Sobrehumano Palena'ole - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Sobrehumano Palena'oleSobrehumano Palena'ole

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319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 46
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kohoutek on 06-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 319 | Reviews: 79
Photo of gcamparone
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade

A-pours a hazy cherry body with an off white head that reduces slowly to a layer of foam

S- some bandaid aroma, oak, slightly tart fruit, sweet cherries, funk, berries

T- upfront tart fruit skin, heavy oak, cherries, red grapes, funk, citrus peel, light fruit

M- medium high carbonation , medium body

Interesting.. Unique.. Kinda complex, but mediocre at the same time. Not bad

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to tbadiuk for the sending this out our way.
Blend 6: Bottled 05-10-2012

A: A clear tawny red brick rimmed with a scant bone white microfilm, poured initially with 2 -3 fingers of head, but showed little retention. As we pour through the drink the sediment builds and turns the brew mirky and less appealing.

S: Sour and tart with sour cherries and high notes of citrus with red berries and wet oak. Slight hints of red wine vinegar, the scent also suggests an aging process mixed with citrus tropical fruits.

T: Fresh and bright, the flavour burst with juicy tropical citrus notes. Mid-palette the aged oak comes through and offers a woody counter balance to the citrus. Sour fruits and a slight vinegar flavour is present on the back end, the flavour seems to grip the tongue in a dry white wine style.

M: Dry and refreshing the mouth feel reminds me of a crisp white Riesling - and moves through to a round smoothness at the end, I’m guessing due in part to the oak aging.

O: The tartness, fresh juice and oak roundness combine well offering a sour brew that session-able and enjoyable start to finish. The tart citrus is well balanced with the oak aging and mellows out the brew to an highly approachable drink.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of tart fruit with cherries notes and light funky notes. Taste is also dominated by tart cherry notes with some tart and sour notes with some light funky yeast notes in the finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice sour with oak, cherry and tart notes mixing well together.

Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to Joefc. The brew pours a clear amber with yellowish to orange hints around the edges. An off-white cap fades leaving spotty to patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The smell includes a fruity tang with lactic and acetic notes that deepen the fruited aspect. At times it seems to get mingled with a mineral sort of component which isnt terribly inviting but the fruited aspects make up for it.

The taste has like a mix of acedic sourness coupled with lactic lemony quality and sour fruits almost like current or cranberry. Overall not a bad tasting brew, it is uniquely enjoyable just slightly lacking in complexity but its cleanliness of the funk is to be noted.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall its ok but nothing earth shattering or terribly memorable going on here. Worth a try just to say you had it but at the pricepoint I would not buy again.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Served on tap in at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor.

Sobrehumano pours slightly darker than the usual pale ale. It has a golden caramel color, but there is also an amber tint in the center of the glass. A moderate white froth coats the top of the beer in the pitcher and remains on top in the glass for a few minutes as well before fading to a ring around the edge.

The aroma is fairly tart and acetic, with some berries and citrus fruit. There is a woody oak presence behind it as well.

There is just a quick fruit sweetness to the start of the flavor before it turns totally sour. Tart lemon and a bit of vinegar set the palate to how sour Sobrehumano is, allowing cherries, currants, green apples, and white grapes to dance on the tongue and add further depth. Tannic woody notes come through and add a slight astringency to the finish.

A moderate level of both lemony sour and cherry acetic acidity exists in this beer. The tartness causes gentle salivation and alerts the senses to the flavor sensations on the tongue. At the beginning of the sip the body seems to be in the middle of the spectrum, with the oak and crisp carbonation lightening the feel by the end.

This is yet another very drinkable sour from Jolly Pumpkin. It does not quite match up to Biere de Mars for me, but I would relax over a few glasses of this beer.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy amber with a thin halo of loose, off-white head that loosely laces. The nose is mild with sweet fruity notes and some funk. When the beer warms a bit there is some acetone that pushes through. The taste highlights the interesting fruit (similar to passion fruit?) used to make this sour, and is relatively tart and sweet, balanced, and drinkable like most of the other JP sours. There is sweetness upfront with an effervescent, tart, slightly dry finish. Not overly impressed. This is a tasty beer, but I'm not sure it was worth the hassle to snag this limited release

Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish amber from the bottle into tulip. Big creamy off white head that retains a bit for a sour. Big sour notes with tropical fruits, lots of cherries, and vinegar. BIG sour start, with lots of fruit. Mellows as it goes down without much lingering on the palate. Dry start to finish. Light and effervescent. A true sour first beer. Good stuff.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy red-orange with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.

