La Parcela
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #42
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,754
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 13.37%
Reviews:
274
Ratings:
812
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
 
Michigan, United States
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Fall
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87
Very Good
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Photo of dd53grif
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden peachy colo with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Citrus aroma. Typical Jolly Pumpkin sour. Fruity and a good sour beer but I couldn't detect much pumpkin flavor.

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dd53grif from Michigan, Oct 25, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
$6.99 (sale)
Rudy's Liquors - LaSalle, IL

Blend #2 10/10/14

La Parcela is a good looking beverage. It fits the season with a dulled copper body and rustic Autumn highlights of dulled and bright orange both. The head takes a high pour to get going but when it does it's the purest of whites, finely bubbled, and sticky in its wake. The foam eventually falls to a skimming and chunky ring but never disappears.

The nose is interesting and appetizing. It's slightly acidic and slightly earthy off the bat. I guess I could see the earthiness being contributed to a gourd but I probably wouldn't guess it if I didn't know. There are soft baking spices on the periphery; crystallized ginger, nutmeg, cardamom. A healthy squeeze of lemon runs the middle and not only brightens the beer but makes the mouth water as well. Can't say I'm getting any cocoa nibs but what I am getting is good.

The flavor opens up beyond the nose. That squeeze of lemon has a noticeable acidic kick from start to finish that's as bright as you can get. Crystallized ginger and a melange of other, indistinguishable soft baking spices add some depth. There is also some vinous acidity along with an embracing oakiness. The gourd is more noticeable on the palate and, it's on the swallow. All those components come together on the finish for a damn good drink.

The body is light with a snappy effervescence. As a matter of fact this beer moves quickly but it manages to reach every nook and cranny. A buzzsaw of acidic tartness runs the middle of the tongue while the finish dries out quickly with a soft, lingering acidity. This beer is amazingly drinkable.

This beer is as Autumn as you can get for a spiced, sour beer. It's none of that overly done pumpkin latte type nonsense though, don't think that. It's nuanced and bright. The spices are in the background, mild, and complimentary. The tartness is well done. I could drink a lot of this beer.

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joe1510 from Illinois, Oct 28, 2018
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4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might be a 2016 bottle, but damn, it held up extremely well and if it did like I said, what better way than to talk about it here.
Damn straight! Bottle from Winooski Beverage, VT.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-rugged dark orange color to somewhat flow into a low lying depth of brown color. A nice looking foamy two finger white head sat atop and slowly dissolved to leave a disenchanted messy lace.
The aroma is quite magical as it melds some sweet pumpkin with a slight baked sort of crust-like pie subtle character with some spices of allspice and clove. However, these spices seemed "baked" - perhaps with a subtle roasty to toasty warmth. A blended sour to tart meshing with some orange zest-like quality came in closer to the end.
The flavor starts with the pumpkin and flows into the sour character fairly quick. Mild toast to some breadiness with some sour and tart tastes. Cacao and dark toast subtle sweetness shows up here. Barely any aftertaste but seemed slightly sour with some lemon, then orange zest and a touch of pumpkin.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Some sour harshness seemed to prickle my tongue but appropriately. Good carbonation and ABV. Mild finish of pumpkin, then sour, a touch of tart and that "baked spiciness" that comes across so mindfully awesome.
Overall, any brewer out there that wants to brew a pumpkin sour ale, this should be your standard. Or maybe I just had this on the exact day it should be opened. If anything, thank God for the stars aligning for this one!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear, copper colored beer with a lasting white head that leaves spots of lacing. The aroma is tart acidic vinegar, with faint pumpkin spices and a lot of chocolate. The taste is pleasantly sour with a ton of cocoa flavors. At the end a bit of pumpkin spices come in with a little malt sweetness. Very nice beer.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Oct 24, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Orange cloudy, with fine bubbled carbonation, 5 fingers of yellowish head. It was a huge gusher from the beginning.


S: Lemon, orange, malt, pumpkin, an acidic vinegar quality, cinnamon, spices.


T: An acidic lemon quality, followed by pumpkin flavors, a sort of plastic quality, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice.


M: Medium acidic quality, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.


