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La Roja - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 213
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.6%
Wants: 296
Gots: 73 | FT: 11
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 02-16-2006

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Blend 1. Bottled 11/3/14.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, fruit juice, and acetone aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, fruit juice, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the acetone aromas aren't too pleasant.

Serving type: bottle. (673 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32-month edition. Batch 48. Thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a rusty amber color without any head. THe nose brings some light cherry in the foreground plus a bit of oak in the background. Overall, the nose is mildly acetic and has a bit of old burnt rubber. Some mild funk as well. The taste is overwhelming sour, and it almost hurts my mouth. Granted, I had a cut on the inside of my lip, but still. Very puckering and has quite a bit of oak. Almost too sour to be enjoyable. More of the problem, I think, we that there was nothing other than a bit of oak to back up the sourness. Too bad, as I was really excited to try this one. Thanks again, Brad. (683 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak Aged - 20 months

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a modest head that belies expectations as it foamed out of the bottle when opened; lots of splashy lacing

Smell: Funky bourbon/cider aroma - tart green apples and rotting peaches

Taste: Peaches and bourbon right off the bat, with the oaky vanilla flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, apricots, peaches, tart apples and currant flavors emerge and join the strong bourbon flavors; funky finish with considerable wine-like dryness from the oak

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: This is a really interesting blend of flavors and a particular treat for those who like both bourbon and wild ales

Thanks, JesseDaniel, for the experience (760 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle shared by dyan - thanks, dogg.

Appearance: Tawny in color with no head whatsoever - completely still. Moderately hazy.

Smell: Funky red wine is the first thing that comes to mind. Takes on more of a red wine vinegar edge as it warms. Light to moderate acetic acid, and a bit of mineral water funk.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sour and drying, big oaky tannins. Nice balance of fruity sourness, acetic acid and drying tannins. Slightly mineral/metallic mid palate, with a touch of vanilla following. Carbonation is low, this is almost still, though it does little to hamper my enjoyment of the beer. Good stuff, but not quite as enjoyable as the regular La Roja. (668 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jay23 for providing the extra...2008 batch, aged 32 months.

Holy acetic acid batman! That's about all I get from this at first. The tan head bubbles up and fades fast. Nice crimson glint, with a brownish surface. Leather, honey, and tobacco in the nose, with a sharp vinegar and blue cheese element. Sharp tartness to the flavor, with plenty acetic notes lingering afterwards. Mild oak and balsamic notes. Full bodied with a nice elevating level of carbonation , keeping things dry.

Gives Rodenbach a run for the money, for sure...

08-08-2007:
Received in a generous trade with JesseDaniel...thanks!

12oz. bottle, neck label states:
"Grand Reserve oak aged - 20 months"

Pour is a deep reddish mahoghany, with an orange ring around the top where the light gets through. Body has a muddy clarity, not completely opaque. A large cap of foam rises, leaving spotty webs of lace. Very tiny particles hang in suspension.

Tendrils of vanilla, oak, coconut, and spice waft from the tulip glass. Swirling produces a sourish fruit and mild sharpness in the nose, hinting at it's strength. The alcohol is sophisticatedly hidden under levels of complexity. A touch of wild yeast is apparent in the sour funkiness.

Woody earthiness of oak, dark berry tartness, vanilla, with mysteriously mild spices lingering long after. Carbonation is present, but fairly toned down. Dry, bittersweet, with tannins similar to a red wine, but more resembling an Oud Bruin. Pepper tingles on the tongue long after the first sip. A definite sipper, it took the better part of an hour to savor this one. The empty glass still smells rich and woody. (1,636 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had acquired this one in a trade a while back and had been waiting to give it a whirl. So when I went for something intresting with lunch today, I thought this would be just the ticket. Served cold and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 04/11/2009.

Appearance - Deep reddish amber, burnt sienna in color/ cloudy with a small whispy offwhite head that left a light coating on the sides and bottom of the glass.

Aroma - The aroma was nice, oak with a light funk are pressing here. Some light spice and as it warms up lots of cherries coming at me now.

Taste - Cherries from the start, very nice. light oak and woody notes press in mid palate and as it warms a nice touch of spice starts to come through, almost peppery at times. Some light apple vinegar like flavor in the finish as a dry finish fades off.

