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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 123
Gots: 148 | FT: 10
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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:
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(Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004)
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Photo of smellody
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the 750ml bottle -
Poured into a .5 litre Chimay goblet

Appearance - A golden color, hazy orange. A few streams of bubbles keep the lacey head going throughout the session.

Smell - Funky, definitely smells of oak aged, as all jolly pumpkin ales are.

Taste - An explosiveness of flavors from bitter to sour to citrus to hops. A very mild sourness is what I like best about this beer. A very interesting complexity of flavors that, ultimately, creates a balance between the sweet, sour, and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and lightly carbonated feeling. Pleasant.

Drinkability - A very enjoyable beer, that is easy on on senses, the pallate and the nose. It is as complex as it is drinkable.

Serving type: Chimay Glass

smellody, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of Rezzin
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a tulip. Golden / orange on color with a medium sized head that drops fairly quickly. Somewhat hazy.

S - Mmmm, this smells awesome. First impressions are of tropical fruits with a nice slight wild yeast twist to it. Aroma's from the oak barrels apparent as well. Slighty sweet smelling.

T - JP has yet to let me down! If you like sour beers - you'll love this. It's like a Flanders meets Golden Ale. Nice fruity flavors and some brett character with the initial sip which is followed by belgian golden ale flavors with a nice tart and tannic finish from the oak barrel aging. It's great. I'm really liking this a LOT.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation and very effervescent. Finishes dry with a nice tart finish.

D - I love this beer. I need to go buy more. You should too.

Rezzin, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big 22 oz bottle

A- huge gusher which fillted up both my duvel tulip and my long trail imperial pint glass with foam, pretty sweet head retention for the beer, although it was a little annoying with the gusher, but no cons for the beer itself. big offwhite frothy head. Gave a big foggy golden hued wheat color. once the head all settled down there was loads of lace all over the place,

S- There was a pretty solid sourness that is the main scent. underneath there is a solid wheatiness as well. i really like it,

T- pretty solid all around. medium strength sourness, the wheatiness all over and it works together really well. the hops are pretty subdued as you would expect, however it doesnt get sweet.

M- medium strength body, there was a very light carbonation from the gushing but some more from the bottle gave it a more appropriate carbonation level, and was clearly pretty strongly carbonated in the bottle, the finish is pretty clean

D- mild sourness, wheaty body, pretty strong abv however its not noticeable.

Atron67, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - wow, big-time gusher here, pours a hazy golden yellow, huge frothy white head, great retention and lacing, sticks around forever, good deal of sediment

s - very funky and sour smelling on the nose, lots of green apple and lemon, some sour cherry, very light oak

t - sweet bready malt up front, lemon and citrus on the midpalate along with some banana, light mixed spice and peppercorn, the finish is where some of the tartness and sourness of the aroma makes an appearance, though it's much more subtle on the palate than in the nose, lingering bitterness, mild tartness and some oak on the finish, very light alcohol presence

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, pretty dry finish, mild warming

d - pretty drinkable though the finish is dry, alcohol isn't noticeable, goes down easy and is complex enough to keep you interested

Very good beer overall. The aroma suggests something pretty funky and sour a la Russian River, but the taste is quite a bit different. Well worth a try, and definitely interests me in trying JP's other offerings.

WeisGuy, May 27, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried lots of the hard to find JP beers, but never this one for some reason, despite it being in every store in town. Batch 229. Pours a shiny clear orange-yellow with a wispy white head and lots of bubble action. Smells mildly hoppy, with some sour funkiness, very fresh and inviting. tangy citrus. Taste is only slightly sour, with an aggressive bite of citrus and spicy hops. spiced notes mix with an earthy and dry backbone on the finish. An ennervating drink with keeps you interested and tingles the taste buds. Alcohol well hidden too but i'm feeling it by the end of the bottle.

aforbes10, May 25, 2008
Photo of gregc
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a pint glass. Did not gush like most people said and poured perfectly. Small head that hung around through the whole glass. Hazy yellow with lots of yeast floating around.

Aroma of brett, barnyard funk and some hops. I really liked the smell of this one.

Taste was citric, sour, tart , hoppy tasted some apples and banana. Very tasty.

Overall i really enjoyed this beer, pretty complex, cant wait to get another one.

gregc, May 18, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 25oz bottle into my Abbaye du Val-Dieu goblet. This beer pours a hazy yellow pink, with a slight melon head that dissipates into a slight film around the edges of the glass. This beer really reminds of the way grapefruit juice looks in the glass. The aroma is slightly tart up front with hints of grass and orange peel. The taste is slightly tart. It's more like a grapefruit tart and not a funky tart. Citrus is one of the more noticeable flavor profiles. Also it reminds me of white grape peels. While this beer has pronounced flavors in the front and tail of the taste, the middle was pretty watery. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I thought it would be. There was also just a slight bit of a diacetyl that came out when it warmed. It's a good beer by a great brewery.

hwwty4, May 18, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Massive gusher, this shot six feet in the air when I opened it. What was left had a large, and tenacious, white head on a cloudy gold body.

