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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Photo of isaiahcutright
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 894
Bottled on 9-29-2011
Appearance- pours a hazed golden straw with little pure white head, still has great lacing.

Smell- the Jolly Pumpkin sour yeast upfront a touch of spice nutmeg, Cinnamon.

Taste- funky sour, earthy, tart apples, soured cherries, touch of oak, nutmeg hidden in the finish, deep and complex.

Mouth- Tart dry clean finish, very drinkable, a touch of residual funky sweetness.

Overall- another solid Jolly Pumpkin brew I always look forward to see what we get next here in OK and even though it might be old (not sure when batches go out for retail) its always good to see something seasonal thats a touch different.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a hazy amber and orange body. Lots of fruits, nuts, spice and molasses in the aroma. Flavor follows that of a mild sour or wild ale with some dark fruits. Spices include nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium body, a little chewy with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Nice degree of sourness with nice interaction between spice and fruits.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's like they captured the beginning of a sunset in a glass with is a glowing, hazy medium amber. The persistant, rocky white head settles to a half a finger and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S: Brett wet horse blanket with moderate esters of orange and lemon peel with a bit of spiciness are the first things I smell. There is an obvious moderate sourness with a subtle, coriander like tart aroma. There almost seems to a be a bit of that pils malt aroma.

T: The flavors is dominated by fruit, sour and spicy. There is a moderately sharp sourness with an grapefruit and orange flavor. The spice is dominated by fermentation driven pepper but there are some other flavors going on giving a faint complexity to that aspect. There doesn't seem to be that much bitterness with the sour doing all the work making the balance sour and tart. The finish is very dry with linger light fruit flavors.

M: light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There isn't any warmth nor creaminess.

O: This is a bright, fruity beer with a touch of spice. The balance is great, being dominated by a refreshing sourness but yet so easy to drink. I'm sure the get the chestnuts in this beer but I wouldn't suggest changing anything about this beer as it is just fantastic.
Batch 902 Bottled 10-21-2011

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Batch "899/900"

I felt like something "special" this particular session, and while I'm sure I could've found this bottle elsewhere for a slightly cheaper price, I wasn't too concerned with that, because at the time, this one really hit the spot.

Decanted into a tulip glass, a a honey-peach color that started slightly hazy and increased in haze factor as I got deeper into the bottle; moderate off-white head that retained decently. Typical sour/tart aroma expected from JP, woody, notes of light spice and mulled cider. A touch of biscuity malts and caramel in the taste are quickly overcome by a sweeping but not jarring sourness, lemon juice and apple pie, notes of indistinct spice; the label listed chestnuts as an ingredient, but I'm not sure I picked up any of that in the taste...if it was there, it was "low in the mix" so to speak. Medium body, prickly carbonation. As my wife doesn't care much for sour beers, I was easily able to conquer this whole bottle by myself. Exactly what I wanted. Cheers!

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Photo of allouez86
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently purchased this bottle that was brewed in November 2011 so it potentially has been sitting on the shelf for 9-10 months. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Was a slight gusher when I opened it. Didn't lose much but did have to run to the sink for safety. Powers a gorgeous orange straw color. Has a good head for an average pour.

Smell was slight citrus, very faint hint of spice, and had the sour funk smell that comes with nearly all Jolly Pumpkin brews.

Taste was similar to the nose. The tartness is at the forefront. It's no flanders sour but definitely has a tart bite. The citrus notes are faint but the fall flavors are coming through more. Caramel is the flavor that I'm getting.

Medium mouthfeel, just what I'd expect from the style. Carbonation is definitely apparent.

Overall this was another solid brew from Jolly Pumpkin. Would be very curious to try a fresh bottle but I would still recommend to anyone willing to pay the price for a bottle.

