Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by CortexBomb:
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pour is brilliant deep yellow with a monster white head on top...too much head actually, very difficult to get this beer out of the bottle because of all of the carbonation. Nose is very yeasty, with a strong spicy, peppery edge. Sour grass like most Jolly Pumpkin beers.
Flavour starts out tart, almost fruity. It then segues into light peppery sour tones with oak highlights, crisp finish. Much less aggressive in the sour department than most of the JP beers.
Mouthfeel, not altogether thick, but well-carbonated, good hop action, with a strong oak tone in the middle and a good, wine-like dryness, interesting. Drinkability, decent but not amazing. In terms of the beer itself, it's tasty but not particularly remarkable. In terms of rebuy, it's a skosh pricey, so I'm not in a hurry to pick it back up again.
The bottom line: JP has carved out a MI niche for themselves as purveyors of sour beer. Oro is another example of the style, but it is subdued enough to possibly have some more cross-over appeal. I personally found it solid but not remarkable. I do like the oak presence though.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2008 23:24:34 | More by CortexBomb
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4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A creamy yellow-tinted head condenses to about one finger of rocky froth, which sits on top of a thick, bright but translucent light-medium orange brew. Retention is good, and patchy deposits of lacing are left behind in plenty.
Along with plenty of fruity esters, dark fruits offering both sweetness and tartness, the nose brings some toast and earth. Yeast character is evident and bold without dominating. There's some light funk and a bit of woodiness on the end, while a touch of leaf lingers all the while.
Musty funk isn't overplayed but sets the stage very well. Dark fruits bring the tartness as well as a deeper overripe sweetness, while some softer pale fruits add another dimension. A bit of lemon zest balances off a gentle spiciness. Hops are light but register well, bringing a bit of flora and leaf. Otherwise, it's strongly earthy with a woody dryness underneath for even more balance and complexity.
It's smooth, a bit of movement from carbonation adding just enough crispness as well. The body is a good medium.
Serving type: on-tap
04-03-2014 19:03:37 | More by Brenden
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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