Sea Buckthorn Fandango
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #584
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,503
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 4.56%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
31
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
 
Michigan, United States
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Sea Buckthorn FandangoSea Buckthorn Fandango
Notes: Sea Buckthorn Fandango is a bright, oak aged saison with Sea Buckthorn juice added. A light cereal base with mild sweet corn notes make up the body with fruit characteristics of sea buckthorn, pear, and persimmon. Classic Jolly Pumpkin funk with mild acidity.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 31
Photo of carlborch
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours like a cider with minimal head (1/8 inch). It has a very slight haze and good carbonation. Slight sour and fresh nose - great expectations. The head has already dissipated into a film. Medium-light body with a prickly sourness that lingers on the palate. This could ale could readily accompany a salad or other sour dish. Sauerkraut, anyone? I would braise with this if it wasn't moreish. The palate suggests sour fruits, prickly pear cactus, and kefir. Earthy yet light. Quenching and cleansing yet moreish. Unripe apples and unripe peach with a very dry, yeasty finish. Delicious! I would try this again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a two finger fizzy white head. The head recedes very quickly leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is lemon peel, lime, pineapple, oak and the usual Jolly Pumpkin funk.

T - The flavor is lime, pineapple, green apple, white grape, oak, funky yeatiness and some light acidic lacto.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Nice soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Another solid Jolly Pumpkin beer. This is the perfect summer beer. Crisp and refreshing with a nice mix of sweet and tart.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Short Review. This is another very nice beer from Jolly Pumpkin, it's got that signature funk with a nice dry mouthfeel on the finish. As for the fruit flavors it's the limes that stand out the most and it makes it just a little unique and refreshing. I enjoy this one, it would be a good Summertime beer and I recommend trying it.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head. Clear straw yellow.

Nice JP sour and funk. Lemon acidity. I don't know what sea buckthorn tastes like, but I am guessing it's there. Fairly fruity. Herbal and earthy.

Light bodied. Decent carbonation.

Really nice and definitely worth a try!

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale brassy gold, looks like a Spanish sidra in the glass.
Thin layer of foam, spindly webs of lace cling to the sides. Constant streams of rising carbonation.

Aroma has a minerally, acidic edge with a light pleasant fruitiness. Peripheral wet wood funk as it warms.

Quenching and tart, crisp citric and malic acids present, sea buckthorn juice is somewhere between lemon and passionfruit with a white peach aftertaste. Puckering and dry finish. Light bodied with a creamy feel, juicy and bright. Really tasty, reminds me of a passionfruit radler or beer cocktail, but with a funky wild edge.

Very legit stuff.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/5/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big sour lemon, lime, pineapple, orange, berry, apricot, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, musty funk, leather, wheat, cracker, pepper, oak, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, sea buckthorn fruit, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour lemon, lime, pineapple, orange, berry, apricot, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, musty funk, leather, wheat, cracker, pepper, oak, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, pineapple, orange, berry, apricot, green apple, white grape, hay, straw, musty funk, leather, wheat, cracker, pepper, oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, sea buckthorn fruit, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from acidity/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately acidic/tannic, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited wild ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance fruity/funky/acidic yeast, sea buckthorn fruit, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of hardysf
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a really good beer. Not the best at discerning flavors and describing them in sours yet. The smell on this one had a hint of sea water almost like a gose. This was not present in the taste at all. Not an overly strong sour smell on this one. The taste was very complex. I get a lot of wheat malt flavors and cider dryness. Gently sour and very crisp. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

two of my favorite breweries on the plant teaming up for this one, very exciting stuff! so glad it got bottled. being now as familiar as i am with the sea buckthorn (or seaberry as we call them in the northeast), both as a fruit and in beer, i think it lends itself really well to lambic type beer. i say that because the berry itself almost tastes like lambic, sour and puckery, acidic, lively, mature, its cool, and its a real neat fusion with base beer this good. typical jolly pumpkin funk going on, i think they have one of the best brett cultures out there, and its on full display in this brew, which has a nice lightness to it in both color and texture. airy and bright, not heavy, i love how charged up it is on the carbonation, makes it sing, makes it summery, and makes it amazing. the sourness is there too, both from the pithy puckery fruit, but also from some well developed lacto. it has a berliner type astringency to it for a moment, before flashing into the sweeter aspects of both the fruit and the wheat malt base. its dynamic in flavor, bretty and herbaceous, funky to the max, but blooming and fresh too, not as oaky as others, cleaner than that, and as dry as beer gets in the finish. i love wild ale like this, and the fruit makes a fine addition. i really hope these two turn it into a series, i think both collaborating brewers here can do no wrong, and this might stand as one of my favorite collaborations ever done. loved it to the last drop. nothing quite like it out there, even the other sea buckthorn beers dont showcase the fruit quite this well. awesome!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Proud to have joined forces with Mikkeller beer designers, the talented team at Jolly Pumpkin are more than generous about the collaboration of sour ale that's a testament to carefully controlled microflora and a medley of grain, hops and an adventurous attitude that drives this crazy beer train.

Underneath its glowing straw austere, a sour demeanor begins to foster, first rolling over the rim that strikes the nose with the piquant tang of lemon and green apple, treading on the scent of cider and riesling. To taste, the beer's brisk maltiness sweetens the front of the tongue with wafer-thin crackers, candied warheads, kiwi and lemondrop.

But the unfolding of flavors begin to shed the light on the beer's evaporative sweetness and the sourness that ensues. Crabapple and dry cider lead the way with a crisp lactic acid, but a follow up of lemon, lime and sour white grape push the fruit-forward sour taste further. Its finishing taste of burlap and balsa are soft and round while the sourness reigns supreme late.

Light in body, the beer's body breaks loose and the acidity delivers on bone-dry properties. Sharply sour and puckering to the mouth, the ale refreshes the palate and strips the thirst with exceptional ease while those earthen wafts of cork and weathered wood tread gently in a quick after-palate.

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Sea Buckthorn Fandango from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 31 ratings