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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

776 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. I actually had no idea they even distributed to Minnesota. I had never seen them before until yesterday, on a whim, I decided to go to Zipps. They had Calabaza Blanca, Bam Biere and Oro De Calabaza. I was in utter shock. I decided to try this one first, and only purchased one, because they were a little pricey (11.99 per 750 ml).

Batch 318/319

Pours a light hazy golden color. Looks like many other Witbiers I've had, maybe a little lighter. Huge pluming pristine white head produced. Retention is damn good, lacing is impressive. Maybe the most lively carbonation I've ever seen, this thing is literally swimming. There was a large amount of yeast and sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

The nose on this one is very impressive. More complex than your average Wit, and I swear there is Brett in here. I know that Jolly Pumpkin uses Brett extensively, however I had no idea they used it in this brew, and I wasn't expecting it. So complex. Fruity and citrusy, while spicey and funky at the same time. Just a touch of funk to take it to an entire new level.

The taste doesn't disappoint either. I'm very impressed with the complexity. It could be very easy to ruin a brew with Brett yeast, however Jolly Pumpkin pulled this off with flying colors. Just the perfect amount of funk, not too much, but more than enough to get the job done. There is also the typical components of an average Wit, coriander and orange peel, spices and citrus. The Brett just kicks it up another notch.

The mouthfeel is pretty dang good too. Normally too much carbonation is a turn off for me, but for some reason it works with this. This could be because of the size of the carbonation bubbles, they seem to be very fine. Incredibly smooth.

I was sort of worried before I tried this one. I was worried I would find just another average Witbier. I was wrong. I doubted Jolly Pumpkin and it rocked my world. I am proven wrong, and I'm going to seek out other JP brews and give them a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 00:20:37 | More by Mistofminn
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into an antique Champagne flute, and it did not disappoint. Pours like a Champagne or sparkling wine, with lots of tiny bubbles and excellent carbonation. Heavy lacing on the glass: I could see where each previous sip was as I drank it.

The beer drinks like a very good sparkling wine, too. Nice acid bite that fades into a persistent bitterness in the finish. My only regret is that the finish was more bitter and less dry than promised.

Having tried one other of Jolly Pumpkin's offerings before, I will happily look for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 21:00:07 | More by bgjohnston
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 279.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, straw-colored body with a frothy, tall, white head.

Smell: Pleasant mixture of tangy wheat with tart-scented fruits, earthy, freshly-ground spices, piquant oak, and some punchy lactic notes.

Taste: Soft white wheat with a scant, brief honey-like sweetness. Tart fruity flavors of pears, white peaches, and, lastly, some tastes of sweet and bitter orange peel. Then, in comes the spice hints of coriander and powdered ginger. Relatively smooth, but still slightly puckering oak wood hints. There's sort of a ubiquitous lactic sourness throughout. Finishes rather dry with lingering, lasting touches of oak, spice, and tartness.

Mouthfeel: It's just a hair under medium-bodied. Well carbonated, no question there, and quite bubbly from beginning to end.

Drinkability: To help "set the mood" for this beer, I stepped out into the unpleasant, grotesquely humid, hot Atlanta weather for a few minutes. Though it ultimately lacked the body and creaminess of some witbiers, I felt it excelled surprisingly well in terms of both refreshment and enjoyment (at least with Batch 279). With some beers, clearing through a mere twelve ounces is a chore, but finding the end of this 750ml was a breeze!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 22:22:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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rtepiak

Poland

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a very complex wit that is not of the conventional herbal orange peel and coriander. pour is typical with some lace. earth quality in nose. wood oak and tart with a chalk dry wheat quality. this accentuates in the palate as more herbal. quite woody... not at tart. slight berliner weisse style with a grape skin mineral quality. unripened orange peel bitter and lemon. very dry finish. oak, wheat, lemon balm, the rosemary of a decent white wine. excellent beer. a must for this time of your.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 05:01:42 | More by rtepiak
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twelvsies

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try another beer from the folks doing it right at Jolly Pumpkin. Pours into the glass a slight hazed golden, big fluffy head and healthy carbonation. Smells slightly spicy, zesty, with a touch of wild zip to it. Flavors common to your average wit are present, coriander and hints of orange peel, yet where it usually bores me, here it is combined expertly with a mild sour funk and earthy yeastyness not generally found in the style. Fruity, wheaty body. Great combination of ideas here. Artisan indeed. Finishes nice and dry on the palate, delicate yet with substance. Quenching and satisfying, this will certainly be something I get again, especially this summer. Bravo Jolly-folk.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 15:06:34 | More by twelvsies
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vrazionale

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature into a snifter. The bottle reads "Batch 382/383."

