Phuket: It's Not That Far From Laos
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Phuket: It's Not That Far From LaosPhuket: It's Not That Far From Laos
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #612
ABV:
6%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,481
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 6.93%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
22
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Michigan, United States
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88
Very Good
Phuket: It's Not That Far From LaosPhuket: It's Not That Far From Laos
Notes: A 4.5 hour flight separates Phuket from Laos, which is an hour shorter than the flight from Michigan to Portland, Oregon where the folks from Gigantic Brewing Company reside. That is why a meeting in Hawai’i led to the collaboration and creation of this hoppy, lime saison. Aromas of lime, unripe pear, and the classic pineapple tinted notes of Jolly Pumpkin funk, erupt from your glass. Phuket; It’s Not That Far From Laos is light, lively, and quite dry due to the inclusion of Jasmine Rice and Palm Sugar in the mash. The use of Cascade, Chinook, and Jarrylo hops, as well as Lime Peel, meld together flavors of citrus, pine, and white grape that linger quietly before finishing slightly bitter with mild tartness.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 22
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stumbled across a bottle share at my local home brew meet
The pours an abundance of a suffusion of yellow
Aroma is the sweetest of green Thai mixes
Great ne’er flavourings

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Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very unique offering and a collaboration between two creative and excellent breweries. Would describe it as more tart than sour, with a very interesting combination of flavors.
I only regret I drank it in February; would really love to down this on a hot summer day in July.

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Photo of Pahn
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Stag's Head in Manhattan.

A: Almost opaque orange. Thick wall of lacing.

S: Smells like an uninspired American Wild Ale; slight acrid sour, some lime, some sweet malt and rice. Bit hoppy.

T: Sooooo much better than the aroma suggested. It's like a Jolly Pumpkin version of the newstyle dry hopped sour APAs that people like Grimm here in NYC make. Like that, but with elegant Jolly Pumpkin style funk, some tartness, hops and lime blending--lots of complexity. Every note in the flavor is so even and complementary that it's hard to believe there's lime peel in this; the flavors taste so natural and married that you assume they come from the same source.

M: Medium bodied, highish carbonation, semi-dry, not very puckering at all.

O: Up there with the best Jolly Pumpkin beers--which is especially impressive given that the recipe sounds more like an experiment than a refined masterpiece. Tastes like a beer that's been perfected over many iterations.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacy rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of lime peels are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of limes along with some notes of white grapes and a bit of sourness. Faint hints of spices are perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also a slight amount of tartness.
O: This saison is really light in body (I'm suspecting this is from the use of the Jasmine Rice) and has little if any flavors that might be associated with the yeast. It's definitely a different take on a saison, but is very easy to drink and has some refreshing qualities.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz

Pours cloudy lemon golden, white sudsy lacing for a head.

Smells of coriander and lemon citrus over dry cracker malt.

Tastes of lemon citrus, white grape, coriander, sourdough bread malts, and a slightly bitter grassy malt finish.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice saison, good flavor and good balance. Would have again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a wild saison brewed with gigantic, done using lime peel, palm sugar, jasmine rice, and a whole lot of hops. i have been loving all these new ones from jolly pumpkin lately, their house wild culture is just one of a kind, and all their beer always tastes to mature and well developed to me. this one has spent some time in oak as well, but isnt particularly woody, rather it seems like a resting place for this yeast to develop, and it certainly has. the lime peel is bright and clean and natural in here, works well with the established acidity of the fermentation, and is there from start to finish. i dont get much from the palm sugar here, maybe a light brown sugar quality, but this is dry in the finish and never seems to get a whole lot of flavor from it. what is cool to me is the light floral note of the rice, and the simple starchiness it adds in the mash, which is otherwise pretty pils based and inconsequential. the rice gives the beer a cool texture and a lightness with the floral aspect thats great with the lime and the brett. rushing carbonation and a clean citrusy finish from all the hops on the back end, this is complex and dialed in, another really layered yet extremely drinkable wild saison type from these guys. jolly pumpkin is one of the most oddly underappreciated breweries out there, this is so original and good!

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/26/2017. Slight gusher upon opening. Pours fairly hazy pale golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, melon, peach, pear, pineapple, orange zest, red apple, white grape, citrus peel, peppercorn, pine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus peels, citrus/pine hops, oak, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, melon, peach, pear, pineapple, orange zest, red apple, white grape, citrus peel, peppercorn, pine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate yeast/oak spiciness; with mild fruity/lactic tartness and pine/herbal/grassy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, melon, peach, pear, pineapple, orange zest, red apple, white grape, citrus peel, peppercorn, pine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, leathery/musty funk, light white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus peels, citrus/pine hops, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no astringent yeast/hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, grainy/sticky, fairly tannic, and slightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a fantastic wild saison! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus peels, citrus/pine hops, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the balanced bitter/spicy/drying finish. Great classic JP house funk and oak presence; very mildly lactic, with dominating saison yeast and Brett character. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Phuket: It's Not That Far From Laos from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 22 ratings