S - Sour grapes, cherries, and other fruits, oak, vanilla, funky Brett other sour yeasts, orange and lemon zest, biscuity malts.

T - Sour cherries, grapes, other fruits, oak, vanilla, funky Brett, lactic acid, other yeasts, orange and lemon zest, bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart and sour finish.

D - Good fruity sour beer. Nice balance.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was shared with us, with a big thanks to StonedTrippin. It poured a caramel coloring, letting up more reddish golden hues around the edges. It held a soapy, tannish head of one and a half fingers. This retained decently, but was easily reproducible. Big bubbles of lacing were left dripping down the glass. There was a moderate haze throughout, with tiny flecks of sediment bobbing about. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The nose gave a hearty malt base, with cooked caramels, white chalk, light wheatiness, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Soft hops came to mix with grassiness and nectary sweetness. Fruit came out much more with warmth, giving both sweetness and tartness. The former was in the form of tropical juiciness of the Liliko’l, which was much like pineapple, with a bit of dehydrated mango twang. The sourness on the other hand was brought in full by the cherry inclusions, mixing with the funky, biting Bretty yeastiness. Our first impression was that the fruit was very forward through the flavoring, but the mix was kept nice and light, and very drinkable. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with an immediate clash of toasted pale and caramel malts, and the tropical juiciness and tart soured Michigan cherries that were so freshly aromatic. Dry oaky bite mixed in, pulling us to the peak where the independent tartness of yeast hit its maximum. The fruit lightened up through the end, but added residual dextrin pucker amongst the continued funky yeast, mineral, toasty caramels, and faint diacetyls. The aftertaste breathed of tartness, solid cherry bite, yeast, light barnyard Brett, and pale metallic malts. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave soft slurp, sip, cream, and froth, with big pucker. The mouth was initially coated with oily creaminess, with oaky dryness and tart, tannic astringency. The abv was fine, and the beer sipped nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its lightness of flavoring. This is not to say that the flavoring was weak, but rather the blend of malts with the juicy airiness of the fruit, light oak, and solid tartness made for a nice blend. This also helped the ease of drinkability, putting this guy far from a slow sipper. The froth and slurp were nice on the mouth, and nicely contributory. If we had to knock something it would be the nose, as the fruitiness there tended to overpower the malts, hops, and especially the woodiness. We haven’t had the pleasure to have the Maui version, but we love the idea of this, and believe it was well executed.

Photo of jefferyc
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hate to give any beer a perfect rating, But this one does not fault in any category... Juiciest sour ever created by a commercial brewery. I tried this on tap and in bottles at Great Lakes Coffee in Detroit back in January. I believe the tap version to be a bit more on the puckering end, whereas the bottled version has developed some malty flavors at this point. The canned version by Maui brewing is not sour.

A - Holds a beautiful deep-red hue with a two-finger head that lasts for as long as you can milk this brew. The glass is laced with white legs running down the side as you swirl the liquids inside.

S -Cherries, passion fruit, oak, and the signature JP barnyard funk

T - Same as the smell with a puckering sour taste. very juicy. Can definitely taste the wood from the barrels and horseblanket from the brett.

M - Very drinkable, in fact, this beer can be too drinkable. Well-carbonated and leaves a puckering smack on your lips for hours after consumption

O - In my opinion, this is the best sour ever brewed...Having tried various other barrel-aged sours by Jolly P, Cantillon, 3Font's, RR, Bruery, Lost Abbey, etc. I believe the Jolly Pumpkin version of Sobrehumano, particularly on tap is outstanding and above the rest. If you have a chance to try it, please do so!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this is leaps and bounds better than the maui brewing version, its more wild, more balanced, and much more pleasant to drink, although I personally didn't mind the maui, just through it got the fruit balance wrong. the one pours a pale red color, cloudy with some more pink notes to it, and a sturdy white head about an inch tall. the nose on it is real tart, the Hawaiian fruit is front and center, although ive never had it a as a fruit itself, it works in this beer much better than the other end of the collaboration. cherry juice is semisweet and a little bitter, and the wild yeast makes this beer super funky, up there in that regard with any of the jolly pumpkin offerings. lighter bready malt gives it some depth beyond the fruit. the low abv is also attractive here as a aid to drinkability, this is an interesting beer that demands some serious contemplation. the finish is brutally dry, uncommon in fruit beers I find. overall one of the most interesting far out beers ive consumed in 2013, its farmy, fruity, and fun. a trifecta in my book.

Photo of milliCAN
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Capital Brewery tulip.

