La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by beerphilosopher:
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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4/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-burgundy to slight amber color with a nice light tan head and some lacing
S-tart cherries, earthy oak, funk, light caramel and vinegar
T-tart cherries, vinous, oak, caramel, earthy, yeast funk, light malt, little vanilla
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly dry
O-enjoyable, but more reminiscent of a Flanders Red, nice overall balance
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 19:05:10 | More by MDDMD
4.69/5 rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This is one my favorite beers, especially flanders red. This review has been sitting around for a while, I'm just getting around to entering my review.
Blend 20, bottled 12-31-12.
A. Poured a dark amber-red color with a frothy, 2-finger, fine bubble head. Translucent. The head retreats to a fine bubble rim. As the beer sits, the head/rim is very minimal, but the ale stills has appreciable carbonation.
S. It starts off with a big whiff of JP yeast. Moderate tartness in the nose. Additional notes of fruits such as figs, plums, tart cherries, and cranberries. Moderate fragrance. Earthy. Neutral oak.
T. The taste comes across very similar to the nose. Their is a moderate tartness, but the hops bring a slight bitterness. The taste also has noticeable fruits, mainly dried-tart fruit. The taste has 2 main profiles: fruity tartness that gives way to a hoppy/fruit bitterness with an even neutral oak undertone.
M. Big-time smooth. Medium body, moderate to high carbonation.
O. An outstanding example of a Flanders, or sour ales in general. Belgium needs to take note. this is my favorite Jolly Pumpkin, mostly because it is widely available, very consistent, and solidly delicious. This is defiantly a session able ale. I highly recommend this beer and this is where I point someone who is new to sours.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 16:16:15 | More by macher0
La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.