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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 114
Gots: 134 | FT: 9
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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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Reviews by cjgator3:
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3.8/5  rDev -8%

Purchased a 750 ml for $7.49. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a golden orange with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. Smell is sweet with grapefruit and banana like qualities. Spicy mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Taste starts off fruity and ends with a spicy pepper and kick. Wonderful head retention and lacing throughout the duration of the drink. Overall a very good product from Jolly Pumpkin.

05-19-2006 01:36:53 | More by cjgator3
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a deep hazy burnt orange with a big creamy-like head that settles with not much lace behid nice aromas of tropical fruit,pineapple mainly and spice coriander is big along with a touch of cloves.Different intermingling flavors going on very ripe pineapple and cloves dominate with a faint grassiness but the overipe pineapple dominates here.Wow a big flavorful beer that takes no prisoners,killer beer that I will take back with me to NC for sure.

05-21-2005 03:30:16 | More by oberon
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance - This is a real looker. The head is explosive, so watch out. It settles into huge, massive clumps of shaving cream. The liquid is pure gold with a geyser of carbonation underneath.

Smell - The light sourness first caught my nose followed by a beautiful hop profile that is delicate yet substantial. The floral spicing is remarkable and is like walking in on your grandmother making a graceful European-style dinner. The white pepper is so intense you almost want to sneeze.

Taste - The tartness from the nose is strong at the taste as well, as are the bold floral hops that slow down the drinker. The spices are perfumy and seem to grow as the ale warms. The grain in the background is some of the finest that I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied, intensely carbonated, and loaded with a big bitter bite.

Drinkability - This is a slow-drinking ale that is great to share with a friend.

08-08-2010 02:07:20 | More by RoyalT
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Once again, I'm surprised by how long it has taken me to finally try this brew, oft considered Jolly Pumpkin's ol' reliable. Bottled May 2013, so this sucker is super-fresh in saison years. It pours a mucky shade of gold, translucent enough to let some light through, and is topped off with a soapy white head that foams up nice and leaves respectable, wet and spotty lacing on the glass.

As is the case with many/most Jolly Pumpkin beers, the aroma is critter-iffic, filled with wonderful funk and plenty of balanced tartness. Dry, funky apple skins, tart pears, white pepper spice, floral and herbal hops, mountains of oak-barrels, cheesecloth, clove, and damp hay. Such a wonderful array of things that are meshed so elegantly well. With warmth, it seems there are a bit more spices that come out and open up, though I can not say for sure what they are.

The first sip is really something to behold. I'm not exactly familiar with the Biere de Garde style, and I've only had a few at the time of drinking this (and I believe one of the few others is another JP beer). It seems like a super funky, slightly tart-ified take on a Belgian strong pale ale with some added spices for good measure. On paper, it sounds like a jumbled mess, but my palate is screaming otherwise.

Plenty of peppery and hoppy spices outline each and every sip, more vivaciously compounded with ripe pear skins, tart apples, torrid oak, rotten and sweet bananas, and a clumpy, thick, funk-filled yeast finish. After drinking so many Jolly Pumpkin brews, you become accustomed to "their" funk. They have a very signature-ish funk that encompasses many of their brews, very akin to some cheesy, musty, wet cork and damp hay.

Medium bodied, just shy of creamy, actually, with lots of tingling carbonation to sting the upper lip. Again, like many brews from JP, the finish is nearly moisture-less, leaving your palate drier than a desert in the sun. All-in-all, Oro de Calabaza is in the upper echelon of beers crafted by Jolly Pumpkin. It's an incredibly tasty and unique brew, and even better - it's a year round offering.

07-06-2013 18:38:15 | More by tectactoe
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4.58/5  rDev +10.9%

Oro de Calanaza pours golden and crisp until you come to a hidden treasure at the bottom. There is a great deal of sediment lurking it the depths that changes the bright finish into a wheaty masterpiece. A think creamy head is seen throughout drinking but very prevalent at first. A first taste reveals slight banana/citrus/clove notes with hearty wheat presence. The back end provides a slightly oaky finish that mingles with the rest of the pallet but doesn't take over. It cold be easy to overpower this style of beer with too much cask and not enough good old beer flavor. Luckily the blend is perfect, the flavors meld together complimenting not fighting for superiority. The flavors are more subdued and reminiscent of themselves vs a strong separate character. Overall the flavors all blend and compliment each other to provide a complex yet highly drinkable beer with a nice ABU punch to boot!!

