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Cinco Años - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.02%


Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We’ve teamed up with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales to create a special collaborative oak aged ale with plums, brewed to celebrate Plum Market’s 5 year anniversary. The special sour blend is aged on organic Royal Diamond plums; it’s an amber with a hint of roast, malty, sweet, and sour, and the delicate aroma and delicious flavor of more plums than you can shake a stick at.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-23-2012)
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Brenden

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm glad there was a bottle of this still around. Still fresh according to the bottle.

The body of the beer is revealed to be a bright amber after the miasmic turbulence of the pour subsides. The pale orange-tinted rocky, foamy pillow of soapy head is about two fingers tall and rests itself on top for the duration. It looks almost solid and falls very slowly, never dropping to less than one finger. It leaves behind chunky clumps of lacing in plenty from the top to the bottom half of the glass.
Plum is there but isn't right out at the forefront. There is a berry-like combination of sweet and tart with a light sourness that works well. There are some vinous notes on the aroma especially, with some dry solid woods and a hint of vanilla.
The funk and sourness I expect from Jolly Pumpkin are in full force. Plum juice and pulp come out in the middle and last into a juicy sweet finish. There's lots of dryness from woods as well, and it permeates the body. Some tropical fruits sweetness comes into the middle to ease the dryness a bit with lots of zest accompanying. The barrel seems to being out some almost red wine character, with some tannins and leather just notable. It would be nice if it finished stronger, but it's a good beer.
Carbonation is at excellent levels here, adding a certain frothy movement on the palate without going too filling or spritzy. The crispness bites and stays consistently strong. As it dries, the plum and juicier notes ease the burden, making for a completely semi-dry body from beginning to finish. The medium body holds up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 21:02:41 | More by Brenden
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottled 3/26/2012

A - Pours a nice crystal clear amber hie with a one finger white head that slumps down to a nice quarter inch creamy blanket. Very nice.

S - Aromas of super, super light floral notes, hay/straw, lemons. A distant whiff though reveals an almost plum candy type of aroma. Light oak, faint malts.

T - Taste is quite tart upfront, nice sour plums. Fades rather quickly to a malty funky earthy middle. Light oak, leather, faint yeast, malt sweetness. The finish is somewhat neutral as the plums fade to a distant memory. Wish there was more plum on the finish, still, quite complex.

M - Mouthfeel is really, really nice. Great effervescence, crisp, super drinkable.

O - Overall, this was a fun beer that was super complex. Liked how the plums faded in and out of this one. Really, really nice Jolly Pumpkin offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:31:06 | More by rudzud
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle
Served in a beer flute
Bottled 03-26-2012
Batch 976

A - It is an amber liquid with a slight haze. Perched on top is one inch of tan head.

S - The aroma is tart plum. It is almost like a fruit lambic in smell.

T - The initial taste is sour with some fruitiness. Then comes the funk. I get some dank basement, mold, and mildew.

M - Moderate and effervescent.

O - It is a good beer. I was hoping for more plum. It turned out great considering it froze in my garage refrigerator and leaked a little. I was afraid I lost this one. Thank goodness it was okay.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 00:41:50 | More by buschbeer
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/26/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart green apple, plum, pear, lemon zest, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, toast, light caramel, vinegar, leather, funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of plum, yeast, oak, and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple, plum, pear, lemon zest, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, toast, light caramel, vinegar, leather, funk, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, plum, pear, lemon zest, toast, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, light caramel, vinegar, leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of plum, yeast, oak, and moderate malt flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited wild ale. All around good complexity and balance of plum, yeast, oak, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:57:17 | More by superspak
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to Kyle. Pours a copper-orange body with decent white head. Aroma leans more towards grapes than plums. Definitly lots of wood. Some light bugs and funk. Taste is acidic even for a Jolly Pumpkin beer, red wine and also some caramel sweetness. Carbonation is rather low. Still good but doesn't not have JP's usual cohesion and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:55:57 | More by Luk13
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Cinco Años pours a mostly transparent orange color with a faded copper tint. There is a small frothy off-white head that mostly fades to a nice ring and a thin cap on top.

Aromatically, this is great. There is a strong lactic vinegar nature to the aroma, with a soft, smooth plum note that adds a little bit of sweetness as well. There is a bit of oak in the nose as well.

The flavor fizzles out a little bit. Although the aroma was tart and led me to believe that this would be quite sour, which it is not yet. Sweet plum and vanilla work with a dry oak character, with a mild lactic tartness throughout. The flavor is nice, if not quite that sour yet.

