BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice fruity, mild aroma. The beer was a light golden hazy color with a small creamy white head. The flavor was mild at first and as I continued to drink it, the fruitiness and spices came out more. It was very easy to drink. Highly carbonated, light as it is going down,
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barleyís Alehouse #2 - Pours hazy golden with a short white head that fades quick. Aroma of lemon, yeast, and sweet tarts. Flavor is quite sharp, tart, citrus, sour, yeast, bread, and some spice. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated and feels o.k. but the sourness was so unexpected in this one for me it was tough to overcome. Iím a tad disappointed because I liked the other 2 Jolly Pumpkin beers that Iíve tried so much...
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Didnít care much for this. Hazy golden color with a fleeting off-white head. Aroma of citrus peel, spiced bread, caramel, and bourbon. Fizzy and syrupy in the mouth. The flavor held the citrus zest and alcohol. Not my preference.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks great - with such a large fluffy head! Oh boy, and a delightful-looking bright yellow, slightly cloudy body. Very tart, citrusy aroma. Full-bodied. Sharp flavor, not any distinguishable pumpkin flavor. Highly alcoholic burning as it goes down. Slightly sweet and slightly sour. Interesting brew.
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I bought this beer dispite its terribly cheesy label - very hazy golden pour with lots of rising bubbles, feeding a large, lasting, creamy white head - spicy, peppery aroma, with lots of citric tartness, grain, earthy notes - flavor is very spicy, with lots of lemon tartness up front, waking up the palate - but this mellows and makes way for sweet orange peel, ginger, various spices I canít indentify, tropical fruits - white pepper, hops and bready malt in the finish - lively carbonation keeps the tongue working - pretty good stuff.
Kevin (2050) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
just finished helping the uncles build a duck blind. drank a couple bottles of nosferatu, a few coors lights, have pieces of wood and plastic in my hair and clothes. i crack this baby open. pours a murky dark yellow that looks like the color from inside a peach and a great big marshmallow and happy dream cloud white head. wow, the aroma is wheat, yeast, lemon, pepper, watermelon, and banana with a few fresh biscuits mixed in. oh my fucking religious deity this is good. i donít know if i can describe the cornicopia of pleasant flavors. lemon, orange, sugar cane, hot tea, mango, ginger, tabasco, carrots, honey, corriander that lingers into the finish. speaking of the finish, this leaves agreat woody taste with the afore mentioned corriander and orange slices too. i like the acidic needly attack on my tongue, this is a damn winner.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours out a cloudy golden yellow color with very minor white head. Nose is doughy, yeasty, with hints of citrus and spice swirling around. Flavor is similar, but the barrel aging seems to pop its head out a little more, helping some alcohol show up with the mild hops, pepper, and even some sourness.
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured the cloudy yellow Iíve come to expect from good belgian strong ales. Lots of carbonation and a thick creamy head. Smelled like mixed nuts. Tastes about the same a Duvel curaco and spice, a better finish if that is possible. Now I know why this beer took gold @ GABF
UnsofistaCat (234) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Snow white head. Wheat beer in appearance, just a tad cloudy in a good way. Smells strong of pears. While some have inexplicably found it to taste ďtypicalĒ, the exotic taste blew me away. In some ways, I found notes of sun tan oil: coconut, Curacao orange. Yet, these island notes are strangely mixed up with a nostalgic old basement taste off set by vanilla. I know my description of this is moronic, I canít help it. This is a beer that needs to be tasted by the world. Follow up: i have tried it again and decided that there is a little too much alcy-burn. lowered accordingly. lowered again...every new one gets more sour and acidic
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím having trouble deciding if this is my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer or not - Iíve had to have a few bottles of it now; it seems to have the malt and spice flavors of a good tripple, and also some sweet malts and herbal notes that remind me of biere de garde...Ok, I guess maybe this is my favorite Jolly Pumpkin brew (for today at least..)(well, no, maybe itís the witte....). As with their other beers, this has the bonus of adding a layer of barrel aging that seems to integrate nicely into the mix. Excellent palate - smooth but filled with tiny bubbles, bursting with flavor.