Perseguidor (Batch 1)
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Wild Ale
4.06 | pDev: 11.08%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Perseguidor (Batch 1)Perseguidor (Batch 1)
Notes: A special sour blend of Bam Biere and La Roja. Cellared a further six months before being offered for sale. Released November 2006.
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Jim for this bottle. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip. Pours a dark golden color with a few bubbles on top. Extremely mellow nose. Very smooth. Oxidized malt with cherry, vanilla, and oak. Smooth. Light acidity. Nose was better than the flavor, where it fell apart a bit. I bet this was quite good in its prime, but it’s over the hill by now.

Dec 16, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared at a recent tasting, thanks. Beer is amber and hazy with almost no head, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is oak, musky, cherries, funk.

Beer is musky and a little sweet, faint cherries in the back, this was probably way way way better several years ago but there is a shadow of that greatness just beneath the surface. I don't think I'd have it again.

Nov 04, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe429. A nice and unexpected surprise.

The beer is light chestnut / amber / crimson hued (I need to learn my colors, apparently) with a small head. The aroma offers funk, must, old cherries, fruit. The flavor is a bit odd. Lots of wood emerges in the flavor, overpowering the beer. A bit tannic with some odd flavors. Still, intriguing and flavorful. A bit unbalanced. Some darker malts and hints of nail polish. Overall, this was just OK.

Aug 05, 2012
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange copper pour, scant head. Nose is herbal, dry, minty. Not much sugar left, and something kind of weird in there. Flavor is empty, devoid of sugars or yeast qualities. Some light dry fruits, kind of papery. Not sour, fruity, funky, flavorful in any way, with a weird bready, cognac like aspect.

Jul 14, 2011
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Sean9689 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Jason to brining this to WLV for the tasting. Never thought I'd get a chance to try this one, but my fellow Chicago BA's never cease to amaze me. 12oz bottle into wine glass.

A - Pours a mirky copper/mud color, cream-colored head, some bubbles here and there, and some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of oak, dark fruits, slight bourbon, some spices, cinnamon. No real signs of any sour/tart or funk.

T - Caramel apples, buttery notes, lots of oak, slight sweet spice. Much like the nose, no real sour/tart/funk to report.

M - Light, low bubbly carbonation, slightly dry finish.

D - I was good with my sample and didn't care for much more. I'm glad I was able to try it, but it's not something I'd seek out again unless I was presented another bottle randomly.

Dec 29, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle given to me by my boy Papajcik...Pours a dark muddy orange with notes of copper. A big finger of off white head, pretty good retention...Aroma stunningly lacking a ton of oak, wood notes are there with bourbon, and tart fruits, but not very sour?...The taste keeps me surprised again as its not that sour. Caramel, bourbon, spice, with some tart notes. Not a puckerer at all and the thing I do like is that its not the typical Jolly Pumpkin oak sour flavor.

Not bad but nothing special, maybe its not aging well?

Dec 29, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 served in a tasting snifter. Big thanks to Northernbrews for contributing this to the tasting last weekend.

A - Nice looking brew here with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin collar and touches of haze and minimal spotty lace. Dark transparent caramel-orange color.

S - Tart Granny Smith apples, bourbon, spicey wood, char, and caramel. Very nice collection of well-balance flavors. Not a ton of sourness here.

T - Taste is more of a caramel golden ale, with light sour and tart notes and a tannic finish. Reminds me of Perseguidor 5, but with a little more bite to it. The fact that this is sort of mellow is excusable considering the age on it. You can tell this is a simpler blend though (think it was just La Roja and Bam aged for extra long).

M - Lower carbonation, refreshing, medium body, and a dry finish that morphs into a clean aftertaste. I can see this benefiting from a touch more spritz, but otherwise it's quite enjoyable.

D - I could have had all 12oz to myself without much trouble. The flavors are well-attenuated, and no domain ever gets too fatiguing. A nice Jolly Pumpkin brew, but not that much more exciting than their usual offerings.

May 26, 2010
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brdc from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks OHLrangers for this one.

Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.
Hazy dark golden, nice white head with average retention, good lacing.
Nice aroma, musty, acidic and tangy, fruity with multiple different layers.
Nicely refreshing, well carbonated mouthfeel adding a zip to it, opening to a very fruity beer, acidic and tart. Multiple different fruits keep coming and going, from oranges to berries, and lots of diffrent ones in between.
A very nice beer that could age well, assuming I was lucky enough to have more.

Nov 29, 2009
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bennetj17 from Arizona

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to autumnaldave for giving me this at DLD 2008. This bottle says 2006 on the gold sticker, not sure which batch that is.

Rusted amber hue, mostly clear, pencil thin ring of foam. Carbonation is very subtle. Vinegary bouquet of cherry fruit, mostly sour with some light sweetness also. Very much looks and smells like a Flanders Red.

