CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2010
750 ml. bottle from Green’s on Ponce. Batch 411/412. Nice thin head sitting on top of a haze yellow/orange body; damn, this thing looks pretty good. Head is fading away slowly. More yellow in color. The orange hue is only showing up SLIGHTLY. Nice lemon-sour aroma. Some nice funk is coming through and hitting my nose. I am having to reach a bit to pick up the banana and yeast aromas, but they are there. I really love the lemon sour aroma. I’m gonna let this warm up a bit and see what happens. Ok, the banana is starting to come through more providing a sweet balance to that sour aroma. The flavor is well balanced in terms of the sour and sweet. I wish the sweet i.e. banana and yeast were playing a bigger and better role. Doesn’t have the characteristics of a hefe I was hoping for, albeit I love the sour qualities, this doesn’t make up for the fact that it is a bit too unbalanced. I appreciate the sour qualities, but shit, give me some banana, clove, and yeast to make this an awesome hefe. Some dough and yeast are hitting my taste buds, but this doesn’t makeup for the fact that it drastically lacks hefe qualities. This beer could easily be a 100, if the incorporated more hefe qualities into it. Leaning towards a sour Saison, if you ask me, and a good one at that. SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours z clear dark yellow color with a light foamy white head. Nose is lemony and acidic with a light foul barnyard scent and some grass notes. Palate us playful and active with a nice carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel. Flavor is lemon and biscuit with the acidity barnyard light pepper and coriander. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle batch 315/316. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a large foamy white head that laced. Aroma of tart citrus fruits, that classic Jolly Pumpkin funk, lots of lemon and some
slight hints of what was once a Hefe. Flavor of light banana and clove, followed quickly by the Jolly Pumpkin funky and tart notes. Nice dry finish, Jolly Pumpkin comes through again. ChainGangGuy (4920) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a considerably clouded, straw-yellow body with a thinnish, white head.
Smell: A nose that’s a bit funky, a bit sour, and even a bit tart, with notes of harvested wheat grain, fresh lemons, and cloves.
Taste: Tangy malted wheat and the tart-tasting zip of lemon paired with an initial mild sweetness. Soon, a taste of cracked cloves and maybe, just maybe, the teensiest hint of vanilla cream sets in. Light oak character mingled within. No apparent bitterness throughout. In rolls some subtle funk and a lactic sourness. Dry finish with a small, lingering amount of funkiness and lemon peel.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: As always, it’s another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. Actually, it’s a little less weird and wild, but still. Still! ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2010
2009 Bottle - Batch 315/316 - Thanks Schmittymack! - Pours out uber-pale and wit-like with a large, fluffy white head...aroma is tart lemon and apricot, creamy grain and belgian yeast, banana...flavour is a nice contrast, lemon and green apple, clove, tropical fruit with only a trace of wheat...I really like a nice amount of gritty grain, and this one is either lacking it or is completely covered by the souring...that being said, it was delicious and while I have no idea what style it is, I could drink it all the time...
bfields (6) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2009 does not count
bottle from tiffany’s in Kalamazoo. aroma is gently tart, sour apples, a touch of barnyard, no real clove/banana hefe notes to speak of. it’s a bit clear as well, though I opened the bottle a bit cold which may have caused the yeast to flocculate. taste is soft and tart, more sour apple. a nice full mouthfeel. Vry well done. Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Pretty good. Pours light yellow with a large head. Has the typical JP sourness. Not bad. SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2009
750 ml bottle - batch 411/412; thanks to grownfool for the trade; pours straw gold, clear with foamy white head fading quickly; definite tarty funk on the nose with some lemons, sour apple, pears and sweet grains; fizzy mouth feel with light texture; lemons, cloves, light spice; quite dry with tangy light fruit; JP is never boring and it isn’t a quite homerun, but tasty and interesting thornecb (6022) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours pale gold into a tulip. Bright white fluffy head with good retention recedes leaving spotty spiders. Orange, pear and apple funk aromas. Crisp sour apple upfront flattening out into a lasting marshmallow wheat finish. I’m not getting any hefe... ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours a deep straw color with a large foamy white head. Lemon, wheat, yarn, canned pineapple, hints of oak, and little spice. Faint bit of sourness. Mouthfeel is extremely lively and somewhat acidic. Medium length finish. Very enjoyable. I was expecting something funkier and also, this missing that rubber element I like in hefes. Despite all of that this is still delicious.