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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...


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bright orange color with a white head. Body changes to a more brownish color as it settles. Nose is Belgian yeast with light funk. Palate is playful and fun, crisp, clean. Flavor of light sour Belgian yeast and funk, some light sugar notes. No pumpkin detected, but a very nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Backlog notes. I didn’t feel like rating when this one came along, so my notes are sparse, but here’s what they said: Bottle. 2009 436/37. Awesome! Dry. Perfect attenuation. No cocoa. Hint of pumpkin on the finish. Carbonation pitch perfect. Dry as a bone. Spritzy mouthfeel. Earthy and slightly funky. Trademark JP malt profile. Wd. like to try fresh but this works just fine! Thanks Kevin!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Sour and funky aroma. I like it! Pours a rich amber color with modest head that dissipates quickly. Sour tasting with the Jolly Pumpkin house funk. Not a lot of pumpkin flavor at first, just a nice tart/sour malty flavor. After the initial sourness goes away, a very nice pumpkin and chocolate aftertaste remain. Once you know what to look for, the pumpkin has a fresh from the garden character. This beer is not the typical pumpkin pie spice beer we get this time of year, but is a very subtle and complex beer that gives you something new to discover the more you look for new things to discover. Its odd, I love this beer and it is more complex than other pumpkin beers, but in a pumpkin beer competition it would not do well because the pumpkin is not in your face.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Year old 750ml bottle courtesy of tytoanderso. Pours a BEAUTIFUL golden orange with a small white head with a small amount of sediment floating around. Big aroma consisting of pumpkin, sour yeast, spices (nutmeg, cloves, coriander), with an almost mentholated funk. Largely tart flavor, minerals, grassy upfront with the pumpkin flavors subtlety lingering behind a large layer of funk. Acidic as hell. Awesome. High level of carbonation usher in spices and funk that roll into an acidic finish. never thought I would like a pumpkin beer so much. Fantastic! Thank you tytoanderso for sharing this wonderful beer!!!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5087) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2010
This poured a cloudy bright orange color with a normal sized off white head. Aroma was of light spices, nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as dusty funky straw and brett. Flavor was a bit confusing, fairly tart and funky but with the spices of a pumkin beer. Not really exactly what I’m looking for in a pumpkin beer, but a decent one overall at that.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Thanks to tytoanderso... again. From a bottle, the pour is orange with a small white head. Aroma is of pumpkin spice with a slight funkiness. It is hard to discern but i’m guessing there is something like clove, nutmeg, and/or cinnamon. Taste is slight funk, spice, and tart! The spice is nutmeg, and clove. Maybe cinnamon. Dry finish. If you have this, drink it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle:   Dark dirty straw, moderate white head spritzy head, dies quickly, spotty lacing.   Subtle notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, but a larger barnish aroma.   Also floral.   Seems like a Saison with some Pumpkin like spices.   Very barnish and floral up front.   Any pumpkin like spices take a back seat.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Mildly tart, slightly dry on the finish.   This is a funky Pumpkin Ale, more in common with a Saison in its funky barnish floralness.   Wished the Pumpkin spices were stronger.   Thanks Kevin for this rarity!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle @ Buckeye Beer Engine: arouma is tart and cinnamon spice and caramel malts. Well balanced by lactic acids, pumpkin and lighter fruit. nice dry finish. Wish more brewers would make funky, sour pumpkin beers because this just hit the spot.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2010 Bottle at Beer Engine. Rerate. Hazy amber pour. The aroma is incredible. Softly sweet with a lot of pumpkin spice and a soft leathery undertone as well. Soft funkiness with the spice backing that up. A kiss of mintiness behind the spice and the brett. Softly fruity finish with a touch of soft tartness. Lean body despite the soft sweet flavour. Lingering minerally/minty finish. Really awesome stuff.

Deep golden-amber pour. The nose has a lot of soft sourness and vineous tartness. Softly lactic character and a fairly wild flavour. A little bit of light oakiness as well as some wheaty spiciness. The smell is great but something about the flavour just doesn’t sit right with me. Warming brings up a kiss of other spices as well. I want to like this, but I don’t really. 8 3 6 3 13

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2010
750 ml bottle. This one pours a hazy, dark orange color and topped by a small, bubbly off white head that settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma shows that classic JP funk with notes of earthy spices and oak along with notes of pumpkin, tart fruits, and a cereal grain malt base. Cinnamon, clove, and cocoa also add to the spice mix. The flavor follows and is slightly tart from citrus fruits to go with the cereal grain and pumpkin flesh. Notes of cinnamon, clove, and cocoa come through as well. The brett is slightly dry and adds a touch of funk and some earthy characters. Medium bodied and crisp on the palate with plenty of carbonation and a dry finish. This is an interesting take on the pumpkin beer style.


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