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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,761
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 143
Gots: 284 | 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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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 12 9-16-10 tasted on 3-25-11

Aroma - Wine notes with fruity and I can tell this beer is definitely sour. Definite earthy aroma in the background too.

Appearance - Cloudy amber red with some residual carbonation and a light tan head that quickly dissipated.

Taste - Relatively smooth with a sharp sourness near the middle to the end.

Notes - This was still before I could appreciate sour beer so maybe I'll come back to review this fresh again. I will say that La Roja is a good introduction to sour American Beer.

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Fermenticusrex
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Pours amber-red with a one finger head that never goes away. Leaves great lacing. Aroma of funk, vinegar and sour cherries. Taste follows the nose with funk and oak barrels at the front. Tart and acidic but not over the top, easy to drink. Very tasty sour!

Photo of stevefinny
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bezakjon
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Boonedoggle
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ajfrantz
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kevo237
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of korguy123
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blend 13 Bottled 7-22-2011

A- Slightly hazy burnt caramel pour with red highlights. Half finger white head quickly disappears into a thin cap with little wisps of lacing.

S- Lemon, cherry and cranberry tartness. Wine like dryness. Definitely picking up some vanilla and toffee sweetness. Oak is there in the background.

T- Lemon and cranberry tartness up front, with a slight funk than rounded out with a subtle sweetness of caramel and brown sugar.

M- Medium bodied, light on the carbonation. Mouth watering and heart burn inducing! Yum!

O- JP has yet to disappoint me and this is another addition to why this is probably one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -0.5%

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Courtesy of THE CPJ.

Poured a dark amber with reddish hues and a creamy white head. Nice aromas of red wine vinegar, currants, oak, leather, and caramel. Taste is very close to the nose, nice balance between tart funkiness and drinkability. Mouthfeel is light and tart with crisp carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a nice Wild Ale, shares a lot of characteristics of an Oud Bruin.

Photo of Scout11
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of muletrane
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of amrozga
4/5  rDev -0.5%

La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,761 ratings.