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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 131
Gots: 249 | FT: 24
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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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AbbeyNORML

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-03-2011 15:33:28 | More by AbbeyNORML
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JSkone09

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.4%

07-20-2012 01:06:50 | More by JSkone09
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Jamison85

Indiana

5/5  rDev +24.4%

09-04-2013 21:55:43 | More by Jamison85
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GennyCreamAle

New York

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-24-2011 02:07:08 | More by GennyCreamAle
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Brew33

Ohio

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-17-2011 18:07:11 | More by Brew33
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Hoopman

Michigan

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-26-2011 14:53:16 | More by Hoopman
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BeerArchivist

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-18-2011 06:09:03 | More by BeerArchivist
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KGarrett

New York

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-18-2011 23:49:40 | More by KGarrett
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EagleRare

Maine

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-03-2011 07:03:50 | More by EagleRare
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cl3

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +24.4%

08-16-2013 18:59:28 | More by cl3
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smithmd4

New York

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-27-2011 05:48:50 | More by smithmd4
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afsdan

Colorado

5/5  rDev +24.4%

04-23-2014 21:52:59 | More by afsdan
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Ryan1423

Alaska

5/5  rDev +24.4%

07-08-2012 18:21:30 | More by Ryan1423
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thickgirth

Michigan

5/5  rDev +24.4%

10-25-2013 02:43:06 | More by thickgirth
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drbenderdo

Michigan

5/5  rDev +24.4%

05-13-2013 00:55:53 | More by drbenderdo
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TriGuy20

Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-24-2011 01:16:51 | More by TriGuy20
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smarcoly

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-15-2011 21:45:03 | More by smarcoly
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle down at Total Wine in DE. Heard some great things about this beer so I opened it to enjoy during this year's Winter Classic. Go Flyers!

A: pours a murky amber with finger wide head. Head fades down to a thin lacing. Sticker on bottle says "Blend 8 - bottled on 6/10/2011".

S: mild to moderate sourness. Subtle oak, caramel, some spiciness, with a nice floral bouquet which reminds me of an elegant red wine.

T: moderate sourness with an acetic vinegar like quality that carries a red grape like taste. Superb.

M: sour with a nice bitter bite. Feels moderately full. After my second fill in my snifter, I'm feeling the alcohol but it neither smells nor tastes like 7.2% ABV.

O: a fantastic American wild ale. Can't believe I didn't try out JP's offerings before this. Will definitely check out more and will revisit this one again when I'm yearning for a sour ale that's both available and somewhat affordable.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 21:14:34 | More by jwhancher
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jthahn

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber, poured into a snifter. Blend 14,2009.

A - a lovely read shade, the beer is quite clear and free of sediment.

S - reminds me of supplication. Light wine notes, as well as cherries. Wonderful smell.

T - crisp with a great amount of sourness. This is certainly a tart beer but very refreshing.

M - again very crisp. The beer is light but does a lot of work on your mouth. The sourness means the beer lingers fpr a while.

D - a bomber is easy to put away. This beer is light with excellent flavro and aroma, perfect for multiple drinks.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 21:23:10 | More by jthahn
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

La Roja! I am constantly amazed that a beer of such quality is consistently available to me at a reasonable price. I've had old bottles, young bottles and from the tap and each one is a god damned treat.

Pours a ruby red with brown highlights, a white wisp of foam on top with grapefruit and candy sugar aroma wafting off. The flavor is top notch, some Germanic malts, mineral salts and grapefruit rind, some hop aromatics, some love and care.

Each blend has highlights, each batch some variance. Blend 10 from 2012 is particularly superb with candy sugar notes and a delicate tartness buoyed by funky breath. God damn if it doesn't just get me all hot and bothered.

Jolly Pumpkin, marry me.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:45:11 | More by olympuszymurgus
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thelagerheads

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

La-RRRooow-haaa! I say it multiple times in conjunction with any thought of Le Jolly Punkie. It gets me excited for some reason. I've actually day-dreamed about their brews due to their distinct and original spices, tang and the extreme quality of the product. It's like fresh milk refrigerated in the cow's udder that you can tap your lips into. I also have a tic where I will only buy directly from the brewery so this limits my consumption to a few bottles monthly.

This is an explosive cherry-berry dyed henna with sour bursts. The alkie content is elevated and a cranberry cocktail bomb explodes from the foamscud and makes ruin of the common lot beer and lambics as well. Fresh fresh fresh in your mouth like a miniature Hiroshima making fruit-spice armageddon. Ron Jeffries will make a drunk of me yet.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 17:46:29 | More by thelagerheads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark amber color with foamy white head. Excellent aroma of oak, whiskey, vanilla, sour cherry, wood and dark fruit. Oak whiskey flavor along with sour cherries and dark fruit are an amazing compliment to its spicy amber flavor. Amazing!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 23:09:04 | More by corby112
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ImusBeer

Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a wonderful lightly spiced beer. I poured a dark amber with off white head of about two finger. As it died down a small amount always was on the surface. There was a small amount of lacing as well.
The smell was all Spices, nutmeg and coriander mainly with some citrus. The tast was also citrus spice malt & nutmeg with a very carbonated mouthfeel. At 750ml is just too much but what bliss, I also have to mention that I had list at a pub and paid over $25 USD.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 04:59:26 | More by ImusBeer
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frazbri

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown body with a high tan head. Aroma of oak, apple, apricot, and vanilla. Flavors of vanilla, oak, black curran, and bourbon.

I was at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Festival and saw the listing for Jolly Pumpkin. I had visions of pumkin ales and other kitche brews. I passed it by... big mistake. The labeling and beer names may be jolly and jovial, but this is serious beer. Its been a long time since I've had a beer that blew me away. La Roja did. All Hail Jolly Pumpkin!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 02:16:49 | More by frazbri
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle

A: Deep hazy amber with a chunky tan head, good lacing and good head retention

S: Great aroma, sweet and sour, apples, caramel, caramel apples, some yeast and other fruit. Excellent!

T: Sour, apple skin, dry finish, yeasty, no hint of alcohol, slight bitterness, again: Excellent!

M/D: Mild amount of carbonation, full bodied, creamy texture, really drinkable but a sipper.

This is probably the best beer I have ever had (at the time of writing) and I am very impressed with what Jolly Pumpkin has made here.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 00:46:47 | More by NCSUdo
La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.