La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 53
Gots: 92 | FT: 7
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-04-2008

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Reviews by Brenden:
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Parcela is a medium-dark brown color with an orange-red flair to it, more translucent than anything. A smallish off-white head, while not huge, almost makes it to a finger's height and sits creamy and tight. Strong patching is dropped as the beer recedes.
Overlying, foundational barnyard funk and mix of tartness and sourness set a base, yes, but it doesn't take away from all this beer has to offer beside. It's not heavily spiced though a gentle spicing is there, and the focus is on mingling sweet with funky and tart in such a way as to complement rather than clash. this the brewers accomplish, and there's a solid addition of pumpkin flesh that can be tasted and smelled the whole way. It may not be everyone's idea of a pumpkin beer, but it's well done nonetheless.
The body is on the light side of medium with a steady, medium level of carbonation. It's clean with a strong crispness that keeps biting, though it's got a good flow to it as well. It's pretty dry all the way through and into a finish with a gently lingering tartness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly refreshing fruited beer that's full of character yet somehow effortless in drinkability.

Pouring a light golden, somehwat peach in color- the beer has a sprite and effervescent appearance while carrying a slight haze. A light and airy head quickly succums to the acidity of the beer without releaseing much lace.

Sharp lime-like sourness, bitterness, and bite is met with slight cidery vinegar notes, mild salty brine, medium grassy hop bitterness- and then with an added starchy, yeasty taste and feel of perhaps pumpkin additions. Where the sharp palate-stripping sourness is expected, the beer is also lightly creamy and gives a rise to light bready malt taste. White grapes, vinous notes, under-rippened berries, and dusty antique woods continue to deliver level beyond level of flavors that reveal themselves with each and every sip.

The powdery dry character and highly phenolic taste of Jolly Pumpkin ales give them their house character, but this slightly maltier or starchier example balances as well as any in their arsinal.

Photo of ADU
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Great pumpkin sour. Not too strong so fantastically drinkable and delicious

Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard tap a hazed brown infused orange with a thinner off white head atop,kind of a strange color to this.Funky cheese aromas with a hint of pumpkin pie spice,an odd combination but sorta worked.Flavors of barnyard funk and more of the cheese wich isn't my thing,a faint pie spice comes into play.I knew it would be a little funky coming from JP but maybe a little to much of it for me.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange pour with a two finger head of creamy white foam on top. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Aromas of typical Jolly Pumpkin barrel sour funkiness melding with cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Pumpkin pulp is in there too and the spices are not overpowering. Touch of tartness.

First sip brings smooth crisp malts with great barnyard and funky accents. JP barrel character is riding all over the place. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of ginger as it flows down. Pumpkin meat accents are there but not overpowering. Flows down with a tart kiss and some lingering spiciness. A bit wacky but it works in a weird way.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with fast moving carbonation. Easy to drink but I can't say this is my favorite JP beer. A little odd with the pumpkin and a bit astringent. Overall though a fun pumpkin beer and definitely a 180 on what most standard pumpkin beers are. Give it a try if you have the access to it.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch 865/866
Bottled 8-17-2011
In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a fairly small off-white head.

Little aroma. A hint of pumpkin and spice. No cacao.

The taste revealed more spice, seemed to be mostly nutmeg. A little bit of pumpkin taste.

This beer was way to harsh. Not pleasant at all.
I had a difficult time finishing it.

Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 610 bottle 8/20/10; consumed 11/28/10

Pours a cloudy orange/brown with a massive amount of creamy head.

Smell starts out with pumpkin and some spices (cinnamon and nutmeg stand out). After that, smell is somewhat flowery with a bit of funk. An interesting take on a pumpkin ale.

Pumpkin is very subdued in the taste, but is still present. Tart, funky notes dominate the taste. Taste i much more floral than the smell. Spices appear on the aftertaste, but are pretty faint throughout.

Mouthfeel is light and very bright from the perhaps excessive carbonation.

Overall, this isn't something I'd seek out more than once. Interesting though.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, purchased at DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY.

"Batch 160, Bottled 8-13-10" on a sticker on back of the bottle.

Pours heavily hazed, lighter brown, typical smaller head, leaves respectable lighter lace.

Lighly bretted nose, light vinagar note also coming through. Musty, earthy, funkyness burbling along just benenth the surface.

Interesting and tasty brew. Moderate sour note, soft brown ale characteristics, more light vinagar.

Pleasant bite, cut through, the earthy and tomato notes of my spicy chile. Nice wintery brew. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 610. Bottled 8/13/10.

