tgncc (3140) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Nice aroma of fruit, squash, spicy, sour, vinegar, and notes of bread dough. The appearance is a hazy orange, white head. The flavor is like the aroma, more fruit, more vinegar, and caramel. The finish is both peppery and acidic/sour. Medium in body, slightly thin. Roughly like a cross between and belgian, a sour and a pumpkin ale. Very good. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
[Tap] Light orange pour with a small cap of off white foam. The aroma is of funk, pumpkin spices and lemongrass. The pumpkin is definitely there in the taste, but more subtle than you might expect. Soured grain, nutmeg, brown sugar and green apple notes are there as well. It’s an odd mix of flavors, but actually wasn’t too bad. It could have used a little more balance though. High carbonation level and a tad light in body. Not bad. User37895 (3042) - - NOV 29, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2010 Bottle from SL. Poured like an orange Orval. Smelled like a pumpkin Orval, some dry yeast, the pumpkin underplayed? Flavor was a bret, light fruits, faint pumpkin (in a good way), about everything you’d imagine a JP Pumpkin brew, but I just wasn’t digging the combo of bret sour and pumpkin. Go figure. Mouthfeel, fwiw, was like a typical dry JP bretty sour. Not bad. MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2010
Bouteille de 750 ml. Arômes d’épices à citrouille (cannelle, muscade), de chêne et de levure rustique. Belle touche citronnée. Robe orangée et trouble, légère dentelle et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, les épices sont à l’avant-plan, mais bien équilibrées par une belle touche citronnée de levures sauvages (on reconnaît la signature caractéristique de JP). Légères touches de céréales, de cacao et de bois. Finale légèrement acidulée. Une bière goûteuse, mais qui demeure facile à boire. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle courtesy of bulldogb04. Poured a hazy, warm golden amber with an average sized soapy white head. Nose is big on JP funk with notes of pumpkin pie spice, light cocoa, and a touch of lemon. Medium body with a prickly mouth feel. Flavor is tart with minimal sweetness, up front big malt and spicy yeast notes, midway through it opens up with a zesty lemon note, I get more spice then pumpkin but a definite vegetal quality. Finishes dry with a lingering brett note.
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Aroma: Sour, barnyard, pumpkin pie, allspice.
Appearance: Cloudy copper pour. Dense, tawny head with excellent retention and lacing.
T: Tart, horse blanket, allspice, pumpkin pie (slight). As the brew warmed, the pumpkin pie charcter increased a bit, though not as "pumpkiny" as some others of the style I’ve had, such as Southern Tier’s Pumking
P: Well carbonated, nicely dry finish, well-balanced.
OA: I’m a huge fan of JP’s ales, and this one is no exception. I’d class it as more of a sour rather than in the vegetable/spice/herb class. The pumpkin is muted and the sour really overshadows it. Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle enjoyed on Thanksgiving. Pours an amber orange with a large fluffy white head atop. Nose is coriander, yeast, sugar, and farmhouse. Taste is tart... sugary, lemon, citrus, slight yams. Good fizzy Jolly Pumpkin brew, not overly intense. WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle. Batch 610, Bottled 8-20-10. Pours a very hazy sediment infused yellowish orange color with a massive lingering foamy head. Flavor is lactic and slightly tart with hints of pumpkin spice. Light and fizzy on the palate, highly carbonated. Flavor is lingering mildly dry notes of pumpkin and cocoa. Interesting take on the style, but I’m not sure that I would know this had pumpkin in it if the bottle didn’t say so. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 23, 2010
bottle from phaleslu consumed with parents. pours a lightly hazed copper with a big pillowy white head. notes of soured bready pudding and spice notes. pumpkin is not so prominent. light lactic and acetic acid sourness. pumpernickel bread. super easy to drink. light. complex. well made spiced holiday brew. nice. Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Pours a cloudy orange copper with thick frothy head. Aroma is quite tart, almond. Flavor is is tart with notes of hay, grass. Not very much pumpkin flavor or cocoa flavor. Confused by the description and the actual beer.