Hangover (1123) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour with a nice looking white head that retains nicely Aroma is spicy with some sourness and apple. Taste is nicely carbonated making it seem fuller than it really is. Malty middle leading quickly to a tart, bitter finish. There is quite a long finish where I picked up some oak, yeast and dried fruit. Slightly acidic. Pretty good.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour was cloudy and brown with an ample off-white head. The aroma was a touch of sour fruit, light funk and plenty of spice. The flavor was also predominately spicy with some funk and sourness coming through from time to time. A relatively thin body that was fairly dry. I was a bit underwhelmed with this offering.
ARH (1118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, poured into a balloon snifter. The aroma is oak and sour cherry with a warm bake spice and pie crust, along with some caramel adding to the mix late. The beer pours a murky amber with a thick, white soap head that has a moderate light retention and only a light, runny lace. The taste is a balance between medium sweet and sour with a slightly less potent (although still present) bitter; it has a nice overall roundedness. The beer is oily with a soft fizz and a medium body. The taste is dry, sweet, tart plums, cherries, and a hint of citrus with a light woody smoke, light caramel, and a swallow that has a zesty, zippy clean quality with a bright toffee flourish. It finishes clean with a resinous character and a taste of light, sour citrus, candy apple, candy corn, and a dry rye bread which lasts only a short time leaving just a touch in the aftertaste.
tightslice (1115) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is mild musty things, animal horns, stone fruits, dried apricots, underripe cherries. Taste is tart underripe cherries, fermented strawberries / stone fruits and bone dry, oakiness. The pre-cursor to all things Prairie Artisan Ales but not as wild.
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2015 One of the best Jolly Pumpkin beers I’ve had. Really funky and weird. Very refreshing. Will definitely be getting more of this.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ML bottle: Medium amber w/ no head. A thin ring forms around the top of the body, but does not have a head. Seems as though it would be white though. Oak wood aroma is immediately noticeable as is the Jolly Pumkin yeast twang/brett aroma. Malt is lightly grainy, but mostly just oak & yeast character. Lightly toasty & bready as it warms and the yeast becomes a little peppery, but all other aromas are fairly light. The beer is fairly dry from start to finish. Very oaky and wood tannin like in the flavor. Very immediate taste is lightly sweet w/ a light tart fruitiness. A light cinnamon taste comes around mid palate from somewhere, maybe the yeast. Aftertaste is dry, oaky, and lightly toasty malt. Lighter medium body, medium high carbonation, light warming alcohol. Definitely not my favorite JP beer. Others have been good up until this point, and it’s not a bad beer, just a bit 1-2 dimensional IMHO as far as complexity goes. Could us some aging to mellow out the oak character.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The most incredible label my eyes have ever feasted on, stunning.
Now on to the more important feast. Pours a hazy bronze with a tall and rocky off white head. Retention is marvelous and the lacing is too. Aroma is somewhat mellow. Well that’s different, I think someone may have replaced my Jolly Pumpkin with Castelain. Oh, wait, here it comes. A delicate bouquet of light spice, doughy yeast, soft woodiness, vanilla beans and plums awaits further observation. Flavor to follow is sustained by a brief hoppiness that recedes to reveal a soft and creamy mouthfeel writhing with complexity. Tastes of whimsical fruits and spices, oak, leafy earthiness, honeyed maple and caramel. Another unique perspective from Ron, I can always count on that. Alcohol is deftly cloaked. Medium body, carbonation present is soft and pillowy. Finish is crisp and slightly bitter, not displeasing in any regard. Lovely way to ring in the springtime. I could never understand how a seasoned afficianado couldn’t adore the creativity and more importantly the masterfully created recipes coming out of this little brewery.
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from the bottle (1pt 9.4oz0 bought at a store. poured a reddish color, with a beige head. aroma, sour, orange, floral, as it warms some anise and malt comes out. flavor orange, cherries, caramel , yeast, did get just a touch of wood. nice clean and dry finish.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Amberish color with a beautiful funky earthy sour aroma and taste. This is one great funky beer.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Poured a muddy brown with an off white to no head at all. Aroma is earhty mostly dirt and some atic must. Flavor is very little... some cardboard, some nothing, some its own mix. No sour at all here, possibly vanilla and possibly oak since it has some earth, but more like dirt. Ridic smooth like I know some top quals are, but still just eh.