BitchesBrew (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[draft at CBC Pumpkin Beer Festival]
Hazy, dark brown in color. Very thin white head. Aroma is musty, slightly funky.. in typical JP style. No real spice character in the aroma. Flavors are quite complex. Very mellow pumpkin pie spices and slight vegetable character blend with some tart funk quite well. Very interesting finish.. best described as ’’earthy’’. Overall, a wonderful approach to the overplayed seasonal we’re all used to.
probstblueribbon (2619) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 mL bottle from Bieropholie, served cool in a tulip glass, shared. Murky deep amber with a thin white rim. Sour, wild, funk, all restrained, metallic note, very light pumpkin spice, a touch of wood, interesting. Medium-ish body, light, playful effervescence. Light sourness and funk, a little pumpkin spice, not much from wood or pumpkin, a pleasant sour ale; dry with gentle sourness, and a somewhat weak finish. Not great, an interesting take on pumpkin ale that could be taken further.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Oak and citrusy funk dominate this Wild Ale’s light spiciness, as oranges tickle resurging citrusy tartness and even more oak.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy head of foam covers the misty pumpkin orange.
-This is not as intense as most Jolly Pumpkin sours, which means it’s also more drinkable.
-Pumpkin in this beer seems to be irrelevant to the flavor profile.
-This is not nearly as chaotic as I expected it to be (based on what the label said was in this beer).
-Cocoa, really? Maybe in the finish if you really want to look for it...
Claves77 (123) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good strong ale with slight spiciness, subtle. Caramel color, hazelnut. Reasonable carb. Good mouthfeel, complex flavor, even finish. Very nice, not very pumpkin-ny.
jcr (2084) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Cloudy, deep golden body. Fizzy off-white head. Aroma of lemon, cobweb, funkiness, wood, cinnamon, nutmeg. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Tart, funky finish. Light taste of all spice and cinnamon. Lots of spice balanced with acidity.
daje (1693) - NORWAY - NOV 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Håndverkerstuene, august 13th 2013. Cloudy dark orange body, small white head. Aroma is funky with cloves and something spicy I guess is pumpkin. Thicker mouthfeel than expected from Jolly, with a spicy yeast taste, tart sourness, vanilla, oak and pumpkin. Good crisp dry acidic ending, with a lasting apple/vanilla aftertaste Excellent.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aged 1 year (2012 vintage, batch ?): I was really hoping that this would be light on sourness... Something happened in my gut last month and I haven’t been quite the same. This ale from JP aged well for such a low ABV. Dark orange with a foamy, tinted white head, it sports some dark sediment that looks alot like cinnamon at the bottom of the glass. It smells a little sour, but not as harshly as you’d expect, with flowers and perfume even stronger than the sour character. It’s warm on the palate, a little fruity in flavor with that same rosy perfume character in the mouth. Fortunately the sourness doesn’t weigh down my belly. It’s still sour, though, and tart as well. Light bodied, but full in flavor and matured nicely after a year, this would be pretty good if you enjoyed sours. I used to, don’t much anymore.
evapjep (3) - Castle Rock, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pumpkin is so subtle I am not sure I could tell, this is a bit sour - but that not a bad thing. A bit of carbonation adds to the interestingness of this. I was expecting something else, but I like it.
rederic (2790) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, blend 7, bottled 09-10-2012,. Cloudy amber hue, with a huge pillowy white head, with a nice yeasty, wild bretty, funky, doughy, spiced pumpkin pie nose, with some wet oaky barrel, faint musty pumpkin skin, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon spicy notes, with some light tart, faint lactic, wheat, pale, toasted malt sourness accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice funky wild yeasty, doughy, zesty juicy citrus acidic, pumpkin skin, cinnamon. clove, nutmeg spicy character, with some mild fruity apple sauce, ripe apple, faint rhubarb tartness, white wine tannin, oak vanilla flavours, leading towards a mild funky wild yeastiness, citrus, acidic juiciness, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove spicy pumpkin pie, lingering vanilla oakiness, light sourness finish.
rodenbach99 (2800) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille de 750ml avec capsule métallique. Bière du Blend 7 embouteillée le 09-10-12. Bière orangée avec une mousse blanche qui offre une belle tenue. On voit qu’il y a de la citrouille par cette robe. Le nez est un parfait mélange de citrouille grillée et d’épices de tarte à la citrouille et de levure sauvage, des microbes. La bouche est tout aussi délicieuse où les épices et les levures se complètent à merveille dans ce décor d’Halloween. La finale sur les notes de muscade, de clou, de macis et de brettanomyces me fait remarquer que la bouteille est vide et que je devrai attendre une éternité pour en boire un autre. Un exemple parfait de la Pumpkin Ale.
tectactoe (656) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: hazy orange color, expected for a pumpkin beer with a beige head that slowly settles to a timid collar. Aroma is tangy pumpkin spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, light cocoa dust, & a mild inclusion of oak & critters that plant a decent amount of funk with some gentle tartness in the back-end. Taste follows along just like a pumpkin beer with typical pumpkin spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger... only there’s a nice backbone of oak barrel, cotton & hay funk, & a nice tartness that finishes things off. Very signature JP in the funk character with slight vegetal flavors here & there. Nice take on the pumpkin beer style.