Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Belgian Saison
4.08 | pDev: 4.9%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Sour ale brewed with blackberries and lime.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of detpizzaboi
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic sour, light and effervescent, great jammy berry balanced by a tart lime, rich feel, really nice beer. Like berry limeade, but a nice full body. Acidic, lactic, fruity, juicy. Second batch brewed with Monkish, bottled 2/8/19.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, vibrant red, with low pink foam.

Smell is very berry forward, with blackberries and rasberries carrying the hints of lime and cherry.

Taste is very crisp with a great level of acidity. Sour blackberries, raspberries and lime meet some bretty funk before a long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and sparkling.

Overall, a terrific low ABV sour, very balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle -- From Monkish

*This collaboration tastes a bit different between the Jolly Pumpkin and Monkish versions. The review below is for the Monkish version, which has a brighter juicier blackberry character.

A: Bright blackberries, coupled with light lime, and a moderate sourness.

A: Deep red/purple color, opaque, with a very thin white head that has adequate retention.

T: Lots of jammy blackberry flavor, followed by moderate zesty lime, faint bitterness, moderate sourness and light oak.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly juicy mouth-feel.

O: Awesome; the beer has a great juicy blackberry character that complements the lime and base beer's sourness well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another collaboration with monkish, i think its rad these guys work together, two of the best in this game right now! this one has blackberry and lime in it, is a fully wild ale, but to me lacks some of the refinement and uniqueness of the usual beers in this style from either of these breweries on their own. the berries almost make it sweet without distinction, while the yeasts seem less mature to me, more sour but not as interesting, and sort of lackluster in that regard compared to what i am used to, and i think its because of the lime, it resonates on the same pitch as the bacterial acidity in here, and instead of a synergy, they almost muddle each other, at least to me. berries taste generic to me, and the oak profile is less too, i mean, its hard to be critical of a beer like this, its delicious and unique as they go, and is obviously well composed, but its not better than anything i have had from either of these guys separately, and just doesnt quite get there for me. tart and bubbly, wheaty and still with a lot of grain character, but not a memorable one as they go. might age well in the bottle, but it was draft in my experience and while i liked the additives, they kind of took over the base beer a little bit... cool how low alcohol it is though, i could blast on this, still lots of textures too. better than this review for sure...

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Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely purplish crimson color, murky haze with momentary pinkish foam that lasts for a minute or two, before receding to a thin ring around the edges of the glass.

Acidic berry aroma, slightly oaky, not especially complex, fairly one dimensional.

Amped up acidic tartness, a little bit sharp but manageable. Blackberry dominates, lime is present though. Minor dry oakiness in the finish with some low level tannic bitterness. Body is slightly thin and it's well carbed.
Refreshing with a puckering sourness, it comes off like a sour blackberry spritzer drink though. Could use more body.

Overall it's not bad at all, a nice summer refresher in the hot weather.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy purple color with pinkish head. Aroma is fruity with a bit of yeast funk. Taste is tart and fruity with cherries and raspberries. Also some light yeast funk. Medium to light body with medium plus carbonation. Quite nice, easy drinking fruity sour.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/30/2016. Pours slightly hazy pinkish ruby red/orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, fruit seeds, oak, pepper, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, light leather/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity, of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, fruit, oak, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, fruit seeds, oak, pepper, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, light leather/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate yeast/oak spiciness and fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, fruit seeds, oak, pepper, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, light leather/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, fruit, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is a great fruited wild saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, fruit, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mellow acidity/tartness. Very well rounded classic JP house yeast complexity, with balanced fruit and malt flavors. A really delicious offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a reddish color with golden highlights. It had a small white head of foam. It smelled of berries and floral notes. Good berry taste with a subtle sourness. Crisp and sharp.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somberly sour, strongly fruity, and with a robust berry character, the upper midwest's premiere wild ale makers embark on citrusy limes and juicy blackberries medley for a fruit filled, but not simple flavor scheme.

Bright ruby and with a faint haze, the beer's hazy gaze crowns with a dainty slight pink froth. Aromas of cider, berry and light wine must swirls about the rim just as a lightly juicy taste of dark berries, cherry, grape and currant swirl about the front of the tongue as well.

As the sweetness lifts, the creep of sourness crawls onto the middle palate. Those succulent fruit flavors turn quickly toward dry cider, dry rose wine, tart lime and lemon, sour red grape and a stern red wine taste before an brazen acidity frames a finish of peppercorn, balsa, sandalwood and an attic-like dustiness.

Medium bodied for sour ale, the taste trends both juicy and dry until the tarness wins out. A medium length after tow of tart fruit and dried woods signal a rustic but refined taste to appease the fans of fruit beer and also those cut of a sour cloth.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was brewed in collaboration with Monkish Brewing.

L: Inside of a grapefruit, ruby red, slight off white pencil thin head

S: Funky oak, citrus, berries. slightly bready smell

T: Sour tart from lime, sweetness from blackberries, funkiness from wood and oak, brett taste is apparent

F: Not the best body to it, would have preferred something a little more robust, great taste but the body fell short

O: I enjoyed this beer but wish the body was stronger, it seemed off to me. The taste was on point and had the perfect balance of funk to fruit. Glad I got to try it though!

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