willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2005
04.11.05 750ml bottle thanks to jtw. Golden pour with dingy hints and average white head. Aroma has traces of banana throughout a boozy and tropical breeze. Body is just less than full with sharp and tingly eff breaking it up. Delicious blend of tropical fruits, dates, light berry, herbal notes, peppery yeast. Outstanding example of the style, more exciting than most. I’m really liking the house character of JP, too. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2005
Poured from a 750 ml bottle with a huge off white head. The aroma is sweet brown sugar with some hints of nutmeg and toffee. There is also a grass or hay freshness here. The taste has fresh nutmeg and prunes. There is also a little bit of grass in the finish. There are hints of apples that make me think of fall. The mouthfeel is very soft and shows the quality in the product. Wow, I will have purchase more Jolly Pumpkin when given the chance. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2005
Pours cloudy golden with the big belgian inspired head and a lasting creamy off white colored head. Aroma is very inviting with notes of yeast (lots of this), esters, spicy, and a bit of citrus hoppiness. Flavor is full flavored big Belgian with some up front fruiy esters, delicous big yeast flavors, also enjoyable malt sweetness under the other bigger stuff. The finish is dry and yeasty. The mouthfeel is lush and full. I think any fan of belgian styles would enjoy this fine ale. Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Hazy, golden amber with a volumptuous, white head. Peach flesh, spicy coriander, biscuit malts, spicy, earthy hops, clove, wheat husks, light grains, grains of paradise and some fruity esters. The body is rather robust but drops out slightly at the finish. The flavor profile starts out spicy and almost sharp, before becoming slightly more subdued and elegant. The hops and spices join forces to counterbalanced the mellow, subtle malt and seem to dominate. Allowing this one time to breathe and settle in the glass brings out more of the layered malt body and robust flavoring. Despite this, the combination of spicy hops and peppery spices are the showcased feature of this beer. The finish is slow and elegant, just slightly warming with the only hint of alcohol. A tasty beer. I prefer La Roja to this, but it’s still darn good. Way to go Captain Ron! iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2005
750 mL, capped bottle: glowing bronze. Starchy, white, sticky cream – thin, though persistent. Full, seemingly flowing aroma filled with cantaloupe, bananas, a lightly spiced clove effervescence and strong perfume. A bit alcoholic on the tongue, but is subdued by a mild yeast character, smooth sugar and juicy melons. Palate offers an interesting twist – creamy while being very carbonated...Moist and juicy, this one doesn’t disappoint, though I am not sure how to classify…a treasure to be sure.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
cloudy amber, nice white head. fruity(tropical?) aroma with some yeast and perfumy hop. the flavour has more of a dried fruitness and a nice yeasty spiciness with a bit of alcohol. JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Dark slightly cloudy liquid with a tall light cream colored head. Aromas of light fruit and cookies with mild floral and spicy undertones. Hint od yeast and alcohol come out as it warms. Mild flavors, with raisins, pale malt, light yeast vanilla and and sweet alcohol. Full and satisfying. More a cross with a golden and a triple, but I like the way it works and is a most enjoyable belgian style ale. Thanks Lou, you know who! 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Bottle pours a deep, dull, cloudy golden, large white foamy head, with attractive lacing. Sweet bready aroma, seems thick and viscous. Slight spices, orange peel, minor pepper, with a hint of alcohol. Malty/Bready up front, subtle spices and the aformentioned pepper. Alcohol heat & a slight medicinal twinge at first, but as it warms it mellows out nicely. Almost thought it was a young/hot Grand Cru at first. Still feel the heat in my chest tho. Very nice body, flavor lingers and coats well. Medium to full mouthfeel, slightly syrupy. Mellows out at the finish, remains malty/bready, with soft spices & pepper. More noticeable fig/date in the aftertaste. As with my prior Jolly Pumpkin, it seems to go through quite a few changes as it warms. Enjoyable! Thanks goes out to CaptainCougar for the trade! beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
Funky but sweet, with some fresh meadow hopiness and some spiciness on the nose. Hazy amber with a sweet medium body. Lingers very nicely although the carbonation seemed a little to high for me. Overall very nice. kane (111) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
Wow, this has an aroma of a tripel with the taste of Duvel. A hazy orange color with a huge rich head. Aroma of pepper, sugar, Belgian yeast. Taste of spices, hops, yeast. Smooth feel, easy to drink, 8% not noticable at all. This beer is an achievment to the craft beer movement of Michigan as it is hard to believe that this did not come from Belgium. Wonderful beer and brewery.