darkguardian (730) - 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 (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.
hopwine (669) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Peppery funk, toasted nuts, mild astringency, pineapple, moderate tannins, mineral water. Really nice
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.
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.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber body with a huge beige head that slowly falls into a pitted meringue. Aroma is herbal, spicy, and citrusy lemon. Medium body with a velvety carbonation. Taste is quite saison like with floral hops and dry herbal and citrus notes. Softly sweet malt presence adds depth and richness. Another winner from Jolly Pumpkin.
electrotype (653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Merci à Boutip pour la bouteille! Nez intéressant, à la fois "agé" et à la fois fruité/citronné. L’acidité citronnée se poursuit en bouche et accompagne certaines saveurs de baies rouges. Le corps est champagneux mais garde tout de même assez racine pour être agréable. Aucun alcool de discernable. Raffraichissante. Pas mauvaise!
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