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La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 53
Gots: 81 | FT: 5
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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 Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Served on tap, presented in a 9 oz. wine glass, this beer was a hazy coppery-orange color with a small, wispy, white head, that left pretty much no lacing at all. I got very little aroma from this beer, but still, there were traces of funky yeast, light spice, and a gently breadiness, with a touch of apple skin. I was expecting something much more sour with this, but it was pretty mild and approachable in the taste actually. Grassy to be sure, woody, with hints of apple, peach, and lemon pith, a little barnyard funk, with a easy tartness that didn't make me flinch for even a second. Mildly spicy. I really got little to no pumpkin from this at all. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, though there was a little twang in the aftertaste that just didn't sit right. Still nice overall.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25oz into Duvel tulip in the 45 degree range.

Pours with a short, 1F cream-colored head over a cloudy dark orange body. Good lacing.

Aromas are pretty awesome. Lots of spice, light tart funk, and Juicy Fruit gum.

Just what you'd expect in the flavor from JP... fresh, lightly funky/earthy, some squash-to-pumpkin flavor, and a citrusy tartness. The spices are just in the background/finish, and are more like a nutmeg than a sweet cinnamon.

Clean, fresh and easy drinking.

A really refreshing change in the Pumpkin Ale monotony. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who appreciates JP's other offerings.

Photo of brotherloco
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped. Batch 862. Bottled 8-24-2011. Served in a tulip.

ABV is 5.9% in this batch.

Pours a hazy dark amber-orange. Two fingers of off-white foam. Medium amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma is sour and fruity. Reminds me very much of a Flanders. Some peppery funk in the background.

Taste doesn't surprise as the sour tartness hits you first. It's rather light and dries up quickly. An acidic bite in the middle. Fruitiness emerges in the finish. Not sure I'm picking up the cacao, perhaps it's contributing some bitterness. Flavor doesn't deliver as big a punch as I was expecting from the nose, but it's good.

Medium-light bodied with really nice soft carbonation. Very drinkable.

Although I'd like a little more flavor in this, it's a really nice twist on the pumpkin ale style. I'm glad it's in the mix.

Photo of bruachan
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy copperish red, ebullient foam

lemon and crushed cardamom play with some funk

a light and effervescent drink, with only a touch of dry malt to hold it down. the pumpkin is basically undetectable (though i anticipate it will go well with my butternut squash dinner!), and so is cacao. the oak is accounted for as promised. a fair proportion of drier malt flavors: biscuit/breadcrust. hop contribution is welcome and effective

Photo of jayhawk73
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a brown/amber color, with almost zero head and little carbonation. Very cloudy in appearance. Nose is a little underwhelming, but not bad. The main things I get are a little funk, tartness, and squash, as well as a couple spices. Taste is about the same as the nose profile, but it's SO weak. Almost nothing to this beer, tastewise. Feel is thin and fizzy. Overall, this is by far the most disappointing brew I've had from this brewery (and I'm a fan). I don't think I'll look for this one again- I'll stick w/ some of their better brews.

Photo of MaxSpang
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8-24-11, enjoyed 10-16-11. Served in a snifter.


This beer is a lovely golden orange color and hazy as hell. It looks sort of like a typical pumpkin ale with a good dose of wheat beer-like haze, which I am assuming is thanks to to remaining yeast in the bottle. The head was around 2 fingers at first, then fell to a pinky that remained throughout tasting. The bubbles were tiny which created a soft pillow-like appearance.


Definitely a Jolly Pumpkin beer! The first thing you smell is the funky/sour aroma. It reminds me of sour apples with some other fruity smells. It's hard to get much more than that. You can smell the spices, but it is extremely subtle. There's a bit of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon but it is a struggle to find them. The oak is present, too.


The first few sips were met with the JP funk - slight tartness with some yeast character. After it warmed up, the pumpkin ale flavor shines. The front of the tongue is definitely the tart funky flavor, followed by tart fruit and some lemony-citrus flavor. The back of the tongue is when you taste pumpkin. There's a nice spice flavor, definitely nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and clove. I wouldn't say it tastes like pumpkin pie, but it has that characteristic pumpkin ale flavor, albeit it's much earthier. Long after the swallow is a little hint of pumpkin pie sweetness, but it may just be because I'm expecting it. This is an interesting beer, but very tasty!


This beer is incredibly easy-drinking considering it's a sour. It goes down very smooth, and the bottle conditioning creates a nearly creamy texture. It's very dry at first, but there's a bit of some body at the end. It definitely makes you keep going back for more and more.


