Simcoe Single Hop
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Style:
American Brett
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5.9%
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4.05 | pDev: 12.35%
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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 7
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2018. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, red/green apple, white wine, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, white bread, light leather/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy/funky yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, red/green apple, white wine, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, white bread, light leather/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy bitterness; peppery yeast spiciness; and light Brett tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, red/green apple, white wine, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, white bread, light leather/musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy/funky yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and minimal astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready, grainy, sticky, resinous, rindy, tannic, and lightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is an excellent hoppy Brett saision. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy/funky yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink; despite the increasingly bitter/spicy/tannic/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. A touch too bitter/resinous for my expectation, but this is still spot on stuff. Great balance of vibrant/dank/earthy Simcoe hops with classic funky JP house Brett/Saison yeast complexity; nice oak presence with a solid pale malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a great beer, but at the same time that i love it because of all the jolly pumpkin funk and the wild nature of it, as well as the lively carbonation and dryness, its really not all that hoppy, at least not in the traditional sense, so if its purpose was to showcase simcoe on its own, im not sure it hits the mark. however, there is an obvious compatibility between this type of hoppiness and the wild yeast in here, so if the idea was to look at single hop varietals in a wild beer context, its a total success, and i cant wait to taste a whole bunch of these over the months to come, assuming thats the plan. the head is as high as the beer from the tap into a globe glass, thick creamy off white head on top of hazy peachy colored pale beer. a strong funky aroma is way in front of the hops for me, and with a bit of must and iodine to it, it seems more mature than fresh, which usually isnt how i take my hops but it works here. pine and frosted citrus from the simcoe, coming on more in the flavor than the nose, never even a little bit bitter, but adding a cool vegetal and fruity layer that works so well with the mature brett in this. its super funky, and i think as a hop project that might be to its detriment, like a more subtle profile there would let the nuances of the hops flavor the beer more, but taken as a whole, independent of the mission, its awesome hoppy saison that i could drink all day long! i guess we will see what the series holds down the line, i loved the beer but didnt appreciate it as simcoe specific, at least in the sense i am used to, not sure i care though...

edit: more obviously simcoe in the bottled format, like, so grapefruity in the finish that it seems like fruit was actually added. i think i like it better this way than on tap, which has been true of so many jolly pumpkin beers, save may bam. this beer is awesome, a cool way to feature a hop we all think we know. great stuff!

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Simcoe Single Hop from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7 ratings