Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by Shovelbum:
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Cellared for approx. 1 year.
Pours a monstrous head over a clear golden body. Head recedes in due time, leaving excellent lace. Aromas of tart fruit, honey, mild pepper and earth. Flavor is led by a substantial brett tartness that seems to manifest itself as a pronounced grapefruit/lemony citrus character. The earth and pepper are more subdued than in the nose, but still present. Quite dry with an almost dry white wine character. Lean body, crisp mouthfeel from the tartness and carbonation.
All of the bottles Ive aged over 6 months have gushed forth from the bottle upon opening. They have also dried out substantially-- owing to the continued Brett activity no doubt. The Brett also seems to contribute such an elevated tartness that some of the more subtle flavors are lost. Definitely an interesting and complex ale young or old, but I prefer it on the younger side.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2007 22:16:28 | More by Shovelbum
More User Reviews:
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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