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La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 54
Gots: 86 | FT: 6
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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 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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very intrigued by this one, as was my wife - she loves pumpkin ales & sours.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Lightly rusty orange with bright, brassy highlights under a nice, clingy, lazy head. Wads of gauzy lacing.

Nicely tart apples in the smell, on the mild side, with some baking spice character. Rounds out to a kind of applesauce smell, very nice.

Taste is lemon & tart apple up front, present but not overly sharp, with that spice character - a little nutmeg, some orange peel. Ends with a lightly sharp yogurt sourness & nicely tart apple pie filling in the aftertaste. Apple pie yogurt! Kind of weird at first, but I can get into it.

Moderate acidity, full-bodied, & makes me salivate a little without being piercing. Sticks in the throat a little.

Takes a little getting used to, but pretty good overall. I can the find the pumpkin ale in it if I concentrate, but it's like they took one aspect of it & really emphasized it. Good, but one is satisfying.

Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter, batch 611 bottled 8-18-10

A- A hazy burnt orange with a big fluffy white head.

S- Getting sour and funky wild yeast smell with some standard pumpkin ale spices and a hint of pumpkin.

T- A little sour up front, nice pumpkin and spice flavors in the middle, and a slightly funky finish. Really just need to try it taste what is going on here. They made sour pumpkin ale work.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little creamy.

D- This is a really cool and different beer. Enjoying the 750 mL bomber by yourself is not hard to do, but I feel this would be better splitting with someone. Kind of is like a mix of a Saison, a Wild Ale, and a Pumpkin Ale.

Photo of dgfair
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into chimay chalice.

Beer pours s beautiful burnt orange with an ever so slightly off-white head that dissipates ever so slowly leaving nice lacing and a perfect thin layer on top of the beer. Definitely looks like a pumpkin ale and a nice one at that. Smell starts as a tart apple and follows with a scent of pumpkin pie that mixes fresh pumpkin with nutmeg, allspice, and light cinnamon. I also get a light caramel note that is very nice and adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance the tart and spicy aroma. The taste is sour apple with a light hit of vinegar upfront, but it's followed a very nice bit of mild pumpkin that adds a little balance in the middle of the sip. The beer finishes dry and sour but in a very mild drinkable way. The sourness is definitely there, but not kicking you in the face like some beers do. Again, a very nice balance throughout the beer leading to a very drinkable sour beer that i keep going back to for sip after sip. I hope jolly pumpkin makes this one again next fall, as i will be grabbing a few of them.

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

Bottle from December Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a light bronze color with a large off-white head. Good retention and spackled lace chunks. Acetic aroma with obvious pumpkin pie spice notes. Flavor is much the same; very tart and vinegary notes cut by cocoa and nutmeg sweetness. There's also a pumpkin flesh note. Pretty interesting.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to rich for the recommendation here, i decided to crack this one open with dinner last night as it just seemed to set the mood.

nice light brown/caramel colored pour with a touch of sediment and a nice and tight off white head. well done and really looked the part quite nicely. aroma is sour up front, but with an interesting kick as their are notes of pumpkin, light spices, hints of brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon that layer in on top of it. rather complex and definite eye opener. a little more subtle on the flavor as the sour seemed to dominate with a nice thin vingar like touch that masked that hint of spice and sweetness underneath. very light body was very well carbonated and having the mellow sourness and base that yielded a nice and clean, smooth finish that was nice and dry.

overall a nice light sour that had some good dimensions to it. a definite change of pace for me and one i am glad i got to try.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam!

A: La Parcela appears hazy and light orange in color, with an inch of dense, fluffy, white head atop the beer.

S: Slightly funky, with floral, grassy aromas.

T: The pumpkin flavor is very subdued. The beer is not sweet, as is typical of pumpkin ales in general. The flavor is very typically Jolly Pumpkin, with slightly funky brettanomyces and a saison-like character throughout. The pumpkin aspect is subtle and shows itself more in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D: Certainly enjoyable and quite different from what one might expect from a pumpkin ale, but exactly what you would expect from Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of StormKing47
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed with some co-workers after a long week and right before the nice Christmas break, let's see how it went...

