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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

166 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 166
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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seeswo

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-10-2012 13:02:01 | More by seeswo
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BMMillsy

Florida

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
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-27-2013 00:31:29 | More by mrebeka
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

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
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-21-2013 11:38:37 | More by beergorrilla
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jegross2

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Reviewing the La Roja Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales out of Dexter, Michigan.

Score: 94

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
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Reviewed this blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a cloudy red/purple/brown with very little head. The foam that does show up is off-white and lines the edges of the glass. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: This is sour. I get sour cherries, raspberries, apple cider vinegar, and funk. It’s just a sour mess.

T: Mmm. This is nice. It starts with a great mix of sweet and sour. I get a lot of fruit up front (cherries, raspberries, apricot). There is a vinegar tartness that cuts through this beer from start to finish, but it’s just right. It’s not overpowering, as I would have expected form the nose. The finish reminds me of plums mixed with sour patch kids.

M: Medium bodied beer. It’s sour but drinkable. Everything mixes well together on the palate even before the lingering tartness takes hold.

O: Really solid. I’d drink this beer again. I really enjoyed how the fruit sweetness maintained a presence through all that sour. I’ve wanted to try this beer for quite some time. Glad I was just recently gifted another bottle. Can’t wait to see how it develops. Thanks abraxel!

10-21-2012 19:01:47 | More by trxxpaxxs
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mentor

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%

Bottle purchased at the brewery about 6 months ago. Pours a murky dark copper with almost no head. Smells soured and brettanomyces. Fresh lettuce from the crisper, sour brett w/o much horseblanket, and cherry.

Tastes sour. Acetic more than lactic, which is a change for the beers I've had from Jolly Pumpkin. Peaches and nice oaky character. Some alcohol heat adds a counterpoint zing. Md-light mouthfeel, yet light and creamy. Decent drinkability. Not profoundly complex. An interesting take on brettanomyces.

07-23-2008 07:02:15 | More by mentor
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AleWatcher

Illinois

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
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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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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-14-2011 23:13:01 | More by Photekut
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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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bonkers

New Jersey

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
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-06-2013 01:02:54 | More by savagepm
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks OHLRangers for this one.
Small capped bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This is a difficult one to classify, as the informantions do not match. The bottle states biere de garde, which does not seem to be; some reviews mention flanders red, which is closer, but not quite there. An oud bruin would seem the best classification, but american wil will do.
Deep copper colored, the minimal carbonation produces very little head that is gone within seconds despite a vigorous pour.
Aroma, just like the flavors, include acidic and sour components; astringency, dry and puckering at times. Fruitiness, slight sweet maltiness, and a subtle but consistent oakiness. Minimal vanilla might be found as well.
Medium bodied, although I was initially disappointed by the poor carbonation, it actually is quite drinkable, and under oud bruins, would be acceptable without the carbonation. Nevertheless, in my opinion, would be better with some carbonation.

09-23-2009 23:40:04 | More by brdc
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-23-2014 08:48:06 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-15-2013 18:31:07 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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pixieskid

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-29-2013 14:09:03 | More by pixieskid
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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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DovaliHops

California

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%

Batch 454 & 469. Bottled 03/13/12. Pours a murky, brownish amber color with little to no head. Scent is very inviting on this one. Tons of sour cherries and sweet oak aromas. A lot of vanilla with sour berries and a hint of red wine vinegar. Very fruit forward in the aroma with a nice balance from the oak barrels. Taste is just as good as it smells. Initially, it is very sweet. Sweet vanilla, oak, and berry. Then it gets some cherry flavor which becomes more and more sour as it warms. Not as sour as I was expecting, but definitely complex and with immense flavor. Just the right amount of vinegar and acidity. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is almost spot on for this beer. Not too carbonated with a very dry finish. Drinkability is very high, and the 8%ABV is nowhere to be found. Overall, a step above from regular La Roja. I love the original, but this one is better IMO. Delicious and complex wild ale. Wish I had more of this.

11-19-2013 08:43:00 | More by DovaliHops
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

08-11-2014 06:15:08 | More by Big_Dave
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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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Etan

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

330ml bottle sent by Zaphog. Thanks! Label says, "454 &469. Bottled 3-13-2012".

A: Pours a murky reddish brown with a small off-white head.

S: Smooth lactic notes over pungent sourness (a little vinegar), some vanilla and coconut sweetness from the bourbon barrel.

T: Slightly puckering sourness - vinegar, lemon zest, cherry skin. Some woody spiced notes, vanilla, caramel from the barrel.

M: Light-bodied with very light carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. It doesn't seem quite as complex as regular LR but the bourbon presence is definitely amplified from the extended aging.

10-20-2012 00:26:55 | More by Etan
La Roja - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
94 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.