It pours nicely with a head of white that recedes to a film. It smells like the best Flanders Red Ale ever. A huge sour blast up front and a great sour finish keeps my attention.

I could go for this any day of the week. Nice acidity and flavor overall.

Photo of nova009
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a goblet

A- pours a clear dark red, kinda looks like a pinot noir, solid stream of bubbles rising quickly to the surface, one finger white fluffy head that dissipates down after a couple of minutes, a good amount of lace left on the glass

S- nice and tart, brett funk, vinegar, tart cherries

T- pretty mouth puckering tart, red-wine vinegar, sour fruits, cherries, lemons, a little bit of an oak woodiness too

M- fairly light-medium body, decent carbonation, hits the entire palate but finishes clean and dry

O- yet another solid brew from JP, not my favorite but I'm glad I picked this one up when I visited the brewpub in Ann Arbor

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/09/12 - Blend 5

A: Pours a burnt orange, amber body. Fizzy, bubbly head forms and disappears quickly into a thin ring of bubbles. Cloudy. No lacing, as to be expected from style and ABV.

S: Lots of cherries, citrus and oak. Orange and grapefruit rind. Yeasty funk. Lots of tart smells.

T: Tart, strong funk. Sweet fruitiness. Lots of cherry and oak.

M: High carbonation. Dry, but crisp and refreshing. Light body.

O: The best offering I've had from Jolly Pumpkin. This was had great funk and sweet balance. Not too yeasty, but great tastes from the cherries and other fruits.

Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split five ways at a recent tasting. Pours a highly opaque amber color with some dark prune and red tints all around. A very small, slightly off-white head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving almost the entire top of the beer bare.

The aroma contains some intensely sour and musky fruits, jam-packed and heavy right from the start. Cherries, citrus, lemon, and some other, unidentifiable tropical aromas linger around and immediately string the nostrils with a pungent sour aroma. There is a bit of musty and damp cellar-like characteristics floating around, something common to many Jolly Pumpkin brews. The aroma gets my saliva glands flowing - I can't wait to try this one.

The initial taste starts off with some bright, crispy citrus; alongside it are heaps of juicy, ripe cherries and slight lemon juice. I'm still getting a mild tropical character, but I can't really just pinpoint a specific fruit. This mofo is super sour and super tart - something I realize as soon as the beer hits my palate. Simply calling it puckering or lip-smacking would be the understatement of the year.

Acidity takes over halfway through and little by little, the sourness calms itself down and fades into a mouth-quenching sweetness. As the sourness subsides, the other flavors start to come out as well: light funk, wet wood, and some mild oak. This isn't as funky as some other JP beers I've had, but just enough to give the brett-lovers a kick. Aftertaste dies with the fading sweetness and a bit of the damp oak. Medium-high carbonation and a medium body at best.

Hot damn, talk about sour. Definitely one of the more tart things to hit my palate - highly fruit, sour, tart, and juicy. Plays well with a moderate amount of funk and finishes with a nice fruity sweetness. Overall, this sucker was pretty enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Beerandboards
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a large wineglass

A - like a dark apple cider. Little bit of ruby hue. Inch and a half to two inches of off white head, lots of lacing, crown retains throughout.

S - apple cider vinegar, little bit of yeasty funkiness

T - sour red apples, vinegar, a little tiny bit of oak, super dry finish. Medium sourness. Little bit of grape with sort of a fruit peel bitterness at the end, dry finish.

M - high carb, thin body, not bad, not great.

O - I'm not a huge fan of the apple cider vinegar tasting sour beers. This is a nice beer, just doesn't really hit the spots I like.

Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to erikkoppin

Pours softly hazed, reddish color with mahogany hues. Thin wisp of head fades into thin film and a collar of lacing.

Funky, fruity and sour notes in the nose. Touches of cherry, pineapple and tropical fruit with residual fruit sugar sweetness.

Bite of fruit-driven sourness up front with cherry and pineapple. Tropical tones with fruit juice and a touch of oaked wine. Softly funky yeast, mild backbone with bready malts. Continuing sourness on the back end during the dry finish.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and dry on the tongue. Quality fruit-based wild ale from JP and Maui which still contains the familiar funky/sour combo I've come to expect from JP while adding a fun tropical sour twist.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/29/12 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one. Believe the sticker said batch 2.

a - Pours a hazy amber-orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, sour cherries, earthy notes, spice, dark fruity malts, some oak, some vinegar. Tart and funky; nose is quite nice...has that Jolly Pumpkin funk to it.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, sour dark fruits, funk, oak, earthy notes, vinegar, yeast, some spice. More sour fruit than funk here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic.

o - Overall a very good sour from JP. Nice funk in the nose and sour, tart cherries throughout it. Would definitely have it again.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to Justin, thanks man.

