Sobrehumano Palena'ole | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Sobrehumano Palena'oleSobrehumano Palena'ole
BA SCORE
90%
Liked This Beer
4.09 w/ 349 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,579
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
349
Liked:
314
Avg:
4.09/5
pDev:
9.05%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
74
Trade:
4
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Photo of chugalug06
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blend 5
Bottled 05-09-2012

Very subtle straw colored foamy head with a nice orange tint. Brew is foggy dark orange with red hues. No lacing.

Tons of Brett funk. Smells sour.. Fruity. Yum. Bready.

Very light and airy. Fluffy deliciousness. Light fruit and very little tartness. Carbonation is light and near perfect. Lots of passion fruit and sweet.

This brew could have been much more tart for my liking. A slight mess, but good nonetheless. Recommended for cellaring only.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/21/2016. Pours slightly hazy light reddish orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, passion fruit, mango, strawberry, melon, pear, lemon, green apple, grapefruit, red grape, oak, pepper, hay, straw, and grass; with light leathery funk, red wine vinegar, wheat, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit juice, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, passion fruit, mango, strawberry, melon, pear, lemon, green apple, grapefruit, red grape, oak, pepper, hay, straw, and grass; with light leathery funk, red wine vinegar, wheat, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness; with lingering notes of tart cherry, passion fruit, mango, strawberry, melon, pear, lemon, green apple, grapefruit, red grape, oak, pepper, hay, straw, grass, light leather/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit juice, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance. Slightly puckering, but never astringent on tartness. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/acidic/tannic, and lightly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an awesome fruited wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, fruit juice, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the modest acidity/tannins. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy red-orange with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.

S - Sour grapes, cherries, and other fruits, oak, vanilla, funky Brett other sour yeasts, orange and lemon zest, biscuity malts.

T - Sour cherries, grapes, other fruits, oak, vanilla, funky Brett, lactic acid, other yeasts, orange and lemon zest, bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart and sour finish.

D - Good fruity sour beer. Nice balance.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like strawberry rhubarb

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1503rd Review on BA
Bottle to JP/Maui Collab Glass
750ml Cap

Batch 1- 4/12 Bottling.

Thanks to Egadbananas for this one

App- A little bit of a hiss when the cap popped on this one. The beer pours out with a few colors in the glass. It was a light red/orange/yellow color with a good density behind it. Really couldn't see through the center. A good 1-1/2 to 2 finger light tan head was there and fell pretty quick. A little bit of cling but not much.

Smell- The nose on the one was really nice. The opening aromas of the blended cherries from both sides created a nice duality of competiting dryness and earthy bitter and funk at the same time. The oak created a nice aroma with the yeasts casting a great net to hold it all together.

Taste- Its a nice sour. Originally brewed as a red ale with cherries, I was glad the flavors on this one were a bit better than the Maui version. The cherries are dry and tart and the barrel aging creates a good wood earthy bite. The yeasts are a bit funky and complex without over doing it.

Mouth- A little bit of a lighter body with a pretty high carbonation on this one. Residual cherry and funky yeast flavors remain on this one.

Drink- A good sour, not a great sour. Not sure what I was expecting going in, but wasnt disappointed though. Well layered and tasty. I did like this one a lot better than the canned Maui version.

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Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 7, bottled 5/16/2012.

A nice looking beer: copper body, good retention on its white head. Unique aroma has tons of grapefruit; fresh, juicy hops; funky yeast; even hints of weed. Mild sourness starts things off, backed up by a mouthful of fresh grapefruit. Tons of fruits and hops dance on my taste buds.

Tasty and refreshing. One of the better JP brews.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to Justin, thanks man.

Th beer pours a nice reddish amber hue with a ring of white head and a bit of lacing. The smell has a nice earthy and yeasty mix of aromas, a definite sour tart fruit note of the berry variety, mostly cherry. Definitely some nice vanilla oak aromas.

The taste has flutters of the smell but it seems to come out a bit less tasty than I hoped, it has this sweet corn sort of flavor that dulls the fruit and tart flavors, although there is a nice tartness and yeast flavor overall. Cherry juice certain,y is noticeable and adds a nice note to the beer. Still a tasty beer but they have better ones.

The feel is good, decent carbonation and medium in body. Overall a nice drinkable wild, not overly sour but has a good flavor profile and smell.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, blend 5 bottled 5/9/12. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is cherries and tropical fruit with some musty yeast and brett. Yum.

