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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 129
Gots: 240 | 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.

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dismal

Illinois

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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goatgoat

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Batch 11.2009.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy ruddy copper, thin tan head that falls within a moment. Aroma is tart and crisp, moderate fruit and a subtle wood note. Taste is a clean tartness all throughout. There's a very light funk that may just be wishful thinking. There's a dry, puckering finish with a harsh bitter in the back of the mouth.

I'm still not good with the subtleties of sours, though this brew is light on the wood, which I prefer. It's a good evening drink after a day in the low 90's. But while the sour aspects of this type of wild is nice, I'm still looking for more funky, musty, barnyard American brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 23:56:28 | More by goatgoat
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle (Blend 2, bottled 3-10-10). Poured directly into my Smuttynose snifter in two parts. Served slightly chilled and allowed to cool to room temperature over an hour and a half.

Appearance: Amber to brown with a lot of haze throughout. Very noticable that this is unfiltered (especially during the second pour). One finger beige that quickly recedes. The second pour seemed a lot dark than the first.

Aroma: Tart green apple and lemon notes are the aggressive notes upfront. Some nice caramel and some hop bitterness as well. A little funk comes in at the end too.

Taste: The green apple and lemon provide ample amounts of sour notes upfront. As it warmed, the background flavors became a lot more in your face. Rather strong hop astrigency and bitterness plays nicely with some caramel notes. The funk is not overpowering either. Relatively balanced all around.

MouthfeeL: Light bodied and smooth overall. Slightly carbonated as well. Goes down very easily.

Drinkability: The ABV really is not noticable throughout. Also goes down very smoothly. Overall, very drinkable.

Overall, a nicely balanced wild ale that showcases some really nice tart flavors but also has really nice balance. The hop notes did seem a bit much for this type of beer at points, but it mostly worked as a positive to let the sour notes shine. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 23:38:22 | More by Gosox8787
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my De Dolle large snifter glass. Pours a reddish brown in color, not completely hazy...but has some floaties. Head is slighly creamy and off-white, about a finger in height with semi-aggressive pour. Head dissipates relatively quick and leaves pretty much no lacing...just a few fizzy bubbles.

Aroma is fantastic! I haven't been thrilled with most Jolly Pumpkins, but this one is starting off great. Awesome tart and funky notes, distant earthy/spiciness.

Flavor is not what I was hoping for. This is one beer I can tell will only get better with age. Brett will do this beer wonders. By the way, this perticular beer was bottled in April of this year(2 months ago). Tart and funk elements are very faint. Oak and earthy! There's an odd bland aspect about halfway through the flavor. Starts decent, blands out...and then finishes tart and dry. The late aftertaste is the best part! Slight lemon and cirtus. Carbonation is relatively weak, light and crisp mouthfeel. Once again, I feel this beer needs age...will definitely revisit!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 03:52:29 | More by ShadesOfGray
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

A- A very deep burgundy that has a decent amount of haze to it and lets no light in. A big two finger head that sticks around forever and leaves great lacing as well. A very nice looking beer.

S- Smells wild to me. Sour cherries and grapes. A little bit of a bready character presumably from the yeast. A little bit of sugary sweetness.

T- Nice dark fruits, cherries and a smooth oak. You can definitely pick up the wild yeast strains. A little like champagne.

M- This is where the beer perplexes me. It is sour initially but then completely smooths out. Medium to lighter bodied that is very crisp.

D- Not mouth puckering sour but has a nice bite. Really good flavor and very crisp with some good pronounced flavors. I will be looking forward to other Jolly Pumpkin offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 03:26:45 | More by Wisconsinality
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buschbeer

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 1, 2010

I poured from my 750ml bottle into my glass and got a thin off white head. It is dark amber to copper in color. The aroma is green apple and some tart cherry. The taste is sour/tart fruit focusing on cherries. It's sweet for a split second before the sourness kicks in. It finishes with a musty/moldy taste. The cherry taste really sticks to my lips. It has a growing welcoming affect on me. The more I drink, the more I want of it. The tartness seems to overtake the musty taste as I continue to drink. This is style that I have very limited experience with but I could see it growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:37:27 | More by buschbeer
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

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

a 750ml bottle at the Beer Bistro. I tried to find a date on the bottle but i couldn't find one.

