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La Roja - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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90
outstanding

1,760 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,760
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 143
Gots: 284 | 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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3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this review on a sticky note behind my phone case! I need a better system...
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 7/11/11.

Appearance - Pours a clean amber. Small off-white head with decent retention.

Smell - Acetic acidity with a malty presence. Reminds me of a light Flanders Red.

Taste - Bright lemon acidity. Very brief. Turns a touch vinegary as the maltiness comes through. Finishes with all sorts of muddy sour flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very light. I expected and maybe wanted a heavier malt presence.

Overall - Much better than other JP beers. I was beginning to lose faith as all of them started tasting the same to me. This one has a variety of sour flavors, even if it seems muddled and unclean.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La roja

Hazy dark copper with a decwnt size lingering head.

Sharp, pungent sour aroma. Dark fruit, raisins. Some vinegar like aroma.

The flavor is malty and sweet along with the sour. The sourness doesn't linger like I wish it would.

A surprisingly clean finish.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage unknown, but seeing as this is the older style bottle and CT hasn't seen JP in about two years this has to be a few years old. 750 ml crowned bottle into a tulip glass. In typical JP fashion, this was a huge gush over.

A - Pours a murky red/brown body. Tons of frothy off white foam just clings to the side, pretty ridiculous level of retention. The foam almost has a cherry pink hue to it while swirling.

S - Cherries, lactic vinegar, oak, and vanilla. A touch of alcohol burn on the finish. A bit more pronounced oak than a standard Flemish bruin/red. Has a distinct sour twang on the end. Quite nice.

T - Surprisingly muted and thin. Cherries and oak followed by an off putting taste that isn't quite vinegar....rubber perhaps? Finish is clean with no lasting aftertaste or mouth puckering'ness. In fact this isn't even that sour at all. Boring and lacking.

M - Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Age has not done the wonders to this beer that I was hoping for. I'm going to have to revisit this with a fresh example. This vintage whatever it may be...is just average.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

La Roja pours a clear copper color with a small creamy head. A few lines of lace remain on the glass as the foam fades away.

The aroma is fruity and tart with notes of cherry, strawberry, oak and vanilla.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is tart and sour. Dark fruit (cherry/strawberry) blend nicely with oak and vanilla. It finishes moderately tart. The fruity flavor and tartness lingers on the palate when gone.

This beer isn't overly tart and fairly easy to drink for the style. The fruity flavor is pleasant.

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,760 ratings.