FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 8-1-2011; Sampled June 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass almost produces a two-finger thick, light tan tinged head; the head leaves some wispy lacing on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is an amber color that shows a lightly hazy, pale amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart up front, but this mixes in evenly with an herbal, perhaps even citrus like character. The fruit character gets a bit more defined as I smell this; notes of melon, and a faint tropical fruit like character that suggests at lychee or some other floral / citrusy fruit (though any of these tropical fruit notes are exceedingly faint). There is a backdrop of whole grain crackers and dried straw, as well as a soft woody character that suggests of toasted wood planks, and perhaps a hint of oaky spice. The oak influence is actually a bit more pronounced, now that I have placed it, but it is not overly heavy or out of balance with the other notes. The oak character provides a toasted woodiness that works quite well with the pale malt aromatics here.
Lightly tart tasting up front, it gets a touch more tart as it moves across the palate. The sourness melds quite well with a herbal, somewhat woody, bitter hop note. There is an astringent oak character in the finish that also mixes with the bitter hoppiness. The beer is quite dry, but there is still a certain viscosity to this brew that keeps it from being anywhere near watery; this almost has a fullness or creaminess to it as it sits on the palate, but the finish is clean and light. The texture actually reminds me of the best that a Gueuze can be. The wood character is quite pervasive in the flavor (it seems accentuated by the hops), and also provides a sort of spiciness, a definite toasted quality, a fresh cut woodiness, and a definite roundness to this brew. The toasted oak accentuates some dried, pale grain character that is a touch straw like, definitely evocative of crushed pale malt, and has a touch of cracker like character to it. The tartness here is cleanly lactic in character.
As expected, this is quite a nice beer. I definitely like the mix of hops, oak and funky tartness that is here; this beer achieves a balance and finesse that is quite admirable, and beyond that is quite tasty. Another incredible beer from Jolly Pumpkin; I wonder if it was much more hoppy when it was fresh; regardless, I would be happy to have a few more of these to age. My second pour of this is a bit more murky, and the flavor follows suit, so if you can let this settle well and pour this all in one go.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Floral hops still present, citrus, wood, vanilla, and some citrus.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of wild yeast, lightly floral hops, grass, light citrus, and vanilla oak. Taste of grass, wild yeast, vanilla beans, wood, and lightly tart.
Damico (2214) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, over 2 years old and it held up so well with the hops and with wonderful development of the sour yeast. Aroma brings a bit of spicy hops, some tropical fruit, and a bit of sweet and tangy yeast. Pours thick and light hazy golden orange with a white head.
alexsdad06 (3857) - Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle sample at tasting (late 2011). Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor had some pale malts, woody herbal, grapefruit, some spiciness, tart, not overly sour, grassy, musty. This was interesting, but the finish was a bit soft.
madmitch76 (12241) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
15th July 2012
Very hazy amber beer, tiny white head. Light crisp palate, semi dry. Sourish fruits with a little seltzer minerals and a touch of white wine vinegar. The oak stops it from getting to pucker sour territory. Bit of lemon and brett in the semi dry finish. Nice but I could not drink a lot of this.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via a trade. Special blend 8-1-2011. Pours with a clear golden hued body with a small white head. Aromas are estery, floral, earthy, grassy, marmalade, hoppy, pumpkin seeds and spicy phenols. Flavors are hoppy, citric, funky, grassy, tangerine, medium earth, spicy phenol, dry and grassy. Lightly carbonic with lively carbonation.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours yellow white fizzy head. Aroma of tangy apple. Lemon taste sour apple light
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
The beer appears hazy and yellowish orange, with a quarter inch of white head. The aroma consists of brettanomyces, hops, citrus, funk. Good flavor, with lots of brett, a mild hop character, and some lasting citrus flavors. A good beer, I would have this again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-08-2011
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: An original golden ale that is rustic, woody, herbal, tart and mildly funky. Excellent Saison-ish wild beer
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed 7 months after the beer release (first batch, only batch so far). Bottle sent to me by sarro, huge thanks to my man Kyle
The look: Slightly cloudy golden-amber body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: The nose is hard to describe, not very intense, notes of herbal hops, tartness, wood, fruity notes of kiwis (!!) and other exotic fruits, rustic yeast. Taste is build on a bed of straws on which sharp and tickling flavors about, herbal hops spiciness, dried flowers, rustic dusty yeast, some lacto funk & tartness, lots of virgin wood (wood planks). Nice mouthfeel with a lively carbonation. The ratebeer style might a bit misleading, a JP classic like Bam Bier is classified as a Saison while this Lupulo de Hielo is classified as a sour/wild but to me it should be the other way around, this Lupulo de Hielo felt like a nice rustic Saison with a wild twist. Only slightly above average as far Jolly Pumpkin beers are concerned, but to me a slightly above JP offering is an excellent beer. I loved this beer, so guess who’s gonna drink a few more bottles of Lupulo de Hielo? Not me, I only had one bottle, maybe a dude called Raymond will, how would I know… I’m the one asking you.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wedding Rate thanks to deyholla brought to me at my wedding table. Thanks, dude. I miss having you around these parts. Pours a well hazed orange hue, deeper glow throughout the body in this light with a frothy whitish head atop, dies to a film and laces small. Aromas are heavenly, preaching lots of fruit, citrus and melon, touches of sour apple, yogurt, and funky farmhouse elements. Sour wheat, lively fruit nose really gives some life for me. Melon, tangerines, and a touch of white grape. Gentle oak, signature JP funk. Initial is medium bodied, a bit lighter as some effervescent carbonation tackles some richer sourness, acidic lemony citrus, grapefruit, and melon. Touches of apple, oranges, and white grape. Tart and sour, as the middle shows some good touches of florals, mellow funk, sour wheaty elements. Gentle oaky tannins. Bretty funk, yeast hang on into the backend with lingering slow waves of sour fruit coming in. Favorite beer of the day. Quite lovely.