S - Sour and earthy with a slight herbal hop note.

T - Light malt with some horsey funk and sourness. Herbal hops in the middle and a spicy, dry finish.

M - Relatively thick body with medium carbonation (presumably very high carbonation before it ejected half the bottle towards the ceiling).

D - The base beer seems to be a decent, if somewhat mild, siason with some nice witbier like qualities in the mouthfeel. The earthy, sour character is nice and well developed, but at the cost of turning the beer into a bottle-rocket.

nickfl, May 02, 2008
Photo of Cresant
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 25.4 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The first pour was clear and golden/yellow. Active tiny bubbles created ahuge puffy white head. Head developed even inside the bottle. The second pour was cloudier. Head eventually dissipated to foamy lace.

Smell was spicy. Faint hints of banana. Earthy. Green apple.

Taste was tart/tangy. Bright hops. Pear and nondescript fruitiness. Richer on the second pour. Not too sweet. Woody/oak. Gueuze-like. Flowery yeastiness but not the powdery Belgian-type yeast flavor. Nice lingering bitter finish. Complex, yet easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was incredibly zippy and medium bodied.

Cresant, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Damian
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

What a gusher this one turned out to be. Bubbly white froth spewed from the bottle for what seemed to be a few minutes.

As for the beer itself, it poured a super cloudy, yellow ochre with a bright white, bubbly and foamy, one-finger head that deposited chunky blocks of lacing along the glass. The head slowly faded to a thick swirling film.

The aroma was very funky and lambic-like. Musty, woody and oaky with some grassy, hay-like notes. Slightly spicy. Tart apple cider also came to mind. Outstanding.

The taste was quite different from the aroma. Up front the beer was super spicy and herbal yet bright and crisp. Very citric and slightly sour. Malty and somewhat sweet in the center, with some funky, dank, metallic notes. Oaky and nutty. The finish was super spicy, funky, hoppy and dry with a distinct powdery yeastiness. The hoppiness seemed to intensify as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was very light (almost watery) and highly effervescent. The carbonation was so intense that it seemed to distract from the flavor profile.

Between the ultra-light body and the barely noticeable 8% ABV, this beer was highly drinkable and very refreshing. The only thing that hampered drinkability was the prickly carbonation.

There seemed to be a very odd (yet interesting) interplay of flavors in this beer. One minute the beer was bright, crisp and citrusy and the next it was deep, spicy and herbal. It definitely kept me on my toes.

I would highly recommend pairing this beer with a something as funky and complex as itself. A washed rind, soft French cheese would make a perfect acompaniment.

Damian, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of throwitallaway
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Joey at South Bay Liquor for this one. Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass. A beautiful golden color with a fat head that loses size very quickly, but still sticks around some. Aromas of spice and flowers, with a little bit of funk and alcohol underneath. Taste is initially sour, but quickly transitions into spices, malts, apples, and some hops. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and the beer is well carbonated. Overall the flavors don't quite mesh together, hurting the drinkabilty. This is definitely an interesting beer, just not my favorite.

throwitallaway, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of dill
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

dill, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of RixBeer
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kevbo and I spilt this one again. Hmm is this an Abbaye de St. Bon Chien (2006) clone?

Pours a light yellow to orangish yellow color with a 1/2" head. Light lacing as the head dies down to a 1/4".

I swear you can smell the water and there's something I can't quiet place.

Sour, tart, lightly sweet. I swear to go if I didn't know it this is very very similar to BFM's Abbeye de St. Bon Chien (2006).

Lightly carbonated with a medium light body.

I could drink to of these and then be somewhere very close to heaven.

"Would an Abbeye de St. Bon Chien by any other name be as sweet?"

RixBeer, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of 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.

CortexBomb, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Avryle
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- uniformly hazy pale gold in color with a bright white head that leaves an exquisite spiderweb-like lacing.

S- Sour lemons, oak with a slight brandy undertone

T- Fun-kay. crab apples, corriander & nectarines very prevalent. Oak downplays the bitter funky finish, but that's not to say its gone, just not crazy-insane.

M- Crisp & dry. bitter finish

D- I tried it. Yea. not bad, but probably won't pick up another.

Avryle, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Really nice cloudy orangish gold. Looks like a really great heff. Minimal amount of white head. Some lacing.

S: The oak is very noticeable in the nose. After that there are hints of brandy. Slight hint of funk in the nose as well. After that it is all sweetness.

