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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1424
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rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%


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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claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a translucent dark amber color with a large amount of fine effervescence and topped with a goodly-sized, off-white head.

Aromas begin with toasted bready and caramel malts, but then the wild yeast-derived funkiness begins to emerge. Oakiness, light lactic acid and some cherry.

The tastes begin with initial maltiness of heavily toasted bread crusts and dark caramel with a brief, restrained sweetness quickly clear the way for a veritable tide of funk-induced flavors. Sours cherries, red apple peels, vanilla and some puckeringly tannic, fouled wood barrel tastes. Fairly earthy and acetic at times.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with traditional Jolly Pumpkin high carbonation. Finish is intially sweet but ends up dry from the ample bubbles. Slight acidity also present in the finish.

Overll this is my favorite year round offering from Jolly Pumpkin and really hits the mark for balance as far as American Wild Ales go.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 17:47:44 | More by claspada
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flagmantho

Washington

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a decent haze. Hazy enough to obfuscate any apparent effervescence. Quite nice.

Smell: tart, funky aroma with a light hint of amber/caramel malt underneath. Not bad, and quite tart and funky enough!

Taste: starts off with a rich funkiness of blue cheese; perhaps a roquefort. Throughout that is a mild but enticing tartness, like lemonade. Underneath all of this is an amber ale combination of sweetness and breadiness that it is hard to qualify. Normally I would not be a huge fan of this malt flavor, but combined with the roquefort and lemon it is quite enticing. I rather love this beer!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and good creaminess. Actually, the initial mouthfeel is rather billowing and wonderful, but it subsides very quickly indeed. In general, though, I like it.

Overall: my first Jolly Pumpkin beer, and I am not at all disappointed. I think it is balanced and quite delightful.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 00:22:10 | More by flagmantho
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CloudStrife

New York

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz split and poured into a snifter. Blend 10 Bottled 05-18-2012.

A: Pours an opaque ruby red with a 1/2 finger off white head. Hard to see any carbonation with how hazy it is. Head sticks around for most of the glass. Specks of lacing.

S: Tart and funky smell. Real nice sour notes from the wild yeast. There is some musty malt and I think I can pull a slight bitter hop. Hints of a belgianish yeast too.

T: Smacks you in the face with a nice sour and tart taste. Exemplified by letting the beer hit the sides of your tongue at the back of your mouth. Even with the sour front, it still mellows out with some malt and oak.

M: Real clean and crisp light/medium body. Love the puckering effect it has on you. The oak makes it very drinkable. Lingering sourness makes you want more.

Overall another good beer from Jolly Pumpkin. One of my favorites due to its sour qualities. Certainly worth a try by anyone who is a fan of this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 22:12:35 | More by CloudStrife
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Brenden

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roja it certainly is, a medium-dark with some thickness to it, though I wouldn't call it hazy; more a natural thickness in the body and color. An off-white head grows to half a finger and shows pretty good retention. Lacing is left spottily but just consistently enough.
Tart and sour in the nose, as expected, there's no questioning the direction the brewers wanted to take with this beer. Acidic with a touch of vinegar that works well, there's also an underlying sweet note that helps to balance it with an earthy undertone. The sourness, of course, gives off impressions of all kinds of tart fruits, particularly cherries, and red wine.
The flavor follows suit but something improves it. I like to think that sweetness in a sour is like malts in an IPA: it's got to be sour, tangy and tart sour, but there should be just enough sweetness to add depth and balance, and even some complexity. Here's where a gentle, somewhat subtle underlying toffee, vanilla and caramel note come in. It allows this beer to work as a funky, wild sour while the creamy sweet note serves to balance it so it's not too sharp. Well done.
There's just enough carbonation to keep this beer going, but a consistent crispness and a well-rounded smoothness help to make this beer pleasing all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 11:47:33 | More by Brenden
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WesM63

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a over-sized wine glass.

A: Pours a dark murky Amber color with a 1/2finger white-ish head. Minor retention and lacing.

S: Smells of tart cherries, funk and a hint of oak.

T: Lots of tart cherries up front with a bit of funk. A hint of oak comes in at the end.

M: Medium body and low to medium carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty good sour. Reminds me a lot of RR Supplication, albeit much more mild. Great tasting easy drinking sour.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 00:42:30 | More by WesM63
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 14
Bottled 8/8/2011

P:  Got a gusher and wasn't paying attention but didn't loose too much  Pours a hazy deep amber with delicate floaters and thin bubbly tannish colored head that fades quick. 