06-30-2010 02:09:09 | More by somewhatdamaged
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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

Batch no. 277 poured into a Maudite glass.

I wonder, is there is any way to make this beer and it not gush? Every single time it explodes out of the bottle more anxiously than a bat finally finding the exit from hell into a bright new day. Even when i'm ready for it I still lose a drop or two to the snake of foam that rushes up the very second upon opening. I'm just sayin'.

Hazy golden with a rocky white head.

Funky aroma, with an added vanilla and floral hop note. The alcohol is more noticeable than I remember. Also has a wine note, like a barrel. But something is a little off about it, i'm not sure what.

Zesty lemongrass on the tongue with a light sourness and a taste of candi sugar. Show the alcohol a little, which is a suprise.

This batch is ok, an approachable example, but i've enjoyed it more in the past.

02-19-2010 03:32:41 | More by brownbeer
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

There is a big and rocky white head that fades slowly into the murky mango colored beer known as Oro de Calabaza. Splashes of lace slide down the sides. The glass offers a perfumey bouqet of light berry, spicy phenols, apricot or peach, and an occasional whiff of lemon zest.

This is a strikingly tart and acidic brew with soft swirls of peachricot quickly eclipsed by warming alcohol and acidity. Just a kiss of hop bitter and maybe vanilla with a hint of light wood. You know like licking a chopstick. The alcohol calms down as the beer warms and smooths out the brew to reveal yeasty spices and esters that combine with the other elements to create a distorted creamy pineapple character. Mouthfeel is light, creamy, and stingy all at once.

This beer is very interesting but also kinda wildin'. I am into it enough to try the others despite the high price, but doubt I'll revisit this one.

11-22-2006 04:03:26 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-15-2014 14:09:22 | More by Tiernan
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Oro De Calabaza by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales...
8% alcohol. Purchaced in Charleston SC. at The Beer Exchange.

A- Poured into Dogfish goblet glass. Pours a golden hazy fluid with active carbonation that leaves a one inch head and decent lacing.

S- Excellent scent of tarted green apples and pears upfront with a light malty and funky bite.

T-M- The flavor is very familier to other Jolly beers into the tart aspect and i love it.
Wild yeast flavors of spice and funk, sweet sugary pears and light tartness on the finish. Mouthfeel is dry and smooth with little to sway you from drinking.

D- Drinkable as hell but at the price I'll try others before revisiting.

04-18-2010 23:12:41 | More by wesbrownyeah
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-02-2013 11:22:53 | More by tbryan5
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-06-2014 20:05:33 | More by SkiBum22
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4.13/5  rDev 0%

Pours from the attractively labeled 750ml bottle with the treasure chest full of beer a bright hazy golden peach color. Active carbonation rises up to create a light bubbly white foam head that lingers on well after the intial pour. Reminds me a warm, bright summer day! Aromas of light, fresh fruity bread & grains, lemony citrus with hints of grape kool-aid. Underlying touches of white pepper and cloves mingle with green herbal hops that impart some citrus aromas as well. Mellow and dignified.

First sip brings a bubbly sweet lemony grain that segues into a refined spicy middle ground. Subdued aspects of cloves and cracked pepper seem to become more apparent as the brew begins to warm. Herbal, green hop bitterness follows on the way down. Patches of dry woodiness weave in and out with a crisp bready yeast flavor and a touch of alcohol. A tasty warm weather treat.

Mouthfeel is champagne-like with a vigorous carbonation that explodes on the tongue. Light, airy and refreshing. I could see sitting out by the pool or beach on a beautiful day and enjoying the Oro the entire time. Cheers to another yummy Jolly Pumpkin brew.

07-24-2005 19:51:22 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

Huge overflowing foam when I popped the cap, quite annoying actually. Pours a clear, yellow color with a huge head initially, but it reduced quickly to a quarter inch layer. Really grips the glass well leaving a nice lace.

Aroma hints at the tartness to come, green apples and white grapes predominately. Some light spice intermingles with some yeastiness. Light to me overall.

Taste is initially tart with some sourness. Some obvious lightly toasted malt notes come in, even with the overall light pallate of this beer. The green apple and white grapes are evident again, sour pears as well. I don't find the alcohol that noticable overall. Good overall flavor, nice tartness but isn't overdone. A touch of bitterness rounds it out.

Thinnish mouthfeel which is somewhat expected with a spontaneously fermented beer. Flavor clings to the cheeks for a bit but doesn't hang around too much.

