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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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pDev: 12.44%
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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 brewcrew76
4.3/5  rDev +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.

Photo of darklordlager
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.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of triptens
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
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?

Photo of Mauerhan
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

Photo of pokesbeerdude
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
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.

Photo of TexIndy
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.

Photo of aubuc1
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of craytonic
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.

Photo of Angus703
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of roscoehnj
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Photo of bum732
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of botham
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.

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

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

Two finger off white head on initial pour that fades semi slowly leaving a thick lace on the glass. Lacing is persistent. Smell is oaky sour goodness, dill, vinegar, yeast. Sour dominates the palette, really can't taste anything else, not that thats bad, what I taste is pleasing. I get some mild sweets in the back, some decent balanced carbonation. No bad.

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Blend 5-2008

Appearance: It's very hazy and primarily golden brown in color. It does have an orange tint to it that gives it a distinctive appearance. It's capped with a vanilla colored head that's about a finger and a half deep. Carbonation is very active and it stuck around a long time. It left a sticky coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very sweet and fruity at first. Cherry is the predominant scent. It seems a little medicinal which is a slight turn-off. It does smell somewhat sour. There's some faint hops (definitely a plus). They smell mostly earthy or floral, but they're a welcome surprise. Alcohol is noted and while it's not strong, it simply adds to the medicial vibe. It's above average, but could use some work.

Taste: Caramel/toffee malts are sweet and give it a solid base. It is sweet and sugary. Cherry and light berry flavors are prevalent. I'm a little mixed on it. It's a little sour and tart, but not nearly as much as some Wild Ales I've experienced. It's far from bad, but the cherry flavor is a little too prominent giving it a medicinal flavor that's not quite pleasing. There's some light hops that give it an earthy, floral taste that adds some character to it. Alcohol is pretty strong for a 7.2% beer and has a slight warming effect. It finishes sweet and a little sour.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light, leaning medium in terms of body. I wouldn't characterize it as smooth. Carbonation is very active and really is distracting. Drinkability is alright. I'm not crazy about the flavor and it tastes and feels bigger than a 7.2% beer. I'll polish off the 750, but it probably won't be easy.

La Roja's above average. Definitely not a bad beer, but has a few kinks to work out. My biggest complaint is the overwhelming cherry cough syrup-type flavor. If the cherry flavor and the alcohol presence could be toned down a little, I think it'd be improved. As it is, it's just alright. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color, very very hazy. There's probably a 5cm head on top that's a yellow/tan color. It's tough to judge an american wild ale on appearance since they range so much in color (and are allowed to I suppose). The smell is like apple cider, a bit of vinegar, general sour smells, but there is a very clear scent of malty sweetness underneath. It actually smells good, but a bit different than usual, not all out sour. The taste is difficult to judge based on the classification too, from the different american wild ales I've had. This one has a very distinct bready taste. But the taste is still funky, not as sour as some, but pleasant. There's like a subtle vinegar flavor, and without carbonation, this would taste sort of like a sour red wine. Very full bodied, almost chewy. It kind of leaves a funny feeling on the tongue and roof of your mouth. Tasting it, you would have no idea that there's alcohol in it until you feel it. Overall a good beer, kind of expensive, but I'd recommend it to all.

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

A: This ones a gusher. Pours a copper/amber color with an freaking massive frothy white head. This dissipates into a nice thin layer that lasts the entire glass. Nice lacing.

S: Funky and sour hits first followed by a nice spiciness and Belgian yeasty aroma.

T/M: Awesome. Nice and tart, but like all JP beers it's never too sour. The muskiness and earthiness make it very complex. Definitely a lingering vanilla from the oak barrel aging. Crisp and dry.

D: Exceptionally drinkable as all JP beers are. Definitely don't even notice the extra abv in this one.

Jolly Pumpkin, where were you when I lived in Ann Arbor. I have yet to have a single beer that I haven't loved. This one is no exception.

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

750ml bottle into 25oz wine glass. Blend 12 - 2007.

Deep cloudy plum hue with a one finger off white head. Rings of sticky lacing.

Very pungent aroma of dark fruit. The aroma seems to rise like heat above the opening of the wine glass.

Sour cherry flavors with a very dry finish. The finish evens off a little, moving from sour to tart to dry.

Honestly I don't try many of these, but this seems to be one of the more drinkable editions to the style.

Photo of yourefragile
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, Blend #8 - 2007, bottled on 8/14/07 according to the JP web page. Chilled this in the fridge before opening. Slowly began to gush upon opening but quickly poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy amber, copper, orange color with a small amount of sediment despite careful pour. Glass stimulates a steady stream of carbonation. Heads begins off massive, off-white beige and then slowly begins to fade away, but never completely. Leaves behind a thick, sticky ring of lacing.
S: Sour and funky above all else. Balance of earthiness and sour apple and other ripe fruit. Background has slight woody character and Belgian-y yeast aroma, slightly spicy, but the sour and funk dominate. I like it, but not great.
T: A simple summary of this for me is big flavor with little balance. Fortunately I like the flavors involved and the strong sour, earthiness. Each sip reveals a new flavor, alternating between strong earthy sourness and woody, alcohol sweetness. Typically upfront is the dirty, earthy flavors, orange rind, slightly spicy, etc. Finish turns a little sweeter, more caramel, vanilla like sweetness.
M: Strong carbonation provides a silky smooth body to balance the tart and sour flavors, but overall body is lighter side of medium. Little alcohol presence.
D: This beer bounces all over the place as you finish the bottle and I enjoy that. Reminds me at times of Flanders Red, Saisons, Biere de Garde, etc. Lacking the sweetness expected from a Flanders Red, I really enjoy this, especially at its price and availability.

La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,807 ratings.