La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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1.68/5 rDev -56.5%
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.
11-30-2013 03:50:57 | More by RickS95
1.75/5 rDev -54.7%
Served from a bomber into a pint glass.
A-Very very pretty beer. Gives of the very heir of pumpkin itself. A thick, cloudy mix of yellow and orange, with just enough amber to give it a very distinct character, topped with a nice head that has some real staying power.
S- Surprisingly lackluster. Given the look of the beer I was expecting a nose of equal accompaniment, but there was hardly anything there. Faint hints of yeast are there and you can already smell the tartness in the brew. The smell dissipates quickly however leaving nothing noteworthy.
M-The beer coats the mouth quite nicely to start, but the tartness quickly swoops in and ruins the experience. The brew puckers your lips and makes it hard to swallow.
T-The taste takes on the low notes of the feel and fails to pair them with any sort of upside. The label reads a brew mixed with all sorts of things from pumpkin to cacao to various spices, but none of that is apparent as the sweetness blows out each and every flavor. I gave this beer one shot after another hoping the flavor would meld into the other aspects of the beer, but it never came. Frankly, and I do not use this term lightly, I found it to be undrinkable.
O-Very disappointing on almost all fronts. The very essence of pumpkin is often misconstrued as a sweet and sugary taste, which often eliminates the more earthly elements of the fruit. To me, La Parcela takes that misconception and puts it on steroids. I will not be purchasing this again.
09-04-2012 01:41:01 | More by RussBecker1
1.78/5 rDev -53.9%
I bought the 750 mL bottle here last Sunday. The ale was bottle on 9-14-2011. The ale had a nice aromatic smell and the color I expected. The taste however, I did not find appeasing. It tasted more cider like rather than an ale to be truthful. It was very sour not what youd expect from a pumpkin ale. So if youre not a fan of sours, I would not recommend.
09-23-2012 23:50:54 | More by Luddy37
2.03/5 rDev -47.4%
Was pretty excited to try but excitement ended rather quickly. Nice color and smell but could taste hardly any pumpkin. Very sour and bitter after taste. Expected better from Jolly Pumpkin especially at an $11.99 price tag. Out of all the pumpkin beers I have had this year this at the bottom of the list.
09-30-2012 19:03:17 | More by Chris1967
2.16/5 rDev -44%
I had high hopes for this beer. I had heard there was a little bit of funk in it and I was excited to try a funky pumpkin beer.
Pours a nice dark orange looks good with a bit of over carbonation.
Smell is alright nothing too overpowering, you can smell that there is going to be a little bit of funk. It all goes downhill from here in my opinion.
Taste...Oh god the taste. This beer starts with a hint of sweetness before it punches you in the face with funk. I think this bottle may have been infected because it was overpowering. I tried to drink a few sips but just couldn't finish it.
Mouth it was light on the tongue but the flavour stayed. Normally that's a good thing but this time not so much.
Overall over half was drain poured and the other half turned into a beer cheese sauce.
10-31-2013 03:03:50 | More by Dicers
2.25/5 rDev -41.7%
A: Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a stein. Gold with about 2 fingers of fluffy head.
S: Tart citrus fruits and applies, with a little horse blanket and funk thrown in.
T: Strong funk flavor: hay and horse stall, with some apple and pear thrown in, off-putting sourness and a bit of pepper. Definitely more of a wild ale than pumpkin ale.. I can barely taste the pumpkin.
M: Medium body with decent carbonation and a dry finish.
D: If I didn't know better, I'd say this was completely an American Wild Ale. I don't taste the pumpkin or the accompanying spaces at all... I would've thought a brewery named "Jolly Pumpkin" would produce a more pumpkin-like brew. And at $14.99 a bottle, it was completely not worth it.
10-25-2010 04:07:36 | More by thekanna
2.55/5 rDev -33.9%
Frothy white head that settles lumpily.
My first impression is sweet & sour sauce. Odd, eh? Leans to the sour side. I do not detect any spice or pumpkin in the smell. I think if I were blindfolded, I would guess this is a Cyser.
It tastes like a Cyser, meaning it seems to have soured apples, not pumpkins. Very sour flavor. I frankly don't know what to make of this--I detect no pumpkin, cacao or other spices here. The finish is similar to sucking a lemon.
My wife thinks its okay. I'm finding it difficult to finish.
11-06-2011 23:47:11 | More by smcolw
2.55/5 rDev -33.9%
Poured from a $18 bomber (the most I paid when evaluating oktoberfest/autumn beers) into dimpled mug. I expected more out of this highly-touted pumpkin beer. Pours a nice golden orange with a small white head with a small amount of sediment floating around. Big aroma consisting of pumpkin, sour yeast, spices (nutmeg, cloves, coriander), with an almost mentholated funk. Largely tart flavor, minerals, grassy upfront with the pumpkin flavors subtlety lingering behind a large layer of funk. Acidic and somewhat hopppy. High level of carbonation usher in spices and funk that roll into an acidic finish.
01-27-2011 20:28:27 | More by CuriousMonk
2.78/5 rDev -28%
750ml capped bottle into a snifter - courtesy of Stigs
A: Pours a hazy orange with a giant white head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves a ton of lacing.
S: The nose is sweet pumpkin with bready malt and a bit of tart lemon. Good but not overly impressive.
T: The taste is tart lemon and citrus flavors with an acidic sourness. The pumpkin from the nose is overpowered by all the tart flavors. Not what I was expecting from a Pumpkin Ale but given JP's reputation it didn't surprise me.
M: The feel is crisp but the carbonation has too many of the big bubbles...really reminds me of a BMC product.
D: This one's not for me and not what I would consider a good representation of a Pumpkin Ale. If this was labeled an American Wild it would have probably been a different story.
01-18-2011 05:23:22 | More by GregSVT
2.88/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
11-21-2011 22:09:33 | More by lordofthewiens
2.96/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
09-10-2013 00:26:19 | More by alphagnome
La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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