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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 aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +2.6%
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 +7.3%
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 +3.4%
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 -18.7%
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 +7.3%
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 -14.8%
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 -21.3%
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 +9.6%
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 +9.6%
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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