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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 692
Hads: 1,619
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 133
Gots: 204 | FT: 11
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004

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Photo of MikefromNYC
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden, blonde colored ale with a skunky smell to it. Decent head, about 1.5 to 2 fingers height. Specifically I smell piney, oakey, lemon, grass. Very interesting smell complements sour taste on front which transforms into spicy, yeasty taste as ale travels down the palette. Towards the back, taste morphs into a bitter, crisp, boozey type. Feels like a beer one wouldn't want to drink too quickly. It's got a good body, is filling, and yeastiness causes expansion of ale's volume. Smoothness is not a characteristic that I would attribute to this brew, which in this case, in an excellent thing. Overall, awesome and loved it!

P.S. after finishing it, 5 minutes later expect to notice oak aftertaste. (704 characters)

Photo of lic217
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: No head or lacing, very light orange
Smell: Lemon, citrus, sour
Taste: Starts sweet and finishes tart/sour and a little citrus, just a touch of alcohol
Feel: Nice prickly mouth feel
Overall: A well made sour beer from Jolly Pumpkin (237 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. The color is a dark gold with hints of orange. The nose is funky, slightly tart and notes of pineapple. The taste follows suite with tart green apple, orange and brett. There is a touch of alcohol burn late in the aftertaste, but it doesn't take away from it too much. Overall, this is a nice refreshing beer but doesn't blow me away in any single aspect. (378 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a surprisingly refreshing beer, with a good dose of ABV (which is nice for a change)
anyways, probably the YELLOWest beer I've seen, also cloudy from aggressive settlement disruption.
looks like fresh squeezed(?) pineapple juice.
sour fruit up front, dry finish. middle is full of fruit and spice, though not as tropical as it looks. mostly orange.
smells yeasty as well
not much oak on the nose as i would have hoped, but comes through slightly in the beer.
a great summer sipper (489 characters)

Photo of Ranz
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: In my tall tulip, it pours a yellow, light orange hue with some good lacing on the side. The head was about a finger's width with quick dissipation. It has a nice summer look.

S: Funky fruity esters are quite pronounced, with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, dragonfruit, and brettacynomyce yeast. Light, beguiling, and fresh--very nice.

T: Major tartness upfront with citrus slicing through: pineapple, green apple, overripe orange, mottled lime. The brettacynomyces give it a good barnyard funk.

M: Crisp, lightly carbonated, with a dry finish. There's little aftertaste except for a hint of yeast.

O: As I'm getting more into sours and farmhouse ales, I've enjoyed this particular beer. It's not too sour for my taste, but it offers something new and refreshing. (782 characters)

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell and flavors burst forth. Floral and fruit and spices, peppery and gentle hops. Earthy farmhouse style notes, fresh barn hay smells. Fun beer poured on tap at Jolly Pumpkin. I bought a bottle and had later. The bottled version was not the same. Had sour notes that I did not like. I wonder if it was poorly bottle conditioned? (338 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 375ml into Duvel tulip. Bottled October 2014.

A - Darker shade of yellow that is quite cloudy. Head is faint white with only a 1 finger head on aggressive pour. Small spots of lacing decorate the glass.

S - A tart fruity aroma of pineapples, tangerine, and lime. Not much in the way of funk, yeast, or barrel.

T - Starts off rather mellow, and builds into a tart finish. Flavors of pineapple, tangerine, lime, and a touch of stonefruit. It is one dimensional and lacks any real funkiness or barrel notes.

M - Light and tart, but under-carbed. I expected much more on the feel. A bit dry on the finish.

O - Good beer, but I thought it could have been even better. I paid $6.49 for 375ml and don't think I will revisit. Prefer some of the other JP offerings. (771 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2” finely bubbled off-white to cream foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Presents fruity, winey aromas with a light does of wet horseblanker and over ripe fruit.
T: It has a citrusy, cidery taste with bready malt sweetness, hop bitter and spiciness combined with funky under tastes from the wild yeasts. Has a little Chardonnay oakiness.
F: Dry and tart, very delicate, carbonation is very fine and soft, medium to medium light body.
O: This is a fine wild Biere de Garde. I have had this fresh and aged up to 3 years and it handles the age very well. (593 characters)

Photo of sjdevel
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was bottled on 5-31-2013

Look: Huge 4 finger foam coming out of a 150ml bottle. Foam was very thick; like the top of a lemon meringue pie. Beer is very pale/hazy yellowish orange that glows when light hits it. There are so many bubbles rising throughout that it looks like a snow globe that is snowing upwards.

Smell: There is a very tart aroma that is very fruity and citrusy. There is also a vinegary bite.

Feel: This has a fairly full mouth feel for the style (light/medium mouthfeel). It is quite dry when the fizz fades form the tongue.

