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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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7183) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
Courtesy of gunhaver. Pours hazy copper with gold edges and white head. The aroma has loads of tartness with a sense of pumpkin around the edges. The taste is the same with a boat load of tartness up front with notes of sour citrus thinly lined around the periphery. It ends with a bit of refreshing dryness. “Pumpkin Ale”?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
Thanks gunhaver for the share. Pours hazy orange with an off-white head. Nose is pumpkin, spice, cinnamon, yeast, vinegar, and the trademark JP funk. Flavor is the trademark JP funk, vinegar, yeast, some pumpkin, some acetone, and tart fruit. Finish lingers with tart fruit, vinegar, and a hint of spice in this medium-bodied beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2010
courtesy of gunhaver. pours cloudy orange, thin white head. Aroma of light pumpkin with the signature yeasty JP aroma, oaky wood, yeasty elements white grapes/wine. Flavors, very weak pumpkin presence mixed with Belgian yeast, oaky, barrel, white wine palate along with other tropical fruits and orange leaving a nice sour finish. I was expecting a lot more pumpkin in this one, instead I got the immediate JP feel that resembles all the other beers. Tasty, but just wanted something different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle shared by Sparky27 @ Hellbilly’s. Thanks Eric. Murky golden tangerine pour with ivory head. Standard JP funk with tart lemon peel, wood, and slight pumpkin spice. Wanted more pumpkin in this one. Enjoyable but not as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by Sparky27 - Pours a hazy golden color with a small off white head. Aroma and flavor is tart esters and spice. Very little pumpkin. A typical JP beer. Tartness lingers a bit. Medium body. To be honest, I was a little disappointed with this one. Thanks Eric.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9445) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Thanks to sparky27. Orange pour. Light pumpkin, lots of funk and tartness. Wood and lactic tartness. Not bad...pretty good actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
courtesy of s27 pours a orange with a white head aroma is hops pumpkin and malt. flavor is pimpkin malt hops a touch of sournesss. thanks eric

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