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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,737
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 143
Gots: 280 | FT: 23
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.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Milky white head with large bubbles, didn’t persist. Deep crimson red with with a slight marmalade orange hue. Hazy look when held to a light (after leaving the dregs in the bottle).

S: Medium funky brett with barn yard and wet hay. Cherry pie filling mixed with soft oak and a sweet tart bite. Balanced and complex. Mild toasty, pie crust melenoidins support the backbone.

T: Medium-low cherry tartness that leads to a hefty oak burst - clean, lumber like with slight vanilla. Funky brett character supplies complexity to the middle with hay, straw and grassy character. Pie crust, burnt toast and caramel round out the finish. The balance is on the side of the brett and oak with an overall mild sweetness.

M: Very low carbonation - nearly still. Light tannic quality with the level of oak coming through. The sourness gives the tongue a nice refreshing bite as its sipped.

O: A funkier, oakier version of the Flanders Red style. I enjoyed the complexity the brett provided through it would have been interesting too cellar this for longer.

guityler83, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Smell: brett yeast, lemon, red cherry. Seems to be very funky.
Taste is so good. Not so sour compared to traditional flanders ales. Light tartness, aromas of cherry and rasberry. Hint of lemon, oak and alcohol. Medium carbonation.
Bitterness is mild-sour, slightly bitter and moderated.
Another great beer by JP

Franck, Nov 14, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

Review Date: 9/7/14
Other notes: Blend 19. Bottled 5/12/14.

Appearance - 3.75/5
Color is a muddy red-brown-orange. Minimal head. Pretty hazy, but not completely opaque. Can see a good amount of small carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Overall, the look is okay. I was expecting the beer to be a little bit more red, given the name.

Smell - 4/5
Classic JP tart smells of tart apples, lemon. I also smell berries/red wine. Overall a very nice bouquet.

Taste - 4.5/5
JP tartness (tart apples, lemon), followed by more of a deeper, red wine-esque taste. It tastes different from what I remember the first time I had it this summer (don't know why). I like the taste today better. The beer is quite sweet, or the border of perhaps being too sweet. The beer definitely tastes like a classic JP beer, but with a more "red" taste. Yes, I am describing the taste using a color, but I don't know exactly how to describe what I perceive. I think it's the red wine and subtle berry flavors which create the "red" taste sensation. The beer also seems 'deeper' in taste than other JP beers. Overall, a great, rich, sour, sweet taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
The beer has a medium body, but the depth of the flavors make it seem like the body is more full. The carbonation is very very light, but I think if the carbonation was any higher, it would distract from the beautiful flavors of this beer. The beer is quite smooth. Due to the sweetness of the beer, there is perhaps a sugary-syrupy residue left in the mouth after drinking.

Overall - 4.2/5
This beer is really a great beer. It's sweet, sour, has depth of flavor, and moves nicely though the mouth. The main changes I would like would be for the beer to be more red in color, to bring out the red-wine/berry flavors a bit more, and to make the beer a bit less sweet and hopefully avoid some of the syrupy residue left in the mouth. Not a beer I would have all the time (it's also a bit pricy - $14 a bottle), but I will definitely get this again at some point.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

mchegash, Nov 11, 2014
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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,737 ratings.