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RATINGS: 511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Ok, so the joke was that Jolly Pumpkin doesnít 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3900) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
750mL bottle, batch 436/437. Pours a slightly hazy, effervescent, and bold golden-copper color; creamy off-white head with excellent retention and fine-bubbled lacing; a gorgeous pour. The aroma on this is gorgeous and essentially smells like a vibrant mulled apple cider: cinnamon, apples, and some solid citrus acidity (the brett and tartness is there, but it blends rather seamlessly with the apple cider character). Medium mouthfeel: lots of citrus acidity and tartness here: brett and aceto, almost definitely, with a nicely complex melange of contributing sourness; this isnít ultimately what Iíd consider a sour ale, and the mulled apple cider notes follow through from the aroma, along with plenty of cinnamon and toasty vanilla; light wood and funkiness; the core, honestly, is a bit hollow overall, and feels not entirely filled out; quite drinkable, nice funk, and a very solid contributing presence from the apple cider spicing. Lasting tart finish of citrus, toasty malts, and hints of lingering cinnamon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle batch 436/437. Slightly orangish-gold pour with a small white head. The aroma is freshly baked pumpkin, classic JP funk, and rounded out with a hint of lemon and spice. The flavor is initially tart and funky upfront with light pumpkin and nutmeg on the finish. Thereís some notes of light citrus and a slight earthiness from the cacao. The body is creamy, medium-full with lots of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle thanks to Blutt59. Pours a murky orange with white head. Aroma has some tang, light pumpkin, kinda weak. Flavor has some nice tang, faint pumpkin, some light funkiness. Mouth feel is light body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, a very tasty, interesting beer...........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5027) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2009
bottle thanks to decoman. cloudy light amber with a cream head. spices, light pumpkin and a nice tart overtone. nice on the palate with a spicy pumpkin flavor and a good tart bite in the finish. age could do this one well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
got the last bottle at champaneís a few weeks ago. poured a golden orange with a very small white head. aroma all the pumpkin spices that you can think of, some sourness that comes with jp beers. flavor the sourness comes out 1st than the spices. jp does another good one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2009
batch 436 thanks to blutt59. poured hazyish yellow with a white head. aroma of lemon, tart, earthyness, and brett?. flavor was lemon, tart, and spicey with a light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12070) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle at JP Ann Arbor. Poured clear dark orange color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Solid funky pumpkin aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy pumpkin funky sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex seasonal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6247) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2010 bottle batch 436, via trade with ogglethorp, cloudy golden pour, aromas of spicy pumpkin and salty ginger?, sour bitter lemon with a chalky texture and some wildflowers

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