J_man (889) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangy tan with an out of control pillowy white head! Definite barnyard and sour notes in the aroma. The front of the taste is an citrusy sweet/sour/bitter followed immediately by a wild yeast funkiness and then again immediately by excellent pumpkin pie spiciness. I was concerned at first by the apparent "Brett" flavor because I’m not a big fan of this, but it is perfectly balanced here with the spices, malt and everything else going on here. In fact, I wonder if this is the pumpkin coming through and not yeast as it can have this effect. This is the most interesting pumpkin beer I’ve ever had and it’s a case study in balancing complex flavors without overdoing anything or ending up with a muddled mess.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a dark brown color with a nice puffy white head. The nose is spicy with lots of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with some light oak and yeast notes. The flavor is malty and spicy up front with a light pumpkin pie note then a yeasty slap of tartness in the tail along with a moderate amount of body, not bone dry. Full flavor and a clean spicy finish. I don’t know if I love the idea of a savory pumpkin beer with all that oak and tart yeast notes, but it drinks fairly easy.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Olive Tree. Pours a hazy orange amber with a bubbly off white head. Light oaky funk on the nose as well as light spice, cocoa dust and pumpkin / squash notes. An insanely drinkable beer.
ink3dm0m (22) - Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2010
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Meh - sour, flat, and absolutely no pumpkin flavor - NOT a do over for sure!
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Batch 604. Amber beer with a big cream colored head. Tart and light citrus aroma with light spice. Tart, lemony flavor with spice and malt. Medium bodied. Tart and lemon lingers with spice and light malt. Spice, but not much pumpkin.
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/10/10 notes: on tap, SoCal. Pour is light brown-amber, clear with a small head. Aroma is funky/barnyard/earthy first, then spiced/peppery, citrus pith and acidity. Flavor holds well-integrated tartness to match hay, cereal and general oak barrel influence. Is pumpkin in there? Though nothing jumps forward, this is a well-crafted “Wild” ale.
jsquire (4063) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky golden color with a huge pillowy off white head that left big lace. Funky barnyard aroma with wet wood that seems to overpower a faint spice. This is not your average pumpkin seasonal. This is a sour beer with some funk, moldy hay and a hint of cloves. This seems like a pretty good funky beer with some spice added as an afterthought.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Pumpkin and cacao aroma and taste with a silky palate.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at pizzeria paradiso. Pours a hazy orange brown. Spicy flavor with lemony tartness. Very dry and funky. Notes of nutmeg and clove. Maybe a bit overcarbonated but its jolly pumpkin so that’s expected.
lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Batch #610. Bottled on: 08/13/10. Pours a murky rust color with a thick and fluffy meringue-like head that leaves chunks of lacing down the side of the glass. Fairly sour aroma that features some caramel maltiness, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little vanilla, and a big lemon presence throughout. Thin to medium-bodied. A bit of caramel upfront in the taste. Drying biscuity flavors follow along with touches of wintry spices. A bitter finish. A BIG sour lemon taste throughout. I don’t get it...does Jolly Pumpkin aim to have all their beers taste somewhat infected?