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La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 261
Hads: 725
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 53
Gots: 92 | FT: 8
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a sour pumpkin beer? it was only a matter of it. i opened this with much excitement. it poures a hazy pale orange color, with a one inch head made of tiny white bubbles. it lasts quite awhile too. the nose is very strange, sour and acidic like lacto at first, then a smooth sweet vibe from the cacao, and finally tart pumpkins, almost composty if you didnt know what sour beer was. its taste is also very different. theres a bit more spice, cinnamon for sure, and the pumpkin flavor is more pronounced than in the smell. smooth feel, again i think from the addition of cacao, which is an interesting additive in a beer. there is a little vinegar taste in the finish, but it matches up well with the sweet component. great carbonation and enough body for a fall beer. ive definitely never had anything like this, and it grew on me as i drank through it. definitely search this out if you dig pumpkin ales. (904 characters)

Photo of MeowTom
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Bottled 9-14-2011 Blend of Batches 876/877*

A- Pours a hazy orange amber color with a huge head that sticks around. Classic of the Belgium style. In many ways belgium style has the foam and carbonation of any style of beer in my opinion.

S- Awesome funky with citrus and sour cherries. I don't detect any of the classic pumpkin notes that are typical of pumpkin ales, but then again this isn't a typical pumpkin beer.

T- Pretty good sour notes, tart cherries. Okay, I love the flavor I just want more from it. I like the big sour tartness and I just feel the beer is missing some of the umph I get from a lot of these beers.

M- Medium/light body with big carbonation again classic belgium style again here.

O- Great beer all around and a wonderful take on the pumpkin beer style. This really mixes it up in this season of pumpkin beers with all spice, and cinnamon. (874 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a Nice 2" white head that leaves excellent lacing

S- Sour notes? Wasn't expecting that, not too much pumpkin but I do like the smell here

T- Nice sour notes here as well :) Touch of apple and maybe some pumpkin? Just enjoying this sour aparently

M- Nice and carbonated, nothing crazy but nothing thats a let down

O- I really liked this. For the price I'll never get it again but I was glad to try it this once (448 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just watched my Bears win on this chilly October twilight and with all the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror commercials, I figured I'd give this one a try.

Poured a hazy, non-translucent medium golden amber that produced a thin, bone white fizzly head that quickly faded to an inconsistent lacey ring around the glass. Smells of artifical pumpkin, spices and citrus. The tastes align with he the smells. Has a very sour, tart taste. Definite carbonation with a champaigney dry finish. It isn't the spicey, rich ale as many pumpkin ales tend to be. As others have mentioned, this one has the consistency of a cider. Enjoyable and refreshing, nonetheless. Glad I tried.

Cheers! (673 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-amber with a hint of orange. Thin white head

S-sweet pumpkin cream. Slight roasted scent. Definitely a tartness here.

T-a complex taste with levels of flavor. Comes in with a tart taste of pumpkin. Almost like pumpkin flavored sour cream. It has autumn spices. They're subtle and different though, more like roasted chestnuts. The tartness sticks all the way through.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-a very complex beer that is nicely sour. Actually I bet if I gave this to someone and had them taste it, I bet they wouldn't realize it's a pumpkin beer. It could have a bit more robustness to it, but it'd be difficult to make a better pumpkin sour. (666 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Aggresively pours an orange color with a fluffy head with good retention

S-Strongest aromas are dominated by belgian yeasty/sourness. hints of pumpkin and spice. You should know before ever taking a sip what you're getting into.

T - Strong sweet/bitter sour flavor dominates. There is a small pumpkin flavor that comes through in the finish that is overwhlemed with oakiness.

M-medium-light body

O- Overall I have dove head-first into the sour trend and therefore really liked this one. Hints if pumpkin made me even happier, but you simply can't go into this one thinking you're drinking a "pumpkin beer" (611 characters)

Photo of Chris1967
2.11/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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. (305 characters)

Photo of Luddy37
1.88/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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. (356 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice orange amber color with a white fluffy head with good retention
S-pumpkin, spice, belgian yeast/sour
T-distinct sour flavor up front, pumpkin flavor comes through in the finish, overall not a bad balance
M-medium-light bodied
O-Very interesting take on a pumpkin ale, I'm a big fan of sours so I enjoyed it but I could see where some people may have wanted a bit more pumpkin characteristic to it (411 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a bottle bought at the brewpub. Was from last year's batch and was exactly a year old: 9-1-11.