S:  Sour grapes, funky yeast, oak barrel, vinegar, caramel, plums, apricots, granny smith apples and spices. Once swirled an aroma of black trash bags filled with old cut grass that has been setting in the sun. 

T/M:  Supper tart playful body that has a timid carbonation sting to the mouth.  Loads of sour fruit, lemon juice, oak, subtle toasted caramel, white wine similarities, with a funky vinegar bite.  Finish is dry with a puckering earthy and fruity tartness. 

O:  Super fruity and dry with a great yeast funk.  Great fruit flavors and a subtle caramel sweetness that compliments the tart and provides a smooth drinker.  Another great offering from Jolly Pumpkin that I will surely purchase again. 

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 01:03:33 | More by Hopswagger
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jeonseh

Indiana

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

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Reddish, brown with a rocky reddish white head that disintegrated quickly. There was a lot of carbonation that settled down after a few minutes. Slight hazy and reflective

S - Good mix of sour and funky. Note of cherries, lemon, lots of oak, and slightly farmhouse funky mixed in. There is a slight copper that I pick up as well.

T - Tart cherries and lemon with a good dose of oak. The tartness continues throughout with a slight funkiness and mustiness that carries into the finish. A bit mustier than a standard Flanders brown.

MF - Surprisngly light carbonation given how much I saw. Slight lemon tartness that almost makes you almost pucker. The mustiness and oak linger on the finish

O - Another solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Has a nice tartness that doesn't overpower. I liked how well the oak and mustiness were incorporated with it and balanced with the tart.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 01:28:39 | More by jeonseh
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Humulus85

Minnesota

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

My first from Jolly Pumpkin. From a 750mL bottle into my Darkness snifter. Blend 10, bottled 5/18/2012

Pours a classic Oud Bruin reddish brown. Bright sunset tones when held to light. Slightly hazed. One finger cream colored head recedes quickly, leaving some alcohol legs.

Oaky and funky in the nose. Some sour cherry and apple, vinegar. Not as much tartness in the nose as expected. Hints of caramel and toffee. No perceived alcohol.

Tastes like a young Oud Bruin. Very funky and woody. Sour fruits. A bit of vanilla from the oak. Some balsamic vinegar. Definite caramel malts. The tartness is a bit subdued, but this is still young.

Medium in body. Moderate carbonation that may improve with some age. Still balanced in the finish. Not as bone dry as many sours (again that may come with age). Very drinkable for the style and ABV.

Overall this is a very good American brewed Flander's style ale. Second only to La Folie. Nice depth in character, which I expect from the style. Approachable for those new to sours. I think about a year in the cellar will help this, and add even further depth and a bit more tartness for us sour fiends. Recommended to any fan of the style or one looking to get into sours. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 23:33:43 | More by Humulus85
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja
Blend 10
Bottled 6-24-2011... just over a year old at tasting; and I should note that this tasting does not necessarily represent the other samples I've tasted. In fact, it's noticeably different in that it's not as highly carbonated and much less sour.

Appearance: The first pour was a hazy, almost cloudy, orange-accented russet brown body. The second pour, with the lees roused, was completely cloudy like a hefeweizen. Even a fairly rough pour brought up only a short head of khaki foam, and unfortunately, the head retention and lacing were both limited.

Aroma: Caramel malt, toffee, fruit (berries, dark fruit, sharp apple, black cherry), some minor mineral and earthiness.

Flavor: There's more caramel to it than you might expect, and that fits entirely well with the Flanders oud bruin tradition. It's not overly sweet, and the gentle tartness balances it nicely. The lactobacilus (and possible wild yeast) is kept in check and there's nothing harsh or overtly phenolic. No real hops are present, although there is some underlying spiciness, and it finishes with some drying oak (which actually makes it kind of a Flanders red / oud bruin hybrid).

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light in body. Surprisingly moderate carbonation (which is probably just be this batch; or perhaps my bottle was mistreated along the way and lost some C02). Smooth.

Overall: For the price, a beer of this quality done in the Flanders style (more oud bruin than Flanders red in my opinion) is a steal. And let's face it, there aren't that many out there. Absolutely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 21:25:55 | More by NeroFiddled
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja 750 ml. Blend 5, bottled 02-20-2012. Brought back from Indiana by my main-man Brian for (I think) $12. Enjoyed side-by-side with a just-picked-up bottle of Cisco Monomoy Kriek.

Some premature foamy-jaculation after popping the cap. Reddish-amber pour with decent clarity. Nothing more than three-quarters of an inch of head that has receded somewhat quickly. Lovely color, however. Strange enough, there's visible foam sitting on the surface of the beer still left INSIDE the bottle.