The flavor is tart acidic fruits (cherry, tropical fruit), some wood and some brett and sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, wow! Completely different and so much better than the Maui version. Love the sourness and brett and it brings out more fruits and complements them. A bit pricey at $20 a bottle though.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber hued and somewhat cloudy in complexion. There's a tiny wisp of brown around two thirds of the rim and about the size of a dime on top. I smell tart tart cherries, tart Brettanomyces, and citrus fruit. The taste is packed with tart cherries leading the way along with plenty of bitter Brettanomyces and just a hint of citrus in the back of the palate. The mouth is very dry, crisp, and carbonated.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Collaboration with Maui Brewing.

Served in a tulip glass, a hazy liquid of reddish-amber hue, with a thin white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries, melons, red wine, mildly acetic. Sour taste, but quite manageable and not at all puckering, tart with a good even mix of cherries and passionfruit, herbal, lightly acetic, with a touch of potpourri and bready yeast. The milder sourness and soft carbonation make for a very drinkable beer that goes down smooth and easy. Very nice overall.

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

A: The appearance is a very cloudy copper color.
S: It smells strongly of grapefruit and passion fruit.
T: I was mildly disappointed by the taste. It is very sour and slightly fruity, but it doesn't stand out as amazing.
M: Slightly carbonated, tart and fairly dry.
O: This was a nice beer to try and I'm glad I had it, but at around $20 I won't be buying another one.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Sobrehumano Palena'ole pours a polished auburn that starts pretty clear, but is fairly murky by the time I get to the last pour. Maybe two fingers of bone colored foam cap the beer, with not much head retention or lacing. The nose has a bit of vinous acidity, and a srong tart cherry presence. The flavor still has a little bit of biscuit maltiness to it before the sour and fruit aspects of the beer come in. The flavor of the Liliko'i doesn't really come through at all, but it does contribute to a certain brightness in the acidity that I normally don't find in a sour cherry beer. That cherry - sour interplay is what comes through and fills the rest of the palate. The carbonation has a nice bit liveliness to it, but the body is just a little too slick for its own good. I don't know if Sobrehumano Palena'ole was worth the higher than usual for JP price tag, but it's a very good beer nevertheless.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lots of tart cherries, followed by passion fruit, light malt presence with a faint funk and moderate sourness.

A: Deep amber color, hazy, with a thin off-white head that adequate retention before forming a film across the glass.

T: Cherry flavor, followed by passion fruit, caramelized malt sweetness, followed by a light funk and barrel character with a moderately sour finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and moderately light acidity.

O: Tasty; the super cherries and passion fruit provides a great aroma and flavor with plenty of barrel character.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, with a nice creepy label, appropriate for the upcoming, and already well decorated Hallowe'en 'season'. Also the twin American state inputs to this offering come from the two states that I've visited in the past year or so. Neat.

This beer pours a hazy dark golden amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy pale beige head, which leaves a fuzzy undulating ridge of painted lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of tart, fruity acetic acid, a moderated funkiness - some cheese, some musty barn essence - an actual workaday fruitiness in the way of plum, apple, and cherry, and a soft oakey woodiness. The taste is a weaker sour fruitiness, the cherry and apple notes still most prominent, with a pale grainy maltiness burbling underfoot, some sour milk character, indistinct, tamed funk, and more of that subtle woody astringency.

The bubbles are fairly restrained, but not entirely absent, the body a leaky medium weight, and a bit pithy, but generally all right, and smooth with the expected fruit interference. It finishes mostly dry, the tartness of the fruit still in the forefront, with the latent fleshy sweetness, lingering spoiled milk and hayloft funk doing well to keep things down to earth.

A pretty pleasant version of this usually forceful style - all the big expected marks are there, but none overtake or become overbearing, they just seem to get along, under the auspices of a sturdy fruit base. The passionfruit from the Hawai'i side does seem to get lost in the more pungent mire of the Midwest sour cherries, but I don't think that it loses all, as the overall weight benefits as such. Tasty, and heartwarming, to me, at least, as Michigan and Hawai'i play a large part in my very being, as far as they are from my current existence.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, ruby orange rust color with a small white head. Aroma immediately reminded me of a childhood favorite soft drink, Squirt. Tart cherries with pineapple and a lot of tropical fruit. Lots of grapefruit and other tropical fruits, that I can't recall. Taste has that trademark JP funkiness. I love it! Lovely grapefruit and tropical fruit flavor. Finishes with some tart cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy feel. Tart finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I love this beer. This is much better than the canned, Maui version of the beer.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matty123
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbb099
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark orange amber with a wispy white-colored head.

S - Strong fruity sour aroma with mild hints of oak.

T - Tart grapefruit front with a nice almost sweet and bitter passionfruit finish. Slightly dry on the end.

M - Medium bodied with low to moderate amount of carbonation.