The body is a little bit on the light side, not quite to the point of being watery, but headed in that direction. The carbonation is smooth, crisp, and aggressive.

Jolly Pumpkin makes such a variety of pleasant and interesting spontaneously fermented beers, and having a sour with plums added is a nice addition to their arsenal. As this becomes more sour over time, I feel that this will improve a bit as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:48:20 | More by KickInTheChalice
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks trxxpaxxs for sharing this bottle

The beer pours a light amber with a quarter-inch of off-white head and modest lacing. The nose is different than I'd expected - sweet distinct plumb with a touch of sour ad spice. The taste is equally potent and flavorful. It's definitely in par with the other malty sours from JP. The mouthfeel presents plumb sweetness upfront followed by a semi-dry, clean, malty finish. This is a tasty, drinkable sour that's more similar to a JP shelf sour than it would be to a grand reserve.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 05:47:39 | More by ThePorterSorter
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 976, 03-26-2012. One year old bottle poured into my Oxbow snifter.

A: Perfectly clear copper/orange with pinkish hues. Nice white fizzy acidic looking head fades quickly as it settles to a patchy thin rim. Looks decently carbonated. Solid looking beer.

S: Well there it is...the JP funk. Nicely acidic and vinegary. Some candy aromas...like a candy push pop. Lightly fruity...but mostly funky and acidic...smells a lot like a Flander's style beer.

T/M: Hits your tongue with a real, real quick hit of acidic sourness...then fades very quickly into a layer of funk. A bit of that candy sweetness in the aroma but not much. Maybe some light fruit. Very light tasting beer. Certainly refreshing, but not overwheming in any way. The body is pretty nice. I'd call it medium-thin...a nice bit of a creamy layering on the tongue. Could maybe use just a touch more carbonation.

O: Not bad. Not great. I might call it a little underwhelming, but certainly still a good beer. The aroma is significantly better than the taste. I didn't have a fresh bottle so I don't know what the year of age has accomplished if anything. I wouldn't seek it out, but I'd happily drink another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 22:39:28 | More by kbuzz
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy orange/amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light residual sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is dominated by tart notes with light Brett notes of wet leather and some vinous notes with light residuals sugar perceptible in the aftertaste. Body is about average with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the best from this famous brewery with plums being somewhat hard to distinguish and not as funky as some other JP beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 17:21:16 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jim! Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip. Nose has a bit of plum skin; fruit not overpowering. Dry bread. Flavor has some plum tannin. Light-medium body. No real funk.

UPDATE: After having this a second time, everything had melded together a bit more, but it still didn't stand out in any particular way.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 19:48:47 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429, thanks! A long time want. Beer isn't as fruity as hoped but it is a nice beer overall. I'd have it again. I think most of these Jolly Pumpkin beers end up tasting the same after a year or so. Drink the fruity one quickly.

Beer is dark tan and hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles, low retention, some lacing.

Aroma is sour and mildly fruity with a mild Brett character.

Beer is sweet with a tart finish, a succinic sort of sour with some lactic notes as well. The fruit is still there but it is pretty subtle. I would be interested in having a newer bottle of this if possible.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 17:50:07 | More by drabmuh
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beerhan

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very turbid at first muddy brown then settles to a glorious amber. Initial 1.5 finger head of which only a light lacing remains.

S-Some berry and ginger as well as some oak and probably plum although it is rather subtle.

T-What stands out the most from this is the plum after taste. In my opinion it is dead on. It has the usual jolly pumpkin house taste yet very light on the funk and sour bite. It is very woody and filled with mixed berries but that juicy plum taste stands out.

M-I for one and very impressed with this beer's feel. It is slightly sour and very crisp with a near perfect carbonation.

O-I think this was a very cool beer. I find it a bit funny however that this beer does not have the snobby feel that Plum Market has (for those are not familiar it is a bit of a more exclusive Whole Foods that has an incredible beer and wine selection with some remarkably informed and helpful staff and Jolly Pumpkin has a lot of love for them). I just think what they charged for this was a little ridiculous. I do like this less sour-sour from JP good job.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 03:44:51 | More by beerhan
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured murky orange. Not a ton of head, but a little cling down the glass.

A little bit of the typical Jolly Pumpkin yeast profile in the aroma along with some plums.

Good plum notes on the flavor up front. A little bit of spiciness and some JP yeast profile on the back. Finishes somewhat dry and oaky.

