La Roja - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by kzoobrew:
4.68/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Rusted red colored beer. The body is rather murky and cloudy. A very modest one finger egg shell colored head rests atop momentarily. The head recedes quickly leaving a decent ring and scattered lacing.
Tart aroma up front. Combination of sour apple and cherries provide a pleasant introduction. A fair amount of earthy funk settles in just behind. On the back a vinous dry grape aroma develops. Soft oak develops and provides some continuity in the nose.
An assertive tartness is picked up right off the bat. A bright cherry flavor develops just behind, the transition is seamless. The oak comes into play on the midpalate. The oak dries out the flavor a bit and helps some more subtle flavor emerge. Soft earthy flavor noted on the back of the palate. A grape like tartness lingers long after the swallow.
Medium to light bodied beer. The carbonation is rather low. I did not think this would be appropriate for this particular beer but I am enjoying it very much. The finish is very dry.
La Roja is hands down my favorite beer from Jolly Pumpkin, La Roja Grande Reserve surpasses its younger version in so many ways. Intense flavor while maintaining impressive balance. Fantastic beer and highly enjoyable. Easily one of my favorite beers of the year.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2011 22:49:20 | More by kzoobrew
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3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
big thanks to genuinedisciple for sending this one my way. enjoyed from a jolly pumpkin snifter side-by-side with a bottle of regular La Roja, for science ofcourse.
la roja grand reserve batch 454 & 469 bottled 03-13-2012
la roja blend 5 bottled 02-15-2013
a - brew opened and the cap and collar of the bottle were coated with some funky residue (sediment?)...a bit gross, but the brew poured the same semi-transparent amber maroon as the regular la roja, but the regular boasted a bigger fluffier head and better lacing.
s - nose is fairly funky. lots of lacto and acetone. the regular is soft sour with some fruity notes in the flanders vein...whereas the grand reserve is way puckery...almost to the point of nail polish remover. my poor teeth enamel!
t - picks up right where the nose left off. SUPER sour. acetone, funky sour bugs and bacteria...almost too sour, whereas the regular la roja has some of the same sour elements, but seems to fall a bit flat to the grand reserve...like the cherries have barely started to sour, but not the grand reserve...almost too sour. as it warmed and my palate adjusted to the sourness, i found myself really getting into it.
m - soft feel, but comes with an extreme pucker. one of the more in your face sour beers i've tried.
o - overall, grand reserve is an improvement on the base...it isn't necessarily a home run. the sourness is a bit over the top for me and makes me feel like my tooth enamel is getting stripped from the beer. extremely glad to have the tick, but not something i'd seek out again. as it warmed and my palate adjusted to the sourness, i found myself really getting into it.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 22:11:12 | More by cosmicevan
4.48/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Batch 454 & 469. Bottled 03/13/12. Pours a murky, brownish amber color with little to no head. Scent is very inviting on this one. Tons of sour cherries and sweet oak aromas. A lot of vanilla with sour berries and a hint of red wine vinegar. Very fruit forward in the aroma with a nice balance from the oak barrels. Taste is just as good as it smells. Initially, it is very sweet. Sweet vanilla, oak, and berry. Then it gets some cherry flavor which becomes more and more sour as it warms. Not as sour as I was expecting, but definitely complex and with immense flavor. Just the right amount of vinegar and acidity. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is almost spot on for this beer. Not too carbonated with a very dry finish. Drinkability is very high, and the 8%ABV is nowhere to be found. Overall, a step above from regular La Roja. I love the original, but this one is better IMO. Delicious and complex wild ale. Wish I had more of this.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2013 08:43:00 | More by DovaliHops
La Roja - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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