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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn FireFuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by ypsifly on 12-28-2005

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Photo of dsa7783
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I don't know why I keep doing it... Despite never truly liking a beer from this eclectic Michigan brewery, I still doled out $10.99 for this 750ML Autumn seasonal bottle from Jolly Pumpkin Artisian Ales...
The aggressive oak-aged flavoring seems to render most of their brews extremely similar... Nothing too special in my opinon about this one despite obvious craftmanship in the making... Noticeable oak aroma, flavor, and finish paired with hints of chestnuts, bread, butter, caramel, and cinnamon... Interesting beer to say the least despite not particularly tickling my fancy...

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Photo of Patrick999
2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Batch 3, 2007

A - Uh-oh....looks like cloudy, unfiltered apple juice. Pours dead flat.

S - Rotting apples and somehow cheesy funk. Not necessarily the most appetizing beer I've ever smelled.

T, F - Yup, flat, and I have no idea why, as this beer isn't that old, and there was no visible problem with the cap; things looked to have been in fine condition. Tastes like alcoholic oaked apple juice, a nice flavor, but inexcusably flat.

D - Not good. I have no idea what happened to this beer. I paid too much for this; quite a disappointment for a beer that is only a year old. It cost way too much to be a drain pour, so I soldiered on.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out deep orange, clear, with a moderate, frothy white head on top. Smell is estery...oak edged, almost some barnyard like elements. The oak/fruit combo seems common to JP beers...I like it.

Taste starts very sour, and then segues into yet more sour. Oak elements come in strongly, and the fruit esters also come into their own, providing a sweet off to the persistent sour. A lot of spice also is present. Strange sour/bitter closing. Not hoppy, almost like eating spice straight up... This flavour reminded me in several ways of Maracaibo mixed with Bier de Mars.

Mouth is average. It doesn't have a lot of action, but a bit of tingle here and there is enough to keep it even. Drinkability, moderate. It's a pretty easy drinking beer, but the flavour is a little odd and intense, and makes drinkability somewhat of an issue for me.

Fuego is the second Bier de Garde that I've had from Jolly Pumpkin, and while interesting, is another beer by them that I wasn't personally that impressed with. I like the fact that they're experimenting, but the strong, estery, oakey character that their beers all seem to have is not something that I find myself particularly caring for.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour a mahogany and bronze color with a tan and white head that dissipates very quickly.
Aroma has some white pepper, caramel malt and very sour, almost tnagy notes with some fall spices in the background.
Flavors of dark fruits are overhwhelmed by a big sour and tart oranege peel note that is followed by a chocolately type of hit. Transition is very odd and doesn't seem to flow well at all.
Mouthfeel is beyond medium-bodied but the overwhelming tartness makes this beer border on the brink of drinkability. The tart sour notes just overpower any subtlety what so ever and render it very one-dimensional.
Drinkability is simply average. A Belgian sour bomb, not my favorite style at all but this is by far the most mundane brew I've had from JP.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Batch 902 bottled 10-21-2011.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a one finger head - quite thin - of some but slight cream and poor retention - especially for the relatively above average ABV. Colour is a nontransparent orange-copper. Non-opaque.

Sm: Sugary resiny notes, clean malts, oak, hints of spice, orange peel, and maybe yeast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Weak clean malts with orange peel, spice, an oak tone, hints of caramel, brett yeast, and barley. Not horribly complex but the funkiness is pleasant. I could go for more subtlety. Some layering. Delightfully yeasty.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thin. Adequately carbonated, supporting the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Pleasant to drink. I wouldn't get it again; it isn't unique or special. A bit pricey for the quality. Fans of the style will enjoy it.

Low B-

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Photo of mchegash
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.7/5
Pours a perfect pumpkin orange, very hazy. One finger of head. A large amount of carbonation rising upwards at a quick rate. Overall, the color of this beer is near perfect, and the head is just what I want in a beer.

