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:
346
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
72
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 346 |  Reviews: 82
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle served in a Duvel green tulip. Blend # 5, bottled on 5-09-2012.

A: Pours a burnt orange color with a yellowish head forming the pour. It has some nice body to it as it recedes to a thick cap and collar. Nice sheets of lace are left down the sides of the glass.

S: Some light cherry tartness with some yeasty sweetness to it. Sweet fruit juice is also present in the nose. Definitely missing some lacto sourness in the nose. A touch of oak is present on the nose as well.

T: Sweet fruit juice, maybe some blueberry and cherry, with a very subtle tart note. Some light lemon grass with a odd celery note to it. Oak tannins with some vanilla sweetness on the finish with a pale malt body.

M: Medium to light bodied with a prickly carbonation level. Clean, semi-drying finish.

O: This was entirely disappointing. The beer itself wasn't bad, but it's very poor representation of the style. No biting sourness and very little tartness in the taste as well. Not worth the price.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a reddish brown, mostly opaque, with a half a finger of loose off white foamy head that quickly dissipates with some light lacing.

Nose is mostly fresh cherry, and a tangy generic tropical fruit smell. Fairly light aroma.

Taste follows the nose, cherry, generic tropical fruit, lightly tangy and tart. Sweeter wheat malts mid tongue. Finishes clean, with some light lingering cherry.

Light body, with some initial sharp prick of carbonation that quickly fades. Light and refreshing beer, easy to drink, but not all that interesting.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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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3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark/dank amber with a one finger off white head. Not much lacking.

S - A sweet tartness on the nose with tropical fruits. Very interesting.

T - Not a true sour by taste, it's definitely a watered down version. The tartness comes off as raspberries or strawberries.

M - Light body with good carbonation.

O - Much improved from the Maui version! I should give it 5 stars alone just for that. Just enough tartness to let you know it's there. Very palettable.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Served on tap in at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor.

Sobrehumano pours slightly darker than the usual pale ale. It has a golden caramel color, but there is also an amber tint in the center of the glass. A moderate white froth coats the top of the beer in the pitcher and remains on top in the glass for a few minutes as well before fading to a ring around the edge.

The aroma is fairly tart and acetic, with some berries and citrus fruit. There is a woody oak presence behind it as well.

There is just a quick fruit sweetness to the start of the flavor before it turns totally sour. Tart lemon and a bit of vinegar set the palate to how sour Sobrehumano is, allowing cherries, currants, green apples, and white grapes to dance on the tongue and add further depth. Tannic woody notes come through and add a slight astringency to the finish.

A moderate level of both lemony sour and cherry acetic acidity exists in this beer. The tartness causes gentle salivation and alerts the senses to the flavor sensations on the tongue. At the beginning of the sip the body seems to be in the middle of the spectrum, with the oak and crisp carbonation lightening the feel by the end.

This is yet another very drinkable sour from Jolly Pumpkin. It does not quite match up to Biere de Mars for me, but I would relax over a few glasses of this beer.

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4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade

A-pours a hazy cherry body with an off white head that reduces slowly to a layer of foam

S- some bandaid aroma, oak, slightly tart fruit, sweet cherries, funk, berries

T- upfront tart fruit skin, heavy oak, cherries, red grapes, funk, citrus peel, light fruit

M- medium high carbonation , medium body

Interesting.. Unique.. Kinda complex, but mediocre at the same time. Not bad

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

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4.15/5  rDev +4%
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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Sobrehumano Palena'ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.99 out of 5 based on 346 ratings.
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