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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: 80 | 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 armock
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA

A - Poured a copper color with a big off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - The first thing to hit your nose is lacto tartness then the spices and light pumpkin

T - Follows the nose with lacto tartness upfront with the spices and mild pumpkin round things out

M - This beer has a thin watery body with high carbonation to it

O - This is a wonderful beer I love the tartness thats in Jolly Pumpkin beers for a pumpkin beer it would be nice if the pumpkin was stronger and the body was thickened up some but over all I really enjoyed this beer its worth picking up if you see it around

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

Bottle from 08/2010 thanks to nishino. Dark chestnut color with a huge head, looks enticing. The first whiff off the bottle is funky. The aromas from the glass are spicy and a little Brett but no distinct pumpkin or cinnamon, smells good though. The mouthfeel was outstanding, felt like a cask beer, rich, creamy, smooth. The flavor had a bit of spice but was heavy on the JP funk. It was very, very slightly sour but didn't make me pucker. Overall I really enjoyed this.

Photo of alleykatking
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle. Thanks go out to VinnieVanGogh for kind of sharing this bottle (or should I say wife).

A- Pours a light hazed golden yellow with a darker orange burntness to it. Three finger white head shows excellent retention like most JP beers. Huge chunks of lace with sheety style lacing combine on the sides of the glass.

S- An interesting aroma for a pumpkin beer. There is a underlying barnyard funk on the underbody of the aroma. Tart apples and lemon peel are two of the bigger aromas throughout the entire aroma. Hints of light nutmeg and pumpkin show up in the ending after the beer warms up. The funk overall gives a nice wild ale quality to this beer.

T- This beer like the aroma is weird and not really a pumpkin ale. Barnyard funk right in the front mixes along with a little pale malt. Soured apples and lemon peel mixes in the middle of the beer along with a hint of funk. Pumpkin and light nutmeg spices really only come through in hints toward the ending. This is only when the beer warms though when the pumpkin and spices come through. Alcohol and one last funk upshoot comes in the tailend of the beer finishing this one up.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high for the beer I thought. Tons of funk with soured fruit are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly high alcohol, funk, and hints of pumpkin. Flavors were funk forward which I always expect from JP beers. No off flavors were present but the funk at times overtook the other flavors. High alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- Jolly Pumpkin makes a good beer..almost always. This beer was good but there was almost no pumpkin quality to this. This of course doesn't say I didn't like it but I just wish there was a little more pumpkin to it. A nice beer in its own just not quite to the style I thought it should be.

Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 610 bottle 8/20/10; consumed 11/28/10

Pours a cloudy orange/brown with a massive amount of creamy head.

Smell starts out with pumpkin and some spices (cinnamon and nutmeg stand out). After that, smell is somewhat flowery with a bit of funk. An interesting take on a pumpkin ale.

Pumpkin is very subdued in the taste, but is still present. Tart, funky notes dominate the taste. Taste i much more floral than the smell. Spices appear on the aftertaste, but are pretty faint throughout.

Mouthfeel is light and very bright from the perhaps excessive carbonation.

Overall, this isn't something I'd seek out more than once. Interesting though.

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

The spoils of war, or more accurately, travels The same really, what with the hellishness that is modern travel.

An airlock at the ready to culture the bugs in this guy, it opens with a smallbore bang. a slow pour into a large snifter yields 4 oz of brew and 18 oz of fluffy white head. It relaxes into terraces of cream and valleys of copper. It smells like funky barns and old cider, sweet and tart with a curly hair of spice.

Taste is really good. Not sure what else to say but damn, this is good. Loads of that sexy funkyfuckfunk, primal and rich. It tastes like potting soil and lemon juice and love.

The carb is high, a seeming continual recurring eternal everlasting cronic issue with JP, but I forgive. Embrace the foam and get this inside you.

JP- A funk like none other, thanks.

Photo of codsmith
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 611 (Bottled 8-18-10)

A: dark gold/red with a huge white fluffy head that laces the side and maintains a half finger head throughout the beer

S: Sweet and sour on the nose. The smells is very typical of the several Jolly Pumpkin beers that I have tried. However, there is some

T: There is an overwhelming sourness that really masks the majority of the flavor. It takes a good amount of the beer to get into it and start identifying the underlying flavor profile. There are slight subtleties of the spices, pumpkin and cocoa, but would be much better if it wasn't masked by the overwhelming sourness. It finishes very bland and dry

M: Very thin and with a good amount of carbonation that plays well with this style

O: If you like sour beers or other Jolly Pumpkin beers than this is for you, but not to my liking

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

Batch 604, Bottled 8-17-10. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, La Parcela is dull burnt gold / pale orange, with a thick of white head, rust tinged, meringue like, long lasting, leaving chunks of foamy lace. Served very cold, in case it was a gusher, which it wasn't. Great label art.