A: Very appetizing. wispy head sticks around and leaves thin lace all over. (4.5)

S: cherries, sour fruits, oak, some residual sugars, some funky yeast as well. lovely (4.0)

T: Sour cherries and fruits up front, more oak, lingering complexity. Nice and funky. one to reflect on. Not much alcohol at all. could be easily mistaken for a %5.0 (4.0)

M: Medium bodied. champagne like carbonation. not too harsh. (4.0)

D: I had every drop of my 750ml and I could have easily had another. Even with the somewhat high alcohol this is moderately session-able.(4.5)

Conclusion - A drink that goes quite well by itself, but paired with my "hog wild" pizza and Belgian frites proves this is a great beer to accompany and stand up to some heavy dishes. Due to price, this is now my go-to sour beer at the beer bistro.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 15:20:12 | More by uno99
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shark262

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 12/2008 Blend.

A: Hazy med-brown to copper. Small, off-white head. Moderate carbonation.

S: Cherry sweetness, green apple, earthiness and funk, slight oak, little to no hop aroma, no diacetyl.

T: Hits the palate with a well-attenuated tartness. Oak is more noticeable in taste than in the aroma. Alcohol warmth. Some dark fruit flavors and smoke seem present. Slight horse blanket taste.

M: Med carbonation. Highly attenuated and therefore not viscous or thick. Crisp and slightly mouth-puckering, but overall refreshing.

D: Refreshing with fruity flavors working nicely on the palate. Wild ale characteristics are present but not overpowering.

Overall a very tasty beer. The beer's appearance is not too inviting, but I soon move past that once smelling and tasting. Likely had a complex grain bill, but the hard-working yeast(s) have made this brew highly-attenuated and crisp with not much residual sweetness. I could see myself drinking La Roja in the winter or summer months.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 19:05:43 | More by shark262
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TrueRates

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Bottled 4.23.10. Murky copper color (much like an apple cider) but really looked like an oude bruin. Musty aroma with sour green apple, lots of wild yeast, soured cherry, green raison, and a faint nose of old hops. Taste is semi-tart with more green apple and lots of earthy red malt. Great moderate acidity that makes this dangerously drinkable. A 750ml is perfect for me. A 12oz. just wouldn't be enough. Congrats to Ron Jeffries and thanks for making this readily available at so many liquor stores.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:30:47 | More by TrueRates
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rwf08

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Hazy caramel amber color. Thin white head with many many tiny little bubbles. head doesn't stay around too long. No lacing.

S: Communion wine smell. Tart, earthy, musty, some funk on the end. Not much else going on.

T: Winey, some wood. Mild tartness but not near the mouth puckering I'd had hoped for. A bitter astringent finish.

M: Thin with lots of carbonation. What I would expect but this just seems very seltzer like. I assume from the lack of flavor not just the thinness and carb.

D: Well I could finish this one but I wouldn't buy another. In the words of Jim Carrey "eh...I've had better". I'll just stick with La Folie until I can find something better.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 22:14:56 | More by rwf08
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blend 13, 2008

The appearance was a dark amber, with a little half finger head. The lacing on the side of the glass was medium, the beer just gives off a wild look.

The smell is interesting, as most wilds are. Such an odd funk, bitter wine and vinegar. Sour apples and grapes. This is just like the taste. Sour apples is the most overwhelming taste. It has a dry mouthfeel, just like wine. Orange peel flavor also. Vinegar is not a overwhelming taste, but it lingers after the brew is swallowed. The oak is tasted with the sour apples, gives it a smoother earthy taste.

Good brew, low drinkability because it is so funk and sour that I could not gulp it. I would only want one also. I do no know, I thought it was worth a try and the alcoholic 7.2 is hidden well. Enjoyable.

J

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:56:10 | More by Jmoore50
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25.4 oz bottle into 25cl Leffe glass.

Pours with an effervescent but minimal beige head that hangs out for a while, and fades to permafilm. Body appears amber brown, but when held to the light, looks like a burning sunset. Plenty of floaties, too.

Aromas are nice - tart grape skins dominate, with some sweet spices and a light vinegar. Very welcoming.

Flavor is plenty earthy, with a lite caramel sweetness; Some oak/vanilla in the background, and an overall decent sour pucker. Unfortunately, there's not as much flavor as suggested in the aroma.

Relatively thin on the palate, with a high carbonation that leaves a crisp bite - but maybe too much so.

Fairly refreshing drinkability overall, and not over the top in any category of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 19:03:30 | More by BeerImmediately
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have always seen this bottle on shelf but have never tried until last night.
I was excited to see an American Wild Ale from the midwest and was hoping to find a good and easy to find substitute for the Cali wilds. I was a little dissappointed.

Pours a mahogany red type color with a nice head. The aroma is a sublte sourness along with some fruity and boozy notes. The initial taste is something akin to a watered down Supplication. It is just not sour enough in my opinion. The mouthfeel was light/medium.