A - Pours a hazy light golden color. The head is pretty consistent, with clusters along the sides of the glass. The head very easily redevelops with a swish of the glass.

S - I get sweet oranges, subtle coriander, floral notes, sweet bread, candied fruit, and the twang of wild yeasts. The nose is very well balanced and integrated, inviting the drinking to take big whiffs of the many subtle nuances.

T - Something is missing for me. It just doesn't have the tart "pop" that I expected from the wild yeasts. I expected it to be much funkier. I found the finish to be lackluster, especially considering the promise of the wonderfully complex nose.

M - This brew is pretty highly carbonated, and my concern (however correct or incorrect I may be) is that the high carbonation overstimulates the palate and destroys the possibility of tasting the nuances of this beer. The mouthfeel is not unpleasant by any means, it just follows along with the surprisingly lackluster taste.

D - I'll be honest, I was disappointed with this brew. Maybe I got a bottle from a bad batch, or something - entirely possible when you work on the scale that they do. I love Jolly Pumpkin and I will continue to support their beers, but I'll steer clear of this one moving forward. It's not a bad beer for warm summer evenings, but you can easily find better beers for cheaper. Far be it from me to offer advice to the brewer, but maybe this beer could stand a kick-up in alcohol content? Maybe a little less carbonation? They'll likely work out the kinks, but don't use this beer as an example of what Jolly Pumpkin can do.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:31:55 | More by vrazionale
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frothyhead

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow/orange with a light one finger mostly white head into a tulip. Expected more carbonation, in line with my other Jolly Pumpkin experiences, but this one was tame.

Nose is relatively light with some citrus, orange peel and lemon zest, plus a little bit of bretty funk, lactic sourness, and grassiness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and only a small bit of dryness in the finish brought on by the lemony tartness. Extremely light, crisp, and refreshing. Maybe just a little too light.

Taste is lemon tartness with a tad bit of bretty barnyard funk. Nicely sour without being overly puckering. A nice wheaty malt foundation balances it all out.

Drinkability is spot on. I could drink this all day, especially with the light ABV.

Overall this is a great beer. Extremely tasty and just what the doctor ordered to bring home the first hot weekend of the year. This is just a perfect spring and summer beer, refreshing and tasty without being overly complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 01:19:48 | More by frothyhead
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blaje

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautifully witbier! Happily surprised by this beer. Pored in a tall glass, nicely cold, this brew formed a nice white head and revealed itself hazy and golden in colour.

Nose: Vegetal and citrus, but it reminds me of traditional lambic (Girardin white lambel lambic)

Mouth: High carbonation for a witbier. Tatse is citrusy (lemon zest, lime) yeast and wet earth. Spices (which one ?)

Very well balanced, very refreshing and very pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 01:29:18 | More by blaje
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goatgoat

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks mikereaser for the opportunity.

Batch 298.

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow. A thick white frothy head falls over the course of several minutes. No lace.
Aroma is fruity, banana, spicy with a hint of tartness. A hint of candy sweetness and a tiny bit of oak behind it all.
Flavor is bright and fruity. The main player is a lemony tartness. A pithy bitterness joins in for the finish.
Nice light body. After a couple of vigorous swirls in the bottle, carbonation is a little low but pleasant.

Started off refreshing. But the tartness is a little much after a whole 750.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 20:24:19 | More by goatgoat
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle with BEAUTIFUL and eerie label; this one is capped, and listed as "Batch 279." When I went to Jolly Pumpkin's website, I found out that this batch was brewed 2/15/08, went into oak barrels 2/19/08 and was bottled 2/26/08.

Appearance: A careful pour leaves most of the yeast in the bottom of the bottle and produces a surprisingly bright medium to dark gold beer with LOTS of streaming carbonation and fine sediment, capped off with a fluffy white head which soon fades to a thick film.

Smell: Much more Belgian tartness, yeast, and funk (maybe some horse blanket as well) than I was expecting in this beer. Is there any Brett in here? It didn't mention it on the website, but I wonder...the aromas are a complex balance of sweet/tart fruit, yeast, and funky earthy tones. It's hard to pick out specifics here; it's not indistinct and muddled like is sometimes the case, but everything just melds together to form an overall impression, rather than individual aromas jumping out. I think I'm picking up some sharp lemon peel here, as well as ghostly woody tones, and what I swear is Brett-related funk.

