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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,327
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 115
Gots: 135 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004)
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Photo of zealot

New York

3.45/5  rDev -16.5%

This is my second Jolly Pumpkin brew and I have been not as impressed with their stuff as I would like to be.

The appearance was nice. It had a golden hue that was just the slightest bit hazy. The head poured pretty heavy, but this is to be expected with a Golden Ale.

The most apparent aroma is apples. And this would be okay, except that La Roja was much the same. I also tasted a hint of wild yeast, almost like a lambic.

The bubbly head made for a pretty nice mouthfeel. It was as refreshing as an 8% beer could be, but there wasn't a lot on the back end to round it out. However, this made it easy to take another swig, looking for the finish, so that supported the drinkability portion.

Overall, I'd say this is at least worth a try.

09-22-2007 04:17:38 | More by zealot
Photo of Dansting


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle. Poured a slighly cloudy golden color with a very thick white head. Good lacing. Aroma is floral and tart with hints of fruit to it. Nice full mouthfeel. Nice flavor of apricot with some citrus hints to it. A pretty solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

09-11-2007 02:53:33 | More by Dansting
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.18/5  rDev -23%

Easy, average pour; no complaints. A yellow, suddy, dustbowl; top heavy, but thin.

Pepper & ginger, banana & pineapple, Juicyfruit, clay, gasoline, & plastic.

Tangerine, honey, banana, lemon pepper, smoke, sourdough, salt, with more noticeable alcohol then I'd like.

Stiff carbonation, tacky, very acidic.

Good for a toast, but I'm not too eager to share.

09-06-2007 04:29:39 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of bosco7


4.72/5  rDev +14.3%

As soon as I opened the bottle foam rushed out of the top like a volcano.

Beautiful golden color with a thick mousse like head that doesn't give up. Glorious webbedlacing.

Lemon, vinegar, some rose hiding behind the acidic aromas. Mild yeast, wood and vanilla aromas also in the background.

Starts with a sweet light syrupy sugar flavor and quickly is consumed with snappy lemon pulp and green apple skin. There is an interesting powdery medicinal flavor in the background throughout the sip. Finishes dry with perfume, yeast, and more green apple.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel which definitely works with this sour brew. Very refreshing. I really love how this beer opens up a little sweet and finishes completely dry and sour- a lot of sour beers are just that...sour, thats it. Highly recommended.

09-04-2007 01:50:15 | More by bosco7
Photo of younger35


3.15/5  rDev -23.7%

Drank from a snifter as I watched Sunday Night Football.

Appearance- Holy Shit! Over carbonated? Bad poor? Either way, huge 5 plus finger dirty white head forms that is so frothy and fluffy. It never seems to recede. Pours a light yellowish-orange that leaves the most random, spotty lacing ever.
Smell- Has that familiar Belgium mustiness with an unfamiliar surrounding. Very acidic citrusy notes come through with spicy banana, clove and apricot. There’s also a subtle earthy woodiness to the nose that seems to mellow everything out a bit.
Taste- Starts fairly sour with some yeasty mustiness that slowly gives way to a very peppery fruitiness. Sour green apples, apricot, and in a way, ginger are all perceived. A light oak woodiness lingers for a while before it’s swept away by the gentle warming of the alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Very light, airy feel with medium to light carbonation. Way less carbonation than I was expecting after opening it.
Drinkability- I don’t particularly care for tart beers but this one wasn’t too bad. There was enough other stuff going on that it covered up most of the lemony puckering that bothers me. I can see how people would really enjoy it though. It’s worth trying.

08-27-2007 22:04:35 | More by younger35
Photo of david131


4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

A- As soon as I popped the cap of the bottle, the beer came foaming out of the top like a hose. The liquid is clear and golden. A very thick white head sits atop like cool whip. Looks great in a Duvel tulip.

S- Some sour apple, pear, and some funk. Some lemon as well. Pretty complex for sure.

T- Sweet and sour. A little funky with some light fruit. A slightly warming alcohol finish, but not harsh by and means.

M- Slightly numbing and drying on the finish. Creamy in the mouth. The carbonation is not harsh.

D- So tasty. This was really impressive. A very well made brew and one I will be going back to.

08-27-2007 03:04:07 | More by david131
Photo of Zorro


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Obtained in trading with RustyDiamond.

Chill hazed golden colored ale with a tall whitehead, looks like a top notch Saison in the glass.

Smell is extremely spicy with a bit of a sour note to it. Lots of spice and wood and a little lemon.

