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Review of Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars

It’s time for another craft beer review guys and for today’s sampling I’m going to be trying the Biere de Mars produced by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales located in Dexter, Michigan.

A craft beer drinker has to respect what Jolly Pumpkin does regardless of their like of sour beers, so let’s get to the website, jollypumpkin.com, and see what they have to say about this particular concoction.

A sustaining beer that is brewed to comfort in the gusty ides of March and welcome in a wealth of warmer weather.

Alrighty.  Let’s turn it up.

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It came in a 25.4 oz. bottle with a 7.0% ABV.

It poured a very deep burgundy/red color.  Like an oxblood brown type of color with brighter ruby highlights around the edges.  It produced a medium sized, off white head that was smooth and somewhat creamy.  The retention time was very nice and the lacing was sturdy too.  It was a touch thin, however it was consistent for the duration.

The aroma released scents of soured black cherries and blackberry’s.  Maybe even a tone of red apple skins too.  Hints of oak and earth poked through as well while a medium strength mustiness and barnyard funk really helped balance the complexities.

The flavor was less intense, but no less complex.  Slightly soured cherries with more of the oak and wood.  A slight red wine aspect couldn’t be denied.  The funkiness and earth savors were muted and very manageable. Not bad at all I didn’t think.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Extremely smooth, slick and mostly dry.  The carbonation was medium strength and a more than suitable amount of flavor was left covering the palate after each sip.

Truthfully, I thought this was a very good beer.  Well made and well balanced all the way around.  It wasn’t overly intense, yet it wasn’t a pushover either.  It sat right in the middle.  It was very enjoyable and stayed true to the style all the while maintaining a high drinkability.  I’d definitely recommend giving the Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars a try if you see it on the shelf.  I know I’ll probably pick it up again sometime.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.1 out of 5

Grade:  A-

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2013 in Country: USA, Jolly Pumpkin

 

Review of Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam

Hello guys.  It’s time for another craft beer review and for today’s review I’m going to be trying the Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam made by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales situated in Dexter, Michigan.

How ’bout we just go ahead and get to the website, jollypumpkin.com, and see what the brewers have to say about this beer, shall we?

Ruddy golden, with yeast driven esters of banana, spicy clove, and nutmeg all wrapped up with a generous dose of rapscillion delight.

Ok.  Let’s get to drinking.

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This brew came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 4.5%.

It poured a semi-hazy, golden/yellow color with a bright white head that was soft, somewhat soapy and a touch fizzy.  It was sized well and the retention time was ok, but the lacing seemed to be lacking a little.

The nose brought forth hints of barnyard funk and feeble oak along with a very, very slight sour and ammonia smell.  Fruitiness of lemon citrus and banana too.  A subtle spice of clove, but it also had some nice grassy/grain tones as well. Not bad.

The flavor seemed to be less intense, however very similar to the aroma.  Savors of light oak, grass and funk. The lemon citrus was a bit meek, which in turn made the sourness pretty sparse.  The banana and clove also seemed remote, but I began to pick up on tones of coriander towards the end that I didn’t find in the bouquet. All in all, it was well balanced and good.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin bodied.  It was smooth, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  It was somewhat watery too.  The carbonation was of medium strength and the flavor vanished from the palate rather quickly after each gulp.

Overall, I thought this was a decent beer.  I can see why it is a Summer release.  The drinkability was outstanding.  I flew through this bottle in no time flat.  It would be perfect for those hot days.  It wasn’t extremely robust or complex, yet a beer too complex and “thick” is the last thing I need or want on a hot and humid day. So, with that being said, pick up the Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam sometime over the next few months and see how you like it.  Be sure to leave a comment and tell me your opinion if you feel like it as well.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I’m most grateful.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.75 out of 5

Grade:  B

 
 

Review of Jolly Pumpkin Luciérnaga “The Firefly”

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Jolly Pumpkin Luciérnaga “The Firefly” produced by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales situated in Dexter, Michigan.

Let’s just go ahead and get to the website, jollypumpkin.com, and see what kind of info they can provide regarding this beer before we sip.

An artisan pale ale brewed in the Grand Cru tradition. Enjoy its golden effervescence and gentle hop aroma. Coriander and Grains of Paradise round out the spicy palate, melting o so softly into a silken finish of hoppiness and bliss! Make any season a celebration!

Now that sounds delicious.  Let’s pour.

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This beer came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 6.5%.

The liquid discharged into the glass a hazy, darker orange color.  The head was slightly off white and sized great with a rocky, frothy and soapy texture.  The retention time was solid and it left behind some patchy, cobweb”y” lacing as it slid down the sides of the tulip.  It looked great I thought.

The nose released a solid dose of funk along with some fruity pineapple and lemon.  The sour smell was kept to a minimum   Definite spices of white peppercorn and coriander.  Tones of musty hay and oak too.  The overall bouquet was well defined and balanced adequately.

The taste let loose of some of those funky “bugs”.  It seemed a touch more earthy than I was expecting though. Only the most minute sourness and tartness was detected from the citrus of pineapple and lemon.  I felt that it contained some grassy hops as well.  The woodiness and spices were subdued, but still recognized.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Smooth, yet crisp and thirst quenching.  Not sharp at all.  It was mostly dry, although it did become a bit watery about halfway through.  The carbonation was of medium strength and believe it or not, I got a touch of warmth from either the pepper or alcohol.  A decent amount of flavor was left behind as well.

Overall, I thought this was a solid beer.  Easily a beer to be enjoyed during the warmer days of the Summer. As I worked my way through the bottle it began to fall a bit short in comparison to some of the other Belgian Pale Ales that I’ve had in the past.  Everything became somewhat muted.  Still though, it was a good beer with a superb drinkability.  Surely a beer I would recommend if you haven’t tried it yet…..  so give the Jolly Pumpkin Luciérnaga “The Firefly” a go if you see it.  Please leave a comment to tell me about it if you’d like also.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.75 out of 5

Grade:  B

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Country: USA, Jolly Pumpkin

 
 
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