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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,805
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 149
Gots: 292 | 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 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%

Photo of cps98
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I mainly wanted to drink this so I could harvest the bugs for a sour clone I have fermenting right now. Really nice sour lots of layers of flavor.

A – Has a really nice brown reddish color. Decent 1 finger off white head has pretty good retention.

S – Nice sour notes with some cherry, and light oak mixed in.

T – Has a really nice sour/tart bite in the beginning then mellows in a nice cherry with some red grape mixed in.

M – Medium bodied with good carbonation bite.

O – I am really glad I have another bottle of this…might give this next bottle some age and see how it tastes after 6 months or so.

Photo of FredCat
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of atr2605
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy dark red amber with an off white creamy head with excellent retention
S-raisins and black cherry with the distinct belgian yeast smell that almost comes across as spicy
T-Up front is sour and bitter with the black cherry flavor coming through in the background. Oak is in the finish but doesn't come across with the woody flavor, just very subtle oak flavor if that makes any sense
M-Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-First wild ale I have had so I am still getting familiar with the style, but I think it has just about everything it should. Its unique and complex, I would be interested in seeing how it would age.

Photo of grownfool
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AngryNucleus
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours reddish-brown with a bit of spritzy white foam capping the liquid. Doesn't look unlike a Mexican sangria soda.

S: Tartness and sweetness up front with some dark and citrus fruit, caramel, and toffee.

T: Nice pomegranite tartness is the first flavour. Grapefruit sweetness and sourness take up the middle, and there is a subtle, but clear maltiness which rounds out the finish. Pineappley Brett is restrained but apparent as well.

D: Drinks easily and has enough complexity to make me look forward to every sip.

Overall: A nice, sweet-sour wild ale from JP.

Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/07/12 notes. Thanks to whoever shared this one at the last DC RB tasting. Blend 2, from 3/18/10.

a - Pours a murky orange amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lightly sour fruits, light funk, brett, oak, earthy notes, and barnyard funk. Very nice, a nice mix of fruits and funk.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, lightly sour fruits, barnyard funk, oak, earthy notes, and musty notes.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall a nice beer. Not my favorite JP beer, but seems to have held up well. Some light sour fruits and that JP beer, would have it again.

Photo of willbrown
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Koufax21
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blend 19, bottled 10-28-11. Poured from a 750 ml into a chalice. Once popped, my nose was greeted with a rush of foam... Rocket. Once that subsided I get to proceed. Rich amber in color with not much head. Taste is tart. Mild raspberry and white vinegar. Kinda like a watered down oude tart. Decent, but way overpriced.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at Whole Foods in DC a bit back. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.

Pours an amber-brown with a thin off-white head that falls fairly quickly and leaves a thin collar. The nose brings a bit of light lactic acid and some cherry. A bit of cherry pit and mild oak. The flavor really pushes on from there with some nice lactic presence as well as cherry and cherry pit. Oak is good. Really nice. Mouthfeel is crisp and acidic with a dry finish. Impressive. Another winner from JP.

Photo of brnavarra
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CTAID
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite brews. Described as an American Wild, but I would go as far as to call it a Flanders Red. Reddish copper in appearance, thin head that dissipates but leaves lacing. Smells like only Jolly Pumpkin beers can smell. A funky mixture of citrusy, vinegary, barnyard 'off flavors', oak, lactic acid, and flavors undistinguishable. Yeeeeah. Taste follows the nose, the malt and the hops are not the star of this show. Moderate carbonation, maybe a little bit more than moderate, gives a nice tingly feeling. Very vinegary. Fantastic beer.

Photo of NarcoSolo
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of LampertLand
2.53/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure why the liquor clerk had this with pumpkin ales but I gave one try and learned something , I'm not a fan of American Wild Ales , tasted more like a Barley Wine than an pumpkin ale , maybe that's what a Artisan Ale is ? Lesson learned maybe this will help someone in the future

Cheers LampertLand

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

Reddish copper, slightly hazy, it has a big pale tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and a few weak wisps of lace.

Aroma is sour fruits, winy wood, hints of cheese and funkiness, some hay and bread crust.

Taste is lightly tart citric juiciness, vinegar hint, sour fermented plums, wet wine-soaked wood with wood, toasted barley, and bitter leaves in the finish. It has funky winey, juicy, yeasty elements, bread crust, leaves, plus sweetness, tartness, and bitterness all well balanced. It has very good character, well rounded complexity and breadth and is very drinkable. However, it lacks depth and seems a bit thin and light as if all the character is on the edge of evaporating into nothingness.

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

A vibrant red/amber colored beer with generous carbonation fueling a thin, tan head. There is a little lacing on the sides, but the bubbles aren't tight enough to hold on.
There is also ample sediment for those of you that want to know if it was actually bottle conditioned...it was.

This beer maintains a delicate balance between sweet and sour. The only noticeable fruit in the nose is cherries.

The fruitiness that is less distinct in the nose presents itself as boldly tart cherries, unripened banana and peaches. There is a little funkiness, but mainly it's a well made amber ale touched by the sour fairy princess.

It's quite a sour beer, but not the most sour beer I've had. The carbonation and sweetness does a lot to push a vinegary, sour beverage to being both drinkable and elegant.
There is a slightly bitter and funky aftertaste that lingers, but it's not as strong as other sours I've had.

The beer's pretty sour and is definitely worth the price. It's no cantillon, but it gives me hope that someday...on the east coast...we can drink some tasty sours!
Even though they're still made several states away.
I would compare this beer to an ommegang zuur.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad looking beer. I may have poured it a bit cold, which leads to minimal head upon initial pour. A nice tight head of tiny off-white bubbles.

The first thing I notice is a Cantillon-like smell. Apple skin and red grape tannins are nice. Almost smells a bit more fruity than a Cantillon. Apple vinegar is minute, but there.

Theres a good bit oak barrel to be found. Sour cherries, tart green apples, and sour grapes. Very light body, and very drinkable. The noticeable absent is the Brett funk that I seem to found a touch of in the nose, but I actually like its absence.

Photo of falcon1
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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