DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. Jolly Pumpkin has the most amazing labels. I keep saying that but it needs to be reiterated. Pours ruby red with a huge, fluffy, airy white head. Amazing lace. Aroma is cinnamon apple cider, JP funk, apple pie, spicy goodness. Spicy, smooth, tingly mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Not as sour or funky as I’d expect. A bit peppery. Not one of my favorite Jolly Pumpkin’s but good nonetheless.
theisti (3937) - Kansas, USA - AUG 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from MrBendo. Mostly clear orange pour with a big tan head. The head is very lasting, sustained almost the entire beer. Aroma is barnyard funk and sweet citrus. Taste is not nearly as sour as I had expected though it is nicely grainy and earthy. The citrus is in on the middle then blends nicely to the sour in the finish. The sour faded quite a bit as this warmed. Very refreshing beer. Thanks Todd.
shigadeyo (3637) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008
7/12/2007: Jolly Pumpkin Bière de Mars is dark amber-brown in color and has a foamy beige head. The aroma reveals yeast and oak. The flavor is sugary with lots of complexity including dark and dried fruits, spice (nutmeg and cinnamon?), bread, and berries. The flavor is also sour, musty, and dry all at the same time! It is really a great combination of flavors. This beer feels hightly carbonated in the mouth. I look forward to having this beer again in future.
750 mL capped bottle shared by tish. Thanks for stopping by Tish. It was good to meet you for the first time! Rating #183 for this beer... Rating: 7 4 7 3 15 = 3.6
6/06/2008: Biere de Mars (French Style Stock Ale) pours a hay amber color with a foamy beige head. The yeasty aroma has the usual Jolly Pumpkin mustiness along with a prounounced cherry-like presence and hints of vanilla and brown sugar. The flavor is somewhat dry overall (especially through the finish), but it is nicely balanced and complex. The recipe for the flavor includes: caramel maltiness, brown sugar, sour cherry, red wine, a sprinkle of something floral like perfume, some oft oakiness, yeast, a touch of vinegar, toasted bread, and weak char. The aroma is a bit more sweet than the flavor and the sour/tart/acicic qualities subside and mellow out as the beer warms. This beer has a medium body and a pretty smooth mouthfeel due to the fine carbonation. Overall this beer tastes a lot like I would image Fall would taste like if one could capture it in a bottle. For some reason in conjures images of fallen leaves and roasted acorns in my mind... Anyways, it is quite good with a refreshing level of tartness balanced by a firm level of maltiness. Delicious!
1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz bottle (7% Alc/Vol) from River’s Bend Wine and Spirits in Maineville, Ohio ($8.99+tax). Rating: 8 7 8 3 16 = 3.8
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 750 mL bottle from Stone. Opaque caramel brown with a creamy white head. Vanilla and caramel aroma. Slightly bitter wood and vanilla taste transitioning to a smooth oaky finish.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the 1st annual Stone Sour Festival 2007. Nice aromas of sour fruit and maybe some wood. Very good.
jrob21 (3492) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love these guys’ labels. This is one of my favorites. Nice yeasty, moldy, wild smelling ale. Says barrel aged but that is hardly noticeable but does give the flavor a little kick. Flavor is smooth, soft and slightly funky on the back side. Some hints of red fruits and citrus. Nice subtle one by these guys. Pours a clear brown color with big frothy off white head.
Strykzone (6860) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool bottle has the appearance of a wine bottle. An effervescent mouthfeel was a highlight of this Jolly Pumpkin offering. Kind of like sparklers going off. Head was big and soapy and was several shades lighter than the medium amber body color. Lots of sweet dark fruit in there. It is sweet and has hints of brown sugar to match the caramel malt. A hint of tartness manages to pop up. Definitely a quality beer.
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours an amber nut brown color with an enormous foamy beige head. Strong spicy aroma with nutmeg and peppery undertones. Taste is very spicy with hints of nutmeg, pepper, fresh yeast and dough bread. another spicy brew from Jolly Pumpkin.
vyvvy (5979) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 7/17/07 at a STL beer gathering. Pours nut brown with a fizzy light tan head. The aroma has berry fruitiness, yeast, sourness and lots of graininess. Medium / thin body with a moderate amount of sharp carbonation. The taste is very grainy and earthy with lightly dirty dry berries, lots of huskiness and a crispness to everything. The finish is very dry and refreshing with lingering dry berries and grapes. I love this brewery and wish their beers were easier for me to obtain. Big thumbs up to this beer and Jolly Pumpkin in general.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnished copper hue with a slowly receding creamy white head and steady carbonation. Sour cherries and an elegant musk come forth first. A sprinkling of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice follows. Dried grains are also present. The flavour is a little maltier at first than I’d have suspected, full of dark breads and wild berries, but that quickly fades into the sour cherries and soft funk that was to be expected. Spices are easily tasted but don’t offer unwanted dryness. Attenuation feels just about right, enough to stand up to the sour/funk with delving into super-dry lambic territory. Carbonation is very active and tight and there’s a gentle oiliness to the mouthfeel. Worthy of respect, but over shadowed by some of the JP counterparts.