La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja last month for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I've had had this beer more than a few times and the first couple times I tried it I didn't care for it, but as of the last couple years I've been becoming more of a fan of Jolly Pumpkin and I thought it was due time I give this one a review, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 6/26/13. So it's almost 9 months old. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.
A- The label looks pretty nice, it's got a nice design to it and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a red amber color that took on more of ruby and crimson hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is pretty good looking beer, I thought the color was pretty nice.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some nice tart aromas being the first to show up and they blend with a nice fruit aroma that has a berry and cherry like aspect with just the right amount of sweetness to go with tartness. Up next comes the yeast which impart some nice funky aromas that remind me of brett with some barnyard like aromas coming through along with some earthy and wet hay like aromas. Towards the end comes the barrel which is pretty noticeable and it imparts a nice woody oak aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the tart berry aspect was pretty nice.
T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts with some sweet malt flavors in the background. Up next comes a nice amount of medium tartness with a nice berry flavor with some nice cherry like aromas also coming through and it's followed by the yeast that impart all the aspects that it did in the aroma. On the finish comes the barrel which imparts a nice woody oak flavor that shows up just enough with a little bit of tartness with a funky berry aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, all the aspects were balanced well, neither one was too overpowering.
M- Smooth, crisp, a little dry on the finish, a little refreshing, hardly acidic, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel that is just what I look for in these kind of beers.
Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a solid example of a American Wild Ale, it had just enough tartness to that is a little sour and it wasn't as acidic as some Wild Ales can beer so I thought the balance was pretty nice. This beer beer had very nice drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, not too acidic, a little refreshing, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, this is a nice beer to split, but I would have no problem drinking a whole bottle to myself and I think it would make for a good beer to enjoy when it's warmer outside. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, the balance, and the drinkability, those three things are what made this beer as good as it. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I could think that could improve this beer, but I wouldn't mind if it was a couple dollars cheaper. I would for sure buy this beer again and I would like to get a bottle to put in the cellar so I can see how it changes over time and I would recommend this to anyone who likes American Wild Ales and beers that are on the funky and tart side, it might even make for a good beer to introduce someone to the style. All in all I enjoyed this beer, that wasn't always the case, but now that I've got a taste for these types of beers I am really starting to appreciate how good and unique Jolly Pumpkin is. It's not my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer or American Wild Ale, but it's far away from being my least favorite. Good job guys, keep doing your thing Jolly Pumpkin.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 03:45:20 | More by StoutHunter
4.16/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11-29-11 bottling date into a tulip.
dark murky brown color, slight head. smell is slightly sour...its reminiscent of other jolly pumpkin beers and has that distinguished scent. taste starts out slightly tart and has a good amount of oak characteristics to it. funkiness has really mellowed out. mild body with mild carbonation.
another great sour from jolly pumpkin!
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 23:07:14 | More by Axnjxn
3.14/5 rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
750 mL bottle, poured into tulip.
A: Rich red amber color, minimal to absent head. Relatively transparent for an unfiltered beer.
S: Sour, oak, earth tones (which to me is wet leaves)
T: Underwhelming. I get little more than a dry tart on the front end with a mellow souring in the rear. Hoping for a little more fruit and some more funk. Oak, tannins, mild unidentifiable (cherry/plum?) sour fruit.
M: Light and crisp, mild carbonation.
O: Underwhelmed, neither fruity nor complex sour. The more I drink the more tannin I taste, as I finished the bottle I was left with the sense of a over-oaked flanders. It's not bad by any means, but I would recommend others in the same genre far earlier.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 23:35:09 | More by Copernicandream
La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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