DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. The bottle is now green, unfortunately, unlike the old brown ones. Batch 244,245. Wonderful appearance on this one, just like I’ve come to expect with this company. A clear golden honey color with a huge rocky white head with great retention and great lacing. Amazingly complex aroma on this baby. Freshly roasted honey nuts, slight chocolate, brown sugar, christmas, normal JP funk, all integrated together and blended beautifully. Chestnuts roasting over an open fire. The nuttiness here is more appetizing than any other beer (mostly brown ales) where I have noticed a nutty character, it must be the chestnuts. Taste is subdued in its funky and tart flavors with some of the nuttiness and chocolate of the aroma coming through but much, much more subtle. This beer smells better than it tastes, unfortunately. Probably the least sour and funky tasting JP I’ve had to date, probably because it’s new. Drinkability is very high. Nice soft mouthfeel with a slight dryness. I’d be interested to see how this ages, though it is certainly nice right now.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle courtesy of cmwillard: ours a cloudy orange good lacing with a white head. aroma has that great JP funk with slight oak a little vinegar like tartness, very nice. flavour is acid and a bit tart good sugary malts too slight oak another solid JP
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy deep orange-amberish beer with a nice creamy slight yellowish-off white head. Aroma is mild and soft malty, it has touches of nuts and almond liquor. Also touches of chesnut skin that gives a untherbuild tart sharpness in this brew. Aroma is sweeter than the taste. The mouthfeel is quit dry, it has a soft malty carracter with a slight spicy touch and sharp accents of sour apple skins (renette apples) and orange zest. In the afthertaste there is a nice earthy touch with hints of humide forrest soil, wild berries and wet wood The more this beer gets warmer, the more wine like the beer gets.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed in th USA !!!! Courtesy of AFI96... Thanks Waylo. Pours a orange/amber color with a small foamy white head. Aroma of barn yard funk and apples. Taste has a spritzy sourness followed by some lemon zing, spices and toasty notes. Mouthfeel is sour but not overpowering with some serious earthy funk at the finish.
radarsock (752) - Vermont, 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.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep yellow almost orange with a thick foamy head. Massive carbonation as is typical of JP. Nose is very nutty, nutmeg, apple, yeast and hazelnut. Taste is slightly sour up front with a complex nutty middle and a snappy hoppy finish. Lingering sourness and caramel notes. Awesome as usual with JP.
Naka (698) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy effervescent amber. A 2 finger cream-colored head that leaves some nice lacing. A spicy bretty acidic aroma with lemon. The flavor hits you with a sour funk up front, but the sour is cut nicely with a sweet pear flavor. A touch of oak, but not too much. Finishes extremely dry. Almost silky mouthfeel. So good.
monk191 (689) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very unique beer. Pours a cloudy golden color. Smells of apple and cinnamon. Taste is very different, almost like a sour Flemish ale or a cider. Like green apples. Had in the bottle, batch 902.
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noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy tawny-amber pour, irrationally exuberant beige head, rocky chunks of lace. Aroma has tart fruits, wild yeast, carbonation. Flavor is distinctly cidery, tart, dry, lots of apple peel, touch of citrus. Subdued worty malt backbone. Earthy notes, dust and wild yeast funk, creep in towards the finish. The dryness and apple peel notes tread just a little too close to a chemical heat. Medium body. Soft, sudsy mouthfeel.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first experience with a JP Artisian or Farmhouse style Ale. Took a little gettin’ used to, but as the glass and bottle was consumed this brew became increasingly more enjoyable.
Poured a slightly hazy pumpkin orange color. Created a thick and hefty, whipped cream-like head with superb retention. Lots of foam continued to emerge from the bottle after the initial pour into my chalice, so be prepared to keep your glass full! Thick sheets of lacing coated the glass as it drained.
I found the initial aromas to be VERY funky at first. Like walking into a barn filled with dirt, mud, hay and a few horses and their saddle blankets. Other than that some pleasant notes of caramel malts, roasted chestnuts, green apples, lemon peel, fresh cut oak and spices greet the nose. An interesting array of smells to say the least.
Loved the mouthfeel. Not overtly thick but full, round and creamy with a lively spritz.
Flavors were much like the aroma. Initially I picked up quite a bit of a funky sourness which almost made me wonder if the beer was infected. But as I continued on and the beer warmed luscious flavors of nuts, caramel, various spices, oak, earth and a touch of hoppy bitterness were enjoyed.
Finishes with a pleasant tart hoppy/woody bitterness. If you’re a fan of this style I would guess this is a real winner.