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Sobrehumano Palena'ole - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 327
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 42
Gots: 71 | FT: 5
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

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 kawilliams81
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
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 DovaliHops
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, ruby orange rust color with a small white head. Aroma immediately reminded me of a childhood favorite soft drink, Squirt. Tart cherries with pineapple and a lot of tropical fruit. Lots of grapefruit and other tropical fruits, that I can't recall. Taste has that trademark JP funkiness. I love it! Lovely grapefruit and tropical fruit flavor. Finishes with some tart cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy feel. Tart finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I love this beer. This is much better than the canned, Maui version of the beer.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to Justin, thanks man.

Th beer pours a nice reddish amber hue with a ring of white head and a bit of lacing. The smell has a nice earthy and yeasty mix of aromas, a definite sour tart fruit note of the berry variety, mostly cherry. Definitely some nice vanilla oak aromas.

The taste has flutters of the smell but it seems to come out a bit less tasty than I hoped, it has this sweet corn sort of flavor that dulls the fruit and tart flavors, although there is a nice tartness and yeast flavor overall. Cherry juice certain,y is noticeable and adds a nice note to the beer. Still a tasty beer but they have better ones.

The feel is good, decent carbonation and medium in body. Overall a nice drinkable wild, not overly sour but has a good flavor profile and smell.

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Photo of Treebs
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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 KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Served on tap in at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor.

Sobrehumano pours slightly darker than the usual pale ale. It has a golden caramel color, but there is also an amber tint in the center of the glass. A moderate white froth coats the top of the beer in the pitcher and remains on top in the glass for a few minutes as well before fading to a ring around the edge.

The aroma is fairly tart and acetic, with some berries and citrus fruit. There is a woody oak presence behind it as well.

There is just a quick fruit sweetness to the start of the flavor before it turns totally sour. Tart lemon and a bit of vinegar set the palate to how sour Sobrehumano is, allowing cherries, currants, green apples, and white grapes to dance on the tongue and add further depth. Tannic woody notes come through and add a slight astringency to the finish.

A moderate level of both lemony sour and cherry acetic acidity exists in this beer. The tartness causes gentle salivation and alerts the senses to the flavor sensations on the tongue. At the beginning of the sip the body seems to be in the middle of the spectrum, with the oak and crisp carbonation lightening the feel by the end.

This is yet another very drinkable sour from Jolly Pumpkin. It does not quite match up to Biere de Mars for me, but I would relax over a few glasses of this beer.

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Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to try this and see how it compares to the Maui version. Plus I always need to know how many bottles to buy. Into New Belgium globe.

A - A finger or so of very red head (still light). Body is cloudy and mostly orange with slight red. Great lacing.

S - Whoa. Tons of real grapefruit, like spot on. Lime and green berries.

T - Again with the crazy amount of grapefruit. Delicious. Well balanced sweet and sour, just wonderful. Nice berry flavors and lemon.

M - Nothing special but decent carbonation. Body is a little light, but still good.

O - This was a real surprise. Not expecting that strong fruit flavor and only slight sour. Can taste a lot of Hawaii in this (unlike the Maui version). Refreshing and a nice summer brew.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade

A-pours a hazy cherry body with an off white head that reduces slowly to a layer of foam

S- some bandaid aroma, oak, slightly tart fruit, sweet cherries, funk, berries

T- upfront tart fruit skin, heavy oak, cherries, red grapes, funk, citrus peel, light fruit

M- medium high carbonation , medium body

Interesting.. Unique.. Kinda complex, but mediocre at the same time. Not bad

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.67/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to tbadiuk for the sending this out our way.
Blend 6: Bottled 05-10-2012

A: A clear tawny red brick rimmed with a scant bone white microfilm, poured initially with 2 -3 fingers of head, but showed little retention. As we pour through the drink the sediment builds and turns the brew mirky and less appealing.

S: Sour and tart with sour cherries and high notes of citrus with red berries and wet oak. Slight hints of red wine vinegar, the scent also suggests an aging process mixed with citrus tropical fruits.

T: Fresh and bright, the flavour burst with juicy tropical citrus notes. Mid-palette the aged oak comes through and offers a woody counter balance to the citrus. Sour fruits and a slight vinegar flavour is present on the back end, the flavour seems to grip the tongue in a dry white wine style.

M: Dry and refreshing the mouth feel reminds me of a crisp white Riesling - and moves through to a round smoothness at the end, I’m guessing due in part to the oak aging.

O: The tartness, fresh juice and oak roundness combine well offering a sour brew that session-able and enjoyable start to finish. The tart citrus is well balanced with the oak aging and mellows out the brew to an highly approachable drink.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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 DoktorZee
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/09/12 - Blend 5

A: Pours a burnt orange, amber body. Fizzy, bubbly head forms and disappears quickly into a thin ring of bubbles. Cloudy. No lacing, as to be expected from style and ABV.

S: Lots of cherries, citrus and oak. Orange and grapefruit rind. Yeasty funk. Lots of tart smells.

T: Tart, strong funk. Sweet fruitiness. Lots of cherry and oak.

