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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,826
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 154
Gots: 300 | FT: 22
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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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Ratings: 1,826 | Reviews: 770
Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just shy of a finger's worh of cream coloured, whispy head rests on top of its rich rusted orange body which looks very enticing. Dots of lace slowly slide down the sides of the glass.

Well rounded and soft is the nose. A pronounced but unoffensive sour tartness is the first thing I pick out which can most likely be attributed to the brett. Candied sour cherries and tart green grape skins give the nose a spritzy fruitiness. Wet hay is spread thinly in the background.

Sour and tart sensations quickly center themselves on the middle of the tongue. Just like the nose, these attributes aren't offensive in any way. Sour cherries, green grape skins, dried apricots, and plums make for a tasty and refreshing fruit melange. The sweetness from the fruit fades in the finish allowing for the sourness from the brett have the final say with a swift dry kick.

Well rounded, prickly, and dry are all fitting adjectives when it comes to describing the feel. With the 7.2% ABV I was expecting the body to be a tad heavier but light to medium, where it naturally sits, adds to its drinkability.

A well crafted beer but for me, not overly impressive. It was well rounded, tamed, and easy to drink which make it perfect for an intro to the style. I wanted a bit more "umph" in the flavour department but I still found it enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of bthomas
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

Blend 22 (bottled 12/12/11).
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Dark, murky reddish-brown (more on the red side) with a lively tan head full of large bubbles.

S: Mild horsey wild yeast, vinous oak, sour grape, ripe cherry. Smells nice.

T: Quick oak-laced fruity sweetness gives way to a moderately-puckering sour grape and cherry, which builds and then fades, leaving a pleasant lingering sourness along with smooth lactic yeast and oak in the finish. Ghostly breath of sweet caramel malt in the finish as well.

M: Medium-bodied with a nice bit of carbonation pushing up the sourness.

O: A very nicely balanced American sour. Very drinkable without sacrificing that nice flash of puckering sour fruit. The malt profile could be better expressed, but otherwise delicious.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a flute. Blend 17, bottled 9/16/2011.

A: Hazy orange with tinges of red. One-inch finely bubbled head never yields. Web-like wisps of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Fruity and floral on the nose underneath a stiff acidic tartness. Cherry blossom, apple blossom, orange peel. Hint of white vinegar. Underlying scent of sweet, sugary caramel.

T: The palate is greeted with a strong punch of sour acidity right off the bat. Orange peel dominates, but tastes of sour cherries and pears are perceptible too. Sweet caramel malt tastes provide a nice contrast to all the sourness. Perhaps a hint of biscuit too. Tannic oak sweeps through toward the end with woody vanilla in tow and has an immediate drying effect. Quick finish of vanilla, wood, and some lingering tartness.

M: Light in body, has some of that acidic coca-cola feel that makes it seem as though your teeth are dissolving. Moderate carbonation picks it up and makes it a little more lively.

O: A solid American-made flanders red. Not quite as complex and well balanced as some of the better examples of the style, but it's easily worth a buy. After all, not too many brewers over here even attempt a beer like this.

Notes: It felt a bit too oaky. There is a tad more astringency than I'd normally like, but this is a minor quibble. The whole back end of this beer is dominated by oak and barrel though. I would have preferred to see a more subtle integration. A slightly more skillful blend would probably yield better results.

Photo of Beezee
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Arnolds Carry out for this Cellered 5 year old La roja

Pours a Deep Copper red, with tight tiny khaki colored bubbles. When I opened this it wouldn't stop overflowing out of the bottle. Cloudy with alcohol legs sprouting up quickly. Retention is great.

My oh my this smells fantastic. has a bite to it. You can smell the alcohol almost making it boozy. dates, figs, cherries. certainly sweet.

Taste is amazingly sweet, and tart. Then turns a stinging sour that grabs and won't let go. The cherries linger, been leave almost a red wine taste.

Certainly a full bodied beer. The carbonation helps with the sourness, but has an amazing quantity to leave you grasping for more.

This is a phenomenal Aged Amber Ale. Certainly in my top favorites.

Photo of bishocr
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of VIPbeer
3/5  rDev -25.4%

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

Blend 18, bottled 9-30-2011, opened 2-19-2012.

Beautiful amber color and clear, despite bottle conditioning. Very short lived head and no lace. Sour fruit and sweet caramel aroma with the sour fruit predominating. Medium to light body Carbonation is perfect, lively, but not overwhelming. Lots of sour fruit and a medium amount of oak, but with enough sweetness counterbalance all this. Bitter finish.

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red/brown with a small, fine white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of oak, sweetness, almost cherry, with some darker fruit notes, tartness, some funk. Typical Flanders aroma but really nice in this beer.

Up front wood/fruit character that goes into a big sour note that is tart and somewhat sweet in taste. Again, fits right in with the Flanders red description. There is some more malt character in this beer than others I have had, which I think works. Really nice...some lingering lighter fruit notes and oak character.

Lighter body and high carbonation work well for the style.

A fine representation of the style with a few unique characteristics. This is the first, out of four or five, Jolly Pumpkin beer that I've had that I've been completely sold on.

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my homie Wesside89

Pours a cloudy reddish/amber with two finger of attractive, off-white head. There is some wave-like lace that sticks to the glass. Deep look that invites the soul.

The nose is full of funk, vinegar, horse blanket, leather, tart lemon and some more funk.

The taste is pretty funky with just a tad bit of tartness. There is some of the citrus zest involved that is blended with some leather and earthy funk. The flavors are a bit muddled and could possibly be amplified for style's sake.

The mouthfeel is certainly light-bodied with an evenly light amount of carbonation. Dry. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall, decent sour with some good flavors that could be slightly amplified just a bit. However, I like this representation and would recommend this to someone interested in getting into sours.

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Poured into a flute glass from a 750ml bottle (blend 11 - bottled July 7, 2011). La Roja has a slightly hazy deep burnt copper color with a creamy light tan head. Head retention sits somewhere around the 1cm mark and there is lots of frothy lacing sticking to the sides of my glass. The smell is pungent and tart. Strong aromas of red wine vinegar, sour cherries, with hints of oak, spice, and very funky yeast.

The flavor, much like the aroma hints at, is very tart and refreshingly mouthwatering. Bright fizzy carbonation injects flavors of red wine vinegar, citric and lactic acids, Maraschino cherries, pomegranate, woody oak, and musty barnyard funk. The finish is just slightly bitter, with lingering tannins. This beer has a lot going on!

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

I poured from a bomber into my Cigar City tasting snifter. Upon opening it was a bit of a gusher, brownish purple in color with a medium white head, light lacing. The arom is tart, sour fruit, light oak. The flavor is moderate green apple, pears, definitely tart, lingering tart finish. The body is light, good carbonation. This is an nice, easier drinking sour.

Photo of DrWalterWhite
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SIEVS
1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Gusher upon opening. This one pours a muddy brown with a little bit of a red tinge to it. Has about a finger of biege head with some soapy lace.

Ripe cherries with a little bit of red wine vinegar in the aroma. A touch of oak and vanilla round this out. Nice tart aroma with a little bit of a sweet finish. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely with a good flavor oak dark cherry tartness and some vanilla in the finish. Nice oaky flavor here.

Smooth light body with soft carbonation. Nice lingering flavors. This one has a really nice balance. Good tart flavors with a nice sweet finish. Really enjoyable as most Jolly Pumpkin beers are.

Photo of siddhartha
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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