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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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1,565 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,565
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.

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

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep, semi-opaque burnt orange color with reddish accents in the wide-mouth goblet I'm pouring into. The head is lively and rocky, mimicking pie merange of a pale sand color. Some yeast particles are found in suspension in the glass despite a careful pour. Impressive appearance all the way around. Spots of thick lacing line the glassware as the beer's head recedes a bit. The nose is quite complex and openly betrays the fact that this beer has been aged in oak. Predominant notes of sweet rum, caramel, vanilla and spice. Despite what I've read elsewhere, I don't detect a lot of alcohol in the nose here. Mild sweet malts meet wild yeast and collaborate to make for an interesting, but slightly disjointed, combination of aromas. The palate is an expansion of the nose, hitting you with multiple flavor elements in a random attack of funk and smooth, mellowed malts. Although this beer is called a Biere de Garde, I'm not tracking with that descriptor at all. If anything, this is an odd oak-aged Flanders Red. The spicy aspects are nice and you can really taste the oak, but the constituent elements just don't quite come together for me. Very phenolic, but oddly flat at times. This beer has a bit of an identity crisis. Sufficiently carbonated, but a little thin feeling in the mouth. This improves slightly as th beer warms to ambient temperature, but still leaves something lacking. A respectable 7.2 ABV is hidden well beneath the oak and bitterness - the latter of which really lingers long on the palate. As a Biere de Garde, this misses the point. As a Flanders Red, this beer has a ton of potential and might synthesize flavors a little better given some additional aging in the bottle. I'd we willing to try this again, but would like to see it sit for a couple years and round the ragged edges. I've heard great things about Jolly Pumpkin beers. La Roja was my first sample of the Dexter, MI brewer's offerings. They didn't scare me off completely with this one, but I'd like to sample some of their other brews and hope for a little more continuity of flavor. I wanted to LOVE this beer, based on my preconceived notions, but it really didn't quite live up to the expectations I (likely unfairly) had in my mind. This was not the "oh my God!" beer I hoped it might be.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 18:42:48 | More by beerphilosopher
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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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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.