Taste: I was first hit with a bitter bite that fades into sour fruit (apple/lemon) but overall a light taste (in regards to grain) with no real malt flavor to speak of. There is a slight tinny/metallic taste at times and some hints of spice and black pepper. Very yeasty with some floral hop notes upon finish.

Overall: This is a decent Golden Ale with only slight evidence of oak aging. The sour flavor is a bit on the overpowering side, but there are some other interesting flavors mixed in. Probably not one I would buy again (but then again I am not huge on sour beers). I’m not sure if this one underwent open fermentation or not, but is seems to have the sour tang of wild yeast. (1,260 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (Blend 7, October 21, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a hazy, light yellowish/golden colored beer. The head is short, shiny, and white. It fades quickly despite some visible carbonation.

S-The aroma is nice and funky with a good, tart bite. I smell lemon, orange, some tropical fruit, and oak, among other things. Maybe I also sniff some dry grass and white pepper to go with the wet wheat-like funkiness.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, but perhaps not as complex. The beer is tart rather than sour with some wild funky flavors. There is a little bit of peppery spice to go with the aforementioned fruits.

M-The body is medium in heft for they style with a mild, fine carbonation. Somewhat wet feeling.

O-This is solid Jolly Pumpkin beer. There is nothing to mind-blowing or unusual about Oro, but it smells great and pairs pretty well with lighter foods. This is a good sour/wild for when you aren't feeling adventurous, but want something tart and tasty. (1,002 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

25 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnished straw golden color, and forms a thick white head with good retention. Plenty of carbonation is visible, streaming through the beer. Lacing is off the chain, so to speak.

Smell: Musty wheat, old books, melon (cantaloupe and honeydew), and pear leap out of the glass, bringing along faint hints of white pepper.

Taste: Fascinating. The taste profile opens with funky white pepper, as if the peppercorns had been dampened and encouraged to grow some tiny spots of mold ere being ground. The fruits from the aroma come through as the beer moves along the palate, always overlaid with that musty pepper, and supported by an undertone of old, old wood and paper. As it finishes, the fruit essence shifts to tones of tart white grape and very faint citrus, with a vaguely bitter, dry aftertaste not unlike a dry white wine.

Mouthfeel: Lively and nigh medium in body, with a somewhat watery finish.

Overall: Thus far, the only thing I've had with the Jolly Pumpkin name on it that I have not liked was a collaboration beer with Anchorage. They do bieres de garde well. This one isn't quite their Fuego del Otono to me, but it's also a repeater. (1,243 characters)

Photo of dandiprat2015
3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I love sours, but this (maybe an old bottle) had a metallic and dull sour finish that was tough to drink. So I've ranked it better than it was for fear that the metal flavor was the beer turning. (196 characters)

Photo of DeepBrew
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into tulip

A: Golden color with medium white foam and retention, leaving behind good lacing

S: Yeast, floral, spice and some hops

T: Malt sweet balanced by funky sour, spice, slight hops bitter. Sour and spice linger

M: Light-medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Alcohol sneaks up on you by the end of the bottle.

O: A good drink for spring or summer days. (387 characters)

Photo of AppaZappa
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, hazy, head fades to persistent film on edge of glass. Smell is sour, funk, oak, and apricot. Taste starts with sour punch shifting into grapefruit and wood. Slight pucker at finish. Very little alcohol detection for an 8% beer. Mouthfeel is light, but with mild carbonation. Very easy drinking--I'm definitely going to pick this one up again. (356 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Golden, hazy, with full, persistent white-gray head that fades slowly. A film remains well after the head otherwise dissipates, and lacing is extensive.

S - Sour wood, subtle barnyard and horse blanket. Fruit esters in the form of lemon and sour plum.

T - Follows the nose, in that the sour acids are front, with a nice oak wood element, minerality comes forward in the middle, and the acidic bite returns in the close.

M - Surprisingly light. Bright, easy to drink. The acidity lifts almost as soon as it closes.