Maybe with time it would get a little more sour but in my book this beer is just ok. Not sure if I would pay the $10 again or nto for a bottle. Rather just trade for a Supplication.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 12:35:59 | More by kbutler1
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Pahn

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. No bottled on date that I could find.

Appearance: Careful pour out of the mildly gushing bottle yields a one inch, fluffy offwhite head that dissipates slowly, leaving streaks and spots of long-lasting lacing. Pours a semi-opaque somewhat dark amber. Leaves nice spots, islands, and streaks of lacing.

Smell: Rather tart with some vinegar. Not too sour, with notes of apple and some other fruits and spices. Good balance of smells.

Taste: Again, tart, with mostly sour apple and a mildly funky finish. There's a hint of caramel up front before everything goes sour. Very light oak influence. Some nice flavors develop in the aftertaste... mostly various fruits. Pleasant flavor, but not very well balanced. I would like everything to be a bit more pronounced. It reminds me of fresh Victory Old Horizontal, in that there's a lot going on, but one of those things (for Old Horizontal, alcohol bite, for La Roja, tartness) is way more dominant than the others. It's nice to get those hints of pear and oak and caramel and funk, but this is on the lighter side of the word 'hint'.

To put it another way, the tartness and sourness are not very in your face. It's just that all the other things are so faint. All the flavors are good, and they work well together, but they are just too out of proportion. The taste is kind of bland, but it's above 3.0 because the little things that are happening are quite good.

Mouthfeel: Really nice; creamy, soft carbonation, on the fuller side of medium-bodied.

Drinkability: This beer is certainly easy to drink, and I'd be happy to try different batches (I'd expect this beer is different, for better or worse, with a few years on it as well). Would I buy the beer I'm tasting right now with any regularity? Probably not.

This beer is difficult to review. It smells great, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. The flavor doesn't contain a single note that turns me off, and some sips even have bursts of really good things. Yet, in the end I find the flavor to be a little lacking. It's a quality beer, but I can't really see what recommends it over other readily available wilds. It does pique my interest in other Jolly Pumpkin offerings though.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 01:56:12 | More by Pahn
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle pours a dark ruby with a decent amount of foam using the Chimay glass. Had little floaties in the first pour, and don't see any in the second. Smell is of sour fruits, and the taste follows suit with a spicy caramal kind of finish. Goes down quite smooth and is very easy to drink. No hint of the abv% in this one. I was expecting this to be over the top sour, but I was pleasently suprised. Glad I finally tried Jolly Pumpkin.

Had this about two years after the first review. I'm in love with sours now and was very glad to pick this up again. tastes slightly sour with some good tart in the finish. Good mouthfeel and dark fruits coming through as well. Really loved this beer the second time around. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 22:57:12 | More by WeedKing4
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tmgiddings

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Crown Liquors #6 - This beer pours dark amber with minimal white head. Aroma is green apple and vinegar with roasted malt undertones. Taste is salty and sour with white grapes, green apples, and some bready malt. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 23:47:41 | More by tmgiddings
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phishisphunk

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Blend 4, 2009. Poured into an oversize wine glass.

A: Certainly very amber in appearance. Reminded me of Bigfoot, but not quite as thick in appearance. Has some beautiful ruby red hues when held up to light. But generally light brown/copperish. Mild, tan head retention that leaves a soapy lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet and sour. Some candied fruit, maybe sour cherries. Vinegar, funk, earthiness. Mild ammonia.

T: Some hay, straw. Lots of sour and tartness barreling through. Nice dry, lingering finish. Pretty reminiscent of Jolly Pumpkin's beers. The barrel aging and brett seem to create a similar profile with their beers.

M: Amazing. A very effervescent mouthfeel, similar to champagne. Tickles your lips and tongue.

D: The ABV is almost absent in this beer. No heat what so ever. Very easy drinking for fans of sours. I easily polished off the bottle.

Overall, a very focused beer. Not a lot of complexity going on. Very precise. Another great selection from JP, and one I hope to pick up again soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:56:36 | More by phishisphunk
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750 mL bottle (Blend 13, 2009) into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Reddish brown amber with pinkish hues, it poured with a big creamy head that died to a nice lace with a collar.
S: Earthy cranberry with walnut malts and funky apple raspberry. The roasted malts (chocolate and caramel) are very mild, but present. It smells like roses with red wine alcohol.
T: Caramel bread with some chocolate malts, sour cranberry, rose, and red wine. Earthy bitter green hops linger with the fruit.
M: Slightly syrupy, creamy and frothy with a crisp twang.
D: Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:06:00 | More by ne0m00re
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, minimal head, reddish brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: vinegar and cherries

Taste: sweet and tart cherries with vinegar

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet but very tart, light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: I really like this beer and could have several glasses. Just amazing. This is nice and tart. The cherries and the sour really mesh well. Cannot wait to try another Jolly Pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 15:17:21 | More by tigg924
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 5, 2009

A - Pours a cloudy chocolate covered cherry red/brown color with a 1 inch head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap. The lacing is somewhat little on this beer.

