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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Ok, so the joke was that Jolly Pumpkin doesn’t 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2016 Tap at the Watershed

After the devastating lost to MSU this afternoon, I felt like I needed to do something in sympathy with Ann Arbor and if it’s a $13 glass of JP pumpkin beer, so be it. I’ve never actually had this one, and it’s a wonderful surprise. No pumpkin spice bullshit, lovely JP tartness, tiny hint of sweet. Dang, I like this so much. It’s a home run, no doubt, and surely the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had.

Revisit in a 750 ml bottle from the Beer Authority. It lives up to the previous rate. Almost seems thin like pasta without salt at first sip, but that impression quickly goes away and it’s just a delight from there on in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spokeydonkey (87) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Light, effervescent sour beer. Copper colored with thin white head. Aroma is barnyardy with a hint of cinnamon. Taste is tart with a hint of pumpkin spice and a little cocoa in the dry finish. A very easy drinking sour beer with well-balanced complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Pours a golden amber with small fizzy head. Aromas of light spice, a little funk, and some fruit. Flavors are a tart earthiness, light spice, and a touch of

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2229) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 25, 2015
sample at a tasting poured a murky orange color. the aroma is acidity and sour and couldn’t distinguish much else. the flavor I thought was just a sour blend. I couldn’t find any pumpkin or spice or cocoa. left with what is this. maybe another bottle would be a better example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (4687) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2015
All sour, aroma and flavor. Don’t taste any punpkin. Smells like old book tastes like sour oak. Very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (3297) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle 750ml. Pours hazy deep golden with high soapy beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of some spices, fruits, pumpkin. Taste is of spices, acidity, sourness, pumpkin. Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Good. Not really complex. Somewhat oxydized.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3375) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2015
Pours a hazy darker shade of golden with a medium white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of nutmeg, cinnamon and yogurt. Taste is gently tart and offers pumpkin spices and light juicy fruits. Body is medium, carbonation sustained but not prickly and mouthfeel is juicy. Overall a pretty good JP sour but this one is not quite awe inspiring like some of them are.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7862) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
pours hazy/cloudy bright golden orange with a nice creamy white cap, some retention and lacing. orchard fruitiness - peaches, nectarines; grains of paradise, ginger, dill, bitter coffee beans - perhaps cacao touch. average carbonation, light body - oily; on-the-spot tartness, lightly astringent and woodsy-spicy finish. very good barrel-aged pumpkin ale - one of the very few good ones. much enjoyed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5381) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
How: Bottle (750 ml). Bought from Craftshack.

>>> A good Sour Ale with a pinpoint acidity and a tiny bit of the spices you usually get from Pumpkin beer.

- Slightly hazy orangey-golden with a small white head and some lacing.
- A good mix of citrus, mineral notes, herbal presence and oxidation (on purpose I think).
- There’s some spiciness (nutmeg, cloves) but nothing overpowering.
- Moderate sourness that fits pretty well with the on-purpose oxidation.
- Good balance for a Pumpkin Ale (that could very well be classified as a Sour/Wild Ale).

Flavors: Lemon, brettanomyces, herbal notes, oxidation, fruity notes, spices, nutmeg, cloves, roasted notes (cocoa?).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (3180) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a glass. Hazy orange with small white head. Aroma is pumpkin and nutmeg, medium body, medium carbonation, and some lacing. Taste is pumpkin, tart, and some nutmeg.

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