This wouldn't be my first choice when I am craving a pumpkin ale, but this is definitely a solid beer. A very interesting take on the style, but is to be expected from the open-fermenting and oak-aged Jolly Pumpkin. I dig their stuff, and I look forward to trying more of their crazy beers. This pumpkin ale is one you gotta try at least once. The joke may have been that Jolly Pumpkin didn't make a pumpkin beer for their first few years, but now that they have one - what is the joke? Not this beer, that's for sure.


Photo of Bendurgin
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Andy for sharing this one. Pourecd into a tulip. This pours a hazy amber/orange color with a finger of creamy beige head. It settles and sits as a thick layer of foam on top.

Tart on the aroma more than anything. Funky yeast here but not much in the way of pumpkin. Which is something that I would expect from a pumpkin ale. Fortunatly, I like sour. Tart and somewhat peppery on the pallet. Not much in the way of pumpkin, but a little bit in the finish.

The body is light with somewhat sharp carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good wild ale. Not sure how it stands up as a pumpkin ale however. Either way it tasty.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine tasting glass. The color is hazy orange with a half inch head that is almost perfectly white.

The aroma contains that signature Jolly Pumpkin funk with some sweet malt squash in the background.

The taste is a nice blend of sour and wild funk. There is a nice dose of spice in the finish; the aftertaste reminds me of eating a pumpkin, but the pumpkin flavor is very much in the back of this.

The body is medium. The carbonation is lively; as a wild ale should be.

This is enjoyable. It's just a Jolly Pumpkin wild ale with a bit of a pumpkin aftertaste.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/20/10. Pours a hazy amber color with a large off-white head that slowly diminishes. Scent is typical JP funk with a lot of pepper and spice. The cacao is very faint, as well as the pumpkin. Taste is Wow! Much more sour than I was expecting. I always expect some tartness from JP's beers, but this one has a lot. Autumn spices blended with funky sour farmhouse flavors. As the beer warms, the pumpkin spices come through very slightly. Nice bread flavors as well. Mouthfeel is very light and highly carbonated. Could be a little less airy. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very tasty pumpkin beer, although I feel that people who love pumpkin beers will not like this one.

Photo of Adrianized
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky orange brown.  Big bubbly white head.  Decent lacing.

Pumpkin, cinnamon, other fall spices, and a hint of sour Brett.

Flavors are subtle and incredibly balanced.  Plenty of pumpkin and pumpkin spices.  Malty and not really picking up the cacao.  Finishes nice and dry and faintly sour.

Mouthfeel is light-medium body with moderate carbonation.  Super smooth.

Overall, this is an amazing pumpkin beer which is incredibly balanced and easy to drink.  Love it.

Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first Jolly Pumpkin experience. Drank from a mason jar.

On the nose I got banana and zuchinni bread. Rather yeasty. Orange peel with a bit of funk.

Fall spices were prominent on the palate. The pumpkin was pleasantly subtle and cacao failed to appear until half way through like a ghost in the finish. There is a bright tartness to this beer. Lime and citrus notes are not shy here. You can pick up on the oak but I wonder if the oak took away more than it added in this case.

For me it poured a deep caramel. Without the head it would look like unfiltered apple cider to me. The head poured thick, 2 fingers and lingered for quiet awhile with some odd lacing.

I actually enjoyed this beer enough that we got up and went right back to the store to snag another.


Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
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...

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Batch 862, Bottled 8-24-2011.

4.0 A: Reddish brown color. Nearly three fingers of foamy white head that retains well and leaves a a good bit of irregular lacing.

3.5 S: Well this definitely is a JP brew. There's no doubt about that. But, if the label didn't contain Jack-o-Laterns staring at me, I'd have no reason to think this was a pumpkin beer. There isn't much in the way of pumpkin and the spices provided come off ineffective. There's hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, but I want these spices to hit me hard rather than being in a minor supporting role. Still, the nose is nice. Barnyard funk with hay and horse. Neutral, maybe lightly bready maltiness. Oak is very soft and the cacao softer.

3.0 T: Dry, biscuity maltiness. A lot more oak than in the nose. No signs of the cacao. Some of the pumpkin comes through, but none of the spices do. Barnyard funk, apple orchard, wild apple, pear, and lemony tartness. Aside from all but ignoring the pumpkin aspect, this isn't much of a wild brew either. Very tame and uninspired, but still tasty.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier, but not bad.

