Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by ABCJiugui:
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
batch #229, no freshness date, poured into tulip.
A- deep golden to tints of orange, hazy but able to see thru, albeit murky. head is minimal- this was a surprise as I had been told it was voluminous. no lacing to speak of in relation, but overall, still pleasing.
S- wild yeast indeed- the barnyard/bret/wild funk is definitely present, as are some fruit flavors (tropical, guava, sour crab apple). The wild yeast aroma definitely present upon exhale.
T- I have to disagree about this being biere de garde: due to its tart nature, wild yeast, and fruity background, this is definitely more of a cross of a golden ale and lambic. Tart, sour, acidity is present on first sip, lingers onwards, fruity sweetness underneath. If anything, it leans more towards a light lambic than golden. I don't note the oak aging that much, but if it contributes to the wild yeast flavors, I'm all for it. Finishes fruity sweet on the edges of the mouth/tongue, despite being fairly dry from the acid/tartness.
M- slight carbonation, light but very tight. Medium bodied.
Overall, an interesting beer, and something I'd definitely try again- it's my first jolly pumpkin. I'm surprised both at its classification, as well as the food pairing it's been recommended with. Cheese wise, I see this as more akin to lambic pairings, with tart goat cheeses (a tomme perhaps) being apt, certainly not nutty parm. Indian makes an interesting mix, provied its a mild curry using coconut or cream in its base- the acidity would help. I'd see this better paired with thai sweet/milder coconut curries. In any case, a good beer that is definitely closer to jolly pumpkin's own description (golden ale) than what is listed here.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2008 02:54:17 | More by ABCJiugui
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4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
So excited to finally have Jolly Pumpkin on Texas beer shelves. Texas is quickly becoming an amazing state for beer. Starting things off with the Oro de Calabaza. Poured into my snifter. Oro is bright, but hazed, gold. Things are topped off by a finger or so off off white head. Head falls to a ring somewhat quickly.
The aroma is inviting. A hefty sour funk hits first. Tart fruits – apples, pears, sour cherries, and lemons stand out. Sweet caramel hits next. Light spice and bubblegum notes round out the nose.
Flavor is no less impressive. Plenty of funk hits first. Slightly earthy, sour lemons stand out. Tart pome fruits pop next. Sweet bubblegum notes stand out. Peppery spice rounds things out. Lemon notes linger on in the finish. The finish is tart and drying, encouraging one to take another sip.
Oro is light bodied. The carbonation makes for an effervescent and refreshing brew.
Oro de Calabaza is a great beer. You must love funk to enjoy this beer. The 8% ABV is almost non existent, making this quite a refreshing brew on a hot summers night. If Oro de Calabaza is indicative of what of Jolly Pumpkin has to offer, I can hardly what to try their other brews.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 01:34:41 | More by Sweasty
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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