T: Holy funkhouse. Not expecting this. The sour is there but the oak killed it down enough for it to be drinkable for me since I am not a fan of sour beers. You do get hints of the Belgian Ale through it all. Really complex beer.

M: Light to med body. The carbonation is spot on. Leaves a slight dryness on the tongue.

D: For me to say a sour beer is drinkable is something. Really well put together beer. The barrel aging is probably what saved this beer for me. It cut the funk down to a manageable level while still leaving enough of the bret to make it interesting. A friend had been recommendied their beers to me and I am glad I finally had one.

aerozeppl, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, bright golden color, with a big, high-carbonation-powered white head that leaves lots of lace and lasting pillow of foam on top of the beer. The nose has a mixed sour smell, with some of the funkiness of brett along side some sweeter wild yeast smells. In addition to the yeast, there's a substantial Belgian pale malt presence and hop-and-black pepper combo. On the palate, initially funky, followed by a sweeter middle in which those pale malts and some fruity Belgian yeast esters come to the fore. There's a pear element to the fruitiness. Toward the end, things get drier and more sour, with a slightly puckering feel. The finish is sharply acidic, which comes out of nowhere for this relatively soft sour beer. Mouthfeel is brisk with both acidity and some stony carbonation. Overall, this is very interesting, tasty and complex beer. The sourness is well-integrated with the Belgian golden ale aspects of the beer, so things are interesting while remaining tasty and drinkable.

geexploitation, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a bright hazy orange color with a decent pure white head that left a sparse cap. The aroma is of tart granny smith apples, cider, lemon. The taste is similar to the aroma. A big apple cider taste, with some lemony characteristics, earthy spices and a little hop in the end. The feel is quite light almost watery, it is well carbonated, and you can notice the 8% ABV in the end. Finishes on the tart side. Overall a very good brew, perhaps could use a touch more malt to add body and hide the booze better. Recommended.

Gmann, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a hazy peachy-orange color. Head is pure white, grew to three fingers thick and stuck around for a while.

Smell: Citrus dominates the nose, with a champagne-like undercurrent. There is a lingering spiciness that matches the evident alcohol. Finishes with a sort of soapy character that I wasn't a fan of.

Taste: Clean introduction that leads right into a pleasant sort of sourness that shocked me at first, but is definitely the centerpiece of the taste. Citrusy hops abound in the background, as does a peppery spiciness. Finishes very dry, showing off its alcohol content.

BucBasil, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly new bottle, no batch sticker, but my shop has high turnover and I got the newest arrival and threw it in the cellar a few weeks ago. Served at cellar temp in my De' Proef tulip, the first pour was 90% foam. Subsequent pours were equally difficult to restrain, yielding a massive white head, very rocky with a ton of absolutely exquisite lace, over a bubbly clear pale golden ale. Subsequent pours resulted in huge chucks of foam sticking to glass well below the beer line. Man I love that!!!Glancing over at the bottle while still on the first small glass, I see that it's slowly foaming over and down the sides perhaps this small if elegant flute wasn't the best choice after all!

Smell is fantastic, granny smith apples, wildflowers, and just enough barnyard to remind you it's a wild ale.

Taste is much funkier then the nose, with less fruit, flowers and sugars as well, mainly spicy Belgian yeast and noble hops with dry, crisp barnyard and alcoholic finish. A bit of grainy pils reveals the malt base, but this is certainly no bière de garde. Not the most complex, but a very nice funked golden ale.

Mouthfeel is very bubbly and carbonated, with a very light body and sharp, lingering finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. I'd probably like to see the ABV dialed back a bit, or have more complexity to the flavor to round it out, but it's light in the belly and each sip begets another.

ccrida, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears like a burst of sunshine golden orange haze with a brilliant white head formed with fine even Belgian style lacing as it dwindles. Aroma is a soothing mix of tart yogurt and barrel aged apple cider with an air of fruitiness and herbal hops thrown into the mix as well. Definitely spiced with another aspect of band aids coming in as well and this particular Oro is from a green bottle that's a first and this is like at least the fourth time I've tasted it batch # 223. Peppery pineapple and other passion fruits blend nicely as well especially as it warms. Flavor wise very dry with tart apples and pineapple and a strong assertive spice ridden peppery note that rides throughout, tart lactic notes throughout really thick in this one. Again finish is dry like plain Mediterranean yogurt and green apple cider kinda intense. Mouthfeel is effervescent and body here is medium to light in range, overall enjoyable again the dryness is overwhelming and the acidity would sting if you had any open sores on your gums kinda like that orange juice burn. Drinkability is actually much better than my description impairs and again it's great with food for the peppery, spicy, citrus, and dry palate cleansing qualities. A fine beer that I will always be sure to sample when given the opportunity.

