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
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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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