La Roja - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 84 | Display Reviews Only:
4.8/5 rDev +13.5%
Big thanks to grub for opening up these two La Roja Grand Reserves! Side by side, La Roja GR maybe 16 or 17 month, unknown blend, and the La Roja GR 32 month in barrel! I'm just going to review the 32 month version. Day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.
Pours a crystal clear reddish orange, cleared up insanely well, thin bubbles form, almost no head, couple spots find their way to the edge of the glass. Smell is amazing, bourbon, oak, vanilla, melons and assorted fruit basket, very sour and funky middle, almost salty, tons of funk, caramel, barnyard, amazing. Taste is just as good, honey, sweet and sour, fruits, salt and vinegar, bourbon, oak, very sour and acidic lemon juice, malty, more wood, very smooth flavours, sour juice finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very sour in the finish but insanely well integrated and balanced. That long in the barrel really did some awesome things to this beer. I think I have a bottle around too, neat to see how it changes in a couple years. Thanks a ton grub!
The unknown batch was very different. Still pretty hazy, not as well integrated, and a little rough around the edges.
12-07-2008 16:50:23 | More by Viggo
4.75/5 rDev +12.3%
330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature. The bottle spewed foam upon popping the cap – just like ordinary La Roja did for me. Luckily, this time I saved it by letting the foam spill out into the glass instead of all over the counter, floor, and sink.
L – Hazy ruby-tinged amber-brown color with a 2-finger frothy tan head. Great retention and nice lacing. Extremely surprising head characteristics for a sour beer.
S – Red wine, dark cherries, musty oak, and a strong dose of vinegar acidity. Just like regular La Roja except with a little more vinegary perceived sourness and perhaps a bit more oak.
T – Wow. This is where this beer soars above ordinary La Roja. It starts off sweet with dark cherries and red grapes but almost immediately plunges into a wonderful puckering sour abyss. When the sourness finally begins to subside, a nice red wine and musty oak dryness appears at the finish.
F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sharp and puckering mouthfeel, and a very sour and dry finish. Sour cherry and grape flavors as well as some oak dryness linger for a great amount of time.
O – This is an outstanding sour beer. I was impressed right off the bat with the fantastic amount of head formation and retention. I haven’t seen many sour beers with good heads on them. The aroma was fairly similar to ordinary La Roja, but the taste absolutely blew me away. It is leaps and bounds more sour than the regular stuff. Also, the time in the oak barrels gives the beer a pleasantly woody and dry finish that complements the puckering sourness very well. I’m so glad I happened to be in Ann Arbor when this was released. Phenomenal beer from Jolly Pumpkin.
09-25-2012 02:45:37 | More by BlackBelt5112203
4.7/5 rDev +11.1%
Had a kickass JP tasting a while back... finally getting my notes typed up.
Pours a murky reddish brownish rust color. Minimal head, minimal lace. Some small bubbles stick behind in the legs.
It doesn't look bad.
The nose is super sour. And tart. Oak, sour cherries... smells great. It smells so great I shall pause and blow my nose to ensure my enjoyment level is where it needs to be. The oak is big. Little bit of vinegar. Very fucking nice.
The beer ends up being pretty dry... It starts off with a little sweetness and then dries out with some strong tartness before going full-out, over the top sour.
The body is medium, with really really light carbonation-- almost wine-like... But man does this work.
Overall-- just spectacular. This is in my top 3 from JP... I would love to get more of this one!
08-19-2011 04:38:33 | More by AleWatcher
4.7/5 rDev +11.1%
From a 2012 stubby bottle into my new favorite glass: my Tripel Karmeliet tulip
Pours a semi-ruddy amber/ruby/copper/reddish hue with a small ring of head. Looks much like a light-ish oude bruin. It is kinda dull looking, really, but it is hard to majorly ding a beer this good for the looks, so I give it a 4.
The nose is OUT OF THIS WORLD for this beer. So much going on. Musty Cherries. Oak. Apple. Apple Cider Vinegar. Funk. More Vinegar. 4.5
Taste does one better, which is not very common for any beer. Usually it is unfortunately the other way around. The taste is such a soft vinegar. The malt is present, but not assertive. Some semi-sweet notes from the malt. Sourness does not over-power in any way. Cherries come through nicely in the flavor. One of the better beers I've sipped in a long time. 5
M/O The feel is medium, with a light amount of carbonation. I personally think it fits this style very well 4.5 Overall, one of the better beers I've had the pleasure of drinking in quite some time, and will be doing my best to seek some more out, however unlikely this success is... 4.5
11-08-2012 02:08:58 | More by mikecharley
4.68/5 rDev +10.6%
Well I have had this brew on my personal wish list for quite some time. I am happy to say it was well worth the wait.