The beer pours a yellow-orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma begins as your basic pumpkin ale. I get some nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. However, since it is a Jolly Pumpkin beer, you know there will be some tartness and it is present in the aroma.

The flavor is pumpkin, brett, nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also a low amount of tartness in the flavor, but the beer is more funky than sour.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice, interesting take on a pumpkin beer. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip on Halloween.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with large, foamy, cream-colored head and great lacing rings.

Smell: Expected sour aroma for a Wild Ale, with vinegar, cider, cherry and horseblanket. Some dry spiciness.

Taste: Taste is a little more complex and seems to have two primary layers. The first is sour and barely sweet, with apple cider, brett, vinegar and light caramel. The other layer is quite spicy and dry, and this where the nutty pumpkin and cacao subtly come into play.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a fairly light body. Long, lingering dry & tart finish.

Overall: This really should be classified as a Wild Ale, as that clearly takes precedent over the pumpkin and spices. Either way, this is a great and very refreshing beer.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy gold with orange highlights under a 1" finely bubbled white foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Light pumpkin aroma, spice, cacao, light funk.
T: A lemony, dry tart palate with pumpkin and malt and hops in the background leading to a tart, dry finish with a moderate hop bitter accent.
F: Soft in the mouth with a medium body and above average carbonation.
O: One of the better pumpkin ales out there. The Brett does some nice things with the pumpkin character drying it out and making it so it is not cloying or overpowering.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a snifter. "Batch 885 Bottled 9-08-2011" (1 year, 8 months of age)

Pours out a clear light amber /orange color, a nice 1 finger or so of white head off the pour that retains nicely. Some lacing here and there.

Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. Some light brett like funk and if you really dig a touch of pumpkin.

Nothing really jumps out and says "this is a pumpkin ale!" There is a touch of cinnamon and maybe a bit squashy in the finish. But a rustic Brett, slight barnyardy flavor is what is at the forefront. Finishes with a refreshing light tart/ sourness and some citrus.

Light, refreshing, easy drinking.

A good Brett beer, but not really a great pumpkin ale. Just slight nuances of pumpkin and spice. This has changed much with age as I remember it being relatively the same fresh. Not something I would purchase again, especially given the higher price tag, but I still look forward to JP beers I have yet to try.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque orange-copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth oak with good amounts of funk. Also present are moderate amounts of soft spices - nutmeg and cinnamon - and lighter amounts of meaty pumpkin.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more muted. Mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of spices - mostly nutmeg with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar. Midway through the sip the flavor profile becomes tart with the addition of oak and hints of funkiness. Right before the end of the sip slight amounts of pumpkin flavors briefly work their way into things before fading out into a mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was certainly one of the more interesting pumpkin beers I've ever had. Unfortunately I don't think the style lends itself to what JP does best. I don't foresee myself revisiting this one but if you haven't had it then it's certainly worth trying.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 871
bottled 8-31-2011

A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a bubble beige head that breaks up and last as a broken film. There is a fast micro carbonation trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The sharp but gentle tartness has some white cheese rind notes and apple skins that come through. There is some white wine tannins that grow stronger in the finish.

T- The nice mellow vinegar tartness has citrus qualities that take on more apple notes as it opens. There is a vegital hint has a soft dry spice quality and a brie rind taste that lingers. The touch of white wine taste lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tough of astringency and a soft fizz prick in the finish.

O- The nice light tart beer has good depth and a gentle funk to it. None of the pumpkin, spice or cacao stood out but it did have lots of subtle layers that these probably contributed too.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In honor or Halloween:

A-Pours a tawny bright orange copper color with a minimal head

S-Earthy, musky malt, a bit of funk, and a trace of hopping in the backdrop.

T-I would not have guessed there is pumpkin in really have to look for it, but I supposed the imagination can be stirred to conjure up that. Slightly sweet malts give way to a mouthpuckering funky musky sourness with a decent lingering dry finish. Hint (only a hint) of some spicing here. Very subtle.

M-decent overall mouthfeel.

O-I would rate this higher if I were reviewing this as a wild ale. I was hoping for a pumpkin fix and got something else. Decent beer otherwise.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jolly Pumpkin- La Parcela

A- Light clear golden orange with no head.
S- Light amounts of pumpkiny nutmeg and shortbread malt.
T- Very light flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice come through with a dose of buttery malt.
M- Very light and watery. Slight tangy vinegar feel.

Overall- Not bad but flavors are weak. Slight touch of tart tanginess make it enjoyable. Very easy to gulp down but don't seek this out.

Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle,served in a tall Red Wine glass - split with a couple

A - pours with a finger of somewhat tight and creamy, bright white foam which falls to a thin lingering film within a couple minutes. the beer is cloudy, bright orange in color.

