La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 261
Hads: 724
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 53
Gots: 93 | FT: 7
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-04-2008

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Photo of gbontrag
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color of jack o'lantern guts. Massive rocky froth the color of 2 day old snow thick enough to ski. The same as with any great wood aged wild ale the aroma presents as a still-life: Slices of pumpkin, green apple, cacao, nutmeg, whipped egg whites on a pickle barrel. Strange that I get aroma of eggwhites, but hey, anything can come out of a barrel. In the retronasal I get a small piece of scallion. Caveat: I don't know much about the sensory perception of cacao. Here I presume it adds to the mouthfeel, and maybe to the aroma by way of the "eggwhites." I don't know how cacao would taste, especially in wood. BTW I can't say cacao without thinking about Portlandia.

Thank you Ron for not slapping me in the face with pumpkin spices. This tastes of hand-cut, fresh squeezed pumpkin and fresh grated nutmeg. It has an elderflower finish, a little astringent and totally refreshing.

With a great barrel-beer I tend to forget the base: The malt bill and hop order. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel, light but lingering bitter finish. I appreciate the lower abv. and think more alcohol would have made this too sharp. La Parcela has great malic sourness, orange pithiness, marigold leaf. Restraint plus highly evolved wood equals a pinnacle of refreshment. This could have come from a Belgian valley. Fantastic! Superb! "highly evolved" (1,341 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I cracked this one open to celebrate Halloween 2012. Batch 883, bottled 9-20-2011 and aged for 13 months.

This pours a ruddy toasted golden-straw with light foaming. There’s an aroma which is initially off-putting, as it is unexpected and unlike anything I would think of for a pumpkin ale. But, alas, this is no mere pumpkin ale. The aroma is tart, slightly sour, with some vegetal notes that develop as it warms. It’s lightly bodied, with a flavor that has slight hints of pumpkin and pumpkin spices with some light clove, nutmeg and allspice nuances that dance around the palate. Gently carbonated it doesn’t feel heavy, and it finishes dry. Initially I thought it infected slightly, but once the chill goes away and the aromas and flavors come into greater balance I realized it’s the magical mystery of yeast, barrel-aging and the brew itself coming together. As I spent time with this brew I grew to appreciate and enjoy it immensely. (949 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy gold with orange highlights under a 1" finely bubbled white foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Light pumpkin aroma, spice, cacao, light funk.
T: A lemony, dry tart palate with pumpkin and malt and hops in the background leading to a tart, dry finish with a moderate hop bitter accent.
F: Soft in the mouth with a medium body and above average carbonation.
O: One of the better pumpkin ales out there. The Brett does some nice things with the pumpkin character drying it out and making it so it is not cloying or overpowering. (557 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle, bottled two months ago, poured into a Bruery tulip glass. Poured a touch chilled, just below cellar temperature. I am rating this as an American wild ale, after taking a sip, definitely fits far better there over pumpkin ale.

Appearance: Orange to light brown in color. Pours a nice one finger white head. A tad cloudy.

Aroma: Big barnyard and funk notes, very reminiscent of almost all Jolly Pumpkin offerings. A touch of lemon zest and sour cherry. Very complex and balanced.

Taste: Funk and sour notes upfront. The lemon zest and cherry notes are here too. The sour is far more upfront than I would expect. Touches of cocoa bean and toasted malt. Horse blanket and barnyard notes throughout. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with bright carbonation.

Overall, a really nice and complex sour. Jolly Pumpkin beers never cease to amaze me. The balance and funk of this beer is really nice. Really easy to drink. I will be seeking this out again. (993 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange brown with a sudsy head that leaves gobs of sticky lacing.

Aromas of wet hay, citrus fruit, pumpkin, and spice.

Taste is bright and acidic, pumpkin, toffee, sour cherries, cinnamon and other spices, and brown sugar. A little spicy bitterness in the finish. Some barnyard funk in there. Nice unfiltered malty backbone. Spice is pleasant and not over-powering. The epitome of what a pumpkin ale can be.

Body is light and the sudsy carbonation gives this a refreshing and creamy mouthfeel.

