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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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90
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1,770 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 143
Gots: 287 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2004)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.1/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%

Review Date: 9/7/14
Other notes: Blend 19. Bottled 5/12/14.

Appearance - 3.75/5
Color is a muddy red-brown-orange. Minimal head. Pretty hazy, but not completely opaque. Can see a good amount of small carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Overall, the look is okay. I was expecting the beer to be a little bit more red, given the name.

Smell - 4/5
Classic JP tart smells of tart apples, lemon. I also smell berries/red wine. Overall a very nice bouquet.

Taste - 4.5/5
JP tartness (tart apples, lemon), followed by more of a deeper, red wine-esque taste. It tastes different from what I remember the first time I had it this summer (don't know why). I like the taste today better. The beer is quite sweet, or the border of perhaps being too sweet. The beer definitely tastes like a classic JP beer, but with a more "red" taste. Yes, I am describing the taste using a color, but I don't know exactly how to describe what I perceive. I think it's the red wine and subtle berry flavors which create the "red" taste sensation. The beer also seems 'deeper' in taste than other JP beers. Overall, a great, rich, sour, sweet taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
The beer has a medium body, but the depth of the flavors make it seem like the body is more full. The carbonation is very very light, but I think if the carbonation was any higher, it would distract from the beautiful flavors of this beer. The beer is quite smooth. Due to the sweetness of the beer, there is perhaps a sugary-syrupy residue left in the mouth after drinking.

Overall - 4.2/5
This beer is really a great beer. It's sweet, sour, has depth of flavor, and moves nicely though the mouth. The main changes I would like would be for the beer to be more red in color, to bring out the red-wine/berry flavors a bit more, and to make the beer a bit less sweet and hopefully avoid some of the syrupy residue left in the mouth. Not a beer I would have all the time (it's also a bit pricy - $14 a bottle), but I will definitely get this again at some point.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.17/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep red, with a bit of burnt rust color to it, but fairly bright for it's dark appearance. Opaque, with very slow crawling fine bubbles rising. Minimal head creation with a faint tan color, leaving a thin collar on the glass.

Wonderful bouquet on this brew. A great mix of balanced sweet caramel and tangy sour red fruit. Senses like a bowl of sour cherries, and sweet malts. Definitely getting a Flanders like vibe from this for an American brewery for me is kind of rare and very impressive. Sweet taffy throws itself in the mix too. Real nice.

Palate comes off a little more than disappointing. Light malted body and slightly wet, with not a lot of hint of barrel aging character. Some good sweet mix of cherry/raspberry like tones in the mid palate, with a nice controlled finish. Aftertaste comes off more light and hinting towards a summer light brew, which is impressive since this rolls in at a much higher undetectable abv. Slightly flat carbonation, but not giving to the caramel sweetness on the palate. Some mild pepper finish seems to give a bit of menthol heat too.

Overall an ok wild, but feels more like a summer quencher quick thrower, than a malty classic oak wonder.

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Red. Brown. Orange. Throw them in a mixer and this beer is the result.

S: Not overbearing. Smells like a weaker oud bruin (a la monk's cafe)

T: Initially there is a tartness as the drink enters the mouth. The finish introduces the oak barrel flavors quite a bit. Quite tasty. Not super sour. I would consider this a good introduction to sours (if they have had oak aged beer before).

M: Medium body. Slightly dry finish. Nice.

O: I like it. The sourness is there, but not mouth puckering; it isn't like vinegar either. The oak flavor is apparent and adds a nice touch to this brew.

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.