Lupulo De Hielo - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by rdickey:
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Pours a deep orange-amber into my tulip, capped off with a fine, fluffy white head.
Smell: As soon as the cap came off, an amazingly full sour smell pervaded the room. There’s citrus in it, and some wild yeast funk as well. Very intriguing.
Taste: The sourness is just huge, and hits first and hard. It doesn’t linger on, however, like a Rodenbach Grand Cru. Instead, it gives way relatively quickly to a dry, piney hoppiness, which pair with the funkiness from the yeast to carry the beer through to a dry, somewhat acidic finish. Looking at my description makes this sound like an incoherent, slapped-together beer, but it’s anything but that; somehow Jeffries makes all these disparate and aggressive flavors hang together.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but feels almost light in the mouth, notwithstanding the big flavors going on.
Drinkability: Pretty high; each sip leaves you wanting the next one.
10-29-2011 23:15:56 | More by rdickey
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4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
A very big thanks to TurdFurgison for sharing this rarity at the CBS release a day after it was released. Cheers! 1 of 72 bottles sold at the Ann Arbor brewpub (the rest were given to the Rare Beer Club).
Appearance – A hazy bright golden color with about two fingers of head that dissipates slowly leaving nice, classic chunky JP lacing.
Smell – Hops and brett. Spices, barnyard funk, the classic JP aromas but with a new twist to them. Just a hint of pumpkin and oak.
Taste – Wonderful tart fruits, dryness, hints of spices and pumpkin, barnyard funk, and wet hay. The hops shine through also – this reminds me just a hint of the Cantillon Cuvee Des Champions we had earlier in the day. Mouth puckering good.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.
Overall – I really enjoyed this beer. Honestly, much more than last year’s Biere de Goord. I hope to revisit this beer soon. Thanks again Eric!
11-04-2011 15:17:47 | More by SpdKilz
4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
Served fresh on tap at release Sept. 30 into JP snifter.
A: Shimmering golden to straw like in color, turbid, not as firm as most other JP beers, good amount of soapy lacing sticks around the glass.
N: Sour stone fruits and funk up front in the nose followed by pumpkin seeds, white pepper, Champagne accompanied by really juicy, tangy like aromas. More sour cherries, tangerine and apricot; again very bright flavors but there is a nice underline of like pumpkin patch, or maybe crisp veggies, think of biting into a fresh green pepper. Great aromatic wet hay, barnyard funkiness.
T: Up front we have sour cherries, massive granny smith apple, velvety carbonation (champagne) balanced with suggestions of hop oil; more of the crisp veggie like character, some grape skin, maybe even lemon peel, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spice. It all leads into an astoundingly long, drying tannin-like finish, reminds me of a dry Cabernet wine. The finish is almost cloying but yet somehow the beer remains refreshing, something that would go with salad greens or fruit and soft cheeses. I can definitely pick up on the Oro in here as well.
D: This beer is a fucking masterpiece. Wish there was more available.
10-02-2011 01:29:53 | More by biga7346
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
A: The beer is very hazy golden yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with some yeast particles near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left lacing covering the surface along with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass; this gradually died down.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sourness and oak in the taste.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has oaky flavors from the barrel aging with sour flavors along with hints of citrus and white wine plus a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
O: The sourness in this beer isn’t overpowering and the taste has some complex flavors.
Note: Special blend bottled 8/1/2011
11-06-2011 02:32:03 | More by metter98
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Sticker on the bottle says it is a special blend bottled 8-1-2011.
A: Pours a nice dark, cloudy honey color with moderate carbonation producing a 1 inch off-white head. Decent retention.
S: Wonderful aroma. Honey, sweet caramel malt, earthy funk, minerals, grapes, golden raisins, and spices that are difficult to parse out. Fresh, sweet, and alluring.
T: Equal parts sweet and tart grape juice hits immediately and is quickly replaced by sweet caramel malt, honey, spice, and mildly bitter earthy minerals. Some funky yeast pops up from time to time...definitely characteristic of wild ale. As this starts to warm, floral notes and crisp citrus (lime especially) hops come more to the fore.
M: Clean and fresh up front. Some bitterness and tartness along the way. A smoother, mildly sour, and mildly funky finish. Almost wine-like acidity in the finish.
D: A solid, easy to drink, and nicely complex wild ale. Glad I got a chance to try this one...seek it out!
11-06-2011 04:10:57 | More by mwilbur
3.58/5 rDev -15.8%
Served on tap at release day today. Chilled. Served in a JP snifter.
A: Light, light orange with 1 finger white head. A good amount of lacing
S: Sour, funky smell with hints of citrus and some hops.
T: Immediate sour notes followed by some hop overtones. I do not really pick up the cacao and spices that they say are in there.
M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Refreshing and crisp with a slight dryness.
O: A good sour from JP, but not their best. Glad I got to try it, but would not go out of my way if they releases it again.
09-30-2011 19:55:01 | More by camil1mj
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
750 ml bottle split between my girlfriend and I, poured into two tulips.
A: Golden orange hazy body with a soft bubbly and creamy white head. Nice splotchy lacing around the glass walls and a solid retention cap.
S: Barnyard funk, hay, orange, slight pumpkin flesh, sweet tangerine. It's not overly aromatic in terms of what they listed on the bottle: pumpkin, cacao and spices. Also, for being aged in oak barrels for around one year, there isn't much in the way of that in the aroma.
T: Orange oils, sweet light malts, tart and funky notes up front. Towards the very end I do get the faintest hint of pumpkin and a little spice. By no means does this show up well, it's virtually non-existent but I can get it on the back end.
M: Bubbly, active carbonation without being light bodied. Very satisfying feel with lots of little bubbles all over. For the style, this is great.
I did enjoy this beer a lot, but I was disappointment with its lack of flavor diversity. I was really hoping for much more pumpkin, cacao and spices to show up anywhere but they really had no reason being plastered on the label. It was a very well done beer with enough tartness and funk to satisfy that sour kick.
10-22-2011 12:32:57 | More by ShanePB
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
I had this at Jackie O's during the bottle share before the bottle release this weekend. Poured into a sample glass.
Appearance: Pours a golden amber color, this one is quite cloudy. There is just a small amount of white head.
Smell: Earthy with a lemon tartness along with some sour vinegar. Crisp and light.
Taste: A lot like the smell. Crisp and light lemon sourness with some herbal and earthy undertones. The funk/sourness is the dominant thing going on here.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Light and refreshing. This was a delicate and delicious sour. I would definitely have another.
12-05-2011 22:57:07 | More by oline73
3.85/5 rDev -9.4%
Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a decent size white head of foam that settles to a thin collar, leaving very minimal lacing behind.
Aromas begin with a mix of herbal and bitter citrus hops. Then you get some spicy oak and Bretty powdery yeast.
The tastes begin with pilsnery grainy malt but then the herbal hops add a balancing quality. As it warms you get the house Jolly Pumpkin funk, hay-like mustiness and moderate white wine acidity.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is super dry and oaky with only minimal lingering sourness/tartness.
Overall this was a decent sour ale but more like an Orval light Bretty beer or a Brett induced IPA than a Wild ale with all the bells and whistles that are advertised. Maybe it was different fresh but I cannot imagine it was much different. I wish this had more of the "added" ingredient flavors or was more sour but right now it is just in the lower end of both.
08-15-2012 19:46:32 | More by claspada
Lupulo De Hielo from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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