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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 60
Gots: 69 | FT: 5
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ypsifly on 12-28-2005

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Ratings: 613 | Reviews: 231
Photo of samshaw
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light orange with yellow on the edges of the glass. Thin with moderate white head.

S: Moderate sour with a hint of spice.

T: Sour taste remains moderate while a medium melange of spices comes forward, disguising the flavor of alcohol well except on the aftertaste.

M: Thin with seltzer-like carbonation.

O: Spicy beer with a nice bit of sour.

Photo of stumac
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinkin this with my buddy Max at Jester King brewery

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my teku glass.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beer Kitchen No. 1 in Kansas City, served in a snifter.

A: Arrived as a hazy orange brew, with a thick white head of tiny, tight bubbles that left not only good lacing, but distinct level markers for each sip.

S: Alas, I was at a restaurant with a kitchen, so my olfactory was running with a skeleton crew at best. What I was able to pick up were heavy citrus notes, sour and tart, and some hints of a wheaten grain bill.

T: Yes, definitely tart. This opens with a mixture of citrus fruit notes with the full sourness one would expect from such a medley, and that sourness does not relent. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine roll through, with some subtler hints of apple and green grapes, before a swell of farmland-esque funk comes in the middle. Beneath the tartness, there are notes of spices, the usual suspects for a mulled cider, though faint and muted. The finish is Mojave desert-level dry.

M: To be honest, I couldn't really tell around the sour and tart, so I'll just say there's no issues there.

O: Intense without sacrificing complexity to do so, this is an interestingly sour biere de garde. Would repeat.

Photo of JonnyRebel
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Based on a 2.5 year-old bottle

Photo of mchegash
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.7/5
Pours a perfect pumpkin orange, very hazy. One finger of head. A large amount of carbonation rising upwards at a quick rate. Overall, the color of this beer is near perfect, and the head is just what I want in a beer.

Smell - 4/5
Classic JP sour flavor. Tart apples, lemons, cherries. Some spiciness is detectable as well.

Taste - 3/5
The first part of the sip feels kind of like water, but then the delicious JP tartness hits, although it seems more subtle and watery than in other JP brews. There is a little bit of spiciness in the brew, although not as much as I wanted. I was hoping for the classic JP taste, but with some nice fall spices thrown in, but instead this just feels like a watered-down and less flavorful version of one of their other beers.

Mouthfeel - 2.75/5
Medium-light in body, in between creamy and crisp. Carbonation is fairly light. Beer is kind of watery. Not what I want in a beer.

Overall - 3/5
I was excited for this beer, and waited until it was Fall to try it. Unfortunately, it just didn't deliver. Of all the different JP beers I have reviewed (about 12 of them), this to my memory seems the most watery and the least flavorful. The flavor itself is not bad, but the beer and the flavor just seem so watered down. What happened here Jolly Pumpkin?

Photo of dknight75
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Typical effort from Jolly Pumpkin. Looks good in the glass, smells even better, sour enough to get your attention. This one has a little more funk to go with the sour, a little deeper and more complex flavor. Maybe that's because of the chestnuts, but I can't pick that taste out.

Solid beer. Would buy again.

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sour, but not overly so. Very tasty

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Spices are subtle, and really balance out the typical JP funkiness. Very good.

Photo of goochpunch
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pint glass on tap. Pours out a light amber with a thin white head. Smell has brett, funk, and cidery notes. Flavor is lightly tart, funky, bretty. Light sweetness up front. Touch of caramel and dry cider. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light, prickly, acidic on the tongue. Excellent beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%

Surprising gem, bought it because it was marked down from $16 to $8 and I knew nothing about the beer. Enjoyed it very much, excellent and interesting beer.

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the first Beire de Garde's that actually moved me. Had some barnyard funk going on in the smell and taste,but finishes dry instead of tart or sour. Recommend this one. Would definitely revisit as well.

Photo of KFBR392
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%

Bottled 10-9-2012 with no foam over as others have reported.

Appearance: Pours with three fingers of crisp bubbly head which slowly subsided but was present throughout drinking. Burnt orange color that is clean and transparent. Sticky rings of lacing left behind at each level. Active carbonation is on the lower sides, especially for a JP beer.

Smell: Oak and dark malts really pull the drinker in. Some brett type funkiness sets in on the body with an under current of warming chestnuts adding a unique touch. Spite fruit notes also have some ginger accents as well. The spices run throughout but really get noticed on the back end, leaving a touch behind for the drinker to keep in mind.

Taste: Crisp medium bodied malts and some lively oak really shine on the front. Earthy spices begin to grow on the body with toasted chestnuts adding an extra level of pop. Rye bread adds some body. Sprite fruits and some mint and ginger linger on the back end and surprisingly fit in perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower side for a JP beer but still very noticeable. Awesomely drinkable considering all the moving parts of this brew.

