RATINGS: 652   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Autumn Fire
Ale brewed with chestnut and spices
To catch a bit of soft radiance in each special bottle, we wait for fall colors to begin their bright and fleeting glow before brewing this wonderful ale under their autumn fire. Gentle amber malts lead smooth caramel notes, gently lapping against a shore of distant forgotten spice. A beer to contemplate and enjoy!

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tfredvik (1985) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
Medium amber body with a... hey, what’s that smell? A strong aroma of mint? Also gentle bretty hints. Lots of mint in the flavours as well, this is like drinking a mint bubblegum. Also herbs and a gentle wildness. A fun thing with the mint, but it’s just a bit too much for me.
[Sample @ RBNG14 Grand Tasting, Fredriksten festning, Halden ]

jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Big gracious thanks to schroppfy for the bottle. Ron Jeffries is doing wonderful things up there in the cozy town of Dexter, MI and this autumn seasonal is another testament to that fact. It looks fantabulous in the glass. Lightly murky amber with a lovely stark white head that leaves a great wake of lace as it descends the glass. The nose is funky, spicy fruit up front. As it opens up I get more barnyard and ripe fruits (apricot and chestnut). The flavor exhibits wood and some tannins but the meshing of funk and spice is the standout here. The palate is dry, prickly and fully attentuated. The chestnuts come in after the swallow and waft through my sinuses as an earthy nuttiness. Damn good stuff.

SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours a bright amber color with a small off white head. Nose is very spicy, coriander, light sweetness, some pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Taste is once again a nice belgian like spiciness. Has some light caramel notes, more coriander and nutmeg to it.

ebone1988 (1968) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Aroma is light sour, funk, skins. Appearance is amber golden, off white head. Taste is lightly sour, malt, bitter from hops (possibly) not much else. Mouthfeel is medium body and crisp carbonation. Overall, not real impressive for my first Jolly Pumpkin.

jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Murky amber with big, foamy, off-white head / Classic, complex Pumpkin nose of orchard fruit, herb & dry spice, caramel, and oak / Light to medium body, acidic and lightly tart, with great balance and dry, bitter finish / Flavors of green apple, unripe pear, lemon, chestnut, chrysanthemum, sage, coriander, caramel, oak, hay, and a mild dose of horseblanket / Great as usual.

Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle as shown, sampled in Montreal. Pours an orange body with barely any head. Tart aroma, some tart in the flavor - macadamia nuts. Extremely sessionable. Batch 336.

StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Sampled December 2005, with a follow-up session with tpkenned (where we had a whole bottle to ourselves) in January 2006.

Mostly translucent with a mild orange-copper color. Some miniscule bubbles form a bigger-picture, thick wrung around the sides of the tulip to serve as the head. Aroma, as always, is so f’in good. Sage, freesia, lemon husks and hints of hazelnuts sitting in chardonnay. Curacao and orange peel add extra dimension as a sweet, souring current courses through the nose and bridges its way into the mouth. Turning green grape skin graced with cinnamon imbeds a souring, near-tannic personality that livens with admirable effervescence. Articulated dance of caramel dipped Granny Smith apples help to embody the perfectly balanced sweet & sour relationship that provides an over-arching theme throughout the entire experience. Slight husk array with coriander scratch and a subtle, sullen hop regime to bring it back to its flawless artesian roots. Additional accents of pinot and sauvignon grapes and a dusty hazelnut crust are most prevalent in the finish, joined soon thereafter by orange rind scrapings (neglected for weeks) and subtle, subconscious turning pistachios. Such a flawless execution of all the appropriate souring dimensions along with seductive sweetening that consistently balances the brett-like nature from going overboard. Sheer delight. Another daunting, world class creation. Few things can render me breathless and speechless. The majority of such feats stem from Dexter, Michigan.

kathouse (1911) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Nice thin head coats this slightly hazy amber colored ale. Aroma is yeast and spice. Taste is strong fruit with a sweet finish. Mild carbonation and a light mouthfeel make the beer smooth. Some tartness distracts but you get kinda used to it.

williamstome (1898) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Opaque hazy gold with a white head. Aroma of apricot and peach, flavor of caramel and bubblegum. Smooth mouthfeel. Pretty good, but not my favorite JP beer...

Mjp12 (1892) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Light White pepper aroma, a zesty, refreshing green fruit flavour. Delicious .

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