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Artisan Golden Ale. Ale aged in oak barrels. Barrel aged & bottle conditioned. Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle. Oro de Calabaza is brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of special golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast. Please enjoy our beers in good health, Cheers and Mahalo plenty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2011 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles although I had this at Schroppy’s gathering but confused it with Calabaza Blanca and didn’t 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 I’m 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 isn’t 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 I’ve personally rated higher. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Granted this doesn’t score low, but this has to be one of the most underated brews out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Golden colored beer with a small, white head. Sweet spicey nose. Very easy drinking beer. I don’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2005
This was really nice,man after I poured it everyone just looked at each other and started nodding their heads.Loads of sweet fruits,less on the hops.Rich in syrupy,fruity malts and a dash of hops on the back of the tongue.Thanks to Styles for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Ap: Golden color. White head with decent lacing. Aromas are yeasty, peachy, perfumy, hay, spicy, this smells really good for a biere de garde. Flavor is spicy, fruity, herbal. mmmmmm. Palate is very appealing. This is a monster of a beer given the price.
Had more of this. Still great. Mmmmm. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle acquired in a trade with TAR. 2004 bottle. Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas and tastes of light oak, wood, pepper, and yeast. Nice spiciness to the aromas and tastes. Can’t wait to get my hands on some more of Jolly Pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2005
04.11.05 750ml bottle thanks to jtw. Golden pour with dingy hints and average white head. Aroma has traces of banana throughout a boozy and tropical breeze. Body is just less than full with sharp and tingly eff breaking it up. Delicious blend of tropical fruits, dates, light berry, herbal notes, peppery yeast. Outstanding example of the style, more exciting than most. I’m really liking the house character of JP, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2005
Poured from a 750 ml bottle with a huge off white head. The aroma is sweet brown sugar with some hints of nutmeg and toffee. There is also a grass or hay freshness here. The taste has fresh nutmeg and prunes. There is also a little bit of grass in the finish. There are hints of apples that make me think of fall. The mouthfeel is very soft and shows the quality in the product. Wow, I will have purchase more Jolly Pumpkin when given the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2005
Pours cloudy golden with the big belgian inspired head and a lasting creamy off white colored head. Aroma is very inviting with notes of yeast (lots of this), esters, spicy, and a bit of citrus hoppiness. Flavor is full flavored big Belgian with some up front fruiy esters, delicous big yeast flavors, also enjoyable malt sweetness under the other bigger stuff. The finish is dry and yeasty. The mouthfeel is lush and full. I think any fan of belgian styles would enjoy this fine ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Hazy, golden amber with a volumptuous, white head. Peach flesh, spicy coriander, biscuit malts, spicy, earthy hops, clove, wheat husks, light grains, grains of paradise and some fruity esters. The body is rather robust but drops out slightly at the finish. The flavor profile starts out spicy and almost sharp, before becoming slightly more subdued and elegant. The hops and spices join forces to counterbalanced the mellow, subtle malt and seem to dominate. Allowing this one time to breathe and settle in the glass brings out more of the layered malt body and robust flavoring. Despite this, the combination of spicy hops and peppery spices are the showcased feature of this beer. The finish is slow and elegant, just slightly warming with the only hint of alcohol. A tasty beer. I prefer La Roja to this, but it’s still darn good. Way to go Captain Ron!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2005
750 mL, capped bottle: glowing bronze. Starchy, white, sticky cream – thin, though persistent. Full, seemingly flowing aroma filled with cantaloupe, bananas, a lightly spiced clove effervescence and strong perfume. A bit alcoholic on the tongue, but is subdued by a mild yeast character, smooth sugar and juicy melons. Palate offers an interesting twist – creamy while being very carbonated...Moist and juicy, this one doesn’t disappoint, though I am not sure how to classify…a treasure to be sure.

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