Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza BorealAnchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale fermented in oak tanks with fresh grapefruit peel, peppercorns, and fresh grapefruit juice.

Saison brewed with Mosaic and Galaxy hops. Fermented and aged in Foudres with Saison yeast, Brett and Oro de Calabaza from the barrel. Bottle conditioned for natural carbonation. Enjoy ...

There seems to be a new collaboration brew coming out every week these days. Some are born from friendship, some from mutual admiration for each others craft, and some are just from a marketing standpoint. Calabaza Boreal was born from admiration and friendship. When American wild ales first began to surface, for me, Jolly Pumpkin was at the forefront and still is. In 2009, before starting Anchorage Brewing Company, I was given a bottle of Oro de Calabaza from Matt Dinges of the Shelton Brothers when he was visiting for our annual Barleywine Fest. That beer is still one of my favorite beers, and was my inspiration to start Anchorage Brewing Company. After starting the brewery with Shelton representing me, Matt introduced me to Ron Jeffries, the spooky guy behind Jolly Pumpkin. We would chat back and forth about brewing with oak and different techniques we use in our breweries. Eventually, we decided to make a beer together. It has been such a huge honor to create something with someone that has inspired me so much! Well, it turns out that Ron is just a regular person like the rest of us (well maybe not quite normal), and we have become good friends since I traveled to Michigan to brew the Jolly Pumpkin version of this beer. The Anchorage version is the same beer recipe, different primary yeast, and a dosing of Oro de Calabaza right from the barrel to incorporate a bit of the Jolly Pumpkin flavor into the beer.

Now its come full circle, first with an inspiring bottle of Oro, now to a collaboration brew with a bit of Oro in the blend. Thanks Ron, for the continued friendship and inspiration! Distributed By My Friends, The Shelton Brothers [undersigned] Gabe Fletcher Founder/Brewer [&] Ron Jefferies General Mischief Maker Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Added by Keith_R on 06-07-2014

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Photo of Agentveba
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice hazy to cloudy orange color with a half fingered white foamy head that quickly subsided into a concave lacing sticking adequately to the glass. The smell, wow, okay, now I’m back on board with Anchorage. This is where it is. The grapefruit peel runs really nicely right on into a light spicy peppercorn to let in just a tad of grapefruit juice and a light lemon to mango intricately weaving itself in the aroma. The taste takes those aromas and blends them really well in and out and delicately letting my taste buds become enthralled. The sour is there but tamed, the tart is there and still tamed, yet a blessed sweetness just rolls on over and becomes one with the tart and the sour. Oh yeah, now we’re talking. On the palate, on the leaner side of light but trying to tell me there’s a slight shift to the medium, no I take that back, its closer to light and runs fairly smooth all over but still has a decent punishment of my tongue for just a tad of harshness. Overall, after tasting this I am realizing what Anchorage can do best and will say this: please stick to what you know and you know how to do the Belgian styles the best as this was an absolutely freaking awesome Saison, holy (fill in the blank) me. Hot damn! Way to knock one out of the park, Anchorage as this could just right rank up there as one of my all time favorite Saisons.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked and caged bottle from Pilgrim’s. Batch #2, bottled in December of 2014, about two and a half years ago. Aroma is Bretty, dusty, grapefruit, apricot, floral, chalky candy, oak, vanilla. Pours hazy yellow with a thick white soapy head with good retention and some lace. Taste is lightly tart and dry, finishing pithy and bitter. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, a little thin. Aroma is more impressive than flavor. Nice beer, but not quite as good as I was hoping. 8,4,7,3,16

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3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: (head) thick egg shell white about two fingers.
Hazy, deep golden hay color, Opaque.

Smell: light barnyard/horsey, grass, spicy, fruity, sweet, increasingly more grapefruit as it warms

Taste: spicy and tart immediately, the citrus starts slightly after a sip and a big grapefruit finish lingers. A lot of brett/saison funk. The tart sweetness from the grapefruit plays nicely with the tart funkyness from the brett. Bitter hop finish stays after the grapefruit recedes.

Feel: medium bodied, medium/mid-high carbonation, juicy.

Overall: I really enjoyed the brett and grapefruit together. Creamy mouthfeel went well with the deep citrus. Tad too much hopp bitterness on the finish. Very nice beer.

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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass format. Hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Fancy screen-print label art/design. Batch #3. Nov 2015.

7% ABV. 40 IBUs

Pour: hay, straw and beige color with rising carb bubbles and a 1" thick dissipating head. Let the beer sit and warm for ~15 minutes to reach adequate serving temp.

On the nose: lemon, grapefruit rind, barnyard, elderflower, slight pepper and woodiness to it.

Taste: Citrus on the initial sip, grapefruit sour, hints of sweet lemon, honey, brett funk, some oakiness, spice in the mix, and alcoholic flavors on the tail end. Some fruitiness from the Galaxy hops, bitterness from the Galaxy hops.

Mouthfeel: lightly, carbonated, medium-bodied. Quite fizzy.

Overall: A delicious brew, complex and full of flavors. Sweet, sour, funky, and spicy. Great brett character. I liked that the grapefruit wasn't overbearing and the citrus was balanced with the hop fruity/bitterness profile with the addition of that saison yeast character.

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Photo of npala86
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #3 from 2015. Delicious brew and, for me, surprising in that I don't usually enjoy saisons. Grapefruit notes throughout with only a little sourness.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matt141
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium glass, Batch #2, Dec 2014.

Slightly hazy honey yellow with a thick head. Good lacing and retention with small bubbles.

Phenols and Brett. Yellow grapefruit, citrus rind, pineapple.

Tangy grapefruit at first, low sourness level. Citrus pith, Brett, a lot of Brett, and a bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, bone dry. The dryness accentuates the bitterness, which is very citric and a little acidic. The finish is on a level with IPAs and Double IPAs with IBU levels much higher than 40.

This sample is almost two years old and I'm curious how it has changed and how it will change. I'm in the process of re-developing my palate after some time off as it were and I know there is nuance here I'm missing. I can tell there is a lot of Brett and that it's continuing eat away at the beer. Pretty darn good.

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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazed light blonde colour, nearly 2 fingers of white head and some lace. Smell is fruity and hoppy, a bit of funky yeast, brett and a touch of oak, grapefruit and lemon with some wet wheat. Taste is fruity and dry, medium bitter hop, grapefruit, orange and lemon, brett in the finish as well. Bone dry, medium carbonation, medium-full body. Very nice bone dry and fruity saison.

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4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit notes with light rustic cereal notes is quiet nice. Taste is dominated by more grapefruit notes then I was expecting with some rustic cereal notes and light herbal notes. Peppercorn were not that identifiable. Body was full with good carbonation. Super enjoyable saison with nice refreshing notes of grapefruit.

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4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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