La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
First of all, I know it's a little late for this beer, so I am not going to slam it if the pumpkin flavor is nonexistent. Just glad to get the opportunity, even if we're closer to 2010's pumpkin ale season than 2009's.
Ale flavored with pumpkin, cacao, spices, and aged in oak. Who the hell does that? Look no further than the mad, irreverent brewers at Jolly Pumpkin, and it makes perfect sense. Batch 436/437 per bottle.
Poured into a tulip not-quite-pumpkin orange. It almost looks IPA-ish. Fizzy lambic-esque head, though, with no lacing.
It smells, unsurprisingly, like a Jolly Pumpkin sour. Sour apple and a good deal of leathery funk. If I strain, I can pick up some undercurrent of fleshy gourd and a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Would I immediately identify it as pumpkin, not knowing any better? Doubtful. Aroma is more that of a decent sour.
Aspirin bitterness up front, then a good but short-lived hit of sour apple and lemon, and a little molded plastic that I sometimes find in lambics. Medium dry finish. Miraculously, on the long aftertaste, *there* is the pumpkin pie! Oh yeah, it's definitely there. Good natural pumpkin flavor and a little pumpkin pie spicing. Very tasty marriage of wild/pumpkin ale. Pretty kick-ass, actually. If more "pumpkin ales" tasted like this, I'd likely be a bigger fan of them. Think this belongs squarely in the American Wild Ale category if I'm splitting hairs, but at the end of the day who really cares - if Jolly Pumpkin calls it a pumpkin ale, that's what it is. Call it a Pumpkin Lambic for all I care, it's really good.
Well-carbonated, lively, sharp mouthfeel, but it doesn't override the beer by any means, only helping to deliver the flavor.
I tend to want to take my time, because it's enjoyable and interesting, but the bottle drains easily, especially if you're in the mood for a sour. You know what this reminds me of...something Dany at Fantome would do - it seems to have similar spicing to some of his seasonal beers.
Recommended, if you like sours and funky saisons. I hope Jolly Pumpkin makes this again.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2010 22:21:37 | More by Patrick999
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