Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
3/5 rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This is a big bottle. I like big bottles. That means more beer. A big bottle will produce nearly two pints for us… and depending on what type of day I have had, might be a good thing! Most of these beers come in big bottles. This weekend, Jake came over and we drank a few beers. He was saying that the bigger bottles, because it’s a single bottle, cost more on average. He’s right. I don’t get that… a 4- or 6-pack will have more beer and cost less. Go figure!
In the Glass: In the glass, it looks like a wheat. It’s thick, cloudy, and reminds me of a good German wheat beer. The head is also fluffy and white. I picture myself at a German bar drinking a German beer… eating a German sausage! (Not sure why this beer makes me think of sausage.)
Nose: I could smell this thing as I was pouring it out. It has a VERY strong nose. It smells like a mixture of booze, flowers, and a touch of citrus. Considering how it smelled when pouring it out of the bottle, it doesn’t smell that great in the glass.
Flavor: The flavor is intense. It’s got a ton of carbonation, and is almost sour. The beer is quick to hit the tongue, explode with the fruity flavors that you got in the nose, and then is gone as fast as it showed up. It doesn’t stick around, and the aftertaste (which we will get to) is very faint. It’s a good flavor though, and the carbonation doesn’t even make me think beer.
Mouthfeel: Did I say it was carbonated? It is. The book said it was compared to champagne. I have had some pretty bubbly champagne, but this is one of the most carbonated beers I have ever had. The entire tongue is slammed with bubbles, and even as you swallow you are left with that “bubble” flavor. It’s not a bad flavor, but the bubbles are the most important feature of this beer.
Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There really isn’t one. It’s faint, at best. Even the burp is weak compared to the flavors that are present when you swallow. I don’t really want an aftertaste though. I want to go back in for another drink!
The beer is good, and while the book tells me to compare it to a champagne, the bubbles aren’t that obvious. They are there, but not compared to the forced burp that a good glass of champagne will bring you. I do like the nose, and the florals just take over as you smell your way to a sip. I think this beer would taste better outside on a hot summer day. Bottoms up people!
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2011 03:30:42 | More by rickyleepotts
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3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a frothy white head, patchy lacing.
Aroma is floral, funky, mildly tart. Some fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. More tart funk and dry oak comes in as it warms.
The beer hits my palate with a slightly metallic twang. Lemony with a touch of crushed aspirin. Pale malt, slightly funky Belgian yeast, Old World hops give it a floral bitterness.
Mouthfeel is balanced and medium to full bodied. Finishes pretty dry. Good carbonation.
Overall a pretty nice Belgian, but maybe not quite as clean as I'd like.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2014 04:46:31 | More by draheim
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
im running back through many of the jolly pumpkin beers lately, i feel like i always forget about them and overlook them in the face of so many other sours and wilds these days, but these are still head of the class in many ways. this one is a golden edition, a little cloudy and pale yellow not dissimilar to the label on the bottle. great nose of white pepper and wild yeast, belgian yeast, and fruity hops. i get some apricot and honey in this too, summery vibes abound. the flavor has a fair bit of funk to it, yeast is the dominant flavor agent here. dried and fresh apricots both carry through the middle, pale and wheat malt thickens it up, and a distinct belgian yeasty spiciness takes over in the finish. more hoppy than many other jolly pumpkin beers too, they have held up well in a bottle thats close to a year old now. i love the dynamic yeast profile here, the best of both wild and belgian worlds, and the lighter body of this beer allows them both to be on full display. well carbonated and soft in feel, like most of their beers. to me this beer inspires food pairings, ill have to get a few more bottles and cook up.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 18:31:29 | More by StonedTrippin
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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