Smell - 4/5
Classic JP sour flavor. Tart apples, lemons, cherries. Some spiciness is detectable as well.

Taste - 3/5
The first part of the sip feels kind of like water, but then the delicious JP tartness hits, although it seems more subtle and watery than in other JP brews. There is a little bit of spiciness in the brew, although not as much as I wanted. I was hoping for the classic JP taste, but with some nice fall spices thrown in, but instead this just feels like a watered-down and less flavorful version of one of their other beers.

Mouthfeel - 2.75/5
Medium-light in body, in between creamy and crisp. Carbonation is fairly light. Beer is kind of watery. Not what I want in a beer.

Overall - 3/5
I was excited for this beer, and waited until it was Fall to try it. Unfortunately, it just didn't deliver. Of all the different JP beers I have reviewed (about 12 of them), this to my memory seems the most watery and the least flavorful. The flavor itself is not bad, but the beer and the flavor just seem so watered down. What happened here Jolly Pumpkin?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Blend 6. Bottled 10/10/12.

Pours a murky whitish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, spice, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is much too herbal and medicinal forward for my liking.

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Photo of shivtim
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on cask at the Brick Store. Always good to see Jolly Pumpkin. Super hazy golden apple cider color, with a very thin head with large bubbles that fades in seconds. Nose is mild apples, malt, citrus hints, and an odd estery ammonia smell. Taste is a punch in the mouth of sour grapefruit. Wild yeast and a barny, boggy spiciness follow, with the hops coming in right at the end. Very interesting. Mouthfeel is decent; it's a bit dry. Drinkability is good but hurt by the sourness.

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Photo of schmidtn
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color. Looks very carbonated. White head that leave nice lacing.

Cidery smell, typical of many beers by JP.
Sour taste, light on the malt. A bit overpowerpowering

Very astringent mouthfeel. Bubbles McCall. Sourness lingers on long after the malt dissipates.

This is a nice beer to have one or two. It's special. I am happy Jefferies at JP makes this style.

A nice niche.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks amazing. some clouds in a amber color pour. Some scarlet hints, some gold. Nice 2 finger head, sticky, rocky, dense. Great lacing all the way down.

A spicy aroma, heavier and more earthy a saison, but still has some funk too it. Enough sour to notice. Having this in the spring really reminds me of autumn.

A slightly sour taste, cherries, some apple and pear. I get mostly sour...perhaps crabapple. Not much carbonation to give a little extra zing. It's a bit bland as it goes down.

Looks great...but for the most part it's just above average

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 625 Bottled 9/28/10 a half month past my birthday...looks brilliant with a nice copper pale malted hue with a bright off white head. Forms a fine even band of lacing that continues with each sip. Nose has hints of cider, coriander, and roasted chestnuts...what a wild ale. Sour ale to the max tastes like a layer of lactic yogurt and tree bark sour and bit all the same. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with higher carbonation not much going on but bone dry finish between the lactic bittrness and tree bark mainly oak ale aging. Drinkability overall is decent but overall it was a bit rough with bark/oak flavor, not much other than that.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting and complex concoction, certainly an entity of it's own.

Pours an extremely hazy chestnut in color with a thick, sticky off white head that left considerable lacing and held up nicely all throughout. Nose is quite sour and earthy, reminds me of hard cider in some respects. Taste is nothing like the nose at all really. Upfront the taste is biting, a bit harsh, but this thins out into a well melded dance of malt, candy sugar and spice with no noticable bitterness to be had. As it warms it started to remind me of a pumpkin ale in it's spice, maybe some nutmeg in the background. Body is a little on the light side, but quite fizzy.


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Photo of pwoods
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint pulled at Dilly Deli.

A: Beautiful hazy tangerine pour with a good finger of slightly tinted head. Head holds very well at a 1/4 the entire way down. Some wisps of lacing.

S: Fruity apricot esters bring up the majority of the scent. Damp and earthy smelling with just a touch of sweet alcohol.

