Sobrehumano Palena'ole | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Sobrehumano Palena'oleSobrehumano Palena'ole
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour, barrel-aged version of the beer by the same name. Brewed in collaboration with Maui brewing.

Yes, Michigan and Hawaii are connected. It should be obvious to you now, as you hold this beer, and read this label. John and I designed this beer with two noble fruits from two noble states, Michigan & Hawaii. Cherries and liliko’i. Starting to see the connection? I feel it. So does John. 4391 miles may separate our breweries, but no our thirst for the exquisite. Hipa! -Ron

Working with Ron is something I’ve always want to do since I had my first Jolly Pumpkin beer. Years later, it’s a reality. Being involved on this project was an honor and a privilege. Mahalo to my MBC crew and to you, fans of craft beer! -John

Added by kohoutek on 06-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
347
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
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Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to erikkoppin

Pours softly hazed, reddish color with mahogany hues. Thin wisp of head fades into thin film and a collar of lacing.

Funky, fruity and sour notes in the nose. Touches of cherry, pineapple and tropical fruit with residual fruit sugar sweetness.

Bite of fruit-driven sourness up front with cherry and pineapple. Tropical tones with fruit juice and a touch of oaked wine. Softly funky yeast, mild backbone with bready malts. Continuing sourness on the back end during the dry finish.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and dry on the tongue. Quality fruit-based wild ale from JP and Maui which still contains the familiar funky/sour combo I've come to expect from JP while adding a fun tropical sour twist.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish amber from the bottle into tulip. Big creamy off white head that retains a bit for a sour. Big sour notes with tropical fruits, lots of cherries, and vinegar. BIG sour start, with lots of fruit. Mellows as it goes down without much lingering on the palate. Dry start to finish. Light and effervescent. A true sour first beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Alpineclimber!

Appearance. Pours a deep, lightly hazy red-amber with half a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Kumquats. persimons and pears. Lightly funky and a little floral. Interesting for sure.

Taste. Nicely sour and tart with flavours of persimons and kiwi along with some light tannic wood and just the slightest hint of fresh flowers. Only a bit of sweetness to offset the sour. Very nice and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with maybe just a little lower than medium, fine carbonation.

Overall. Very nice. Tastes of exotic fruits sets this apart from most, and not in a gimic sort of way. Well made, delicious, and easy drinking. Would be great on a hot summer day ...which it's not today.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is brownish, hazy with a wispy white head, no lacing, low retention, some carbonation.

Aroma is bright, fruity, mildly acetic, mildly lactic.

Beer is light in body, quite sour, nice fruits and secondary metabolic acids like malate are popping on the palate. No acetic but very bright and strong. A good sour and I'd have it again.

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Photo of Dweedlebug
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmich24
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewo
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was shared with us, with a big thanks to StonedTrippin. It poured a caramel coloring, letting up more reddish golden hues around the edges. It held a soapy, tannish head of one and a half fingers. This retained decently, but was easily reproducible. Big bubbles of lacing were left dripping down the glass. There was a moderate haze throughout, with tiny flecks of sediment bobbing about. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The nose gave a hearty malt base, with cooked caramels, white chalk, light wheatiness, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Soft hops came to mix with grassiness and nectary sweetness. Fruit came out much more with warmth, giving both sweetness and tartness. The former was in the form of tropical juiciness of the Liliko’l, which was much like pineapple, with a bit of dehydrated mango twang. The sourness on the other hand was brought in full by the cherry inclusions, mixing with the funky, biting Bretty yeastiness. Our first impression was that the fruit was very forward through the flavoring, but the mix was kept nice and light, and very drinkable. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with an immediate clash of toasted pale and caramel malts, and the tropical juiciness and tart soured Michigan cherries that were so freshly aromatic. Dry oaky bite mixed in, pulling us to the peak where the independent tartness of yeast hit its maximum. The fruit lightened up through the end, but added residual dextrin pucker amongst the continued funky yeast, mineral, toasty caramels, and faint diacetyls. The aftertaste breathed of tartness, solid cherry bite, yeast, light barnyard Brett, and pale metallic malts. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave soft slurp, sip, cream, and froth, with big pucker. The mouth was initially coated with oily creaminess, with oaky dryness and tart, tannic astringency. The abv was fine, and the beer sipped nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its lightness of flavoring. This is not to say that the flavoring was weak, but rather the blend of malts with the juicy airiness of the fruit, light oak, and solid tartness made for a nice blend. This also helped the ease of drinkability, putting this guy far from a slow sipper. The froth and slurp were nice on the mouth, and nicely contributory. If we had to knock something it would be the nose, as the fruitiness there tended to overpower the malts, hops, and especially the woodiness. We haven’t had the pleasure to have the Maui version, but we love the idea of this, and believe it was well executed.