O: On the bottle they joke about how ‘Jolly Pumpkin’ never had a pumpkin beer, until this one. Its great. How can you make a pumpkin beer even better, make it a sour pumpkin beer and you won me. Got this in Grand Rapids, MI, drank in Muskegon, MI, Aug 16th, 2014.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Aug 05, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. Appearance a deep amber color with orange and reddish tints. The ber is slightly cloudy. with carbonation bubble erupting from the bottom. A hard pour gave a thin light tan head with no retention.

A sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, toasted malt and yeast. It really smell like a sweet potato pie.

A sour farmhouse note comes of the beer first, with pumpkin cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, toast, yeast, sour cherries, and a floral note.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, medium body and lightly carbonated.

My first reaction to drinking this beer was unexpected. I was not expecting a sour note, but I gotta say I really dig this beer is wonderful tasting, beer lots of flavor and balance. I will finish enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-750 ml bottle from ~2012 This poured a clear, deep orange (but a bit cloudy at the bottom of course). Aroma is a bit acidic, and a bit flowery with spice, especially at the bottom of the pour. The flavors were slightly acidic, vegetable, malt...okay, not helpful, but I would like to have this every week. My wife (who will taste any brew to be accommodating) exclaimed this as her favorite wild ale despite her other preferences.

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Bluecrow from New York, Mar 13, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours a hazy orange yellow color with a white head.

Look: It has aromas that are tart with vinous, spices, and pumpkin.

Taste: It has a tart vinous flavor to start with and additions of pumpkin, a bit of cocoa, and some orange.

Feel: It has a tart finish that is semi dry

Overall: It does not resemble anything close to a typical pumpkin ale, but is more along the lines of a wild ale based on pumpkins.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Dec 26, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid sour ale. Not much pumpkin or pie aroma. Sour nose. Taste is clean and refreshing. Feel is light and crisp. Maybe not much pumpkin, but good brew. Highly drinkable. Put down a bomber solo no problem.

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hardysf from Michigan, Dec 06, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark to murky brown. some orange tints.

S: lots of pumpkin and spice. some subtle funk too.

T: pumpkin, pie spices, oak, funk.

F: smooth up front and crisp bite on the end. coates the palate and lingers.

O: really good pumpkin offering.

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Hop_God from California, Oct 11, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip from tap. Had minimal head. Nice golden clear color. Slight pumpkin to the nose. This keg was several months old so the Sourness had pretty much hammered any pumpkin that was going to come thru. But that is ok, it was a great drinking beer

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Photo of DeFaz
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first sour pumpkin ale, and while the sour flavors work nicely along with some present malt and hops, what was missing was the pumpkin (there was a little flavor, but not nearly enough). In fact, I forgot halfway through that this had any pumpkin in it at all. How does pumpkin work with these tart flavors? I don't know, and that's a problem.

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DeFaz from Ohio, Sep 29, 2015
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3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a deep cloudy orange color. Some solid-off white froth with good retention
(S)- Very dry with subtle orange zest and spices. VERY subtle pumpkin
(T)- Dry spices meets a zesty lemon-like biscuit yeast meets pumpkin guts
(M)- Great zesty carbonation level meets an array of spices, pumpkin, and yeast
(O)- Its almost as if it is a saison combined with some pumpkin and spices; was hoping for me, but still enjoyable

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sweemzander from Illinois, Sep 03, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy gold with orange highlights under a 1" finely bubbled white foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Light pumpkin aroma, spice, cacao, light funk.
T: A lemony, dry tart palate with pumpkin and malt and hops in the background leading to a tart, dry finish with a moderate hop bitter accent.
F: Soft in the mouth with a medium body and above average carbonation.
O: One of the better pumpkin ales out there. The Brett does some nice things with the pumpkin character drying it out and making it so it is not cloying or overpowering.

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pat61 from Minnesota, May 24, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass. Orange pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label art.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as a pumpkin ale per the label. 5.9% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White colour. Nice thickness and frothiness. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Clear gold/honey colour of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast paticulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for a pumpkin ale.Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: Cocoa, Munich malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, floral hop character, and guiding oak overtones. The pumpkin is quite reticent, to its detriment. If anything, a pumpkin ale aroma should have evocative pumpkin character. Apple cider character.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Has a nice guiding oak undertone which lends it nice cohesion. Malt backbone is comprised of Munich malts, clean barley, Cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Where's the pumpkin? It's barely present at all. Apple cider notes fill it out nicely. The cocoa could be more evocative. Crystal malts. Some salt. Mild sourness (i.e. 2/10 in terms of intensity).

