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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,432 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 125
Gots: 154 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004)
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Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a tall white head.

S: A very nice tart aroma of apples, pears, and peaches. Light grass notes to it and some wet oak. A little bit of earthiness and some lemon zest. Still a little bit of malt and a touch of pepper.

T: Some light spice, particularly white pepper. Hints of bready malts in the background, but the tartness really takes hold. Lemon zest, lactobacillus, grapes, and apples provide a nice complexity and tartness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Another winner from Jolly Pumpkin. This is a really nice beer.

womencantsail, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another one i had been dying to try just never got around to opening. split between two snifters and enjoyed while feet where kicked up on the dock.

Rich with a good bit of haze and floating sediments throughout. Very nice color here. There was ample carbonation evident from the very beginning, with streams of bubbles rippling up to the surface throughout the glass. A nice even level of foam, perhaps two inches in height. Nice settle down to a respectable layer across the top which lasted throughout the session and gave off copious side glass lace.

The aroma was very nice. Rich notes of fruit, pears, apples, some tart cherries, but lots of caramel malt smell too. Nice touches of grain and bready tones as well. The flavor was very nice. Rich notes of caramel malts wrapping around and mingling with sour fruits and touches of grain. Some nice fresh grass like hops playing around in here as well as the little bits of fruit just danced around in the back. Interesting feel, well carbonated and a cross between medium and light bodied. I was seriously impressed by the drinkability as it did not come across with the deep funk, letting you noticeably take bigger sips of it even on a hot day.

Overall this was very interesting and a very solid offering

mikesgroove, May 08, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle on Election Day 2010.

Pours a straw-yellow color with a good white head. A bit of lacing. The is some light grain and straw with a good amount of funk and a slight dose of sourness. There is really great notes of straw and barnyard. The taste is the same, as there is just a light malt character and a really nose dose of hay and blanket. Feel is really fantastic between the funk and some slight sourness. Drinks really well and is a fantastic offering from JP.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a suitably Belgianesque head; lovely lacing, too

Smell: The oak and leathery funk jump right out, with undertones of lemon, lime, apple, pear and juicyfruit gum

Taste: Lemony/limey and tart from the start, with the oak and leathery funk character dominating; the beer is very dry and grows increasingly tart by mid-palate, with just a hint of the green apple and juicyfruit flavors peaking through; the fruit is more pronounced after the swallow, with a little sweetness, but the finish is very dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; mouth puckering

Drinkability: Not my favorite sour, but a very interesting beer that is well worth seeking out

brentk56, May 15, 2010
Photo of thelagerheads
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds me of the orange juice commercial where they strip back the carton and there is pulpy flesh underneath and then a spout is opened and the juice pours ripe from the box. Well, put a keg tap into a bag of Brachs' spicy gum drops with some fine festering yeast and spring water and here's what you have: a tart beer gumdrop. A peppery confection that froths with an infected head. I mean this in a good way. Like when a rich pumpkin pie and whipped cream begin to swirl and meld together from a thorough forking. As with all the Jolly Pumpkin beers they leave you thinking "designer beer" but also, "one more bottle to figure out if I like it." Yes I do.

thelagerheads, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of dstinnin
4.08/5  rDev -1%

dstinnin, Monday at 07:08 PM
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Trashcat, Sunday at 07:57 PM
Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

a77cj7, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Phigg1102
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Phigg1102, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of EuphonicHops
4/5  rDev -2.9%

EuphonicHops, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Ivan52
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Ivan52, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Techichi
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Techichi, Nov 17, 2014
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!

kellyej, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of LargeCrab
4/5  rDev -2.9%

LargeCrab, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of rand
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

rand, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of mdlgarza
1/5  rDev -75.7%

mdlgarza, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Owen77
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%

Owen77, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of dwagner003
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

dwagner003, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Torey
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

Torey, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -2.9%

jakea, Nov 10, 2014
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%

mchegash, Nov 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Bloodbuzz99, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of Tafyob41
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Tafyob41, Nov 08, 2014
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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.