Light bodied with good carbonation.

Another nice Jolly Pumpkin sour. I would've preferred a bit more fruit flavor to come out, but still a nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 14:29:12 | More by jmarsh123
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing this Matt!

(A)- Pours a pale reddish brown hue. Some white froth formed.

(S)- A dry oaky, but fruity cherry/plum action. Subtle acidic funk, but very subtle.

(T)- Dry and oaky primarily. Subtle fruit (very subtle).

(M)- A good carbonation level. A touch thin on body and taste, but this sure shows the barrel a' plenty.

(O)- Unique, but it just needed something more to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 14:21:32 | More by sweemzander
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FosterJM

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1486th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Taster
750Ml

Thanks to ErikKoppin
Shared with JealousChalice, KevanB & Schmoopsbeer

App- Poured out a really murky orange with some yellows behind it. A good amount of a semi bubbly beer in the glass. A good amount of cling on the sides as well.

Smell- The smell gets lost on this beer. It has a good hoppy note but the yeast and what I would say is a pasta note doesnt balance itself out.

Taste- I enjoyed this beer. It was very rye forward with a belgian yeast balance and a little bit of hops on the backend.

Mouth- It was bit light bodied with a similar carbonation. Residual plums with a bit of sour and funky oak.

Drink- A nice sour. Just needed more pop. Thank Erik. Really enjoyed this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 02:08:53 | More by FosterJM
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Rich.

The pour is light amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is lightly tart in the typical Jolly Pumpkin fashion. Good plum character to it along with some oak, lemon zest, raisin, peach, and a bit of malt sweetness. Sort of all over the place, but not bad. The flavor profile is quite similar to the aroma. Lactic tartness throughout with a nice plum flavor along with some of the other fruits often found in Jolly Pumpkin beers like apples and peaches. A touch of oak and just a little bit of grass on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 04:34:02 | More by womencantsail
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, dated 3-26-12, poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Chris for sharing.

A: Clear, light, reddish-orange body with a finger of a super-fine off-white froth. Ok retention, very light, spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Super funky, with a terrific blend of cheese, barnyardy Brett and fruity, lemony acidity. Really fresh, complex, and balanced. Great.

T: Opens with some nice lactic acidity, but then dies into a faint, grassy, watery finish. Mildly grainy, fruity aftertaste - the plums, finally? Tasty, but disappointingly flavorless on the back end.

M: Soft, creamy, well-carbonated - but a little light-bodied. Still good.

O: This reminded me of Perseguidor 5, in that it smelled terrific but just didn't have the flavor to back up the big aromas. The plums also failed to assert themselves, which was disappointing. Still a tasty, above-average brew, but not the masterpiece I was hoping for.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 22:10:43 | More by woosterbill
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice. It is a medium brown to purple color with a fizzy head. Smells like acidic vinegar with some sweet dark fruit. Taste has some tart characteristics but they back off pretty quickly, leaving this very mellow. Body is very fizzy. This turns out to be very drinkable, but the flavors aren't nearly as complex as I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:47:48 | More by webmanspidey
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jale

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at J.P. in Ann Arbor.
A: Pours a cloudy amber with a good three fingers of white head.

S: Mild oak, fruit and that usual J.P. funk.

T: Tartness to start followed by mild oak and a hint of plums in the finish.

M: Light body with very good carbonation.

O: Has a very young taste and may benefit from some time in the bottle. I agree 100 percent with Alex. Not overly impressed with this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 21:12:48 | More by jale
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in their standard tulip glass.

A - A finger-plus of off-white foam settles to a thick collar and near-complete cap, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Dark orange body with a hint of transparency.

S - Lots of plums, some lactic notes, vanilla, vinous and mildly sour flavors, some oak, and a solid stone fruit malt backdrop that evokes peach cobbler. Potent, balanced, and complex.

T - The taste is a mild disappointment, as it's dominated by dry oak. Some vanilla and stone fruit sweetness show up mid-palate before yielding to some tart plums in an oddly weak finish. Dry wood lingers on the palate indefinitely. Only mild sourness at this stage.

M - Active but pleasant carbonation, medium body, and super dry and woody, with plenty of fruit tannins as well.

D - Easy to drink, but not the most memorable Jolly Pumpkin offering. I preferred last year's Spring Sour by a fair margin to this offering. I'd certainly drink it again, but I wouldn't seek out a trade or offer up a lot. Still, worth trying if it pops up on-tap somehwere.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 14:49:18 | More by MasterSki
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