T/M: This is my first sample of this style. It's not terrible in any sense, but it's not something that I'm going to seek out very often. Reading up on the style helped me put together what I was tasting. Damp and musty is the backbone of this brew. Has a nice apricot sweetness to it as well as a defined tartness. Just a hint of underlying woody qualities. Mouthfeel was extremely thin, bordering watery.

D: I had no problem finishing the pint but I think this style is just a bit too different for me. I'll of course try more in the future.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 mL capped bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Batch 907, bottled on 11-02-2011. Served at around cellar temperature.

Appearance: Light orange with some bright highlights. Very cloudy with a one finger beige head. Very creamy.

Aroma: Some caramel and nutty notes upfront. A good bit of funk and sour citrus notes. A touch of hop bitterness is present as well. Some citrus zest in the background too. Really unique.

Taste: The chestnuts that were added really stand out and lend a nice nuttiness. Some bright tart green apple and lemon add the sour character. It's not too sour, but just enough to brighten this up a lot. The funk element is not too strong, but adds a nice character too.

Mouthfeel: Light, but with a nice creamy texture and plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer with a nice bright tartness and a strong chestnut flavor. Definitely unique, but not the strongest offering fom Jolly Pumpkin I've had. Some more time in the bottle might brighten this up and increase the funk, which might help.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an earthy malt scent along with a mildly bitter hop aroma. There is a slightly tart yeast presence along with some fruit esters. The taste is decent. It has a tart/fruity yeast flavor that smacks you in the mouth. It has a moderate malt bill with a bit of hops in the finish. This is a little too aggressive with the yeast esters for me. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with a bit too much carbonation. This was an interesting beer, but nothing I'd buy again.

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Photo of crwills
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a tasting with biegaman, northyorksammy, and grub. Thanks guys!

Dark bronze or brown with decent-sized head. Malty aroma with spritzy citrus notes. Flavour was buttery and a little sour, with a creamy mouthfeel and a surprisingly sour aftertaste. Lambic-like, and I think Jolly Pumpkin does use wild yeasts.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Always excited to try stuff from Jolly Pumpkin. I bought this one at Julios today. Cool looking label as well. Poured a lively dark orange, with a half finger of white heading that has a lot of lasting power. Good aroma of funky wild yeast, some noticeable sour notes, musty cellar smell and some interesting spice. Taste starts off sort of citrusy, maybe some lemon, then fades in to a more powerful, medicinal taste. Definitely has a strong layer of leather like Brett in the flavor. Body of this beer is on the medium side, which is not a bad thing. Drinkability lacks a little bit for me only because of the intense funk that is present. Not the best from Jolly Pumpkin, but pretty good either way. Worthy of a purchase. Cheers

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Photo of Gmann
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a hazy honey brown color with a mighty fine tight khaki colored head, big and foamy that sure did take its time settling. Left a fatty ring around the glass. The aroma is of apple cider, apple skins, light vinegar and lemon. The tart lemon, brett character hits off the bat, followed by some oak and unripened apple/apple skins. I detect some peppery spices in the end. The tartness is mellowed by a caramel malt but the brew is still very one sided. Typical Jolly Pumpkin. The feel is light to moderate with lively carbonation; very tart throughout. I dunno, the overly tart apple and lemon flavor mask all of the other flavors that might be there. All JP brews seem to taste basically the same to me. Not sure if JP intends for this to be a biere de garde but that style should be smooth with the caramel malt forefront, which this brew seems almost opposite of. A very nice brew for all of the tartheads but just doesn't do it for me.

*Note - Becomes more pleasant as it warms, tart flavors mellow, malt peaks through

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head that quickly goes to a thin film and collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is doughy malts with tart, slightly sour, fruits and some spices.