This is a highly drinkable pumpkin beer. It is tasting to me as good as some of the best Belgian fruit beers. I like the taste and the fact that it is a low ABV at 6%. A highly sessionable ale. (708 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden orange with a beautiful foamy two-finger froathy head.

Smell: Sour, tart & spicy. Slightly funky.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tangy & tart with an initial spike on the palette. Smooths down with an undercurrent of spice, along with a fuller body of the pumpkin & spice kicking in. Slight sour aftertaste...but ever so slight...has more a dry bent to it (probably from the cacao).

Overall: Gawd I love some Jolly Pumpkin. As with all of their ales, they never disappoint. Glad to have tried a Jolly Pumpkin with actual pumpkin in it! Must try! (556 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gushed a bit upon opening, pours a hazed & very effervescent amber with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Stays hazed, nice lacing 7 head retention

S: Tartness, orange peel, & grapefruit, coriander

T: Coriander, white pepper, grapefruit, tartness, a touch of nutmeg & squashyness up front, plus dryness & lovely tartnesss. Tartness, a touch of coriander/all-spice as this warms, plus grapefruit, so drinkable& just a kiss of funk. Finishes tart with grapefruit & coriander, plus oaky dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, smooths out to awesomeness

Not getting a ton of Pumpkin or cacao, but a damn fine beer, giving it a .5 deduction for not screaming pumpkin to me, but miles better than most of this ilk. Super refreshing, seems more like a Summer beer, but maybe just a bit past it's prime. I'm results driven & I like/love this! (849 characters)

Photo of StormKing47
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed with some co-workers after a long week and right before the nice Christmas break, let's see how it went...

A- This one is very clean and crisp looking and I don't know what to think. It has a nice, hazy light amber color with an orangish hue, but it almost resembles an amber ale. It has a ridiculous white head that is creamy and thick with an abundance of lively bubbles from the carb. I understand it's titled as a pumpkin ale, but it not as light as some are nor as dark as others, interested to see the rest.

S- Wow! Quite an incredible aroma a hidden wild ale that is unsuspected from the labeling of this one, but a little research before hand allows you to understand that Jolly Pumpkin has attempted a sour pumpkin ale. It has a great mustiness to it with a hint of pumpkin, but more of the nutmeg and cinnamon or all spice aromas. As it continues to come to life and warm there is a great cacao note with some more of the pumpkin spices coming out followed by more of the simple and clean lacto notes and some faint oakiness.

T- A tremendous burst of sourness greets you that is unbelievable because it has a faint tartness with it. Along with the great sour notes I am picking up the sweetness of the cacao and pumpkin blended together. It really is incredible to taste as it warms more and more of the spices come out, there is cinnamon, nutmeg a touch of allspice and even some very subtle oak notes that drag along a touch of vanilla in the finish. It really is delicious and incredible!

M- It has a nice carb prickle and tingle that allows the flavors to go all over. It also has a very subtle, but sharp sour note that is not puckering, but definitely lets you know its there. Nice, light and fluffy with every flavor masterfully integrated.

D- Absolutely, move over Pumking you have some competition as the best pumpkin ale around. I love Pumking, but I also love sours/wilds. This one really is incredible and I hope they continue to tweak it to make it better. It's a sour pumpkin ale and holy shit is it tasty.

Jolly pumpkin finally makes a pumpkin ale and it's different then anybody else. A very delicious and approachable sour that is not vinegary and will not rip your teeth enamel off. Seek it out! (2,238 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Jolly Pumpkin pumpkin beer, how appropriate. Pours a vibrant orangey gold amber with a nice fluffy white head, nice retention as with most JP beers. The aroma has that trademark subtle oaky brett funk, rounded out by a nice mellow sweet squash notes and a mild spice. Man, this is how pumpkin beers should be. I must say I am not a fan of the glut of pumpkin beers that are around in the fall, but this is excellent. It's got just the right amount of spice, hints and wisps of clove, allspice, nutmeg, and actual pumpkin. These are accents to a nice base of a slightly sour, very refreshing, pale malt style ale. Rounded out by oak and a funky bite. Excellently dry on the palate. Definitely the new benchmark for the style in my opinion - never would've thought that funk and pumpkin would go so well together. (813 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang flute.

