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6% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Burnt orange, topped by a high, frothy head.
Aroma: Smells amazing. Strong cherry, but obvious hints of tropical fruits, such as pineapple and passion fruit. At the tail end, I caught a scent of bitter tartness (grapefruit-like).
Taste: This brew is packed full of flavor. Initial tart cherry leads nicely into full-on tropical fruits. Beer meets tropical punch with a sour twist. Somehow it cohesively balances into an amazing flavor. Slight bitterness makes this drinkable and helps the tropical fruit juice lead not so much in sweetness as it pulls each individual flavor.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy entering the mouth, Sobrehumano is light to medium bodied with just the right carbonation level.

Jolly Pumpkin proves again it is the king of sour, and they play well with other dogs (in this case, Maui Brewing Company) with Sobrehumano Palena’ole.  I enjoyed the fact this brew is not sweet. Its hints of bitterness coupled with sour overtones make it a perfect summer brew.

6% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Burnt orange, topped by a high, frothy head.
Aroma: Smells amazing. Strong cherry, but obvious hints of tropical fruits, such as pineapple and passion fruit. At the tail end, I caught a scent of bitter tartness (grapefruit-like).
Taste: This brew is packed full of flavor. Initial tart cherry leads nicely into full-on tropical fruits. Beer meets tropical punch with a sour twist. Somehow it cohesively balances into an amazing flavor. Slight bitterness makes this drinkable and helps the tropical fruit juice lead not so much in sweetness as it pulls each individual flavor.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy entering the mouth, Sobrehumano is light to medium bodied with just the right carbonation level.
Jolly Pumpkin proves again it is the king of sour, and they play well with other dogs (in this case, Maui Brewing Company) with Sobrehumano Palena’ole.  I enjoyed the fact this brew is not sweet. Its hints of bitterness coupled with sour overtones make it a perfect summer brew.

6.1% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Cloudy caramel with a medium white head.
Aroma: Fruity; sour citrus.
Taste: Caramel, spice, lots of citrus — specifically lemon. Some minor chestnut as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Jolly Pumpkin’s Fuego Del Otono, or Autumn Fire, is one of my favorite sours to date. While the brew initially screams sour on the nose, the taste is not as overwhelming, featuring sour citrus (specifically lemon), caramel, spice and a hint of chestnut. Despite the other flavors present, this isn’t the most drinkable sour I’ve had, but it should be at the top of any sour lover’s list. While it’s not currently in season, there are still a few bottles on the shelf — if you see some, definitely grab it!

~4.5% ABV

Appearance: Slightly cloudy and orange-amber in color; well carbonated with a foamy white head that lingers.
Aroma: Vinous, slightly oaky and fruity, with the typical Jolly Pumpkin sour funk smell.
Taste: Sharply sour and tart to start, oaky and dry to finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, dry with a pleasant fizz.

Brewed to commemorate local grocer Plum Market’s fifth year in business, Cinco Años Anniversary Ale is rumored to be based off of Jolly Pumpkin’s Bam Noire Saison. A side-by-side comparison, however, yields a beer lighter in both body and color as well as distinctly less roasty and malty in flavor than the Noire.  A funky sour-forward taste quickly melds into delicately tart, fruity notes (presumably from the Royal Diamond plums the beer was aged with) before being overwhelmed by a dry, woody finish with only the slightest hint of plum. A solid and worthwhile beer, but not quite as impressive as other Jolly Pumpkin offerings.

6% ABV

Appearance: Golden with burnt orange flares.
Aroma: Immediate sour smell, reminiscence of a Shock Tart (apparently recently renamed Shockers). Being so sour forward, it’s hard to pick up any other scent, but I may have possibly picked up malts (that’s debatable).
Taste: Plenty of flavor. While the sour scent definitely comes out in the initial taste, various fruit flavors come though, including lemon, grapefruit and peach.
Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with lovely carbonation.

Once your tongue gets used to the initial sour pow, this brew is very enjoyable. It’s not sweet by any means because the tartness is so strong. I love sour drinks, and this one is a  true pleaser. If not for it being a special release, I’d be putting this one in regular rotation.

7.5% ABV

Appearance: Light brown, with a very high head.
Aroma: Oaky, sour and cocoa
Taste: Leads with a sour oak front, then gives way to some cocoa flavors. Layered with a lasting sour impression. Includes some spices, cocoa and heavy orange flavors.
Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue; not too sour or sweet.

Jolly Pumpkin’s “Special Brown Ale” pours a light brown with a very high head that lingers. It leaves a lot of lacing around the glass. Its oak, sour and cocoa smells give way to the brew’s sour front, highlighted by spices, orange and cocoa flavors.

Light on the tongue, Maracaibo Especial holds little texture and is very easy to drink for a sour brew. It’s well balanced layers of flavors makes the brew both refreshing and satisfying to any sour beer lover.

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