S - big, live yeasty flavors found in most Jolly Pumpkin brews: wild fields, band-aid, must, and a hint of aspirin. some light spice in here, clove, nutmeg, and just the tiniest hint of pumpkin.

T - the spices are more evident from the front, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger coming through clearly before being overtaken by the medicinal, wild-yeast. sweet fruits flash for a second, with slightly tart lemon and apples. pumpkin is really only barely evident at the finish, alongside more cinnamon and nutmeg.

M - light body, with massive, prickly and stingy carbonation. just a tad puckering and dry through the drink, leading to a dryer finish due to spices and brisk carbonation.

D - as a beer, solid. as a pumpkin beer, not so much. kudos to Jolly Pumpkin for giving this a shot, but (for better or worse) it doesnt really fit into the style. bring a friend.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First a wild ale, with a tribute to nutmeg in the finish. Aged about half a year. Decent drinkablity if familiar with JP ales. A good sized creamy head on brown.Lacey. Smooth.
Ken's bomber.Where is the pumpkin? Spicey smell is muted, without a trace of the pumpkin.

Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. Batch 611, bottled August 18th, 2010. This batch is 5.9% alcohol.

Cloudy liquid is a gradient of flame and pumpkin with touches of lighter and darker oranges and browns in the highlights. A massive dense bulbous crown of pale sunset foam leaves an ornate battlement of Belgian lace around the sides of the glass as it recedes by half. Superior retention.

Lush complex nose suggests papaya, wild yeast, white wine (oak), roasted winter squash, faint pink peppercorn, cinnamon and clove, as well as light citrus (tangerines and Japanese citrus). Very evocative and unique.

A sour pumpkin ale. This is not something I would expect to enjoy, but it really works. A farmhouse ale intermingling with an Autumn seasonal is a great idea. The rooty sweetness, very faint bittersweet cocoa, and winter spices are well balanced against mild hops and a tart complex yeastiness with hints of dark cherry and other microbral contributions from the oak. Hints of lemon curd, cider vinegar, and brown sugar in the finish - excellent. No wood or char, nor a deep roasted vegetal flavor, nor any diacetyl.

Effervescent, medium bodied, creamy, and lightly warming.

Probably the most drinkable example of the style I've tried: simultaneously rich and refreshing. Rating to style, this is a great achievement.

Photo of alphagnome
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Blend 15
Bottled 09/21/12
Served at 37°F in an oversized Nonic Glass

Exactly what you would want and except from a pumpkin ale - A Deep, opaque orange hue reminiscent of a pumpkin crowned by a think, porous head that is similar in color to hay. Plenty of sediment is visible, hardly any visible carbonation to speak of. Minimal lacing is present.

Sweet dreams are made of this! This one packs a rather potent aroma, a sweet potent aroma - smells delicious! Plenty of spice is present, ground allspice and nutmeg mostly but cinnamon is also in attendance and backed by caramel and orange peel and a hint of clove. Oh, and pumpkin!

Everything was going great - until we reach the taste; It's too sweet and too sour! Up front, you're hit with a blast of citrus: orange, lemon, and even a bit of lime shower you with tart characters. Cocoa and caramel malts lash out at your sweet tooth while sourdough and vanilla take turns throwing punches at your taste buds. If that weren't enough, you'll also experience plenty of oak and an earthy quality to the spice. It dries things up a bit and seems to encourage the sweetness (were these oak bourbon barrels?). The pumpkin isn't as potent as I feel it should be, but there is just barely enough.

This one barely qualifies as medium-bodied, as it is somewhat thick but carbonation is spritely considering. Finishes quite dry and sour, it's puckerlicious - if you're into that sort of thing.

This one was checking all the right boxes: Presentation, Aroma, Mouthfeel... all fantastic! There is even a lot to like in the taste. It's downfall is its overpowering sweetness and puckering tartness - they ruin the experience! I REALLY wanted to enjoy this beer, but even as sipped the last few ounces of the 750ml bottle, I was caught off-guard by its tartness. If you enjoy sucking on lemons, this is the beer for you - just don't go expecting too much pumpkin.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's been a lot of talk about this beer given the Jolly Pumpkin name, and the fact that it's their fist pumpkin beer. And having found it on tap I had to try it. But then again, from any brewery that only makes about 800 bbls a year, you kind of can't pass it up, right?

It was pretty much exactly as I'd expected it to be, but I'm kind of a fan of the brewery (and of the Brett), so there you go. And, as a brewer, I have more insight into what goes into it, and what comes out of, it than most other tasters. I certainly wasn't expecting a "pumpkin beer"...