Very tart cherry aroma with a good bit of bretty funk. Unripe cherries, acetic acid, wet burlap, hay, and sour lemon. Expecting a good punch of sour from this delectable nose.

Subdued sourness, after all. Still featuring a strong acidity with light lemon, cherry, and pomegranate notes. Can't believe I'm saying this, but there are hops present. Some unblended lambic notes of lemon rind, sun-baked hay, and husky barley grains. Faint cumin.

Medium-bodied with some nice even spritz. Easy-to-drink. No part of the feel is overpowering.

Delicious sour. Nothing off-the-hook. I kind of like how it's half-sour and half-amber. Makes for a great beer. One that I had been meaning to try for years now.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 03:07:17 | More by thecheapies
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember my early days on this site when I thought this beer was too expensive at $9-10 and regularly passed on it. Now it's $13.49, and I'm not going to wait for the price to drop. Blend 10, bottled 24 June 2011, which makes this almost a year old.

The initial pour is a clear ruby red with a dense, beige head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose catches me by surprise. With a surprisingly big acidity, there's plenty of acetic and lactic acid present along with a healthy dose of fruity sourness. Behind the sourness, there's a nice funk with touches of clove and fennel spiciness, a mellow leathery aroma and a mild oak presence. It's these characteristics that make it stand out against a New Belgium sour IMO. Quite nice.

The palate is deep in Flanders red territory with a blend of acetic and lactic sourness. Acetone is practically non-existent. Fruity wine vinegar leads off the palate with flavors of strawberry and sour cherries. A strong lactic acid flavor follows, cleaning the palate. A mild burn is present on the back end as I swallow this. The funk is more leathery than on the nose, and compared to some of the better Flemish reds I've had, this isn't as bright but is definitely more Brett-influenced. Oaky tannins as quite prominent on the finish, causing the palate to dry out when coupled with the lactic acid. A little vanilla is also present, as is a mildly floral character. Complex, but the acetic character does get in the way IMO. The oak and mildly dextrinous character lend to the medium body with moderate carbonation. Recommended, despite my relatively harsh scores.

Rousing the yeast softens the acidity but paradoxically, increases the burn in the back of my throat. The yeast also enhances the structure of the nose, bringing the leather more to the forefront.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:58:15 | More by DefenCorps
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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

reviewed from notes 5/20/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medim red almost crimson bodied beer with a white head that drops to a ring around the glass.

Smell: tart cherries and apples with a hint of oak.

Taste: mild to moderate tart cherries. Also getting apples, pears, and honey.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is really carbonated. Little prickly and almost overly aggressive carbonation for this beer. Still drinks nicely for a 7% beer.

Overall: I really enjoy this jolly pumpkin beer. I should really consider more of there beers on a regular basis. Little pricey, but worth it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 22:36:47 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

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

Split a 750 bottle with a sticker saying blend # 4/20/2012
Poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a very nice earthy amber.... La rohanis deffinatly an appropriate name... At least judgin by the color.... A light half finger of slightly tan off white head.... That dissapates into a light film that stays for the remainder.... Very little lacing.

S: I get a nice sour bite first off.... Like sour apples, or pear along with sour cherry skins... As the beer warms I start to get sweet red vinegar smell as well... A light oak is there as well, None of the smells are overwhelimg, but they are very well balanced and blend nicley to create a very please nose.

T: much like the nose a beautiful sharp sour bite up front , with notes of sour apple and tart cherry skins, a lightly sweet backbone with a touch of vinegar, some times the vinegar can be a bit much for me in these kinds of sours but it is very nice here, te oak comes in to add an almost tannic feel to the blend.... This beer is delicious and beatifuly rounded....

M: a medium body with crisp medium carbonation that you can feel scrubbing your tongue clean at the end of each sip, it finishes dry, and is incredibly drinkable....

O: I love this sour. Beautifully rounded and dangerously drinkable with sour notes of apple and cherry skins, over a lightly sweet backbone and a touch of red vinegar... So derrricious.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 01:43:19 | More by PeterIngemi
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dejrrma

Georgia

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

poured into a snifter. $9.99 for 750 mL bottle (bottle conditioned). "blend 10, 2008" sticker on the back of the bottle.

a-pours a cloudy reddish/brown/light copper with a finger of white head, and a thin sheet of the hazey head covers the top throughout. great head retention and lacing that coats the glass as the amber liquid slides around.

s- right off the bat i get a vinegar smell that's not overpowering but I can almost taste it. past the vinegar there's apple cider and cherries, with some floral hints and maybe some honey.

