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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Ok, so the joke was that Jolly Pumpkin doesnít brew a pumpkin beer. Well, now we do. Just this one. Packed with real pumpkins, hints of spice, and a gentle kiss of cocoa to liven the soul. An everyday easy way to fill your squashy quotient. Guess now folks will have to find something else to joke about...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ARH (728) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip. The aroma is rather complex, and itís initially a pungent barnyard funk which fades a bit, but is present throughout. After the initial aroma, some caramel starts to poke through, but that soon gives way to bright vinegar and crisp white wine notes along with citrus (lime, lemon, and orange can all, distinctly, be picked up). This then balances with the funk, but gives way to some candi sugar and some mellow pumpkin pie notes in the background. Thereís also some roasted squash coming in and out., but itís very faint and I had to "hunt" for it. The beer is topped by a big, frothy, off-white (almost orange) head that reduces slowly to a creamy, thick layer which is retained through out sitting atop a murky orange-yellow beer. A lot of "fractured," webby, fluffy lace is left on the glass. The taste is a balanced, medium level of sweet and sour with a touch of bitterness. The medium light beer is fizzy and thin with a slight stickiness. The initial flavors are reminiscent of white wine with a tart citrus and dry spice finish. Thereís a flash of pumpkin pie at the tail end of the finish, but it doesnít last . The dry and tart quality fades a touch during this flash, but comes back a bit as an aftertaste. After awhile those notes fades and a light, bittersweet chocolate character emerges and remains with a candy-like sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (721) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Draft. 2 years old. Pours a mostly clear light amber burnt orange color with a fizzy light tan head. Aroma is slight tart, oak, classic jolly pumpkin funk, no discernible pumpkin. Flavor has a light tart, berry sweetness, touch of pumpkin spice hidden in the back and the finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3976) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and spice. Taste is tart fruit, malt, spice, and a touch of pumpkin. Nothing exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6545) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"you get a hint of the cacoa and maaaaybe a hint of spice. maybe. but the common sourness of all JP beers is starting to get a little old. nothing about this stands out from ANY other JP beer...and thereís no pumpkin in the flavor or aroma that ANY of us could detect. I like the sourness there, but JPs are starting to all blend together for me, with a couple exceptions, and Iíll balk next time iím considering dropping $10-15 on a 750. as a pumpkin beer, finished 7th out of 10...as a beer, since I do kinda like that sour funk, it was midpack."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
chucklemation (669) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Pours a hazy copper color with a foamy, long-lasting white head. Aroma is funk and some spices. Flavor is tart and slices, though the tartness mostly drowns out other flavors. I donít get any pumpkin or cocoa, as the beer suggests. Just okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (945) - - AUG 4, 2014
Pours a hazy copper color. Aroma and taste are spices, some funk, but little pumpkin flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (2975) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2014
11 July 2014, bottle. Light orange. Nose is like vinaigrette. Thin body and mildly fizzy. A bit tart, not much pumpkin. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2014
Malts, roasty, various, perhaps too many spices. Bit metallic, watery mouth feel. I had a hard time tasting any pumpkin in this and I didnít enjoy it that much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ester_ (120) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
Hazy orange color, medium persistent head. Aromas of wild yeasts, fruits, wood, ground cherry and citrus. Flavors of wild yeasts, pumpkin, spices, wood, cocoa and citrus. Good mouthfeel. Couleur orange trouble, moyen col de mousse persistant. ArŰmes de levures sauvages, fruits, bois, cerise de terre et agrumes. Saveurs de levures sauvages, citrouilles, ťpices, bois, cacao et agrumes. Bonne texture en bouche.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3552) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
I brought this one from California to share at Dark Lord Day m 2014 in Munster, Indiana. Glad I did. Pours a light amber with a big robust off-whie head. Nose of roasted malts and pumpkin. Some spice. Medium body. Smooth in the mouth. Flavor is a bit on the funk side. But very tasty and easy drinking.

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