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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

702 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%


Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004)
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Reviews by bkilpatr:
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. 03/01/09.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with an inch of soft bubbly white head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer, great retention. Aroma is tart with citrus (lemon, orange) and slight wheat, and some coriander as well.

Taste is slightly sweet up front with hints of wheat. That is followed by a rush of citrusy tartness, zesty lemon and orange peel, pepper and coriander. Some white wine flavor as well. Very funky. A bit heavy on the tart side, it masks some of the other flavors.

Feel is light-medium bodied and very bubbly like champagne. The finish is bone dry. Drinkability is decent aside from the heavy tartness. If that were dialed down a notch or two, this would drink very easily.

I believe this is my first beer from Jolly Pumpkin. It is an interesting take on the style. I don't recommend this for people that don't like sour/tart beers. But it is a very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 04:15:24 | More by bkilpatr
More User Reviews:
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jason_nwx

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-16-2014 06:37:01 | More by jason_nwx
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Batch 277 Bottled 12/31/13

A - Strong carbonation rises through the hazy golden beer, fueling it's fluffy cloud-like white head, which leaves oddly sporadic globs of lacing on the glass.

S - Just an ever-so-slight hint of wild yeast funk caresses the delicate pale malt and supple wheat aroma. It's restrained yet sharp tartness and small squirt of lemon juice add a refreshing citrus note to the earthy wet rock and damp clay yeast esters. With virgin oak, the earthiness blankets the beer's soft white pepper and coriander spice subtleties.

T - Behind the initial carbonation attack on the tongue lies grainy pale malt and husky wheat - a base that's just the opposite of the nose. The soft wild yeast remains in tact and just like the aroma foreshadows, it's refreshing and citrusy in conjunction with the little splash of lemon, though spiciness is strangely absent.

M - Sparkling carbonation shocks the tongue with prickliness the first sip but the dry crispness it adds to the beer is quite welcoming; Calabaza Blanca is light bodied and refreshing.

O - At it's core, Jolly Pumpkin's Calabaza Blanca is a complex and thought-provoking brew but, when one doesn't have time to kick back and ponder the depths of subtle wild yeast characteristics in a unique take on a witbier, it remains a crisp and refreshing wheat beer with a little twist!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:50:11 | More by BeerFMAndy
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mkf629

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-13-2014 00:54:12 | More by mkf629
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Swift989

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-08-2014 05:20:27 | More by Swift989
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apasternak

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-06-2014 17:14:39 | More by apasternak
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-04-2014 21:16:22 | More by schmidtmattsays
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-28-2014 20:15:55 | More by SkinniePost
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-26-2014 00:17:41 | More by yourefragile
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blameo

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

03-18-2014 02:51:57 | More by blameo
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IRONRakkasan

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-16-2014 07:51:49 | More by IRONRakkasan
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-15-2014 02:50:54 | More by nick_asian
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stevec32

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-14-2014 02:30:01 | More by stevec32
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letshaveanother

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

03-13-2014 22:22:06 | More by letshaveanother
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2014 06:01:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Buck_Jones

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-09-2014 19:00:20 | More by Buck_Jones
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sourdog

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-08-2014 02:50:06 | More by sourdog
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tsp247

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

03-07-2014 03:06:35 | More by tsp247
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mrchrisray

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-06-2014 04:29:09 | More by mrchrisray
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fancypantsster

California

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
A: Golden with a little bit of haze from the wheat, very little lacing.
S: You can smell the acidity off the nose from the oak with the coriander seeping in at the end.
T: Tart but with great herbal character, oaky, and citrusy, reminiscent of grapefruit.
M: Medium to light medium body, very smooth.
O: Great oak aged wit beer. I love the acidity with the coriander, very citrusy but balanced with the oak.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:37:53 | More by fancypantsster
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tpaetow

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-05-2014 23:21:02 | More by tpaetow
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-03-2014 02:42:51 | More by tbryan5
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-01-2014 20:13:29 | More by Knoxrb12
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JSchock7

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-01-2014 05:27:06 | More by JSchock7
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JulioH

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle itself looks so nice. I opened this one at a friend's party and this was a hit. The beer is not a uniform taste, but you taste some acidity, and then the classic wheat beer taste. I also tasted the pumpkin, but more like a syrup that was following a somewhat sour beer. If I can use a cupcake as an analogy, the cake was a bit sour, the frosting tasted like pumpkin. I don't know if this was done in an effort to make it "artisanal", but it worked. I liked it. There was also a good amount of carbonation, and it was not a heady beer, just a good witbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 07:17:45 | More by JulioH
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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.