La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by ludachris:
4/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Just shy of a finger's worh of cream coloured, whispy head rests on top of its rich rusted orange body which looks very enticing. Dots of lace slowly slide down the sides of the glass.
Well rounded and soft is the nose. A pronounced but unoffensive sour tartness is the first thing I pick out which can most likely be attributed to the brett. Candied sour cherries and tart green grape skins give the nose a spritzy fruitiness. Wet hay is spread thinly in the background.
Sour and tart sensations quickly center themselves on the middle of the tongue. Just like the nose, these attributes aren't offensive in any way. Sour cherries, green grape skins, dried apricots, and plums make for a tasty and refreshing fruit melange. The sweetness from the fruit fades in the finish allowing for the sourness from the brett have the final say with a swift dry kick.
Well rounded, prickly, and dry are all fitting adjectives when it comes to describing the feel. With the 7.2% ABV I was expecting the body to be a tad heavier but light to medium, where it naturally sits, adds to its drinkability.
A well crafted beer but for me, not overly impressive. It was well rounded, tamed, and easy to drink which make it perfect for an intro to the style. I wanted a bit more "umph" in the flavour department but I still found it enjoyable nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2012 01:50:04 | More by ludachris
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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
4.14/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottled on 12/0/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass
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.
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.
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.
Nice full body for a sour, with moderate to high carbonation. Does have a slightly watery finish.
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 03:01:17 | More by flayedandskinned
La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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