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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 131
Gots: 250 | FT: 24
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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:
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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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle into flute. Sticker on bottle says blend 3, 2008.
A: Pours a yellowish red-orange with some yeast sediment/particles and high carbonation producing a very thick (2+ inch) bubbly head (almost like champagne). Very interesting!
S: Definitely sour fruit. Citrus, raspberry, lemon, and a hint of oak.
T: Unfortunately disappointing (esp. considering the appearance and aroma). A bit flat and watery. Very mild sour fruit.
M: Very light with some effervescence. Pretty bland.
D: A promising start...then this brew fell flat on its face. I like the experimentation, but the end product is just ok. I wouldn't go so far as to say stay away from this one, but certainly no need to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 04:15:40 | More by mwilbur
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Lothore

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has been sitting in my cellar for at least a year.

A- Pours a hazy reddish brown with a nice, fluffy, 2 finger eggshell head.

S- Smell is very malt forward, lots caramel, citrusey sour fruit at the end.

T- A bit of a letdown from the look and smell. It's about the reverse of the smell, with very muted caramel notes steamrolled by a slightly sour wave of bret.

M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This one was looking like such a winner until I took a sip. I felt like I would either love to see it more sour or more caramel barleywinesque with just a touch of sourness but the balance that was struck didn't quite do it for me. I'd love to try a fresh bottle for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 06:18:04 | More by Lothore
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up after seeing them on sale.

Pours a glowing ruby red color, nearly clear with an off white head that retains pretty well leaving ok lacing, pretty nice lacing for the style actually.

Nose is pretty well to style, although a bit lighter richness than most. Also lighter on the malt vinegar in the nose. Some slight dark fruit, defenitely picking up the wild yeast.

Huh. Suprisingly for JP, this beer lacks some tartness for the style. Opens up with good light and dark fruit flavors, a bit of vinousness. The tartness is somewhat subdued. Really lacking the typical vinegaresque tartness. The finish has a bit of graininess and is nice and dry.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin for the style, and certainly not tart enough, although the dryness is dead on. Carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is pretty good, but nothing terribly amazing. Drinks about how it should for the abv.

Overall, this is probably the first JP beer ive had that really dissapointed me. Certainly not a bad beer in any way, but not up to their standards. I think they could put a little more effort into this one and make it a better beer. I won't pay the high price for this again when i can get nearly any belgian flemish for less. Still an ok beer though, in fact, enjoyable. don't regret the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 01:33:51 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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cvfish

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a red orange color that produced a white fluffy head that had good retention and left a decent lace on the side of the glass

S - This beer produced aromas of apples, tart cherries, lemons

T - This beer had a lot fruity sweetness of apples, cherries, lemons and apricots, a bunch of tartiness, and a little funk

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to moderate body and a moderate to heavy amount of carbonation

D - This was a good beer, my first Wild Ale, but I enjoyed something different, and this was certainly different, but very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 20:04:34 | More by cvfish
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morimech

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 9, 2008

Pours a murky brown with a large tan head that hangs around for some time. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a funky aroma of barnyard and sour fruit such as cherries and apples. The flavor is moderately sour and funky. The finish is slightly sour and dry. Has a light body that is well carbonated. Seems fitting for the flavors. Middle of the road when it comes to sour and funky but is pleasantly flavorful and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 19:57:23 | More by morimech
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amneziak

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose: I get a ton of tart cherries, granny smith apple, a little raspberry jam, and some yeast. As it warms, it presents some more intense aromas of humid cave, grape bubblegum, and even the smallest amount of caramel.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a touch of red. Light off-white caramel colored head. Not a very strong head; maybe one-and-a-half fingers at most.

Taste: You really get the tart flavors right off the bat here. Apples; tart cherries; lots of lemon juice; (again) little caramel; not much alcohol.

Palate: Tart and refreshing, very acidic with a round mouth feel. The flavors hit your mouth way up front and are sort of an afterthought once they've gone down. La Roja is as effervescent as champagne.

Overall: For being so tart, this one really rounds out nicely with the fruit components. There is a perfect amount of carbonation and a fair amount of lacing. This style of beer reminds me a lot of a lambic, but there is a deeper flavor profile and much more vibrant aromas in this style than the lambic. Overall, La Roja tastes like a Belgian Ale that has been soured beyond belief. It's not for just anyone, but I rather enjoyed it.

