La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by dismal:
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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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
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
04-08-2014 00:33:56 | More by Chico1985
La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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