Taste: WOW! Way tart! This reminds me of a cross between ultra sharp, fresh lemon, sweet/tart sugary candy, and just a bit of malt in the background. The initial round is tart, funky, and fruity with lemon and pronounced banana notes (especially as the beer warms), but this beer ends dry and puckering (in a good way). There are ghostly notes of vanilla/wood toast on the finish as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light, prickly, and tart

Drinkability: While I wouldn't toss several back (even with the low abv) this 750 (2 beer equivalent) would be perfect on a hot day...this may be the quintessential "lawnmower" beer.

Conclusion: This was not at all what I expected from this beer. Definitely not what's typically expected in this style; the orange kind of understated (though lemony citrus and spice tones are there) and it's way more tart than expected. That being said, there are interesting sweet notes that balance the tartness, the banana flavors are quite nice, and this is quite refreshing. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 02:55:25 | More by BedetheVenerable
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roadhouse

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a clear pale straw color with a big two inch snow white head that takes forever to fall down. When it does it retains very well. Upon closer inspection I can see some mini floaters. Lots of thick lacing down the glass.

Aroma is very funktastic. There's a bit of bready wheatiness, but that's way in the back. The real front runners are a lemony, lactic sourness and some bretty leatherish funk.

Taste is lemony and sour from the start with the lemon peaking right at the end of the swallow lingering into the finish. The coriander and orange peel really don't come out at all here and seem to be blocked out by the funk. This could be even better if those flavors were able to make it through.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, really quite drinkable and refreshing as I find many of these to be. It actually reminded me a lot of a Berliner Weisse.

Quite an enjoyable beer for sure, though definitely not a traditional witbier if that's what you're looking for. I can imagine coming in after mowing the lawn and chugging down one of these to quench my thirst. Of course that would be a waste though.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 05:04:18 | More by roadhouse
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spointon

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a hazy light yellow gold color with a 1" snow white head. The head dropped to a skim and left only a few spots of lace behind.

S= A mild wheat malt twang followed closely by a yeasty-slightly sour character. Sourness was present but not overpowering.

T= Wheat ale character up front followed by a serious amount of sourness (but not an unpleasant level). Various spices like coriander, anise, and a citrus present. Finish dried a bit and showed a continued sourness.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D= Though sours are still not my favorite, this was just easy enough on the sourness, to remain drinkable for me. I would happily go back to this ale on a hot summer day or would pair with a nice dinner of grilled ribs or steaks.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 03:09:36 | More by spointon
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arizcards

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from Sportsmans in late November for $3.79.

Beer poured a clear golden with a nice white head that is hanging around. Nose is funk and very little else. Taste is crisp, coriander and pepper with a subtle presence of the funk. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a very smooth finish. Drinkability is good. If you want a funky crisp and clean beer this is the one for you.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 23:17:13 | More by arizcards
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davedahl

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great stuff.

Appearance - very light straw yellow brilliantly clear after slight chill-haze drops, big puffy stark-white head, streaming tiny bubbles rise from the bottom for the duration

Aroma - signature JP funk and sour from brett. Horse blanket, barnyard.

Taste - more of the funk and sour, but very clearly there's a nice smooth witbier underneath. Fresh, clean, cinnamon, cardamon, star anise.

Mouthfeel - medium-fullness with wheat malt (to witbier style), finishes surprisingly clean, somehow all the sour/funk cleans up after itself lending huge drinkability.

Drinkabilty - very high. This is a party the cleans up after itself then comes back for more.
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Jolly Pumpkin is a relatively small brewery in Dexter, Michigan that cranks out some of the most interesting beers you can lay your hands on. Most of their brews begin as traditional ale's (no lagers here) but quickly take a hard left into Weirdsville. Their fermentation is done in open vats which allows the local flora and fauna to party in the brew. They also age all their beers in oak casks which provides a more full flavor and rounder mouth-feel....and allows the flora fauna funk to continue through the fermentation stage into the cleanup and aging.

So their technique is a bit different and by nature it introduces lots of creepy crawlies during the fermentation stage. Then post fermentation the "bugs" (as they're affectionately called) never get chased out due to the porous nature of the wooden barrels. These twists produce some amazingly distinct brews - specifically all their beers posses varying degrees of their signature funky and sour aroma and taste.

Welcome to the wonderful groove of lactic bacteria and brettomyces yeast.

Now this particular beer, the Calaba Blanca, definitely has it's namesake (witbier) hiding in the background as the JP funk parties in the foreground. It's definitely an ale with plenty of wheat to lay down a smooth but light malt dancefloor. Still following to style are the spices - cinnamon, cardamon, star anise providing the disco ball, strobes, and colored lights. But The Funk has taken over the party - lots of sour apple, barn yard, acid, and horse blanket in the nose and on the palate.

