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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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1,546 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 128
Gots: 242 | 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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jwff

Alaska

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich ruby with plum leanings. Nice head that recedes to the sides but laces nicely all the way down. Smell is nice, light sugary fruit (think canteloupe), sour funk, spicy yeast, a bit of wood, and some faint dark/rich malt. Of course the funk takes the center stage, but luckily it doesn't overpower. Really inviting.

Taste has the tart/sour bite, but the brown ale malts stand out quite a bit more. And even moreso as it warms to room temp. Really mellow sugar balances the funk with a positive (yes, positive) mild wood finish. Finishes clean and dry, with a last desperate sour rush on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good. Tartness up front is complimented with a dry finish. Sits a little funny in the stomach and would rather split the 750 with someone, but this is a solid beer. Let it warm up to really enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 03:36:02 | More by jwff
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

07-20-2014 06:38:30 | More by ambiguousfigures
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-19-2014 02:01:12 | More by kingston2
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California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-15-2014 05:33:20 | More by ChaseTheAce
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Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-15-2014 04:36:49 | More by Stillyman11
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-15-2014 01:38:39 | More by cheah
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-14-2014 02:03:42 | More by Spider889
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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-13-2014 16:15:44 | More by westlaunboy
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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
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Zydrunas


4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

07-11-2014 16:33:15 | More by Zydrunas
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macher0

Kentucky

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
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Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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mikejonze

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Illinois

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.