A: Pours amber with golden highlights. 2 fingers of fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity and very low carbonation.

N: Light yeastiness akin to chlorine, straight up pumpkin, nutmeg, lightly toasted grains, a slight pie crust and a very mild barnyard funk.

T: Lactic acid and pumpkin upfront along with some of that chlorine aroma, grapefruit and white oak. Mid-palette brings in some notes of brown sugar, grains, a light funkiness, tart golden apple and pear. Finishes with pear, sour apple, a hint of cherry, white oak and yeast.

M: Light-medium bodied, slightly tart, smooth and dry.

O: Thank God Jolly Pumpkin decided to try a different take on the Pumpkin Ale. Other than a few Imperial Pumpkin ales that used different bases for theirs, the style has become pretty mundane. Now here comes a sour pumpkin... GENIUS! Very easy drinking and would make an excellent introduction to those trying to get into sours. All around and excellent sour although mild with hints of an ACTUAL pumpkin flavor along with cherry and apple. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 436 / 437; Sampled December 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat, two finger thick, pale amber, lightly tan colored head that leaves some lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a combination of rich copper and amber hues that shows a lightly hazed, gold-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of spicy nutmeg, sweetly vegetal pumpkin meat, a touch of spicy ginger, some white pepper, hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, light toasted grain notes. Really though this beer smells of a light spiciness and caramelized pumpkin flesh; it is pretty nice and I like the light hand with the actual spices, plus I think the fermentation provided some of the spice notes too.

Suprisingly dry tasting, considering the nose, and there is a nicely soft tartness that says this wasn't fermented in a "clean" Sachoromyces only brewery. The spiciness comes through in a much more peppery, ginger kind of way in the flavor due to the lack of sweetness. There is still a touch of pumpkin flesh flavor in the finish, but it is much more subtle. The beer has a nice texture to it; the fair amount of carbonation couples with the light tartness to bring a peppery sharpness to this as it rolls across the tongue; this is definitely a lighter feeling brew, but it easily keeps from seeming thin. In fact there seems to be a touch of malt viscosity without any accompanying sweetness. The peppery note couples with a soft woodiness

My second pour of this that is drunk quite soon after the pour, is a bit too fizzy and carbonated; luckily a quick swirl of the glass releases the extra carbonation. The tartness is definitely lactic in nature, which pairs well with the rest of the beer. Perhaps a touch of lighlty smoky phenolics are noticeable as the beer warms up, but this can be exceedingly fleeting.

This is an exceedingly fantastic Pumpkin beer, definitely one of the best commercial examples that I have ever had. I like how appetizing and "sweet" the aroma smells, but that the flavor is dry, tart and not anywhere near over-spiced. The aroma actually reminds me of desert (perhaps obviously), but the flavor is, in the end, quite savory. I am definitely quite pleased to be drinking a bottle of this right now. (2,241 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-amber with a hint of orange. Thin white head

S-sweet pumpkin cream. Slight roasted scent. Definitely a tartness here.

T-a complex taste with levels of flavor. Comes in with a tart taste of pumpkin. Almost like pumpkin flavored sour cream. It has autumn spices. They're subtle and different though, more like roasted chestnuts. The tartness sticks all the way through.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-a very complex beer that is nicely sour. Actually I bet if I gave this to someone and had them taste it, I bet they wouldn't realize it's a pumpkin beer. It could have a bit more robustness to it, but it'd be difficult to make a better pumpkin sour. (666 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt bottle.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on jun´11. Orangish amber in color.Foggy,showing sediments in suspension.Off white creamy froth.Small bubbled crown.Fairly well retention.Lacing rings are left.Apple,grape & piney hop aromas.Humid wood too.Sweet tartar upfront.Offers slightly diacetil notes.Quite peppery.Fruity & crispy palate.Light body,high carbonation.Harsh mouthfeel.Acidic apricot finish.Dry & fruity aftertaste.Good drinkability.Refreshing.Very well balanced flavors. (475 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is cloudy amber with 2 fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little funky with some nice pumpkin aroma mixed with a little spice aroma.