I get a good sense of the acidity on the first sip but the tartness is very downplayed. Faint cherry flavors give way to an out of place bitterness in the finish with some alcohol flavor coming through. Overall the fruit/tart flavors seem muted, and I wonder if I have allowed it to mellow too long? The mouthfeel has a decent touch of carbonation with a thin body.

Was glad to try such a rare beer but it didn't impress that much. Perhaps it would be better fresher, but I would have thought a sour ale could last much more than 3 years...

Apr 24, 2009
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tmoneyba from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample of Batch 1 at MBGF.

Poured hazy amber color with a minimal fizzy off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing.

Moderate tart citrus earthy woody aroma.

Medium body.

Medium sour flavor with a light bitter finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met with another good JP brew.

Jan 18, 2009
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francisweizen from Alaska

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown red, with no head. Aromas of funky socks, cheese, tart vinegar, OAK,acetic acid, over ripe fruit and brett/lacto funk. Taste is funky, sharp chedder cheese and malt vinegar laden with a nice mid and back palate of fruit, brett laden funk and OAK. Finish is dry and abrasive, but smooths out in the end. Mouthfeel is filling and the flavors linger. Drinkability is nice as well. Certainly funky and well blended, however it just seemed mediocre when rated to style.

Nov 19, 2008
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JoeMayo from Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a FANTASTIC and extremely well-rounded brew! Excellent job by JP.

A- Pours a very dark golden color with a thick ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S- Alcohol hits the nose first, but there is so much beyond the initial booziness. Sour brett comes through strong, but subtle notes of vanilla, oak, and peat come through.

T- I was floored by the complexity of this sour. The sourness is certainly in the foreground but without dominating the beer at all. Herbal, woodsy notes are balanced by an earthy quality. Hints of oak, vanilla, and pepper are noted. The alcohol presence is there, but not hot. Rather, it adds to the subtle sweetness of the beer.

M- Crisp with a lingering complex finish.

D- Exceptionally smooth and drinkable. The incredible balance of the beer makes it so pleasant.

Nov 11, 2008
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pwoods from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at RoyMunson's house along with FtownThrowDown. Thanks for having me over :) Big thanks for bringing this, Steve. I never thought I'd get a chance to try any of these.

12oz. brown bottle, Batch 1, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a plum flesh copper with some hazing. Short head on the pour that lasts a bit. Some light lacing.

S: Plenty of cherries from the La Roja, pleasantly tart. Great assertive, yet somehow soft JP funkiness. A bit of woodiness from the extended barreling.

T/M: Much of the same from the nose. Just a touch of alcohol creeps in on the edges. The oak and vanilla comes out quite a bit more than in the nose. Very delicate all around but very tasty. The brett has definitely continued to do it's work. Body is medium light to medium and the carbonation has held up rather well considering its age.

D: Maybe the best of the night. Very drinkable thought basically unattainable.

Oct 09, 2008
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 Sampled July 2008
A standard pour produces a finger-and-a-half thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a murky, reddish plum color that shows a hazy, opaque, maraschino cherry red color when held up to the light. The aroma up front is a mix of oak and tartness with aromas of vanilla, slight buttery oak, tamarind, sour raisin, concentrated sour plum and lightly spicy wood. Quite funky too with a rich, musty, damp earthiness, cobweb & musky Brettanomyces notes and some slight, ripe cheese character is also here. The barrel adds a touch of spiciness and even a hint of booziness that is reminiscent of Bourbon. I can't exactly say why, as no single thing jumps out at me as being all that unique or even overly interesting, but the aroma on this is just really nice; spending dedicated time just smelling this beer is very easy to do.

This is sour tasting, though not aggressively so. It has a soft, yet persistent carbonation that adds a bit of a textural prickle as the beer flows across my tongue. This is quite dry, with no perceived sweetness to it at all, despite this it does have some heft and viscousness to it; it seems to have picked up some body boosting tannins during its sleep in the barrels. This is very quaffable and, if it wasn't for the fact that I only had one twelve ounce bottle, I could easily drink this a lot faster than I am. Spicy oak flavors in the middle produce thoughts of Bourbon, these notes then meld in with the sourness that becomes a bit more dominant in the finish. Tart fruit flavors of plum, tamarind and raisin (without being sweet at all) are each noticeable. Oak influenced flavors of vanilla linger on the palate and there is a tough of butterscotch here as well. Not nearly as funky as the aroma (though it was fairly light there too), with more of a musty earthiness than anything.

The aroma was a bit more well integrated somehow than the flavor ends up being; the components are mostly the same, it is just that in the aroma they create an enticing, harmonious whole that is not quite achieved in the flavor. Despite seeming a little flat, the flavor is still quite good and I would happily drink more of this. A very drinkable beer; before I know it my glass is sadly empty.