The taste begins sweet and sour with a little lemon custard after taste. Bubblegum? There is a bubblegum taste in this. Sour flowers and bubblegum, this is one funky tasting ale. Vanilla and Christmas cookie spices in the aftertaste, you certainly can't say that this is simply flavored. This gets sweeter and less tart the more that you drink it. Got to tell you at first I thought I was going to hate this after I detected the Lambic sour note but it is minimal and doesn't detract from the taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

A weird beer for sure. I would give this a 5 if it didn't have those damn Lambic notes to it. Still it is a notable beer to try.

08-20-2007 01:43:08 | More by Zorro
Photo of kajerm


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

750, purchased a few months ago, but drinking just fine now. Pours hazy, straw-colored, and sweaty with an explosive shaving-cream head that tracks lacing all over the glass.

The aroma is equal parts Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces-- bananas and vinegar. This sounds awful. It actually smells pretty good. Some light malts, a little phenolic character, and a very slight (but not at all noxious) hint of sulfur round off the nose. Lots of stuff going on here, or else a lot of stuff that's going on in other beers like this one that's easier to detect because this one is so light.

The taste is a little less complex, opening up with Bretty sourness that makes you pucker up, but the punch never c

omes-- the finish is largely dominated by light esters and phenols. This is an extremely easy drinker, but I'm a little disappointed that it wasn't more sour. That said, the balance is very nice-- it's like Duvel with Brett in it.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated (good) but a little thin (bad.)

As for drinkability, I could probably down the whole 750 of this by myself and then go get a Blackout Stout.

This is a pretty nice, easy-going farmhouse beer.

08-16-2007 00:21:51 | More by kajerm
Photo of Bobikel


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance - Poured into a .5 liter goblet, a fairly clunky head rises up slowly to about half an inch. Retention is quite good as is lacing. Oro is a very fitting name, as this ale is the exact color of gold in the light. Props for leaving this thing unfiltered, and beautiful.

Smell - Quite a yeasty smell, both brett funk, and bready. Bananna's, apricot, and a few other light fruits, I can't ID. Hops are very understated, nearly not there at all.

Taste - A deep tartness hits the mouth, very lemon like in it's acidity. Bready malt sweetness sweeps in behind and clears the sour out in waves until its flavor subsides. Hops? Not really, this is more about the brett funk than hops. The barrel aging gives no noticible flavors to my palate, still a damn fine ale though.

Mouthfeel - A sparkling carbonation pricks the tongue, but during, and just after the swallow, the velvety smoothness of the beer really shines. Thin without being watery.

Drinkability - I'm suprised to see 8% on this one. Quite quaffable, and very refreshing.

08-09-2007 05:13:37 | More by Bobikel
Photo of KingG


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Served at cellar temp and poured into my Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Clear, brilliant golden colored ber with a large fluffy pearl white head. Carbonation bubbles are rising super fast like champagne. Looks like an authentic German/Czech pilsner.

Smell is good. Sourness/tartness is up front with lemon tang in the back.

Taste is very good. Starts off lemony tart and finishes with ripe green apple-like sweetness. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Brett funk comes through yet isn't over powering. Nicely done and well crafted.

Mouthfeel is good. Light bodied brew with enough carbonation to keep your mouth interested.

Drinkability is very good. Because it's light in body, this beer is going down smooth and easy.

Overall: Nice brew for the summer weather or any weather for that matter. Extremely refreshing and flavorful. I highly recommend drinking this beer at cellar temp though because the green apple sweetness is much more apparent in the flavor.

08-09-2007 02:44:06 | More by KingG
Photo of Risser09


4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

750mL bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Wow. Golden yellow beer with plenty of bubbles. Carbonation is rising quickkly from the bottom and remains contstant. White head reached 2" and is slow to reside at the miniscus. Cakey head is unrelenting. The head dissipates at almost 7 minutes time.

Smell: Funky and tart.Sweet banana and pineapple are in the forefront. Peppercorn and brettamyces are brilliant as well.

Taste: Again, funky and tart. The flavors are banana and pineapple. Green apple resides in there somewhere too. The nice peppery flavor is either a product of the brett or an accomplice. There are some wood tones to this brew, again, perhaps because of the open fermentation?

Mouthfeel: Champagne-like with bubbles but tart and sweet like a belgian inspired beer. Nice, thick body and plenty of flavor to go around. I love the way JP crafts their beers.

Drinkability: Awesome. Lots of enticement and longevity here. Enjoy whenever the mood strikes or for a special occasion. I am easily going to finish this bottle. Jolly pumpkin strikes again!

