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La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 49
Gots: 73 | 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 rye726
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -11.1%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +10.1%
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 +0.5%
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
Photo of aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to bwyker for some nips off the growler during a snow storm.

A: Nice golden color with no head. A slight touch of haze. Not much in the way of head but it is a growler pour.

S: That nice jolly pumpkin funk is right up there to greet me. A slight hint of some pumpkin ale spices and a touch of pumpkin.

T: Jolly pumpkin funk again right up front. The pumpkin is very subtle but it is there. Not much in the way of spices in the taste.

M: No carbonation. Very light body.

D: This could be a daily drinker for me. Just the thought of a wild pumpkin ale gets me going. The growler had hung around for a while which is why the carbonation was not there but I still found it very drinkable.

aerozeppl, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of drseamus
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bwyker for sharing the growler with us.

A: Light copper orange color. No head but totally expected with a growler.

S: Very tight nose. There is certainly some pumpkin and a light funk, but not any serious spice to it.

T: Light pumpkin up front and a very light spice with some wild bite to the back end. Fairly light flavored overall.

M: Light bodied for sure which is weird for a pumpkin ale, but the wild likely has something to do with that.

D: Daily drinker which is impressive because it is wild and pumpkin.

drseamus, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get some of this at Capone's. Matt mentioned that he'd had trouble with the keg, but it was pouring fine during my visit. Hazy orange with a thin, yet solid, cap of fine beige bubbles. Thick, sticky lacing. Interesting aroma, sort of expected from JP. Smells tart with a bit of strawberry and yeasty spices, a bit grassy, lemon, with light vinegar notes. Really nice flavour. Solid tartness, a bit acetic, but well balanced rather than bold. There was a bit of vegetal sweetness, squash or pumpkin flesh, with herbal bitterness in the finish. Light earthiness and funk, citrus zest, lingering spice. Medium bodied with average carbonation, a bit on the creamy side and a little slick. This was really cool, a completely different take on a pumpkin ale. Check this out if you get a chance.

DrJay, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's been a lot of talk about this beer given the Jolly Pumpkin name, and the fact that it's their fist pumpkin beer. And having found it on tap I had to try it. But then again, from any brewery that only makes about 800 bbls a year, you kind of can't pass it up, right?

It was pretty much exactly as I'd expected it to be, but I'm kind of a fan of the brewery (and of the Brett), so there you go. And, as a brewer, I have more insight into what goes into it, and what comes out of, it than most other tasters. I certainly wasn't expecting a "pumpkin beer"...

So... hazy, dark amber in color with an orange cast and reddish highlights. Limited bright white head and retention.

Dryish, sharp, and lightly chalky nose. Brett-like nose. Subtle hints of tartness. Subtle hints of vegetable (I guess pumpkin is actually a fruit), but not much.

Basically, it's a regular caramel-accented ale not unlike their others - but perhaps a touch lighter in both flavor and body, and with the same subtle Brett character and underlying tartness as usual. Mild spiciness... but pumpkin spices? Who knows? They're too subdued. I get a suggestion of cinnamon but that's it. Oh, and maybe all-spice or nutmeg. What IS there just blends into the whole, which, I think, makes it a much better beer than those that throw down the cinnamon/all-spice/nutmeg gauntlet.

So I have two mind sets on this. One, if you just take the beer for what it is, forgetting about the pumpkin thing, it's pretty good (for fans of the whole lightly funky thing). And two, if you take it slowly and look for the pumpkin and spice flavors, you'll be really tasting it looking for subtle complexity - which is great too!

Hedonistically, I enjoyed my glass, and I'd have had another and almost did. Forget about the whole pumpkin thing and enjoy!

NeroFiddled, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jolly Pumpkin- La Parcela

A- Light clear golden orange with no head.
S- Light amounts of pumpkiny nutmeg and shortbread malt.
T- Very light flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice come through with a dose of buttery malt.
M- Very light and watery. Slight tangy vinegar feel.

Overall- Not bad but flavors are weak. Slight touch of tart tanginess make it enjoyable. Very easy to gulp down but don't seek this out.

