Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Murky orange-brown body, medium off-white head. Fruity, spicy aroma- apples, pears, white grape, caramel, and pepper. Definitely tangy, sour, and woody, but punctuated by the bitter spicing. The flavor, interestingly, takes a 90-degree turn, with a very subdued sweetness rather than the syrupy sugars the aroma portended. Bready and lightly caramely, with rather strong spices (pepper and something else, but I’m not sure what), finishing with perfume/flower petals. Nutty, but is it the power of suggestion? The tangy tannins do display in the finish after a few sips, leaving a nice bite on the tongue. A few sips later, I’m picking up chestnut "meat" more strongly. Interesting. I think it’s about time to taste all of JP’s beers side-by-side. JorisPPattyn (9929) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
Deep, slightly hazy orange with a good, orangeish, persistent head, leaving some lace. End of bottle full of U.F.O.’s. Fruity nose with preserved oranges, faint strawberries, little bit vinous, and a faint, distant spicey spiking (orange peel, cloves, cinnamon bark). More complex than the taste, which is quite dry, spicey. Fruity, with again much citrus, but without any fruitsugars. There’s a retronasal sourness, wry, like crabapples and/or orangezest, slowly dissipating in the throat. This gets more marked warming up. Despite the dryness, there’s a fizzy MF present. Not very much body either. Compared to my only other JPAA, this is where Fuego d’Otoño slightly lacks. Then again, the beer is extremely drinkable. Very pleasing beer, with a great balance, but slightly lacking depth. OTOH, it makes up for one hell of a session ale. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours a brown-orange body with a white bubbly head. Great brett aroma along with apple fruitiness, yeasty pear, and wood notes. Earthy, medium carbonated body. Tasty bread and caramel flavours accompanied by some pear fruitiness. Quite dry and tart. Very nice and easy to drink. Purchased at Bello Vino, Ann Arbor in March 2006. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Sweet and sout aroma. Cloudy light brown color with a thin white head. Leaves a very tart flavor on the tongue but still ends very smooth. Maybe a little nuttiness, but i have no idea what chestnuts taste like. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Sample at Barley Island tasting Jan 20, 2007 - Bought at brewery Dec 2006 - Aroma is sour, nuts and berries with a caramel yeasty finish. Pours clear brown with a small head and no lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is thin and tart. Different and tasty, but not as good as I was expecting.
aracauna (3589) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Added one to flavor and one to overall. Upon a revisit it has a nice gentle spice and good yeasty back that makes all JP brews so tasty.
High carbonation, great funky aroma. The flavor and aroma are much the same as the other Jolly Pumpkins. Good beer, low malt. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2007
A ruddy, brown color with orange highlights and a thick, lasting, rocky, tan head. Aroma is mostly actectobacteria like a flemish red ale with some warm caramel and brady notes. Flavor has definite cooking spices dominating the profile that I did not get in the aroma. The acetic nose takes a backseat in the flavor but balances the beer nicely and there seems to be an earthy hop presence that shows itself on the palate each time you swallow. A few points off for simplicity and lack of unity between the flavor and aroma but I do like the CO2 level on this beer as it is not overdone like many of their offerings. He is definitely locking down on some solid stuff. ABUSEDGOAT (2733) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Thanks to mcbackus for this one. Cloudy dark orange pour with a huge head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is spices, yeast and oak barrel, hint of fruit and caramel. Well balanced and delicate, light tartness with a dry finish, medium body. Enjoyable. GRM (4019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9,4 ouces, purchased on February 18 2007, savoured on March 3 2007; eye: voluminous off-white head, oak color with caramel reflections, clear, light effervescence, some lacing; nose: nice woody oak, chestnut, alcohol, quite fruity, grapefruit, light caramelized malt, some yeast; mouth: unusual palette of flavours, chestnut, woody, caramel, oak, an unknown but quite present flavour, woody finale is lighlty dry with a hint of bitterness, lightly astringent, lightly sour, a bit thinner than I would have like, creamy teture, lightly bitter, medium body, not much carbonation; overall: good
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, acheté le 18 février 2007, savourée le 3 mars 2007; oeil : mousse blanc cassé volumineuse, chêne avec des reflets caramel, claire, légère effervescence; nez : beau boisé de chêne, marron, alcool, très fruitée, pamplemousse, léger malt caramélisé, un peu de levure; bouche : palette de goûts inhabituelle, marrons, boisée, caramel, chêne, un goût inconnu qui est assez présent, finale boisée légèrement sèche avec une petite pointe d’amertume, légère astringence, légèrement surette, un peu plus mince que j’aurais aimé, texture crémeuse, légèrement amère, corps moyen, peu carbonatée; en résumé : bonne rederic (3335) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2007
Hazy amber hue, with a big frothy beige head, leaving laces, yeasty, fruity nose, with wild yeast brettanomyces note, red pepper spiciness, green apple sourness, faint wet oakiness, with a citrusy, spicy aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, tart, flowery hop character, with a mild brettanomyces sharpness, toasted malt note, peppery spiciness, acidic grapefruit fruitiness, leading towards a malty, tart, floral leafiness and bitterness finish.