07-30-2007 00:19:35 | More by Risser09
Photo of John_M


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer pours a hazy, honey gold color with good head retention and excellent lacing. This beer looks thick, rich and viscuous. On the nose one gets an intense aroma of honey, butter, orange and lime. Once again, this beers smells very impressive. On the palate this beer is quite rich and sweet, with flavors of honey, pineapple juice and some citrus. The hops kick in a bit on the finish, giving this beer a slight dry/peppery flavor, which keeps the beer from becoming cloying. The beer is medium bodied on the palate, and the alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I might like. Still, this is a very impressive beer from Jolly Pumpkin. One that I will not hesitate to order again.

07-24-2007 17:42:27 | More by John_M
Photo of akorsak


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

A 750 mL capped bottle. I pulled this one for a re-review because my taste for tart beers has begun to expand and I have come to appreciate the flavor they have.

A: The ale is a cloudy yellow color, goldenrod-like. The cloudiness is not a result of sediment, adding a layer of mystery to the ale. The head was explosive, slowly petering out of the bottle. It erupted in the glass, requiring at least four pours to fill up my Sam Adams glass. That thick head completely blanketed the sides of the glass.

S: The brettanomyces leaves its mark on the nose, creating a tart nose that really catches ones attention. Saison-like spices augment the tartness, lending some peppery licorice aromas.

T: The peppery body really stands out against the tartness, going so far as to tame that bitter bite of the brett. The peppery flavors are augmented by a strong alcoholic warmth that makes the ale almost hot. Dry fruit flavors meet the peppery heat, adding a strong barnyard element, slightly fruit with a definite funk. That funk is augmented by the wild yeast that has added a noticeably dry tart flavor that instinctively makes you want another sip.

M: The ale has a lot happening in the taste: fruit flavors, pepper, funky tartness and alcohol. The flavors are much more saison than the malt-dominated bière de garde (this is supported by the lighter color too), so a drinker should be aware of that. But that ale is quite enjoyable to drink.

D: The alcohol heat makes drinkability a little tough, as the alcohol is unable to hide. Despite that, the drink is full of vim and vigor (with apologies to WWS for that one).

07-20-2007 01:54:48 | More by akorsak
Photo of goschool


4.5/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: This one pours a cloudy peach color with a massive creamy white head.

Smell: I accidentally snorted this beer and, surprisingly, that was uncomfortable. It smells pretty good though. The nose has bananas, clove, peach, apricot, a little funk-da-funk, and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Sour notes lead the way in the flavor profile. Earthy yeast, hop, and clove flavors work nicely with the bananas, lemons, spices, and the hint of sweet toffee malts.

Mouthfeel: The body is creamy with soft, yet lively carbonation.

Drinkability: The funk didn't work in Jolly Pumpkin's amber ale, but it's great in this biere de garde. There needs to be more biere de gardes and more good ones like this. I might make this my favorite style if I had even semi-regular access to examples as tasty as this one.

07-19-2007 08:06:17 | More by goschool
Photo of Halcyondays


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

750 mL bottle,

A: Deep yellow orange, with a thick white head, excellent lacing.

S: Lemon, orange, anise, brett funk, lactic funk, wet wool, barnyard, and a bit of honey.

T: Lemony-tangerine flavor with a lactic feel. Belgian-style yeast esters abound, though not as strong as I would have liked. Also taste an herbal quality, tastes of rosemary, sage, and thyme.

M: Acidic, definitely acidic, but not something like Berliner Weisse, it is very pleasant and expected, as this is a Jolly Pumpkin product. Very smooth and creamy as well.

D: A very drinkable biere de garde, an interesting take on the style, I really feel that lactic acidity and bacterial presence added a lot to this beer.

07-19-2007 03:32:15 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of WaveRebel51


4/5  rDev -3.1%

Was not expecting such a sour taste, which definitely takes some getting used to, but once acclimated, this is a terrific beer.

Be careful on the pour -- the head on this one took up half the glass on my initial pour, but seems to be less of a problem once it
warms up a little.

As noted above, the taste on this is very sour and that first sip may be a little harsh, but keep going. By the third or fourth sip, you'll really notice the spice and citrusy flavors coming through. The complexity of the different flavors works well together.

