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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 440
Hads: 913
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 25
Gots: 72 | FT: 5
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004

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Photo of blakelive784
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a cloudy lemon golden color with a fizzy white head of 2.5 fingers. Retention is bad and the head leaves no lacing.

S - Lemon zest, spice (coriander?), pungent yeast, spicy phenols, clean pale malts, and light floral hops notes. Moderate strength. Smells fantastic.

T - Tart, spicy notes open over a sweet, fruity body. Floral and grassy hops counter the pale malts nicely. Yeast is prevalent, but not overpowering. I'd never guess this is barrel aged. It's pretty well built, if a bit simple.

M - Highly carbonated, crisp and very dry on the finish.

D - It's a solid wit, but that's about it. Nothing special, but very drinkable. (719 characters)

Photo of mudbug
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 939
From the C&C 750 into a tulip results in a pale , clear, yellow body topped by a snow white fluffy head that drops pretty quick down to a thin cap with slight lacing.
Aroma is subtle with lemon zest, wet hay, grapes. Nothing overpowers anything, quite a nice blend.
Taste is very good, lemony zest, coriander, wet hay funk, very juicy. Begs to be gulped down.
It very sprightly and live on the tongue and nearly impossible to sip, this 750 is going to be a gonner very soon.
Put this one on the Dinner table, would pair with a wide range of flavors, little aftertaste and just so slightly dry on the end.
I will drink this one again soon! (653 characters)

Photo of tut2528
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 590/591 Bottled 7-21-10 Consumed 11/10/2012

A: pours a murky yellowish-gold color with massive carbonation that creates a monstrous 2-3 fingers worth of dense head formation. In fact, as I opened the cap, there was head beginning to form within the bottle even prior to the pour. The lacing is huge as well. The body is very transparent and you can see the thousands of bubbles that rush to the top of the brew that supports the long head retention.

S: first and foremost, a big funk and sourness is noticed but i also pick up on slight coriander, lots of spices, orange peel, lemon zest. The barrel aging characteristics are present as well and sit in a very nice balance with the rest of the brew. For this style, I'm surprised by its complexity and depth

T: wow...definitely did not see this one coming. Mega funk and sourness dominates the palate initially but then I get a very nice blend of orange peel, vinegar, slight lemon zest and coriander. This is easily the best brew for this style that I've had to date.

M: nice and light on the tongue. leaves a beautiful funkiness and tartness that causes me to continuously salivate and want to take another sip. and there is just enough fruit aspect left on the palate to keep it all in check

O: I raise my glass to Jolly Pumpkin on this one...well done. This is only my second offering by JP and I must admit that I have thoroughly enjoyed both of their offerings. As mentioned previously in this review, I was shocked with the complexity and depth of this brew (for this style). The sourness is so well balanced with the spices and fruit that it allows all other aspects to make their presence known as well. Solid brew. (1,685 characters)

Photo of impending
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale yellow, minor head didn't last, little lacing.

Aroma is rich and vibrant, the orange peel and coriander are obvious but additionally lemon grass and the cusp of sour.

Flavor is muted yet complex, lemony citrus. Just minor tart which stops short of sour. Perfect dry finish, the aftertaste is wheaty, a little acidity, quickly fades to a minor echo, pairs well with food.
Thin bodied mouthfeel. Shares little with a traditional wit.
delicious
cheers
jd (496 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The extremely clouded, unfiltered-looking pale gold I expect is the color. A soft, fluffy white head grows to between one and two fingers high, sits well, and deposits patchy lacing as it goes.
The Belgian aspect is just a little subtle in this one, though certainly still detectable. It's very bready with the earthy and spicy touches and the expected tartness to it. There's also a nice citrus element in the foreground and the very lightly soapy /herbal /spicy note of coriander. The touch of funk balanced well with the dry malts, the light sweetness, the sourness, and the gentle hops bitterness. A light grains note lingers underneath the whole way through.
The feel is nice, a gentle but firm carbonation setting the pace in an appropriately light body. It's drier than many wits, but not too much as the feel is balanced well. Smoothness is there under a good, firm crispness. (884 characters)

Photo of mocktm
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clearance shelf for $5.99 at Riverhead Beverage, NY. Blend 810, bottled 5/31/3011.

Over A year old, but, for a barrel aged JP wild ale, that's nothing, right? Poured into a Belgian chalice

Bubbly and effervescent on the pour, like champagne. Sparkling white head on top of a hazy, light golden color. Lousy retention though...

