Jolly Pumpkin Spring Sour
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
A blend of Bog Beast (contract brewed by JP for Tortuga Ale Company), Fuego del Otono (Autumn Fire), Bam Noire and Berserker (contract brewed by JP for North Peak Brewing). This beer is available in draft format only at Jolly Pumpkin Cafe and Brewery Ann Arbor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sarro (134) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Was able to enjoy this one a few times over the course of some weeks. I’ve heard two different lists of Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak beers blended into Spring Sour, but it’s basically composed of Humongous Imperial Red Ale, Bam Bière Farmhouse Ale, Berserker Strong Ale, Noel de Calabaza Special Holiday Ale, and some spoiled, year-old aged Bog Beast Porter all thrown into a sour barrel. Pours a dark hazy red with a small head. Smell is full of dark fruit and lots of classic JP funk. Taste is very similar to the nose with plum, fig, and dark fruits dominating alongside a nice malty background. It’s probably pretty accurate to call this a Flanders Red. Finishes pretty acidic, but not too heavy as it’s definitely a good beer to enjoy during the hotter months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2011
growlered, thanks to bu11zeye, murky copper red color with no head, aroma and flavor are nice woody sour cherry, pinot grape, chalky fruit finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Growler. Reddish brown in color with no head. Wonderful tart cherries and funk aromas. A very mild sourness with all kinds of tart stone fruits, caramel, and acidic flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Growler…Clear burnt-orange ale with no head. Funky sour cherry, white oak, leather, and caramel aroma. Medium-bodied with nearly expired carbonation. The flavor provides sweet caramel and toffee, funky sour cherry acidity, a gentle squeeze of lemon and woody, tannic bitterness. Not sour; barely tart. Balanced very decently. Finishes tangy, moderately bitter and tongue-numbing. Thanks to the ever-generous 50belair for this flip-top growler of JP goodness!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3496) - Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2011
This is a slightly hazed brown. Nice funk in the aroma. This is early in the souring process because it’s not exactly tart, but there’s an excellent quirkiness from the wild yeast. Good intro into sours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Draft. Aroma has notes of sour brett, cherry, citrus and leather. Great nose. Deep red hue with a large lasting head that left wonderful lace. Gorgeous. Flavor is medium/heavy sour and medium sweet. Palate is medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth to drink with a sharp acidic finish. I lost myself just looking at this beer; beautiful. I loved the nose as well. Would love to try this again. A good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2011
A growler via Kyle thanks to the best crew around! Pours a clear reddish amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces nicely. Aroma is quite acidic with stone fruits, some signature JP funk and a hint of sweet grain. Flavor starts with sour stone fruits and funk with a growing acidic note that becomes a bit harsh. Despite acidity, drinks nicely.

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