Cinco Años - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
3.88/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-02-2013 01:48:20 | More by KickInTheChalice
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
04-08-2014 21:02:41 | More by Brenden
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
11-05-2012 03:44:51 | More by beerhan
3.49/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
03-29-2013 22:39:28 | More by kbuzz
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
03-04-2013 17:21:16 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
10-01-2012 14:29:12 | More by jmarsh123
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
750 ml bottle
Served in a beer flute
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.
01-16-2014 00:41:50 | More by buschbeer
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
11-21-2013 00:55:57 | More by Luk13
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
12-16-2012 19:48:47 | More by Thorpe429
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