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Sobrehumano Palena'ole - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Sobrehumano Palena'oleSobrehumano Palena'ole

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79 Reviews
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Reviews: 79
Hads: 325
Avg: 4
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 45
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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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 325
Photo of jmarsh123
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 into my Russian River glass.

Pours murky red with a small brief lasting head.

Strong fruit aromas. Sour cherry and tropical fruits which I'm assuming is the liliko'i, a fruit I've never heard of. Some oak and just a mild bit of sourness. Very pleasant.

Start out with a lush tropical fruit flavor along with some sour cherries. Cherries and oak come out a bit more near the end of the palate and their presence also increasing a bit as it warms. The typical "Jolly Pumpkin funk" works very well with the tropical fruits. Finishes somewhat oaky with a unique tropical fruit juiciness. Sour, but not overly so.

Juicy mouthfeel drying a bit toward the end. Medium carbonation levels.

Fantastic! I'm not sure what a liliko'i is, but I'm pretty sure I want to eat a lot of them if the taste of this beer is any indication. A great summer patio beer with unique and delicious flavors. Looks like I'm going to be ISO a few more bottles.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass blend #6 5/10/12

A: a browny orange with a hint of red, half a finger of head that dissapates quickly to a film, a few light spots of lacing.

S: deffinatly fruity, sour cherry and a light tropical fruit smell which I assume must be the liliko'i fruit. A nice sourness as well.... Faint vinegar and oak... A very nice smelling beer. At first the aroma was a bit muted I felt, buch once the brew warmed it's aroma really came out.

T: oak and sour cherries up front, cherry skin, a very pleasant tartness, and a hint of red wine vinegar.... I feel like the tropical fruit really makes its presence felt on the finish here, I've never had the fruit before but it reminds me of berryish pineapple dragon fruit. I fell like it gives the beer a almost tropical fruit punch taste.

M: medium lush mouthfeel, with a bit of juiciness on the finish.... Finish is almost like sour lemon rinds/green apple skin and oak. A very nice medium creamy level of carbonation.

O: this is yummy, at first I felt as though it perhaps needed to be a touch more sour, but now as the beer has warmed and I've gotten most of the glass in me, I'm starting to feel more like it was spot on, for a cherry tropical fruit punch sour... Yum.

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Photo of PurpleFlea83
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of halfpint13
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

S- there is not a very strong smell to this beer but you can definitely pick up on cherries. 
T- the taste comes and goes very quickly. The cherries are very defined however there is little by way of the Hawaiian fruit that was used. I do wish that I had a bit more knowledge on the fruit and what it has addded to the beer.  
M-there did not seem to be much by way of mouth feel in fact it was quite thin. There is however, somewhat of a sensation on the tip of the tongue. 
O- I definitely recommend this beer for anyone who loves sours or even if you are a beginner. It is very good either way. 

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Photo of seeingdubbel
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance- Slightly cloudy with a reddish tint

Smell- This beer primarily has a nice fresh tart cherry sent to it and a slight liliko'i fruity sent.

Taste- This beer had a nice clean pronounced taste of tart cherry with a nice dry finish. Little to no bitterness more to the malty side. Cherry for me was the primary flavor with a slight after taste of the liliko'i fruit.

Mouth feel- light bodied and had a good level of carbonation made for a nice balanced mouth feel.

Overall- This fruit ale is not overly sweet or syrupy, has a nice balance of tart to sweet. Very smooth and easy to drink with a nice crispy dry finish. Not a very complex beer, in regards to not leaving you guessing as to what was put into it, but still very good.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.8.12 next to the Maui version.

A - Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a thin fizzy light tan head. Good retention.

S - Tart sour cherries, light malt sweetness.

T - Mild tart cherry, that's it.

D - Good carbonation and a light body. A dry, sweet finish.

