jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy light brown with white head. Aroma is of pineapple. Taste has notes of alcohol, more pineapple and I got a hint of banana. Medium/light body with very subtle carbonation.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brilliant translucent gold. Smells of sugar, bananas, and pineapple. Tastes of sugar, bananas, and pineapple, with a bit of yeast and apricot. Alcohol is surprisingly noticeable considering the reasonably low ABV. Oh, and if this is a Biere de Garde I’m the queen of freaking France.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to argo0: Slightly hazy amber color with a small white head and large yeast clumps in my glass. Aroma: fruit, banana, alcohol. Taste: Alcohol, banana, fruits, some notes of vanilla and oak too. Thin body.
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy dark, golden color with a medium sized, off white head. Aroma of banana, vanilla oak, and spicy mint. Taste was nutty, light citrus, more vanilla oak from the barrel. Finished dry and yeasty, certainly a different BDG.
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber body with medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, banana, pineapple, light alcohol (bourbon). Taste is moderately sweet, pineapple, strawberry, some raisin, some alcohol. Medium-full body, some syrup, light carbonation.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Hazy but bright golden with a decent frothy white head, The flavor is light to medium bourbon some sweet (banana?) . Flavor is quite nice. Good (typical? for JP) bourbon alcohol flavor, plus a good amount of sweetness plus some yeastiness. Tons of fruitness, pineapple, apricot etc... Full soft palate with a light alcohol burn towards the end. I am liking these Jolly Pumpkin beers.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. Barrel aged and bottle conditioned. Large fizzy white head, fair lacing, fast rising carbonation, cloudy, and a dark yellow hue. Aroma was malty, hoppy, fruity, and spicy. Malty, hoppy and spicy flavor. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Definitely worth a try!
jaymobrown (1649) - 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 I’ve 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 (1904) - 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 (3431) - 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.