Jul 08, 2008
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urwatuh8 from California

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in an "incognito" bottle via an awesome trade with GrandCruDrew. I think this is batch 2, not sure? Huge thanks for the chance to try this.

Pours an opaque, dark bronze with some white fizz on top. The smell is funky and oaky and wild.

It's citrusy up front. Not overly sour. The oak taste is pretty big, but it fits with the beer, it doesn't feel out of place. The finish is oaky with a bit of a taste of alcohol. Kind of coconutty. I'm really digging the big oaky aftertaste.

The carbonation is perfect. It helps the beer feel a bit airier. The beer is not watery at all.

Very drinkable. I wish I had another bottle.

May 29, 2008
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FtownThrowDown from Ohio

4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the real deal!
Pours a light copper in color with only a slight head that is quickly gone. Smell is oak, vanilla, slight bourbon and the much loved JP funk. The taste is spot on same as the smell. Good mouthfeel with just the perfect amount of carbonation. An absolutely incredible creation. Thanks to Ron for making this gem, and Chris for sending it to me!

May 15, 2008
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orbitalr0x from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours into my glass a hazy amber/red color with a smally bubbly white head that quickly dissipates. Orange accents peek out as well. Aromas begin with big woody, oak and leather tones off the bat alongside a vibrant sour, funky yeast. Lots of fruits in the mix with apricots, grape, cherry, apple and citrus all floating around. Slightly spicy with an underlying vinegar aspect to it. Light caramel. Makes me envision a musty old room filled with oak barrels and cobwebs!

First sip brings a solid, somewhat caramel malt base upfront quickly met by woody and oak flavors. A myriad of fruit works in with cherry, grape, citrus and apple all making an appearance. Light toffee, spice and vanilla tones mix in with a bold sour, funky brett yeast that carries everything down. It finishes on the dry side with an acidic hit and light bitterness. Lingering sour oak afterthoughts. Yum.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a somewhat creamy medium body and mellow carbonation. Goes down nicely with a sour/acidic twang that never becomes overbearing. In the end it's a tasty sour blended brew from one of my favorite Michigan breweries. The 12oz bottle is a nice size for this one as a 750 to myself might have been a bit much. I hope to see this one come around again as I always enjoy a tasty wild ale.

Batch 3: Shared at a tasting and all I have to say is YUM. Super funky and fruity and a treat to drink. Really glad to have had a chance to sample this one.

Feb 10, 2008
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CharlesDarwin from Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed August 18, 2007. From a 750mL Bottle. Aroma wafts off red currants, golden delicious apple skins, toasted coconut and fragrant kala jeera. Supple and sour. Pours a deep ruddied mahogany with amber edges and hickory tinted foam. Flavor is a subtle, yet judicious, flowery perfume of high sourness and candied apple cores. Light caramels find a home amongst lightly searing aceto-tannins. Nips of creaminess play off of bold white balsamic notes. No real noticeable hop presence, which I was hoping for from the Bam. A touch thin bodied, but yielding pleasant sourness and complexity. Finishes dryly and with a quick quip of salted fruit. Alcohol actually presents in the backend, with lemon liqueur. Very nice.

Dec 16, 2007
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jastack from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Northernbrews for the chance to try this. Pours a color very similar to a Flanders Bruin with an off white head, thin, yet it lingers. Smell was slight tartness with sour fruit, ect. The taste of this beer is absolutely spectacular. Think a sour brown ale without the overpowering sweetness. Instead it drinks a bit more dry, yet with a subtle sweetness up front. I found this to be a great beer, and a slight departure from the Jolly Pumpkin that I'm so used to. The beer seemed to be a bit more well put together. I wish I had more, defiantly something to seek out and try.

Nov 04, 2007
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putnam from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't prepared for the estery apricot and marmalade aromas, but I think I like them. It's almost as if this was dosed with a bit of Thierry Puzelat's wild Touraine yeast (see his Petillant Naturel), something that reminds me of bittersweet peach pits and scorched whole vanilla. Nougat, with the trace of butter that implies. Mashed poppies. Big tangy winey mouthful is seamlessly supported by milky mousse, fizz so precisely articulated that it forms a berm of mossy appeal. There are heapings of nectarine, apricot, peach, red apple, white raisin, wild peppery fermentations and lilting undulations of hazelnut, pecan and walnut fruits and woods. Lots of acidity, the natural, aerated outcome of sugars left in the open to mingle with autumn pollens and chaff and honey perfumes. I will need to drink more of this, but for now I think it may be outstanding.

Sep 15, 2007
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stouty1 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown with caramel highlights. Small foam which is almost gone before I see it. Pure alcohol aroma with sweet and sour which burns the nasal cavity. Initial burn on the pallette quickly turns sour but as a sweet finish. No hops felt any where and but the it leaves your mouth feeling dry and refreshed. Ready for a mouth refill!

