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Sobrehumano Palena'ole - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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79 Reviews
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Reviews: 79
Hads: 325
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 46
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (686 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy mahogany color; the tap cap fades away but leaves some rocky islands on the liquid as well as some spotty lace

Smell: Funky fruit, with the passion fruit prominent, along with the tart cherries; quite acetic

Taste: Acetically tart from the outset, with passion fruit and, to a lesser extent, cherry; by mid-palate, the tartness and funk reduces its dominance, allowing the fruit and malty undertones to make their statement; the finish is more balanced and while the tartness lingers, the fruit flavors are more pronounced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; puckerish

Overall: While this beer has a lot of fruit, it brings an exotic fruit element with the passion fruit; very different and quite enjoyable (766 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,504 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -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. (400 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,789 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bottle served in a tulip glass. Reviewed from quick notes.

Murky reddish orangey color, an initial fizz and tight layer of foam, settling to a thin ring around the edges with random spotty lace in the glass.

Fruity acidic notes in the aroma, vague cherry and supposedly passionfruit, though no sweetness comes through. Crisp and somewhat complex with signature wild yeast and woody notes from JP's house barrels.

Tart fruity notes, somewhat indistinct but acidic and juicy, overall a vague tropical impression (which seems to be what the collaboration was going for). Mellow feel, aftertaste of light dry woodiness, typical of JP's output. Overall cohesive and pleasant.

Enjoyed it and would try again, though the pricetag was a bit high for what seemed like a slight variation in the standard spectrum of JP wild ales. (830 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We opened this along side the maui version at the Baltimore BA get together. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a red hue. There is a layer of white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet and rather herbal. There is a tartness along with some tropical fruit notes. Definitely picking up the traditional Jolly Pumpkin yeast.

Taste: Tart and a bit fruity. There is a mild note that reminds me of herbal tea. The finish is rather tart with some of the fruit notes. The sourness is similar to other JP offerings.

Mouthfeel; Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This is much better than the Maui offering. I wouldn't have known the two were related if you didn't tell me. I would have this one again. (813 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Collaboration with Maui Brewing.

Served in a tulip glass, a hazy liquid of reddish-amber hue, with a thin white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries, melons, red wine, mildly acetic. Sour taste, but quite manageable and not at all puckering, tart with a good even mix of cherries and passionfruit, herbal, lightly acetic, with a touch of potpourri and bready yeast. The milder sourness and soft carbonation make for a very drinkable beer that goes down smooth and easy. Very nice overall. (581 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is brownish, hazy with a wispy white head, no lacing, low retention, some carbonation.

Aroma is bright, fruity, mildly acetic, mildly lactic.

Beer is light in body, quite sour, nice fruits and secondary metabolic acids like malate are popping on the palate. No acetic but very bright and strong. A good sour and I'd have it again. (370 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.57/5  rDev -35.3%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
Batch 5 bottles 5/9/12

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange body with a sea of slow tiny bubbles. There is a thick sticky film of off-white that last a good bit. The second pour turns a bit more hazy.

S- Even during the pour, the full Jolly Pumpkin house yeast character comes through. There is a rich aroma with brett characters coming though as earthy and green grapefruit.

T- The nice flavor of passion fruit has a softer dark cherry note of support followed by some nice wet barrel flavors and a soft Brett flavor in the finish. Some tartness develops in the finish and a fruity and Brett flavor hangs on the tongue after each sip. The white cheese rind flavor comes through nicely aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz that compliments the finish and no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- This beer has a great balance of fruit and wild yeast/Brett flavors. The touch of sweetness in the beginning enhances the fruit character while the wild ale finish is supported by the more dry tartness. This was a tasty beer. (1,076 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a somewhat murky, reddish-brown, with a big off-white head. Decent retention, patchy lacing. Aroma is a bit subtler than expected; some tart cherry, lemony citrus, light acidity detected, oak, and an undercurrent of musty funk and hay.

Taste follows the nose and comes at you gradually; it’s not aggressively sour, but your teeth are squeaking a little by the time the glass is done. Moderately lactic and acidic, again with tart cherries and lemons; other tropical fruit notes stay in the periphery but they’re there. As the beer warms and opens up a bit the wood and bretty funkiness really starts to emerge. In the end I just wanted more though: more sour, more funk, bigger flavors. Instead it’s dry and elegant and restrained.

Medium-light body, crisp and refreshing carbonation; clean, dry finish. This was quite an enjoyable sour, but not exceptional enough to return to at its price point I’m afraid. (941 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pretty excited to see this arrive. Indiana only got six cases.

Sobrehumano pours a light bodied bright blood orange in color with a light and creamy one finger, off white head. The nose is light and approachable. It smells of tart cherry juice. I appreciate that the cherry is authentic. The flavors too are light and approachable. It's very cherry forward and features a nice evel of tartness. I'm glad it doesn't feature any of the sweet aspects of cherry juice, which can be a little much. It's nice but I can't get anything other than cherry juice. It just doesn't have the opportunity to be more complex. Most Jolly Pumpkins have a lot of their house yeast flavor but i just don't get that with this one. I like this beer. It's a lighter sour, it just doesn't grade particularly well. (796 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a bright brown in color with reddish highlights and a nice half finger of head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely lots going on in the aroma but consisted of acidic, hints of berries, cherries, citric, a little vinous character, but had vinegar undertones and good funky oaky barnyard notes.

T: the fruity berry cherry character was more apparent on the taste with a bretty funky oaky backbone alongside acidic, citrusy and vinous accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of. Carbonation which had slight sweet, mild fruity, oaky, funky, citrusy, tart and dry finish.

O: very interesting delicious beer that is definitely going to be on my must get list. Somebody mail me one. (736 characters)

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Sobrehumano Palena'ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.