The flavor is earthy yeast with some bready malts. It has some tart and slightly sour fruits, wood and some spices and a dry lightly bitter finish. It has a bit of a washed out and watery flavor. The mouthfeel is medium with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's a pretty typical JP brew, although not one of their better ones. I'd prefer more sourness and less watery flavors.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2007)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for opening this one, Jordan!

(Aged for 4 years)

Bright, glowing, slightly hazy golden orange with a small off-white head that leaves very small dots of stick down the glass.

Earthy and nutty aroma along with some hay, grass, and funky barnyard/horseblanket notes. Complex, evolving, and the best part of this beer.

The nutty character is stronger in the flavor than it is in the aroma, and it's quite dominant. I know this beer is brewed with chestnuts, and they really shine through here--though if I didn't know it was brewed with chestnuts, I'd say it tasted like almonds. There's a mild funk note rounding things out, though it's quite mellow.

Thin bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very interesting fall take on the style. Drinkable, but not in anything more than a small amount. I'd tire of it quickly.

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Photo of champ103
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky orange color. A bubbly one finger white head forms, but recedes. Light lace.
S: Lightly tart, some fruity aromas. Orange peal and grapefruit. Not much else. Just kind of a generic tartness.
T: A bit more tartness and the fruit flavors are sharper. Orange and a lingering grapefruit bitterness.
M/D: This has a medium body. A bit lifeless. Certainly not under carbonated. Though I want this to be more crisp. An enjoyable beer to sip on.

If there is such a thing as a generic sour, this would be it. Nothing wrong with this, and nothing bad at all. Just nothing distinguishes this from any other JP beer.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Church Key's Jolly Pumpkin Fest 2015.

A - 3.5
S - Faint sweetness. 3.5
T - Can definitely taste the Belgian pale album this beer. 3.75
MF - Smooth 3.75

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A very slightly hazy copper brew with a big, bubbly white head.

S - Enchanting. Sour cherries, cider, under ripened peach, faint caramel, faint pine needles, horse sweat, lemon, sour (like the sour powder on some candies). The smell is really nice, but it is hard to identify.

T - Sour cherries, lemon juice, must, coriander, under ripened tart apples, a slightly bread-y backbone. Aftertaste is musty lemon with some lingering, otherwise flavorless puckering sour.

M - A bit puckering, but a little smooth, refreshing. Not bad.

O - Good. I enjoyed this. Worth the ~$15. Mostly due to the price, I probably won't buy it again unless I want to indoctrinate someone into the realm of sour beer (I'd still probably buy their Calablaza Blanca). Regardless, I love Jolly Pumpkin and I am glad that they brew these marvelous, exciting beers.

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Photo of Crass3000
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice golden color with a great white, finger head with good retention.

Smell is definately some brett, really sweet in general from the malts which give it a nice caremal smell. Taste is a nice brett with some sweetness I have a hard time describing. Really balances the brett out so there great caremal or some sort of Belgian candy sugar. Just a nice taste. Not too much brett like alot of Jolly Punpkin beers. This is just perfect since they really aren't very sour. More sour would be nice but not gonna complain as this is the best Jolly Pumpkin I have tasted in a while. Other favorites are the Pumpkin and Noel. Mouthfeel is thin+ and nice. Overall a nice beer but I really don't buy Jolly Pumpkin much anymore because there are better out there.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from big Mag to a pint glass, The liquid is a light brown. The Head is a Monstrous Foam Giant. After KMWeaver filled his glass 1 part liquid 9 parts cotton candy. I poured mine as easy as I could still getting 4 big fat fingers of white fluff. You could spoon it out and wear it like a beard. This baby also laced up like soap scum on a foot ball players bath tub.

The smell was big time cloves, some pumpkin spice and a bit of apple.

The taste follows, lots of spice, not much with the sour.

The mouthfeel is very odd, best described like champion. Light and airy, dances on the tongue.

The drinkability was not real good for me but not bad. perhaps just too airy and spicy. Many thanks to KMWeaver. Prosit, MK

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