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Photo of Bearski-Beerski
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch: 899/900
Bottled: 10/7/2011
Consumed: 08/17/2011--08/18/2011
Appearance: Cloudy blonde in looks with darker orange hues peeking through in the center. Deep carbonation as always.
Smell: (Heavenly) citrus fruit notes; paired with oak, chestnut, and other sly spiced scents.
Taste: Gentle tart (almost apricot) citrus up front. Playing into a sour bite that holds hands with a (comforting) chestnut and spice concoction that gently whispers its taste to your tongue. Concludes with oak and finishes slightly dry.
Mouthfeel: Gentle, light-bodied, and with a charming tickle.
Overall: Between this, Weizen Bam, Luciernaga, Oro De Calabaza, Maracaibo Especial, and Madrugada Obscura. I think my favorite so far is Fuego Del Otono. Beautiful bottle, beer, and people; (when I catch my reflection). Stay attractive...My friends!

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Photo of AdamBear
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 907
Bottled 11-02-2011

A-dark cloudy amber with a thin off white colored head

S-tickles the nose with funky scent of spicy lemon lime. 

T-comes in with a fairly sour taste of dark cherries and lemon lime. The foreground isn't too complex at all. The after-taste is matching with a hint of spice to it. The tanginess lasts.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-well this is just delectable. There's something about it, I could drink this all night long! It's not too complex or bold but wow it has one of those mild flavor that make it nice for the long run!

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Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Healthy Spirits for including this in their May 2012 2012 Beer of the Month selections! This is batch 909 with a bottle date of 11-15-2011.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange topped by a tight, thin white foam. Delightful mix of aromas include cooked cinnamon apples, sweet dough, and hints of tart citrus fruit. Flavor is a meld of doughy malt but a sour component is also quite prevalent in the middle. Finishes with a nod towards sweet baked cookies and a touch of caramel. A bit funky too - barnyard and wet dog. Medium light in body, moderate to moderate high level of carbonation. Jolly Pumpkin is one brewery I've not sampled many beers from but I like what they've put together here.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 894
Bottled 9/29/2011

P:  Pours an amber apricot body with zesty bubbles and a finger of thin bubbly head that fades quick to a thin white swirl. 

S:  Fruity esters, vinegar/cellar yeast aroma, Orbit bubblemint gum, 

T/M:  Light feel with zesty carbonation, slightly tongue numbing.  Pungent sour yeast, cinnamon  apples, toasted malts, white grapes, touches of salty caramel, notes of nuts and wood. Lemon bitterness in the dry finish.  Warming without a big alcohol punch. 

O:  As a fan of Jolly Pumpkin this was yet another treat. The fall theme really carries out throw the earthy and spicy flavors. Sour yet smooth and refined. The light feel  and the warming sensation is well executed.  Nice example of the style. 

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split this one with the wife.
750ml served into an over sized wine glass.
Batch 894
Bottled on 9-29-2011

A - Pours an orange amber with a small white head.

S - Spiced apples, fermented fruit, earthy damp wood, cinnamon sticks, allspice, fragrant herbs.

T - Tartness upfront with a spicy backdrop of cinnamon and allspice. Some lemon tea and other tart fruits almost tastes like a fruity herbal tea. Nutty caramel malts carry a sweetness that doesn't dry out until the very end.

M - Medium body, medium lively carbonation, dry finish.

This really does remind me of fall. Light funk with good tartness. Not sure I could pick out the chestnuts. Delicate flavors and an inviting nose make this a joy to drink.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, hazy gold with a creamy, clinging white head.

S: Gentle aromas of must, oak, caramel, roasted nuts, spices, and wild yeast are present on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, lemon peel, caramel, toast, gentle spices (cinnamon & nutmeg perhaps), roasted chestnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, must, oak, cider vinegar, and lactic yeast funk. The finish is oddly smooth and delicate with a combination of roasted nut, spice, and wild yeast flavors.

M: Medium-to-full in body, chalky, and very dry, Carbonation is fairly heavy and intense. Alcohol presence is nonexistent. Very drinkable for a beer of this strength.

O: Really nicely done. Biere de garde is one of my favorite styles and Jolly Pumpkin has done it justice with this concoction. Seek this brew out if you are new to sours or if you have found Jolly Pumpkin's other work to be too much for you.

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

batch 902, bottled 10/21/11

A - Pours golden orange, slightly hazy, with one finger of bright white head. Head has decent retention, but leaves very little lacing.

S - Aroma mixes earthiness, nuttiness, and some citrus. Faint spices and apple. A bit of tartness to the aroma.

