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La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 47
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-04-2008)
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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

glid02, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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

dirtylou, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. This is a golden brown color with a solid inch or so of foamy head. Smell is sour funky wild yeast with lemon and citrus. Taste is again dominated by the sour yeast with lemon and spiciness. The bottle describes pumpkin and cacao as being the primary flavors here, but they are pretty far in the background, if present at all. This is pretty much a darker saison or wild ale with some mild pumpkin and associated spices added.

Definitely not anything close to the typical pumpkin ale, but very tasty and extremely drinkable.

webmanspidey, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of BogleHill
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy light amber-orange brew with lacy white head and lots of light, bubbly carbonation. Aroma of funk. Flavor is dominated by the tartness. It's really hard to pick out any pumpkin, spice or cocoa. Nevertheless, this one not your typical pumpkin ale. Rather refreshing and quite drinkable. Crisp, dry fruity finish with perhaps some lingering spice.

BogleHill, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrDogBeer for the try. Pours just like apple cider but with a slightly off white head. Aromas of indistinguishable fruit (pear, pumpkin maybe?) typical funky jolly pumpkin yeast, sweaty socks and white pepper. Flavor is similar with more tart apples presence, the pumpkin is evident somewhere in there but it isn't pronounced. Nice sour/tartness that finishes bracingly dry on the end of the high carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

6DaysBottomOcean, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of 7ways
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque tea color with a large enduring head. Great lace and color. Why did I expect it to be bright orange?

I swear the aroma hit me half a second before the bottle was even open. It smells like wet logs and leaves, dried fruit, something close to nutmeg and allspice, and classic Jolly Pumpkin yeast.

This tastes exactly how I expected and wanted it to taste. I'm pretty damn happy right here. Dirty and tart on the surface, but there are waves of apple, orange, and lemon. I taste something different every sip. Slightly more sour and slightly less dry and funky than most other JPs I've had. Subtle apple and pumpkin sweetness on the finish. There are layers here that demand very close attention to be noticed. But where is the cacao?

Not gonna lie, for all it's good qualities, I have no desire to drink more than my half of the shared bottle.

7ways, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of biga7346
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 Batch# 436/437

A: This beer pours with more rocky, pillowy head than other JP beers I had had. It's an impressively clear and firm copper to burnt orange.

S: Black pepper, carraway, cumin, some waxy phenol, coriander, some mint. Deeply herbal and spicy, reminds me of Christmas potpourri. And of course, with all JP beers, a background of red wine, oakey sourness from the aging (love it).

T/M: More black pepper spiciness, mint, pumpkin pie spices, cinammon. Again, the nose follows the taste in that this is a very herbal beer almost to the point where it is off-putting. I do very much like the interplay between the spice notes and the oak-aging sourness.

D: I have to say not one of my favorite JP beers simply because they do "refreshing" saisons better than anyone and that's what I love about this brewery. This one is a little harder to drink. Definitely not for everybody.

biga7346, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Onslow for sharing this with me and a few other BA friends. Reviewing from notes.

A: Pours a clear but dark orange color. A beige head forms, but recedes in a moment. Light lace is left behind.
S: A nondescript tart/sour/acidic/funkiness that you would except from JP. Maybe some spice and oak, but hard to tell.
T: Follows the nose. Pretty much sour, tart and acidic with some spice. I really don't get anything else that would suggest a Pumpkin Ale.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and dry. A bit to much carbonation. Not hard to drink, but not really something I am going to come back to.

I get the joke, JP needed to make a Pumpkin beer and this is it. Though it is just the typical sour and funky JP beer. Just kind of nondescript sour at that. Not much nuance that I usually get from their funky Farmhouse beers. I really like most of their beers, but this is a style that just does not go with funk. Interesting to try once, but that is it.

champ103, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 436/437

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, sour white grapes, nutmeg, and cinnamon. In the taste, green apple, cinnamon, nutmeg and a dry pumpkin under all that. Almost cider like. A spicy bite and a light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cider like and small spice aftertaste. Not so much pumpkin, but spicy and almost cider like.

OWSLEY069, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of brewdan
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle sampled just as 2010 edition is being released. Sweet label.