Poured into a tulip and pours a nice orange color with a good foamy head.

There is a pretty good dose of funk along with aromas of spices, cloves, oranges and floral notes as well.

Medium bodied with a very smooth feel and nice depth of flavors. The funk notes are certainly there along with notes of spices, cloves and oranges.

Likely the best pumpkin beer that I've had. I'm not normally a fan of them, but it's jolly pumpkin and I'm not all too surprised that I enjoyed it. The beer being a year old added some complexity and the funk notes really came out more. (680 characters)

Photo of RussBecker1
1.84/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (1,485 characters)

Photo of jmaharaj
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quick review (at the bar right now)
fairly simple. It gives you a good tartness but not much else. Fades quickly and bitter. Will do as a fix, but would not seek it out again. Looks decent, smells tart but there is simply no complexity. No malt sweetness and a mildly unpleasant bitter finish. (293 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very elegant bottle. The art from Jolly Pumpkin is always nice. As for the beer it pours a pumpkin orange with lots of bubbles. Very nice.

S: Fruity, sour, sweet, spice notes. Sour dominates and leaves little room for other scents to come through.

T: Hm, not really picking up on the pumpkin flavor. Sour dominates. A little spicy bitterness at the end.

M: Very light and very bubbly.

Overall a nice beer but a bit of a dissapointment. I was really hoping for some pumpkin flavor but the sourness of this beer really dominates. There is a bitterness at the end that seems to not compliment the other flavor notes. I've had better from JP. (648 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden orange with a beautiful foamy two-finger froathy head.

Smell: Sour, tart & spicy. Slightly funky.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tangy & tart with an initial spike on the palette. Smooths down with an undercurrent of spice, along with a fuller body of the pumpkin & spice kicking in. Slight sour aftertaste...but ever so slight...has more a dry bent to it (probably from the cacao).

Overall: Gawd I love some Jolly Pumpkin. As with all of their ales, they never disappoint. Glad to have tried a Jolly Pumpkin with actual pumpkin in it! Must try! (556 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A- pours amber with a paper thin white head which quickly fades. Blah, but I expected this for a wild

S- the smell is interesting: funk, and pumpkin. Funky pumpkin. Nice.

T- mildly tart pumpkin comes through, while the finish is sweet and has hints of cinnamon in it. Very interesting

M- medium bodied, a little thin. As expected

O- this reminds me a lot of a pumpkin berliner weisse, which is something I don't think I've ever seen before. Definitely going to buy this more often (525 characters)

4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt bottle.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on jun´11. Orangish amber in color.Foggy,showing sediments in suspension.Off white creamy froth.Small bubbled crown.Fairly well retention.Lacing rings are left.Apple,grape & piney hop aromas.Humid wood too.Sweet tartar upfront.Offers slightly diacetil notes.Quite peppery.Fruity & crispy palate.Light body,high carbonation.Harsh mouthfeel.Acidic apricot finish.Dry & fruity aftertaste.Good drinkability.Refreshing.Very well balanced flavors. (475 characters)

Photo of zep9865
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into aecht schlenferla snifter while tasting with aasher. Pours a dark copper with an obnoxious 5 to 6 fingers of super soapy white foam head.

Strawberry jam, granny smith apple, and a little bit of sweet pumpkin on the nose along with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Bright cherries, rhubarb, and tart apple on the front palate followed by the cinnamon, and nutmeg, as well as some baked apple

Nice flow. The pumpkin notes keep away the vinegar factor.

Very enjoyable sour. Only wish i could taste a little more pumpkin (520 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Kyle (zep9865).