O - Nice and clean fruity sour beer. Stands out comparably well to other fruit beers.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split five ways at a recent tasting. Pours a highly opaque amber color with some dark prune and red tints all around. A very small, slightly off-white head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving almost the entire top of the beer bare.

The aroma contains some intensely sour and musky fruits, jam-packed and heavy right from the start. Cherries, citrus, lemon, and some other, unidentifiable tropical aromas linger around and immediately string the nostrils with a pungent sour aroma. There is a bit of musty and damp cellar-like characteristics floating around, something common to many Jolly Pumpkin brews. The aroma gets my saliva glands flowing - I can't wait to try this one.

The initial taste starts off with some bright, crispy citrus; alongside it are heaps of juicy, ripe cherries and slight lemon juice. I'm still getting a mild tropical character, but I can't really just pinpoint a specific fruit. This mofo is super sour and super tart - something I realize as soon as the beer hits my palate. Simply calling it puckering or lip-smacking would be the understatement of the year.

Acidity takes over halfway through and little by little, the sourness calms itself down and fades into a mouth-quenching sweetness. As the sourness subsides, the other flavors start to come out as well: light funk, wet wood, and some mild oak. This isn't as funky as some other JP beers I've had, but just enough to give the brett-lovers a kick. Aftertaste dies with the fading sweetness and a bit of the damp oak. Medium-high carbonation and a medium body at best.

Hot damn, talk about sour. Definitely one of the more tart things to hit my palate - highly fruit, sour, tart, and juicy. Plays well with a moderate amount of funk and finishes with a nice fruity sweetness. Overall, this sucker was pretty enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy mahogany color; the tap cap fades away but leaves some rocky islands on the liquid as well as some spotty lace

Smell: Funky fruit, with the passion fruit prominent, along with the tart cherries; quite acetic

Taste: Acetically tart from the outset, with passion fruit and, to a lesser extent, cherry; by mid-palate, the tartness and funk reduces its dominance, allowing the fruit and malty undertones to make their statement; the finish is more balanced and while the tartness lingers, the fruit flavors are more pronounced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; puckerish

Overall: While this beer has a lot of fruit, it brings an exotic fruit element with the passion fruit; very different and quite enjoyable

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Photo of kohoutek
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained at the release party - downtown Ann Arbor pub.
1 pint 9.4 oz bottle. Bottled 4/26/2012. Blend 1. Price $18.
Bottle mentions that this beer is a collaboration between JP and Maui Brewing. It contains signature fruit juices from each state. From Michigan, tart cherries. From Hawaii, liliko'i.

This beer pours a hazy red/orange amber color. Very nice off-white head is explosive at first and then settles into a compact and finely textured cap. Lace is less sticky than I would expect.

Aromas of marinated cracked green olives, ripe mango, passion fruit, fresh Italian lemon juice, a hint of vanilla toasty barrel. Brett laden underworld of cob web clad barrels. Dusty, musty cellar, freshly turned earth.

Flavors of hibiscus, lemon juice, honeyed malt tones, wonderfully clean lactic brightness, geranium leaf, olive pit. In the finish there is a dusty, dry herbal flavor that lingers well with a soft refined bitterness.

Body is medium thin and it finishes dry and tart. Very nice. Very refreshing.

The draft version of this beer (served at the release party) was like Hawaiian Punch. Incredibly fruity, but less sour. The bottled version has more maturation of the JP funk and it is less fruity. I am glad I drank it young when it still had a bit of fruit left.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass blend #6 5/10/12

A: a browny orange with a hint of red, half a finger of head that dissapates quickly to a film, a few light spots of lacing.

S: deffinatly fruity, sour cherry and a light tropical fruit smell which I assume must be the liliko'i fruit. A nice sourness as well.... Faint vinegar and oak... A very nice smelling beer. At first the aroma was a bit muted I felt, buch once the brew warmed it's aroma really came out.

T: oak and sour cherries up front, cherry skin, a very pleasant tartness, and a hint of red wine vinegar.... I feel like the tropical fruit really makes its presence felt on the finish here, I've never had the fruit before but it reminds me of berryish pineapple dragon fruit. I fell like it gives the beer a almost tropical fruit punch taste.

M: medium lush mouthfeel, with a bit of juiciness on the finish.... Finish is almost like sour lemon rinds/green apple skin and oak. A very nice medium creamy level of carbonation.

O: this is yummy, at first I felt as though it perhaps needed to be a touch more sour, but now as the beer has warmed and I've gotten most of the glass in me, I'm starting to feel more like it was spot on, for a cherry tropical fruit punch sour... Yum.

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Sobrehumano Palena'ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 349 ratings
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