Cinco Años - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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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
4.06/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
02-25-2014 02:31:06 | More by rudzud
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
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
12-15-2013 19:57:17 | More by superspak
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
3.88/5 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
Cinco Años from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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