This is well-balanced, and has goo depth of flavour. It's adequately complex, but there's plenty of room for more intricacy and subtlety.

Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, acidic, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, and aptly thick. Crisp and clean. This texture complements the taste well, but doesn't elevate the beer or accentuate any of its constituent notes. Well-carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. The cocoa powder character develops as it warms, making it a pleasant brew, though the sore absence of any pumpkin character whatsoever does hold it back. It's not the stellar quality I usually associate with Jolly Pumpkin, but it's worth trying and I'm glad I picked it up. Just don't expect much of a pumpkin ale. The oak character is a stand-out.

High B-

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kojevergas from Colorado, Feb 16, 2015
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4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an old one. Bottled in 2013. Didn’t quite foam over when I opened the bottle, but about 1 inch of foam stuck straight up above the bottle rim. Poured with a big white thick head. Sour spice aroma. Is this beer supposed to be sour? Tart mildly spiced taste. Not getting much pumpkin. I think it tastes pretty good. Nice bubbly dry mouthfeel. I really like it. Hope it’s supposed to taste this way.

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kkleu357 from Wisconsin, Jan 12, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my normal style, served in a 8 oz snifter at White Oak Tavern. Cloudy orange, citrus like nose. Sour but not overly but blends with the pumpkin very well. smooth but nicely carbonated.

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MDHopster from Maryland, Jan 11, 2015
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3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
Wasn't a gusher, but when I poured, the foam built up like crazy. I had to slowly pour a little bit, wait for the foam to die down, pour more, etc, etc. Definitely annoying. Anyway, the beer pours a beautiful pumpkin orange. Slightly hazy. A medium amount of carbonation can be seen.

Smell - 3.75/5
Jolly Pumpkin tartness: sour apples, lemons, cherries. Some spices. Can't really smell any pumpkin, or any distinctly fall spices, which is disappointing. The smell is nice, but it just smells like most JP beers.

Taste - 3/5
Definitely has a taste distinct from other JP beers though. Upon the first sip, my mouth immediately encountered a mellowed-out nutmeg smell, along with perhaps some other fall spices like cinnamon and allspice. I say "mellowed-out" because the spiciness is not nearly as strong as a lot of fall beers, but that's okay. The tartness is still there, but it's greatly toned-down compared with other JP beers. I get a little bit of the tart apples and lemons, and maybe a bit of pumpkin taste. Overall, the taste seems kinda bland-watery to me. I like the fall spices, but I feel like they didn't need to tone down the tartness as much. And they could have added more spices.

Mouthfeel - 3.25/5
Light to medium in body. Moderate level of carbonation. Crisp. The beer is kinda watery.

Overall - 3.5/5
I must say I was disappointed with this beer. I liked the fall spices which they incorporated into the beer, but overall the beer seemed way less flavorful than their other beers, and the tartness was way toned-down. And I would have little some pumpkin taste as well.

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michiganmatt from California, Jan 08, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Black Star coop JP tap takeover. Pours a nice bright tangerine color with just a ski of fine white head. Only clear at the edges. Nose is surprisingly underwhelming with just a hint of orange. Flavor - autumn in a glass. Apple, squash, orange and wood. This sour would serve as a good introduction to the style for newbie sour heads. Finish is very clean.

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mschantz from Colorado, Jan 08, 2015
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4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Jolly Pumpkin offering.The spicing adds a really nice flavor to the usual sourness, but there's not really much pumpkin coming through. A very good beer, well worth trying.