Taste- Sour but not sweet like some fruit lambics can be. Lightly fruity with some apple and cherry. A good amount of vinegar but not so much to be off putting. Toasty with caramel and vanilla on the finish. The flavor really develops as the beer warms.
Appearance- Rusty reddish brown with a decent lacy head. It most resembles a raw cider. Plenty or carbonation, enough to rattle my 4 oz stopper placed on top to preserve the taste. The head was off white and persistent more than I expected for this type of brew.
Nose- Bourbon, Honey, Vanilla, Vinegar, fruit, Light spice.
Overall I give this beauty 4.5 out of 5.0
10-22-2012 04:34:29 | More by BigShel
4.68/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
12-19-2011 22:49:20 | More by kzoobrew
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
Poured into a JP snifter
A - Very still, little to no head, a deep crimson rusty color, rubyish and turbid.
N - Pie cherries, old wood but very spritzy like a white wine, a rich suggestion of white pepper, charred oak; it's a very inviting smell and the JP brett aroma is nearly overpowering accented with some nutty, tart cheese aromas. There is some fruit-like qualities like lemon zest, very sour cherries.
T - Very smooth and carbonated, rolls off the palate like champagne; tart cherries and lemon zest up front, definitely not cloying in the sourness, the regular La Roja I think is almost a little more tart than this. There is some fruit juice like qualities and blackberries, a perfectly placed amount of carbonation; the oakiness and tannins is muted for just a really enjoyable, refreshing yet slightly drying sour beer.
D - Damn good stuff
02-04-2012 01:40:20 | More by biga7346
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
This one was a blend of 12 and 14 month La Roja, purchased at the brewery store.
A bit hazy with a deep reddish amber colour topped by a solid cap of off-white foam. Pretty good head retention, with a thin skim and solid collar remaining throughout. Lacing was quite sticky, starting out as solid sheets and becoming more spotty towards the bottom of the glass. The aroma is great, lots of brett and wood character, but still mellow. A bit of tartness in the nose, along with plum and oak, faint leather. Tart, fruity flavour with some warming alcohol in the finish. Mild caramel sweetness, plus plums and apple skins, oak, tobacco, and very mild spiciness. Lingering tart berries. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, quite creamy with pronounced dryness. This stuff is simply amazing. It's mellow and balanced all around with some bold flavours. Highly recommended - I could drink this all night.
01-27-2008 22:10:55 | More by DrJay
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a hazy deep amber/ copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, oaky, tart, and vinegar. In the taste, oaky, a white grape fruity tartness. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, with a dry tart green apple/ white grape aftertaste. Great tartness, dry green apples, oaky and smooth, it actually rivals Rodenbach Grand Cru.
09-01-2008 15:20:16 | More by OWSLEY069
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja - Grande Reserve
12 oz bottle
Recent release(04/07, batch #2(?)), blushed over 05/07
Medium pour in a tulip glass.
Poured a hazy orange brown with a small light brown somewhat lasting head with lots of carbonation. Very interesting lacing as I tipped the glass for a sip.
Smelt of strong fruity sour oranges and fresh fruit salad and moderate caramel, vinous.
Taste was upfront strong sour and moderate sweetness and light spiciness followed by a strong bitter and sour yeast on a long bitter finish.
Palate was light to medium bodied, softly carbonated, creamy to a dry finish, lightly alcoholic and puckering.
Overall, this is something special. The sour flavors are bold and striking, almost intimidating, but not off putting by any way. The aroma itself is a mystifying treat. I couldn't find myself drinking this in the winter though due to its puckering factor. It's a very odd style and sensory experience, somewhat new to me, but the balance of such strong sour flavors is simply amazing.
05-02-2007 04:19:39 | More by xav33
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Got to taste this 08 beer at a hombrewers Christmas party.
One of the most delicious and sour beers I've ever had. The sour will definitely knock your socks off, but it was amazing at the same time.
Had a wonderful nose.
After a few sips I could feel the lactic acid dissolving my entire mouth.
Loved it and glad that I had the chance to try it.
Would definitely have purchase some if I could get my hands on it.
12-18-2010 20:48:25 | More by jbtice0315
La Roja - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
94 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.