t- it's tart. It tastes like acidic apple cider and tart cherries sprinkled with balsamic vinegar. has a bit of a wine-y quality. it's barrel aged, and the woodiness is balanced and almost subtle...it comes out only after a few sips and it lingers for a moment. great tasting beer.

m- it's very carbonated with a medium body. i'm not complaining though...i don't think I'd enjoy it as much otherwise. the alcohol is undetectable.

o- this is my first american wild ale. and it's also my first jolly pumpkin beer. i enjoyed it very much. i don't think it's much of a sipper as some note, as it's super drinkable and delicious. i would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 19:01:06 | More by dejrrma
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Blend 8 - Bottled 04-12.2012

I opened this thing and heard a healthy hiss, and saw a foam creeping up the neck of the bottle - was afraid I had a gusher on my hands, but luckily, I did not.

A - Deep clouded mahogany with a thick film of offwhite head.

S - A light fruity tartness. Floral funk. Pleasant and subdued.

T - Light, crisp, malty, and some tart fruitiness on the sides an back. It's nice...a little conflicted, but nice.

M - smooth, fairly full-bodied, and a bit drying.

O - a nice beer. Wish it was a bit more "wild." But it's still good. And it's young. Perhaps it'd get weirder as it got older.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 03:18:09 | More by ColdPoncho
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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

Bottled on date of 6/24/2011 served in a tulip, taken out of the fridge and poured half an hour later.

Flat ruby color with hints of caramel-like brown and orange. 1 finger head that dissapates fairly quickly down to a thin ivory sheet. Some stringy lacing left on the glass. A bit boozy on the nose with some vinous qualities, white wine coming to mind. Among the vinous aromas are some interesting earthy aromas of spicy caramel. Sweet to the nose as well with some dark cherries, raisins and other dark, even dried fruits. Very nice and aromatic.

Not overly sour, like biting into a lemon would be, but remeniscent of that. Not a lemon though, a sour cherry maybe, as it has a less citrusy vibe to it. The caramel holds the front of the palate down, keeping the sourness on the mild side while still letting it be a main component of the beer. There is a lightly bitter hop presence that makes its way through the sourness, even mingling with it, to be a reminder that this beer doesn't want to be two dimensional. It does a fine job of keeping some balance in this wild ale. Past the acidic qualities, this beer is pretty complex and nice to drink. Could use a bit more spritz in the mouthfeel to give that cleansing note. It finishes dry, but the carbonation is light, giving a too-smooth, unexciting feel.

I've never been a huge fan of incredibly sour treats and beers, but this beer does a good job of being somewhere in between. The caramel and touch of hops meet the sour fruitiness and a solid beer is the result. Definitely give it a try if you are trying to get into sour beers/wild ales as this one will have a fighting chance of not turning you off of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 04:03:05 | More by chodinheaven
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

blend 6, bottled on 3/2/2012. really really good stuff here. pours the color of the label, pale brick red with a paly syrup color undertone, some suspended yeast sediment that eventually settles to the bottom of the glass. small off white head, minimal retention, but some runners like a good red wine as it sips. smells like a brett sour, lots of tiny piquant dancers in my nose. amber malts backing it up, but way back. flavor is similar, big oaky sour vibes assault you every sip, starting on the front of the tongue and eventually dominating the entire palate. some nice complex medium amber malts happening, dusty and bouncing off the sour notes really well. feel is solid, effervescent carbonation and a whole lot of spunk. medium mody makes it rather drinkable and the abv could be anything, not noticeable at all. overall a great beer, my favorite jolly pumpkin so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 04:07:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip. Batch 7, bottled 6/25/10.

A- upon opening, this thing gushed so much that I lost a good third of the bottle to paper towels. Yet, when I poured, I got a light one finger offwhite head that quickly fades. The body is a nice shade of cherry red. Looks solid enough

S- nice cherry aroma, getting a pleasant tart aroma out of it as well

T- yeah...the cherries coming through taste stale, and aren't very vibrant. The sour characteristic is lacking tremendously. Very medicinal taste

M- thin, but that's expected

O- all things expected, this was a letdown. This has been in my possession for awhile, and I cellared it fine....not sure what the conditions were like before me, but I assume sitting on a store shelf collecting dust. Not sure if this was an infected batch or what, but I am horribly let down

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:18:17 | More by bigfnjoe
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rapidsequence

Virginia

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

750 ml bottle. Bottled 8-30-2011. I think I got it at Bottle Revolution.

Appearance: Very attractive clear red. Slightly off white head. Doesn't retain that well, but leaves some spots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet and sour apple at first, dark cherry as it opens up. Some vinegar. Very oaky, suggests red wine.