07-10-2007 20:04:13 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

750ml bottle from A-1 To-go. First off, this bottle is a gusher! Even after pouring much of the beer out, the fizz still creeps out of the bottle... Not a fan of that. Having said that, Light yellow, hazy but fairly clear body with an inch or so of white head. Smells citrusy, pithy, yeasty, and sweet. Citrusy, pithy, and slightly sour as far as flavor goes. As with other Jolly Pumpkins I've had, alcohol is not present in either the aroma or flavor. Lighter in body with a lot of carbonation. Pretty drinkable for the ABV and flavor combination. Pretty good, though not their best offering. Definitely the best biere de Garde i've had though.

07-03-2007 01:49:31 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


4.13/5  rDev 0%

750ml Champagne Bottle (capped)

This is my first exploration with Jolly Pumpkin and I have to give them the thumbs up for taking a chance as farmhouse-infulenced brewery.

A-Hazy golden straw. Super sticky, fluffy, pure white head that stuck everywhere! Tons of carbonation all over the place.

S-Ahhhh, my favorite...a little oaky and a little funky. The brett is definately evident in this one. The wet cork aroma just fills the nostrils. You can actually imagine sticking your head in the oak barrel.

T-Tons of yeasties in this one. The spiciness is definately coming from the yeast and is complimented by a well rounded hop bitterness. Sharp, sour fruit pulls through, but it is presented in an appropriate fashion.

M-Tart, acidic, but smooth to start. A sweet maltiness follows but reverts back the the sour to make a semi-dry finish.

D-With any beer that has a sour aspect to it, many will find this terrible, but those familiar and willing will definately enjoy this one. Two thumbs way up on the direction that this brewery is taking!!!

06-16-2007 01:25:29 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of Bierguy5


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

750 ml., 8% ABV. Pretty bright golden color, slightly hazy. Fluffy white head lingers for a very long time. When it does settle a bit, it leaves sheets of lace coating the entire glass. Very nice. A nice amount of active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sour, full of lemon zest and spices, particularly pepper. Soft floral hop aroma in the background.

Nice fruity flavors, pear, apple, with just enough refresihing tartness. A bit of pepper and a yeasty bite to it. Just enough floral hops.

Light body, with refreshing carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Well done.

06-12-2007 17:22:35 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of rowew


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Presentation: 750 ml capped champagne bottle. Label contains a pirates chest full of gold and beer. Beer description and ABV on the label, no date info.

Appearance: Hazy yellow color with a bit of orange, nice big head sticks around very well.

Smell: Spicy yeast notes, just a bit of hops.

Taste: Very nice - good amounts of yeast flavor - a bit of spice. Nice medium mouth feel.

Overall impression: Dangerously drinkable - lots of flavor. This is a winner - would love to see it in 6 packs!

06-11-2007 23:53:09 | More by rowew
Photo of crookedhalo


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

750 ml bottle. Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a massive, merangue-like, rocky white head. Excellent stickage and lacing. The aroma has a gueuze-like funk with notes of clover honey, pear, wet wood, sand and old pennies. Some hops make their presence known, but subtly. Flavor starts with some fruity malt sweetness (like asian pear), then the brett kicks in, resulting in a drier, mildy sour finish with a faint grassy aftertaste. Metallic twang from the higher carbonation level, but not offly so. The mouthfel fares well with the carbonation and leaves it bubbly and prickly all the way through the swallow. A very nice bière de garde that has a significant Belgium/French border feel to it. I only wish it was as "spicy and peppery" as the label claimed. Regardless, a very nice ale.

06-10-2007 00:30:19 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Cascadia


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

I really like what Jolly Pumpkin is putting out there. It's a bold move, and they've done a great job of trying to revive these styles. Oro de Calabaza is a good beer to start with from them.

Appearance- Nice light golden color, tons of carbonation from the bottle. Whoa doggie, settle down!

Smell- it's got that funky-earthy sweet smell I like in a Biere de Garde, also some nice hop notes and a little fruit.

Taste- nice and complex, somewhat sour, a little citrus and a little sweet and a little bit of oak. Overall, very tasty. It does get better as it warms up a little.

Mouthfeel- Goddamn, there are some bubbles in this beer. Nice pillowy-white head and tons of action in the glass.

Highly drinkable beer, I wish I could get this on tap out here in Oregon.

06-02-2007 04:21:43 | More by Cascadia
Photo of Beaver13


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
Photo of ArrogantB


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

This was a cloudy, yellow beer with a small covering of white bubbles on top. The taste is spicy, fruity, and has lots of carbonation.It was also slightly acidic, and reminds me a bit of champagne. The taste also had a slight bit of sour but not much.This was my second Jolly Pumpkin beer and I enjoyed it.

05-29-2007 15:37:26 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of lordofthewiens


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
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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