La Roja - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
07-12-2013 00:12:39 | More by xnicknj
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
Reviewing the La Roja Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales out of Dexter, Michigan.
Bottled 03-13-2012. Label says "Batch 454 & 469", whatever that means. Served in a stemmed Doom teku-wanna be and enjoyed on 06/12/13.
Appearance: Pours a super cloud reddish-brown color that fades to a super dull and pale yellow color at the top. Pours a ring around the glass of off-white bubbly head. Minimal lacing and retention. 2.5/5
Smell: Tons of sharp vinegar, musty and sour cherry and oak. Red grape and a touch of dark fruit too. Lots of lacto. Shares a quality that I can't put my finger on with the Crooked Stave Cognac Sentience I had last week. 4.25/5
Taste: Super tart. Sour cherry, vinegar, lacto-ey greek yogurt and oak (in that order). Hints of dark fruit in the finish too. Lingering lacto-infused cherry, but clean otherwise. No funk. 4.5/5
Mouthfeel: Just shy of medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Super tart, dries out the cheeks. 4.5/5
Overall: A delicious American wild ale. Blows regular La Roja out of the water. Sour cherry and lacto without being medicinal. Glad I have another in the cellar!
Cost: $10 for an 11.2 oz (330 ml) stubby bottle.
06-13-2013 01:55:50 | More by jegross2
3/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
06-10-2013 17:13:51 | More by Alieniloquium
3.81/5 rDev -9.9%
375ml bottle bottled 3/2012. Thanks jbck109!
A: Pours a murky dark cranberry juice color with a minimal off-white head that faded into a bubbly collar that left a few spots of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Musty barrel notes meet red fruits. I get hints of apple vinegar, cherry skins, woody oak tannins, cranberry juice and acetone.
T: Tart and slightly acidic notes of red wine vinegar, apple vinegar, sour cherry juice, cranberry juice, gritty dry oak, leather and damp musty basement. The finish has a hint of sweetness and the aftertaste is full of sour lemon peel and dry cherry skin tannins.
M: Rather thick body, greasy, slick, tart, and dry mouthfeel, with very low splashy carbonation and an acidic/acetone bite. Dry but not crazy.
O: I thought the flavors were good and smoothed out by the oak. An enjoyable sour from JP but not my favorite from their lineup. Thanks again Jay.
06-10-2013 01:12:05 | More by scottfrie
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
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).
05-28-2013 11:23:45 | More by tectactoe
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottled March 2012 (> 1 yr old now), Batch 454 & 469, Review #700 in a bad ass fantome glass
The beer pours a murky, rusty brown with a centimeter of off-white head that dissipates into a thin halo with little lacing and some sediment. The nose is relatively mild with notes of tart cherries, vinous grapes, and a touch of nail polish. I remember the regular la roja being quite astringent, but this drinks a lot smoother with rounded fruit flavors, malt sweetness, good oak, and less acetone. The mouthfeel is initially molassesy sweet and fruity with a non-bitter, dry, acetone/fruity finish. This is definitely a better beer compared to the regular and is worth trying at least once, but I wish it was more available and at a lower price point.
05-21-2013 23:39:24 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.11/5 rDev -2.8%
I was excited to get this in the sours for dummies BIF, bottled 3/12. Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter, ruddy amber pour, slight white head. The aroma has sour cherries, apple cider vinegar. The flavors have lots of sour fruit, oak, very tart and very drying. The body is light, slight carbonation. IMO a good flanders red, very glad to have tried it.
03-01-2013 01:53:48 | More by bonkers
3.76/5 rDev -11.1%
Bottle from trade. Batch 438/439. 7-25-2011 bottle date. Poured 2-20-13. Pours cloudy red with no head at all. Smells like the regular La Roja with a bit more vinegar. Bit of dry oak present for sure. Sour cherries. Bit of paint thinner. Mellow mouthfeel explodes into strong but smooth sour notes. Cherry vinegar that finishes very dry. A nice beer, very low carbonation. Not sure if the oak did all that much here.
02-21-2013 04:07:51 | More by BMMillsy
La Roja - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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