Sour lemon, orange and vinegar dominate on the nose. Slight floral presence and mild sourdough bread.

Typical JP funk in full force, orange and spice dominate with a hint of sourness, although not as puckering as I had hoped. Tad bit of of bitterness on the back end.

Relatively light bodied, this is what 4.5%? Really easy drinking and a nice summer beer.

Another solid beer from JP, although at the regular price tag of $12 or so, I wouldn't bite again. It's a great beginner sour though. (823 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy yellow straw color with a white head with exceptional retention
S-citrus, coriander, pepper, hay
T-Sour citrus/lemon flavor followed by the coriander and pepper flavor, tart bitterness, and finishes very clean on the palate
M-light-medium bodied
O-Not a bad brew, distinguishing flavors of a witbier with a bit more tartness. Wouldn't get it again but nice beer to try (383 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased grey-market from Platinum Liquor; but I suspect if there's any brewery that shouldn't worry too much about grey-market imports it's a Brettanomyces-heavy joint like Jolly Pumpkin. Age will not weary their beers.

Pours a pale straw colour with fluffy white head, sinks slowly without leaving a lot of lace. Decent cloud. Not bad.

Smells funky, quite saisony really. Mild sourness with a slight citric twang, but pretty organic and barnyardy really with Bretty acidity. Refreshing, though, and pleasant.

Taste is funky and sour from the get-go, with nice citric notes building with a touch of champagne, orange peel and some sultanas. Dries up a lot towards the back, with a mild puckering sensation. Crisp and refreshing, with not a huge amount of flavour but plenty of interest and a nice mix of acidity and bitterness. Generally and expectedly interesting take on the white beer style.

A bit puckering, but padded well enough, doesn't sharpen too much. Not bad, quite a presence.

Pleasant beer, interesting take on the style. Not too exciting but nice. (1,072 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine taster. The color is very light straw and hazy. There is a small spritzy head.

The aroma has a nice dose of lemon zest with lots of clove spice. There is mild malt sweetness. The aroma is nicely balanced.

This is immediately light and refreshing. There is mild malt flavor, with an emphasis on zesty tartness. The finish leaves some pepper and clove spice.

I can't believe it took me so long to getting around to trying it. This is delicious and perfect for Summer. (487 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the brewpub in A2. Pours a hazy light golden with a massive bubbly white fluffy head. Bubbles coming up from the bottom like whoah. Smells of yeast funk, hay, dry coriander spice, a hint of hops. Flavor follows the aroma, with light hay and funky sour yeast, just a hint of the orange peel. Extremely light bodied with high carbonation. A little bland for my tastes overall and would have liked a bit more sweetness. Solid beer but probably the least exciting of the JP brews. (488 characters)

Photo of edwino
1.56/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I'll be brief. Maybe I got hold of a bad bottle, who knows. But this is the first beer in a long time that I have poured down the drain. Absolutely tasteless. Nice bottle design though.

I really expected something more here. I've been a fan of Celis whitefor a long time and thought this might be something along those lines but it is like they took a good white beer and sucked the soul out of it. (399 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sticker on the back of the bottle reads "Batch 867, Bottled 8/11/2011." Despite having three-quarters of a year of age on it, tastes fresh and has not a hint of oxidation on it. This ale is aged in oak casks, so obviously it's going to hold up well as long as it's stored properly. This is my first Jolly Pumpkin beer from the bottle and a departure from my usual IPAs, Saisons, and Belgian strong ales, so I'm very excited. They have a reputation for making weird ales...and I like weird.

Appearance (3.5/5): Pouring the bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter produces a three-finger bubbly foam head that dissipates rather quickly to a small ring that sticks with the beer until the end. The beer is a translucent goldenrod color, what you would expect from a Belgian-style witbier. With all the bubbles rising, you can see that the beer is highly carbonated. Appearance-wise, nothing amazing, and probably the most ordinary aspect of this ale.

Smell (4/5): The beer's aroma is very interesting for a witbier, since it has a little bit of citric sourness and Brett-like funkiness going on (not sure if the brewers added Brettanomyces) that is counterbalanced against the sweet aroma of peaches. Did I say this brewery had a reputation for weirdness? It's a good kind of weird aroma though–one that calls to mind Rodenbach and not a beer like Allagash White, which technically belongs to the same style as Calabaza Blanca.

