bb (8539) - 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 ďWildĒ ale.
jsquire (4148) - 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 thatís expected.
lamas (1555) - 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 donít get it...does Jolly Pumpkin aim to have all their beers taste somewhat infected?
popery (1994) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, City Beer Store. Good beer, but sorta middle of the road for JP. I didnít really taste any pumpkin. Some light holiday-ish spices, but this beer sticks to JP sour/oak character much more closely than expected. Nice and dry taste. Fairly funky. Nice looking beer - darkened amber with a big head.
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy golden with strong ultra pilllowy head. Overtones of ginger and citrus. Flavor is a bit sour with ginger and mild hops. Nice overall.
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
75cl bottle. Large rocky white head atop murky amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, ginger, some orange, light clove, cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some ginger, light sour. Light-medium body, light creaminess.
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep tan with LOTS of quickly rising off-white head. Nose is barnyard funk and lots of belgian yeast. Flavor is a bit of hops, some sourt Jolly Pumpkin twang, but mostly this beer is just classic farmhouse ale. I donít get it. It isnít a pumpkin ale at all. I liked it, probably more than my rating would imply. But Iím giving it a lower "overall" score than I might otherwise because it isnít what it claims to be. I was really looking forward to my first pumpkin ale of the season, but I guess Iíll have to wait a bit longer!