Th beer pours a nice reddish amber hue with a ring of white head and a bit of lacing. The smell has a nice earthy and yeasty mix of aromas, a definite sour tart fruit note of the berry variety, mostly cherry. Definitely some nice vanilla oak aromas.

The taste has flutters of the smell but it seems to come out a bit less tasty than I hoped, it has this sweet corn sort of flavor that dulls the fruit and tart flavors, although there is a nice tartness and yeast flavor overall. Cherry juice certain,y is noticeable and adds a nice note to the beer. Still a tasty beer but they have better ones.

The feel is good, decent carbonation and medium in body. Overall a nice drinkable wild, not overly sour but has a good flavor profile and smell.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a dry, dark cherry fruitiness. In the taste, dryer, big dark cherry fruitiness. A small cherry like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cherry flavor in the aftertaste. Huge cherry presence, expecting a bit more sour, but nice nonetheless.

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/8/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Good spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, apple, oak, hay, grass, earth, pepper, clove, light vinegar, leather, barnyard funk, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance; nicely funky. Taste of tart cherry, apple, hay, grass, oak, pepper, clove, leather, light vinegar, funk, earth, and yeast spiciness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, apple, pepper, hay, grass, leather, clove, earth, funk, oak, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with a nice balance of light acidity and yeast flavor complexity; zero cloying flavors on the finish; moderately dry on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly acidic and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild ale brewed with fruit juice. Great overall flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with the light acidity. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to theeabyss for getting this out for us to try. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip. Pours with a very nice cherry red hue and a fizzy off-white head that sticks around for a bit. The nose carries really excellent notes of passion fruit and cherry, with the former really standing out in all of its glory. Note to brewers: please use more passion fruit. Behind that is a touch of oak and that signature Jolly Pumpkin funk. Flavor has more cherry than the nose did, splitting the passion fruit and cherry evenly. Background funk and a touch of something almost vinous. Very light fruity acidity and dryness through the finish. So extremely drinkable. Big winner.

Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Alpineclimber!

Appearance. Pours a deep, lightly hazy red-amber with half a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Kumquats. persimons and pears. Lightly funky and a little floral. Interesting for sure.

Taste. Nicely sour and tart with flavours of persimons and kiwi along with some light tannic wood and just the slightest hint of fresh flowers. Only a bit of sweetness to offset the sour. Very nice and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with maybe just a little lower than medium, fine carbonation.

Overall. Very nice. Tastes of exotic fruits sets this apart from most, and not in a gimic sort of way. Well made, delicious, and easy drinking. Would be great on a hot summer day ...which it's not today.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by schen9303. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Tiny white head with very little stick. Beer is a muddy, lifeless mahogany. Spotty and sparse lace with little stick. Not an attractive beer.

Nose is fruity, clean and fresh. Notes of kiwi, pineapple and Brett funk with a nice, underlying sweetness. Nice.

Opens light kiwi, pineapple, and other tropical fruit notes. Some spiciness towards the middle softened by a mellow Brett funk presence. A touch of tartness towards the end with some plastic and foam at the finish. Spicy and tart fruit forward aftertaste. I like it!

Beer is light bodied with moderate carbonation that seems concentrated all at the end. Slick and clean in the mouth and lively and bubbly going down. Slightly accented finish with a light, lingering aftertaste. Real enjoyable.

After seeing how this beer poured, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, upon smelling and tasting it, this is really solid. Light, crisp, and refreshing and just very well balanced all the way around. Definitely recommended.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4-26-2012 and described as "Blend 1". Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A - copper/reddish hue, slightly cloudy, tight light-tan head resolving into a thin rim around the edge of the beer with small chunks left around the glass.

S - super-intense funky sour fruit nose with some undertones of overly ripe fruit. Slightly spicy with some real funky foundation.

T - slightly less intense and concentrated than the nose suggests, but with a solid sour fruit (soured cherry/grape) backbone that coats the mouth and sits on the back and sides of the tongue. Lots of sour aftertaste but only moderate acidity. Overall the flavor is somewhat unidimensional and direct, but certainly not in a bad way.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation, but a slight creaminess. Fairly tight/dry finish that really lingers.

Overall this is an impressive beer. It's the first Jolly Pumpkin I've had back in Canada (three cheers that it's now being imported) and it's certainly lived up to the brewery's reputation. It's a very interesting sour beer with a lot of funk for wild ale fans.

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Sobrehumano Palena'ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.