Tom!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer dispenses from the 750ml brown bottle a burnished copper with a portly head that is semi-creamy and a light tan in color, upon its eventual demise the lace forms a thin white sheet upon the glass. Nose is lemon-like in its crispness, hints of caramel, sweet malt at the back with a bit of butter as it warms, start is modestly sweet, the grain presence adequate and the top middling in feel. Finish is decidedly acidic, the hops light on the palate, dry somewhat sour aftertaste with a bit of nuttiness to finish it off.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle provided by His_Greatness. Damn and Hot Damn, one of the JPís that I have been waiting to try for some time now. The beer is a moderately hazed deep amber concoction which upon pouring froms a solid and fairly dense light tan head that just wonít go away. Dense, foamy lacing is left behind. Soft funk aroma, nothing too assertive that just whacks you in the face but a subtle barny presence that introduces itself and slides away into the crowd. Perhaps a touch of the chestnuts, hard to say never having had a chestnut beer before. Medium bodied, a bit sprightly on the palate and moderately drying. Flavors are crisp, some modest spice presence, touches of lemon and orange zest. Overall, a wonderful creation, I hope this becomes a staple in Ronís portfolio!!
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy. Opaque chestnut pour displays a mostly lasting beige head of beautiful lacing. Evident brettanomyces meet the nostrils through well disposed woodiness reminiscent of cedar and Christmas tree. Complex flavour profile shows an interplay between the incredibly well integrated chestnuts and the wild, fitting sourness, the whole completed by various notes of cloves, cream, meringue and a number of fruits. Surprisingly dry in mouth, it is highly fruity and at the same time yogurty in its lactic aspects. Very pleasant biscuity backbone serves as a foundation for litchi, grapes, nut, wood berries and mild leafy hops. Gentle foamy palate, medium-full bodied. Remarkable execution.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really like this beer from JP. Dark orange body, thin white head. Slightly musty, and earthy, yet it retains a bit of fruitiness in the flavor as well. Some caramel malt, but its quite sour. Interesting and complex.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JUN 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I forgot to rate this one. Poured a darker amber with a minimal white head. Aroma was sweet yeast and spice...loads of fresh citrus and mellon. Aroma was spicey and tart...typical jolly pumpkin. Mouthfeel is fantastic.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the HW open house. Hazy dark amber color with a small white head. Mild bretty aroma that was somewhat sour with citrus fruits and black pepper. Grassy, yeasty flavor that was mildly tart and fruity. Some unidentifiable spices(pepper?,ginger?) on the finish. Another winner from JP.