gunnfryd (15486) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Deep golden orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sourness, fruit, flower, citrus. Flavour is sourness, fruit, flower, funk, citrus, tropical fruits. Nice beer. Aniela (4215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2013
Draught at the Blind Tiger NYC sept 2012. Dark amber /red hazy beer with a small offwhite head. Sourish, fruity and rubber aroma. Sorurish, cirtus, fruity flavour. Really refreshing beer. thornecb (6151) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Pours bright dark amber into a snifter. Off-white head with good retention pancakes and recedes leaving trailing sheets. Tropical and summer pit fruit aromas. Medium bodied with sweet tropical fruit and aspirin upfront turning to mildly tart passion fruit and summer berries in the lasting finish. Bov (13354) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 24, 2013
from Erzbierschof - slightly hazy amber beer with no head retention; sourish aroma of rhubarb and melon; medium-bodied, subtle carbonation; very dry; sourish and fruity finish with notes of apples and rhubarb; very long lasting - superb talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2013
The pour is a hazy, rusty, red color with a moderate, creamy, fizzy, off-white head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal, soapy lace. The nose is enticing and funky, tropical floral notes all over, passionfruit, star fruit, tart cherries, musty oak, barnyard. The flavor is less complex than the nose with lots of tart cherries, some lighter tropical fruit, oaky, and slightly funky. The palate is light to medium, lively, drying, and somewhat quenching. The finish is tart and dry with oak and lots of lingering cherries. An intense, inviting nose is this one with a lot of oak and cherry in the flavor. The fruit additions were complementary and the acidity was nice for the beer. A good sour and a bit unexpected from Maui but not from JP.
DrSilverworm (10000) - 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 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. nimbleprop (8924) - 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. hopscotch (11426) - 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! FlacoAlto (4228) - 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.