The taste is funky with some milky lactic flavor that is a little new to me. There is some interesting oak flavor that comes out with some malty sweetness with a pear and apple flavor. The bitterness comes toward the end but is again pushed back by a funk flavor that sets the tone throughout.

The feel of this beer is smooth with some nice drinkable feel that has some interesting flavor and some interesting crispness that is almost like a larger if it were a little bigger. This ends up being quite an amazing beer and not just another pumpkin beer. This is something that is really different from the pack. (856 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (2,083 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. I could definitely detect the pumpkin but it was quite funky from the brett character with slight spice notes cinnamon, and brown sugar notes; really intresting nose. The taste was also a mash up of brettyy oaky funky pumpkin flavors with all spice, cinnamon, and brown sugar accents but had tart slight acidic notes. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a oaky, funky, spice, tart, and prickly bubbly finish. It drank really good and was well balanced between the pumpkin flavors and the bretty funk qualities. I'm glad I got to try this elusive pumpkin beer. (737 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. Batch 611, bottled August 18th, 2010. This batch is 5.9% alcohol.

Cloudy liquid is a gradient of flame and pumpkin with touches of lighter and darker oranges and browns in the highlights. A massive dense bulbous crown of pale sunset foam leaves an ornate battlement of Belgian lace around the sides of the glass as it recedes by half. Superior retention.

Lush complex nose suggests papaya, wild yeast, white wine (oak), roasted winter squash, faint pink peppercorn, cinnamon and clove, as well as light citrus (tangerines and Japanese citrus). Very evocative and unique.

A sour pumpkin ale. This is not something I would expect to enjoy, but it really works. A farmhouse ale intermingling with an Autumn seasonal is a great idea. The rooty sweetness, very faint bittersweet cocoa, and winter spices are well balanced against mild hops and a tart complex yeastiness with hints of dark cherry and other microbral contributions from the oak. Hints of lemon curd, cider vinegar, and brown sugar in the finish - excellent. No wood or char, nor a deep roasted vegetal flavor, nor any diacetyl.

Effervescent, medium bodied, creamy, and lightly warming.

Probably the most drinkable example of the style I've tried: simultaneously rich and refreshing. Rating to style, this is a great achievement. (1,344 characters)

Photo of Ambiorix
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy copper pour. Dense, tawny head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Sour, barnyard, pumpkin pie, allspice.

T: Tart, horse blanket, allspice, pumpkin pie (slight). As the brew warmed, the pumpkin pie charcter increased a bit, though not as "pumpkiny" as some others of the style I've had, such as Southern Tier's Pumking

M: Well carbonated, nicely dry finish, well-balanced.

D: I'm a huge fan of JP's ales, and this one is no exception. I'd class it as more of a sour rather than in the vegetable/spice/herb class. The pumpkin is muted and the sour really overshadows it. (587 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 436/437

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, sour white grapes, nutmeg, and cinnamon. In the taste, green apple, cinnamon, nutmeg and a dry pumpkin under all that. Almost cider like. A spicy bite and a light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cider like and small spice aftertaste. Not so much pumpkin, but spicy and almost cider like. (386 characters)

Photo of dgfair
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into chimay chalice.

Beer pours s beautiful burnt orange with an ever so slightly off-white head that dissipates ever so slowly leaving nice lacing and a perfect thin layer on top of the beer. Definitely looks like a pumpkin ale and a nice one at that. Smell starts as a tart apple and follows with a scent of pumpkin pie that mixes fresh pumpkin with nutmeg, allspice, and light cinnamon. I also get a light caramel note that is very nice and adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance the tart and spicy aroma. The taste is sour apple with a light hit of vinegar upfront, but it's followed a very nice bit of mild pumpkin that adds a little balance in the middle of the sip. The beer finishes dry and sour but in a very mild drinkable way. The sourness is definitely there, but not kicking you in the face like some beers do. Again, a very nice balance throughout the beer leading to a very drinkable sour beer that i keep going back to for sip after sip. I hope jolly pumpkin makes this one again next fall, as i will be grabbing a few of them. (1,077 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at American Craft, served in a goblet. I had heard that this beer didn't come across like a standard pumpkin beer and that's mostly a good thing for me. It turns out I heard correct, this was a tasty sour with only hints of pumpkin pie, the best of the style I've ever had.