3.0 D: Atrocious pumpkin beer and a solidly mediocre wild. JP makes some good beer, but this isn't one of them. Terrible price as well ($13).

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Served in a tulip.

A: Served a cloudy dark sweet potato color with a fluffy off-white head that faded into fuzzy film that left good streaks of soft lacing.
S: Light notes of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, lemon zest and a light bretty funk. There is a light tartness to the aroma as well.
T: Clean citrus tartness, subtle pumpkin, nutmeg, dry grains, citrus peel and caramel. Tastes like a lightly funky amber ale with a shake of pumpkin spice.
M: Medium body, soft carbonation, drying finish but not that bad, smooth and slick mouthfeel.
O: Light and decent flavors but there was just something about this beer that I didn’t quite love. Worth a taste though.

Photo of biggied
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a tulip starts with a decent 2 finger thick somewhat creamy head with good retention and light lacing. Beer is a cloudy orangish color with light activity

S- Not very pungent... faint sour pumpkiny aroma very funky

T- Not overly complex nor distinguishing. Its tasty, but not very defined to the style. Has a refreshing sour taste with faint pumpkin taste lingering within

M- Light body with light carbonation, but very dry

D- While I really enjoyed the beer and feel its very drinkable, I would say it poorly depicts pumpkin ales, but still good

Photo of Spider889
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label claims this as the "No. 1 Pumpkin Ale." Hmm, we'll see, though the idea of JP producing its own Pumpkin Ale has hooked me since I first learned of it.

Bottle courtesy of iceicebaby. A month after opening this bottle I saw several at Lizardville in OH. Ohh well, nice to know it does sometimes make its way in my neck of the woods, I had never noticed it before.

Batch 436/437

pours a cloudy pumpkin orange with yellow squash highlights. The head is made of very fine short white bubbles. Lace is present in only the slightest of spotting.

Smells super bretty. The yeast is at first spicy, then lemon pith and dry funk come in, as well as some coriander. Interesting take on the style (though certainly not surprising coming from JP). All of that aside, the brett covers up most aromas. It is difficult to tell if there was any of the traditional pumpkin pie spices used. I think not; or not enough. Later on I started to get a bit of orange peel, clove, and even sweet potato.

The pumpkin is a tad dull in flavor, though gourd in general tends to be a bland and mild fruit. Clove, orange peel, and a hint of cinnamon are boldest behind the yeast. The label also mentions cacao, which while very subtle, does eventually come through on the finish.

The yeast, or beer in general, also shows some metallic/mineral-type qualities at times which I found to be out of place and distracting.

Very dry brett finish to the beer. The carbonation is appropriately prickly, but also detracting. After half a glass it became an itchy, deep burning in my throat, which seemed to simulate a beer of a higher abv. Not really any appreciable oak, sadly.

Overall this was an interesting beer, likely much better fresh. It was predictably Jolly Pumpkin, which is both refreshing and a bit of a bore. I would have preferred more of everything in this beer, and less (much less) brett.

Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Ken, batch 614 - bottled August 18, 2010. 750ml into some tulips. Civic day tasting.

Poured a golden brown, with some brown/black floaties in there. Huge fluffy white head, and solid lacing - great looking minus the floaties. Nose is typical JP, sour lemon and wheat. Some moderate spicing (nutmeg perhaps), but no real pumpkin character to speak of. Taste has more sour lemon, and some less notable 'autumn' flavours, but again nothing distinctly pumpkin. Spicing comes through in the finish, no cacao like the label indicates. Light feel, high carbonation. Moderate but not distinct enjoy to be thoroughly enjoyable. More tart than the Panil Barrique (Italy Version) when tasted side by side.

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Batch 617, bottled on 9-1-10.

A: A light hazy brow color, with a fluffy white head. Had about 2 fingers worth of head upon the pour, when down to about a half finger after a minute.

S: The aromas are a whole lot of funk, very similar to a saison. I pick up some of the pumpkin aspects, with hints of the spices.

T: Throws you for a bit of a loop here, from the first taste I thought it was a sour ale i opened by accident. Some nice tartiness here. Definitely don't pick up all this pumpkin they speak of. the bite of the spice is definitely there. Not sure if I ever detected the cacao. Kind of reminds me of a sour saison.

M: Nicely carbonated, with a beautiful bite of tart/sourness. As the taste fades, a small dose of spice aftertaste.

O: Where this kinda failed as a pure pumpkin/yam beer, it totally rocked as a sour aile to me. I would definitely pick this up again.

