tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Wow... the aroma screams Jolly Pumpkin. Capn’ Ron has his hands all over this one! Funky yeast and perfumy hops. A bit of earthy minerality. Rose hips, some lilac and lavender. The dryness of the wood and the funkiness of the yeast keeps nagging and reminds me that this is not your average pale ale. The hops, yeast and barrel really come together for a beautiful aroma. A gentile pour yields a thick, hazy copper beer with a frothy white head leaving a decent amount of streaky lace down the sides of my glass. Flavor is fairly clean. Soapy and floral hops. A bit of dry gravel. Pretty much bone dry from the hops with the pale malt base hiding in the background. Definite dry oak tannin on the backsides of the tongue. Medium bodied but quite creamy with a nice lacto feel on the tongue. Finishes neither bitter or acidic but rather with a nice lactic tartness.
This is a really unique beer. Floral hops, funky yeast, pale malt and barrel aging all play rather nicely. The beer is insanely drinkable with plenty of flavor. Thanks for the treat Kevin!
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Sputyen Duyvil. Poured a hazy brown color with an fluffy off white head. Fruity oak malty aroma. Caramel light hoppy notes. Apricot floral citrusy malty flavor. Coriander notes. Full bodied. Mild tart funky taste. Well balanced. Finish is dry. Very drinkable.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy sienna brown color with a massive, spongy, cream colored head. The rocky foam settles slowly to a densely patched blanket, with sticky, broken sheets of lace coating the glass well. Aromas include a strong bretty overtone, with notes of fermented peach, orange peel, coriander, light caramel, and a surprisingly strong floral hop presence. Heaps of funky oak show in the nose as well. Some of the fruitiness drops out in the flavor, turning more towards a traditional Belgian pale with a massive brett and dry oak influence. The flavor actually reminds me of an "imperialized" version of Bam Biere with a good deal more floral hop presence. Young Orval also comes to mind. Medium-plus in body and delicately carbonated, the mouthfeel is dry to the point of being almost parching. I’d be very interested to see what some aging would do here. Signature Jolly Pumpkin all the way, this is another winner from Ron Jeffries.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by MI2CA. Pours amber working on brown with a sticky white head. Fruity, perfume aroma with a touch of oak, peaches, and some dusty notes. There quite a bit of oak and hops in the flavor with maybe a bit of a brett note. Medium/full bodied with average carbonation, and a dry finish. Really good beer, but I’m not sure that its worth what Ted told me he paid for it.
Pailhead (5076) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma is floral with some tart cherry and faint caramel. It pours a hazy amber with some sediment and a large off-white head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel and faint cherry. The finish turns to moderate floral bitterness, oak, and faint tartness. It’s medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange-copper pour with a huge rocky off-white head. Sour, floral, oaky aroma. Lots of sourness right upfront in the flavor with some oak, citrus and a touch of caramel. Medium body with lots of carbonation.
jtw (1117) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle (i think?) a slightly hazy orange-copper with a bubbly off-white head. cascade hops and tart jolly pumpkin house aroma (yeast and barrel) - bready malts and brett, and it hardly can be considered a pale ale, at least not in the american sense. not outright sour, but approaching sour and with more time in the barrel or bottle, it might get tarter. smooth, lightly bitter flavor with some grapefruity citrus and the tartness is well-balanced. dry woody finish, reminiscent of bam biere, one of my favorites.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my friend rose who brought this back from a trip to NYC! Classic jolly pumpkin aromas, tart citrus, great brett character in the nose. Pours pale blonde with a thick white head. A good bitterness with good brett flavors, mild funkiness, with a sweetness. It reminds me of something between Oro de Calabazza and Bam with a hint of Orval. Pretty good beer!
Tmoney99 (11093) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at MBGF Summer08. Poured hazy copper color with a large fizzy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture. Medium sour flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.