Taste (4/5): The beer has a light lemony tart taste that is balanced by the spicing, wheat, and hints of sweet peach in the taste. No hint of alcohol. The beer's tartness dominates with each sip leaving a dry, lingering sourness on the palette. It doesn't get cloying though, and I had no problem finishing the full 750 mL bottle on my own. I felt the light tartness encourages the drinker to continue drinking. I recommend not babying it; feel free to drink at a good pace! The one downside of ripping through this beer is that it actually warms nicely.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): I really enjoyed Calabaza Blanca's mouthfeel. It has a nice, vigorous carbonation that really lends a brightness (for lack of a better term) to the beer and enhances its flavor in a big way. The beer feels pleasantly light on the tongue. Every sip of this tart brew creates a lightly prickly sensation.

Overall (4/5): This is one unique witbier–it doesn't remind me that much of others I've consumed in the past, and that's great. I particularly like the odd approach of barrel-aging a witbier, a good idea that works in this case and sets it apart from other beers in its family. This is an odd but approachable beer that's great for drinking on a warm summer night. With plenty of those around the corner, you should consider buying a bottle or two of JP's Calabaza Blanca. (2,783 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 518; Bottled 3/4/10, into a tulip

A - A slow motion slight foamer after uncapping, but not too bad. Pours a hazy golden brown with three fingers of white head and an intense stream of rising carbonation. Head has very good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S - Coriander is the first smell I notice, followed by yeast funk and orange zest. Has a bit of spice beyond the coriander as well.

T - A sharp tartness, with orange zest and a bit of lemon to start with, followed by coriander, faint pepper, and a nice funky yeast presence. Pretty refreshing, with a lingering lemon taste.

M - Light, crisp, and intensely carbonated.

O - I haven't had a fresh bottle, but aging doesn't seems to have bothered this beer one bit. A bit simple compared to other JP brews, but it is refreshing and tasty, so no complaints there. The lemon aspect is very nice. (867 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, but surprisingly clear pale yellow colour. Head is frothy, voluminous and perfectly white. Some sprightly carbonation through the body. No lace left behind on the glass. Light body. Looks like a decent craft pale lager, but not much like a witbier.

Nose is sprightly and vivaction. It's light and fresh with a touch of acidity. Some sharpness, and a bit of soft citrus. There are some spicy notes as well, which tends almost to a type of barnyard funk. As expected, it's a slightly funky witbier.

Taste is light and refreshing, but ultimately quite thin and flat. Some funk and a touch of acidity, like a single shot through the centre of the palate. Some metallic crispness on the back. Very light in flavour and body.

Overall, despite (and because of) its lightness, it's very refreshing and very sessionable. In fact, I'd be really happy drinking this as my regular go-to beer. (897 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 964 Bottled on 12-08-2011

A: Pours a cloudy pale to medium yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer as a single patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Overall this beer has a rather mild aroma. There are notes of citrus and spices along with the sourness I usually associate with brett.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is rather mild with a light presence of wheat, citrus zest, and coriander/spices. Also, there is a pleasant amount of sourness, like what I normally associate with beers that have brett. Very tasty.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue due to the sourness combined with the carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, the combination of the brett-like sourness with a witbier. The sourness contribution makes this beer strangely refreshing. Very easy to drink and definitely one that I could have a few during a session. (1,067 characters)

Photo of cps98
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Straw yellow in color with a very airy bright white head. Disipates very fast into a small ring of bubbles. Good lacing was present.

S – Very lacking in the smell department. Very light hints of wheat and very small hints of lemony citrus.

T – The flavor was a little lacking from what I expected. Very lite wheat flavor, along with some citrus along the lemon front. I didn’t get any coriander or orange as described on the bottle. It did have a nice acidic quality.

M – Nice acidic quality, very dry finish. Really good carbonation.

O – It was a nice sour beer from Jolly Pumpkin but from the description on the bottle I was expected a little more in the flavor department. (700 characters)

Photo of onewetpaw
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A. Subdued spice. Pepper

A. Light golden. Clear when poured from a rested bottle. Thick slightly off white head that persists.

F. Beautiful mix of mild sourness, tart wheat character along with some very mild barnyard flavors from the the Brett. This has been described as what a Belgian White would have tasted like in the past. If that's true than our elders were lucky!

M. Silky with a nice tang/crispness from the higher carbonation.

O. A great beer. Highly drinkable and awesome. This is the type of beer I am always wishing I had more of. The availability at Whole Foods is awesome with this low volume specialty producer making it possible for me to get this special beer even in TN. (719 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours yellow gold with a little haze and a big fluffy white head.

