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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 macster
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with a JP Artisian or Farmhouse style Ale. Took a little gettin’ used to, but as the glass and bottle was consumed this brew became increasingly more enjoyable.

Poured a slightly hazy pumpkin orange color. Created a thick and hefty, whipped cream-like head with superb retention. Lots of foam continued to emerge from the bottle after the initial pour into my chalice, so be prepared to keep your glass full! Thick sheets of lacing coated the glass as it drained.

I found the initial aromas to be VERY funky at first. Like walking into a barn filled with dirt, mud, hay and a few horses and their saddle blankets. Other than that some pleasant notes of caramel malts, roasted chestnuts, green apples, lemon peel, fresh cut oak and spices greet the nose. An interesting array of smells to say the least.

Loved the mouthfeel. Not overtly thick but full, round and creamy with a lively spritz.

Flavors were much like the aroma. Initially I picked up quite a bit of a funky sourness which almost made me wonder if the beer was infected. But as I continued on and the beer warmed luscious flavors of nuts, caramel, various spices, oak, earth and a touch of hoppy bitterness were enjoyed. Finishes with a pleasant tart hoppy/woody bitterness.

If you’re a fan of this style I would guess this is a real winner.

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Photo of clvand0
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a very tall head that falls slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy and woody with some toasted maltiness in the background. The flavor has a lot of spicing going on with a little lemony-zesty character as well as just a hint of funkiness. Tasty beer. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but that's ok. The drinkability is just ok, due to the spices.

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

Like many other Jolly Pumpkin ales, this brew is full of flavor, juiciness, spiciness, lightly vineous, and with a decent dosage of funk--just enough to make things interesting. Starts with a strong, spicy aroma (nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger), quickly followed by a hearty, bready semi-sweet maltiness. A medium muskiness (not quite moldy) overcomes the sweetness, and takes on a solid vineous aroma. The look of the beer is a standard, agressively carbonated, well headed brew with loosely knit foamstand, Sprinkled with yeast and spices. The flavors take on the semi-sweet barley / bready flavors, but meld well with background tones of oak aged flavor, modest caramel and cashew (buttery, nutty) flavors. As the flavors subside, the vineous character rises nearly to wine-like proportions, stopping only for a tart, sharp, dry finish. Lingers with assertive spices, aged hops, and alcohol. There is very little that differentiates the quality of Jolly Pumpkin ales, but they are all amazing and full of art. Another well done brew.

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Photo of dgallina
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle without dating.

Pours gently clouded copper with huge thin foamy head. The beer literally exploded out of the bottle upon opening. Smells mellow and earthy, with plenty of spicy yeast, orange, coriander, pepper, spices. Some leafy funk in there as well. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with added lemon fruit and nutty toasted malt tones. Very laid-back and relaxed overall. Light and slightly creamy in the mouth; perhaps a little too thin in body. A low-toned and pleasant treat for malt lovers. Hop-heads will want to avoid it as there's essentially zero hop presence.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Edit - I opened a second bottle, but this time I was ready for the geyser. Be prepared and you'll enjoy this beer much more. Have 2 glasses ready. Pour gently, letting it trickle out. Once you have the bottle horizonal, try to keep it that way until you have filled both glasses. If you stand it up again, it will continue to foam over. Enjoy!


My first JP gusher. After a gentle flip of the cap, the bottle immediately began to foam over. Trying to pour gently yielded a Duvel glass full of foam. I had to pour into 2 glasses just to stop the steady creep of foam up the neck of the bottle. Funny, but a bit much really. For all that effort, the head does not last and leaves some light lacing atop a murky brown body. Eh, I've seen better from these guys. A great smell as the beer warms. Carmel, sour apples, maybe juniper and just a hint of anise and cloves. Taste is very much like a sour brown ale. Nothing remarakable, but nothing bad. Like most JP beers, this drinks a bit thin, but I'm used to it. A solid offering.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with a great, but not runaway, head. Great lacing follows as well. The beer is a little hazy. The smell is interesting. Spice, a light nuttiness, a whiff of light sourness, and a touch of sweetness on the finish. The sour is lemony, the nuttiness hazlenut or chestnut, and the spice is cinammon, clove, and a slight bitterness. The taste is marvelous- the sourness of the style comes through nicely, but its not overpowering and is balanced nicely by a slightly sweet and subtle nuttiness from the chestnuts, all underpinned by a nice dry malt background that lends some chocolate notes. The chestnuts really work here. Their nuttiness is very restrained which I like a lot, and they have their own sweetness and earthiness that is just beautiful. The mouthfeel is lighter than one might expect given the color and ingredients, but true to a Biere de Garde. Very refreshing and unlike any other beer I've had. Quite nice.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a burnt orange, amber with a thick rocky white head clumps of sticky lacing. Autumn like just like the name.

S - Toasted malt, roasted chestnuts and a slight spice. There is a wet leaves and woody character that is very remineiscent of an autumn evening.

T - Toasty malt, roasted chestnuts and a slight spice. The is an earthy character that goes along with the autumn theme so far.