Pours a light golden-orange with a frothy white head. LOTS of fine carbonation.

Smells great; tart lemony funky goodness. I don't get any pumpkin off the nose; it is pretty much signature JP funk. A little gueuze-like.

Taste upfront is tart and funky. Dry bitter citric funky flavors dominate. The finish is just a bit off imho. First of all it is ever so slightly greasy; I'm not sure if that is coming from the cacao or pumpkin but it hurts an otherwise great beer. Also there is a bit of a medicinal note like aspirin in there as well- which is also not so good.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy from all the carbonation while also being dry and chalky.

This is a good effort but not my favorite JP brew.

brewdan, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sticker on the back of the bottle says Batch 436/437

Poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a beautiful dark orange with a large frothy tan/white head that produces ridiculous amounts of lacing and the body is filled with carbonation.

S - Sourness is dominate, slight hop and pumpkin, and a little hay/barnyard quality too.

T - Sourness again is right up front, I don't get much Pumpkin, not sure how old this bottle is but the pumpkin seems to have faded.

M - Has a light bodied mouthfeel, and great amount of carbonation.

D - This is pretty good but I wish I would have drank it when it was fresher, but still another good offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

semibaked, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Pours a light copper with a finger of head and some good lacing. Aroma is a very pleasant mix of light spices, orange peel, pumpkin, and band aid.

The flavor is nicely tart and crisp. There doesn't seem to be much depth here, but the light spice and orange peel flavor profile is nice in its own right.

The body is medium and carbonation is high and appropriate. Overall I think this is a very good beer, definitely one of the better Jolly Pumpkins I have tried. I would like to get a chance to try this a bit fresher, perhaps there will be more pumpkin/spice.

alcstradamus, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I know it's a little late for this beer, so I am not going to slam it if the pumpkin flavor is nonexistent. Just glad to get the opportunity, even if we're closer to 2010's pumpkin ale season than 2009's.

Ale flavored with pumpkin, cacao, spices, and aged in oak. Who the hell does that? Look no further than the mad, irreverent brewers at Jolly Pumpkin, and it makes perfect sense. Batch 436/437 per bottle.

Poured into a tulip not-quite-pumpkin orange. It almost looks IPA-ish. Fizzy lambic-esque head, though, with no lacing.

It smells, unsurprisingly, like a Jolly Pumpkin sour. Sour apple and a good deal of leathery funk. If I strain, I can pick up some undercurrent of fleshy gourd and a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Would I immediately identify it as pumpkin, not knowing any better? Doubtful. Aroma is more that of a decent sour.

Aspirin bitterness up front, then a good but short-lived hit of sour apple and lemon, and a little molded plastic that I sometimes find in lambics. Medium dry finish. Miraculously, on the long aftertaste, *there* is the pumpkin pie! Oh yeah, it's definitely there. Good natural pumpkin flavor and a little pumpkin pie spicing. Very tasty marriage of wild/pumpkin ale. Pretty kick-ass, actually. If more "pumpkin ales" tasted like this, I'd likely be a bigger fan of them. Think this belongs squarely in the American Wild Ale category if I'm splitting hairs, but at the end of the day who really cares - if Jolly Pumpkin calls it a pumpkin ale, that's what it is. Call it a Pumpkin Lambic for all I care, it's really good.

Well-carbonated, lively, sharp mouthfeel, but it doesn't override the beer by any means, only helping to deliver the flavor.

I tend to want to take my time, because it's enjoyable and interesting, but the bottle drains easily, especially if you're in the mood for a sour. You know what this reminds me of...something Dany at Fantome would do - it seems to have similar spicing to some of his seasonal beers.

Recommended, if you like sours and funky saisons. I hope Jolly Pumpkin makes this again.

Patrick999, May 03, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to Hyde Park Wine & Spirits and heard there was one of these hiding in the back room.

Batch 436 / 437 - shared with DrewOSU

Pours a dirty orange with yellow highlights. Moderately cloudy body. Average head with no lacing.

Smells sour with hints of light spices. I get granny smith apples and lemon zest in the sour qualities.

The taste reflects the nose nicely, but I get more of the holiday spices in the mix. I get pumpkin, as well, but very mild.

