Sobrehumano Palena'ole - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Sobrehumano Palena'oleSobrehumano Palena'ole

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 46
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.57/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Blend 1, bottled 04-26-2012

Pours a dark copper/ruby red color with burnt orange edges when held to a light. Completely still with no head or lace.

Musty aroma with a nice blend of barrel, earthy funk, vinous fruit and subtle vinegar. At first the oak and funky bugs dominate but as it warms the cherry juice and other dark fruit notes come to the forefront. Subtle acetone but more of a vinegar presence than solvent.

Thinner bodied than expected with soft carbonation but not as still as it looks. Slight herbal/medicinal presence with strong cherry juice and dark berry flavor. The funky yeast and barrel presence are very subtle, taking a back seat to the sweet vinous fruit notes. Not very sour or funky with a subtle acetic quality in the finish. Kind of watered down with low carbonation and a one dimensional flavor profile making this collaboration beer pretty boring. Disappointing offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of Treebs
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle served in a Duvel green tulip. Blend # 5, bottled on 5-09-2012.

A: Pours a burnt orange color with a yellowish head forming the pour. It has some nice body to it as it recedes to a thick cap and collar. Nice sheets of lace are left down the sides of the glass.

S: Some light cherry tartness with some yeasty sweetness to it. Sweet fruit juice is also present in the nose. Definitely missing some lacto sourness in the nose. A touch of oak is present on the nose as well.

T: Sweet fruit juice, maybe some blueberry and cherry, with a very subtle tart note. Some light lemon grass with a odd celery note to it. Oak tannins with some vanilla sweetness on the finish with a pale malt body.

M: Medium to light bodied with a prickly carbonation level. Clean, semi-drying finish.

O: This was entirely disappointing. The beer itself wasn't bad, but it's very poor representation of the style. No biting sourness and very little tartness in the taste as well. Not worth the price.

Photo of Cocktailz37
3.07/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance of this beer was a lovely, slightly cloudy, ruby red color. Very nice to look at. It poured with a 1/2 inch head, with very little retention, and no lacing. The nose was very faintly of fresh sweet cherry, but other than that, lacked complexity. The taste was of cherry and tropical fruit, with a very light sourness, which I thought to be just the right amount. This beer was very refreshing and well balanced, but again, lacked much complexity. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and pleasant. The finish was surprisingly long lasting, and displayed more sour notes, but was still a bit one-sided. I believe this beer would be well paired with a spinach salad with cranberries, almonds, and Gorgonzola cheese. Overall, I would say this beer is a refreshing, fruity, mild sour, good for quenching your thirst on a warm summer night, but possibly, slightly overpriced.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark copper/burnt orange. Head is slightly off-white. Drops to a tiny cap and slightly bubbly collar. No lacing. Minor carbonation.

Smell: Yeasty funk. Pepper and macerated cherry flesh. Some cherry pit and skin as well. Floral with a nIce underlying lactic tartness from the Jolly Pumpkin barrels. Earthy, herbal, and damp. Dry crackery yeast. Warming pulls out some brighter cherry juice. Vaguely tropical.

Taste: Tropical fruit, almost mealy. Vaguely soapy. Peppery with some acetic and lactic bite in the back. Some sweeter malts come across a touch bready and dry. Oak barrel becomes more dominant as the beer warms. Some cherry flesh with bigger pushes of pit and skin. Tart cherry juice. Reminds me of washing my hair. Soapy. Some well-used leather.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with almost no carbonation. Minimal dryness. Some lingering spiciness.

Overall: Good, but not the best showing from Jolly Pumpkin.

Reminds me of tropical shampoo. Some. Ice layers of yeast and fruit and barrel. Solid, but lacks some of the greater barrel complexity I expect from Jolly Pumpkin. Definitely hits that ale with cherries thrown in a barrel. Wasn't really designed to go there.

Photo of ccrida
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blend 4, bottled 5/8/2012 poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Sobrehumano Palena'ole is a murky, dull, ruddy chestnut with a tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is sweet and fruity, mostly the passion fruit, and some aectic acid.

Taste is honestly a little underwhelming. It's a little funky, some acid, a flutter of brett, a bit of cherry coming through. A little iron. Dry and mineral laden. The component flavors are there, but there more subdued than I would have liked.

Mouthfeel is dry, spritzy but loose carbonation, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is ok. Nothing wrong with this beer, maybe I could have used less chalkiness, but generally, it's just not that inspiring, and at $18 a bottle, not something I'll be revisiting.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a cloudy amber with slight golden hue body.