T - Tart, but not intensely so, with a combination of earthy and citrus flavors and some apple cider. Pretty nice combination overall. Finish becomes more earthy, with a noticeable chestnut taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel with an earthy dry finish.

O - Solid beer from Jolly Pumpkin, but not up with my favorites. Still, I would have this again.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 895, Bottled Sept 29, 2011.

Cloudy light amber, copper. Small white head. Recedes quickly.

Nice tart scent, oak, cherry, apple, orange, brett. Smells very good.

Taste not as nice as the nose, but still good. Oak, orange, fairly tart, ginger. Brett. A bit of caramel malt but pretty slight.

Light bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Overall, very nice smell, pretty good flavour but not great.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 78! Bottled 10-24-11. Poured from bottle into JK Farmhouse Ale glass. Pours a orange cloudy color. Decent head and retention, small bubbles coming up from the bottom. Smell- ripe oranges, funk, sour cherries. Some spice is there, but I can't put a name on what it is I smell. Taste- Nice huge sour blast. Sour cherries, I don't see where the chestnuts or spice is on this thing at all. This is a nice light sour.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Village Pump. I've been meaning to grab this for a while, and when I noticed it was the last one on the shelf, I just had to pick it up. Batch 907, bottled 2nd Nov 2011.

Mild gusher alert! Pouring a hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a very nice-looking beer. The nose is impressive. The roasted chestnut character is obvious, lending its nutty, earthy complexity to a mildly tart base beer that's delicately spiced (mace, cinnamon and cloves?). There's a nice funk present as well, with earthy, mushroomy overtones, rather loam-like. The malt character, rather mild, with honey, a little caramel and some toast, is harmoniously integrated with the funk, the spices, and the delicate tartness. Excellent.

The palate opens moderately tart, with a lactic sourness and a lot of Brett-derived flavors - cloves, horseblanket, some pepper and a little leather are all present. They mesh rather wonderfully with the chestnuts, delicately toasted but arguably a little overdone. The spices play a secondary but important role here, complementing the Brett funk and the chestnuts. The combination also does bring to mind a little crystallized ginger. Actual oak flavors are minimal here. Drying, mildly tart on the finish with a blend of yogurt-like lactic acids blended with clove, horseblanket, chestnuts and spices, this beer is quite the tour-de-force. Brilliantly integrated. Medium-light in body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is a treat on the palate, and one I would love to drink more often, and would be curious to see what time in the bottle does to it.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Batch 901 Bottled 10-19-2011.

A: Hazy dirty amber with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Sparse tight lacing and moderate-heady carbonation.

N: Beautiful barnyard funk, light lactic notes, lemon, peppercorn, naked oak, cereal grains and caramel drizzle.

T: Light lactic notes with fresh squeezed lemon juice, a drop of sour cherry juice and some sawdust upfront. Mid-palate brings in nectarine, caramel drizzled grains and hints of chestnut while the barnyard comes out to play. Finishes with peach, naked oak, peppercorn, horse blanket and a light clovey essence.

M: Medium bodied, clean, dry, almost silky and prickly with carbonation.

O: Excellent barnyard funk and oakiness. Nectarine/peach flavors are tart and in abundance. Chestnut flavor is subtle but is there. Light-medium sourness, complex, delicate and quite quaffable for a Wild Ale.

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Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty orange and hazy with a well-bubbled, foamy head. It looks the part of Biere de Garde but beyond that this is a totally different beer. Sour like everything else Jolly Pumpkin brews. Clean and lactic with plenty of funk and saddle blanket. Musty and woody. A fresh lavender floral note keeps things vibrant. Despite the erratic flavors balance is found. Chestnuts in beer? I guess they are present but I don't know what I am looking for. Another unique beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of seand
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a small layer of bubbly off-white head. Enough of a ring retains to leave decent walls of lacing.

S: Floral yeast, muted oranges, earthy funk.

T: Mild sweet and sour to start, with the sour coming out a bit more through the mid palate. Finishes dry with light hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Not bad; it's probably not a good place for someone new to craft beer to start, but it's interesting and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – An opaque, golden-orange color with lots of microscopic sediment. A nice head with lots of sticky lacing.