Taste: Very oaky and tannic with more sour than sweet fruit. Apple and cherry dominate, and some red grape too. Mostly lactic acid with less acetic. Not real funky.

Mouthfeel: Very silky feeling, but with high carbonation. Feels crisp as it goes down. Dry finish, clean.

Overall: This is a very good sour beer that is not over the top, but still complex, tasty, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:09:24 | More by rapidsequence
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superspak

Michigan

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, Blend 14 2009. Pours slightly cloudy reddish amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart cherry, apple, grape, vinegar, earth, citrus, herbal spices, pepper, oak, hay, and funk. Very nice aromas here with great balance and complexity. Taste of big tart apple, cherry, grape, raspberry, lemon, pepper, herbal spices, earth, oak, grass, light vinegar, and slight bready grains. Nice balanced tart sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, raspberry, cherry, vinegar, pepper, earth, and herbal spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with a great sourness/sweetness balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, slick, and fairly acidic mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Very smooth to drink, but is still a sipper for sure. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic wild ale. Great complexity and flavor balance; and very smooth to sip on. Extremely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 03:18:17 | More by superspak
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hmbrewer336


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

A: beautiful red hue with lots of bubbles. head a finger think and it has spotting lacing as it goes down the glass.

S. Belgium has nothing on this. The smell is of green grapes and a huge oak character accompanied by complex fruitiness.

T: Green apple and oak are prevalent with little to no hoppy character. Sour and acidy with a dryness. Small malt character.

M: extremely light in the mouth and high carbonation. The sourness is just right. You know it is there but no puckering.

O: Fantastic Flander's...Love a nice sour belgian beer ever now and then. This is top of the line stuff. Love the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 15:58:16 | More by hmbrewer336
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive ruby-brown semi-hazy brew. Head is rosy tan and initially large. It fades to a ring leaving little bits of lace straggling behind. Aroma is fun to take in. Maraschino cherries, green apple, rum, butterscotch, toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, spice, and something tart....Jolly Ranchers come to mind though its been along time since I've had any. Taste is crisp, clean, sour, tangy, fruity...fermented fruity...and enjoyably bitter. Definitely some nutty stuff going on here in an intriguing and mouthwatering way. There's something reminiscent of stinky armpits in this...not to be taken negatively. Earthy and rooty flavors perhaps... Rooibos? The sourness of this grows on you as you get further in. Texture is lightweight and delicate. Grape-like dry, finely gritty, slick throughout, and generally lip smacking. Medium body with soft carbonation. I am enjoying this. A welcome change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:42:47 | More by tastybeer
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wedge

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blend 16 | Bottled: 8-30-2011

Murky reddish-brown color under a bubbly beige collar of a head. Acidic, woody cherry aroma. Earthy spice, wild yeast, caramel apples, and vinegar. First sip: solid fruity tartness upfront...sour, spicy cherries and berries, and some phenols lingering in the back. Less acidic than the aroma. Dry and pretty crisp; sweet, but not too sweet. The spiced, wooden earthiness continues through to the flavor and works well with the fruit. This is tasty stuff. I dig the sourness, though the astringency is a bit much in the nose and detracts from the more pleasant aromas. All around though, a fairly smooth, lip-smacking, tart experience and one that I will likely have again at some point.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:34:37 | More by wedge
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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

750ml served in a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a rusty amber with an off-white cap. Specks of lacing left behind.

S - Oak and cherries dominate. A perfume potpourri aroma. Hints of caramel malt, sweettart candy.

T - Acidic and woody, tart grapes, lemon, cranberry juice, apple skins and spice. Bready malt resides underneath. Finishes woody and very dry.

M - Light to medium body, acidic, slightly sour, crisp and dry finish.

Wood is upfront and works well with the cherry tartness. Nice balance of lactos. Great rustic aroma. The first beer I've had from Jolly Pumpkin and won't be my last.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 00:04:13 | More by StaveHooks
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spicelab

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor.

Burnished mahogany with a moderate white head that falls to a slight ring and film.

Kriek-esque nose of tart cherries and balsamic with a smorgasbord of rotting organic material (in an appetising way) behind it, notes of musk, grassy funk, candy sugar and some snappy herbs. Very bright and lifted.

Flavours show more intense pithy tartness, before gradually opening out into sour cherries, sherbety dark fruits and lots of tannins.

On the lighter side of medium with vibrant carbonation and a suitably tart, drying finish.

Impressive wild ale with charisma plus. Complex but well contained. Close to a kriek stylistically but with a little more yeast and malt action.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 08:49:46 | More by spicelab
La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.