Lupulo De Hielo
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Lupulo De HieloLupulo De Hielo
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American Wild Ale
4.2 | pDev: 8.81%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Lupulo De HieloLupulo De Hielo
Notes: Limited release beer brewed with pumpkin, cacao, and spices, then aged in oak barrels. Benefits Pints for Prostates. Available through Rare Beer of the Month Club in October 2011.
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Reviews by womencantsail:
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kyle for this bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a tall white head. Surprisingly citrusy on the nose. Lots of grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine notes. A light grassiness as well as some peach and apple. Plenty of oak, too. This has the typical tart and dry flavor of Jolly Pumpkin beers. Nice lemon and apple tartness along with some other fruit notes, particularly the peach and citrus noted on the aroma. Lots of oak and maybe even a hint of sweet vanilla.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Magery
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a few glasses of this at the brewpub. They were also selling bottles at $22 each, 1 bottle limit, 72 bottles total. The price was steep but the proceeds go to charity so no one was unhappy.

The beer was peach colored with a bit of haze and a thick layer of foam that lasted through each glass. The only description given by JP was that this was a "hoppy sour". The hops and brett came together in an Orval-similar fashion, very Belgian. I loved the nose, fruits and funk. It shared some characteristics with Lucienarga, maybe some similar spices were used or maybe it was the hops. Also some apples an apricots, juicy smelling.

It tastes extremely good too. Initially sweet with loads of light fruits, dry and tart on the back side with a lasting spice character that doesn't get tiresome. I wish my palate was better trained to pick up individual notes, I generally do a poor job at that. But I can say that I liked this very much, I could find no flaws.

If you get a chance to try this I highly recommend it. I'm very happy for the chance and I remain a fan of Jolly Pumpkin beers.

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Photo of rdickey
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep orange-amber into my tulip, capped off with a fine, fluffy white head.

Smell: As soon as the cap came off, an amazingly full sour smell pervaded the room. There’s citrus in it, and some wild yeast funk as well. Very intriguing.

Taste: The sourness is just huge, and hits first and hard. It doesn’t linger on, however, like a Rodenbach Grand Cru. Instead, it gives way relatively quickly to a dry, piney hoppiness, which pair with the funkiness from the yeast to carry the beer through to a dry, somewhat acidic finish. Looking at my description makes this sound like an incoherent, slapped-together beer, but it’s anything but that; somehow Jeffries makes all these disparate and aggressive flavors hang together.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but feels almost light in the mouth, notwithstanding the big flavors going on.

Drinkability: Pretty high; each sip leaves you wanting the next one.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JAXSON
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a lightly hazed orange with a white head. Nose is a pleasant melange of fresh hops, soft and citric, the most IPA-like Jolly Pumpkin beer I've come across on the nose. A very lightly bretty quality comes through also. Mouth is more focused on brett, soft citrus, light barrel. Some bitter and sour qualities. Soft and lush feel. Not a style I usually seek out, with the abundance of fresh hops and barrel aged components, but done pretty well. Acidity is fairly high as you sip it. Interesting.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with some yeast particles near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left lacing covering the surface along with a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass; this gradually died down.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sourness and oak in the taste.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has oaky flavors from the barrel aging with sour flavors along with hints of citrus and white wine plus a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
O: The sourness in this beer isn’t overpowering and the taste has some complex flavors.

Note: Special blend bottled 8/1/2011

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe429.

Pours a hazed golden orange with a thin white head and webs of lacing. Smells like, well, a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Funky and mildly tart, with lemon and citrus sweetness adding a little more of a fruit presence than expected. Flavor is similarly funky and tart, with straw, lemon and grass blending with tropical fruit and mild acidity. Not much hop or pumpkin presence. Medium thick body with light carbonation. Quite refreshing.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both Eric (TurdFurgison) and Jim (jale) for sharing bottles of this in the past. My hands were to frozen to take notes at the CBS release, so I was happy that i could revisit this one at the West Lakeview Liquors pig roast. Served in a Glunz taster.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, leaving no cap or lacework behind. Hazy orange-yellow color.