(Blend 1, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:52:22 | More by amneziak
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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

Blend 10

A - Murky, copper color with thin tan head

S - Sour apple, earthy, oaky funk. Nice sour funk but not overwhelming. A bit of acetic acid as it warms.

T - Nice sweet and sour balance. Funky with sour apple, tart cherry, musty, earthy oak. Funky sour but no barnyard. Sweettart flavor I find in some JP beers.

M - Light to medium with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D - One of the easiest to drink wild beers I have had. Plenty of sour funk but very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:14:12 | More by brewcrew76
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Promiscuous looking cat-pirate on the label.
I had forgotten this one was barrel aged until after it was popped open.

Pours a dirty dark red-brown with a huge 2" head that retains VERY well--probably the best head I am yet to see in this DFH snifter.

Smell is of oak, some sourness lingering in the background along with some dark fruits-plums raisins.

Taste is oak up front, sour cherries and caramel. The sourness comes out a bit more as it warms, melding with the oak.

Very carbonated with a lively mouthfeel.

A powerful beer indeed in the taste department. The 750ml proved to be quite beasty.

My palette is DEAD after this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 21:25:02 | More by darklordlager
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Yetiman420

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split equally into two Unibroue tulip glasses. One for me.

Copper with a 1/2 finger tan head. The third of three JP beers tasted and reviewed and they all had the same, batched lacing traits.

Flanders-style sourness in the nose. Not as much with the flavor. Interesting that this is classified as an American wild as opposed to a Flanders red ale.

Halfway through the sourness becomes more apparent.

A nice blend between a Flanders red and an American wild.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 03:54:35 | More by Yetiman420
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased in NY some time ago. Not sure what I wanted to drink tonight so I reached for this. Poured into a Chimay goblet twice.

A- Popping the cap I let the bottle sit for some time before returning to foam seeping from the bottle. La Roja poured out a nice bronze to bright orange color. Some spots of red in places. A nice 1/2 inch off white to beige head stayed around forever. One of the better heads i've seen on a barrel aged brew. spotty lacing.

S- A very prominent smell coming from this AWA/BDG mixed style. Sour cherries up front with a nice amount of oak from the barrel. Getting some apples also with berries. I'm sure there is malt in here but i can't smell it. A nice sourness is in the nose but does not overpower leaving just a bit of brett in the nose. A bit of belgian yeat perhaps.

T- I'm really on the fence with La Roja's taste, while it delivers it leaves something to be desired. Perhaps that this is "brewed in the biere de garde style", maybe the mix of styles does not mesh well with me. Either way I get a lot of sour cherries while not being all to sour. I really enjoy the oak presense with vanilla to boot from the barrel. While the malts are not in smell some toasted malt arises with the temperature. Finishes with some spices and sweetness. Could be a bit more balanced. A good mix of sweet & sour.

M- La Roja has a nice medium body bordering on thin while having a bunch of carbonation, perhaps a bit to much. First sips a whole lot of action going on around the tounge. This fades as the beer warms to higher temperatures. I've had many sour ales and this is not as tart as expected. This gave off some puckering in the beginning but that faded. A slight bit of alcohol in the tail end. I actually liked this better cold.

D- On the fence with the drinkability as well. I've had this before plenty of times and sometimes it's god awful while other times it has been a experience, I guess it really depends on the batch you get. Good thing this was a good experience. Not my favorite sour but i'll take what I can get here on the east coast. Anyways 7.2 is not to high in alcohol so that's not a biggie.

Give this a try if you see it around and are looking for something different. Good stuff out of dexter michigan.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 05:14:45 | More by BARFLYB
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triptens

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review is on a very interesting beer. Bottle purchased at Roast Detroit. 1 Pint poured into a 12oz snifter.

Appearance: Large foamy head with a tan top and enequal bubbles. With the first sip, the foam laces the glass nicely and then continues throughout. The color almost reminds me of a dark apple cider.

Smell: Cherry, tart fruit and caramel. You can definitely smell the oak coming through.

Taste: This is not what I was expecting not knowing anything about this beer before opening. Cherry is in the forefront of this beer. Although I'm not a fan of cherry flavor in my beer, this one is different. The caramel taste tones it down, and I get a little bit of macintosh apples rather than a more sour granny smith.