Mouthfeel - A smooth, medium bodied ale, nice carbonation here prickled at the tongue at times. Coating and just right.

Drink - Very smooth, with almost no hint of alchol hanging on this one at all. Very easy drinking here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Not too heavy, and was just about right for a lunch time brew. I would do this one again with no issue. (1,190 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 48. The beer is a murky dark amber color with minimal head formation. As expected, quite a bit of vinegar. Sort of a blend of balsamic and red wine vinegars. A bit of toffee sweetness and perhaps a hint of acetone. A nice oakiness and mild vanilla. Not much fruit on the nose. The intensity of the vinegar is equal to the aroma. A decent amount of cherry and red grape flavor with a nice wine note. A hint of vanilla along with some tannic oak. Nice flavors, but the acetic quality makes it a bit tough to drink. (518 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 438/439. Thanks to Bob (klipper)! Served in Darkness glass.

A - Very late-rising thin white foam settles to a big-bubbled partial cap, and thicker collar. The body is a dark reddish orange, with a hint of transparency at the edges. Some tiny spots of lacing are left behind as the beer is consumed.

S - Smell is quite nice, with a mix of oak, red wine vinegar, dill, hint of blue cheese. Quite vinous, with increasing dry wood flavors as the beer warms up that starts to become a tad overwhelming.

T - Nice sour grapes and appleskins, red wine, quite acetic with minimal lactic character. Long lingering dry oak finish. By the end of the bottle there's a hint of the base brown malt. Again, it's quite enjoyable but it's hard to differentiate from other Jolly Pumpkin offerings without the virtue of an A/B comparison.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, with extreme tannic dryness, and a mouth-coating residual candy-like finish. No real indication of the listed 8% ABV.

D - Really nice beer. I was able to finish the 12oz bottle very quickly and I'd gladly have this again in the future if it were available a little more often. Beast Jolly Pumpkin beer I've had in a while. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

Batch 48
32 month edition

The beer is sunburst and ruby hued, with very little head. Aromas include caramels, cherries, oak, vanilla, and light funk. The beer is impressively sour. Give it to me baby! Don't...stop...don't stop...don't stop! This beer will F your palate in the A with its sourness. Moving on. The flavor brings a lot of the barrel characteristics, as well as a light helping of cherries. Really wonderful and complex, even challenging, I thoroughly enjoyed this. I so dig sipping on a complex, super sour monster of a beer, and this one delivered. (608 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Labled as La Roja Select (Brandy Barrel Aged Flemish-Style Amber Ale)

Sampled on tap at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest, July 2007

The beer is quite hazy and is a dirty, amber color that looks almost completely flat with a few wayward bubbles lazing around. The aroma is a mix of sour / funk notes as well as some big wood / barrel character; a mix of spicy wood, buttery oak, tart plum, hints of cheddar, and some Bourbon-like notes that come through with out being overwhelming. The oak aromatics are more noticeable than any Brandy notes.

The beer fells flat as it hits the mouth, there is no carbonation, which accents a light sweetness, which in turn accentuates some fruit notes of Macintosh and plum. The finish is tannic; like a green tee that coats the teeth. There is a spicy note in the finish that is contributed by some hot alcohol notes, spicy oak flavors and a light, yet drying astringency. This beer would be really helped by some carbonation, especially since the flavors in this beer are so well balanced. This is a nice mix of light tart flavors, mellow, yet persistent oak notes and a hint of liquor-like notes. Actually, carbonation would make this a fantastic beer. This has much better, more integrated flavors than the Oro de Calabaza Reserve. (1,278 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.99/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 438/439. Bottled 7/25/2011.

Appearance - Almost flat, deep reddish amber. A few stray bubbles.

Smell - Oaky and slightly acetic. Lots of malt. Kind of uninspired.

Taste - Much more acidic here, at least. Not too acetic, but that's the sourness that lingers. Grassy vegetal flavor. Malty and oaky as well.

Mouthfeel - Not too intense of a sour. Very low carbonation.

