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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,472
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 123
Gots: 160 | 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

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Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004

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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

A: Pours straw with 2 fingers of head that dissipate quickly. Cloudy like an unfiltered wheat beer with heavy champagne-like carbonation. Sparse webbed lacing.

N: Lemon, light grains, currants and funk along with lighter notes of vinegar and sour cherry.

T: Bright lemon citrus, light vinegar and sour cherry notes upfront followed by light grains and more lemony citrus mid-palate. Finishes with subtle notes of lactic acid, a nice barnyard funk and some french oak.

M: Light bodied, slightly tart, sticky, lively and crisp.

O: Incredibly easy drinking and mellow Wild Ale. 8% abv is not detected. Pretty fantastic but not overly complex.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

After our road trip to Westvleteren and the Struise. I found it necessary to have a drink on the excellent day.

A - A pale ale with a white head. The fluid is slightly hazy and on top there is a white lacing.

S - Crap! this smells sour with lemon. This is going to be my first Jolly Pumpkin beer and than it starts sour! I wasn't expecting this.

T - And yes it starts sour, slight sweet fresh lemon with a slight oak tone. As we start drinking it this beer becomes actually nicer and nicer!

M - A slight creamy and sour body with a medium to high carbonation.

O - In the end this really felt like a real good beer. This was a complete surprise. I normally don´t like sours, but this one I would like to try again. In the end it is a real fresh tasting beer with a huge complexity. For me this was an absolutely amazing beer. This was also my first experience with this style, and what an absolute good start.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (batch 712 bottled 4-13-2011) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear vibrant golden yellow with two fingers of pure white foamy head. Head dissipates after a few minutes to a collar of foamy small bubbles, leaving some sticky lacing. Decent amount of fine champagne like carbonation visible.

Nose is funky, wet hay and earth, with sharp lemon and white wine vinegar acidity, earthy herbs and spice, as well as citrus peel bitterness. Some mild fruity esters reminiscent of apple and pears. Pretty nice biere de garde with the brett funk.

Taking a sip, hop bitterness upfront, herbal and citrus, then some light sourness in white wine vinegar, fruity ester apple and pear, white peach. Finish is dry, with more hop and light sour tang sitting lightly on the tongue. Very crisp and refreshing.

Light body with zesty carbonation, not too aggressive but very active to keep that dry mouthfeel. Easy to drink beer and tasty.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold color with an off white head. Great lacing on my CBS snifter. Very hazy in appearance, with all kind of stuff floating around in the beer. Then nose is very pleasant, with apricot, peach, wet hay and mustiness are the main characters. Wow. The taste is WAY more complex and delicious than the nose. It's like a taste explosion in my mouth. Bruised fruit, funk, oak, pepper, and spices in the taste.. All really blended well together. The feel is pretty amazing. It's smooth, tart, sour, and woody at the same time. Really mellow and a super smooth finish. Overall, another winner from Jolly Pumpkin. I would definitely buy this again. Cheers.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 7/11/2011. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. This one was a gusher, so there is substantial cloudiness. Otherwise, it is orangeish golden yellow. Slowly poured to produce 2 fingers of head, which dissipates quicky to a loayer of bubbles on top of the beer.

Smell. Acidic orange oil along with some floral notes in there. Also some light yeasty bread.

Taste. Starts out with some fresh orange or lemon juice flavors, and some wine like tannins. Some bitterness and dry, bready flavors. Sourness returns and leads into a very dry and floral finish.

Mouthfeel. Thin light body which has no carbonation, probably due to the gush.

The fact that this one was a gusher really hurt it in the mouthfeel department, and I assume that the yeast suspended in the beer has heightened some flavors. Still a great and complex beer though.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Batch 830 bottles 10-12-2011.

It pours a hazy gold with a frothy white head.

The smell is good. Very much has the typical JP smell. Some nice funkiness, some acidity, oak, light malt, and a nice light fruitiness.

The flavor follows. There is a big hit of the wild yeast, not tart but funky. A decent amount form the oak can be tasted. Some fruits. Slight bitterness. Sourness creeps in as you go but it is fairly light.

The mouthfeel is what I don't dig here. A bit on the watery and light side.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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