Sobrehumano Palena'ole - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3.68/5 rDev -10%
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.
10-26-2012 00:31:59 | More by brewandbbq
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
750ml bottle, with a nice creepy label, appropriate for the upcoming, and already well decorated Hallowe'en 'season'. Also the twin American state inputs to this offering come from the two states that I've visited in the past year or so. Neat.
This beer pours a hazy dark golden amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy pale beige head, which leaves a fuzzy undulating ridge of painted lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.
It smells of tart, fruity acetic acid, a moderated funkiness - some cheese, some musty barn essence - an actual workaday fruitiness in the way of plum, apple, and cherry, and a soft oakey woodiness. The taste is a weaker sour fruitiness, the cherry and apple notes still most prominent, with a pale grainy maltiness burbling underfoot, some sour milk character, indistinct, tamed funk, and more of that subtle woody astringency.
The bubbles are fairly restrained, but not entirely absent, the body a leaky medium weight, and a bit pithy, but generally all right, and smooth with the expected fruit interference. It finishes mostly dry, the tartness of the fruit still in the forefront, with the latent fleshy sweetness, lingering spoiled milk and hayloft funk doing well to keep things down to earth.
A pretty pleasant version of this usually forceful style - all the big expected marks are there, but none overtake or become overbearing, they just seem to get along, under the auspices of a sturdy fruit base. The passionfruit from the Hawai'i side does seem to get lost in the more pungent mire of the Midwest sour cherries, but I don't think that it loses all, as the overall weight benefits as such. Tasty, and heartwarming, to me, at least, as Michigan and Hawai'i play a large part in my very being, as far as they are from my current existence.
10-25-2012 04:22:43 | More by biboergosum
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
750 mL bottle, allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.
Sobrehumano Palena'ole pours a polished auburn that starts pretty clear, but is fairly murky by the time I get to the last pour. Maybe two fingers of bone colored foam cap the beer, with not much head retention or lacing. The nose has a bit of vinous acidity, and a srong tart cherry presence. The flavor still has a little bit of biscuit maltiness to it before the sour and fruit aspects of the beer come in. The flavor of the Liliko'i doesn't really come through at all, but it does contribute to a certain brightness in the acidity that I normally don't find in a sour cherry beer. That cherry - sour interplay is what comes through and fills the rest of the palate. The carbonation has a nice bit liveliness to it, but the body is just a little too slick for its own good. I don't know if Sobrehumano Palena'ole was worth the higher than usual for JP price tag, but it's a very good beer nevertheless.
10-19-2012 05:06:34 | More by axeman9182
2.55/5 rDev -37.7%
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.
10-13-2012 06:30:45 | More by corby112
3/5 rDev -26.7%
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.
10-03-2012 00:25:31 | More by Treebs
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
09-23-2012 16:21:23 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev -2.2%
A: The beer is very hazy reddish amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell has aromas of sourness and brettanomyces yeast
T: The taste is rather tart and has some sourness with notes of oak from the barrel aging and hints of sour cherries in the flavors. The sourness becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The oak lends a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer isn’t as sour as some of the other Jolly Pumpkin beers so it could make for a good introduction to the style.
Note: Blend #7
09-22-2012 23:03:10 | More by metter98
Sobrehumano Palena'ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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