O - Tart cherry, mild. Much better than the Maui version, by far.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of goudencarolis
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - This beer had a very light aroma, hinting at tart cherry.
T - The taste is rather one note, with the cherry leading the flavor. It has a rather quick, dry finish. I wished I was more familiar with the Hawaiian fruit highlighted in the description; cherry was definitely the star.
M - A light tingle sensation near the tip of the tongue that was very pleasant. A somewhat thin mouthfeel.
O - If you love sours, you'll find this to be very wanting, but if you are introducing a comrade to sours this is a great choice. Best sipped and savored.

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Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 7, bottled 5/16/2012.

A nice looking beer: copper body, good retention on its white head. Unique aroma has tons of grapefruit; fresh, juicy hops; funky yeast; even hints of weed. Mild sourness starts things off, backed up by a mouthful of fresh grapefruit. Tons of fruits and hops dance on my taste buds.

Tasty and refreshing. One of the better JP brews.

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Photo of Cocktailz37
3.07/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of bbb099
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark orange amber with a wispy white-colored head.

S - Strong fruity sour aroma with mild hints of oak.

T - Tart grapefruit front with a nice almost sweet and bitter passionfruit finish. Slightly dry on the end.

M - Medium bodied with low to moderate amount of carbonation.

O - Nice and clean fruity sour beer. Stands out comparably well to other fruit beers.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blend 5
Bottled 05-09-2012

Very subtle straw colored foamy head with a nice orange tint. Brew is foggy dark orange with red hues. No lacing.

Tons of Brett funk. Smells sour.. Fruity. Yum. Bready.

Very light and airy. Fluffy deliciousness. Light fruit and very little tartness. Carbonation is light and near perfect. Lots of passion fruit and sweet.

This brew could have been much more tart for my liking. A slight mess, but good nonetheless. Recommended for cellaring only.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Momar42
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 2 bottled 05-02-12
750ml bottle into Duvel tulip

A - dark amber/brown. Hazy. One finger off-white head vanishes quickly.

S - funk, barnyard, Brett, sour, cherries, tropical fruits. All the flavors are mild when compared with RR offerings and those from Belgium. Still a nice nose.

T - sourness is strongest up front and becomes subdued through the finish. Wish it had more legs and finished stronger but still quite tasty. This isn't huge flavors but well done.

M - medium. Tartness lingers and finishes medium as well.

O - while not on par with the heavy hitters this is a very nice offering. Light years better than the Maui offering. The price point is too high to justify a re-purchase. Great intro to American sours. It's cost prohibitive for the same purpose however.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, blend 5 bottled 5/9/12. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is cherries and tropical fruit with some musty yeast and brett. Yum.

The flavor is tart acidic fruits (cherry, tropical fruit), some wood and some brett and sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, wow! Completely different and so much better than the Maui version. Love the sourness and brett and it brings out more fruits and complements them. A bit pricey at $20 a bottle though.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark red-brown, murky and thick, with a smallish tan head on top. Retention is fair, and the head that exists remains as a decently thick foam on top, leaving spotty lacing.
One thing that defines a good sour is complexity. What I like about the style is that it can take many different directions. While all have some fruity qualities, and, obviously, sour flavors, there are many directions to go. this one foregoes the wine-like and leans toward earthy and sort of raw, or at least what I'd consider natural. There's a cidery note, very slightly vinegar but in such a way that it's beneficial to the overall profile, with lots of tart and sour tropical as well as more domestic fruits; grape and particularly cheery come to mind along with something firm and fleshy of the lighter-colored tropical variety, something like starfruit. The wild yeast is evident, and some leafiness even sneaks in, though that may be more of a vinous element. It goes dry and woody without drying too much, integrating nicely in the overall profile.
The body is medium and carbonation is moderate, though the body itself gets a little inconsistent from time to time. Crispness remains but fades just slightly, and smoothness is in moderation but present.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of TheoV
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is a very cloudy copper color.
S: It smells strongly of grapefruit and passion fruit.
T: I was mildly disappointed by the taste. It is very sour and slightly fruity, but it doesn't stand out as amazing.
M: Slightly carbonated, tart and fairly dry.
O: This was a nice beer to try and I'm glad I had it, but at around $20 I won't be buying another one.

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