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La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

625 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 50
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-04-2008)
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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.

Sammy, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maui Brewing Company in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.

Pours a clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy chunks and rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, spices, and some fruity pumpkin flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale that is much different from others I have tried in the past. This beer is not really that funky/sour like other Jolly Pumpkin beers but I still am impressed with this one.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

djrn2, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.6%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchky.

Pours a really nice hazy copper-orange with an off white head. Decent amount of lace on the way down. Nose brings definite notes of pumpkin along with some oak and a bit of earth. Some funk but not too much. Taste brings some light pumpkin flavor and slight sourness. Mostly earth and oak along with accompanying funk. Feel is light and dry. Drinks quite well and one of the better and most unique pumpkin beers out there.

Thorpe429, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.3%

acurtis, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange in color; some particles are visible floating in suspension. Gently swirling the glass produces a rather large head.
S: The aroma is slightly sour and has some notes of funkiness.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather tart and sour with notes of spices and oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The tartness and spices in this beer make it one that probably needs to be sipped.

metter98, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Texasfan549, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 604. Bottled 8/17/10. Blazing jack-o-lantern orange with honey hued highlights and an expansive crown of alabaster colored cream. Despite the use of cacao, this is one the lightest versions of the style that you'll see. In time, fairly extensive sheets of shotgun-blasted lace appear on the glass.

The nose is pleasant... for an American wild ale. Olfactorily speaking, this brew really isn't even recognizable as a pumpkin ale, which is why the score is below average. The use of wild yeast in *everything* is one of the problems that I have with the way JPAA does business.

Seriously, what's the gourd damned point of La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale? If a brewery named Jolly Pumpkin is going to brew a pumpkin beer, shouldn't it taste like pumpkin? Or like pumpkin pie spices? It does a little (very very little), but the barnyard quality of their yeast dominates all and levels the flavor profile like a daisy cutter levels... well... a field of daisies.

It tastes like there's nothing darker than pale malt present, along with a fruity sourness, threads from a horse blanket, and extremely subtle spice. No cacao is appreciated at all. With a different name, a different label, and a different style designation (wild ale), this would be better than average beer. Maybe even good beer.

Even though the mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, there is nothing seriously wrong with it either. Given the ABV, it's big enough and holds on long enough. Capable carbonation too.

This was not an easy translation, but it seems as though La Parcela means The Patch. As in pumpkin patch, presumably. My view is that this seasonal brew needs a pretty massive patch of a different sort, since it's one flat tire of a pumpkin ale. Ease off the wild yeast already.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 27, 2011
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

kjkinsey, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sour and tart notes with a hint of cinnamon. Taste is also a dominated by typical JP sour and tart notes with a little bit of a cinnamon hint. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very enjoyable as I was expecting based on this brewer past effort but I can barely taste all the spices mentioned on the label.

Phyl21ca, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

GRG1313, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to rich for the recommendation here, i decided to crack this one open with dinner last night as it just seemed to set the mood.

nice light brown/caramel colored pour with a touch of sediment and a nice and tight off white head. well done and really looked the part quite nicely. aroma is sour up front, but with an interesting kick as their are notes of pumpkin, light spices, hints of brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon that layer in on top of it. rather complex and definite eye opener. a little more subtle on the flavor as the sour seemed to dominate with a nice thin vingar like touch that masked that hint of spice and sweetness underneath. very light body was very well carbonated and having the mellow sourness and base that yielded a nice and clean, smooth finish that was nice and dry.

overall a nice light sour that had some good dimensions to it. a definite change of pace for me and one i am glad i got to try.

mikesgroove, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jaydoc, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a hazy orange color with a short lived, fizzy white head.

S: Like most Jolly Pumpkin beers, some light tartness on the very front end. Quite fruity with some peaches, lemons, grapes, and even citrus zest. There's a bit of a spice character to this as well as some grass and hay.

T: The taste starts off with damp oak, grass, and hay. The tartness is mild, but there are still some good peach, green apple, and lemon flavors. Not too much in terms of pumpkin, but a bit of sweetness and some all-spice flavor, too.

M: The body is medium with a medium to high level of carbonation.

D: I'm sort of a sucker for Jolly Pumpkin beers, so I was pretty sure I would like this. Not sure if it's worth the price, but I enjoyed it.

womencantsail, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 610. Bottled On: 8/13/10.

Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, coppery body with a very tall, wispy, near-white head.

Smell: Lightly bready barley, maybe a sprinkling of wheat and hewn hay, infused with a note of oak barrels and hints of tartish green apples and shaved sour lemons. Any scents of pumpkin or spice certainly come across last and least appreciable.

Taste: Mild bready maltiness coupled with very mellow, very subtle spices and a nudge of lactic lemon. Staunchly dry throughout, with nearly no sweetness cross the tongue. Placid oak wood and faint earthiness midway. A sip of juiced Granny Smith apples rolls out a growing tartness (though never very much) on the back half with a sustained lactic touch. Occasionally, I perceive a vague vegetal, squashy tone, but I fear that's only because I'm looking long and hard for it. Gentle tartness on the rather dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Those grumbling for ever less pumpkin and less spice character should consider giving this one a try, as both are virtually absent, at least in Batch 610. As always, it's another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

oberon, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Figured I'd try all the pumpkin beers at my disposal while they're here, so that means a probably sour one should be mixed in with all the spicy others. This one pours a cloudy auburn-amber topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, nutmeg, clove, light banana peel, honeydew, tart pineapple, blood orange, and a touch of honey. The taste hols notes of melon rind, lightly sour grapefruit rind, pumpkin shell, lemon zest, iceberg lettuce, clove, and a hint of white wine grape. The melon and pumpkin rinds seem to overpower everything else, destroying any hope of spicing and even o'ertaking the sour aspects, which don't even try to resist being drowned out. The body is a limpid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, this beer just missed the mark for me. There was definitely a pumpkin character, but it was all rind, and it conspired with the melon flavors to destroy pretty much everything else. Not a big fan, here...

TMoney2591, Oct 05, 2011
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