Overall: Not as complex and oak funk driven as other JP beers I've had but that takes nothing away from this warming fall brew. Love the chestnut additions, really add a unique touch. Extremely well executed scheme which is unsurprisingly considering the things this brewery is doing.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a wine glass, 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. Naturally, retention isn't very good, but a thin collar remains for a long while. Minimal lacing is left behind. (3)

Smell: Wow, the aroma is nicely tart. I'm picking up a good amount of green apple and lactic acid, and maybe a touch of vinegar as well. The best part is how delicately it comes across - it's balanced just well enough by the caramel malts and fall spicing, without any of the latter trampling over it. Excellent aroma. (4)

Taste: The flavor profile is very well balanced. It starts off with a restrained tartness - it seems like it will attack at around 70% strength, but then it relents at the last nano-second. Afterwards, toffee-laden malts round out the finish, while cinnamon, mint, ginger, and nutmeg enter the aftertaste. Hints of sherry-like oxidation exist, betraying its age. It doesn't go balls out with the brett - rather, everything here seems so subtle and balanced. (4)

Mouthfeel: Despite the softness of the carbonation, it's very dry on the back end. This goes down the palate with almost no friction or effort. A gentle yeastiness gives it some body, too. (4)

Overall: I really enjoy this. Not because of how explosive or in-your-face it is, but because it's so delicate and refined. It's just sour enough, yet also has enough of a fall presence to make it very satisfying in this. This beer is the reason why I take sophistication and craftsmanship instead of ridiculous, over-the-top "complexity" any day of the week. (4)

3.95/5: This one encapsulates autumn far better than your typical pumpkin ale does

Photo of babaracas
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013. Pours a hazy copper with huge cream colored head, fades slowly with tight rings of lace down the glass. Smell: caramel, nutty, nutmeg, maybe cinnamon and ginger as well, overripe peach, herbal oaky note. Taste: tart peach, zinfandel-ish, grape skin, mild toasted and nutty notes, herbal / oaky finish. This is very nice, more JP excellence.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev -1.2%

A: opaque burnt orange. Not a lot of head.

S: wow.. definitely the peppers come in here. I get faint cherries as well.

T: wow also... not as strong on the peppers as the aroma holds. Tart cherries, orange skins, pineapples, funk, grains, and some yeast. Awesome flavors.

M: I'd say light to medium. It has a nice smooth carb and a somewhat buttery feel.

O: so glad I got this (on tap). Awesome brew with awesome flavors.

Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle. 2011.
A: orange. Mostly clear. Thin white head.
S: small spice notes. Sour.
T: mellow maltiness. Medium sourness. Light spiciness.
M: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
O: good sour. Dry and mellow. Would buy again.

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Fuego Del Otono last month for $13.99 at The Lager Mill. I know this is a fall seasonal, but I'm in the mood for a sour tonight and since I've never reviewed this beer I thought today would be a good day to try it, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage, so It's almost a year old. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's got that signature style that a lot of their labels have and the fall like colors on it make it fit in well with the season, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice slightly hazy amber color that took on more of ruby amber color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of fluffy light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with that signature funky jolly pumpkin yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a nice funky barnyard and horse blanket aroma with some wet straw also coming through along with a slight leather like aroma and it's followed by the oak which imparts a nice woody and oak like aroma. Up next comes a slightly higher amount of medium tartness followed by a light spicy aroma with no single spice seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a good aroma, the oak and yeast showed up nicely with a good amount of tartness and some spices.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but it's more complex and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma, but they are just slightly lighter and they are followed by the oak which imparts a nice woody and oak like flavor that showed up just enough. Up next comes a medium amount of tartness followed by a nice fruity flavor with some dark fruit and cherry like flavors coming through and it's followed by a light spicy flavor with no single spice seeming to stick out the most and there's also a slight caramel malt flavor. On the finish the tartness just lingers for a little bit with a fruity and cherry like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer and I thought it had some nice balance and complexity to it.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, medium tart, not too acidic, medium bodied with a lower amount of high carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it..

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style and a good example of a Jolly Pumpkin beer with the yeast and oak showing up nicely along with some nice supporting flavors. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, medium tart, not too acidic, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think half the bottle is the right amount for me, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have a problem drinking a whole bottle and I think it would make for a nice beer to enjoy on a warmer fall date. What I like the most about this beer was the balance and complexity that showed up n the flavor, it took me a few sip to get all the different flavors that were showing up and they blended well together. What I liked the least about this beer was pretty much nothing, but I do wish the chestnut was noticeable. I would buy this beer again when it's released in the fall and I recommend it to anyone who likes Biere De Gardes or Jolly Pumpkin beers, it's a little pricey, but it's worth a try. All in all I was happy with this beer, I've had it a few times before and my score did not change at all, it's always been a solid 4 in my book and I always look forward to it in the fall. This isn't my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, or Biere De Garde, but it's still a good beer nonetheless and I enjoyed drinking it. Good job guys, keep up the hard work.

Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of floral notes, sweet malt, yeast, hops, alcohol, spices, hint of nut, grass, and slight tea notes. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hops, yeast, alcohol, spices, hint of roasted malt, grass, floral notes, hint of citrus, and slight fruit. Overall, the complexity in aroma and body is staggering; good blend, aroma, and body.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was really interesting. In the light on the bar this beer had a golden almost orange color to it. It had a fruity cherry/plum aroma mixed with the smell of corona (not from the bar, the smell was coming from the Jolly Pumpkin Beer). The mouth feel of the beer was interesting it started with some body to it that fades away on the tip of your tongue to a dry almost acidic like finish. The beer starts with that almost brett spicy funky flavor and then transitions to a light tart cherry flavor on the finish. Over all I enjoyed this beer it's not something that I want to session but it is a beer I would like to drink every now and then.

Photo of MarioM
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a JP snifter.

A: Slight orange with a fine creamy white heat that slowly dissipated to a thin smooth creamy film with great lacing.

S: Slight tart thing going on but very light, mostly light brett funk. There are some weird spice notes as well but I'm having a hard time describing that that is... interesting. Bottle says chestnuts and spices but hard to know otherwise.

T: Very nice. Light light tartness with a gentle brett character but not much. Spices and maybe the chestnuts, and obviously the spicy yeast, give this beer a lot of character. Flavors are gentle yet satisfying and makes for an extremely refreshing and drinkable brew.

M: Medium carbonation makes this beer very easy drinking and a little watery since its missing that bubblyness. Spices linger in the aftertaste with a slight bitterness to it but mostly yeast and spice.

O: An amazing and refreshing brew by JP. I love the fact that these are refreshing and interesting beers that you can drink all day everyday. If only my wallet would allow that. Regardless, a must try by JP and definitely getting hard to pick a favorite.

Photo of alphagnome
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes: Blend 1 - Bottled 10/03/12

Appearance:
Pours a deep, hazy copper color with a prominent beige head that settles quickly though. No lacing. Light streams of carbonation can be found.

Aroma:
Beautifully spiced and quite sweet. Nutmeg and cinnamon and perhaps a hint of clove scattered amongst a blanket of brown sugar. Zesty citrus notes sneak in here and there. Absolutely love the nose on this one.

Taste:
Funky, tart hits right upfront and hangs around for the duration of each sip. It's definitely a slow sipper, but you're rewarded with the perfect level of sweetness and oak character - had to ask myself if I was drinking wine a few times. Prominent nuttiness and a bit granny smith apples. Plenty of spice carries over from the nose as well, just more muted than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel:
If you're not ready for it, your best pucker face might come out of hiding - personally, I love it. Lip-smacking tartness. Medium body with decent carbonation and a semi-sweet finish.

Overall:
I remember a time, not all that long ago, this style would have rubbed me the wrong way. I'm glad it has grown on me, because this is a fantastic brew I would have missed out on otherwise! Plenty of sourness here to please fans of Warhead and Sweettart candies, but complex enough to earn a nod from the most stubborn beer snob. Well worth your time and money.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i love jolly pumpkin. we were spoiled to have their stuff on the shelf before the sour/wild ale craze really hit, and now with so many sub standard offerings on the shelves, its nice to revisit jolly pumpkin and taste how its all supposed to be again. delicious stuff this one, done with chestnuts. light brassy color, minimally cloudy, with a short lived fizzy tan head. the nose on this is a true wild ale, bretty and a little sour, with notes of roasted nuts and toffee. like a brittle, without the sweetness. the flavor starts off a little sour and a lot funky, bubbly and tart, but half way through it gives way to an earthy nuttiness that must be from both the malts and the chestnuts. its more like almonds or cashews in terms of flavor, but its pronounced and interesting along with the wild yeasts that creep back in towards the finish in a fizzy whirl of interesting autumnal flavors. i have always appreciated their special releases, cool new takes on seasonal ales, and this one too is excellent. i am going to continue to redrink their lineup, i forgot how much i like all this stuff.

Photo of cjgiant
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy orange straw color with good head, mild lacing
S: nice sour, citrus yeast smell
T: starts out like a nice sour beer, with tart lemon/grapefruit front. Unfortunately, to me, the mellowing that I believe barrel aging imparts kills this flavor without adding anything. The oak and bourbon is noticeable, but the combination just doesn't seem to work.
M: seems pretty weak to me (edit upon re-read, due to auto correct making no sense)
O: this has two facets of a good beer, nice and sour to begin, nice woody end; however, the combination fails overall, to me.

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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.