Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle poured into a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.
Batch 590/591, Bottled 7-21-10.
A - Pours a dark straw yellow and orange color, transparent and fizzy. A huge 3-fingered, creamy, snow-white head quickly builds up and lasts for an eternity. It actually rose above the rim while pouring and stayed like that until I had to sip it up to drink. The lacing covers nearly the entire glass, which combined with the rest of the appearance, especially the head, leads to a very impressive looking beer.
S - The aroma is similar to other Jolly Pumpkin beers I've had, mostly due to their signature house yeast and open fermentation techniques. It's pleasantly tart without being overly funky. It has some nice spice in it with coriander, lemon zest, and orange peel. A bit off from a typical witbier, but the tartness gives it a nice bite.
T - Of the Jolly Pumpkin beers I've had, I think the slight sourness complements the base beer here the best. That's not to say I think it tastes the best, but merely that I think the open fermentation adds a component that isn't so obtuse. The sour persists throughout the entire drink, while many flavors intersperse between. It starts fairly bready from the yeast and malts, before leading to a clean, fruity finish. Absent are the typical cloves and bananas of a witbier, but there is some orange, lemon, and cracker pepper.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with high carbonation. Very active bubbles that really play on the palate. Maybe a touch too high for flavors, but if it detracts it is not by much. A creamy head leads to a smooth-drinking beer with a semi-dry finish.
D/O - Drinkability is high. This is a nice, clean beer that is balanced nicely. The tartness proves to be a welcome addition that doesn't completely overshadow the base. I would've liked to see more traditional witbier flavors come through, but what does tastes great.
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2011 03:09:34 | More by nhindian
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3.86/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This pours a cloudy orange yellow with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks quickly. Lacing, yep.
Coriander, clove, banana, some bubblegum...pretty smelly, err aromatic. Hey is that some Brett in there?
It tastes like someone squeezed a fresh orange into my glass of this beer and then threw a blanket in it. A horse type blanket. The coriander and clove are there but that orange and Brett flavour is killing it. In a good way. I could drink a couple back to back.
The body seems to be medium at times but mostly light. Plenty of carbo.
A nice tasty Wit, for sure.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 21:34:41 | More by Bitterbill
Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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