Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Today is the day after the Ides of March and the day before St. Patrick's, and it's week 'til my birthday. What a perfect evening to pop this one open. Thanks to demcorhip for procuring this beer for me. Poured into a tulip glass.
Pours very tamely compared to other JP beers I've had, which is welcome. Carbonation is medium-low, 1/2 inch of head recedes to some patchy lace fairly quickly. Colour is somewhere in the orange-red-brown area, slight chill haze. Very clean aroma with a crisp, tart, Granny Smith apple character, some funky brett, sharp cheese, peppery hops. Grassy, earthy, hay-like aroma as well with hints of oak.
The taste is acidic up front, tart and sharp and full of funk and cheesiness. Melds nicely into a balancing apple sweetness. There's lots of woody, oaky notes as well with a hint of vanilla, very pleasant. Spicy hop notes, peppery and herbal, meld into a surprising bitterness in the finish, and a hint of mellow malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow carbonation that's just about right. A little sticky but not super dry. This a nice sipper for a chilly spring evening, and one I'd like to have again in the future.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2008 02:50:06 | More by trevorwideman
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3.71/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From a 750 ml bottle to a wine glass.
A-A normal pour produces just less than a finger of white head. The retention is short and the beer leaves no lacing on the glass. The brew is dark honey in color and sort-of murky, dirty-water in appearance.
S-The aroma is musty and subtle with suggestions of wine vinegar, white grape, and green apple tartness. The malt aromas are caramel with a slight spice and dough flavor that reminds me of fruit cake. I'm not sure I'm into it.
T-The taste, like the smell, is a bit jumbled. I taste malt flavors like toffee, prune, and a musty wet wheat flavor. I also taste pear and apple fruit, and the aforementioned white grape. The fruitcake spice is still there too, lurking in the background with some white vinegar tartness. It is complex, but not in a good way.
M-The feel is medium in body with a smooth carbonation that stays active on my palate.
O-I had a hard time getting into this beer. There is just so much going on that I am not sure it all fits together. Between the tartness (that is typical of Jolly Pumpkin), the strange malt flavors, and the lighter flavors of apple and pear, it feels and tastes a bit odd to me. Oh well, I can see the appeal, but this beer is not for me.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 01:44:00 | More by spoony
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
It is great being able to buy Jolly Pumpkin in Texas now. I can't believe I have not reviewed this one yet...
A: Pours a clear, but rusted red color. A dense, two finger white head gently rises, and recedes in a minute. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Acidic cherries and apples are the first ting I get. Almost cider like. Just a bit of sweetness here with vanilla and oak. White grapes linger. A delicate nose that is really enjoyable.
T: Toasted malts up front. Tart and acidic cherries and apple cider. A bit vinegary as well. Some sweetness like vanilla and caramel, but that quickly fades in a second. Oak barrels, with a lingering dry tart white grape flavor that pulls the cheeks in. Everything is very delicate, and nothing wants to take over.
M/D: A medium body and effervescent with lively carbonation. This finishes dry, with a great puckering that I love. Like everything they do, immensely drinkable. A bomber goes down to easily.
I have always loved the delicate balance Jolly Pumpkin has. Nothing is over the top or intense. Just really well balanced and well done.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 00:00:09 | More by champ103
Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.