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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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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 297
Gots: 65 | FT: 8
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 02-16-2006

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Photo of Bubba83
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Beachwood BBQ Sourfest, so I'm reviewing from notes. As Gabe said during the fest, this was supposedly the only keg of this beer in existance.

I like the appearance a lot. It's a dark orange/amber mix with some yellowish highlights. A bright white decent sized head that looks fluffy and creamy at the same time.

Smells a bit vinegary, with a bunch of tart fruits behind that. I'm getting raspberries, not yet ripe blackberries, cranberries, and some yeasty funk and spice. Hard to get to it but there's some breadiness underneath all that.

Lots and lots of tart fruit flavor, every berry underneath the sun, but as if you were tasting them a little too early and hence they are tart. Some vinous character and vanilla give way to an unfortunately harsh tasting alcoholic finish.

Feels really dry and grainy, very prickly in my mouth and sand papery, not impressed.

Overall this beer was kind of a little bit all over the map. There's some interesting flavor components playing which eachother, but ultimately the mouthfeel and the harsh finish really let it down, shame that won't be reflected so well in the overall score with the way the weighting system works.

Photo of arniepnminne
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of cocoapuph
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of BWH3
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown ale with light haze. Amazingly large head with retention for days. I poured some of this beer left for 10 minutes to go pick up some carry out for my wife and when I returned a solid layer of head was still present. The haze is a flaw but the color and head are so gorgeous they more than compensate.

S: An amazing blend of red currant and sour orange accented with a slight vanilla aroma. The sour scent is clearly palpable on my nostrils. A very light caramel flavor is complimentary to the acidity.

T: Identical to the smell with the exception that the barrel aging comes out more. The taste earned a slightly lower score because the sour/acidic flavor is at time overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied, blazing fine carbonation, bubbly full head with amazing retention. The carbonation augments the acidity. Divine

D: I have tasted Monk's Flemish sour so I do have some frame of reference for this style. I found this beer to be exceptional and a must sample for all fans of Belgian ales.

Photo of camil1mj
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most recent relase. Served slightly below cellar temp.

A: An orangeish red color. A little cloudy. A small amount of white head.

S: Vinegar sourness.

T: This one is sour on the nose, followed by some vinegar and fruit notes. Very good.

M: Medium bodied and a decent carbonation.

O: A great sour. I wish this was more readily accessible.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark red with thin creamy head and webby lacing.

Very sour nose reminiscent of some grapes and some very prominent woody character that's not unlike vanilla and bourbon. Tart and fantastic smell.

The taste is less in your face than the smell. It's tart and woody like grape juice out of a wooden chalice. Hints of vanilla and bourbon and funky yeast (brett?) It finishes extremely dry and is a little bit thinner on the tongue than expected.

Fantastic beer that I would love to come across again. I haven't actually tried the La Roja yet although I can get it in Georgia and North Carolina. I was going to save this one to have them side by side but just couldn't wait. Many thanks to trbeer for this one.

Photo of ravot
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Papa_Lafayette
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DLucky
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tjmackie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of decadance
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle at our recent La Crosse sour tasting. Thanks to GrandCruDrew for this bottle, thanks Drew! Not too sure which vintage it is but based on the characteristics of the bottle and label, the people at the brewery (I called them direct) said it was at least 3 years old, if not older (and they were thinking it was the 32 month aged vintage) Split with some upright BAs:

A - Caramel brown with light amber, yellow hints. No real head. Tiny bit of lacing and signs of carbonation.

S - Great smell! Caramel apple, grapes, bits of funk and slight hints of whiskey. Oaky and a bit of cherries.

T - Just a slight let down... :( The flavor is a bit watery. Hints of whiskey, funk, cherries and oak.

M - Smooth and a bit thick. No real carbonation.

O - Well, I'm really glad that I got to try this and am really curious as to the other vintages but I'm OK with not seeking this vintage again. Don't get me wrong, the smell was AWESOME but the flavor was a bit of a let down and made me a little sad. Oh well...but thanks again for the hookup Drew!

Photo of Billakowski
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of chuckv
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ScottyC54
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of StaEva
3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

lots of acetone, vinegar, ugly raisin sweetness. not the best showing by JP. lots of oxidation in the bottle, possibly not purged before filling? I'd rather drink BamBier all day everyday.

don't go out of your way to get a hold of this, as it was not yet ready to be consumed.

Photo of redfacedshooter
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the brewery, back in the Spring.
La Roja oaked aged for 18 months.
Poured into a New Belgium chalice.

Pours a caramel brown color with some ruby highlights. No carbonation and very still. A sliver of an off white head, with no retention. Strong boozy and oak dominate the smell. This is the strongest sour tasting beer I've had from Jolly Pumpkin so far. Its not overpowering but still very noticable. Vert tart with hints of oak and alcohol. No carbonation knocks down the mouthfeel a little bit, but still enjoyable. I still like the regular La Roja better, a little too boozy for me.

Photo of zvanwink
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Tridement
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dsgolovin
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of biga7346
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of goethean
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from the brewery in July '07; consumed in December '07. Served in Duvel tulip glass, maybe in the mid 50s. Paired with homemade namak para (Indian snack food).

Color is dark copper. Mildly effervescent. Aroma is refreshing and there is an extremely tart note present, like the smell of rhubarb, or a freshly peeled bitter orange. An ethanol aroma is present.

Flavor is quite tart without being blatantly acetic/vinegary. Refreshing and yet substantial, with a sour cherry maltiness. Dark cocoa note in the finish. No hops bitterness, flavor or aroma detectable.

A solid, quality beer and a good value even at its price ($22/6 pk). I'm going to cellar my remaining bottles for several more months to see if it improves.

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28 Apr 08 update: tried another few bottles and it is getting more vinegary.

Photo of davedahl
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 12oz beer from "Batch 48".

Apperance: Zero head. A slightly hard pour gives a thin head that dissapears with a snap crackle pop. Beer is a nice ruby-hue'ed amber.

Smell: Definite funk in the nose straight off the bat. Berries in the middle ... rasberries? cherries? can't put my finger on it...earthy but an all around refreshing aroma.

Taste: Immideatly hit with the JP sourfunk. Niiice. More cherries in the middle (similar to aroma) and slight spice/cinnamon on finish.

Mouthfeel: Tart but balanced with slight sweetness and slight acid bite. Clean finish.

Great stuff.

Photo of bigman147
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours amber almost pinkish with very solid sticky head that slowing faded to an odd lacing.

Aroma: Smells of grape wine and bourbon. Slight funky tart cherry or ripe fruit with a sherry alcohol note.

Taste: Drying and astringent. Tart apple or lemon. Surprisingly refreshing with a yeasty wheaty character. Alcohol aroma doesn't lend itself to a huge alcohol note on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Tart (astringent) with drying end. Excellent representation of style.

For drinkability, this is not something that you would sit around and session with. It was a nice tart after dinner beer. Warming alcohol and bourbon/sherry notes really make this beer.

La Roja - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.