S - Smells of sour fruits (cherry), vinegar (balsalmic maybe), and funky yeast/bacteria.

T - Tastes like it smells. Tart sour cherries, balsalmic vinegar, and funk all blend together. Very tasty.

M - Beer has good carbonation, so it is pretty smooth. It leaves a coating of funk taste in the mouth (not a bad thing).

D - Very, very good. I am very glad I picked this one up. However, at $11.99 a bottle I will save this one for a once in a while drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 22:08:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a White Birch glass. The beer pours a murky copper/amber color with a muddy brown center. There is a thick frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves a sticky white lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is tart fruit, cherries, green apples and some pears up front. The fruit is followed by a quick hint of caramel that leads to hay, bleu cheese, oak and some fresh cut grass hop characters.

The taste mirrors the smell, but is kind of underwhelming. The tart cherries are present, but not very tart, and the pears and green apples are mild but present. The caramel sweetness overwhelms the tart fruit for a second before ushering in the hay, oak and tart cherries on the finish. Throughout the taste, there is an artificial lemon flavor that is a bit unpleasant. It is not a tart, fresh lemon quality, but a concentrated cheap lemon.

The beer is very well carbonated for the style, and it is nice and light bodied. The flavors are mild, but well balanced. There is a nice dry finish and the alcohol is never present. Overall an average wild ale, but nice for something so accessible.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 23:52:51 | More by rpstevens
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 4/17
Blend 7, 2008

A: This beer pours a murky, ruddy deep reddish brown with a ridiculous 3 inch of foamy head. This one gushed after the first pour. Head recedes slowly leaving thick coating of lacing.

S: Nose is of tart caramel and tart fruit - apple, pear and cherries, a hint of oak, and a bit of funk.

T: Taste starts with a tart, puckering sour cherry flavoring, but lends to a bit of oaked cherry flavoring. Tartness eases up with a bit of apple and pear, caramel malts. Finish has a bit of funk to it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, a touch prickly on the tongue, with dry finish

D: Decently blended beer, goes down relatively well, as I am just getting in to the sours and wilds, this is an interesting beer, but I've had a few others that I may opt for first before this.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 14:30:06 | More by Jayli
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper/brown with a monster head that sticks around forever. Pour very slowly.

The aroma is tart and herbal/grassy, with some citrus notes reminiscent of apples and pears.

The flavor is quite musty, with a bit of an odd chapstick quality on the front palate. The finish is light pears, cobwebs, and some clove. Kind of boring, and it feels like it is missing a layer of sourness to bring balance to the funk.

The body is medium and carbonation is high but soft. Drinkability is average...this goes down easy but doesn't really interest me at all. Decent, but not worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 04:15:47 | More by alcstradamus
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crossovert

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2010 blend 2.

Pours a brownish/amber/red with a slightly pinkish white head that is large and foamy. The head leaves some lacing.

This one is really fragrant. It has an overlaying oak/funk. It is quite funky smelling, and i have recently had Cantillon. It has a bit of vinegar sourness and some fruit.

It has a nice tartness that lingers on the tongue, with cherries and oak being the main flavors. The yeast twang, citrus, vinegar, and sourness also are in the taste. It isn't overly sour.

It is an okay beer but it perhaps lacks cohesiveness.

Blend 17. 9-16-2011.

This one is a lot better than the first. Nice tart cherriness like before but this time the oak is really up front with some nice vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 03:00:38 | More by crossovert
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muttyd

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Copper/amber body. No head, just a thin ring.

S - Oak, caramel, sour fruits, and a slight yeasty/bacteria funk aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malts dominate the palate up front, followed by a moderate sourness as it moves across the tongue. Oak/vanilla flavors come through more as the beer warms up and in the finish. Not as strong as a sour/astringent finish as I was expecting, but still a pleasant sour finish.

M - Creamy, silky smooth on the tongue. Little to no carbonation.

D - Very solid brew, wish it had more carbonation to really bring out those aromas, but enjoyable none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 00:43:48 | More by muttyd
La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,529 ratings.