M - Medium body with a good carbonation that dies into a frothy, creamy smoothness.

D - A tasty beer that just screams for a nice autumn night by a campfire.

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Photo of Crosling
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearence with a pillowy foam. I’m not sure I like the subtle wild yeast character. The same character was present in both Biere De Mars and Bam Biere, and I’m still unsure about it. After the mid-palate, some interesting fruit character comes out. The mouthfeel is nice and chewy. I wish it had more barrel character however. More oak please. Pretty good and unique.

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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 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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Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber/brown color with a massive of white head. The aroma is slightly tart with some light citrus, malt and a little bit of funk. The taste is tart with a good amount of roastiness, spice, yeast and some earthy notes as well. The mouthfeel is light and prickly from the high carbonation. Overall, this is an absolutely superbly crafted brew that is highly recommended.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm constantly amazed by jolly pumpkin. every beer is a wonderful and anachronistic sensory experience. this one is no different.

apricot and cider colored beer with a big soap suds head and plenty of yeast chunks floating carelessly throughout. this is the color of turning leaves -- it seems the beer is aptly named. at first the smell was one-dimensional, the only detectable element being jolly pumpkin's signature funky yeast. further inspection reveals the scent of crushed red apple peels. reminds me of the smell in the cider mill.
this beer blurs the line between beer and cider brilliantly. upon first sip, as with the smell, funky yeast is foremost. after a few sips, ripe michigan apples build in the palate, along with notes of caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a host of other subtle nuances. tastes like autumn. this is very impressive. light and crisp in the mouth, and drinkable by the gallon.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with big white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is sour with some oak and some Brett character. Taste is quite sour and tart with some oak but really dominating by Brett yeast. While I enjoyed this American Wild Ale very much, I could not really feel any spices or chesnut as mentioned on the label since the Brett really took over. Body is light with some great carbonation. Another great JP beer that could serve very well as a session beer.

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Photo of wavz
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - 750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- Pours a rich Cappuccino like head with plenty of staying power. The beer is a burnt orange with a lot of haze, almost like fall leaves.

S- Deep spices, orange, and a good dose of what some would describe as horse blanket. Also a touch of smoky malts.

T- A dry tart orange,cranberries , with a nice hint of white pepper, rose water and bit of balsamic (just a bit).

M- Plenty of carbonation, Dry mouth feel. This is not a chug type of beer. Like the label says, "A beer to sip, contemplate, to enjoy!".

D- This is a good not run of the mill beer that I would be happy to buy again.


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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Beautiful hazy, burnt orange color with a towering off white head that never quite disappears. Plenty of sticky lace coats the glass.

S: Soft toasted malt, nuts, and spice crossed with an awesome barnyard funk aroma. There is a smell in there that reminds me of my grandmothers' basement in Jefferson Park in Chicago.

T: Lightly toasted malt and tart citrus, mixed with a spicy roasted nut flavor and a hint of killer dirty horse blanket. Nice earthy hop flavors lurking around in there. Lightly tart finish with notes of earthy dirt as well. Fantastic.

M: Quite effervescent upon initial pour, but it settles down over time and the body thickens considerably as the carbonation dies off and the temperature rises.

D: I wasn't sure what to expect with this Jolly Pumpkin beer but I knew it was going to be one hell of a journey. I am consistantly bowled over by the beer that they put out and this has got to be my favorite from them so far. I can't get over the musty attic aromas and flavors that permeate this beer. Challenging to the palate and well worth the effort!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm amber body with a light hazy that could be from all the swirling of tiny bubbles through the body. There is a huge thick creamy head that turns rocky and then mousse but never really fades.

S- This beer has a very soft decay not like dried leaves or wet wood. There is a slight smell of non-descript household cleaner but it is very nice. There is a light stone fruit note with a soft tartness to it.

T- This beer has a soft smooth pale malt taste with notes of raisins and caramel malt in the background. There is a hint of spice warmth but it is too soft to tell what type of spice. There is a soft grapefruit zest bitterness in the finish with a soft dark malt bitterness and a slight sweetness mixed in to the flavor.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a little fizz that cleans the finish nicely.

D- This beer is very smooth and blended well with many of the flavors coming through in the back of the throat instead of on the tongue. The wild notes play a supporting role to give the malt some mystery.

Thanks to emerge077 for spotting this one and sending me the beermail.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice pouring into a snifter. Plenty of offwhite foam, leaving lacing on the glass. Body is a medium to dark toned brown.

Smell is a little odd at first, possibly the chestnuts, but it's an earthy, skunky malt that comes out first. It's reminiscient of some questionable euro lagers, but as it warms, this dissapates, and a light fruitiness comes out.

Taste is rich, not heavy on the palate. Bitter & nutty chestnut, earthy spice, possibly coriander. Extra carbonation, dry finish. A shared bottle disappeared quickly.

A unique and strong example of creative brewing...

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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 malcontent
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Iced tea appearance...if your iced tea has an amazingly foamy head that retains its form throughout your enjoyment of said beverage.