Smell. Sour apples and a little funk and lemon.

Taste. Sour red apples, a little bit wheaty, hints of fruity belgian yeast and spice.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with pretty strong carbonation.

Overall. Really easy drinking and nicely sour. Very nice. (329 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 964. Bottled 12/8/11. Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color with a large white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite earthy with some oak notes and orange peel. A bit of lemon along with typical JP farmhouse funk. Hints of wheat and coriander with peppery spices. Taste is initially like a traditional witbier...with clove, coriander, Belgian yeast...slight banana and orange...but JP puts their twist on it with their famouse barrel aging. Lovely tart farmhouse funk and oaky, white wine characteristics come through. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and very dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I feel like a broken record when I talk about Jolly Pumpkin...they can do no wrong. They have perfected the art of barrel aging. They don't go for the "extreme"...they just do Jolly Pumpkin. (810 characters)

Photo of DanK4
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Jolly Pumpkin beer, and I was not disappointed by any means. Found it at RSVP among the other Jolly Pumpkin selections, but tucked away behind their amber.

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow with a nice 2 finger head on it. Not a lot of carbonation, but a stream line from the very bottom of the glass. The head dissipated rather quickly leaving a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Smelled like citrus mainly, not too much else going on as far as hops or grain profile. A nice light lemony zest to it with a dash of cardamom or possibly even clove. Well rounded, but not very complex.

T: Here's where we find out what this beer really is, considering the flavor overtook the lackluster smell quite a bit. Very nice and lemony with just a touch of spice to it. More along the lines of a Allagash meets Hoegaarden clone with a different mix of spices. Very enjoyable and not heavy or too in your face.

M: Nice and light, but still had a nice body to it. Hit all the right parts of the palate and made for an enjoyable drink. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Hazy straw color. Very light pale yellow.
s: One of the best smelling beers I've ever laid my nose on. Flowers and a grappy lightness. Reminds me of a summer day.
T: Tastes like a semi dry white wine. Zero hops, absolutely floral. No bitterness
M: Light on the palate but leaves a very dry aftertaste. This went away as I drink more but this aspect initially was offputting.

Overall: Certainly a unique beer. Drank very much like a semi dry white wine rather than beer. (473 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 880. bottled 9-2-2011.

A: a very hazy, very pale straw yellow. head is bright white and frothy. good retention.

S: a barny aroma starts things off. black pepper. a little bit of wood. there is something else in there...something that reminds me of ham? that sounds crazy, but im something is triggering that in my brain.

T: oak. lemon zest. loads of barnyard funk. maybe a hint of vanilla? i may be pulling here as well, but there is some good complexity. finish has a little bit of of ginger flavor, otherwise very dry. very refreshing flavors.

M: a subtle, but present fizz. very light body.

D: super quaffable. crushable even. one of the better wits ive had. the barrel aging really stands out and adds a new dimension. (735 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow color with a one finger white head. Very hazy in appearance, and minimal lacing on my snifter. The nose is that of orange, funk, spices. Taste is the same profile as the nose, with some lemon added in.. Very crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Feel is sharp, w/ good carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, another solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin. I would definitely drink this again. Cheers. (410 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, creamy white mousse.

S: Aromas of wheat, coriander, and orange peel mingle with a bit of subtle barnyard funk and must on the nose. Quite interesting.

T: A tart entry reveals notes of wheat, minerals, orange peel, coriander, oak, must, clotted cream, and barnyard funk. The finish is lactic and sour with wild yeast and oak notes underscored by coriander and orange peel.

M: Light-bodied and dry. Carbonation is active, but very delicate. Quite drinkable.

O: This is one of the most interesting witbiers I've run across in a long time. Honestly, it makes me wonder why more brewers aren't brewing witbiers with wild yeast. I think I have a new favorite from Jolly Pumpkin because this beer is simply brilliant. (748 characters)

Photo of julian
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden straw colored with a nice 1 finger white head that fades to a faint ring around the edges. Medium opacity and haze.

S: Distinctive smell of brett, cider like/orangey and fruity.

T&M: Crisp, tart, dry, refreshing. Starts with a funky, barnyard cider like tartness. mild citric acid and a tangy lingering finish.

O: Really refreshing and highly drinkable. (367 characters)

Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.