Smell is sweet, pithy citrus. Maybe a hint of gourde as it warms.

Taste tart, some green apple, a bit of brett funk, pretty generic wild ale, not overly funky, but no distinguishing characteristics. Not getting any of the pumpkin, spices or cacao. Maybe the pumpkin, but I'm probably looking to hard...actually, the vegetable flesh seems to gain strength as it warms, but isn't particularly good.

Mouthfeel dry, medium light body, crisp, acidic.

Drinkability is ok, nothing special, an average wild ale, nothing really stands out from the other JPs with similar malt base. I won't bother buying again. If I want a wild ale, I want more funk and no gourde. If I want a pumpkin ale, I want a richer, maltier base, and distinct pumpkin flavors!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch 611, bottled 8/18/2010. Served in a pint glass, the brew pours a hazy orange/amber color with a 2 inch frothy off-white head theat stayed around a long time. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Well, I don't smell any pumpkin in this beer. It smells like tart apples, funk, lemon peel, and some nutmeg (which I don't notice until after the beer has been opened for a while). Taste is just like the aroma, it's mostly sour and funky until the beer has warmed up more and then the pumpkin spices are a little bit noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it has high but soft carbonation which helps makes this easy to drink. Overall I think it's a good beer, even though it's pricey at $12.99 a bottle. Maybe I should try this fresher next time, even though I liked it just fine with some age on it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed copper color, moderate plume of off white bubbles, short lasting with little retention. Beneath the first sour, tart and funky scents lies a hint of vegtable, apple/grape scents and mild spicing. Taste breings a decent amount of pumpkin - very vegetal and dull, not sweet pumpkin pie - the tart and funk take over and the beer finnishes with touches of fruit and spice. Lighter side of medium bodied, nice carbonation (used to the bottle condioned versions having very high levels), dry. A nice take on the pumpkin beer which focuses on the natural flavor of the vegtable with that typical Jolly Pumpkin mild tart, sour and funkyness.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy dull yellow and orange mixture. A huge head of 3-4 fingers is noticeable immediately.You can tell it is well carbonated by the vast amount of bubbles rising to the surface of the glass. Reminds me of a perfect witch's brew.

Smell - Slightly sour. Notes of maple and gourd are vaguely present. You can tell that there are a good blend of spices mixed in, as well as pumpkin of course.

Taste - An underpowering sour bite at first, then a powerful lemongrass taste. Very acidic. The pumpkin isn't noticeable in every sip, but becomes easier to taste towards the bottom of the bottle. I didn't taste the cocoa advertised on the bottle at all. This is advertised as being Jolly Pumpkin's only true pumpkin beer; but I was definitely underwhelmed with the presence of fall spices and pumpkin notes. I also taste a slight bit of ginger-root and flowers. It reminds me of a more sour and slightly spiced Dogfish head Namaste. A quaint bitter finish and not sweet at all.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated and remains bitter and sour as it rests in your mouth.

Drinkability - Despite being so well carbonated, it is very smooth and drinkable. Cannot taste ethanol at all. The spices are all blended together perfectly.

Verdict - While I was let down by the fact that this was supposed to Jolly Pumpkin's true pumpkin beer and it tasted very little like pumpkin; I was still impressed with balanced sour lemongrass and slight earthy gourd notes. I easily downed this bottle in no time at all and enjoyed every drop.

Photo of craytonic
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark orange-amber pour. Very bright. Not much head or lacing.

SMell: Humm very little pumpkin, slme light brett and some sort of gourd or root.

Taste: Very light, some brett and spices, perhaps some caramel and toffee, and perhaps, if you try, some light pumpkin. Not sure why they didn't go all out. A little off. My friend who had tried this one before said it had much more pumpkin a few months ago.

Mouthfeel: Average, medium-body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Very ho-hum, didn't finish it and moved on. Certainly not Jolly Pumpkin's top offering

Photo of jefferz5000
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to 321jeff for this great EXTRA, one of many.

Pours a clear light brown with a hint of amber. Massive, fluffy off-white head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Interesting aroma. Some light pumpkin and spices, along with tart funk. Def some instant sourness in the aroma.

Taste is sour and funky with spices lingering in the background. Almost like a spoiled pumpkin pie or something. Definitely and interesting brew here. Not exactly what I expected, but not in a bad way. A little bitter on the finish, which doesn't mesh too well.

Zippy carbonation. Seems about right for the flavor profile.

Drinkability is moderate to good, as this definitely has some unique flavor combinations going on that may take some time to get used to.

Photo of berley31
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a large, white fluffy head that was very long lasting... never got below 1-2 fingers size. Body is a beautiful, dark orange color, with excellent clarity. Effervescent.

S: Interesting aroma... no real pumpkin spices coming through. Funky and sour, slightly acidic with a bit of citrus fruit.