So... hazy, dark amber in color with an orange cast and reddish highlights. Limited bright white head and retention.

Dryish, sharp, and lightly chalky nose. Brett-like nose. Subtle hints of tartness. Subtle hints of vegetable (I guess pumpkin is actually a fruit), but not much.

Basically, it's a regular caramel-accented ale not unlike their others - but perhaps a touch lighter in both flavor and body, and with the same subtle Brett character and underlying tartness as usual. Mild spiciness... but pumpkin spices? Who knows? They're too subdued. I get a suggestion of cinnamon but that's it. Oh, and maybe all-spice or nutmeg. What IS there just blends into the whole, which, I think, makes it a much better beer than those that throw down the cinnamon/all-spice/nutmeg gauntlet.

So I have two mind sets on this. One, if you just take the beer for what it is, forgetting about the pumpkin thing, it's pretty good (for fans of the whole lightly funky thing). And two, if you take it slowly and look for the pumpkin and spice flavors, you'll be really tasting it looking for subtle complexity - which is great too!

Hedonistically, I enjoyed my glass, and I'd have had another and almost did. Forget about the whole pumpkin thing and enjoy!

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

on-tap at Hopleaf Chicago, paired with some chorizo-peppidew mussels

cellphone notes

appearance: served in the classic hopleaf tulip, light orange body, hazy, consistent beige foam

smell: lots of funk, yeast, sour lemon, peppery spice...not very pumpkin-y but uniquely jolly pumpkin

taste: I don't think I would have known this was a "pumpkin ale" if served blindly and as others have noted I'll be damned if any cacao comes through. La parcela packs quite the sour punch though, with earthy hay notes, yeast, lemon, apple

mouthfeel: tart, dry finish

drinkability: good

Photo of RickS95
1.72/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

At the darker end of the spectrum for pumpkin beers with a brilliant white head. Beer is a mix of orange and brown. Slight haze. The head isn't thick but it's foamy and the contrast in color between it and the beer is extreme. Moderate retention and a decent lace.

Just from the nose, I'd not guess this to be a pumpkin ale. It's got a vinegarish, kriek-like scent. Granny Smith apples and or pears is the most dominant scent. The spicing is faint at best, and there's little presence of pumpkin if at all.

There's no indication of pumpkin in the taste. Like in the nose, it's more vinegar than anything. Like some other sours/krieks/lambics, it doesn't work for me. There's a bit of spice til mid sip, at which point the vinegar flavor takes over and kills it for me. Awful, lasting tart cherry taste that lingers.

Initially sweet, but it's short and you're immediately overwhelmed by tart and sour. That tart and sour lasts til the next sip starts. It's medium bodied and fairly low in alcohol. Once you swallow, there's a burn in the throat like carbonation. For a pumpkin beer, one of my favorite styles, the feel is simply awful.

This beer is terrible. The brewed date was September 2012, so maybe it was skunked, but I got it form a reputable beer store so I assumed it's still good. The smell, taste and feel are nothing like a pumpkin beer and something I'll pass on in the future.

Photo of Heatwave33
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A cloudy brownish orange with an off white head.

Smell: Sour, hops, pumpkin, citrus.

Taste: Hops, sour, pumpkin, allspice, citrus.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly coarse, dry finish.

Overall: I wasn't expecting the sourness but it was pleasent. Not too strong or overwhelming by any means. Definitely a diferent type of pumpkin beer. Cheers!

Photo of plfahey
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Orange amber and quite hazy. Creamy mousse-like ivory head has decent retention.

Aroma-Barnyard funk, horse blanket, slight lactic acid and cider vinegar character. Very slight clove spice and a hint of pumpkin flesh in the background, though the predominant aroma is a yeasty, gueuze-like profile.

Flavor-Squashy pumpkin, and yeast funk, with horse blanket and barnyard predominant, and a bit of a wet-wool/lemon peel/lactic acid note. Cidery in the midpalate with light clove notes to compliment the acid character. Finishes dry with slight tartness to complement the pumpkin flesh flavor which re-emerges as the funky yeast character takes the backseat.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with brisk, moderately high carbonation. Tongue tingling, creamy, and full on the palate.

I think I just went into this one with the totally wrong expectation. I didn't know what to expect from a pumpkin beer from Jolly Pumpkin, but this is probably pretty close to what I should have imagined-more of a Pumpkin Lambic than a pumpkin ale. The rustic, earthy, yeasty funk flavors actually serve as a nice foil to the pumpkin flavors and the light spicing. I was slightly disappointed that the cacao didn't really come through, but keeping it in mind as a pumpkin wild ale, it was actually pretty good.

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La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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