thirdeye11 (5379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
( 750ml bottle thanks to mar bottle #436/437) Pours opaque orange with yeast floaters and nice bubbles. Nose of oak and sour fruit. Taste of nutmeg, lactic acid and good carbonation. This is sour, but not in a good way. Donít think pumpkins make a good sour beer.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with masonjar! Pours a near clear glowing viscous auburn. Great JP bretty aroma, medium sweet. Love the pumpkin taste! all the JP goodness with almost fantome like intriguing depth. A great JP beer!
emacgee (3797) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a bright hazy orange with an offwhite head. Nose is spicy and tart, peppery, pumpkin meat, yeasty. Flavor is characteristic JP, nice yeasty tartness intermingling with nutmeg and allspice with a meaty pumpkin background. Tart and peppery on the palate.
dchmela (2541) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to CMillward for the pour. Orange gold pour. Sour pumpkin, cinnamon aroma. Taste is light and dry, pumpkin and some spices. Finishes nice and dry. Very good.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to TURDFERGUSON for sharing this one. Dusky brown pour, like an oud bruin, but a lovely tart aroma of mild sour and ripe autumnal fruits, including of course pumpkin. Something very pungent and earthy at work here, as far as possible from the sticky artifical flavors you usually get with this style. Very faint bready and sweets are there if you strain, but itís altogether more modest and tart than anything else, with pumpkin being almost like an infusion. Very good.
BigBeer45 (1199) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Batch 436/437,
poured a burnt orange with gold and darker orange hues into a tulip, this brew is a little hazy, produced a slightly off-white head and left decent lacing on the glass,
this ale has a nose of Pumpkin and vegetable with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, lemon fruit citrus with the JP Sourness, light pale malt, caramel, and some fresh green herbs in the background,
there are flavors of spice and fruit citrus up front with Pumpkin in the background, JP sourness, and ends with a tart and dry finish, this beer is light on the palate, I thought the flavors melded well,
when all was done, I found a layer of brown sediment in the bottle,
probably one of the better Spice-Herb-Vegetable beers I have tried in a while where I am usually hesitant to try Spice-Herb-Vegetable beers, I would buy this again.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by TURDFERGUSON. Thanks, Sam. Nice label, and I love the description. Wish I liked the beer a bit more. But perhaps Iím being harsh. Itís certainly one of the better pumpkin beers out there... but is that saying all that much? Smells like pumpkin pie, crust, fruit, spice and all. Only a touch of that JP sourness, and maybe a hint more on the palate. Solid, and with a nice mouthfeel. Pretty damn good.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ogglethorp. Thanks Brian! A vey nice, unique pumpkin ale.
Nice jp house character with a very nice, unique, nuanced pumpkin brew. I enjoyed this quite a bit.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to cmillward for sharing this one! Tart and spicy aroma with hints of cinnamon. Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Tart upfront with hints of light caramel followed by hints of spices with a dry pumpkin finish. Very nice.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 436 / 437; Sampled December 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat, two finger thick, pale amber, lightly tan colored head that leaves some lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a combination of rich copper and amber hues that shows a lightly hazed, gold-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of spicy nutmeg, sweetly vegetal pumpkin meat, a touch of spicy ginger, some white pepper, hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, light toasted grain notes. Really though this beer smells of a light spiciness and caramelized pumpkin flesh; it is pretty nice and I like the light hand with the actual spices, plus I think the fermentation provided some of the spice notes too.
Surprisingly dry tasting, considering the nose, and there is a nicely soft tartness that says this wasnít fermented in a "clean" Sachoromyces only brewery. The spiciness comes through in a much more peppery, ginger kind of way in the flavor due to the lack of sweetness. There is still a touch of pumpkin flesh flavor in the finish, but it is much more subtle. The beer has a nice texture to it; the fair amount of carbonation couples with the light tartness to bring a peppery sharpness to this as it rolls across the tongue; this is definitely a lighter feeling brew, but it easily keeps from seeming thin. In fact there seems to be a touch of malt viscosity without any accompanying sweetness. The peppery note couples with a soft woodiness.
My second pour of this that is drunk quite soon after the pour, is a bit too fizzy and carbonated; luckily a quick swirl of the glass releases the extra carbonation. The tartness is definitely lactic in nature, which pairs well with the rest of the beer. Perhaps a touch of lighlty smoky phenolics are noticeable as the beer warms up, but this can be exceedingly fleeting.
This is an exceedingly fantastic Pumpkin beer, definitely one of the best commercial examples that I have ever had. I like how appetizing and "sweet" the aroma smells, but that the flavor is dry, tart and not anywhere near over-spiced. The aroma actually reminds me of desert (perhaps obviously), but the flavor is, in the end, quite savory. I am definitely quite pleased to be drinking a bottle of this right now.