Nutmeg and citrus notes mingle with overwhelming white wine scents. Very much like a sparkling wine (Prosecco?) in its aroma.

Lemony taste, woody astringency on the finish with good spiciness throughout. A bit of a Sweet Tart candy taste. Good.

Body is very light and the yeast really dances on the tongue. Once again, very much like champagne.

Drinkable? Oh, yeah, but it IS a lot like champagne and I don't get that itch very often. Still, a good one to be sure.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for splitting the bomber with me

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

Originally reviewed on September 16, 2006. 750 mL Bottle. A sweet glow of tawny lemons and horsey grain husk. Grapeskins and fermenting leather blend in a sack of spice. A sweet peach soda pour, with a flowing lace of ivory. Flavor is a sweet sugary essence of malt, while Brett plays quietly in the corner. This beer isn’t as nuanced as I would expect. I breathe in some vapors of extraneous nut husks and distant spice conjuring. The reduced play of Brett is deft, as I still get the wonderful sweet lechee juice sensation, but am sparing the scorching acidity. I can also pleasently draw on the crisp malt sugars. This beer isn’t particularly nuanced in my opinion, but has a beavenly drinkability, replete with fresh crisp summer hops. The quietly unassuming, but magically appearing hop smack on the tounge, in Euro fashion makes this an expertly balanced beer. This beer is really growing on me, the long drawn carries fresh lime juice and Madagascar Vanilla. And there’s spicy mingling. It turns into one of those beers you want to just keep drinking and drinking and hope it will never go away. This is a scarce beer where the backend and smack are the best parts. Damn!

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee de autumn fire, a funky jolly pumpkin. Not as vinegary, bold, as the brown ale had earlier in the tasting. Orangey colour. Spicey, hint of roast,drinkable. Cinammon, nutmeg, corriander, lemon citrus, nutty, full mouth, caramel, vanilla from wood

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

tasting party dec 6/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. i think northyorksammy contributed this one, so thanks sammy!

pours a dark amber colour with gushing white head. head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is nice. slightly sour. lots of spice. nutmeg and corriander. orange peel. slightly toasty toffee sweetness. bit nutty.

taste is nice. lots of orange. slightly sweet. a bit roasty. toffee. very light on the spices, maybe nutmeg and corriander. funky with a bit of sourness.

mouthfeel is good. smooth, but with lots of carbonation.

drinkability is good. a little smoother and a bit more my style than the maracaibo especial i had earlier in the night. the lighter spicing and hint of roastyness sways me to this one.

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

Thanks for sharing this masterpeice Mike! Deep orange/brownish body topped by solid being froth leaving spiderweb lace. Strange spicy grapefruit aroma is a welcome suprise. Lemons, and rinds, lots of funk and brett, with solid yeast and nuts. Very spicy flavour profile, slightly woody/nutty with the solid funk I expect from Ron. Solid puckering brett finish! Yay! This stuff is great except for those who are allergic to chestnuts! :) Thanks Mike!

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

Finally picked this up at the brewery. What a badass looking bottle. If there is a brewery with better labels, good luck finding it.

750 ml right from Dexter MI. The normal JP lady with a hand full of chestnuts. Glossy orange plastic wrap over the cap. Gold 2006 sticker.

Appearance: Pours a nice orangish amber in my Piraat snifter. Starts with about a two finger off-white head that fades to a nice layer on top. Slight lacing on the snifter.

Smell: Mostly chestnuts and roast malts in the nose. Smells like a freshly baked ginger snap cookie...???...there are some other spices in here; nutmeg, cinnamon, etc....

Taste: Nice smooth taste. Starts off slightly tart, followed by chestnuts, spices and malt. Nice refined hops at the end.This shit would go good with pumpkin pie. I wish it were more sour though.

Mouthfeel: Slightly spritzy and sour. Spices hang around for a bit.

Drinkability: This is definitely a late fall, winter sipper. I could drink quite a few of these.

Definitely not what I expected. At first I was kind of disappointed, but after a few sips and this beer warms, it grows on you. A nice change of pace from JP's other beers. Another solid effort from Ron and crew.

I would love for Ron to do a Grand Reserve version of this. This would likely get all 5's with about a year in some funky ass barrel.

This is one of the more difficult JP's to find. Definitely worth a try if you see any. Expect to pay a few dollars more for this than the other JP regular offering due to the amount of chestnuts used in the mash and during aging.

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

$7 for 1L 9oz bottle
Cloverleaf Fine Wine & Spirits
Southfield, MI

The last of the quad triumvirate sans trois of J. Pumpkin that I needed to try. The main difference between this one and the standard fare Pumpkin brew is the hop tingle at the end which tries to mask itself in the form of a roast toasty chestnut. I'm assuming that the chestnut flavor is the hop itself. Then again I've compared their offering to bobbing apples, Brach's spiced gum drops and the nectar of the Gods themselves so who am I to
comment on anything. I'll tell you who! I'm a friend of Ron. Ron Jefferies. Whether he knows it or not. Put this one in the Hall of Fame with the others.

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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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