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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,547
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 123
Gots: 181 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004

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Ratings: 1,547 | Reviews: 687
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.

Photo of dandiprat2015
3.24/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of J-Rye
4.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just an outstanding beer. Absolutely one of my top 5. Jolly Pumpkin's combination of wild yeasts and oak aging blows my mind every time.

Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first one from JP, and it just didn't do it for me. The flavor seemed off, maybe it was an old bottle?

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.

Photo of Tikidude13
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional golden ale, and my new Jolly Pumpkin go to now that La Roja is becoming increasingly rare.

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.

Photo of mgcleveland
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best sour I've ever had. Has spicy notes almost like a Pinot noir or Zinfandel wine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of SourJudge
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing balance in this sour beer. The appearance, smell, and mouthfeel are second only to the taste. Another Jolly Pumpkin masterpiece.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010. Sharp funky lightly tart belgian

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?

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.

Photo of kellyej
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

Love this beer! It pours a hazy yellow-hay color with a big, white, pillowy head. The nose is sour-vinegar with notes of white wine, hay, grass, and a little something metallic (not in a bad way); made me think of old rotten grapes left behind on used farming equipment. The mouthfeel is rather dry and the beer has a medium body. The taste starts rather tart and sour and then sweetens in the middle and end. There are notes of pepper, apricot, and apple juice. It also has a white wine quality and is overall very well balanced.

This beer will always be special to me since it was one of the bottles my significant other and I popped the night we got engaged....so I may be a little biased!

Photo of rand
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL to tulip glass

Bottled January 2013, opened November 2014

A: Yellow-orange in color, opaque, almost juicy in appearance. Little strands of carbonation meet a wispy head that leaves tiny traces of lacing.

S: As with all JP brews, the nose is funky and oaky; plenty of barnyard in this one. Lemon pepper and cherry phenols at the edge of the bouquet. Floral as well.

T: Funky and phenol-ic, but a lot more citrus on the palate than the nose forecasted. Rind-y tangerines and honey meet a healthy layer of barnyard funk and grass. Alcohol is well masked, as the beer closes with a short and dry finish.

M: Light and bubbly on the palate, well carbonated.

A tasty brew from the artists at Jolly Pumpkin. Not the most knock-you-on-your-ass brew from them, but I wouldn't pass it up either.

Photo of mchegash
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

Date: 8/16/2014
Other notes: bottled 3/14

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a nice golden-orange. When held up to a bright light the color appears to be even more golden. Has moderate head, which dies off after a couple minutes. Quite hazy. The carbonation bubbles are visible flowing up through the ale, though not a rapid as I like to see. The slow rate of the carbonation makes the beer look kind of dead. Still, overall it looks appetizing

Smell - 4/5
A very tart smell, perhaps of tart apples, some citrus. Exactly the kind of tart smell I love and expect in a JP beer.

Taste - 4/5
At the beginning of a big sip, tastes of tart fruit flavors, perhaps sour cherries, lemons, apples. The perfect tart taste that I expect from a JP beer. At the end, as the sip is going down, there are hints of spices, which give the beer a bit of a kick at the end. Though I do not have the skill to describe precisely what the spices are. As I drink more, the spices become more pronounced and I can taste them throughout the sip. They are very subtle though. There is also a tiny bit of alcohol taste. The beer is quite balanced between the tarty-fruitiness and the spiciness. In any given sip, you can choose to focus on either and notice the tastes easily.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
The beer has a light to medium body and the feel is neither crisp nor creamy, but in the middle. Carbonation is noticible, but not overpowering. The spiciness works together with the carbonation to give a nice 'kick' to the mouth, but again, nothing to overpowering.

Overall - 4.25/5
I love the sour taste of the beer, but I am less a fan of the spicy/peppery-ness of it. I think I prefer some of the other JP beers over this one (I have the Calabaza Blanca in mind). This might be my 2nd or 3rd favorite JP beer I have tried. Though the beer is not perfect, I have found in JP beers a taste which I love and have not been able to find in any other beers. As such, I am still giving a high overall rating.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep golden color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Biere de Garde style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.