Good unique flavor with this one. Light flavor and sits fairly light on the stomach. Pretty quaffable. Worth a shot.

07-22-2006 03:59:05 | More by blitz134
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

08-13-2012 20:50:46 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.13/5  rDev 0%

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was a hazy yellow witj a voluminous head. Very well-carbonated. In fact, every beer I've tried from Jolly Pumpkin has been so carbonated that it keeps on flowing from the bottle after the first pour. It had a rather nondescript fruity/spicy aroma. A fruity, banana taste, with a peppery aftertaste that persisted. A little bit of mustiness. Light and pleasant in the mouth. Pretty good beer.

05-16-2007 20:50:50 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

After opening the bottle (and even after heeding warnings), I managed to lose a lot due to severe over carbonation. There is no way around this one... open this beer over a basin...

Once the 4 inches of head in my glass finally disappeared, the product was delicious. It is a very crisp beer that I would love to drink in summer, at night, with my feet in the pool. The 8% is well hidden and the ligth body of this beer makes it delicious. I was drawn to it after enjoying Perdition and not being able to get my hands on it. Avant Garde is next in this category for me


04-29-2009 01:48:53 | More by gregmoscetti
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South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

07-05-2014 00:11:45 | More by SD-Alefan
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-21-2014 19:05:41 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Batch 585, bottle 7/27/10; notes from 2/23/11

A - Pours a clear straw color with two fingers of stunning white head. Head has decent retention.

S - Some nice earthy funk and sour apple. Not overly complex, but crisp and nice.

T - Bright tartness followed by lingering earthiness. Similar to smell, the taste isn't overly complex, but is very good andhas some oak presence.

M - Light bright mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

O - Not the most complex of JP beers, but this is a very nice drinking that could be a good gateway for exploring the sour side of beer.

12-26-2011 22:32:23 | More by warnerry
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

poured from the bottle into a snifter. i didn't even have time to throw the cap away before the beer gushed forth like a forth of july firework. i started it into a pint glass which was half filled with the golden beer and the other half with a frothy white head that had peaks like whipped cream. then i was able to pour the remainder into the snifter. interestingly the beer that settled into the snifter was more of a deep golden color while that which was poured into the pint glass was more of a yellow gold. the smell of this thing was amazing with lots of apple dominating. it was poured cold at which time it was very refreshing. as it warmed a lot of the alcohol came through and it proved to be quite strong. i still noted lots of apple though which became overpowered by the alcohol. a remarkable beer overall as it exceeded any expectations i had for it. definitely recommended.

04-21-2008 03:46:18 | More by dill
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is tart fruit, wood, and some pepper over a biscuity malt base.

The flavor is sweet and sugary malts and sour tart fruits followed by a dry finish with just enough grassy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, another interesting Jolly Pumpkin brew. I like the balance of this one. It's fairly sour but has some sweetness and the slightly bitter finish to counteract.

05-30-2007 07:12:10 | More by Beaver13
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-13-2013 05:58:51 | More by dgfool
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-20-2014 22:52:17 | More by TimoP
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

NYE bottle share at Proof. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a touch of peach. Good amount of white head that faded fairly quickly but held a nice medium collar. Citrusy aroma, but I doubt it's from hops. A touch of estery fruitiness too. Taste is the same but with some funk. Nice med-high carbonation and medium body.

01-02-2014 22:43:01 | More by mverity
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4.72/5  rDev +14.3%

750 ml capped bottle, served at cellar temperature into a goblet.

Pours a chill hazed, goldenrod body that is awash with lively, small carbonation bubbles. Pillowy, white head is thick and dense, rising about three inches before settling at about two centimeters in height. Retention is excellent, and gorgeous sheet lacing is left to drape the sides of the goblet.

Aroma is truly exceptional. Candied apricots, fresh hay. yeasty notes of clean wool sweater, white pepper, coriander, lemon zest, and a kiss of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a velvety medium carbonation.

Taste is complex and challenging. Dry and herbal, with citrus hints of tangerine and lime. Coriander, white pepper, and lemon zest add a soft spiciness. Vanilla and spun candy sugar can be picked up in the background. Yeast is prominent, adding an outdoorsy character of fresh woolen sweater. Apricot and tangerine notes contribute to the complexity, but are minor factors. Very Saison like, overall.

Superlative drinkability. Nice complexity....I could easily mistake this one for a Fantome Saison in a blind taste test. Exceptional product from yet another high quality, American brewery.

10-30-2005 21:22:23 | More by merlin48
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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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