Smell – A sour smell, with clove, oranges, and a touch of sweet vinegar.

Taste – Taste was not as sour as it smelled (a good thing). A hint of white wine, spice (clove?), and a touch of vinegar.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, a mild sour bite, but smooth.

Drinkability – Very easy drinking. A very nice Bière de Garde.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, dark orange amber with a two-inch foamy white head that slowly recedes, leaving patches of lace. Occasional carbonation can be seen through the tulip glass.

This one has sour aromas from a distance. Up close, one perceives primarily white wine with spices, apple, and vinegar. An overall impression is rustic, akin to wet leaves.

Otono has manageable tartness that follows the nose, highlighting fermented apple. The finiah is minimal.

A light body with trace alcohol, lively carbonation and a sticky texture.

Even for the style, this is particularly easy to consume. It is a class act to be enjoyed in style and I finished the bottle in one night.

Batch 901, bottled 19 Oct.2011.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $13.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Batch 899/900, Bottled 10-7-2011.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, clover honey-hued body with a foamy, slowly receding, barely off-white head (though, the latter pours turned out quite clouded). Glass glaze of lace on the descent.

Smell: Simple sugar cookies, faintly sweetish, heavily marked by musty yeasty notes, tart-scented hard cider, citrus, very faint oak sprigs, additional fruity hints, soiled, unwashed herbs.

Taste: Sweetish sugar cookie hints with some slight caramel nuttiness. Big gulp of farmhouse cider with hints of strawberry and one drop of that bright red sauce that comes with the sweet-n-sour chicken. Oak character with a childlike gentleness about it. It's got a tartness and some barnyard funkiness going on, but it's very balanced within and amongst the other elements of this beer. Splash of salty, phenolic lemon juice. Tiny pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Ramping up of acidity on the dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: As always, it’s another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. It's quite tasty and very refreshing.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish orange color with a two finger slightly off white head which recedes to a tight head and leaves nice lace. The head stays around for a decent time. The aroma is of sweet notes and malt up front before you get a spiciness and sour in the back end. The taste follows suit with a malt backbone and a hint of spiciness up front. The middle has a chestnut taste followed by a citrus sourness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it was a good beer, the taste was well balanced and delicate.

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Photo of lsummers
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great warm orange, very diffused. Lovely white head that recedes to a 1/8th of an inch. Laces the glass nicely.

Smells of sour notes, apples and spices. I really didn't know what to expect from the smell, but I like it.

The taste is great, it's not quite as sour as the smell, it's nicely balanced between sweet, sour, spice, and a hint of nutty/cinnamon flavor.

The mouthfeel is great, It has a great deal of flavor so the feel helps give that flavor some weight. It bounces off the tongue and hits up every part of your mouth. After one sip, you just want another.

Overall I think this beer is terrific, I do plan on purchasing this again. Anyone that loves sours, ales, and seasonal fall beers will love this one.

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Photo of DCon
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT, 9.4 OZ bottle of this from 33 Wine Bar & Tap House in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $15.99. Poured from the Orange Labeled bottle w/ a "Earth" Woman on the front presenting what looks like a ring of cherries into my 12oz Surly Darkness Tulip Glass. Has BATCH 894, Bottled 9-29-2011 on the back of the bottle w/ a sticker.

Aroma- A nice sour nose with a sweet, caramel/nutty background. Very different for a Biere De Garde style but won't downgrade because of how much character and complexity is within.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has great retention. Has a Dark, thick copper colored body and tons of yeast is in the bottom of the glass. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- A great amount of malt and then spice hits the tongue first. Has a nutty character once again and has light hops included. Very acidic.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Effervescent, and prickles the tongue on the way down. Very nicely done!

Overall Impression- Another great one from Jolly Pumpkin! I appreciate every beer they brew because of the sour notes available. I'm glad I was able to find another bottle of this because I traded a bottle off to my cousin. Would definitely recommend if you enjoy a Saison/Biere De Garde style but then also appreciate a sour character.

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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.08 out of 5 based on 707 ratings.
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