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:
341
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
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39
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Photo of DoktorZee
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4-26-2012 and described as "Blend 1". Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A - copper/reddish hue, slightly cloudy, tight light-tan head resolving into a thin rim around the edge of the beer with small chunks left around the glass.

S - super-intense funky sour fruit nose with some undertones of overly ripe fruit. Slightly spicy with some real funky foundation.

T - slightly less intense and concentrated than the nose suggests, but with a solid sour fruit (soured cherry/grape) backbone that coats the mouth and sits on the back and sides of the tongue. Lots of sour aftertaste but only moderate acidity. Overall the flavor is somewhat unidimensional and direct, but certainly not in a bad way.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation, but a slight creaminess. Fairly tight/dry finish that really lingers.

Overall this is an impressive beer. It's the first Jolly Pumpkin I've had back in Canada (three cheers that it's now being imported) and it's certainly lived up to the brewery's reputation. It's a very interesting sour beer with a lot of funk for wild ale fans.

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3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to Joefc. The brew pours a clear amber with yellowish to orange hints around the edges. An off-white cap fades leaving spotty to patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The smell includes a fruity tang with lactic and acetic notes that deepen the fruited aspect. At times it seems to get mingled with a mineral sort of component which isnt terribly inviting but the fruited aspects make up for it.

The taste has like a mix of acedic sourness coupled with lactic lemony quality and sour fruits almost like current or cranberry. Overall not a bad tasting brew, it is uniquely enjoyable just slightly lacking in complexity but its cleanliness of the funk is to be noted.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall its ok but nothing earth shattering or terribly memorable going on here. Worth a try just to say you had it but at the pricepoint I would not buy again.

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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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3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Capital Brewery tulip.

It pours nicely with a head of white that recedes to a film. It smells like the best Flanders Red Ale ever. A huge sour blast up front and a great sour finish keeps my attention.

I could go for this any day of the week. Nice acidity and flavor overall.

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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a khaki head. Light tartness on the nose, somewhat acetic with balsamic vinegar, leather, and oak. A touch of malt sweetness, mild fruitiness, and faint funkiness. Similarly basic/simple in terms of the flavor. Tart fruit and a bit of vinegar. Light malt sweetness, oak, and maybe some leather. Dry on the finish.

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3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruddy, slightly hazy amber with a fizzy whitish head that dies away to a thin ring of lace within seconds.

S: Aromas of cherries, must, pickle brine, cider vinegar, sea salt, passion fruit, papaya, cedar, and pineapple are strong on the nose.

T: Notes of pickle brine, must, cider vinegar, guava, soursop, papaya, unripened grapes, pineapple, passion fruit, tart cherries, minerals, and cedar smack the palate. The finish is predictably funky and tart with huge tropical fruit, vinegar, and must flavors.

M: Surprisingly light in body for a Jolly Pumpkin product. Carbonation is a little weak. This one feels a bit thin and watery. Needs to be slightly heftier.

O: Flavorwise, this is an excellent sour, and would be great as an introduction to this type of ale. Still, this beer could stand to be tweaked a bit more. The lack of head retention takes away from the look of the beer and the thin body takes away from its natural complexity. Despite these flaws, Sobrehumano Palena'ole is still a solid effort. It's just not Jolly Pumpkin's best work to date.

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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared out of a 22 oz. bottle in a tulip glass on 8-6-12

A: Pours a rich and clear coppery amber with about a half an in of white head that dissipates fairly quick with little lacing. As the rest of the bottle with sediment is poured it turns a cloudy amber rust color.

S: Immediately notice somewhat tart cherries and oak. Notes of coconut, toffee, and hay.

T: Similar to nose. Cherries- not as tart as I had hoped for, but still good- and more oak. Bits of coconut and crackers, a little acidic and some brett funk.

M: Not too much carbonation as it settles down. Medium bodied with a little puckering effect from the cherries, but not much.

O: Not the most complex Jolly Pumpkin beer and wanted a little more tartness from the cherries, but still had a good balance of fruit and dry oak funk. One I'll still definately try again in the future; maybe with a little aging.

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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doug's bottle. Not sure why three different listings for same beer. Tart cherry supported by sweet yet slightly acidic passion fruit. A good changeup on the sours, initially very good drinking, though a few ounces was enough. not our favourite wild/sour of the day as not true to the style, more of a fruit beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by schen9303. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Tiny white head with very little stick. Beer is a muddy, lifeless mahogany. Spotty and sparse lace with little stick. Not an attractive beer.

Nose is fruity, clean and fresh. Notes of kiwi, pineapple and Brett funk with a nice, underlying sweetness. Nice.

Opens light kiwi, pineapple, and other tropical fruit notes. Some spiciness towards the middle softened by a mellow Brett funk presence. A touch of tartness towards the end with some plastic and foam at the finish. Spicy and tart fruit forward aftertaste. I like it!

Beer is light bodied with moderate carbonation that seems concentrated all at the end. Slick and clean in the mouth and lively and bubbly going down. Slightly accented finish with a light, lingering aftertaste. Real enjoyable.

After seeing how this beer poured, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, upon smelling and tasting it, this is really solid. Light, crisp, and refreshing and just very well balanced all the way around. Definitely recommended.

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blend 7, Bottled on 5/16/2012

A: Pours a murky dark reddish amber in color. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to significant aromas of brett tartness along with some lighter vinous notes and vinegar acidity. Lighter notes of citrus and just a hint of funk.

T: Moderately tart at first and building in tartness as the beer warms and you continue drinking it. There are flavors of sour cherry, oak, and high amounts of vinegar acidity.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Interesting and the tartness of this beer builds over time, becoming more aggressive as you continue to drink it. I could tell from the aroma alone that this was a Jolly Pumpkin beer but that is a reassuring thing to me since I really enjoy the beers from them.

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Sobrehumano Palena'ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.99 out of 5 based on 341 ratings.
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