WVbeergeek, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's the thing. I bought this brew in a big bottle without realizing, when I got it home, that there was some residue on the top, near the cap. Not sure from what, if it got bumped, too much carbonation... I don't know. But I had a bad feeling. So I popped the cap, and much like a Heavyweight Lunacy and an Abbaye Des Rocs, the cap blew off from the bottle opener, with tons of smoke from the carbonation, but here there was a second where I thought I'd be OK... that was before the eruption, the grade-school volcano lab-like carbonation spilling out of the top. So I let it run its course for a second, and poured it into a pint glass and a snifter, so as not to waste what I could. The former two beers I talked about were bad, flat, nasty, yeasty, over-carbonated, and just, yes, not too pleasurable. Whatever happened to the cap and the carbonation was the reverse of what I wanted. Here, however, I think I saved it, as this stuff's pretty damn good. And alas, here's the review.

Big bottle, poured into a snifter and a pint glass. The snifter is the review. And if it was as bad and as weird and off as the former, I wouldn't review it, but thankfully, it's not.

Appearance: Wit-like straw yellow and ridiculously hazy. Head's like ice cream and almost refuses to dissipated. It leaves huge chunks of lacing on the glass. I'm giving it less than perfect since the bottle seemed to be, at least at first, a fallible sample.

Smell: Very Saison-like with some aromas of barnyard, medicinal phenols, wild yeast, lemon grass, sour fruits, vinous notes, some wood. Overall, tons of sourness and phenols, and awesome.

Taste: The aroma hangs on and comes through, with a lot of good phenolic activity, strong sourness with grass and fruit flavors, wild yeast, woodiness, earthiness, and nice hop sweetness along with the sourness, with some sweet orange mostly, along with the fruits. Tantalizingly sour, wild, and strong.

Mouthfeel: Lots of initial fizzy champagne-like carbonation, settling into a full-on creaminess yet still remaining medium-bodied.

Drinkability: My first Jolly Pumpkin, and I wish I could get more, though I will be seeking them out from now on. I don't mean to bring in my first and recent Garde Dog, but wow, I don't know if this is what the style's supposed to be like, but if it is, I'm not sure I want to try anything else unless it's like this or surpassing it. Paid around $8 and thankfully it wasn't ruined after the rocket ship-like start, but only got better...

asabreed, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

just slightly hazed golden in color with a decent white head that settles to a film.
the aroma has got an almost pickled quality to it, with a soft wine wine character, melon, apple skin, along with a vanilla oaky aroma. it's got a hay smell upon closer inspection, along with some vaguely wheat aspects. i get a faint mothball smell on occasion (not in a bad way believe it or not).
when cold the tartness is a little startling, also bringing out the peppery flavors. with warmth the flavors blend and meld with the other. lemon, melon, pineapple, mango, pickle, sour apple and vanilla oak flavors. it's got a dry hay/light horsey funk to it. dry, but with lingering flavors. a faint bubblegum mingles with the vanilla. the oak seems to take some of the edge off of what could be a little bit of a rough beer tartness wise.
medium-ish body with a fine but moderate carbonation.
ok drinkability, the alcohol catches up to you pretty quickly, but it is very complex and pretty tasty. something i'd think about trying again, and well worth the initial try.

kmo1030, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch #257

a: This one was a clear, very pale golden yellow color. It poured with a big, foamy, bright white head; great retention on this one.

s: I detected strong aromas of old sourdough bread, pepper, lemon zest, and extremely ripe apples. Very fresh and funky smelling overall.

t: The sour bite was a little overwhelming at first, but as my taste buds adapted, I found myself liking this a lot more. Very tart fruit flavors of lemon and apple are the most noticeable flavors. There were spicy pepper notes as well. The finish was quite dry and somewhat earthy and woody.

m: The tingly fizzy carbonation works very well for this style of beer. I liked the very dry, sour aftertaste.

d: I liked this one well enough and would like to try more of this style. I'm guessing that there are better examples out there.

DIM, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WARNING - My 25.4oz capped brown bottle exploded and I lost about 3/4 of this beer. Anyone else have this problem?

Now on to the beer. The head on this (obviously) is huge and white. Tons of bubbles make their way to the top. Golden yellow in color and a bit hazy.

Smell is zesty and yeasty with some citrus coming through. The first thing that I notice in the taste is some weird plastic note. The second thing that hits me is the ending. Sharp and strong with alcohol notes dominating. The yeast does carry over as does the spiciness. Lemon and orange come through and this thing is pretty complex. Maybe a bit out of balance however. VERY LONG as the flavors go over for nearly a full minute.

This beer has really thrown me for a loop. I store and drink most of my beers at cellar temp. Could that have something to do with the explosion?

CharlesRiver, Apr 03, 2008
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,390 ratings.