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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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1,563 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 131
Gots: 250 | 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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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 6/24/2011 served in a tulip, taken out of the fridge and poured half an hour later.

Flat ruby color with hints of caramel-like brown and orange. 1 finger head that dissapates fairly quickly down to a thin ivory sheet. Some stringy lacing left on the glass. A bit boozy on the nose with some vinous qualities, white wine coming to mind. Among the vinous aromas are some interesting earthy aromas of spicy caramel. Sweet to the nose as well with some dark cherries, raisins and other dark, even dried fruits. Very nice and aromatic.

Not overly sour, like biting into a lemon would be, but remeniscent of that. Not a lemon though, a sour cherry maybe, as it has a less citrusy vibe to it. The caramel holds the front of the palate down, keeping the sourness on the mild side while still letting it be a main component of the beer. There is a lightly bitter hop presence that makes its way through the sourness, even mingling with it, to be a reminder that this beer doesn't want to be two dimensional. It does a fine job of keeping some balance in this wild ale. Past the acidic qualities, this beer is pretty complex and nice to drink. Could use a bit more spritz in the mouthfeel to give that cleansing note. It finishes dry, but the carbonation is light, giving a too-smooth, unexciting feel.

I've never been a huge fan of incredibly sour treats and beers, but this beer does a good job of being somewhere in between. The caramel and touch of hops meet the sour fruitiness and a solid beer is the result. Definitely give it a try if you are trying to get into sour beers/wild ales as this one will have a fighting chance of not turning you off of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 04:03:05 | More by chodinheaven
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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.

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,563 ratings.