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.
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 (757) - 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.
darkguardian (729) - 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.
firstsip (727) - Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 Tap. Scattered lace. Crisp red-brown. Great sour nose. Crisp body of sourness, malt, some spicing. Tanic. Easy drinking and excellent.
Naka (719) - 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.
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.
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: hazy amber pour with medium-sized white head. Aroma has fresh grain, a sourness, some woodsy leafy notes, pumpkin, and allspice. Flavor is a bit convoluted at first with a tart fruit skin bumping into earthy pumpkin and woodsy malt and then into a bitter spiciness and caramel. Changes as it warms but just too many crashing flavors to enjoy for me.