jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 750 mL bottle. somewhat tart aroma floats above a sponge-cake-like head, and some fruit and spice shine through as well. no chestnut in the aroma, but there is definitely a nutty/woody flavor hidden behind the cinnamon and clove and yeast flavors which dominate. only 6.1%? it’s nice and sticky and warming - easily my favorite jolly pumpkin beer so far. cheers to this new brewery! 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. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2012
750ml bottle - $13.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Batch 899/900, Bottled 10-7-2011.
Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a clear, clover honey-hued body with a foamy, slowly receding, barely off-white head (though, the latter pours turned out quite clouded). Glass glaze of lace on the descent.
Smell: Simple sugar cookies, faintly sweetish, heavily marked by musty yeasty notes, tart-scented hard cider, citrus, very faint oak sprigs, additional fruity hints, soiled, unwashed herbs.
Taste: Sweetish sugar cookie hints with some slight caramel nuttiness. Big gulp of farmhouse cider with hints of strawberry and one drop of that bright red sauce that comes with the sweet-n-sour chicken. Oak character with a childlike gentleness about it. It’s got a tartness and some barnyard funkiness going on, but it’s very balanced within and amongst the other elements of this beer. Splash of salty, phenolic lemon juice. Tiny pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Ramping up of acidity on the dry, earthy finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Overall: As always, it’s another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. It’s quite tasty and very refreshing.
Bottle. Very hazy dark rust orange that’s murky ith a slightly offwhite head. Very squashy and actual pumpkin that moves into a alight earthy sourness for the aroma. Ripe sour yams, white grapes, slight funk JP style, leveled and just beyond my words. Lighter to medium body wih subtle carbonation. Pretty falco242 (398) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Little bit of a farmhouse smell with notes of the oak and wild yeast. Hazy golden pour with some lace. Fantastic blend of fruit with a subtle spice and the sourness is not overwhelming but makes the beer brilliant. Great palate and overall awesome beer.
JStax (6505) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy pale copper with a large, white head of foam. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is peppery and bretty with some ginger and tropical fruit and spices coming through nicely. Taste is sweet initially, but moves to a dry tartness, very reminiscent of an aged Orval. This beer is pretty damn good. I could see me getting a few bottles of this just to see how they do over time. Really good! joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pours hazy gold with white head. Aroma is lots of yeast. The yeast profile give lots of fruity sweetness with plenty of funk. Nice medium body malt profile. Extremely good. alliance100 (1152) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
750 ml bottle at Logans Alley. Wonderful amount of pleasant sourness with a nice hint of cinnamon and chestnuts. Delicious anytime of the year. Petkus331 (389) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Aroma of oak tannins and apple sourness. Appears orange brown, plenty of lace. Taste is amazing, tannic, sour, and roasty malts. Overall, great. UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2015
On tap at Beer Kitchen No. 1 in Kansas City, served in a snifter.
A: Arrived as a hazy orange brew, with a thick white head of tiny, tight bubbles that left not only good lacing, but distinct level markers for each sip.
S: Alas, I was at a restaurant with a kitchen, so my olfactory was running with a skeleton crew at best. What I was able to pick up were heavy citrus notes, sour and tart, and some hints of a wheaten grain bill.
T: Yes, definitely tart. This opens with a mixture of citrus fruit notes with the full sourness one would expect from such a medley, and that sourness does not relent. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine roll through, with some subtler hints of apple and green grapes, before a swell of farmland-esque funk comes in the middle. Beneath the tartness, there are notes of spices, the usual suspects for a mulled cider, though faint and muted. The finish is Mojave desert-level dry.
M: To be honest, I couldn’t really tell around the sour and tart, so I’ll just say there’s no issues there.
O: Intense without sacrificing complexity to do so, this is an interestingly sour biere de garde. Would repeat.