Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Wild Ale
4.09 | pDev: 11.49%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: 1560 bottles [330 ml]
180 bottles [750 ml]
Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 204 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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shoyoroll from California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

May 16, 2013
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Stigs from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours with a very short lived loose, white film. settles to a thin ring. the beer is almost crystal clear, pale yellow in color...odd for a sour/wild.

S - nice mix of sour/funk, with prominent green apple, farm fields, lemon rind and a pleasant grassiness. smells very much Belgian and authentic.

T - begins with a flash of sweet, almost corny and wheaty malt flavors. turns towards slightly lactic sourness, bringing along some pear, green apple, and a slight funk.

M - lightly bodied with crisp carbonation. finishes extremely dry yet nicely balanced between sweet, sour, and funky. very well put together, thirst quenching, yet not overpowering in any way.

O - solid beer all around, very happy to have picked this up at an Ohio store recently. great balance, though nothing spectacular. would love to try again, if it can be found.

Feb 04, 2012
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miketd from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Winking Lizard. Blend 1, bottled on 12-1-10. Pours copper with a small head. Big lemon aroma with a touch of barnyard and Belgian yeast. Flavor is really lemony with some tart funk and a crisp finish. This beer is awesome and extremely drinkable. Not as bracingly sour as Lambicus and a bit more interesting than Bam... the best of both. I see a lot of negative reviews here, and I guess if you're not a sour fan I can see the point. But if you like sours, this is a really good beer... although the price is fairly insane.

Feb 12, 2011
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Bay01 from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of Duvel style bottle bought from the brewery

A: Straw yellow with about one finger creamy head that sticks around

S: Smells fruity, barnyard, and a little acedic

T: I think this has a great balance of fruity belgiany esters and sourness. The sourness is definitely noticable but is not overpowering. Delicious

M: Good carbonation, not sticky or over or undercarbonated.

D: Very drinkable for a beer blended with lambic, wish I could have gotten more of these.

Feb 21, 2011
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was shared by funkydelic with beeruser, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, others, and myself at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! Blend 1! Bottle 12-01-10! 330 mL bottle. Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, massive funk, tart cherry, sour, and pineapple. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, big funk, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Did I really just get pineapple on the nose of this one and citrus in the flavor!? Nice... The nose on this one was excellent as was the flavor. Everything on this brew worked really well together at complimenting each other and not leaving any component 'out to dry'. A must try for any sour fan out there that has not done so already...

Aug 25, 2011
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Blend 1, bottled 12-1-10.

Mostly cloudy, brassy orange body. Three fingers of whipped, meringue-like head. Great lacing up the side of the tulip. Lots of horse blanket on the nose. Acidic citrus (tart orange and lemon), a hint of vinegar, and a little cheesy funk.

Bright, tart, acidic citrus flavors up front. Grapefruit rind is prominent. Faint tropical fruit sweetness can't do much to cover up the tart acidity. Light horse blanket and wild funky notes. Finish is dry, with lots of lingering grapefruit. Moderate body, with a slightly oily feel, before the dryer finish. Very appetizing and refreshingly bright and tart. Another winner from JP!

Oct 07, 2011
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of tart and sour notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a very nice mix between some tart notes with some sourness and some medium barnyard notes. Acidity is quite low and sourness level is maybe more present then in the usual JP beers. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another well brewed beer though not necessarily my favourite from this brewer.

Jun 22, 2011
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Sammy from Canada

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps mellow after 2 years but still the foamer. Dark brown, with initially lots of foam. Neutral aroma. A wild ale, some acidity, but not that sour. How shall I say it, dish soap soapy residue aftertaste? Good drinkability, though just OK. Thanks for the rarer one in these parts, Steve.

Aug 10, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Brad. Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles. No lacing moderate retention, interesting beer.

Aroma is tart and sour with hints of brett and some lactic / acetic character.

Beer is light and sort of tastes like temptation, that is to say it tastes good. Beer has a nice finish. I'd have this again, a very agreeable sour.

Jun 19, 2012
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whartontallboy from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Jan 28, 2012
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ej285701 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Nov 18, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Dave for busting out this 750, it's been on the radar for awhile!
Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip glass it pours a peachy opaque orange, a wispy skim across the surface after it settles down relatively quickly to other JP beers. Spotty lace all around the glass.

Acidic, tart fruits, lychee, passion fruit, grapefruit. Lactic tartness alternating with a slight natural fruit sweetness later on as it warms.