M: High carbonation. Dry, but crisp and refreshing. Light body.

O: The best offering I've had from Jolly Pumpkin. This was had great funk and sweet balance. Not too yeasty, but great tastes from the cherries and other fruits.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

December 16th, 2013 - Jolly Pumpkin and Maui Brewing must have put in some serious air miles to get this done, but the product is a fine sassy potion, cramming essence of cranberry into every milliliter. Enjoyed at home, I popped the top to find the cranberry scent quickly unfurling itself like a genie, colonizing the room and settling in for the whole bottle's drinking time. It's a sour scent with tons of raspberry and cherry, with a tang (distinct from the sour) but it is largely defined by its own acerbic quality. The taste leads with more of the tang, behind which a collection of fruit flavors gather - pomegranate, cranberry and tangerine. It's not too sweet, instead stuffed with cranberries. That bitter-acidic sweetness doesn't last long either, blooming then quickly wilting, leaving the beer demanding another sip. It's not too bright, just acidic, with each intake screwing up the face and lips a bit. But in a good way. A human way.

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Photo of Momar42
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 nova009
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a goblet

A- pours a clear dark red, kinda looks like a pinot noir, solid stream of bubbles rising quickly to the surface, one finger white fluffy head that dissipates down after a couple of minutes, a good amount of lace left on the glass

S- nice and tart, brett funk, vinegar, tart cherries

T- pretty mouth puckering tart, red-wine vinegar, sour fruits, cherries, lemons, a little bit of an oak woodiness too

M- fairly light-medium body, decent carbonation, hits the entire palate but finishes clean and dry

O- yet another solid brew from JP, not my favorite but I'm glad I picked this one up when I visited the brewpub in Ann Arbor

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Photo of bbb099
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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 biga7346
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper firm coloring, slightly turbid, very little lacing

S - Grapefruit, lemony notes like champagne, lemon skin, white peppercorn, great brett funkiness, oak barrel, leathery, some fresh strawberries, honeydew melon, sugar, vinous, grape vine; and a very, very slight touch of rye bread/carraway seed.

T/M - A real mellow tartness, smooth like fruit juice, grapefruit juice, white peppercorn, white wine, lemon, rolls over the tongue, acidic, mineral water; finishes with a real distinct vegetal quality, and IMO this beer comes the closest to that Cantillon-like barnyard, vegetal backbone, like fresh picked berries, again very vinous like grape vine, grape skin.

D - This is a homerun from JP, I would put only the grand reserves ahead of this beer. Just a wonderful sour beer, so good.

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Photo of milliCAN
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of kohoutek
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained at the release party - downtown Ann Arbor pub.
1 pint 9.4 oz bottle. Bottled 4/26/2012. Blend 1. Price $18.
Bottle mentions that this beer is a collaboration between JP and Maui Brewing. It contains signature fruit juices from each state. From Michigan, tart cherries. From Hawaii, liliko'i.

This beer pours a hazy red/orange amber color. Very nice off-white head is explosive at first and then settles into a compact and finely textured cap. Lace is less sticky than I would expect.

Aromas of marinated cracked green olives, ripe mango, passion fruit, fresh Italian lemon juice, a hint of vanilla toasty barrel. Brett laden underworld of cob web clad barrels. Dusty, musty cellar, freshly turned earth.

Flavors of hibiscus, lemon juice, honeyed malt tones, wonderfully clean lactic brightness, geranium leaf, olive pit. In the finish there is a dusty, dry herbal flavor that lingers well with a soft refined bitterness.

Body is medium thin and it finishes dry and tart. Very nice. Very refreshing.

The draft version of this beer (served at the release party) was like Hawaiian Punch. Incredibly fruity, but less sour. The bottled version has more maturation of the JP funk and it is less fruity. I am glad I drank it young when it still had a bit of fruit left.

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Photo of TheoV
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of jefferyc
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hate to give any beer a perfect rating, But this one does not fault in any category... Juiciest sour ever created by a commercial brewery. I tried this on tap and in bottles at Great Lakes Coffee in Detroit back in January. I believe the tap version to be a bit more on the puckering end, whereas the bottled version has developed some malty flavors at this point. The canned version by Maui brewing is not sour.

A - Holds a beautiful deep-red hue with a two-finger head that lasts for as long as you can milk this brew. The glass is laced with white legs running down the side as you swirl the liquids inside.

S -Cherries, passion fruit, oak, and the signature JP barnyard funk

T - Same as the smell with a puckering sour taste. very juicy. Can definitely taste the wood from the barrels and horseblanket from the brett.

M - Very drinkable, in fact, this beer can be too drinkable. Well-carbonated and leaves a puckering smack on your lips for hours after consumption

O - In my opinion, this is the best sour ever brewed...Having tried various other barrel-aged sours by Jolly P, Cantillon, 3Font's, RR, Bruery, Lost Abbey, etc. I believe the Jolly Pumpkin version of Sobrehumano, particularly on tap is outstanding and above the rest. If you have a chance to try it, please do so!

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Sobrehumano Palena'ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.