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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 145
Gots: 291 | FT: 21
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2004

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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Photo of Liverocks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Theortiz01
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of battlekow
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Barrel Aged & Bottle Conditioned"

Quite a cloudy and dark reddish color, near brown. Smells strongly of brown sugar, with some fruity undertones. I like the phrase Dirtyrhamb used, "rum-soaked fruits," for the taste. Vinuous, fruity with apples and cherries, with strong flavors of oak and vanilla. Don't really get much hoppiness. Lots of barrel aging flavors in the finish. You know what? I like this beer a lot, great to hang out with and sip. The flavor doesn't really jump out at you, but it's complex and enjoyable.

Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of twkirkby
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DCdevyl78
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Brian700
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice brown with a small head that stuck around for a good time. The lacing was there but was minimal.

The smell was nice and malty and had light peppery notes.

The taste was nice and sweet with some spiciness mixed in there. Smaller hop adition was nice and kept the malt one step ahead.

The mouthfeel was good. Medium body and medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Can't wait to have this one again.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce serving purchased at Ryan and Casey.

My first Wild Ale, and seems to be a new breed, all the other reviews, albeit 11 as I type, are all from 12 ounce serving. Extremely active right out of the bottle, a little overflow as I let it settle, not to bad though. Laces all the way down as I tilt, nice consistent head.

Smell is out of this world. Melons, lime, lemon, hints of green grapes, and fresh cut grass. Each individual characteristic intensifies and or lesson through the life of the pour.

Mouthfeel is a bit odd. Very sour, and puckering, lacking some barrel aged smokiness that I love in this technique. Sours over power much of the goodness that is found, only with intentional sophistication on the tongue.

Interesting, I'd like to try other Wild Ales, but they seem so hard to get.

Photo of SourAddict
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Enochase04
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vengeance526
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark reddish brown color with a small tan head that lasts for a good while and leaves some good lacing.

Smells strongly of vinegar and sour cherries upfront along with a lot of spice and yeast.

Taste hits with a lot of sour fruit, cherries and raspberry being most prominent. Some green apple is also present shortly after along with more bready tones, some caramel and again a spicy, yeasty finish.

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this was a little strange but enjoyable nonetheless. Not something I'd be stocking up on, but the one bottle was good, and not much of a chore to get through.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into chalice

A: A dark brown and reddish color with a small head

S: Very wine like, I don't like to describe beers like that, but the tartness and fruit notes I am getting remind me very much of that

T: Again similar to smell, oak aging is very noticeable which is a good thing, you can taste the wood, the flavors are a little more developed than the smell, but it is along the same lines, some tart fruit mainly

M: Definite dryness as I was expecting, works well for the rest of the flavors

D: Not low, but this is a style of beer that wouldn't be a session beer or anything, it is average for this style

Notes: My first Jolly Pumpkin beer and I liked it. I will need to pursue some more oak aged beers. I like the flavor that it imparts to the beer that is already there. That being said, this beer wasn't super impressive, but still a good beer.

Photo of ricke
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruby colored with some orange hues. Slightly hazy. A big dense but still quite fluffy head with an off-white, almost yellowish, color stays around for quite a while. Good lacings.

S: A rather fine-tuned smell, with some faint champagne-like characteristics. Plenty of fruity aromas (mostly ripe apples). Some vinegar. Sweet chocolate. General pleasant tart notes. Plenty of funk going on as well - wet hay, dirt and horse blanket. Some phenols. An interesting smell to say the least.

T: Not as rich as the smell actually. Fruitiness (sweet cherries and currants, tart apples) and a semi-harsh funkiness (horse blanket, stable). Grass, chocolate, yeast, barrel notes, and dry earth. The finish is semi-dry with notes of green apples, grapes, some alcohol, faint medicinal phenols and a floral bitterness.

M: Medium body and the beer is quite dry from start to finish. The carbonation is rather prominent at fist but it calms down after a while. Actually, the beer undergoes a positive development throughout the journey, it opens up and gets a better overall expression.

D: This is a very good and interesting beer, but not exceptional. The smell outweighs the taste, which is kind of a shame. And as notes, it got better after a while in the glass. Would definitely have it again if it was offered.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of PaulUH
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of muletrane
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #6 bottled 5/3/11

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Ommegeddon glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark cherry colour with little to no head. Lots of bubbles floating to the top.

S: Sour cherry and some dry champagne like notes. Just a flutter of yeasty funkiness. Some oakiness in there as well. Very pleasant.

T: More oak flavor comes out in the taste up front. Sour cherry in the finish. Bone dry and tart.

M: Slightly thin and medium to low carbonation. Not as soft and pillowy as I hoped. Once again bone dry, wich I like.

Overall this a nice beer with a really nice flavor and nose. Slightly lacking in the look and mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass the beer was a dark orange/amber color with a healthy slightly off-white head that was fluffy and retained well. Lots of carbonation fed the head and some nice chucky lacing throughout the sample.

The nose was sour upfront. Very nice! Exactly what I expected from others comments on the beer. A yeasty and funky nose typical of Belgian and Belgian styled sour beers.

The taste reveals its tartness first as a quick sourness then takes over the palate. Not overpowering but rather well balanced and delicate. This does not overwhelm the palate with sourness or tartness but rather a delicate mix of both. The taste finished with a little yeasty and phenolic end with ample carbonation. Some traces of alcohol make an appearance but well balanced with a malty undertone perfectly interjected with a sour finish. Some cherries show up and also lend to balance and tartness.

Medium body, firm and malty base offset slightly with ample carbonation and a nice puckering sour cherry finish.

It's very nice to see some great sour beers. The are satisfying and quenching and deliver eveything I look for especially in the summer. This one is a solidly balanced example. It does not over power in any one aspect and its finish balances its body perfectly. Very well done with La Roja.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,789 ratings.