La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by RixBeer:
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bright, cloudy, amber and 1 thin finger of cream-like head with fast popping bubbles as the head collapses into a very frothy looking head. Very inviting.
An awesome sourness with some nice yeasty wildness formally found in lambics and sours made with brett. For someone that likes sours, this beers smells great!
THe sourness is very bold up front with a decent amount of carbonation but not overwhelming by any means. I think that this beer could be more. The aroma suggests that it should be. Almost a sour, quiet wild and yet still tame enough and pedestrian enough that someone not into crazy wild sours would still appreciate. My favorite from this brewery so far.
Now I can say that the alcohol isn't present in the aroma, or taste but you can feel it. It warms the mouth, throat and yes, the soul. This is one warming beer I think would woop your ass if you stopped payin attention to how much you've had.
with a friend if you like...
Serving type: bottle
09-04-2008 01:19:21 | More by RixBeer
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3.83/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at ChurchKey in DC. From notes.
A - Poured a sort of amber colour with lot's of haze. OK carbonation with one finger of off white head. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.
S - Grapes, vanilla, oak, not too tart but it was there.
T - Tart grapes, cherry, wood, a bit subtle. Acidic, vinegar.
M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, dry and slightly tart finish. Body was a bit light for my liking.
O/D - This was good. A nice Flanders Red with good flavours and some complexity. Not boozy and fairly tasty. They flavour was subdued compared to other examples of the style, but for the most part this was enjoyable.
Serving type: on-tap
04-15-2014 23:59:29 | More by tbeckett
3.91/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750ml split 3 ways, no bottled on date here but I believe this is pretty fresh.
Appearance - Pours a translucent amber color with an off-white head of about 2 fingers to start. Ring, partial cap and bits of lace left.
Smell - Reminiscent of a tame Flanders red, easy-going but some sourness/funk. Brett, apple, cherry, earthy, farm, wine, some caramel/brown malt type tones.
Taste - Taste is more on the tart side, nice kind of combo of flanders red+funky saison flavors. White and red wine, some spice, bretty fruits (apple and grape), cherries, some funky and bready yeasts, light caramel, oak barrel, some earthy tones.
Mouthfeel - A bit on the thin side, medium-high carbonation, some booze showing through. Average drinkability.
Overall - Like many Jolly Pumpkin beers I've had - solid flavors while being somewhat lowkey, but kinda safe/unremarkable in the category of funky saisons/wild ales. That being said, it's still quite enjoyable, I especially liked the Flanders-esque elements in this one.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 00:33:56 | More by Chico1985
4.14/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottled on 12/0/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass
Pours a murky reddish brown with a tightly bubbled, 2 fingers tall, light tan head that quickly fizzles down to a mere puck on tap the of the beer. The head leaves light, sporadic blotches of lacing as it recedes.
Tart notes of cherry juice leap out of the glass immediately. Accompanying these notes of cherries is a slightly sharp, vinous acidity. Just before the acidity starts to get a tad acetic in the nose, a soothing layer of matured Brettanomyces comes into play; big notes of dried apricot, musty earth and damp high. The nose is a rounded out by a pleasant, gentle caramel malt backbone. As the beer warms, some woodsy vanilla undertones surface.
As soon as the beer lands on your palate, you're rushed by a blast of clean, lactic acidity with a strong cherry presence. Providing some welcome contrast to the tartness is some of the Brettanomyces character that was found in the nose; tones of apricot, sun worn leather and barnyard funk. The light stone fruit character takes hold of your palate though out the smooth, caramel driven malt backbone and tart, off dry finish. Long, lingering notes of cherries, lemon juice, dried apricot, sweet breads and a slight woodsy vanilla presence.
Nice full body for a sour, with moderate to high carbonation. Does have a slightly watery finish.
One of the few sour red ales that don't get overly acetic; I am particularly a fan of the apricot heavy brett character this beer showcases. Jolly Pumpkin does a fabulous job of balancing the sourness with a smooth malt backbone, as a sour red should. Want a fantastic, year round sour red ale? Look no further.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 03:01:17 | More by flayedandskinned
La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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