jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 Rerate 3/20/06: Wow, I had this over the weekend and I must say that I have a completely different take on this beer. First it exploded out of the bottle. Super lively pouring forth. The nose was absolutely wonderful. Perhaps one of the best noses Iíve smelled. A tart apple, bitter, musty, horse blanket nose. Wonderful. I would get this beer again just to smell it. The flavor is nicely balanced with a strong sour taste up front and then it rounds out with a great sweet finish. Very light. White pepper, spices, sugar cookie, bread.
Distilled orange color. Sweet and spicey flavors with a thicky, near syrupy mouthfeel. Some citrus, grass hops in the end. The front end dough, cookie, bread flavors really dominate.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy with plenty floaties and billowy head. Spices in the nose as well as a light grassy hop aroma, hints of oak and yeast. First taste was like that flaming banana dessert, followed with a spicy hops rush. Very complex and rewarding. To think that, as these barrels are matured, the taste will gain in sourness, attitude, and complexity is reason enough to keep your eye on Jolly Pumpkin. This is an excellent beer that will continue to get better upon each batch!
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Orangey hue; thin head, but tight bubbles. Huge nose: earth, tea, flowers, and a little funk. Curiously strange. Fluffy, soft texture; very smooth. Nice and complementing balance of sweet, bitter and sour. Had some curious elements similar to that of a Heather Ale.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper. Provocative, spicy and peppery aroma with a huge dose of perfume and scents of vanilla, peaches, tangerines, flowers and herbs. Strange, fruity, complex flavor profile. Several notes of flowers, hops, pepper, light fruits and dryness and perhaps a hint of sauvignon blanc wine. A tasty beer for sure.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with fluffy head. Aromas of malt, banana, esters, candy sugar and coriander. Taste is light, smooth brown sugar, caramel, bubble gum and pepper. Good stuff..
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice murky yellow witha small head, good lacing. Aroma is very floral and alcoholic, sweet and strong. There are flowers in this for sure. Full malty mouthfeel. Floral hoppy taste. Alcohol is there, subtly. A very strange beer, but quite good.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to bleen for this one.
Opaque golden color with a small white head, this brew is pretty tasty. Itís has some tang on the roof of your mouth, but its creamy tongue feel and slightly sweet finish make it very enjoyable. Thereís definitely some fruitiness in the flavor.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting cloudy (opaque) peach-colored body topped by a thin off-white head. This is one of the densest beers Iíve tried in awhile, hitting the palate with banana and clove notes, opening up to reveal heavy spicing and phenols. After the initial yeast flavors orange peel and lemons create a sharp tanginess and a temporary saltiness. The sum effect is a thick apple or pear cider (not the alcoholic type but the kind you pick up at your local orchard). The oak becomes apparent on the finish. Thereís so much going on that the beer becomes a bit too "busy" to fully appreciate.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Provide to me by TAR, thanks jeff. Gold color, slighty hazy, white head. Aroma is some what reminisinent of a wit beer, yeasty, banana, sweet and a little spicey. Pepper comes through on the flavor and well some bitterness from the hops. Moderately dry finish.
TAR (2380) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shimmering gold. Caked-on bleached white head with webby lace. Boastful nose of perfume, candy sugar, white grapes, and tart passionfruit. Banana and phenolic esters couple with fruity belgian yeast and leafy undertones. Fluffy carbonation. Solid body. Opens sharply alcoholic with a full palate of bananas and cream. Creamy carbonation temporarily suppresses the harsh alcohol notes. Itís clean and airy enough, though, which curtails the sweet, under-attenuated candy sugar flavor. Juicy honeydew melon and soft phenols accentuate the understated brightness. Brisk alcohol returns to firm up the body alongside a flavorsome dose of minerals and gritty pear. Dry, abbreviated finish, devoid of any pale malt flavor, which contains a flash of leather, vanilla, meaty alcohol, and spicy, yet delicate, Hallertauer. Moreover, thereís little, if any, toasted wood flavor from the oak cask, where this was aged for a month. Scarce malt flavor and a rather prominent belgian yeast spark. If you go into this expecting a biere de garde, you will be disappointed. Itís more of a belgian strong pale, than anything else, but a very well-crafted one.