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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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1,415 Ratings
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Ratings: 1415
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%


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 dismal:
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dismal

Illinois

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

This bottle is labeled on the back with "blend 3 2008". Poured into a snifter. Leaves pretty decnet lacing down the glass. The appearance is a dark orangish brown with a big very light brown head. The smell is yeasty/bread, sourness, zesty, spices, a bit of sweetness almost like vanilla probably from the oak, I can also pick up some oak once it starts to warm up, and an array of fruits. The taste is has some of the same attributes. Tart and sour, spices, bready, some kinds of fruits I'm not sure what kinds but they are there. Kind of zesty, lemon stands out but I know there is more to it. The mouthfeel is pretty good and the alcohol is not there at all. Pretty drinkable, kind of sour but it's not terribly bad. I've been curious about this one for a long time and am happy I finally opened it up. Pretty good overall, I'd pick it up again especially if it was fresh so I could taste it to compare.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 00:06:15 | More by dismal
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Chico1985

Massachusetts

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

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Michigan

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Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/0/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4)
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.

Aroma: (4.25)
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.

Taste: (4.25)
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.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Nice full body for a sour, with moderate to high carbonation. Does have a slightly watery finish.

Overall: (4)
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.

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.