A- This one is very clean and crisp looking and I don't know what to think. It has a nice, hazy light amber color with an orangish hue, but it almost resembles an amber ale. It has a ridiculous white head that is creamy and thick with an abundance of lively bubbles from the carb. I understand it's titled as a pumpkin ale, but it not as light as some are nor as dark as others, interested to see the rest.

S- Wow! Quite an incredible aroma a hidden wild ale that is unsuspected from the labeling of this one, but a little research before hand allows you to understand that Jolly Pumpkin has attempted a sour pumpkin ale. It has a great mustiness to it with a hint of pumpkin, but more of the nutmeg and cinnamon or all spice aromas. As it continues to come to life and warm there is a great cacao note with some more of the pumpkin spices coming out followed by more of the simple and clean lacto notes and some faint oakiness.

T- A tremendous burst of sourness greets you that is unbelievable because it has a faint tartness with it. Along with the great sour notes I am picking up the sweetness of the cacao and pumpkin blended together. It really is incredible to taste as it warms more and more of the spices come out, there is cinnamon, nutmeg a touch of allspice and even some very subtle oak notes that drag along a touch of vanilla in the finish. It really is delicious and incredible!

M- It has a nice carb prickle and tingle that allows the flavors to go all over. It also has a very subtle, but sharp sour note that is not puckering, but definitely lets you know its there. Nice, light and fluffy with every flavor masterfully integrated.

D- Absolutely, move over Pumking you have some competition as the best pumpkin ale around. I love Pumking, but I also love sours/wilds. This one really is incredible and I hope they continue to tweak it to make it better. It's a sour pumpkin ale and holy shit is it tasty.

Jolly pumpkin finally makes a pumpkin ale and it's different then anybody else. A very delicious and approachable sour that is not vinegary and will not rip your teeth enamel off. Seek it out!

Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle,served in a tall Red Wine glass - split with a couple

A - pours with a finger of somewhat tight and creamy, bright white foam which falls to a thin lingering film within a couple minutes. the beer is cloudy, bright orange in color.

S - big, live yeasty flavors found in most Jolly Pumpkin brews: wild fields, band-aid, must, and a hint of aspirin. some light spice in here, clove, nutmeg, and just the tiniest hint of pumpkin.

T - the spices are more evident from the front, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger coming through clearly before being overtaken by the medicinal, wild-yeast. sweet fruits flash for a second, with slightly tart lemon and apples. pumpkin is really only barely evident at the finish, alongside more cinnamon and nutmeg.

M - light body, with massive, prickly and stingy carbonation. just a tad puckering and dry through the drink, leading to a dryer finish due to spices and brisk carbonation.

D - as a beer, solid. as a pumpkin beer, not so much. kudos to Jolly Pumpkin for giving this a shot, but (for better or worse) it doesnt really fit into the style. bring a friend.

Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Batch 436/437 2009, not sure why I never opened this last year.

A: Completely transparent orange golden with a frothy white head with good retention.

S: Pumpkin is faint, but smells nice. Notes of buttery oak are evident. I detect white grapes that are not unlike Muscat, as well as light musty barnyard notes. The pumpkin is really faint and this is just sort of like an American Wild Ale with a mellow pumpkin undertone. Vinegar is faint but evident. Wet leather Brett notes.

M: Light acetic presence accompanies white grapes and butter oak. Pumpkin is faint and there are really no spices. Finish is dry.

M: Light medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Not much pumpkin on this 2009 bottle. Pretty enjoyable.

Photo of aglose45
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy orange straw color, with a frothy off-white head that hangs around for awhile.

S: Lactic sourness and leather up front, with a sweet pumpkin aroma balancing out the tartness. There is even a hint cacao on the end.

T: Nice and sour up front, more tart than acetic. This is followed by a pleasant pumpkin flavor. There is are very nice oak and leather notes that linger in the mouth quite long. Delicious.

M: Highly carbonated, light to medium bodied, and very dry (from the oak).

D: This is my kind of pumpkin beer! My only complaint is that I wish there was a slightly more prominent pumpkin flavor. Overall, very good though.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale marigold colour, lotza translucent haze in the body. Head is modest, but retaining a thin crown. Lace is really, very beautiful. A thick, silky sight to behold. This is a joy to look upon, really.