Overall - I prefer regular La Roja. This is no improvement as the oak doesn't seem to add anything and the sourness is less complex. (546 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to hopdog for deciding to open this…
Appears a hazy brownish amber with a small off white head. Tons & tons of spotty lacing scattered about the glass.
Smell is of brett filled oak…f’in awesome with oak, vanilla, and whiskey.
Taste is of oaky, whiskey, vanilla in a complex brett dosed malty brew.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, sweet, fruity, oaky, and bourbonesque. (376 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour from the 12oz bottle yields a small, beige head with little retention and very little lacing. The color is deep ruby amber. The aroma is of tart cherries, barnyard funk, oak, and alcohol. Taste is funky, tart cherries with some oak and lactic acid. Finish is very tart and alcohol with some bourbn. Mouthfeel is very thin and syrupy with low carbonation...slightly puckering as well. Interesting beer. (417 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to CRJMellor for this brew.

Oak Aged - 20 months
12oz. Bottle

Poured into a chalice a cloudy darker amber/burnt brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, some islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is tangy, malty, slightly spicy, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is tangy, malty, grapey, some spice thrown in, nice touch of caramel. Medium body, a pretty complex brew. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, but there is a nice warm feeling. Very drinkable, glad to have had a chance to try this awesome brew out, highly recommended. (581 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a light small-bubbled and short-lived uneven film over the translucent but not clear burgundy brew. Lacing is minimal to nearly non-existant. However, all this stuff is to be somewhat expected from brew aged in oak for months as this one apparently was. Aroma is, yow, strong stuff. Dominant barrel and alcohol notes, leaving little room for anything else. Taste is much more balanced than the nose. Starts with tart fruitiness, vanilla and oak sashay on in, and then the alcohol takes over. Cannot believe this only 8%abv. There is just no way. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not bad for what it is, but wish it was just a bit more user-friendly all around. The burning alcohol I find in the aroma sort of infringes on everything else. (857 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (898 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The awesome OHLRangers tossed one of these in as an extra in a trade. Thanks a bunch, Ed! I split this with Chris for breakfast on day 3 of our epic drinking session.

A: Murky crimson with no head whatsoever. There's a little visible carbonation but this beer is very still. After 32 months in oak, expecting something else is a bit much, eh?

S: Sour, acetic and vinegary and intensely so. Mildly musty abut there's a hint of sweetness in the back. La Folie-like with a bit of a body is how I'd describe it, with vinegar being rather straight up. Tannins from the oak are noticeable

T: Opens up sour and acetic with some oak. There's a surprising body to this beer, not sweet but just heft. Mildly dry, acetic and oaky on the finish that's tart and enjoyable. Could use a little more balance between oak and vinegar, though

M: No carbonation and this makes the beer seem heavier than it is (in a good way). The finish is solid too

D: A whole bottle could be a bit much but 6oz for breakfast? Yes please! (1,008 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle poured into mini snifter - 2011 bottle - thanks erikkoppin

Mostly clear golden cherry pour with a thin cap of beige head. Fades out completely into a super thin collar of film with a handful of lacing spots on the glass.

Acidic and sour in the nose laced with dark cherries, currants and fruit skin. Touches of oak and vinegar with red wine and soft glowing warmth.

Bracingly sour, fruity and lightly sweet up front. Dark earthy malts with a dash of caramel lurk underneath the nevernding sour attack. Cherries, raisins, currants and dark fruits combine to form a sour fruit cocktail, wrapping around the tongue with a warm glow. Funky yeast and oak, finishing with lingering dry tartness.

Medium body, lighter carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. I opened this alongside a 2011 La Roja and the difference is quite staggering. While the original beer is a tasty, tart wild ale, this has been cranked up to the max, but manages to avoid becoming too acidic or vinegary. (997 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for sharing this bottle - enjoyed side by side along with Biere de Mars Grand Reserve. The La Roja version pours a ruby-tinted, dingy copper color; opaque nearly everywhere except for the very edges where translucency is still fairly low. The off-white, gray-tinted head fades almost quickly to even be called a head. It's more of a dinky skin that coats the surface of the beer, leaving very small bits of lacing behind.

