otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I must confess, as I am want to do, that the first time I heard of the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery from Dexter, Michigan, I thought they must be crazy to brew Halloween beers all year long. Yeah, I went there. Thankfully, that horribly ignorant mistake has been corrected and I both know and love Jolly Pumpkin for who they really are: an artisanal brewer of fine barrel-aged sour ales. There were 2 buzz words in there. Did you catch them? No? Let me point them out to you then: barrel-aged and sour. Let us now dive into their wonderful world of artisanal ales with the Perseguider, a blend of Oak Aged Sour Ales.
Hazy orange with brownish hues and no head though a gathering of big bubbles seem to have convened at the center of his precipice. I waste no time in nosing her bouquet for all she is worth; a wet nose is a happy nose. Pineapples, kiwi, apple skins, aloe, salt, pepper, granny smith jolly ranchers all served with a pinch of sunshine and soft leather. An amazingly tropical nose, but very stingy on the sour esters which hopefully will be rectified in the palate. My first quaff is thin, a little too thin if you ask me, and light in both weight and impact. There is a sense of dry vegetable leafing, aloe palms, and a whisper of a tropical breeze carrying faint esters of fruits. No spice, no sour punch, and certainly not what I expect from Jolly Pumpkin. Iím rather disappointed. The Perseguider is OK, but nothing to write home about, especially for sour fanatics. One last quaff reveals a bit more as leather and spice lingers for a bit in the finish, and then all is lost.
Jolly Pumpkin usually brews damn good beers so I definitely wonít judge them based in this offering. Though for someone leery of that wonderful crack addiction known as sour ales, it may be right up your alley. Me, Iíll stick to their other offerings such as La Roja, Oro de Calabaza, Bam Biere, and so on. Iíd like to see Jolly Pumpkin go back and redo the Perseguider. It is a blend, after all, which means each blend can be different, and in this case, better than the last.
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My 1st beer of the MiBG Summer Fest 2009, Friday session: The pour was actually less than appealing, reddish muddy brown with almost no head. The aroma has notes of tart cherries, light funk, oak, herbal and earthy esters with a hint of chocolate and caramel. The taste is tart and twangy with nice light soft malt undertones. Expected JP yeast character that is earthy and bretty with dry woody notes. The mouth feel is soft yet mouth watering refreshing, dry finish but not bone dry. A lovely creation.
Beerman6686 (4293) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a murky brown color with an off white head. Aroma was tart, vineous, and a bir fruity as well. Flavor was sour, funk, light citrus fruit and some roastiness as well. It was hard ot wrap my head around this one.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap at the MIchigan brew fest. I really do like JP ales, and this one was amazing. Poured quite dark, but was very sour/fruity. I really like the fact that they brew beer that is completely different from any other "standard" styles. They really do take artisan brewing to the next level. Cheers!
deyholla (6568) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the MBG Summer Festival. Poured brown, mind of looked like maple syrup. There was minimal head. Aroma was sour with distinct grape and sour fruit notes. Flavor was tart and sour with fruit and dark undertones. Another good one from JP.
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this on tap at MBGSF 09. Another epic one from Jolly Pumpkin. It poured a very dark brown color with really not too much of a white head. Aroma was of course oaky and quite sour, but also a little fruity. Taste was really great. It was tart (a friend described it as pickle juice) and very strong. It reminded me of balsamic vinegar but also fruity in a way. Itís hard to put a finger on it...overall a very great beverage.
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in Portland... Thanks Chris. Pours a dark brown with a hint of an off-white head. Smells sour and a oaky. Sour and quite tart. Aromas of sour apples and oak. Quite fresh. Medium to heavy bodied. Very low carbonation. Sour finish with some berry aromas. Good.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Beer Engine Sour Ale tasting. Pours a dark brown/black with ruby tinges on the side. No head. Nose: cognac as is the flavor with that white grape/almost smokey aftertaste. Flat, slightly tart and crisp. Yum. The tartness is really present in the corners of the mouth which inspires you to keep sipping away.
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine during their sour ale tasting. Easily my favorite of the night. From what I remember, poured a dark red color (like a more transparent wine). Scent was unmemorable, but the taste was incredible. Very complex, with none of the overt-bitterness that turns me off of some sours.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I believe this was #4. On draft at buckeye beer engine. Aroma had a lot of funk and sour to it but was very complex. Maybe a little smoke and roast to it. Also some fruit notes to it.