Mouthfeel: A bit of thickness to it, a good amount. Makes your mouth pucker a bit. Very crisp. Alcohol is not coming off to me as strong as others are thinking.

Drinkability: For what it is, I think it's quite drinkable. The one pint went down pretty quick for me. It's crisp, not too sour, but complex and interesting. I will definately buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 23:29:13 | More by triptens
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a large goblet, La Roja is hazy with a reddish pink tinted acorn-colored body and an enormous four+ finger tall tower of creamy beige foam atop. The head is extremely fine-bubbled and stands tall like stiff-beaten eggwhites, and as it recedes in a misshapen wallop, a pattern of thick cobblestones is left behind, stuck all over the inside of the glass.

The smell is rich and sweetly malty with caramel and a crisp spritz of zippy, fruity yeast and sugary flowers. Notes of fermented fallen orchard fruit, apricot, tangy cherry, cool, dark wood and grassy floral sweetness drive away a mild, earthy mustiness.

The taste is mild and malty with lots of brown toast, crispy toffee, and semisweet caramel. Mellow, mildly alkaline bitterness checks the sweetness and dries the finish of a drink that, oddly enough, reminds me of a chilled caramel-laced mocha latte... only with a somewhat melon-like juiciness and a fruity twang swirled in. As the drink progresses, a pleasant, sedate, almost lactic tartness and a bit of drying become more noticeable, but otherwise the "wild" nature of La Roja, to me anyway, is really pretty mild, savory, and sedate. The finish is dusty-dry, and turns a little steely at the bottom of the bottle.

The drink is both mellow and crisp, with creamy feel borne of a huge malty body and superb carbonation. The drink is quaffable and delicious, and has a Cat-Pirate on the label. What could be better?

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 18:06:09 | More by cvstrickland
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Mauerhan

California

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ive been sitting on la roja for a while. its a warm day. i figure its a good time for this.

pours a slightly opaque reddish orange. a very impressive two finger head sits atop and stays. leaving sheets of lacing as i sip. when the head falls i swirl my glass and it comes back just as strong. this beer looks awesome.

upon dipping my nose into my glass I am greeted by a nice amount of oak. hints of apple. a nice little sweetness with a hint on sourness near the end. i enjoy smelling this but i need to start a drinking.

a decently complex taste. i would say this is the least sour of the jolly pumpkins that ive had. but damn this is refreshing. oak, cherries, green apple. nice malt presence.

mouth is medium bodied and smooth. pleasant on the tounge. medium carbonation.

i would be able to put back a few of these easy. very drinkable. definitely worth a try

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 22:23:08 | More by Mauerhan
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

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

Picked up a 750ml single at Davidson's Liquor in Littleton, CO. Around $8.

A: Light amber, more red in color with an off white head about half an inch thick that receded to a film with excellent rings of dense lacing. Somewhat cloudy.

S: Caramel malts, funk, sour cherries, faint hint of alcohol. Slight oakiness as well. Not a whole lot, but still an aromatic beer.

T: Sour and bitter up front. Tastes a lot like an inoculated amber. A bit of caramel, and a little bit of citrusy hops, sour funk really dominates all the flavors though, almost no lingering flavors. Sweet sour up front fades into bitter. Interesting, but a little light on the flavor side.

M: Somewhat dry, a little bit of alcohol heat, and a nice chunk of puckering sourness, but really it is tamed and subdued. Nothing lingers in the mouth.

D: I wouldn't consume a whole lot of it, but it is an interesting beer all around, and definitely a good gateway to a more sour beer. Not as intense as others that I've had, but a well constructed beer, I'd like to sample some more from Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 02:01:14 | More by pokesbeerdude
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of proteus93, at our Pliny the Younger, #700 review tasting. Many thanks for the contribution. Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dirty, hazy reddish brown body, with a relatively fast-fading, dirty white head, that sort of head you always get out of a bottle-conditioned Brett brew. There's a healthy foamy collar that sticks around for quite some time, but other than that, it's just pretty average.

