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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Ok, so the joke was that Jolly Pumpkin doesn’t brew a pumpkin beer. Well, now we do. Just this one. Packed with real pumpkins, hints of spice, and a gentle kiss of cocoa to liven the soul. An everyday easy way to fill your squashy quotient. Guess now folks will have to find something else to joke about...

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3.8
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Tap at BT. Pours a hazed deep gold or lightish copper with a thinning head. Aroma is actually a nice balance of typical JP funky unique brett which has its own spice character of sorts- and then balanced with a modest and not overpowering pumpkin pie spice- cinnamon, clove, allspice, etc.- moderate sweetness and cracker with light dusty cobwebs as well. Flavor is toasty, good funk, bretty, with light pumpkin spicing, zesty tart twang towards the middle and end, with a slight cherry pie funkiness, and a mostly dry crackery finish. Not crazy good, but not nearly as bad as I was expecting based on some peoples thoughts on the beer (although they had super fresh). I think this will continue to evolve and perhaps get even better.

3.8
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Rating #2500. Dark brown pour with a thin layer of off-white head. Mild spice and pumpkin notes with a slight touch of that Jolly Pumpkin funk. The pumpkin isn’t the overpowering pumpkin pie spice but actual pumpkin flavor with a touch of spice to enhance it. Some lightly sour notes near the end with a mildly sweet and spiced finish.

3.7
drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2010
11/12/10. Bomber courtesy Tim! Funky, woody, yeasty sour aroma with a hint of pumpkin spices. Sour woody tannic flavor with hints of general squash and a dash of spice and chocolate. Nice!

3.6
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Draft. Pours brown with an off-white head. Flavor is pumpkin pie with JP funk. Definitely one of the better pumpkin beers I’ve tried, the tart notes are interesting.

3.7
Capa (3295) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Sour funk with light citrus, touch of spice, and refreshing fruit notes. Nutmeg, cinnamon, light cocoa, and tart fruits. A really nice brew.

3.7
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Gold, fluffy white head. Nose is JP funk, lemonhead candy, some light spices & cocoa. Flavor follows, with light tartness. The sample I had @ the JP Cafe in Ann Arbor seemed to have some lacto going on but I don’t get it in the bottled version.

3.3
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle, Batch 610 (8/20/10). Cloudy orange with a sustaining white head and bubbly lacing. Nose is quite fragrant with pumpkin and autumn-like spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, and allspice. Flavor is a bit flat, pumpkin and spices up front that quickly fade into a dry and bitter finish. Medium body, prickly carbonation (bottle foamed over), and watery thin texture. Fairly quotidian pumpkin ale, better than most in this oft-saturated style category but well below noteworthy for repeat performances.

2.9
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Hazy amber pour with a medium porous head. Nice pumpkin, nutmeg and ginger coming through ont he nose with hints of earthyness and barnyard funk. Not too overly sweet on the nose, but very pleasant. Taste is not what I was expecting from the smell. Vinegar, lemon, lots of funk, tangelo and spice. Finishes thin, crisp and slightly astringent.

4
J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Orangy tan with an out of control pillowy white head! Definite barnyard and sour notes in the aroma. The front of the taste is an citrusy sweet/sour/bitter followed immediately by a wild yeast funkiness and then again immediately by excellent pumpkin pie spiciness. I was concerned at first by the apparent "Brett" flavor because I’m not a big fan of this, but it is perfectly balanced here with the spices, malt and everything else going on here. In fact, I wonder if this is the pumpkin coming through and not yeast as it can have this effect. This is the most interesting pumpkin beer I’ve ever had and it’s a case study in balancing complex flavors without overdoing anything or ending up with a muddled mess.

3.7
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle: Pours a dark brown color with a nice puffy white head. The nose is spicy with lots of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with some light oak and yeast notes. The flavor is malty and spicy up front with a light pumpkin pie note then a yeasty slap of tartness in the tail along with a moderate amount of body, not bone dry. Full flavor and a clean spicy finish. I don’t know if I love the idea of a savory pumpkin beer with all that oak and tart yeast notes, but it drinks fairly easy.


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