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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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1,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 131
Gots: 249 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months.

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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Delayed head that balloons up in the tulip, a solid amount of tight-bubbled head that receded to a little over half a finger and stayed there. Some thick patches of lace cling to the sides of the glass. The beer is a murky, dull amber hue, or perhaps moreso an auburn color.

S: Tart smell is evident up front, with a funky yeast aroma asserting itself behind that, and a hint of some slightly sweet fruit, such as an apple.

T: Again, the tartness made itself apparent directly on the first sip, but was carried by an undercurrent of malt and sweetness. This softened the blow so that the tart flavor would not be too overpowering, which was welcome. The dryness of oak was barely present, and that was great because it was a subtle hint rather than a full-on punch. A bit of spiciness is detected on the palate, with a faint kickback of cinnamon or some sweeter spice in the aftertaste. Toward the finish, the sourness tapers off and it ends off on a dry and pleasant note, with not much lingering.

M: Carbonated generously for a bubbly texture and big mouthfeel that suited the taste well, as the interplay of flavors was exhibited through the heavier body of this ale. Still, it maintained a light character as well, rather interestingly.

D: Complexity is the name of the game with this beer. By scaling back the tart side and keeping the oak at a minimum, it allowed this beer's other features to shine through. With a lot going on, it was also helped along by the mouthfeel and gentle aftertaste. For those looking to try a Wild Ale, I'd recommend this one, especially for a first go-round.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 23:06:29 | More by CharlieMopps
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4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle, 2013 vintage. Deep amber color, good clarity. Astounding lack of head, literally none aside from the bubbles that you get from pouring any liquid into a glass from any distance. No complaints, just true. Nice gentle bubbles.

It has aromas of tart cranberries, cherry, red grape or vinous character, leather, vinegar, and tart funky earthy notes. Of course it is tart and sour, but the acidity's restrained enough that I can, and want to, drink more. There is some sweet oak and malt in there too. But honestly, picking out any one flavor is pretty difficult. It is seriously well-balanced, and one of the best sours I've had to date. Fully intend to buy this again, hopefully of the same bottling run.

This is seriously delish.

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750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/8/2013. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cranberry, lemon zest, green apple, plum, raisin, red grape, caramel, leather, vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, clove, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, plum, raisin, red grape, caramel, leather, vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, clove, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, plum, raisin, red grape, caramel, leather, vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, clove, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of tart/fruity/funky yeast, oak, and dark malt flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately slick/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome sour red ale. All around great complexity and balance of tart/fruity/funky yeast, oak, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.