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Photo of spoony
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (Blend 5, bottled May 9, 2012) into a tulip.

A-An average pour produces a ruby (almost rust) colored brew that is very cloudy. The two-finger, light-khaki head drops quickly into a cap. No real lacing left behind.

S-The smell is pretty tart with hints of tropical fruit like guava and passion fruit, and a bit of sweet tangerine. There is also a related smell of tropical flowers and a bit of vinegar.

T-The taste also provides tart vinegar sourness and tropical fruits. In fact, I find the taste is more tart/sour than the smell and there is a bit more drying, puckering oak, too. There is a bit of earthy funk on the mid-palate, but it fades by the finish.

M-The feel is medium body with moderate carbonation that crackles a bit, but never overwhelms. A nice feel for the style.

O-With the temperatures climbing in Denver as summertime hits its stride, this is a pleasant brew on which to sip. The tartness provides a nice balance to the natural sweetness of tropical flavors. I can see this beer pairing well with fish on a warm summer evening. All in all, another pretty good beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a somewhat murky, reddish-brown, with a big off-white head. Decent retention, patchy lacing. Aroma is a bit subtler than expected; some tart cherry, lemony citrus, light acidity detected, oak, and an undercurrent of musty funk and hay.

Taste follows the nose and comes at you gradually; it’s not aggressively sour, but your teeth are squeaking a little by the time the glass is done. Moderately lactic and acidic, again with tart cherries and lemons; other tropical fruit notes stay in the periphery but they’re there. As the beer warms and opens up a bit the wood and bretty funkiness really starts to emerge. In the end I just wanted more though: more sour, more funk, bigger flavors. Instead it’s dry and elegant and restrained.

Medium-light body, crisp and refreshing carbonation; clean, dry finish. This was quite an enjoyable sour, but not exceptional enough to return to at its price point I’m afraid.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this is leaps and bounds better than the maui brewing version, its more wild, more balanced, and much more pleasant to drink, although I personally didn't mind the maui, just through it got the fruit balance wrong. the one pours a pale red color, cloudy with some more pink notes to it, and a sturdy white head about an inch tall. the nose on it is real tart, the Hawaiian fruit is front and center, although ive never had it a as a fruit itself, it works in this beer much better than the other end of the collaboration. cherry juice is semisweet and a little bitter, and the wild yeast makes this beer super funky, up there in that regard with any of the jolly pumpkin offerings. lighter bready malt gives it some depth beyond the fruit. the low abv is also attractive here as a aid to drinkability, this is an interesting beer that demands some serious contemplation. the finish is brutally dry, uncommon in fruit beers I find. overall one of the most interesting far out beers ive consumed in 2013, its farmy, fruity, and fun. a trifecta in my book.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of HoshuaJobbs
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one during our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, sour, earth, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, grain, sour, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. We tasted this one side-by-side with the Maui version and HOLY SHIT! These things are night and day different from each other. Lots more complexity going on in this one with a nice tart and sour note that was very intriguing. Not sure what Jolly Pumpkin did differently on this one, but whatever it was it TOTALLY worked. Well worth seeking out if you have not had it.

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Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy reddish amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell has aromas of sourness and brettanomyces yeast
T: The taste is rather tart and has some sourness with notes of oak from the barrel aging and hints of sour cherries in the flavors. The sourness becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The oak lends a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer isn’t as sour as some of the other Jolly Pumpkin beers so it could make for a good introduction to the style.

Note: Blend #7

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Sobrehumano Palena'ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.99 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
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