S - Interesting - a mix of herbal and bitter citrus hops with spicy oak, medicinal brett, and slight acetic acid.

T - Hops are less present in the taste imparting only a nebulous herbal quality. Meanwhile the characteristic Jolly Pumpkin funk, oaky dill, and moderate acidity take center stage. Malt presence is neutral.

M - Moderate carbonation, and a super dry and tannic medium body. Very oaky, with only mild acidity.

D - I didn't perceive the cacao and pumpkin at all, although I'm not surprised as I didn't get the advertised pumpkin and kale in Biere de Goorde either. This was super rare, but didn't really distinguish itself heavily from Jolly Pumpkin's other offerings - the oak and house bacteria are just too overwhelming. Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Ratman197
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured a hay gold with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, lemon, horseblanket and grapefruit. Plate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish.Flavors of straw, barnyard funk, lemon and grapefruit with a crisp dry tart lingeing funky citrus finish.

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Photo of champ103
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On cask at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a beautiful golden hazed color. A perfectly formed dense, one finger white head rises. Rings of lace are left behind. This is a looker.
S: Hops and fruit up front that are amazing. Juicy citrus, mango, tart lemons. A light basement like funk. An incredible nose that does not hit you over the head, but subtle and balanced.
T: Hops are big up front again. Juicy mango, passion fruits. Acidic citrus flavors like orange and lemon, which then works perfect with the sourness that follows. A tart acidic punch, light wood, light basement like funk. The nuances just keep coming with every sip.
M/D: A light to medium body. Perfectly carbonated, especially for cask. Effervescent, crisp, and dry. The tartness and acidity pulls the cheeks in and makes you want to keep coming back for more. So refreshing and easy to drink.

This is immaculate. Juicy hops, light wood, substantial tartness. Everything works perfectly. Not to mention, the cask is in near perfect condition. I don't get any pumpkin or cacao. No bother, I think everything else involved overpowers that. As is a treat to drink, and I hope to find bottles if possible.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a decent size white head of foam that settles to a thin collar, leaving very minimal lacing behind.

Aromas begin with a mix of herbal and bitter citrus hops. Then you get some spicy oak and Bretty powdery yeast.

The tastes begin with pilsnery grainy malt but then the herbal hops add a balancing quality. As it warms you get the house Jolly Pumpkin funk, hay-like mustiness and moderate white wine acidity.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is super dry and oaky with only minimal lingering sourness/tartness.

Overall this was a decent sour ale but more like an Orval light Bretty beer or a Brett induced IPA than a Wild ale with all the bells and whistles that are advertised. Maybe it was different fresh but I cannot imagine it was much different. I wish this had more of the "added" ingredient flavors or was more sour but right now it is just in the lower end of both.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears hazy and yellowish orange, with a quarter inch of white head. The aroma consists of brettanomyces, hops, citrus, funk. Good flavor, with lots of brett, a mild hop character, and some lasting citrus flavors. A good beer, I would have this again.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Sticker on the bottle says it is a special blend bottled 8-1-2011.
A: Pours a nice dark, cloudy honey color with moderate carbonation producing a 1 inch off-white head. Decent retention.
S: Wonderful aroma. Honey, sweet caramel malt, earthy funk, minerals, grapes, golden raisins, and spices that are difficult to parse out. Fresh, sweet, and alluring.
T: Equal parts sweet and tart grape juice hits immediately and is quickly replaced by sweet caramel malt, honey, spice, and mildly bitter earthy minerals. Some funky yeast pops up from time to time...definitely characteristic of wild ale. As this starts to warm, floral notes and crisp citrus (lime especially) hops come more to the fore.
M: Clean and fresh up front. Some bitterness and tartness along the way. A smoother, mildly sour, and mildly funky finish. Almost wine-like acidity in the finish.
D: A solid, easy to drink, and nicely complex wild ale. Glad I got a chance to try this it out!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Lupulo De Hielo from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 97 ratings