NJpadreFan, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy, orange toned amber with a fluffy white cap that doesn't fade out. Tons of scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of funky citrus, lemon, pumelo, light melon, and raw sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet pumelo, and tart lemon zest coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is tart, medium bodied, saison-esque, sweet, and mildly acidic in the flavor.
I really didn't detect any pumpkin, or squash in the nose, or flavor. My buddy, egajdzis, thought otherwise but I think the notion of any pumpkin being noticed in this beer is purely subliminal.
I heard many mixed reviews on this while it was on tap. Most disliked it but I found it interesting with the standout brett-filled funkiness that I was hoping for. If anyone expected to have a "pumpkin beer", they were probably let down.

weeare138, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at Capone's, left over from Black Friday. Poured into a Leffe glass.

Color is a slightly cloudy, golden orange, modest off-white head, decent retention (considering it is a sour) and some okay lacing.

I think this was served a bit too cold, tried to warm it with my hands a bit. Smell was tart, some vinegar and cider, not a whole lot of anything else. No discernible pumpkin.

Taste is also sour and tart, but moderately so. Mouthfeel is light, prickly carbonation. Finish could be cleaner.

Drinkability is good, probably couldn't drink more than one or two, but the lack of pumpkin would keep me from plopping down another $7.50 on this one.

wheelinshirt, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

really excited to try this one

it poured a pretty appealing merky yellow with a good amount of head

it smelled simular to the la roja

i was really excited to taste the pumpkin but I could not at all

pretty good beer, not nearly as sour as I was expecting, nor as pumpkinny

but it seems pretty rare

not bad, just not as good as I thought it would be

gdfan47, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ashley's. Apparently from one of only three kegs made, so I had to get two pints!

Sits a hazy copper orange with a small off-white head. Nose of sourish, tart fruit, some cookie dough, and maybe a smidgen of grass and spice. Not much pumpkin spice though. Toasted malts and tart Brett. funk start out the palate. Light caramel and cookie malt fill-in midway, with buttery, pecan pie accents near the finish. Hints of spices linger in the finish, with residual tart wildness. Medium-bodied with soft, light carbonation. Good drinkability. Probably the subtlest "pumpkin ale" I have ever had. Probably the only sour one as well! Works for me, since I'm not crazy about overly-spiced beers anyways.

alexgash, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"La Parcela means 'the patch' or a place where vegetables are grown. Even more interesting is that the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery has never before made a pumpkin beer! Known for artisanal and esoteric brews, this one uses fresh and pureed pumpkin in the mash, and more pumpkin in the boil along with traditional pumpkin pie spices and roasted cacao nibs. Crazy! Fermented in open stainless steel with lager yeast, then racked with more pumpkin puree into Jolly Pumpkin's oak barrels for extended "wild" conditioning. We're expecting a very funky sour beer with hints of chocolate and a spicy finish. 6.0%abv"

On tap at the Cambridge Brewing Company during their Great Pumpkin Festival, held on 10/31/08. Served on tap in a Pils style glass.

Pours a deep, hazy, amber rose color with a thin ring of brite-white head. Retention consists of a nice smattering of lace and oily residues when swirled. The aroma features some wild sour character right off the bat, being tart but not overly so. Underneath lie a waft of pumpkin spices and some chocolate sweetness.

The taste is much sweeter than the aroma was, with sticky notes of chocolate and vanilla. There are also some underlying hints of pumpkin meat and spices with just a touch of tart funk that intermingles in with the other flavors. Overall finish that is tangy and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that borders on the creamier side. There is a touch of beef to the feel but the ABV is hid pretty well.

Wow, this was really interesting and seemed to me that Jolly Pumpkin pretty much pulled off what they were shooting for with this. A Pumpkin Ale that is rich with notes of chocolate and spice but possessing their trademark "Wild" quality. I liked that the tartness didn't quite dominate the taste as much as it did the nose, allowing much more of the pumpkin qualities to shine through. A unique beer for sure that I'm glad to have been able to try.

Kegatron, Nov 04, 2008
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