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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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1,559 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,559
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 130
Gots: 247 | 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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biga7346

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Latest batch bottled in June. Poured into oversize tulip.

A - Rusty, brownish and very firm and clear like most JP beers. One finger head with some soapy lacing that dissipates pretty quickly.

N - Biscuity malts come at you with lemon peel acidity, puckering tartness with some white peppercorn, winey and spritzy along the lines of grape skin. Suggestions of boot leather, shoe polish and oak.

T/M - Thin up front followed by grape skin, lemon peel, very tart raspberries (especially as the beer warms) all rounded out on the palate with that great biscuit and breadiness, like rye bread or brown bread. The finish is fleeting but there is some tannin-like qualities that stick around. This is probably the most acidic JP beer in their regular lineup.

D - Roja doesn't get nearly the credit it deserves as one of the better, year-round and very available sour beers in the U.S. It's the closest thing I have to a traditional Belgian unblended lambic I have had from the states.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:39:35 | More by biga7346
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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,559 ratings.