Spring Sour | Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor

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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

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Added by on 05-21-2011

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 10
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this growler.

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a small white head. The aroma is full of tart apples, tart cherries and some brown sugar and toffee. The flavor is extremely acidic. I get a lot of very sour fruit (mainly apples, lemons and cherries) as well as some brown sugar and toffee. I also get a little bit of yeast and funk which compliment the other flavors very nicely. There is a little bit of vinegar flavor as well, but it is hidden in the back. Medium mouthfeel and light carbonation. A very nice sour.

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Photo of md655321
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, a HUGE thanks to Nikki (sirotan) for sending me this rare JP draft only beer that I have only dreamt of trying…as an EXTRA. Awesome. Cheers friend!

Appearance – Pours a gorgeous hazy mahogany/deep red, almost brown into a tulip. This is from a growler, and God knows I wanted to wait to open this for a couple days to share it with my brother-in-law, but after a call to the Brew Pub I was afraid it may go flat. That said, the beer produces about a quarter inch of slight white head that dissipates almost immediately, but leaves some nice looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A wonderful nose on this beer (and even more so after letting it warm up for 15 minutes). Relatively heavy barnyard funk (more so than with most JP beers), plums and other dark fruits, some sweetness of caramel, and more sour/brett at the end. Smells delicious.
Taste – “drool” Just to put it out there, this rating does not “help” JP’s overall score. This is for the brew pub. That said, the rating I give this beer is deserved. A wonderful oakiness can be tasted in the initial sip which is immediately thrown to the side by a nice, slight, puckering from the flavor. While I smelled plums in the nose, I also get dark cherries mixed in there as well. While there is a nice acidic bite, there is also a somewhat sweet backbone to the drink which actually adds to both its complexity and drinkability. As someone mentioned below, this does taste similar to Consecration, though also different in its own JP way. The more I drink and the more the beer warms up, the more funk I can taste. Just outstanding.

Mouthfeel – Lower carbonation, though just enough for this beer. Mouth puckering, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – I want this in bottles…NOW. I can’t thank Nikki enough for letting me try this beer. This is an absolute standout in 2011 for me and I wish I could get this all the time. Immensely quaffable due to its great balanced characteristic. Can I kill a growler of this? I sure as hell am going to try. Cheers!

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Photo of bombadil
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AgentZero
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by MasterSki, cheers bro.

A - Reddish brown with some purple highlights on the edges when held up to the light. Moderate sized beige head leaves some spots and minor lace on the sides. It's actually fairly impressive looking.

S - Funk, fruit, brett, tartness. This beer really does have quite a bit going on and some nice wood and vanilla comes through as well. Slight musty smell but it's pretty good.

T - Really had a hard time figuring this one out. I thought it was a wild at first (throw the exceptionally dark look out), but then I saw it listed as a Flanders Red, which fits a little bit better, but is still not spot-on. There's some cherries, hints of dark fruit, brett, wood, a little vanilla, acetobacter tartness and a little bit of lactic sourness. Some vinous and tannic notes on the end. Wonderfully complex, although ironically my taste grades goes up for a Flanders Red, as I just thought it was unusual for a wild.

M - Lower carbonation, medium bodied, dry finish.

O - Really interesting beer. I am impressed they threw 6 pretty different beers together and came up with something that worked. I didn't love it, but it was very good and I would glady drink it again.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

684th Review on BA
Growler to Flute

Thanks to whichever BA brought this to Clusterfork #6

App- A nice burnt red with a slow to form one finger head and that said head dissapaited quicky.

Smell- A whole lot of different fruits and some acidtic tart. A little bit of funk on the nose as well.

Taste- The taste really moves away from being a spring sour and being more of a crisp light beer. Yes the fruit and acid and funk is there but very very mellow. Nice little beer.

Mouth- Light bodied and a nice bubbly carbonation with a little bit of tart and acid on the after taste

Drink- Another unique offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Of the beers I have had this was probably the lighest and most drinkable. Would like this again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A random growler from the extremely generous OHLRangers, thanks Ed!

A: Deep reddish brown with a big frothy off white cap. Nice color.

S: Dark fruits with notes of leather and earth. A moderate tartness accompanies a strong lactic profile. Currant, grape, cherry, and oak, with vanilla and a light spiciness. Vinegar is faint.

T: Apple, dark grape, and moderate lactic sourness with notes of oak. Tart currant with a low level of acetic acidity. Malt is dark and bready. Light leather presence.  The end brings a juicy dark cherry kick with tannins, drying oak, and a lingering piquancy.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and sticky.