Photo of rtepiak
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

proves to be a bit richer and more balanced in the bottle. Malt character is more developed and there is more of a graduation in flavor in the feel as the mineral rich backbone sort of subsides and creates some awesome tone. Sour tart as expected with a floral perfume like sour... This is backed with a mild pumpkin, japanese yam quality. There is some nutmeg and autumn applo but its more refreshing then bread and overspicing. Very food particular. I would have it with teriyaki. More balance as in allows for spice to come through.

Photo of davey101
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 617. Bottled on 9-01-10. 750ml capped bottle into a DFH signature glass. Purchased at a random liquor store in New Jersey. Haven't seen this one around New England anywhere, and certainly not one with almost a year on it.

A - Dark amber/orange cloudy body. Looks very much like a pumpkin. There is some soapy off-white foam that sticks around for a very long time. Crazy amount of lacing and retention. Layers are forming on the walls of the glass.

S - Extremely saison like. Citrus and yeast, with some bready malts. A bit of jolly pumpkin funk. This is all followed by a warming spiced squash presence. Its very faint and hidden though. Doesn't smell like a pumpkin ale, but it does smell amazing.

T - All the notes of a JP saison. Citrus, yeast, bready malts, and some light tart funk. The aftertaste is just amazing though. Light roasted squash, a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, and the slightest nod of sweet cocoa. Its pretty phenomenal actually. The way it starts off so citrusy and fresh, and then this smooth aftertaste comes along that taste exactly like fall. The medium body is well carbonated.

O - This beer blew me away. Shattered my expectations. This is not so much a pumpkin ale, as it is a saison to enjoy during the colder months. It aged very well too. Perhaps the pumpkin and spice is more noticeable the fresher it gets? I hope so, and I plan on finding a bottle of this years batch to compare.

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 sdmvd6
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle dated 8-13-10.

A - Unfiltered and golden with a finger of head and moderate lacing.

S - Smells of tart pumpkin, caramel maltiness, cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar.

T - Tart fruitiness upfront (some sour apple) moving quickly to lightly spiced, tart pumpkin. Finishes tart and relatively dry.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O - This is a very interesting beer to say the least, very different from most pumpkin ales. The heavy spice and high alcohol are traded for a more aged, tart flavor in the pumpkin. Definitely try if you get the chance!

Photo of jminsc76
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, pours a big, frothy head atop an orange body (cute). The head easily reemerges upon agitation and as I pour more in from the bottle; thick and pretty.

Aromas of brown sugar, pumpkin spice, and a wee bit of funky cheddar.

As usual, the sharp funk typical of JP, with plenty of pumpkin, spices, pumpkin spices, and some of that brown sugar found in the aroma. It takes some swishing to derive the full flavors but it’s good.

Mouthfeel is light yet substantial.

Overall, ranks among the top five JP brews I’ve had. Plenty of sweet and pumpkin ale flavors to classify as a pumpkin ale, with a smooth, balanced complexity between funk and pumpkin.

Photo of ebby82
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light amber into a pint glass.

It smells really weird. I've never had a beer that smelled anything like this; funky, sour, with a slight hint of pumpkin spice in the foreground.

The taste is also a little strange. Certainly sour, it puckers the lips a bit. An aftertaste of pumpkin spices like nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is dry and tart.

Overall, a really strange beer that I'm glad I tried but I wouldn't buy again.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from K&L Wines. Batch 611 bottled 8-18-10.

I was looking forward to trying a good pumpkin ale, and was hoping this would be it due to the price ($14.99).

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Very cloudy with sediment. Dark orange brown color. Thick head, that stayed with the beer and laced the side of the glass to the end.

Smell: I didn't sense pumpkin or spice as I expected. A tart smell with a hint of citrus.

Taste: This immediately reminded me of a sour (or American wild) ale. I'm not a big fan of that style, so I was a little disappointed. I wouldn't have noticed the pumpkin if it wasn't on the bottle, and even so I struggled to taste it. Again, this seemed like more of a sour ale.

Mouthfeel: This is what I found best about the beer. A perfect medium body that felt nice on the tongue, and carbonation similar to what one would expect from a top rated wild ale.

Drinkability: If you like sour ales, you'll probably like this. However, to me it's not on par with some of the other top rated sours, such as those from Russian River. I wished it had more pumpkin, less sour.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed based on the price and the use of the word "pumpkin" in the name. However, if you're into sours, you might like this one.

La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.