Belipago | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by adamette on 10-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 7
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2/5  rDev -44%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tectactoe
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, Summer Beerfest 2013. Always willing to try anything from Jolly Pumpkin, especially something I haven't yet tried. A Belgian IPA made with sorghum, tapioca, agave, and chestnut, sans gluten... what could go wrong? Pours a yellow-ish color with some amber and orange tints, looking unfiltered and hazy with a heavy bit of white, lasting foam on top.

Piney hops surround the aroma; leafy and almost herbal with a good dose of citrus peels that cover up the edges. Kind of a light spiciness and a touch of yeast to it, but nothing over the top. I don't really know what the sorghum, tapioca, agave or chestnut add, because I'm not really picking up anything out of the ordinary or different here. Nothing bad, either, but it kind of smells just like any old Belgian IPA.

It drinks more like a pale ale, however, as bitterness is relatively low, even though the hop flavors are certainly out in front. Leaves, pine, and some peppery spice sprinkled all over. There's actually a mild nutty flavor that pulls through and finally shows a little bit of diversity in this beer. I wouldn't be able to pick out "chestnut" specifically had I not been told, but there's definitely a strong nuttiness of some sort that can be picked up.

As mentioned, the bitterness is pretty low and this drink is pretty slammable, also most likely due to the relatively quiet and laid back nature of the brew. Everything is well put together and very coherent, but this doesn't stand out to me as a very unique or different brew, which is typically how I feel about many other Jolly Pumpkin brews. Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, and a lively, crackling mouth feel.

Based on the description and all of the different ingredients involved, I was expecting something strange and unique and different and weird and perhaps even a bit nebulous. But really, it came out as a simple Belgian IPA, with the only discernible difference being the solid nutty flavor that beams through with each sip. Still a tasty beer, no doubt, but nothing to really lose your head over or make a trip for - many of JP's regular line-up is better than this.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at JP Ann Arbour. Yellow coloured body is not exceptional. The carbonation is above average, it is a below average bodied beer. A little sour and sweet, though the hops are there. Perhaps grapefruit and lemon peels and corriander. Not the best representative of the style, nor of JP.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Ann Arbor location. The chalkboard listed it as a gluten-free IPA, but I figured it was a Belgian IPA with the "Bel-" in the name.

The beer was a light or pale orange color, with just a little haze and a good amount of foam. The aroma made this seem like 50% Belgian IPA and 50% English IPA. The hops smelled a little aged, at least that's what I think of when I get the understated hops "spice" from many Belgian IPAs, some yeast notes too. The malts didn't add too much to the aroma but still it seemed balanced in that none of the components were overbearing.

I thought it tasted pretty good, given the style. A little citrus character, but only a little. Mostly some esters and mild spice coming from hops more than from actual spice (I think), with a little bitterness in the back. Light-to-medium carbonation, light bodied, easy drinking except for the lingering bitter taste, not bad at all.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden-orange color with a white head. The nose is some light floral hops along with a bit of yeast and some mild malt. Not too much of a hop character, but the hop and yeast components meld decently. However, nothing terribly special. Decent feel and drinks well enough, but not one of the better beers I grabbed at the brewpub.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at Jolly Pumpkin...Pours a yellow yeasty color, light two finger head, nothing of note...The taste and the aroma are both just weird, lots of yeast with a terrible sour finish, bad esters. This is not a very appealing beer, I would not recommend trying it out.

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Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewpub in Ann Arbor.

The lights were dark but it appeared a clear light peach color with minimal head.

Smell was greatly hoppy and fresh.

It was very hoppy, but balanced in taste. THe hops were really spicy, but with a hit of grapefruit peel. There was a slight sourness underneath. It was crisp and clean.

This is a great beer, not sure how limited it will be but I recommend getting it while it is there.

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Photo of adamette
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 10 15 09. Poured from tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor into a clean, clear glass.

A Translucent minimal yellow body under little head. 3.5

S Little (surprise!) hops. Repeated sniffs revealed some distant hops. I do not mind that at all and in fact I give this Belgian IPA brewed in the U.S. "extra" credit for not overdoing the hops. 4.0

T Nice, fresh hops, some malt. Very nicely crafted craft beer. 4.5

M Thin to moderate feel as the nice, fresh hops taste build up the otherwise rather thin feel. I think that it hits the style guidelines nicely. 4.0

D Fair to good. I think that most hop heads would find this quite drinkable indeed! 3.5

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Belipago from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.57 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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