MaBeer1972 (1705) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok, so the joke should be that this isnít really a pumpkin beer. The tartness totally rules here. That being said, this light orange-amber brew has light fizzy carbonation and a very distinct dry tart mouthfeel. Perhaps a little spice, but not really. Drinkable, but donít call this a pumpkin beer. Just another crazy sour from JP.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog notes. I didnít feel like rating when this one came along, so my notes are sparse, but hereís 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!
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!!!
Beerman6686 (6108) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 Iím looking for in a pumpkin beer, but a decent one overall at that.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 iím 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.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
zdk (1854) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 doesnít sit right with me. Warming brings up a kiss of other spices as well. I want to like this, but I donít really.
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