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Review of Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Calabaza Blanca produced by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales located in Dexter, Michigan.

I’ve never tried this particular Jolly Pumpkin brew before, but we all know that they make some solid beers, so I have no doubt that this will be a pretty good one.

From the website, jollypumpkin.com, we find this little quip about the beer.

Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle, Calabaza Blanca is a Belgian Biere Blanche.  Spiced with orange peel and corriander, you’ll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderfully dry finish.

Let’s pour.

This brew comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 4.8%.

It poured a cloudy, orangish/yellow color with a bright white collar.  The texture was both soapy and soft.  It was sized well and the retention time was nice enough.  The lacing was ok too and I could see a lot of bubbles rising to the top helping support the crown for a minute or two.

It had a medium strength funkiness on the nose.  Not too robust at all.  A bit of pepper and coriander as well as a touch of lemon and orange citrus.  Just a smidgen of yeasty goodness.  That, honestly, was about all I could pick out.  I felt as if I should have discovered more, however.  Oh well.

The flavor had a nice crisp cracker type of taste intermingled with the coriander and pepper spice.  Again, the funkiness was quite subdued.  A minute amount of sourness and tartness arose from the orange and lemon citrus.  I seemed to get more lemon than orange actually.  It had a slight “wheaty” profile stemming from the yeast as well.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin.  It was not extremely dry, however it was smooth, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was lively and an ok amount of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip.

Overall, I thought this to be a decent beer.  It was very easy to drink and I think it would make for a great brew during warmer weather.  It wasn’t overly complicated or loud, so in that regard I believe it would be an awesome introductory beverage for someone looking to try a Jolly Pumpkin beer that may not be into the whole “funky” thing just yet.  I’d say give it a go regardless of your experience though.  I doubt that you will be blown away by it, but it’s a pleasant drinking experience none the less.  Be sure to let me know your thoughts when you try the Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca or if you have already done so.  I’d love to hear a second opinion.  

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

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.75 out of 5
Grade:  B  

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Country: USA, Jolly Pumpkin

 

Review of Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire Bier iO Saison

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Baudelaire Bier iO Saison produced by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales located in Dexter, Michigan.

Let’s forgo all of the small talk and jump to the website, jollypumpkin.com, for the commercial description of this brew.  

Ale brewed with rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus.

Well, a very simple and to the point description there.

Let’s pour.

This Jolly Pumpkin effort comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 6.8%.

It poured a deep rosy/red color with a very large off white head that was soapy, rocky, soft and billowy.  The retention time was outstanding and the lacing was more than suitable for me.

The aroma brought forth a nice dose of sourness and tarty goodness.  Mostly along the lines of soured cherries and soured grapes.  It was very floral smelling too.  It actually did have a slight “rose” hint.  Touches of yeast added some earthiness while a bit of funk started slow then gradually became stronger and more drawn out as it warmed.  Little to no spice was detected however.   

The tarty, sourness and funk really softened in the flavor.  The fruity cherries and grapes were found, but they too were quite calm and restrained.  I actually started to get a slight taste of apples in there.  Some spice was detected.  It was pepper mostly.  A very meager amount of yeast and bread completed the savor and helped create some balance, yet overall, the flavor profile was a touch underscored.  Although still good.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very dry, somewhat sharp, crisp and refreshing.  The carbonation was very lively and pleasant and a decent amount of flavor was left covering the palate after the sip.

Well, we have another nice beer from Jolly Pumpkin here.  It was super easy to drink and I think it would be an outstanding beverage for the Summer months.  It was very manageable and easy going, therefore I also believe it would be a great introductory Saison for someone looking to explore the style.  It’s not over-the-top or obtrusive in anyway whatsoever.  It retains a lot of the proper characteristics of a Saison and it has one very cool looking label.  I’d recommend giving it a try if you see it.  It was a nice, little, tasty brew that could be enjoyed by most anyone in my opinion.  Have you guys ever tried the Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire Bier iO Saison?  What did you think of it?  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.8 out of 5
Grade:  B+   

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Country: USA, Jolly Pumpkin

 

Review of Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono (Autumn Fire) produced by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales located in Dexter, Michigan.

Let’s go ahead and jump to the website, jollypumpkin.com, and see what kind of information we can find out about this brew.  

To catch a bit of soft radiance in each bottle, we wait for fall colors to begin their bright and fleeting glow before brewing this wonderful ale under their autumn fire.  Gentle amber malt blend smooth caramel notes, gently lapping against a shore of distant forgotten spice.  A beer to sip, contemplate and enjoy. 

How about a sip or two?

This brew comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle with an ABV of 6.1%.

It poured a mostly clear, rust/copper to deep red color with a slightly off white head.  The texture was sort of creamy, soft and smooth.  It was honorably sized with an honest retention time.  The lacing left behind wasn’t bad either.  A presentable looking beer right here.

The nose brought forth a very nice waft of funk and sourness at the beginning, which eventually gave way to a decent flutter of caramel malt and light woody/oak tones.  A slight vinegar redolence and some earthiness too.  Maybe even some cinnamon spices and cherries as well.  As the brew continued to warm and open up I started to get some kind of “dental fluoride” smell (????).  I don’t know what it was.  It just sort of smelled like a sterile dentists’ office or something.  It wasn’t bad, just unique smelling.

The taste was a bit more relaxed I thought.  A low intensity of sourness and funk.  The woody/oaky aspects remained fairly consistent, but the spices and caramel malt were also a bit subdued.  Additionally, I discovered some sort of light fruit.  Kind of a mixture of citrusy orange and cherries.  Solid for the most part. 

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin.  Fairly dry, crisp, refreshing and smooth.  The carbonation was good, however only an average amount of flavor was left behind on the palate.  Toward the end of the drink, the dryness started to lose grip and it became more thin and a touch watery.

Well, overall I thought this beer was ok.  Aside from that dental fluoride kind of smell that I received for a bit within the aroma everything else seemed in order.  It was easy to drink and it wasn’t an extremely over-the-top kind of Biere de Garde.  A little more reserved and bearable.  I wouldn’t have a problem drinking it again, but I don’t know that I would go out of my way to find it.  It may be a suitable brew to give to someone interested in trying the style, but I don’t necessarily think that it’s a top of the line beer.  With that being said, if you guys see the Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono sitting on a shelf somewhere, pick it up and give it a try and see what you think.  I’d be interested in hearing your opinion.  Feel free to leave a comment if you wish.

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

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.7 out of 5
Grade:  B 

 
 
 
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