Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
In the "Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" the mystical G. P. never arrives much to Linus's chagrin. In the Jolly Pumpkin's world it's the pumpkin ale that never arrives. What? Contrary to popular belief and local legend these guys don't put out a brew befitting their moniker. Anywho...what they do deliver is a spice-rack bed of Procrustes. Of the few I've tried (at the brewery from the tap and in single bottles) the spices over-ride the smooth creaminess of otherwise excellent beer. This one is the exception so far. There's enough tang in it to let you know that you've been with a tart but not enough spice to make you fret that you have been infected with her malty infarction. Scared little man? Ish Kabibble...I should worry? No! Not me!
07-27-2006 22:11:41 | More by thelagerheads
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
Hazed, light golden blonde, 3 fingers of white head, lots of lace. Smell is a mix of fruit and oak, citrusy orange and lemon, a bit funky with some spicy points as this warmed. Taste is acidic and tart, dry oak flavours, citrus, orange and lemon, more classic wit flavours of coriander, spice and orange peel is present. Highly carbonated, light to medium bodied, champagne like feel. Not bad, but the excess of carbonation makes this a bit tough to drink a lot of.
08-18-2014 14:27:58 | More by peensteen
5/5 rDev +28.5%
Screw everything you've heard about this beer. It's a witbier so fine, it very close to a wine in character. Paid nearly $9 for the bottle, and saved for a special occasion. It's a food beer. Three of us enjoyed it with a fried walleye. Nothing could've been better. We all agreed it was a delicious accompaniment. Keep that in mind when you sip this: enjoy every taste. It's one of the best beers I've ever enjoyed. "Good" my eye: it's top dog.
07-29-2014 23:01:49 | More by haggadah
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
Large bottle picked up from the LCBO (bottled 21/1/14) and poured into a tulip, my first beer from Jolly Pumpkin and marking my 800th review here. Hoped this would suit the occasion. This bottle was a crazy gusher as I've heard others have found with this batch, a bit disappointing but after the head settled down a bit we had an attractive looking cloudy blonde gold beer with pretty impressive lacing.
S - funky tartness, some of the orange peel comes through with some lactic barrel character. Gooseberry, lime, a complex tart and mildly acetic character, refreshing and decently complex. Powerfully Brett forward as it settles. full and complex.
T - Starts with more lime and white grape notes, refreshing acidity to it. Pick up some interesting yeast interplay, tartness and some subtle vanilla, along with a herbal/floral aspect. Wheat character is pretty apparent with a creamy base for the tart notes of lychee and kiwi to stand, ends a bit more dry and coriander. Finish is really crisp with a lingering brett character that commands a following sip.
M - A quenching beer for sure, it stays quite light on the palate while delivering on all flavour aspects, and a refreshing tart acidity and a delicate finish, sourness is at a noticeable, tasty but thoroughly manageable level, it does form a significant aspect of the beer but the integration is done quite nicely. Sessionable and refreshing definitely.
A refreshing and balanced wit, maintains the lightness and refreshing spice of a traditional wit while packing some interesting barrel and Brett acidity and tart character. I thought aside from the gush on the open this was a well put together beer, noticeable tart lime and gooseberry flavours along the coriander and citric orange. A bit yeast forward at the start but it flows nicely into the spicy and tart fruit body, I enjoyed the concept and beer, certainly one I would recommend for fans of Brett as well as to have myself again.
07-29-2014 03:01:03 | More by mick303
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
750 ml bottle served fairly cold into glassware. Purchased from LCBO for $9.20 CDN. Here's hoping this wit is worth it.
Appearance - even a gentle pour yielded inches of white froth resting delicately upon a light and hazy golden beer with just a few orange hues. Incredible lacing left behind and the frothy white head lasts for a good long while. Spectacular looking beer.
Smell - big fruit nose combined with some Belgian yeasts, more similar to smell to a saison than a traditional wit. Quite fruity with some peach and pear as well as some spiciness.
Taste - light and tangy with a healthy helping of Belgian yeast, with some bitterness that comes through with some peach and pear flavor. Some earthiness as well. Tasty but to me this is closer to a low ABV saison than a wit. Quite a bit of orange flavor in this as well.
Mouthfeel - very lively carbonation, smooth feel and dry vinous finish.
Overall - certainly tasty and worth trying especially if you are a saison or wit fan but for the price I will probably pass on this next time.
07-29-2014 00:30:35 | More by DenisKolkin
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
750ml bottle into nonic pint. bottled on january 21, 2014. consumed on july 25, 2014
a: fully cloudy pale yellow. three fingers of frothy, bubbly, web-like head
s: a nice banana scent up front, then oak, spices, pineapple, lemon, and sour funk
t: tart lemon, wheaty malt, orange, funk, pineapple, oak, coriander, and banana, in that order. has a really dry finish with lingering oak, malt, and slight funk flavours
m: really harsh carbonation right when it hits the tongue, could be toned down a bit. light-bodied
o: a tasty and complex beer with lots of interesting flavours. finishes a bit too dry and i'm not a fan of the bubbly mouthfeel, but other than that, great stuff
07-25-2014 20:59:10 | More by kevinlater
Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.