Overall: A delicious and damn drinkable beer. Everyone that tried it loved it. I'm really glad I got to try it.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Jolly Pumpkin. Served in a Russian River tulip. Not sure Flanders Red Ale is a very good description - this is a blend of a number of beers from Jolly Pumpkin and Grizzly Peak aged in a barrel with bugs.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a thick collar and a few swaths of haze on top, along with some thin splotches of lace. Lightly hazed copper body.

S - Pretty typical Jolly Pumpkin flavor profile - big oak, light dill, faint vanilla, some herbs, crab apples, lactic acidity, and light sweet malt character in the periphery. Light acetone and horse blanket comes out when it warms up.

T - Taste is a little sweeter and a little less oaky. Tart berries, green apples, vinous notes. Tannic oak and lingering sourness in the finish.

M - Dry, tannic, oaky, with lower carbonation and eventual stomach-churning sourness. Medium bodied, with no obvious alcohol.

D - Reminds me a little of Marrón Acidifié, and it's going to get a pretty similar score. This would have made a nice Perseguidor 6. I enjoyed this quite a bit and it's nice to see Jolly Pumpkin offering some oddball brewpub exclusives for their loyal customers. I put down two glasses without difficulty, and would like to have it again some time.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub in Ann Arbor. From what I gathered from the staff, this is a blend of 5 beers (Noel, Roja, Bog Beast, Noire, and Berserker) that was subsequently aged in an oak barrel (or barrels, not sure of the quantity).

The beer is dark, very dark (as expected from the base beers), with a long lasting tan foam. Intensely delicious aroma, dark fruits with tart edges. Sour plums, lots of oak, some malty sweetness, everything's there. This smells similar to Consecration, that's the closest approximation for me.

Easily one of the tastiest beers I've had in recent memory. Very nice acidic bite, lots of fruity flavors (cherries, plums, other sour things), extremely tasty. Good layers of funk throughout, I guess this is what happens when you blend so many different creations together. What I wouldn't give to see this in bottles, what an incredible treat.

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Photo of MrParker
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of sarro
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to enjoy this one a few times over the course of some weeks. I've heard two different lists of Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak beers blended into Spring Sour, but it's basically composed of Humongous Imperial Red Ale, Bam Bière Farmhouse Ale, Berserker Strong Ale, Noel de Calabaza Special Holiday Ale, and some spoiled, year-old aged Bog Beast Porter all thrown into a sour barrel.
Pours a dark hazy red with a small head. Smell is full of dark fruit and lots of classic JP funk. Taste is very similar to the nose with plum, fig, and dark fruits dominating alongside a nice malty background. It's probably pretty accurate to call this a Flanders Red. Finishes pretty acidic, but not too heavy as it's definitely a good beer to enjoy during the hotter months.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Served in a tulip glass. Deep burgundy, brighter around the edges, with a slight white head.

Smell - Huge aromas of sour fruit mixed with woodsy caramel sweetness. Definitely has the characteristic "horse blanket" funk of brett. Very complex and balanced between sweet, sour, and funky/earthy. Another person at my table favourably compared the aroma to old books.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and well-carbonated.

Taste - echoes the smell, but with more sweetness, stronger acidity, and less earthiness. Sour cherries and sweet, caramelized balsamic vinegar mingle with oak.

This beer reminds me of sour beers I've sampled in Belgium, and certainly stands, in my opinion, among the finest examples of that style.

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Photo of dbc5
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Ann Arbor Brewpub. Served in tulip.

Appearance: This is an incredible looking beer. Plum colored with a frothy white, 1/4 inch head. Head sticks around to the end of the glass, lacing its way down. Gorgeous beer.

Smell: Great aroma. Characteristic Jolly Pumpkin funk is there and seems slightly more intense compared to their typical offerings. Fruit (cherries and plums) are there in bunches and there is an underlying sweetness.

Taste: Oak and sour hits immediately and is extremely pleasant and refreshing. Acidic fruit follows, predominantly dark cherries. It is truly impressive how prominent the sour character is in this one, while still allowing the sweet fruits to come through. Incredibly impressive and one of the single best flavored beers I've ever enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is appropriate for the beer and adds to the sour quality. Pleasant, dry finish.

Overall: Easily one of the three best beers I have ever had. I can not overstate how great this beer is. The flavor is simply incredible, it looks amazing in a glass, and the scent is mouth watering. Anyone with the opportunity to try this should jump at the chance.

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Spring Sour from Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 16 ratings