I liked this beer a bunch, but after 6 months of cellaring, I think the pumpkin qualities faded significantly.

beachbum1975, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 436 / 437; Sampled December 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat, two finger thick, pale amber, lightly tan colored head that leaves some lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a combination of rich copper and amber hues that shows a lightly hazed, gold-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of spicy nutmeg, sweetly vegetal pumpkin meat, a touch of spicy ginger, some white pepper, hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, light toasted grain notes. Really though this beer smells of a light spiciness and caramelized pumpkin flesh; it is pretty nice and I like the light hand with the actual spices, plus I think the fermentation provided some of the spice notes too.

Suprisingly dry tasting, considering the nose, and there is a nicely soft tartness that says this wasn't fermented in a "clean" Sachoromyces only brewery. The spiciness comes through in a much more peppery, ginger kind of way in the flavor due to the lack of sweetness. There is still a touch of pumpkin flesh flavor in the finish, but it is much more subtle. The beer has a nice texture to it; the fair amount of carbonation couples with the light tartness to bring a peppery sharpness to this as it rolls across the tongue; this is definitely a lighter feeling brew, but it easily keeps from seeming thin. In fact there seems to be a touch of malt viscosity without any accompanying sweetness. The peppery note couples with a soft woodiness

My second pour of this that is drunk quite soon after the pour, is a bit too fizzy and carbonated; luckily a quick swirl of the glass releases the extra carbonation. The tartness is definitely lactic in nature, which pairs well with the rest of the beer. Perhaps a touch of lighlty smoky phenolics are noticeable as the beer warms up, but this can be exceedingly fleeting.

This is an exceedingly fantastic Pumpkin beer, definitely one of the best commercial examples that I have ever had. I like how appetizing and "sweet" the aroma smells, but that the flavor is dry, tart and not anywhere near over-spiced. The aroma actually reminds me of desert (perhaps obviously), but the flavor is, in the end, quite savory. I am definitely quite pleased to be drinking a bottle of this right now.

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sour pumpkin ale. That can't work can it?

a: This was a hazy golden peach color. It poured with a huge, uneven, and sticky head.

s: Amazingly enough, there are some pumpkin pie spices in the nose. The dominant aroma is tart yet sugary apricots. There is also a little plastic and some oak.

t: Lightly tart apricots start things off. The finish is spicy, tasting strongly of cloves with some all-spice. There is some plastic in the exhale. I don't detect any pumpkin, but that isn't a surprise.

m: Gently prickly carbonation and a long spicy funk finish.

d: I entered into this with some trepedation. They did a great job with this one though. Thanks to OHLRangers for this unique treat via BIF.

DIM, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Boulevard Tank 7 glass. Thanks for sharing Eugene. Poured a hazy gold with a thin white head. Fairly sour aroma with just a hint of pumpkin pie spice. Nice tart flavor. Very refreshing. Lighter bodied. Some dark sugar in the middle. Tart cherry in the finish. I didn't get a whole lot of pumpkin, but enjoyable none the less.

homebrewhawk, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Batch 436/437

A: Initial pour was a crystal clear, rich-gold color with 1 finger of bright white head perched on top. Retention was fair but lots of lace was left behind. Carbonation was relatively active. The second, swirled pour is supremely cloudy. The head is thicker with a slightly orange tint and retention was excellent!

S: Tart and fruity. Aromas of pear and tangy green apple. Hints of pumpkin, spice, funk, yeast, vinegar, and oak.

T: Pumpkin and cardamom with a large helping of tangy orchard fruit. Dry toasted malt comes on strong in the middle and sticks around through to the end of the finish. Flavors of funk, lemon, vinegar, and oak, too.

M: Relatively smooth and restrained as far as JP beers go. The tartness is there, but merely as a suggestion. Runs the gamut from tangy fruit, to dry malt, and a bit of spicy prickle, as well.

D: You can't judge a book by its' cover. When I saw the label and read the description I was 1/2 expecting a darker, heartier brew. Not that there's anything wrong with this...

GbVDave, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great looking bottle from Jolly Pumpkin. Pours an orangish, sandy beige with a cream head that has nice lace.

Nose has tart citrus, manure, horse blanket, candy malts, pumpkin and spices.

