Sobrehumano Palena'ole - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Sobrehumano Palena'oleSobrehumano Palena'ole

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88
very good

79 Reviews
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Reviews: 79
Hads: 323
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 4.53%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,817 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one during our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, sour, earth, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, grain, sour, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. We tasted this one side-by-side with the Maui version and HOLY SHIT! These things are night and day different from each other. Lots more complexity going on in this one with a nice tart and sour note that was very intriguing. Not sure what Jolly Pumpkin did differently on this one, but whatever it was it TOTALLY worked. Well worth seeking out if you have not had it. (889 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,252 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,072 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1503rd Review on BA
Bottle to JP/Maui Collab Glass
750ml Cap

Batch 1- 4/12 Bottling.

Thanks to Egadbananas for this one

App- A little bit of a hiss when the cap popped on this one. The beer pours out with a few colors in the glass. It was a light red/orange/yellow color with a good density behind it. Really couldn't see through the center. A good 1-1/2 to 2 finger light tan head was there and fell pretty quick. A little bit of cling but not much.

Smell- The nose on the one was really nice. The opening aromas of the blended cherries from both sides created a nice duality of competiting dryness and earthy bitter and funk at the same time. The oak created a nice aroma with the yeasts casting a great net to hold it all together.

Taste- Its a nice sour. Originally brewed as a red ale with cherries, I was glad the flavors on this one were a bit better than the Maui version. The cherries are dry and tart and the barrel aging creates a good wood earthy bite. The yeasts are a bit funky and complex without over doing it.

Mouth- A little bit of a lighter body with a pretty high carbonation on this one. Residual cherry and funky yeast flavors remain on this one.

Drink- A good sour, not a great sour. Not sure what I was expecting going in, but wasnt disappointed though. Well layered and tasty. I did like this one a lot better than the canned Maui version. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +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. (726 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish colour, hazy, with a slight pinkish head. Aroma was fruity and tart, with some muskiness and bread crusts. Taste followed the tart, fruitiness, bordering sour, but more musky with hints of sweetness. Lighter, crisp body.

Pleasant drinking. (257 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy dirty copper in color. Forms a moderate sized light tan head that reduces down to thin, patchy surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Passion fruit and lots of it. Slightly tart, juicy, passion fruit.

T: Tart, yet quite juicy with a strong passion fruit flavor. Light caramel malt with a bit of toast, a little lemon, and just a hint of oak.

M: Medium bodied, tart-sour, juicy with medium carbonation.

O: Take my review for what it's worth since I'm admittedly not a huge sour fan, but while I enjoyed this, I wasn't blown away by it (on the other hand, my tasting partners thought it was excellent). I will admit it was a very nice blend of tart and juicy with lots of passion fruit, but virtually no cherry, flavors. (736 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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 (592 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (2,567 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (Blend 5, bottled May 9, 2012) into a tulip.

A-An average pour produces a ruby (almost rust) colored brew that is very cloudy. The two-finger, light-khaki head drops quickly into a cap. No real lacing left behind.

S-The smell is pretty tart with hints of tropical fruit like guava and passion fruit, and a bit of sweet tangerine. There is also a related smell of tropical flowers and a bit of vinegar.

T-The taste also provides tart vinegar sourness and tropical fruits. In fact, I find the taste is more tart/sour than the smell and there is a bit more drying, puckering oak, too. There is a bit of earthy funk on the mid-palate, but it fades by the finish.

M-The feel is medium body with moderate carbonation that crackles a bit, but never overwhelms. A nice feel for the style.

O-With the temperatures climbing in Denver as summertime hits its stride, this is a pleasant brew on which to sip. The tartness provides a nice balance to the natural sweetness of tropical flavors. I can see this beer pairing well with fish on a warm summer evening. All in all, another pretty good beer from Jolly Pumpkin. (1,130 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (606 characters)

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