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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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1,562 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 130
Gots: 248 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2004)
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PatYoda

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid reddish brown with a decent head that lasts for awhile and leaves some lacing. The smell is very interesting. A medicinal yeasty character comes out, but a grapefruity sourness and a peppery aroma are also there.

The taste is complex and unique. At first, when the beer was cooler, the thick bready and caramelly malt came out more, but now as it warms, the malt is still there, but I do get some sourness as well. Some apricot makes an appearance, and there's also a spiced rum flavor. In the finish, a pure hoppy bitterness takes over and combines with the medicinal flavor to create a somewhat unpleasant biting sensation. This would have definitely been a 4.5 besides that.

I'm definitely also enjoying the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 23:19:07 | More by PatYoda
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Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Maryland

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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1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

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Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-27-2014 12:14:55 | More by blakkorchid
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California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-26-2014 03:52:40 | More by roobtheloob
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Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Soft subtle sourness with an obvious wild funk added in. Soft viscous feel, never too syrupy and almost finishes dry. Aftertaste leaves something to be desired....

Soft subtle sourness with an obvious wild funk added in. Soft viscous feel, never too syrupy and almost finishes dry. Aftertaste leaves something to be desired....

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Washington

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.