Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.16/5 rDev +2.2%
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
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-19-2014 19:35:22 | More by i4ourgot
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 03:05:57 | More by MarioM
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Notes: Blend 1 - Bottled 10/03/12
Pours a deep, hazy copper color with a prominent beige head that settles quickly though. No lacing. Light streams of carbonation can be found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 02:40:05 | More by alphagnome
Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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