tightslice (1182) - 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.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a murky copper color, topped with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma of wild yeast, soap, oak, malt and spice. Flavor is very enticing, with spice and malt nicely complimented by wild yeast, wood, and floral notes. Nice beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 256. Not a gusher like most of JP’s beers! Pours a hazy, dark mahogany color with an average, off-white, creamy, pillowy head; it settles after good retention to a small, pillowy, frothy layer and leaves minimal tight lace. Nose is certainly JP-esque with some sourish notes; certainly some sweet grain notes and rich caramel make up the malt base with some overtones of overripe cherries, sour vinous white grapes, and and almost pickled note bring the tart citric notes. Other notes include, white pepper, sage, ginger root, anise, doughy and lightly musty yeast, and faint vanilla oak notes. Flavor is similar but is rather quick to disappate from the tongue and not as complex. Flavor starts mildly tart with overripe cherries, vinous white grapes, and light sour apple, then some caramels, sweet grains, and musty yeast filter in, and towards the finish lighter notes of sage, ginger, faint buttery notes and faint white pepper find their way in to the mix. Palate is nice for the style with a perfect medium body, nearly lively carbonation, and a silky feel with a quick drying feel as it progresses. Finishes fairly quickly with the tart notes fading to just a light overripe cherry note and a dry oak and sage note finish it all. Certainly a very drinkable, somewhat refreshing, and quite complex beer. The more I had, the more I seemed to like it. Biere de Mars seemes to be one of those styles that takes the malty, aged qualities of the Biere de Garde and adds some tart, refreshing qualities making it a beer you want to drink more and more.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to rater Styles: who for some reason has not yet rated this beer, for sending it down my way!
Pours a foggy brown darkly hued amber with a bountiful rocky tan head. As all Jolly Pumpkin’s this beer laces the glass like spraying a can of insolating foam. The aroma has an earthy maltyness to it… plenty of biscuity malts and oaked character. The flavor shows itself, as a most authentic recipe should. I find that the nutty malts and gentle spice are most prevalent, some black peppercorn and rosemary rest beneath the suggestions of toasted all-grain bread, walnut, and Brazilian nuttiness. There is a barn like character that is easily noticeable here… leather, dried hay, and musty stagnant air help develop the complexity. The body is porous yet lively, rather velvet like. It hops around so much on the palate that it leaves an arid finish. As noted… This is about as authentic as it comes. More authentic than 99% of imports that I have sampled… which says a lot about Jolly Pumpkins brewer.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ross. Coppery brown, small bubbly off white head that settles quickly. Fruity aroma with a a background of wood and spice. Medium body supported by a light tingly carbonation. Sweet fruity flavors quickly take a back seat to a pleasing sourness that continues into a tangy finish which is helped out by some drying bitterness. I’m not a big fan of sour ales, but I found this pretty good.
Hangover (1129) - oxford, Georgia, 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.
ARH (1124) - 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.
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.
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.
krumbum (1105) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy brown with a light head. Light woody grain scents. Light great grain sour that fades to a light charcoal. Dry finish for a sour.