May 31, 2007
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SacoDeToro from California

4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice reddish amber with a good off-white head.

The aroma was full of those classic wild barnyard aromas: sweat, horse hair, sour yogurt, and biscuity yeast.

The flavor of the beer was filled with sour fruits, brettanomyces, and subdued oak. It had a nice light caramel maltiness as well. The brett flavor wasn't overdone and blended incredibly well with the oakiness from the barrel aging. The hops seemed to take a back seat on this one, which was a good call.

The carbonation was dialed in nice. Many JP beers are a touch overcarbonated for me. The mouthfeel was medium and creamy. Many of the JP beers are a little too dry and thin for my taste, but not this one.

This beer was an amazing feat of balanced flavors that contrasted each other extremely well. The barrel aging added another dimension of complexity and helped tame the otherwise wild flavors. The best JP beer I've had yet. This beer reminded me of the super-scarce Avery Opus One barrel-aged Reverend and the Russian River Desperation.

Feb 05, 2007
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Westsidethreat from California

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to northernbrews for the opportunity to try a brand new JP beer :clap:

A: Hazy dark saffron color with only a few dozen bubbles meandering through. Head is splotchy across the summit of the body, white amber tinted bubbles.

S: Brett, oak, vinegar, old strawberries and peach yogurt.

T: Begins with subdued lemon twang right at the tip of the tongue. Then the brett hits; explosive peach, apricot, melon and cooked berries. A pear pie with cinnamon flavor takes shape and really blossums. Sour cherry and old pineapple can be found towards the end of the process. Finishes with vanilla yogurt and zesty citrus across the tongue. I can keep going because flavors keep popping up, sip after sip.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. Carbonation is smooth and balanced.

D: I find something new every time I sip this beer. Jolly Pumpkin has really taken the American wild ale to a whole new level. This is really enjoyable. I highly recommend this beer to adventerous beer drinkers.

Dec 16, 2006
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northernbrews from Michigan

4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle purchased right from the source. First had this at the Michigan Summer Beer Fest in July. Let's see what another 6 months in the bottle did.

Appearance: This beer looks quite nice and inviting in my DFH snifter. The color is a hazy brown with a one finger head. The head fades to a nice thin layer on top. There is some lacing on the snifter.

Smell: At first a little funk and sourness followed by oak, whiskey notes, and a touch of orange and spices. The nose is similar to La Roja and Biere de Mars, just a little less pronounced.

Taste: Very's slightly sour (not as sour as some of JP's other offerings), but there is some sourness in here. The creamy head is followed by oak, whiskey, some fruit and slightly roasted malts. Damn is this balanced.

Mouthfeel: Did I mention this is smooth. Nice mouthfeel and slight sourness hangs around for a bit on the tongue and throat.

Drinkability: This is dangerously drinkable. This may be JP's most balanced and drinkable beer. Very nice mix of sourness and oak flavors. This goes down real easy.

Overall: Another excellent beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Ron, Sean and the crew deserve all the credit (and then some) that they receive. Definitely worth seeking out. The extra 6 months in the bottle definitely helped this out. Hopefully I can keep a few bottles to see what another 6 months will do.

Nov 30, 2006
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benito from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Even though the retail store at Jolly Pumpkin isn't open on weekdays, the folks at the brewery were kind enough to let me buy a couple of bottles of this earlier today. I cracked the first bottle tonight. From what they said in Dexter, this is a blend of La Roja and Bam Biere--a true American hybrid which is then aged for six months in oak before bottling.

"Perseguidor" comes from the Spanish 'perseguir' and is supposed to mean "pursuer." As the bottle says, the JP crew continually pursues new thresholds of flavor. Unfortunately, it also has the connotations of 'persecutor' and 'harasser;' personally, I would have chosen "buscador," a more common Spanish word, which translates as "seeker" (yes, it is the word used in the Spanish-language translations of the Harry Potter series).

A: Cider-like with a thin head that laces my wine glass well. Very cloudy. Remniscent of (and thus appropos for) Thanksgiving.

S: Lots of cherry and oak, in that order, and well-balanced.

T: Only mildly sour, this begins with a spritzy, cherry flavor across the front of the tongue that is swallowed into a buttery, creamy finish. The latter is pleasant, but slightly overwhelming, and it takes off some of the bite that would have made this beer more refreshing.

M: From spritzy to smooth: it's interesting, and the beer keeps revealing new flavors, but a dryer, less creamy finish would have kept this more drinkable.

Overall, an ambitious and indefatigably interesting brew that reveals new flavors with each sip. Even if it's not their best offering, this is another worthwhile brew from Captain Ron and friends.

Nov 22, 2006
Perseguidor (Batch 1) from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 34 ratings