O - A decent funky treat, with nice layers of flavor, and a punchy sourness, yet both subtle and approachable. (636 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Misty, but shiny golden, with a small frothy white head that leaves a modest lacing.
Tart smell, but with a subtle fruity sweetness too (some apricot, peach). Not too funky, but the rich oak aging brought some great semi-dry white wine notes on the nose. This should be crazy fresh.
As the smell, start obviously tart, not to the extremes tho, with sweet and sour orange, touch of grapefruit, some green apple, some lemon juice, and then a subtle slightly honeyed sweetness shows up, with overripe white grapes (Moscato?), some apricot, some strawberry and even some faint tropical fruit. Again, not funky, as it is expected with these types of beer (just some light peppery yeasts), but with a really clean oak barrel note in the finish, splashed with the expensive kind of white wine. Dries it up, but not entirely.
Aftertaste is really fruity (citrus, blond fruit, a nice recap), woody, and sticks with you for a while. Medium bodied, but with a lively carbonation, almost reminding of a champagne. Alcohol hidden.
Really really refreshing and most of all: clean. Rich, clear flavors, not a single off note, as much as you'd look for one. Not the most complex, but i don't really care anymore, i just want another bottle. (1,224 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor. Pours golden with tall white head that settles after a while and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is orchard fruit, funk, oak, and some pepper. Taste is tart, spicy, funky, and slightly malty. Medium bodied, creamy texture, medium-high but soft carbonation, dry and slightly puckering tart finish. (328 characters)

Photo of TangyNoGarlic
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrous bouquet with a mellow aftertaste, refreshing with a subtle spicy undertone. I enjoyed this product and I will recommend this with such entrees as fish, chicken, or spicy pork. (183 characters)

Photo of samshaw
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow, mostly opaque. Moderate thickness, large white head that appears and recedes to a finger's width quickly, strong suds that rise steadily.

S: Moderate lemon, light sour and sweet.

T: Medium citrus with a moderate sour bite, lightly sweet. Light alcohol taste for the ABV.

M: Moderately viscous and crisp.

O: Refreshingly fruity and sour. Reminds of Sprite /w lemon juice, with slight alcohol aftertaste. (427 characters)

Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy, golden
S- Citrus, Lemon, yeast
T- Sour, Lemons, Citrus, not overpowering though
F- Smooth, lightly carbonated
O- Very good sour beer. Not too sweet. Grabbed a 25 oz bottle while my girlfriend had a fruit beer of some acclaim and this was actually fruitier than her's. (278 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Batch 1308, 1322, 1328, 1329, 1334, 1335 - bottled on 05-31-2013 indicated on the bottle. Pours a bright honey-gold hue with a translucent clarity, a rocky two inch, bright white head and copious tiny bubbles present effervescing in solution from the base of the glass to the underside of the cap. Head eventually settles into a 1/4 inch lid with beautiful spots and swaths of textured lacing coating the walls of the glass. Interesting note - buttery oak notes, a spicy/peppery quality and wet grass. Taste follows nose with the addition of an herbal/medicinal quality as well as a slight sour mash quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and a pleasant acidity. Overall - a wonderful beer. Very appealing to look at in the glass and the oak in the nose is quite wonderful. I'm generally not a biere de garde fan but I found this quite enjoyable. (930 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 375 mL bottle poured into a stemmed Pilsner (beer tulip) glass ("blend 6 bottles 07/31/14).

Appearance: Nearly clear, bright, light gold. Light, frothy white head. A fringe of foam encircles a hazy, soapy cap and leaves modest lacing.

Smell: Oaked white wine, spicy yeast and farmyard funk (straw and wet wool).

Taste: Oaked Chardonnay continues from the nose with crisp, lactic tartness. Peppery spice, sweet and sour Granny Smith apples, Belgian yeast and light hop bitterness round out the complex layers of flavor. No hint of the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, silky smooth. Moderate carbonation with fine bubbles.

Overall: Deep, complex layers from oak and wild yeast enhance a refreshing Belgian-style base. (737 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 4.0 - Slightly hazy bright gold color with a slow to develop, moderate head.
S: 4.25 - Lots of nice brett scent, along with highly fruity yeastiness.
T: 3.75 - Not nearly as sour as some JPs--just a little tart, with plenty of brett flavor. Bitterness is restrained. Fruity like tart pears or apples. Very well attenuated and bone dry.
M: 4.0 - Slightly astringent, rather tannic. Body is a little thin, probably from the attenuation.
O: 4.0 - Nice beer for new year's day, after all the IPAs I had last night! (514 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle poured into snifter

A: dirty straw color with good clarity not a bad head but it was gone quick but very bubbly around the rim left

S: It smells tart, a little lemon, some vinegar it smells like a dry wine with maybe some oak

T: has a lot of the same characteristics as the nose but not near as sour as I thought it was going to be or carbonated. Getting a little bit of a white grape taste which is nice

M: Light to more medium low carbonation

O: It's just ok I don't think it is worth the price of admission I've had Lambics and gueuze while not my style they are much better than this. Although if you need a quick fix why not grab it? (657 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Sometimes the info on the side of the bottle says more about what the brewer hoped it would taste like rather than what it actually tastes like. This beer is exactly what the label says it is. A Belgian strong golden ale, spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet. I also get a very lemony flavor. Not bad at all, but I don't appreciate it as much as some of the other reviewers. (385 characters)

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.