Taste has a good amount of barnyard funk and sour yeast along with nutty malts, nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin.

Medium body is well carbonated. Dry, acidic finish.

A very nice pumpkin beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Thanks to FlandersNed for the hook up.

rye726, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

orbitalr0x, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of mcallister
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper colored with and looks filtered with some sparkly bubbles and a large yellow head that fades into a creamy topper and leaves a nice spotty lacing behind.

Fruity aromas with squash, hints of nutmeg, a big oak presence, very soft esters.

Not much really going on with this beer. Good acidic backbone, some fruity esters, hints of oak with wood tannins. No distinguishable fruit flavors. Light in the mouth with a spritzy finish.

mcallister, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty orange color with one finger of sticky white head.

Scent of citrus, earth, sugars, pumpkin, oak, tart sugars, a hint of caramel and some ask. A nice complexity, and while it is strange for a pumpkin beer, it smells damn good.

Taste of white oak, sour fruit, ash, a hint of dark fruit and some pumpkin. Similar to the scent, it takes a bit of getting used to, but it is a welcome entry into the Jolly Pumpkin line-up.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice strong bite of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to el meatwad for the heads up on this one.

Into a stemmed 12 oz. goblet, this pours a hazy orange. Plenty of active streaming carbonation, feeding a decent sized head. Surface of the foam was soft and creamy with a little bit of lacing at the edges. As the glass is poured and filled, a crescent of fine sticky lace remains on one side. The color feels like autumn, it fades from a darker cidery brown/orange into a lighter orange/yellow towards the meniscus of the glass.

Aroma of wet stone, minerals, wine grapes, lemon, hay, similar to a lambic. Later on at room temp, the cinnamon/nutmeg is there, with some apple cider traces. Flavor has some earthy, squashy elements, but not a heavy pumpkin presence. Tart and dry with a drying residual spice and identifiable earthy pumpkin in the aftertaste. Upfront its more tart with some toasted malt/pumpkin seeds and spice in the middle, leaving the more complex elements to linger in the finish. Its slightly too astringent, but other than that it drinks very well. A 750 is no problem in a sitting, provided you enjoy sour ales.

emerge077, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of OHLRangers, thanks Ed.

Pours gold in color with a reddish/orange hue to it. Nice frothy head of about half an inch forms on the pour, then recedes to spotty circles of froth.
Smell is slight funk. There's also some lemony sourness to the nose as well. A bit of yeast is noticeable in the nose as well.
Taste is much more sour than the nose leads on. Ron really has those bugged barrels working overtime now. Plenty of sourness, but not a whole lot of pumpkin noticeable at all. Maybe just a wee bit in the finish.
Good carbonation and wonderful sourness in the mouthfeel. I'm a huge fan/supporter of Jolly Pumpkin and this beer doesn't disappoint.

FtownThrowDown, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of jdflyer06
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle (Batch 436/437 for all of you pumpkin freaks out there) and into my Caracole snifter.

A: Golden in appearance, but I expected a deeper, orange hue. Decent head retention, light and foamy with some fully sticky lacing.

S: Jolly Pumpkin funk up front. It takes a while to discern any distinct pumpkin or spice notes. They're there, but very subdued. Picking up some nutmeg, cinnamon and some raw, earthy notes, maybe some raw pumpkin but I'm not sure.

M: Thin, dry with a chalky finish and mild carbonation. Some sourness that lingers on the tongue.

T: Definitely has that Jolly Pumpkin sourness to it, which I don't mind, but this is supposed to be a Pumpkin Ale. Some pleasant malt characteristics and I'm still getting those earthy flavors with very little spice or pumpkin at all. More grapefruit and lemon than anything else. Not as complex as I had hoped.

D: Another good offering from Jolly Pumpkin and a good example of a farmhouse ale which they can brew blind at this point. I was expecting more spice, pumpkin and other "fall" flavors from this one. The lower rating is based on the fact that it really doesn't seem like a pumpkin ale to me. Otherwise, it's very drinkable and the low alcohol insures that I'll finish the bottle. However, I'm moving on tonight and my adventure ends with this one. It's Moerlein OTR for the remainder of the evening.

jdflyer06, Oct 31, 2009
La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.