matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Ron Jeffries for giving this bottle to me upon his most recent visit.
It truly pours a chestnut hued body and a most handsome rocky khaki colored head. From the first quaff, I found an amazing blend of wild yeasts and busty caramel and toffee malts. The wild yeasts are most predominant on my palate; coming across in a particularly vinous manner. I’m noting a wildly tannic and mildly acidic blending of young cabernet grapes and a more mature fruity zinfandel. Rather oaky and peppery upfront and vaguely fruity in the middle, a combination of green and red apple cider.
The brett and untamied lacto flavors remind me of a soft Maytag blue folded up into some fresh crusty skinned pumpernickel bread. The wild yeasts are the life of the beer for me; I’m having a hard time seeing past them. I dutiabley find the plethora of nutty malts, some cracked wheat, and sourdough breads. The palate is tremendous, a perfectly balanced weight. There is a yeasty tartness of cumquat and dough lingering with oak chips and Melba-toast in the finish. This is a wonderful beer for all occasions… a bottled triumph of liquid and art. - A new all time favorite!
jtw (1139) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 750 mL bottle. somewhat tart aroma floats above a sponge-cake-like head, and some fruit and spice shine through as well. no chestnut in the aroma, but there is definitely a nutty/woody flavor hidden behind the cinnamon and clove and yeast flavors which dominate. only 6.1%? it’s nice and sticky and warming - easily my favorite jolly pumpkin beer so far. cheers to this new brewery!
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An attractive pour on this one. A clear, rich light brown color with some orange and copper highlights. The head was creamy and off-white on the pour with good retention as it slowly collapsed into rocky peaks. Decent lacing. The aroma was the expected bretty funk at the onset, but as it opened up it showed great depth. Beyond the sour funk there was soft caramel malt and nuttiness (chestnut). A bit of old wood came through too. The flavor was expectedly funky, but some hops and softer caramel came out too. Crisp apple with a super dry finish. Enjoyable.
radarsock (1116) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was passed around at Harvest, Saturday evening. Pours a murky, hazed burnt orange with a minimal off-white head. Diminished quickly. Interesting aromas of nuts, earth/soil, hop oil and dog biscuits. Tastes practically the same, however it does have some yeast notes by mid-palate, as well some candied citrus, butterscotch, cinnamon and oak. Mild tartness by swallow. Enjoyable.
humlelala (1101) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2013 Sample offered from bomber @ Cafe Habengut @ May 30th 2013: Slightly flat as the bottle was opened yesterday. Definite tart elements in the taste but moderate and well integrated. The spicy element is still composite and difficult to break down but it is definitely remniscient of the spicy complement to the traditional US pumpkin ales. Practically mo head, hazy amber with subtle floaties.
Original rating on June 23rd 2012: (75 cl bottle courtesy of GT2, cheers; batch 907, bottled 02/11 2011) Pours a cloudy apricot with a bit of white head that laces the glass. Aroma is cidery with notes of berries and a hint of some spice I don’t recognize. Oily texture, soft carbonation and a smooth, slightly spicy and not too dry finish. Taste is mildly tart with a sweet edge. Girlfriend says: "it reminds me of apple cider from Brittany."
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lively pour yields a shadowy orange body with a large beige head; as per the usual with beers from J.P. it is steadfast and rocky. Lacing is thick and three dimensional. Aroma is butternut bread, vanilla, cinnamon, nectarine, musty yeast, oak barrel (less than usual, I think the spices keep it in check), sour cherries and blackberries, brown sugar and a nuttiness I must assume is chestnut. So much aromatic interplay and complexity here. Once again I’ve encountered a phenomenal amount of easily identifiable, unique aromas in a Jolly Pumpkin beer. This bouquet does exactly what I think it was intended to do - invoke a feeling of Autumn and the peacefulness that it can bring when enjoying the lovely color and temperature changes in the climate that it is produced in. Well done. The flavor is quite tart, moreso than I’d expected after many energetic whiffs. More tastes of fruit, brown sugar and bready malts. The cinnamon and other spices are profound in their subjugation of my tastebuds. Intense doesn’t begin to describe it. I preferred the aroma to the taste due to the intensity, perhaps I should’ve let it rest a while longer. Palate is medium to full but without balance. Soft mouthfeel. Finishes with a heady amount of oaken barrel and spiciness. A really interesting and individual beverage, with some characteristics I had only previously associated with exotic teas. Intriguing, enigmatic. At times I felt overwhelmed by such bold flavor. Then I realized it is just a challenging beer, so I must take more jabs at it. Ron, you rule.
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Naka, Batch 244/245. Pours orange with yellow hues, white foamy head with good lacing. Notes of apple, pear, citric sour, lots of funk and a caramel not at the end. Sweet taste up front of malt caramel with apple and pear sweetness, then citrusy sour notes with mild funk. N nice sweetness returns at the end, cutting through the sour. Tasty brew. Dry and chalky.
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from the bottle. poured a cloudy copper with a big fluffy off white to light tan head that left a ton of lacing. aroma sour fruits, musty, orange, sour cherries a lot of sourness out of this beer. flavor, more sourness, tart, once this warmed up a bit got malts and some sweetness (maybe this is the caramel but I could not pick it out) came out, bitter . this beer got better as it warmed the sourness became less evident.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange gold, thin white lacing. Mildly sour nose white notes of cherry, pumpkin, nutmeg and clove. The flavors are much of the same-delicious and complex with only a slight sour note. Love.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber with a huge head. Good lacing and rocky foam. Aroma was sour bret, oak, caramel, citrus and spice. Tangy texture and medium body. My favorite JP yet; Sweet citrus and spice, and less sour than many of their other brews.