T: Subtle pumpkin spices are detectable. Funky, barnyard flavors, acidic, slightly sour. Finishes dry and moderately bitter.

M: Medium-light bodied, with very high carbonation.

D: A very tasty beer, and an interesting take on a Pumpkin beer... which is what I would expect from a brewery like JP. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of billab914
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a murky dark orange color with a pillowy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles kept the head thick and full for a good while. Some thick and frothy lacing was left all over the glass as i drank it as well.

The aroma has a distinct sour grape, slightly musty flavor to it. Some tart apple or pear like flavors come out as well. It's pretty crisp overall as well. I don't really get any of the pumpkin or spice in it, but I anticipated that going in.

Up front in the taste I get more of the sour, fruity flavor to it. Midway it gets very dry with more fruity apple or pear like tartness to it. In the finish I get just a hint of of the pumpkin spice along with some more of the sour and tart flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. It feels very crisp and light overall. Drinkability is good, it had some nice flavors to it overall. Had I been expecting a typical pumpkin ale I'd be disappointed. Knowing that was more like an American Wild going in helped my appreciation of it. Pretty nice beer overall.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

Pours a pillowy four finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is tart spices and flavor is tart, spicy with some pumpkin, like a mellow farmhouse ale - not the usual pumpkin pie ale. Beyond expensive at $18.50 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME. Batch 610, bottled 8-20-2010.

Photo of massshortage
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first experience with any Jolly Pumpkin beer, so I didn't know what to expect. Except... I wasn't expecting what I got.

The appearance is top notch all around. The bottle and label are attractive (got my attention when beer shopping). When pouring, it could barely be poured gently enough. It whipped up an incredible frothy head with no effort, and it lasted throughout.

The surprising foam and the aroma indicated that this is not the typical pumpkin ale. Earthy and spicy yeast tones with a tart citric quality. Not much of a trace of pumpkin or pie spices.

The taste is quite nice, as is the mouth feel. Light, crisp, and dry. The pumpkin qualities are difficult to pick out, while generally there is an earthy malt and yeast favor and a lot of tart sourness, like lemon or granny smith.

Overall, a refreshingly different take on pumpkin ale. Doesn't have the usual malty and pie spice flavors, or the same thick mouth feel at all. The real criticism is that the pumpkin flavors and aromas are next to absent, so I'm having a hard time with it being categorized with the others. If I didn't know that it is actually brewed with real pumpkin, I'd just assume it was a farmhouse/saison style ale.

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

Nice orange color with a MASSIVE layer of foamy white head composed of many bubbles of various sizes.

Aroma is very appealing - some funky and spicy notes dominate. Surprisingly, the flavor is much more reserved - not nearly as wild as I was hoping - basically just a much more mild version of the aroma.

Mouthfeel is fine - bubbly but with a certain smooth quality to it. Drinkability is good.

Overall this is a quality beer, but I was definitely a bit underwhelmed.

Photo of twelvsies
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Jolly Pumpkin pumpkin beer, how appropriate. Pours a vibrant orangey gold amber with a nice fluffy white head, nice retention as with most JP beers. The aroma has that trademark subtle oaky brett funk, rounded out by a nice mellow sweet squash notes and a mild spice. Man, this is how pumpkin beers should be. I must say I am not a fan of the glut of pumpkin beers that are around in the fall, but this is excellent. It's got just the right amount of spice, hints and wisps of clove, allspice, nutmeg, and actual pumpkin. These are accents to a nice base of a slightly sour, very refreshing, pale malt style ale. Rounded out by oak and a funky bite. Excellently dry on the palate. Definitely the new benchmark for the style in my opinion - never would've thought that funk and pumpkin would go so well together.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of bbeane
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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


Photo of GregSVT
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of seand
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a fair amount of dense white head. Fairly good retention and lacing.

S: Spices and yeast, with just a touch of brown sugar.

T: The first sip kicks you in the throat with a tart funky yeasty flavor. Quite unique. It calms down a bit once you're expecting it, becoming a fairly nicely balanced ale with a pleasant tart note.

M: Medium body, medium prickly carbonation. Quite well suited to the beer.

D: Though I wouldn't have said so after the first sip, it's actually quite drinkable.

Very interesting, and very unique. I wouldn't say it's my favorite beer, but it's something different than anything I've had before, and the overall it's well constructed and surprisingly enjoyable.

Photo of domtronzero
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky orange copper brown with a big fluffy whitish head. Tons of lacing left throughout.

S - Light tart and funky character, with sweet pilsner malts and a muddled spice aroma. Light alcohol.

F/M - Bready sweet pils malts with a nice lactic tart flavor. Moderate brett funk with muddy pumpkin pie spices. Light bitterness with a dry finish. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Lingering tart nutmeggy flavor.

D - Okay, but a little too much spice flavors. They just don't mix well with the tart/funky flavors also going on, and the flavors linger a little too long into the finish.

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