Pink grapefruit, peach, lychee... the fruity tropical citrus flavors dominate. Intensely fruity, tart, and dry. Tannic oak dries out the finish, cidery with a slight stickiness on the lips. Effervescent and lush with juicy fruit flavors. I could easily drink this all day and would never tire of it. Super fruit forward, not intensely sour, and very quenching. What's not to like?

Note to Jolly Pumpkin: Please put this into regular distribution! TIA

May 24, 2011
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Squat fat bottle, purchased at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood for $10 and opened at an impromptu tasting in Chicago. Surprisingly this little bottle was a gusher, I guess I've never seen that in a tiny bottle before.

It pours a pale golden color, murky and cloudy, with a big poof (no surprise with the gushing). Mild bret notes, VERY mild, a somewhat muted Belgian Pale Ale character overall. Only 30% lambic from what I read, 70% Bam, but really the Bam dominates the nose and taste for me.

The taste didn't do it for me, not sour at all, just a little funky, and worst of all a strong bitterness that marred the aftertaste. I was pretty let down, I love a few from the JP line-up but not this one. I think "Lambam" would be a more interesting concept (70% Lambicus and 30% Bam), but possibly that would result in much lower yield.

Jan 29, 2011
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, Blend 2, bottled 3-15-2011. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is lemon and orange peel, white grapes, tart apples, funk and oak. The taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like lemon peel, funk, oak, bready malt, white grapes and light tropical fruit. It's somewhat tart, but the tartness isn't very strong and it doesn't linger around for long in the finish, either. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think it's a decent brew, but I was hoping the tartness would have a little more kick to it. Hopefully it will get better with age, but right now there's nothing that impresses me about this beer. I expected more from Jolly Pumpkin with this brew. For $8.99 a bottle, my money could have been spent on something better. It's still worth a try if you're never had it before.

Dec 26, 2011
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Diomede from California

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Jan 10, 2012
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #900.

Blind BIF #5, Beer #1. Thanks to abraxel for the chance to try this one.

A-Pours a hazy peach with virtually no carbonation. Just a pool of white head at the edge of the glass.

S-Nicely sour on the nose. A nice helping of farmhouse, barnyard funk with just a bit of sweetness detectable underneath it all. I'm liking it a lot already.

T-Crisp bite right away. Tangy funkiness. A healthy amount of peppery brettiness gives this a great kick. Puckery, and I love it.

M-Light to medium bodied, exceedingly dry. My tongue has shrunk to a fraction of its usual size. Fizzy, fine carbonation is a bit overdone here, but the only flaw I can find in this beer.

O-A really excellent beer. I will be savoring every drop.


May 20, 2011
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jan 11, 2012
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2 and batch 1. Pour a lightly hazed gold, b1 was a bit darker. Nose is barn-heavy, lightly hopped, Lambicus really comes out as it opens with that manure, urine, super funky quality. Flavor lightly bitter, raw, grainy, fairly bretty, a good amount of that wicked Lambicus funk. Batch 1 is more integrated and pungent. Decent.

Oct 23, 2011
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punkrkr27 from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, yellow gold pour with a loose, bubbly white head. Straw and lemongrass aroma with a good note of tangerine and lots of lacto tartness. The flavor has a wonderful delicate blend of straw, and wheaty malt with some dry, floral brett in the middle with a long buttery, citrusy, and tart finish.

Jan 27, 2011
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nickfl from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jul 13, 2013
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Photekut from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

May 19, 2013
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gordavidson from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Feb 15, 2013
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WeisGuy from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jan 27, 2013
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GrandCruDrew from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 4/10/11

A- great carbonation and good head retention. Solid lacing. A beautiful cloudy, hazy dark golden color.

S- Wonderful unripe tropical fruits. Some sourness and funk, but not overwhelming.

T- Great sour peach, and tropical fruits & lime oil. Some def barnyard funk, but not to acidic. Really well balanced.

M- Very nice on the tongue. The balance of refeshing tartness and sour makes it easy on the mouthfeel. I really love how easy it is on the acidity.

Overall- Very well balnced and delicious.

Apr 11, 2011
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind BIF Beer #5

About this time we were hankering for an IPA, stout, barleywine. Something to mix things up from the sour barrage.

Weird 12oz bottle, similar to Green Flash, but this is not Green Flash.

It's sour. Feel the pain. Enjoy the pain.

Honestly, we were a little sour fatigued at this point. My already not very detailed notes became even less detailed.

Smell is old but not unpleasant. Taste is bland but not unpleasant.

I had absolutely no idea what this was, but as soon as the reveal was jolly pumpkin we saw the telltale jolly pumpkin signs we had missed.

Jul 10, 2013
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