Smell is funky with a lot of wet blanket smell but complemented by that tart bacteria-acidic smell. The two smells just go together so well. Tart franny smith apples with strawberries, currants, apricot and peach providing sweetness. Some hints of cinnamon and paprika underlying. Wonderful, refreshing, complex smell. This is a joy to smell, as well.

Taste is overall very sour but never really has a peak of acidity. In fact, there's a bitter edge that nods more toward overripe fruit than underripe. There's an aged peach quality very distinct on the mid, but anyway, first up some citric notes with lemon zest. A touch of cinnamon on there, then the overripe peach character takes over, acidic but with an odd, earthy alkaline edge. Quite metallic and more funk on the back with barnyard and some vinous notes.

Champagney dryness on the back with lots of texture and character, though can't say I love it.

I can't detect much pumpkin in it. Of course I wouldn't question anything my main peeps from Jolly Pumpkin do because whatever else this is, it's a refreshing and unique take on the style and what's more, it's a damn fine drinking beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco over Halloween, and brought back to Australia to crack open with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a very slightly haze burnished gold colour - not quite deep enough to be called pumpkin coloured, but with a fine bubbled if small head of white suds. Has a sheen to it which is pleasant, and the head leaves some excellent and intricate lacing. Love the look of it.

Nose is redolent with oak and funk, and certainly veer more into the regular Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Garde territory than it does into mainstream pumpkin beers. The acidity seems to keep it honest, although there's a sweetness to it which may only be explained by the addition of the pumpkin. It's a nice nose all up, although it may lack a little of the complexity of the regular range of JP beers.

Taste is very interesting indeed. Throughout the straight Jolly Pumpkin funk is the lingering hint of sweet pumpkin, which comes out in fore on the back after the acidity has died away. It leaves a roasted sweetness, an oddly salty twang and a slight character of apple. What's more, it then accentuates the odd characters on the nose, making them perhaps more noticeable as pumpkin. Feel is very light and thin indeed, but I've come to expect that from the brewery, who really do have a stamp of style here.

It's a good beer from a great brewery, who have certainly carved (hoho) an interesting niche for themselves. A very unique take on the pumpkin ale style, and one that really shows what you can do with it. Lovely.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. I could definitely detect the pumpkin but it was quite funky from the brett character with slight spice notes cinnamon, and brown sugar notes; really intresting nose. The taste was also a mash up of brettyy oaky funky pumpkin flavors with all spice, cinnamon, and brown sugar accents but had tart slight acidic notes. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a oaky, funky, spice, tart, and prickly bubbly finish. It drank really good and was well balanced between the pumpkin flavors and the bretty funk qualities. I'm glad I got to try this elusive pumpkin beer.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a hazy orange color with a short lived, fizzy white head.

S: Like most Jolly Pumpkin beers, some light tartness on the very front end. Quite fruity with some peaches, lemons, grapes, and even citrus zest. There's a bit of a spice character to this as well as some grass and hay.

T: The taste starts off with damp oak, grass, and hay. The tartness is mild, but there are still some good peach, green apple, and lemon flavors. Not too much in terms of pumpkin, but a bit of sweetness and some all-spice flavor, too.

M: The body is medium with a medium to high level of carbonation.

D: I'm sort of a sucker for Jolly Pumpkin beers, so I was pretty sure I would like this. Not sure if it's worth the price, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange brown with a sudsy head that leaves gobs of sticky lacing.

Aromas of wet hay, citrus fruit, pumpkin, and spice.

Taste is bright and acidic, pumpkin, toffee, sour cherries, cinnamon and other spices, and brown sugar. A little spicy bitterness in the finish. Some barnyard funk in there. Nice unfiltered malty backbone. Spice is pleasant and not over-powering. The epitome of what a pumpkin ale can be.

Body is light and the sudsy carbonation gives this a refreshing and creamy mouthfeel.

This is a highly drinkable pumpkin beer. It is tasting to me as good as some of the best Belgian fruit beers. I like the taste and the fact that it is a low ABV at 6%. A highly sessionable ale.

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