cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of northernbrews and redlight! Pours a ruddy amber, creamy frothy off-white head, some lacing. A soft funk on the nose, a touch of tartness, fruit, barrel, and some vanilla. In flavor caramel, a soft tartness, tannins, puckering, La Roja with more barrel (but not an increased tartness). Restrained acidity compared to more recent JPs with extended barreling and perhaps showing its age as there is a slight softness to it overall. Very glad to get to try this!
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Northernbrews. Pours an orange color with a musty fruit aroma. Flavors are bitter lemon with some caramel and funk. Lots of signature JP sourness. Delicious.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to Northernbrews for hooking it up!!!!!!! i’ve almost tried this beer twice always missing it by a few minutes just staring at the empty bottle!! Big oak, pineapple, sour cherries, vanilla and eathy funk. Pours cloudy orange with a thin white head. Tart funkiness upfront, followed by smooth vanilla, tart citrus, kumquats, orange peel, with tart strawberries. Man this good, i love this brewery so much!!
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another awesome JP from northernbrews at the C&P Throwdown. Pours a super cloudy caramel color. Super thick foam ring head that stays for the duration. Nose is big with lots of wood and apple and cherry. Some sourness on the nose but nowhere near what I was expecting. Taste is a little watery perhaps because any hops from the Bam Biere blended would be long gone by now and to be frank I dunno when this was bottled. Quite tartly sour up front with no vinegar, lots of apple and cherry in the middle and finishes with a very woody note and a shot of acidic sourness. Apple and cherry skin flavor lingers in he mouth. Amazing but not as good as La Roja Reserve.
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Cloudy brown with an off white head. Aroma is sour apple jolly ranchers, leather and funk. Flavor is a bit thin but has some nice yeast, meat and funk mixed with some fruitness.
PhillyBeer2112 (2641) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FRO Throwdown: Hazy caramel color. Oaky and deep sherry, caramel. Nice and funky sweet.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy northernbrews. Hazy mango pour, thick film of white head and lacing. Soft brett nose, with cereal and sweet malts, some brown sugar. Sweet and bretty flavors, oak and some delicious molasses/caramel. Smooth, thick and rich, and balanced.
pimpp (8) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at RoyMunson’s house along with FtownThrowDown. Thanks for having me over :) Big thanks for bringing this, Steve. I never thought I’d get a chance to try any of these.
12oz. brown bottle, Batch 1, poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a plum flesh copper with some hazing. Short head on the pour that lasts a bit. Some light lacing.
S: Plenty of cherries from the La Roja, pleasantly tart. Great assertive, yet somehow soft JP funkiness. A bit of woodiness from the extended barreling.
T/M: Much of the same from the nose. Just a touch of alcohol creeps in on the edges. The oak and vanilla comes out quite a bit more than in the nose. Very delicate all around but very tasty. The brett has definitely continued to do it’s work. Body is medium light to medium and the carbonation has held up rather well considering its age.
D: Maybe the best of the night. Very drinkable thought basically unattainable.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, aged over two years, generously sent my way by Styles. The body is an extremely cloudy, dark auburn hue that pretty much matches the same shade as La Roja. A frothy, cream colored head settles to a thin, bubbly layer. Skinny, random flares and small, distant spots of lace mark the glass. Aromas include sour apples, tannic grape skins, saturated, old oak, vanilla, and hints of caramel. Of course, what would the nose be without the signature, bretty funk of the Jolly Pumpkin yeast profile. The flavor is a bit more mellow than I expected, a unique lactic creaminess and heaps of vanilla smoothing out the sour orchard fruit notes. Still, sweet-tart candied apples impart a very La Roja-esque twang, while powdered cinnamon lends a spicy earthiness. The brett funk is subtle, but present, working very nicely in this blend. Medium bodied and semi-dry, a light fizziness tingles underneath the tongue. Great beer, like most of their offerrings, but this is probably getting on in age. Drink ’em now if you got ’em!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by pepsican. Thanks for bringing this one! Poured a clear medium orange color with an off white head. Fruity candy, yeasty bread dough, oak, and a whiff of tar graced the nose. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet. There was also minimal acidity. I tasted baking spices, a hint of cider vinegar, and a measured dose of funk. God stuff.