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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.02 | pDev: 10.95%
Aug 03, 2019
May 27, 2014
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Notes: Collaboration with Anchorage Brewing Company. Ale brewed with grapefruit peel, juice, and peppercorns. Oak barrel aged and bottled conditioned.
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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dirty yellow color ale with a nice large foamy head. Aroma of tart notes with some herbal and piney notes. Taste is a nice mix of herbal notes with some sour notes with typical funky Jolly Pumpkins strain and a dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Bottle is a bit old but another wonderful creation from Jolly Pumpkins.

Aug 03, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a light golden yellow topped by a dense and rocky two finger white head which retains well and fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with decent lacing.
S: Smells of lemony tartness, some spices, a little oak, some funk and a little horseblanket. A little grassy at times as well
T: Taste is slightly tart and funky with a slight peppery note. Nice spice and slight grassyness in the middle with a lemony tart undertone throughout. On the swallow this beer has a slight grapefruit rind like flavor with some lingering tartness and spice.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly slick and oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is surprisingly low for the style but not too low as to significantly detract. The finish on this beer is quite dry which is overall pleasant and expected.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has some great flavors with a good bit of complexity that make it a joy to drink, This one has aged well and doesn't taste like it has fallen off at all. It's worth a try if they remake it.

Oct 04, 2018
3.83 by Mikexw from New York on Oct 22, 2017
4 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin on Aug 14, 2017
4.02 by Benish from Wisconsin on Jul 12, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Bottle dated 6/2016:
I watched the small white bubble lava flow rise up the neck before I poured. It was very slow, but I knew to pour slowly. With that caution, half my glass was still fluffy white head. The other half was chill haze golden.

Nose is wonderfully funky, with a hint of spice. Barnyard hay, musty wood, funk countered by what actually smelled like carbonated lemon seltzer. How does one smell carbonation? I don't know, but there it is.

Taste starts with earthy funk, joined quickly by a tart grape and lemon note that barely sets foot on my palate before the barn falls over upon it. Fuzzy, but softly so, the horse blanket softening the tiny blows a tad. A citrus zesty, lingering funky bitterness ends the beer, though my tongue still has a tingle upon it - thinking more a light spicy flavor than lingering carbonation.

Quite enjoyable, as many JP beers I've had are. I like the earthy funk. The tart notes aren't strong enough to overcome this, but put up a battle. I could use a little less tart, but only bring it up because you asked.

May 17, 2017
4.18 by LostHighway from Minnesota on May 06, 2017
3 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jan 07, 2017
4.12 by MIbeer27 from Michigan on Dec 30, 2016
4.08 by Casey_L from Texas on Dec 17, 2016
3.85 by SomethingClever from Ohio on Nov 30, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

Pours yellow, with a very light white foam head. Aroma is spicy and sour, lots of brett, pepper, cloves and grape fruit. Taste is complex and not easy to drink, an ale for advanced pallates. Cheers.

Nov 19, 2016
3.77 by Wajohnst from Canada (ON) on Nov 09, 2016
4 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Oct 18, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by rlee1390 from Indiana

Not retired. More peppercorn than grapefruit. Nice tart flavor. Tad watery. Not that sour.

Sep 28, 2016
4.21 by andrenaline from Canada (ON) on Sep 17, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LAp from Ohio

Tried in a glass on tap at Jolly Pumpkin. I was extremely excited to try this beer, particularly given the breweries involved, and the story behind the collaboration (and how JP inspired the founder of Anchorage to start a brewery) is tremendous. That said, this beer, while excellent, didn't quite live up to the hype.

There was a distinct brett funk, and good interplay between sour and saison, but the body left a little something to be desired. I was also disappointed that the peppercorn and oak didn't come through more prominently. They were certainly there hiding in the background, but not quite to the degree I would have liked to see. Nonetheless, a great beer, and one well worth trying.

Sep 03, 2016
4.13 by DrMindbender from South Carolina on Aug 24, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

I don't get any peppercorn, no oak aging, not much funk and not a whole lot of grapefuit juice... this is a pretty average saison ale that is not worth the eight-dollar price tag or the great breweries involved (Jolly+Anchorage)

Aug 19, 2016
4.25 by krome from Illinois on Aug 01, 2016
4 by djgustafson from North Carolina on Jul 31, 2016
4.25 by Magery from Kentucky on Jul 30, 2016
4.06 by HardyA from Michigan on Jul 27, 2016
4.02 by stortore from Illinois on Jul 10, 2016
1.15 by MJP77 from New York on Apr 02, 2016
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Feb 08, 2016
4.24 by Ace1117 from Massachusetts on Jan 24, 2016
4.27 by judkinst from Vermont on Jan 21, 2016
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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Dunkelganger4 from Colorado

Appearance: Hazy gold orange hue with a thick white head.
Aroma: Grapefruit and barnyard Brett funk
Flavor: Starts off with grapefruit predominantly but then shifts gears into a more pithy and hay-oriented flavor. It finishes with a very slight but very lingering cardboard taste.
Mouthfeel: Nice thin medium body that has a slight carbonic bite that helps the citrus notes pop.
Overall: I was very excited to try this collaboration but it fell slightly short of expectations. The aftertaste of cardboard and grapefruit pith overtook the palate from the actual grapefruit juiciness. The peppercorns were no where to be found.

Jan 10, 2016
4.1 by CDCNAM from Louisiana on Dec 27, 2015
4.55 by CorbinB from Texas on Nov 18, 2015
3.6 by npachl from Wisconsin on Nov 16, 2015
3.88 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 10, 2015
3.79 by bnes09 from Illinois on Nov 04, 2015
3.5 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Oct 30, 2015
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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LloydDobler from Indiana

Pours a hazy straw with a large foamy head. The nose is straight funk with citrus peel. Taste is more citrus zest and mild spice. This is not as sour as I was anticipating from the initial sniff. Surprisingly clean finish. Thin body but enough carbonation to puff it up a little. Nice brew.

Oct 18, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sweemzander from Illinois

750mL bottle poured into a tulip
(A)- Pours a hazy golden apricot orange color. Some decent white froth and retention
(S)- Lots of orange and grapefruit zest meets some lemon grass and subtle dry funky earth
(T)- A juicy orange and grapefruit front. Subtle spice meets a subtlely sweet yet dry earthiness
(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Bright fruit zests meets a lightly sweet yet dry funky backbone. Curious if any time will develop this further

Sep 03, 2015
4.75 by snoopy5023 from Michigan on Aug 30, 2015
3.92 by GTJayG from Georgia on Aug 28, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Potagold4 from Oregon

Found in Portland at apex bar. Slightly bitter aftertaste, high acid, slight tang in the beginning, like cranberry or tangy fruit? We definitely enjoyed, not our dream beer, but not mad that we ordered a whole bottle. Wouldn't be worried about drinking too much of it like triple karmaliet.

Aug 21, 2015
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