S: very mild dark fruit, mostly cherry and starwberry. Caramel malt base.

T:cherry tartness which is mild on a toffee and caramel malt base. There is a mild citrus presence as well. This is a very simple brew.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this makes a better fruit beer than a wild ale. Its actually a little boring. I expected more.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with some malt, fruit, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and much better than the Maui version but still not all that impressive in my opinion.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours with a lightly carbonated appearance of deep ruby fruit juices, rust, and with lavender and mauve highlights. With understated head character, the beer seems to carry the mature presence of blended lambics. A yeasty haze casts a shaddow over the beer in true Belgianesque fashion.

The nose carries a bouquet of apple cider, sandalwood, musty fruit, and lime which evokes a mouthwatering responses from smell alone. Undertones of passion fruit and rose hips faintly balance the "wiley" scent.

Tart with the taste of apple cider, fruit punch, and acidic fruit which takes command of flavor with firm strength. Grapes, cherries, and tropical fruit flavors give moderate acidity and fruit which counters against floral hibiscus or chamomile. Lime sourness and pithy bitterenss blend into the fruit and fauna with a resiny and astringent finish.

Soft and sharp with sweet impressions but low-lying astringency on the mouth- all allowing powdery dryness and a juicy quality to exist at the same time. Wood-like tannin and spicy alcohols hide its strength behind a stage of fruit and earth.

Beware: this is the second try at this beer after the first was retched with vinegar and nail polish remover. After examination, the first bottle cap was poorly seated, had no carbonation, and was seriously infected. It also had blotches of sediment along the bottle in the head space. Avoid these bottles if you recognize these traits. Unfortunately, this is a common problem with Jolly Pumpkin ales.

Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a reddish brown, mostly opaque, with a half a finger of loose off white foamy head that quickly dissipates with some light lacing.

Nose is mostly fresh cherry, and a tangy generic tropical fruit smell. Fairly light aroma.

Taste follows the nose, cherry, generic tropical fruit, lightly tangy and tart. Sweeter wheat malts mid tongue. Finishes clean, with some light lingering cherry.

Light body, with some initial sharp prick of carbonation that quickly fades. Light and refreshing beer, easy to drink, but not all that interesting.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: Medium amber with some orange highlights - hazy, with a frothy off-white head, retains a little ring, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Tropical and exotic - honestly reminds me of a girly, tropical shampoo - some funk, some tartness and sourness, but the main thing here is fruit - some wood - pale and amber malts in the background

Taste: A bit more mild than the tropical shampoo aroma, but still interesting - fleshy, tropical fruit - some acidic funkiness, tart, lightly sour - lightly bitter - a light woodiness - light pale and amber malts - something that reminds me of Chap Stick - flavorful but also a little interesting

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth, nicely carbonated, but again, a too watery

Overall: Interesting, but not amazing

The fruit aroma and fruit flavors are really interesting. But nothing else is particularly exceptional. This is very mildly tart and sour. Worth a try, at least.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark copper, almost amber color with a 2 finger tan head. Small walls of lacing rise from the surface of the beer.

S- nice citrus, dark fruits (cherry mainly), vinegar and some funk.

T- earthy, spices, slight dark fruit flavor, apple, not a lot of funk or sour at all. Very mild for a sour.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight dryness at first but then becomes a bit lighter and smoother.

O- 4/10 sourness. Good sour and expected a really nice beer from the aroma, but the taste just didn't do much for me. Good intro to sours beer.

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 scottfrie
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brian. Batch 4, bottled 5/8/12.

A: Pours a murky iced tea color with reddish highlights. Almost no head is present, no lace.
S: Lightly tart smelling with notes of dry oak, light must, and tons of fruit, sweet berries, cherry skins, blackberries and passion fruit. Vinous smelling as well.
T: Not as well rounded as the nose. The oak is buttery, a bit greasy, and there is a good cherry skin fruit sourness in the finish. Good fruit but not as fruity as the nose. Oak could be drier.
M: Carbonation is rather low, medium-full body, greasy mouthfeel. Wish it was a little drier.
O: Great smell, everything else about the beer is average.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, $16.99 from the Beer Trappe in Lexington Kty.

Pours hazy copper with a thin head of beige. A coarse ring of foam and some elongated dotted lacework for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with musty, souring fruit, acid-spiked yogurt, and a hint of stomach lining. Slighty tannic with appleskins and red fruit.

Medium bodied with a crisp, sharp mouthfeel.

Tart fruit with a vinegar drizzle and lactic overtones start the palate. Rotten apples with a rather strange fruit flavor and shades of bile follow through.

