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La Roja - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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La Roja - Grand ReserveLa Roja - Grand Reserve

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 290
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 02-16-2006)
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 8: Bottled 6-10-2011. Acquired at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Poured ~5C into wine glasses.

Deep amber body with a light tan tea that leaves some lacing. Brett barnyard and oak on the nose. A firm maltiness in the body that for some reason I was not expecting (8% amber, shoulda been I guess), works decently well with the brett flavours though still seems a hint out of place. Maltier than a Flanders Red, a nice beer that just surprised at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 18:51:33 | More by kjyost
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dsgolovin

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-18-2012 04:56:45 | More by dsgolovin
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-15-2012 01:03:08 | More by auroracrisis
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womencantsail

California

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 16:43:46 | More by womencantsail
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Billakowski

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-07-2012 03:17:53 | More by Billakowski
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bauermj

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-11-2012 03:47:20 | More by bauermj
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-10-2012 04:37:48 | More by Beezee
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 04:16:10 | More by MasterSki
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claaark13

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 stubby.

A - Very still, translucent with a brownish-red hue.

S - Mild vinegar, cheesy funk.

T - Some vinegar, tart throughout. Some cherry-like presence at times with a little bit of wwd.

M - Light to medium.

O - I liked this one, but the appearance and body pull it down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 03:02:41 | More by claaark13
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imperialking

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-03-2012 23:29:09 | More by imperialking
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Scout11

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-24-2012 05:20:15 | More by Scout11
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-22-2012 15:15:33 | More by cadaugherty
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ScottyC54

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-17-2012 16:49:40 | More by ScottyC54
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WeisGuy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-17-2012 02:16:30 | More by WeisGuy
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby bottle sent by Romulux. Poured into a snifter. Thanks!

Pours a dark burnt red, with good clarity. Thick layer of dregs is seen settled at the bottom and the neck of the bottle, that thankfully did not get disturbed at all. In spite of a good pour, no head forms and the beer looks lifeless :-/ This is surprising because the carbonation couldn't have been more apt as far as the mouthfeel goes!

An ale of staggering complexity, La Roja Grand Reserve opens with the vinegar and plum peel character typical to Flanders style beers, but quickly delivers fleeting notes of bubblegum and phenols, typical to tripels. It is also one of the most oak/bourbon forward beers and reminds me of straight bourbon every now and then. With so much going on, the finish is puckering dry, in part from oak and in part from acid. A fruit peel like slightly tart bitterness lingers with hints of wood. Amazing! The relatively low body keeps things clean and also lets the oak/bourbon shine, almost dominate the end in the best way.

2, 3.5, 4.5, 5, 4

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 06:43:08 | More by tewaris
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Jakers90

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-12-2012 17:34:57 | More by Jakers90
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claytong

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-05-2012 02:14:30 | More by claytong
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biga7346

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:40:20 | More by biga7346
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the release in Ann Arbor. Shared with a few people at AgentZero’s birthday tasting. Batch number 438/439.

Appearance – Pours into my trusty tulip with a murky orange/reddish color. About a half finger of off white head is achieved with a moderate pour that leaves slight lacing.

Smell – Musty barnyard funk, cherry vinegar, heavier caramel, toasted bread, and malt than the BdM GR. Slight oak and lactic.

Taste – Similar to the regular La Roja, though heavier oak and just a bit more tartness. Overall, it is somewhat close to the regular version of this which is a bit of a disappointment. Nice cherries, earthy barnyard funk, and must. A nice tartness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lively carbonation.

Overall – Easy to drink, a bit more sour than the regular. However, I hope this gets a bit more tart with age.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:03:34 | More by SpdKilz
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-22-2012 11:49:12 | More by klipper
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monitorpop

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-22-2012 06:14:54 | More by monitorpop
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 17:00:50 | More by sweemzander
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-13-2012 05:07:21 | More by avaldivia
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 20:23:43 | More by AgentZero
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seeswo

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-10-2012 13:02:01 | More by seeswo
La Roja - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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