This is definitely the most drinkable Jolly Pumpkin of the bunch. The complexity of the well-executed style is balanced amazingly well with the "less traditional" components and the whole thing finishes amazingly clean and light. Don't get me wrong, there's still some residual flavors there, but somehow the party cleans up after itself and leaves your palate is in great shape for more Calabaza Blanca!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 22:04:40 | More by davedahl
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Split at a small tasting w/ dkachur and a friend, w/ my portion poured into a small cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear, golden yellow or a slightly hazed, paler gold, depending on which portion of the bottle you're on. The head is a foamy snow-white with good retention, partially because it's being constantly replenished by a huge amount of crisp, fast, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Aroma: Light spices, with definite coriander and clove notes, but the prominent note is the tart wild yeast note which blends well with the natural citrus notes and the orange peel addition. All the notes blend reasonably well, and are all discernible.

Taste: Pale backing sweetness does a good job of masking most of the tartness, but the citrus is still dominant - lemon zest and orange peel, blending well with an earthy yeasty and oaky notes. Pleasantly balanced, perhaps this beer's best aspect. Just nice and refreshing, not too sweet, not too tart.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and crisp, with enough carbonation that it's slightly uneven, though definitely refreshing. That nice sour cleansing feel is there, too.

Drinkability: A solid, refreshing beer. A good "sunburn" beer, as our friend Eric calls it. Has all the good sour and sweet notes of a wit, the former of which augment the citrus notes, the latter of which augment the spice notes, and the entirety of which blend well with one another. And at 4.8%, it's smooth sailing.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 20:52:35 | More by CrellMoset
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Runny egg yolk appearance furthered by either a starchy or yeasty haze that provides the beer with a blurred complexion. The colour is attractive and shines when into the light. The haze is actually considerably minimal compared to other examples. As should be for the style, a dense white bed of mousse ensued right from the moment of prying off the cap. It has proven itself resilient (and quite sticky in places, too) over the course of the review.

Two things are made very apparent from the smell: 1) this is most definitely a Belgian style witbier; and 2) this is most certainly inoculated with some kind of bacteria. The crisp, harvest time wheat and acidic citrus fruit are crowded by the funky notes of wild yeasts. The final result still contains the grainy, spicy wheat and perfumed coriander, but not without soured orchard fruits and the presence of a time-worn, farmhouse oak barrel.

Calabaza Blanca tastes just as a proper witbier should. It balances subtle amounts of coriander and zesty orange peel that might otherwise go overlooked if not clearly stated on the bottle. (As the old adage goes: if you can tell which spice was used then you've used too much). Suitable to style, a very big dose of tart, lemon-like acidity accompanies the crisp, dry wheat. I've you've already tried a witbier then you know just how tasty the combination is.

The carbonation is set quite high which is no deficiency in a Belgian witbier. Perhaps given the dry nature of the beer it could stand to be scaled back a little, but I wouldn't insist it needs to be. In fact, the beer is quite quenching (and given a different time of day/season) would be presumably very refreshing. The oak is certainly tasted, anyone looking for a dry, musty wood essence should have no problem finding it.

It turns out that the Jolly Pumpkin trademark funk is actually quite well suited to a witbier. The style is already meant to be significantly tart and acidic, so why not just amp those qualities up a few notches? (which is just what American micro breweries do to traditional old world styles anyhow). I don't mind the little critters to begin with but in this offering they seem much less offensive and, arguably, quite befitting.

I'm not sure why I can't justify giving Calabaza higher scores; it is a wonderful representation of the witbier, masterfully brewed, and above all, experimental and innovative in nature. I have yet to find a Jolly Pumpkin beer that hasn't impressed me. Whether it's their labels, their philosophy, the house character of their beers - whatever the case - I love this brewery and sorrowfully wish I could drink their beers regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 01:51:15 | More by biegaman
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellow-orange-tangerine colour ... let's call it "white gold". Two finger white foamy head with sheet lacing and gentle carbonation. Smell is classic witbier, which for me always conjures up lavender and spice, in this case orange peel, coriander, lemon zest. The predomiant taste impression is of a sweet, not sour, tartness with low bitterness and a yeast aftertaste. There is a sour fruit presence with good balance that goes down very well, not too acidic. I found this very pleasant and refreshing, the Jolly Pumpkin brewers from "Dexter" Michigan have come up with another "killer" brew, worth going out of your way to get some of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 01:47:52 | More by ThatWineGuy
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into New Belgium Globe Glass (wish I would have had my weizen with me).

A really large 3-4 finger pillow top head, very fluffy. Color is a hazy/cloudy peach orange. Heavy lace patches with a lot of light colored yeast floating around.