La Roja Grand Reserve has a killer aroma - a huge step up from the original La Roja. I believe the difference is just a much, much longer time in barrels, right? Cherry skins, apples, lots of vinegar, and big-time vinous notes just pour out of this one. Not much funk to be had, save for a mild mildew-y aroma, but there's tons of barrel notes; heavy on the tannin, tart, fruity, sharp and searing with crazy acidity. It's the kind of smell that makes your mouth water before you even bring the brew to your lips.

Then when you finally do, everything that was promised to you by the aroma - the tart, the barrel, the acidity - is delivered in full. Extremely tart and puckering up front, carrying the flavor of ripe cherries, sour green apples, tart grape skins, and again, an enormous vinous character, complete with wet oak, white wine, and heavy vinegar. Much like in the aroma, the funk is almost unnoticed, to the point where I'm wondering if there's any at all?

The wonderful tartness of La Roja Grand Reserve is strong almost all the way throughout, until the very end when it finally starts to recess and it transfers into a delicate fruity sweetness that's outlined with warm oak. Despite my love for all things sour and tart, this beer would be sure to give you a nice stomach ulcer if enjoyed in large quantities, so the six ounces I had were perfect. The mouth feel is clean, crisp, and overall pretty thin; heavily carbonated for that nice, snappy, dry finish.

Another great brew from the guys and gals over at Jolly Pumpkin. Similar in a lot of ways to the Biere de Mars Grand Reserve, maybe slightly less tart, although this one seemed to affect my stomach a bit more. Would have liked to see a bit more funk, but I'm not surprised by its absence. A wonderfully tart and puckering brew that's sure to please any sour fanatic, and a very nice step up from the original La Roja (which is already a great brew). (2,364 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to Matt for sharing this long time want! 07/25/2011 Bottled date. #438/439 Batch.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish caramel amber hue. Some froth and lace.

(S)- A subtle cheesy funk with lots and lots of barrel wood. Some subtle spice. Very mild lactic bits.

(T)- Some nice tart/acidic fruits with the same superb dry wood barrel and subtle spice. Not as funky as the smell, but again, some lactic bits in there.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Has a great flow of sour fruit to dry oak and subtle funk. Very harmonious despite the heft oak barrel profiles.

(D)- Very nice stuff here. Great smell, taste, and feel with not one part standing our from the next, so it is a well balanced and integrated beer. Regular La Roja is one of Jolly Pumpkin's best beers, and this just got even better than that. (854 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 48
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. (336 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SpdKilz for sharing this one at my birthday tasting.

A - Rusty amber colored beer that didn't have much head on it.

S - There's a decent bit of tart cherry on the front and some oak. Little bit of funkiness to it as well.

T - Taste is pretty good. There's some cherry flavor that has held up decently as well as a bit of funk. Good sourness.

M - Medium bodied, carbonation is pretty active.

O - I thought this beer had some good taste and was fairly enjoyable to drink. Would drink again. (505 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.81/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12.7 fl oz bottle sealed with JP pressure cap.

white letters on the bottom of the bottle state: blend 1; bottled on 11/03/2014

poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: deep maroon red body with ruby colored hues when held up to light. Moderate opacity. Dirty off white colored head that starts 2 full fingers tall. Head drops down to uneven cap leaving random and spotty lacing.

Smell: This smell quite acetic almost getting to levels of spicy acetone character. This does not bode well for how this beer might taste... I hope it does not taste like nail polish remover, but it smells like the possiblity is definately there. It also smells very rich; spicy, sweet, oaky, and fruity. Elements of cherry pie and light musty funk are noticable as well.

Taste: This brings a mellow sour bite with a lot of spiciness. It has a boozey burn up front with the sour and spice and you do taste some acetone. Cherry pie, wet oak, musty funk, and dirt.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Stinging and spicy boozyness. Not very drinkable. Gives a sensation of immediate acid reflux in the back of your throat after each sip.

Overall: Well, this is not a very good sour. You can tell it had the potential to be good, but acetone flavors have ruined this for me. I will probably just stick with La Roja because it is a much better beer. Not sure that I want to try other Jolly Pumpkin Grand reserve beers because this was pretty disappointing for my first taste of Jolly Pumpkin grand reserve series beers. I think Jolly pumpkin can do much better than this... Makes me wonder if this is just a bad bottle or all bottles are like this from this release. (1,669 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,645 characters)

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La Roja - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.