Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.16/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to Kevin for the bottle. Bottled 10/2011. It pours copper with some brighter orange hints at the edges. Pretty hazy and cloudy throughout the body and topped off with a quickly dissipating, slightly off-white head. Decent sheets of lacing are left at the top of the glass as the beer traverses down the glass.
Wonderfully funky and mildly tart is the aroma, complete with that signature "Jolly Pumpkin smell" that seems to be recognizable in nearly all of their beers. Bouts of wet hay, horseblanket, damp barnyard, and wet cork. Incredibly funky, yet mild enough to remain approachable. The funk is balanced nicely by some sharp and tart apple and even some cherry skins. Some light oak in the tail end brings everything together.
Great translation to the palate, and the first sip of Feugo del Otono is actually a bit more tart than I was expecting from the aroma. Solid tartness hits first with a handful of dirty, white grapes, apples, and light lemon zest. The light body is pumped with carbonation, giving a crisp and snappy mouth feel that really helps to bring out the subtle flavors.
The funk character carries through the profile heavily; musty wood, hay, barnyard, and a typically corky funk work in perfect amounts to balance and back up some of the brew's tartness. Oak character becomes more apparent with warming, especially in the finish where the oak really soaks up moisture from the palate and leaves a bone-dry finish.
Super, super drinkable. Even though it's only about 6% ABV to begin with, there's no touch of alcohol in the taste. Great balance of tart and funk - this beer is as easy drinking as it can get for the style. You could easily crush a 750 mL bottle of this on your own and probably move on to another one right after. Jolly Pumpkin continues to do what they do best.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2013 11:17:57 | More by tectactoe
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