Aroma is very fruity. Bananas and orange zest. Also cloves and some leafy hops. Very amazing.

Taste is very powerful for a 4.8% abv beer. It is complex. Very fruity and cloves. A lot of zest. It kind of reminds me of a saison with some farm and funk to it.

Mouthfeel is a little bitter, but mainly smooth. It ends with a fairly well aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 03:17:38 | More by mothman
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle:

Pours golden (hazed after the last of it is poured). Very little lacing sticks.

The smell is tart/sour with orange peel and coriander. The JP sour/tart/funk is there, but meshes well with what is there, creating a "different" but pleasant smell.

The taste of malty sweetness peeks through, but is cut by a yeasty dryness and tartness/sour. This again, has the sour/funky house character of the brewery, but in the taste it comes close to overpowering. Not that it is necessarily "strong", but the other flavors aren't either. Orange peel adds zest and coriander some pepper, but the main characteristics are a sour character and a yeasty dryness. I was hoping that the last of it would make it better - it doesn't really.

The feel is appropriately light-bodied. It is effervescent with a creamy touch. Refreshing.

A tart/sour version of the style. I know that this brewery likes that sour character - it's a bit too much for me here. A problem I have with this style in a large bottle is that you don't get the "real deal" until you get to the bottom, so you miss "part of the show" if you are drinking it by yourself, especially. In this case, enough yeast character was present enough (though not in the appearance) that it didn't improve it much (though did change it a bit). I can appreciate sour/funky brews, but it was a bit too much for this style, for me, with just not quite enough else "going on" to really love this one. A nice, "something different" brew, but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 21:42:08 | More by jwc215
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. 03/01/09.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with an inch of soft bubbly white head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer, great retention. Aroma is tart with citrus (lemon, orange) and slight wheat, and some coriander as well.

Taste is slightly sweet up front with hints of wheat. That is followed by a rush of citrusy tartness, zesty lemon and orange peel, pepper and coriander. Some white wine flavor as well. Very funky. A bit heavy on the tart side, it masks some of the other flavors.

Feel is light-medium bodied and very bubbly like champagne. The finish is bone dry. Drinkability is decent aside from the heavy tartness. If that were dialed down a notch or two, this would drink very easily.

I believe this is my first beer from Jolly Pumpkin. It is an interesting take on the style. I don't recommend this for people that don't like sour/tart beers. But it is a very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 04:15:24 | More by bkilpatr
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ballewblake

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle in my Duvel tulip. Picked up at the brewery.

Pillowy off-white one finger head on transparent yellow body. Plenty of visible carbonation flowing up. Head retention seems pretty good as it hovers around an 1/8 inch on the body. Nose is dry, some pilsner like malts, dirty butt. Taste is clean and crisp with sour flavors on the back, good bitter balancing. Easy to drink, refreshing and nicely balanced. Its not really a wit beer by any style guidelines, taste is a completely sour pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 02:28:30 | More by ballewblake
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split equally into two Unibroue tulip glasses with even distribution of yeast. Picture perfect - hazy white with 1/2 finger white head that thins down and stays constant. A remarkable white color when held against the light.

Tart, dry aroma. Very appealing if it's your thing (it's mine).

Flavor is in stride with aroma. A slight touch of sweetness and citrus flavor round out the dry, extremely clean finish.

This one drinks too easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 01:51:09 | More by Yetiman420
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tpd975

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One I have had before but never reviewed here goes!

A: Pours a light pale yellowish hue with a small fizzy head. Zero retention or lace. That being said a small swirl of the glass brings this one alive again and again.

S: Nice light funky aromas. Hints of sour and horse blanket. Lemon and corriander. Light white wine notes as well.

T: Don't know why but white wine really sticks out here. Nice oaky Pinot with wonderful sour funky notes. Light lemon zest and corriander peek through with more light oak. Lots of flavor for such a light beer.

M: Very light in body, I would call it sparkling.

D: Good, I will pass on the wine with a nice fancy meal, give me a 750 of this one and I am set.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 21:50:23 | More by tpd975
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brandoneast

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

pours hazy lemon with a rocky meringue head. aroma is brett like, sour some funk, and lemon. flavors are very diminished - some faint orange zest, green banana, and lemon - little hops. dry mouthfeel and a complete package that leaves very thin - not much here - vague funkiness lingers slightly

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 00:17:08 | More by brandoneast
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sirpsycho

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow, fluffy white head, no lacing to speak of. Not much aroma to speak of, maybe a little funk and coriander. Soapy white head. Picked up the orange and coriander, also the sour / funk that is Jolly Pumpkin. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite Wit.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 16:04:43 | More by sirpsycho
Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.