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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour, barrel-aged version of the beer by the same name. Brewed in collaboration with Maui brewing.

Yes, Michigan and Hawaii are connected. It should be obvious to you now, as you hold this beer, and read this label. John and I designed this beer with two noble fruits from two noble states, Michigan & Hawaii. Cherries and liliko’i. Starting to see the connection? I feel it. So does John. 4391 miles may separate our breweries, but no our thirst for the exquisite. Hipa! -Ron

Working with Ron is something I’ve always want to do since I had my first Jolly Pumpkin beer. Years later, it’s a reality. Being involved on this project was an honor and a privilege. Mahalo to my MBC crew and to you, fans of craft beer! -John

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3.3
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
On tap. Hazy darker amber / red color. Little off-white head, throwing a bit of loose lace. As with most of the Jolly Pumpkin brews I’ve tried, I can’t complain about the taste - very nice tart sourness. Cherry flavor comes second, something I didn’t notice until I looked for it (tart sour flavor is what I mostly notice here). Medium body, easy to drink, mildly refreshing, light acidity, mostly smooth, dry finish. Seems like more of a sour than a fruit beer -- a pleasant sour that meets my expectations for Jolly Pumpkin, but doesn’t particularly stand out for me like their other brews do. 6 / 3 / 7 / 4 / 13

4.6
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Aroma is cherries, tart apple, oak, and floral notes. Apperance is mahogany, good clarity. Flavor is cherry, sour apple, oak, earth, and herbal spice. Medium body, good carbonation. Overall a excellent beer.

3.7
nimbleprop (8297) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750ml bottle pours a hazy burnt orange with some cloudy white head. Nose of passion fruit, bitter greens, green papaya, funky, grapefruit, very fruity. Favor is tart, grapefruit, passion fruit, lemon, astringent, blood orange. Medium bodied, tart but not bracing finish.

3.8
hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle... Pours clear and amber with no head. The aroma is straight passionfruit and light caramel. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is both bitter and tart - earthy, tropical passionfruit supplemented by modest acidity. Finishes crisp and tangy. Bottle generously shared by landhoney!

3.8
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Sampled July 2012
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head; this leaves quite a bit of layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer has a pretty, ruby-hued, dark amber color and shows a slightly hazy, red-tinged, pale amber / gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells fruity, a bit tart and reminds me of cherries and some sort of tropical fruit. There is also an herbal / dried-grassy character that joins the ample tropical fruit character; the tropical fruit character is quite distinct & I am sure smells exactly like passion fruit.

Tart, though not aggressively so, up front, this accentuates fruity cherry notes and more general berry like notes. The finish has a toasted malt edge to it that has a touch of dark grain huskiness to it. There is also more of the tartness, a hint of musky tropical fruit, perhaps a hint of hop bitterness and a touch of carbonic bite. The body of this beer is fairly light, there is a touch of viscosity here, but this is quite quaffable; the carbonation is fairly restrained, and this comes off quite smooth and creamy because of this. As the beer warms there is a rounded, subtly malty, touches of brown malt, and some whole grain brown cracker like notes.

This beer is fantastically drinkable and quite enjoyable. It is a touch simplistic though, and I expect a bit more from a Jolly Pumpkin brew; the fruit certainly helps a bit, though the passion fruit character is quite a bit flatter in the flavor than it is in the nose. Having said that, this is just an enjoyable beer regardless of my thoughts of it missing complexity.

3.6
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4734-20120818] Bottle. Mild orange peel hops aroma. Murky, dark orange body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Soured yeast flavour has some orange lemon undertones. Medium body. Good to sample. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)

4.1
djd07 (14366) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is citrus and sour fruit. Thin mouthfeel with a nice sour fruit and very tart finish. Easy to drink, a very impressive sour ale from Jolly Pumpkin.

3.8
TimE (5793) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 14, 2012
Med amber color. Thin head. Moderately sour, with slight notes of cherries Oak and floral nose. The mouth is med light body, with oak, cherries and a bit of vinegar. Oakiness in the finish is fairly pronouced. Dry finish. I didn’t find massive complexity, but very enjoyable.

4.1
joshwoodward (575) - - DEC 12, 2012
Classic ’Pumpkin. Strong on the acetic sour side, but with a subtly fruity flavor. Delicious and refreshing.

3.8
douglas88 (9058) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bomber thanks to someone! A Christmas miracle. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a medium white head. A nice fruity nose with cherries and wood. The flavor has tart sawdust, sour cherries, sweeter tropical notes, vinous at times, some light Brett comes in. Good.


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