Aroma: A wonderfully complex and pleasant aroma. Oak is strong up front, accompanied by cherry, apple skin, sour, green apple, cinnamon, slight pear, and strong funk. The nose on this one is pleasantly intense, and not too sour - it's just nice and varied. The backing malt foundation is nice, solid, and provides a good footing for the varied array of aromas here. Just really nice, not as sour as I expected, with woody, earthy flourishes and fruity, sweet overtones all over the place. The fruit intensifies as it warms - very nice.

Taste: Again, not as sour as I expected. Definite earthy wood, dark, with some muted fruit notes - cherry, pear, sour apple, grapes, pears - but also a very strong, roasted malted backbone. Hints of chocolate, caramel, doughy bread. It's actually a surprisingly malt-forward brew, heavily roasted.

Mouthfeel: Moderately to low carbonation in a medium-thickness body, resulting in a slightly uneven, though perfectly reasonable body. Nothing impressive, but perfectly reasonable.

Drinkability: A very fine brew from JP, not too sour, not too sweet, just very balanced. None of the flavors really stand out too much, and that's just fine - just nice and pleasant. The 7.2% is nowhere to be found, the funk and sourness are well-integrated ... just another solid, pleasant, drinkable, good "introductory" wild ale from JP.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 06:21:16 | More by CrellMoset
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky iced tea colour... reddish brown, and cloudy. A spectacular off-white head, very frothy. Retention isn't amazing, but quite volatile on the way down.

S: This is a promising aroma. A great scent of sour apples and barnyard aromas. A candy like scent is there (but I wouldn't go on to say candi sugar)

T: I expected it to be far more sour, but not the case. In some ways, I would have kind of liked that. On the other hand, I appreciate the ability to brew a 'delicate' wild. Good, a little bready and/or grainy. There are still notes of the sour apple, but it's surprisingly malty. Interesting. I don't pick up a lot of the oakiness, but a part of it would be adding to the complexity.

M + D: A modest carbonation and semi-dry finish... one of my favourite aspects of these styles. Such a marvelous feel, and quite easy drinking between the tame sourness and reasonable ABV to sip with. Not too bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 06:09:51 | More by Proteus93
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TexIndy

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got from ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 750ml bottle into my NBB snifter. Blend #13,2008. It was a an orange-amber color - almost like grapefruit. No real visible carb and no lacing. It had a thin fizzy head that quickly settled into a collar.

The aroma oaky, earthy/funky and spicy. The oak came through more than the funk which was disappointing. I love the funk smell in wild ales and like that to be first and foremost. Missing the sour aroma as well. Seemed toned down a bit. Not the slap in the face I find in most. Unfortunately, the taste was very similar to the aroma. Oak in the lead with funk and spice coming up next with sour finish. Couldn't pin it down but there was an odd aftertaste right after the sour that wasn't pleasant. Mouthfeel was a little watery.

Overall, a good but disappointing beer. I was really wanting to like this one. Their Calabaza Blanca is one of my absolute favorites but haven't found another from them to match it yet. Gonna keep trying though. Mild recommend. For me, probably one and done - maybe one more shot if I could easily get.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 04:08:47 | More by TexIndy
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aubuc1

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet (blend 2, 2008).

Pours a murky tea like color with an off white head.

Big sour smell. Woody sour apple with some plum. Cinamon also.

Sour taste. Quick sour hit, then a dry finish just as quick. Fruit taste lingers.

Mouthfeel is sort of thin.

Pretty drinkable for my first reviewed real sour. A very complicated beer that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:41:15 | More by aubuc1
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HeyItsChili

China

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 13, 2008 for those keeping track.

A - Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Pours hazy garnet with a booming, foamy, slowly settling ecru head.

S - Extremely faint aroma. Sour, with a mild background scent of caramel malts and cherries.

T - Sweet/sour tingles the tongue. Mild maltiness. Vinous cherry taste and a little spice. Nice warm finish.

M - Thin, lots of carbonation.

Notes - The initial funky sourness is akin to Bam Noire, but the subtleties of each beer are quite disparate. Enjoyable but not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 22:56:01 | More by HeyItsChili
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: We've got a gusher! Slowly erupted from the bottle like an elementary school volcano science project. Pour is crimson-orange-copper with an enormous head; little lacing.

Smell: Spiced/dark rum, tart cherries, funk, and a musty earthiness.

Taste: Similar to the aroma - spiced/dark rum, tart cherries (not enough), funk, and a musty earthiness. Not that sour. The oak element is very nice. No vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Light, a little too much carbonation; quite the gusher.