It pours a hazy dark orange color, SRM of 8-12, with a finger of white foam that laces in complete sheets on the glass. The aroma is wild ale-like, very similar to Luciérnaga on first whiff, only the bare minimum of pumpkin, a wild ale first.

The beer tastes mildly tart, a little sweet too. Hints of actual pumpkin and even less of pumpkin pie, this tasted nearly perfect for a pumpkin ale. I wish they could all add a dose of bret, it works well. (732 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 617. Bottled on 9-01-10. 750ml capped bottle into a DFH signature glass. Purchased at a random liquor store in New Jersey. Haven't seen this one around New England anywhere, and certainly not one with almost a year on it.

A - Dark amber/orange cloudy body. Looks very much like a pumpkin. There is some soapy off-white foam that sticks around for a very long time. Crazy amount of lacing and retention. Layers are forming on the walls of the glass.

S - Extremely saison like. Citrus and yeast, with some bready malts. A bit of jolly pumpkin funk. This is all followed by a warming spiced squash presence. Its very faint and hidden though. Doesn't smell like a pumpkin ale, but it does smell amazing.

T - All the notes of a JP saison. Citrus, yeast, bready malts, and some light tart funk. The aftertaste is just amazing though. Light roasted squash, a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, and the slightest nod of sweet cocoa. Its pretty phenomenal actually. The way it starts off so citrusy and fresh, and then this smooth aftertaste comes along that taste exactly like fall. The medium body is well carbonated.

O - This beer blew me away. Shattered my expectations. This is not so much a pumpkin ale, as it is a saison to enjoy during the colder months. It aged very well too. Perhaps the pumpkin and spice is more noticeable the fresher it gets? I hope so, and I plan on finding a bottle of this years batch to compare. (1,425 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Kyle (zep9865).

This beer pours a medium bodied dirty orangish amber in color with a barely there creamy white lacing. The nose features plenty of apple cider, spice, coriander, cinnamon, and more cider with a touch of vinegar and a nice creamy tartness. I love the nose. It's all very well integrated. The flavors too are very cider heavy. You get plenty of apple, cinnamon, orange peels, nutmeg, some mild bitterness, and a finishing acetic sour/mild tartness. I like it a lot. It drinks lighter with plenty of carbonation and leaves almost an apple skin like flavor in the after taste. Overall this is a fine sour. It has fall written all over it, despite a lack of pumpkin influence. I say this is really an American wild ale. The spices actually worked with the apple skins to create an authentic autumn time sour beer. Well done JP! (857 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25oz into Duvel tulip in the 45 degree range.

Pours with a short, 1F cream-colored head over a cloudy dark orange body. Good lacing.

Aromas are pretty awesome. Lots of spice, light tart funk, and Juicy Fruit gum.

Just what you'd expect in the flavor from JP... fresh, lightly funky/earthy, some squash-to-pumpkin flavor, and a citrusy tartness. The spices are just in the background/finish, and are more like a nutmeg than a sweet cinnamon.

Clean, fresh and easy drinking.

A really refreshing change in the Pumpkin Ale monotony. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who appreciates JP's other offerings. (612 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The spoils of war, or more accurately, travels The same really, what with the hellishness that is modern travel.

An airlock at the ready to culture the bugs in this guy, it opens with a smallbore bang. a slow pour into a large snifter yields 4 oz of brew and 18 oz of fluffy white head. It relaxes into terraces of cream and valleys of copper. It smells like funky barns and old cider, sweet and tart with a curly hair of spice.

Taste is really good. Not sure what else to say but damn, this is good. Loads of that sexy funkyfuckfunk, primal and rich. It tastes like potting soil and lemon juice and love.

The carb is high, a seeming continual recurring eternal everlasting cronic issue with JP, but I forgive. Embrace the foam and get this inside you.

JP- A funk like none other, thanks. (796 characters)

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