Last week I reviewed the canned version of the Sobrehumano Palena ’Ole (a Maui Brewing & Jolly Pumpkin collaboration beer). In case you missed it, I thought it was a vile, over carbonated disaster. Undrinkable.
Tonight I popped open the bottled, barrel aged variant (Jolly Pumpkin’s twist on the brew). I’m happy to report that whatever Jolly did, they fixed the beer. First and foremost, the carbonation has been muted a bit; although still significant, it’s not attacking my pallet this time around. The beer took on a typical Jolly Pumpkin tartness and sour flavor. A hint of oak makes sure I don’t forget it’s aged.
It’s still not a great beer, but it’s been upgraded to average from the horrific canned/non-aged variant.