Finishes with a lingering fruity, lactic sourness.

Kind of a strange beer. As with other JP beers it's heavy on the lactic, bile-like character and less on the clean acid. A very expensive beer also for what it is.

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

Handsome dark amber in the 0.25 litre snifter. Just a hint of Hawaiian punch in the nost. A woodsy flavor as well. Quite tasty and makes for an intriguing sipping beer. Fruit is interesting without overdoing it, though I wouldn't mind tasting the cherries a little. Slight sweetness cut with a touch of the old barrel. Or maybe it's just the passion fruit seeds.

Tart and spritzy. Fruity and flavorful. Roasty malt taste and lots of bitterness. Tastes like a mix of bitter Belgian yeast, a good dose of hops, and citrus peel. rich, yet sharp, and has a pleasant beery, bitter aftertaste.

On these collaboration beers, how would you know who made what if it's on tap? But this is so much better than the Maui canned version I will call it JP and sue me if I play it wrong. On tap at Blind Lady in San Diego.

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.

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 cvm4
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark/dank amber with a one finger off white head. Not much lacking.

S - A sweet tartness on the nose with tropical fruits. Very interesting.

T - Not a true sour by taste, it's definitely a watered down version. The tartness comes off as raspberries or strawberries.

M - Light body with good carbonation.

O - Much improved from the Maui version! I should give it 5 stars alone just for that. Just enough tartness to let you know it's there. Very palettable.

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 womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a khaki head. Light tartness on the nose, somewhat acetic with balsamic vinegar, leather, and oak. A touch of malt sweetness, mild fruitiness, and faint funkiness. Similarly basic/simple in terms of the flavor. Tart fruit and a bit of vinegar. Light malt sweetness, oak, and maybe some leather. Dry on the finish.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruddy, slightly hazy amber with a fizzy whitish head that dies away to a thin ring of lace within seconds.

S: Aromas of cherries, must, pickle brine, cider vinegar, sea salt, passion fruit, papaya, cedar, and pineapple are strong on the nose.

T: Notes of pickle brine, must, cider vinegar, guava, soursop, papaya, unripened grapes, pineapple, passion fruit, tart cherries, minerals, and cedar smack the palate. The finish is predictably funky and tart with huge tropical fruit, vinegar, and must flavors.

M: Surprisingly light in body for a Jolly Pumpkin product. Carbonation is a little weak. This one feels a bit thin and watery. Needs to be slightly heftier.

O: Flavorwise, this is an excellent sour, and would be great as an introduction to this type of ale. Still, this beer could stand to be tweaked a bit more. The lack of head retention takes away from the look of the beer and the thin body takes away from its natural complexity. Despite these flaws, Sobrehumano Palena'ole is still a solid effort. It's just not Jolly Pumpkin's best work to date.

Photo of PurpleFlea83
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared out of a 22 oz. bottle in a tulip glass on 8-6-12

A: Pours a rich and clear coppery amber with about a half an in of white head that dissipates fairly quick with little lacing. As the rest of the bottle with sediment is poured it turns a cloudy amber rust color.

S: Immediately notice somewhat tart cherries and oak. Notes of coconut, toffee, and hay.

T: Similar to nose. Cherries- not as tart as I had hoped for, but still good- and more oak. Bits of coconut and crackers, a little acidic and some brett funk.

M: Not too much carbonation as it settles down. Medium bodied with a little puckering effect from the cherries, but not much.

O: Not the most complex Jolly Pumpkin beer and wanted a little more tartness from the cherries, but still had a good balance of fruit and dry oak funk. One I'll still definately try again in the future; maybe with a little aging.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doug's bottle. Not sure why three different listings for same beer. Tart cherry supported by sweet yet slightly acidic passion fruit. A good changeup on the sours, initially very good drinking, though a few ounces was enough. not our favourite wild/sour of the day as not true to the style, more of a fruit beer.

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 dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blend 7, Bottled on 5/16/2012

A: Pours a murky dark reddish amber in color. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to significant aromas of brett tartness along with some lighter vinous notes and vinegar acidity. Lighter notes of citrus and just a hint of funk.

T: Moderately tart at first and building in tartness as the beer warms and you continue drinking it. There are flavors of sour cherry, oak, and high amounts of vinegar acidity.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Interesting and the tartness of this beer builds over time, becoming more aggressive as you continue to drink it. I could tell from the aroma alone that this was a Jolly Pumpkin beer but that is a reassuring thing to me since I really enjoy the beers from them.

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Sobrehumano Palena'ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.