This beer pours a medium bodied dirty orangish amber in color with a barely there creamy white lacing. The nose features plenty of apple cider, spice, coriander, cinnamon, and more cider with a touch of vinegar and a nice creamy tartness. I love the nose. It's all very well integrated. The flavors too are very cider heavy. You get plenty of apple, cinnamon, orange peels, nutmeg, some mild bitterness, and a finishing acetic sour/mild tartness. I like it a lot. It drinks lighter with plenty of carbonation and leaves almost an apple skin like flavor in the after taste. Overall this is a fine sour. It has fall written all over it, despite a lack of pumpkin influence. I say this is really an American wild ale. The spices actually worked with the apple skins to create an authentic autumn time sour beer. Well done JP! (857 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Light copper colored body. Slightly hazy. 1 finger white head.

Aroma was malty with some hints of caramel. Light funkiness. Pretty earthy with a subtle chocolate aroma.

Taste was interesting. Not much pumpkin or spice flavoring. Slight chocolate, slight malty flavor. Wild yeast really took over the flavors. Nice musty, funky and slight tarness. Light dark fruit notes. Different, but in a good way.

Medium body with a medium/high carb. Nice crisp finish.

Overall it was a really tasty beer. Not something you would expect out of a pumpkin beer, but with it being JP, the funk was sure to be there. Good drinkability. (644 characters)

Photo of agent2550
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy organge bronze color. The head is short and bright white.

Sour reaches the nose immediately and very faint smells of pumpkin and spice enter, but barely exist.

There are medium-light bubbles.

It tastes quite simple: sour. There are also minute flavors of spice and some bitter at the end. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall a descent brew. Just don't expect to taste any pumpkin. (404 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It is somewhere between a brass and copper color. The head is not quite dark enough to be tan but I would say a dingy off white.

Smell: Sour fruit even in the aroma and bit spicy.

Taste: The taste reminds me a lot of a sour cider with some mulling spice. It is very interesting. It is like nothing I have ever had in a beer. Earthy hops presents with mild malt at the end.

Mouthfeel: Sort of thin with a nice bite. Very warm.

Overall: Not a chugging beer but a nice sipper. (489 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a dogfish snifter. Pours an appealing golden orange with a half inch of white head, not fluffy but not exactly dense either
S: sour on the nose with hints of spice and a touch of fruityness
T: Sour on the front end with an ample amount of funk and some spice, pumpkin and cacao on the aftertaste
M: full bodied but a little on the thin side, ample carbonation
O: I like sours so this is good, I should have drank it sooner but it's pretty tasty as is. (466 characters)

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great blending of sour and pumpkin. The pumpkin adds some backbone and rounds the sourness to a mere low fever pitch. The all spice notes rounds out the sour appley taste and gives it a warmer feel. I was expecting something darker, but it looks just right after you taste it.

This really has a heady smell. You could sit around all day and just whiff this every few minutes and be happy. Very intriguing nose. Makes my mouth water. One you sniff, you have to drink.

This is a real punky profile and has one of THE great seasonal artworks I've seen. Very atmospheric. Spooky even.

Definitely one to share. A bit strong for me, but a real nice sipper. This goes to show how far away from predictable you can go and still stay beer.

This is the Nightmare before Xmas of beers in every way. Quirky. Identifiable. Warm sour. Pumpkin-y. (848 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange amber with a brown tint. Small off white head. Mildly sour, hint of pumpkin spice, brett. Nice light sour flavor. Hint of pumpkin spice, brett. Medium body with modest carbonation. This is a nice easy sour. The price on a 750 is a bit much but on tap it's a solid deal per glass. (293 characters)

Photo of nova009
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a goblet

A- pours a slightly hazy orange with a reddish tint, steady stream of bubbles rises to the surface, a least a two finger white fluffy head that slowly dissipates, lots of sticky lace on the glass

S- sharp pungent funk hits you immediately, a slight spiciness is present as well, a little bit of pumpkin in the nose but not a lot, the funk overwhelms a lot of the smell

T- nice funky sourness that is toned down in comparison to the nose, the pumpkin is much more present in the taste, a slight mixtures of allspice mixed in, not your traditional pumpkin beer but tasty nonetheless

M- medium body, slightly high carbonation that mixes well with the flavors, finishes slightly dry, refreshing

O- very different but very tasty beer, you get a nice pumpkin beer without feeling like you're drinking liquid pumpkin pie, highly recommend for the fall and winter holidays (904 characters)

La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.