Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
750ml bottle. Honey, your ship seems to have come in - so, what's the catch? Ooooh, lemme guess - it's a big white pumpkin!
This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzing bone-white head, which leaves some random reaches of splattered sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.
It smells of gritty wheat malt, funky yeast, orange peel, lemon zest, dried coriander, white pepper, a hint of astringent barrel staves, and a slight earthy leafiness. The taste is rather thin grainy wheat, muddled black pepper and coriander spice, ethereally funky yeast, fairly tart lemon rind, a bit of weak salad vinegar, just-emptied white wine barrels, and a musty, leafy grassiness.
The carbonation is quite tight and well into the realm of frizzante, the body medium-light in weight, barely, and just a bit too fizzy to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the grainy wheat handing things off to the lingering yeast, spice, grass, and lemon.
An interesting enough witbier, the typically average sweetness perhaps lacking here, but the expected adjuncts doing well to blend and provide a balanced flavour. I'm not sure the funkitude of the yeast is all that welcome, though, by the style, and certainly not by this camper - kind of detracts from the ease of drinkability, I gotta say.
06-17-2014 04:11:57 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Bottled on 7/24/13
A: poured into a Speigelau pint glass to a light and slightly cloudy yellow topped by a fluffy three finger head with excellent retention and lacing
S: smells of lemony tartness, funk, and oak
T: taste is barnyard and horseblanket with some lactic sourness and more brett flavors, slight spice but not a lot. swallow is somewhat neutral with some light maltyness, oak and more horseblanket
M: this beer is on the light side with prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: A great beer but not as a wit. Light and tart with some nice funk which makes it a great summer sipper
06-06-2014 02:28:18 | More by SHODriver
4/5 rDev +2.8%
A-hazy yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing
S-wheat, lemon, yeast and light funk, hint of spice, oak
T-wheat bread, lemon, orange,yeast, slight funk, light tartness with little vinous quality, oak
F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and dry
O-interesting Witbier, refreshing and enjoyable
06-03-2014 11:03:19 | More by MDDMD
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Calabaza Blanca a couple weeks ago for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer when I visited Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor and I thought it was good and I thought I should pick up one these newly released smaller bottles to review, so lets see how it goes. No bottled on date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12.7oz bottle into a my jolly pumpkin snifter.
A- The label looks nice, it's looks like an illustration taken right out of a fairy tale, I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a hazy straw yellow color that took on more of golden hue when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy and creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of sticky, spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and a medium amount of tartness followed by some citrus aromas being the first show up with lemon peels seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by a slight wheaty aroma. Up next comes that signature funky Jolly Pumpkin yeast that adds just enough funk to the aroma and it's followed by some light oak aromas. Towards the end comes the spices with coriander seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a very nice aroma, I thought the citrus and spices were at both the right level.
T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a lower amount of medium tartness being the first to show up along with some nice citrus and lemon peel like aromas and it's followed by the spices with coriander still sticking out the most. Up next comes the yeast and the barrel which are both lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart the same aspects. On the finish there's a nice wheaty and grainy flavor that lingers into the after taste with some lemon peels and spices. This beer tasted pretty good and it seemed to be balanced nicely.
M- Smooth, crisp, clean, a little prickly, refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel and it suited it nicely.
Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a good example of a funky White Ale, it had most of the aspects that I would expect in a White Ale and the spices weren't overpowering, but it had just enough funk to identify it as a Jolly Pumpkin beer. This beer had great drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, slightly prickly, refreshing and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I would have no problem taking out a big bottle or a few of these smaller bottles, especially on a warm day in the summer, I almost wish it came in cans. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and drinkability, I thought they were both very nice and to me they were the highlights of this beer. What I like least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change about this beer. I would buy this beer again and now that it's in smaller bottles I can see myself keeping a couple bottles in the fridge all summer long and I would recommend it to anyone that doesn't mind a little funk in their beer. All I all I was pretty happy with this beer, I forgot just how easy drinking and refreshing this beer is and on a warm evening like tonight it's really hitting the spot. This isn't my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, but it's still a damn solid addition to their lineup and so far it's my favorite funky White Ale. Great job guys, this was one tasty and refreshing beer, keep up the great work.
05-26-2014 03:59:10 | More by StoutHunter
Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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