Drinkability: The alcohol is very noticeable and warming for 7.2%; seemed like 10%. Interesting brew, but one I would not try again. Seemed like it was missing something.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 18:54:03 | More by craytonic
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Angus703

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blend 13,2008 (Usually they do a Batch # for their other beers so I guess they blend these instead, cool)

A- About 2 fingers of head, it is truly amber colored, and the head is pretty resilient, though it dissipated (thought that was a good word to use flex my vocab) to a skim on top, alright lacing

S- cherry, theres more but its hard to put a name to it

T- When you taste this wine isn't the first thing that pops into your head it is the last, with a sour funk to it. Malty with an alcohol warmth in the back.

M- Medium light, you know what its just good not perfect not great, the carbonation may be a bit much but I don't know if it is that exactly

D- very, though it is 7.2ish ABV so I don't know if I will drink it fast, they have other higher ABVs that are easier to drink

Still a great brew though, mostly because of the funk, I'm going to chalk this one up to me being moderatly sick, and thus not getting the full experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 00:50:57 | More by Angus703
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roscoehnj

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first experience with the style so you may want to take my thoughts with a grain of salt.

Huge belgian style head of tan color which almost overflows the tulip glass. Redish amber beer with obvious carbonation.

The smell is unlike anything I have smelled in a beer before. Saison is the closest I can think of but far more funky than that. Almost a musky smell. There's more than that but I'm having a hard time finding the words to describe it.

Definitely sour tastes up front along with quite a bit of carbonation. There is a lot in this beer that I can't quite place, both in the nose and the taste. Sour fruits make themselves felt - reminds me of tart sour balls. Cherry?

Medium bodied with a nice slug of carbonation which I usually don't like but seems to work well with this beer.

Ineresting to say the least but I'm not sure I'd want to drink more than one a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 00:23:47 | More by roscoehnj
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cjgator3

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a beautiful light tan colored head that posesses excellent retention and lacing qualities. The lacing on the side of the glass after each sip really is a thing of beauty.

S- The oak and cherries stand out immediately in the aroma with some sour vinegar and other fruity notes as well. I love the aroma, it is one that I could simply sit and smell all night long and ponder the different things going on.

T- The taste is tart with the same fruit and oak flavors that were present in the nose. The finish is sour and dry with a lingering tartness.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied leaning towards the medium scale, with a good amount of carbonation.

D- La Roja can be quite a thirst quencher despite its 7.2% ABV so you do have to be careful with it.

Overall, Jolly Pumpkin is one of Americas better brewers and La Roja is definitely one of the great beers in their lineup. Highly Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 04:11:52 | More by cjgator3
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bum732

Lesotho

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 1- 2008
Pours a cloudy brownish red. Decent head that retreats fairly quickly. Smells of oak, cherry and apple tartness, lemony, some red wine and vanilla. Tastes of tart cherries up front followed by a fairly intense lemony bitterness ending in a nice dry tartness. Flavors are pretty subdued, everything melds together quite well, not too sour either. Aftertaste has a tad of funk which isn't very pleasant. Lots of carbonation that that cuts through this beer nicely.

A decent beer, my first "American wild ale". Tastes very similar to a flanders red to be honest, just more subdued. Definitely a sipper, i was hoping for more flavors but all i got was the cherry tartness. Overall, not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 03:42:34 | More by bum732
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botham

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours a oranigsh garnet color with fiery highlights with chestnut brown hues out of the light. minimal tan head that is reduced to a soapy rim within cesonds.

aroma is earthy and mildly sour, with notes of grape, berry, and a touch of wet hay. there is a light funkyness and a touch of alcohol as well, with a bit of oak in the background.

taste is more of the same, with a more earthy quality from the oak and a bit less fruit than the aroma would suggest. there is a faint funk here, a bit less than would be desired, but a nice profile of fruit and caramel malts give this one a lasting character. mildly bitter finish of dull wood with a bit of grape as well.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a dry texture and a tart quality that is reinforced by the lightly sour character.

drinkability is decent. this one is quite dry and lacks the sweet quality that usually comes with the fruit notes. however, the flavors are composed nicely and produce a solid profile. could be a bit lighter on the dryness, but still a good wild ale from Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

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