Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle at DC Epic Sour Tasting 2010, courtesy of Spencer, thanks! Cloudy yellow, white head. Aroma of pumpkin and light spice. Finally a pumpkin beer that doesn’t taste of pumpkin pie and overwhelming nutmeg!
GT2 (8176) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 750mL courtesy of SpencerDB. Pours a clear yellow with a thin, white head that leaves little lace. Aroma is pumpkin spices, pumpkin pie, all very light and soft. Taste is a bit tart, has some light pumpkin spice, and overall is light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Decent.
750mL 2012 ed thanks to dfroms. Full haze orange with a weaker white head. Nose is squashy, pumpkin, spice. Taste is cinnamon, big lemon lime, a tad thin. Refreshing, citric.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet pumpkin spice nose, light honey, some caramel. The taste is lightly sweet, lightly tart, spicy, some cinnamon, touch of squash, some fruit. Reminds me of a lighter version of Noel.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Orlando crew for the sample. Pours a hazy golden color. Nose is funky and sour as expected from JP as well as some citrus notes. Flavor is the same as the nose with a touch of pumpkin flavor and lemon as well. Nice beer especially being a pumpkin beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2515) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
A little sweet, a little sour, not much in the way of pumpkin flavor, unless my palate was dead (could be!). But thats good, because I don’t normally like pumpkin beers and this is the first one I really liked! Nice.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml courtesy of Fiver 29 and shared at Hellbilly’s Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Pours a hazy amber with a thin off-white head. The nose is light spice, the usual JP funk and citrus zest. The taste is funk, light pumpkin spice and lemon peel. Medium prickly mouthfeel. Refreshing stuff, though I’d prefer a touch more pumpkin and less funk. Thanks for sending J!
MrsUghsmash (24) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like pumpkin, nutmeg, other spice, and some citrus. Looks very pretty - orangey red with a little bit of lingering head. The taste is a little sour for me - lemon and wood tasting, with very little pumpkin flavor. Good carbonation to it.
Ughsmash (7090) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, Batch 436/437. Poured clear medium golden with a short, tight-bubbled whitish head. The aroma picked up sour nutmeg and oaky notes with a little lemon zest too.. just the faintest hints of pumpkin and cocoa deep down.. smelled like it was going to be refreshing. The flavor found refreshing sourness all the way through (mostly lemon rind and oak).. dry nutmeg and pumpkin-y spices rose toward the back of the mouth, as did the lemon.. very dry and tangy on the finish. Medium-bodied with tight, sharp carbonation complementing the lemon and oak.. surprisingly light on the pumpkin and related spices.. refreshing as mentioned.. definitely a Jolly Pumpkin take on a pumpkin ale.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled from bottle. faint haze of suspended yeast gives it a dull but glowing bronze/orange color with a small off-white head. initial impression of the nose is of how delicate and soft the spices are layered on top of what’s already a very delicate and soft yeast: the "with spices" is most definitely pumpkin spice (with nutmeg being most pronounced and cinnamon perhaps present in very small quantity). texture is spot-on for JP: intensely delicate natural carbonation with a soft chewiness from the yeast. extremely well-attenuated, the malt sugar seems nearly completely fermented out (which makes me curious how strict JP are about the use of speciality malts, or if they are simply just masters of mash and temperature rests - perhaps the most skillful at this process of anyone outside of europe). very low apparent unfermentable sugar present. cocoa is pretty much unnoticeable, while the oak barrel wood character (which overall is fairly light) and the subtle acidity (much closer to wine acidity than beer; i.e. not sour) from the inoculated barrel are fantastically balanced and in harmony with the other two major arms of this beer: the pumpkin spice and high attenuation. damn fine stuff.
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like a lot of JP beers, this one took a moment to grown on me - at first, I thought it simply tasted like an infected pumpkin ale, which I guess, in essence, it is, but a might good one - nose of oak, thankgiving potpourri, a wee bit of funk, and a bit of waxiness - present but restrained amounts of acidity and funkiness, especially for JP - an overall nice balance - the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) add an interesting dimension - I hope this gets wider distribution this year.