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stortore from Illinois, Dec 21, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with one finger thick dense white head, a few rings of lace on the glass. Smell: lactic with straw and bread aromas, unripe nectarine, coriander, ginger-ish but maybe that's just a component of the raw pumpkin... not canned junk, so don't expect a pumpkin pie in your face... not getting any cocoa. If you're not going to give me an intense and accurate beersentation of pumpkin pie, then this is what I want. Taste brings the same. plus a pop of nutmeg-ish spice. Refreshing. Light-medium bodied, velvet feel, tart and drying finish with a little residual sugar and spice beat out by oak and grapeskin. Bottled 10/10/14. Much needed different take on the style (not that it's a new release) given the trend towards bigger, sweeter, barrel-ier.

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babaracas from Florida, Dec 16, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's La Parcela a couple weeks ago for $12.99 at The Lager Mill. I've tried most of Jolly Pumpkins bottled lineup, but I don't think I've ever had this one before and I'm really interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes good with the season and i think it's eye catching. It poured a cloudy darker orange color that took on more of a brighter hue when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of spotty and patchy lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with that signature JP yeast being the first to show up and it imparts some nice funky, barnyard and wet straw like aromas and it's followed by a light malty aroma. Up next comes nice fruity aroma, first it's the lemon that shows up then it moves on to more of a meaty pumpkin aroma that's on the lighter side. Towards the end comes a lit tart aroma with a nice mixture of spice that was on the lighter side with no single spice sticking out the most. This beer had a good aroma, but I wouldn't mind if the spice showed up just a little more.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of spices with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with just a slight malty flavor showing up in the background. Up next comes the fruits with the lemon still showing up nicely and it's followed by the pumpkin which imparts just a slight meaty pumpkin flavor that's barely noticeable. Up next comes the spices which are really on the light side with no single spice sticking out the most and it's barely noticeable. On the finish there's a higher amount of light tartness with some nice tart and fruity flavors showing up in the aftertaste along with some of that funky yeast. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but i wish the pumpkin and spices were both stronger.

M- Smooth, not too acidic, crisp, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and i thought it was a good example of a JP beer, but strictly as a Pumpkin Ale it falls shorts since the pumpkin and the spices aren't all that noticeable, but in the end I still enjoyed it. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, not too acidic, crisp, a little dry on the finish, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have a problem drinking the whole bottle since it's not too acidic and there's isn't any aspect that was too overpowering and would wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was mouthfeel, it was pretty good and it fit in nicely with this beer. What I like the least about this beer was that the spices and pumpkin didn't show up more, I can get a little bit of them, but I found myself wish that both aspects were much stronger. I would buy this beer again, it's not something I'm going to stock up on, but I'll for sure get one when it's released next year. I would recommend this to any farmhouse ale fan, if your looking for a good Pumpkin Ale I'm pretty sure you will be disappointed. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, I think the balance was a little off and in the end I just wanted more of those pumpkin and spice aspects. It's not my favorite JP beer or my favorite of the style, it kind of falls in the middle in both categories. Nice job guys, this beer wasn't bad at all, keep up the hard work.

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StoutHunter from Michigan, Nov 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

On tap, at the Community Tap in Greenville. This is a good sour, but the pumpkin is lacking. It was still good though, for a sour it had great balance not to overpower the pallet. If they kicked up a bit on the pumpkin, this would be beyond good, as it is, I enjoyed it and would try again.

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Lonestar9 from South Carolina, Nov 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pourd a cinnamon color body with a foamy head.
Aroma is of nutmeg and cinnamon
Taste is great and bitty very little pumpkin
Great mouthfeel and overall very tasty

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chefhatt from Pennsylvania, Oct 08, 2014
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4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Put your nose in the glass and it's pretty much all brett, though there's a spicy clove and pepper accompaniment. And once it hits your lips, that's exactly what you taste (upfront, that is): briny, barnyard funk strikes hard on the palate, providing a crisp first impression. Let that initial shock wash over you and what you find underneath is a solid allspice and butternut flavor, peppered with light ginger notes. The fall flavor isn't subtle, either; it's balanced, sure, but it's there in force. As is the funk. In fact, everything about this beer is bold: the scent, the spice, the pumpkin backbone, even the mouthfeel is big and bright. All in all, it turns out great; it's rare that you find a beer that could pair equally well with both Thanksgiving dinner and a big, stinky slice of Gorgonzola. But once you do - as you'd imagine - it's quite a memorable experience. A gorgeous beer. Cheers!

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