heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep golden. Aroma hints at pears initially, then a gently spicy note kicks in and finishes with a bit of a hop kick. honeyish hints. Gentle mellow maltiness, long and deep, hints of leather, whisper of oak/vanilla. Genlte and nice. I like this quite a bit and its a great way to finish my memorial day weekend, and i look forward to the opportunity to try more of Ron Jeffriesí wares. Thanks a ton Eric!
OldGrowth (2663) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from trade with Silphium. Good nose, sweet. Fruity, banana, lemon, almond. Clean brownish orange color, small to no head, though I poured last of it in a smaller glass and it was loaded with sediment and had a big head,small to no head. Sweet spicy flavors, Vanilla, almond, honey, pepper, lemon, grass, balsa, hints of clove, Medium body, oily viscous mouthfeel, bittersweet finish. Tasty brew, though one Iím not familiar with, enjoying it as it warms. Gonna have to try a few more in this style. Thanks Silphium
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy deep gold, creamy off white head. Nose was nice with spicy citrus, vanilla, lemon zest, and banana, with light wood and pepper tones. The flavor had decent balance with smooth citric hops, wood, and spices combining in every sip from top to bottom. Medium bodied, zesty carbonation, bittersweet spiced finish. Very good brew and worth a try, but the La Roja takes the cake...
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy with yeast sediments and other excellent sinkers. Lemon, perfume, caramel, and pepper, especially in the finish... Kind of surprised by my level of enjoyment on this weird baby. But I tend to agree that itís style is closer to a Belgian Golden than anything else.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Orange and hazy with a creamy head that retains well. Wonderful aroma, Tripel like in my opinion. Spicy, peppery nice hop aromas and a real sense of Belgian brewing. Effervescent mouthfeel and a medium to full body. Flavors also much like a Tripel, really nice.. spicy, peppery, fruity, Belgian-like. This is the best Iíve had from Jolly Pumpkin. Overall a damn fine brew unlike some other American breweries which pale in comparison. Jolly Pumpkin rocks! Perhaps not to style (Biere de Garde) but a top notch Belgian golden in my humble yet experienced opinion.
hopscotch (9162) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Hazy, deep golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, eggshell head. Excellent retention. The nose is a blend of lemon, bisquit, perfume and spice with gentle reminders of banana and bubblegum. The bitter-sweet flavor is of fuzzy fruit, vanilla, light oak and toffee. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, very astringent, dry finish. Generously hopped for the style. Still, a little too sweet for me.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 From the bottle, this pours out a hazy gold color with minute particles swirling about and a large creamy white head. The aroma is faint, floral with some heated spices underneath. The flavor is a soft toffee along with some citric tartness and peppery spiciness. The finish is mildly bitter and alcoholic. Interesting beverage, perhaps not quite true to style, but tasty.
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Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for sharing this bottle hopdog. The beer poured with a golden appearance. The flavor was quite spicy but sweet as well. Some light citrus flavors along with a caramel and vanilla presence. Unlike any other bieres Ive tried yet. It was simple but enjoyable
Pailhead (4818) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2011 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles although I had this at Schroppyís gathering but confused it with Calabaza Blanca and didnít rate it. Banana, yeast, spice, and some lemon. Pours a cloudy orange with some sediment and a nice white head and decent lacing. Very sweet with lots of banana. Woodiness seems to come more up front. Finishes citrusy and yeasty with some light hops. Lightly acidic.
Well, I realize that current batches of JP are becoming more and more "bug" influenced (which is great IMO) so Iím not suprised my description and rating has changed. Aroma has a lot a tartness with moderate yeast, lemon, fruit, pepper, and a touch of wood. Pours a hazy almost cloudy pale yellow with a creamy white head with some yellow tint and excellent retetention and lacing. Flavor starts with a quick fruity yeastiness that is quickly influenced by the brett tartness. The fruit combined with the sourness almost gives it a sweet tart flavor. There are some subtle hints of banana in the background. Finishes mildly peppery with some moderate floral notes. There is a touch of acidity. Alcohol isnít noticeable in the slightest. As often as I drink this, I never had a clue it was anywhere near 8%. Carbonation is lively but still manages a sort of creaminess rather than coming across as stingy. As close to a daily drinker as I could find. Either this or Bam Biere. This is so much better than the first time I had this. I would choose to drink this beer ahead of a few that Iíve personally rated higher. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Granted this doesnít score low, but this has to be one of the most underated brews out there.
jsquire (3467) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden colored beer with a small, white head. Sweet spicey nose. Very easy drinking beer. I donít know if the discription is adding the suggestion, but I can feel the pepper in this drink. Solid malt sweetness, balanced by the spice and hop finish. Excellent beer that could be on every table for any occasion.