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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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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared by Richard - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a solid half-inch thick white head which fades slowly and yields spotty lace.

N: Grapefruit and funk along with wheat and some lemony zest.

T: Saison-like yeast, peppery and herbal spices, some stone fruit notes.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Finishes dry, funky, yeasty and wheaty.

O: Impressed with this one. Wish I had one of my own.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy, opaque, pulpy looking orange, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells very strongly of grapefruit juice and grapefruit peel, along with tart lemon, dirty funk, and tropical fruits.

This tastes great, almost like a wild grapefruit mimosa or something. Tons and tons of juicy and tart grapefruit flavor, along with a little bit of lactic acid, lots of Bretty funk, and some citrusy bitterness that's probably from the Galaxy and Mosaic hops. It's not particularly complex, due to the heavy handed use of grapefruit, but it's tasty and really refreshing.

This is medium bodied, with a juicy, almost pulpy mouthfeel, and a medium level of carbonation. It's really drinkable.

Another great Anchorage beer. The more I try from them the more I realize how great of a brewery they are.

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Photo of Tele
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4 Hazy, orange-gold with a fairly large off-white head.

S: 4.25 Lots of lemon, grapefruit, and funk on the nose. A bit of a mineral aroma that works well with the brett and esters. Mild hops on the end that add some pine and more lemon.

T: 4.25 A touch sweet at first, followed quickly by grapefruit, pepper, saison yeast, and a big dose of funk. The light tartness from the brett compliments the oak flavors, but it all kind of gets a bit lost with the sweetness. Like the nose, the hops on the finish bring lemon and pine flavors which compliment the grapefruit very well and add a slightly bitter finish.

M: 4.25 Pretty full bodied and fairly viscous for a saison. There could be a bit more carbonation, but the dry finish helps out and makes the flavors linger.

O: 4.25 This beer is interesting and very easy drinking. It was a bit one dimensional at first (grapefruit really dominated), but as it opened up there was more going on and was quite balanced.

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Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

A goldenrod body rules this beer with a milky haze when backlit. The haze isn't much, but it's there and manages to fracture the light and glow. The foam stands out pure white with a impressive stick-to-itiveness.The head easily grows to a couple fingers in height before settling at a sturdy cap and even sturdier ring. The ring leaves thick drink lines with each imbibe.

The nose on this beer is flat out mouthwatering. A dizzying complexity starts out with grapefruit in many forms; brown sugar broiled, pith, juice, and candied peel. It's so vibrant and citric that it's actually pretty amazing. The peppercorns add a soft spice, more inline with pink or white peppercorns, but I may be wrong. Perfectly integrated wildflower dewiness and pineapple pop along thanks to the brett. The base brings orchard fruits by the fistful, peaches and apricots, and, ground cherries. This beer makes me drool.

The flavor profile isn't quite as vibrant as the nose but it certainly has its charm, trust me on that. Grapefruit leans more toward the pith, peel, and fresh squeezed juice in the flavor than the semi-sweetness on the nose. The brett is more bold with wildflower and aromatic hay qualities that rise to the nasal cavities. The orchard fruits still stand, along with a easy going sugar cookie sweetness. The pepper adds soft spice and the grapefruit brings with it some bitter. This beer has depth.

When Anchorage brewed this beer they nailed the mouthfeel.The body is light and effervescent with a carbonation that's airy enough to border on creamy and plush. Tannins dry out the gums and teeth, bitterness grabs the tip of the tongue and throat. It's amazingly dry, amazingly quickly. I want another drink now.

The Jolly Pumpkin version was delicious and the Anchorage version is at least delicious, if not more so. The grapefruit is vibrant and takes many forms. The pepper adds spice, though soft. The base beer is delicious and full of character. I could drink this all day long. The tannins really get me where they need to. Bueno! Muy bueno!

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Photo of babaracas
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with two fingers plus thick creamy, dense white head; sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: grapefruit, herbal and oak notes, pepper; a little dough, hay, stone fruit, and dried mango. Taste: grapefruit segments, sugary backing with dried mango, grapefruit rind, peppery and herbal with woody oak in the drying finish. May 2014 bottling. A bit different than the JP version (and confirmed on the bottle text).

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

Photo of npala86
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dimitrov
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freshflesh
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kwkdmk
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw with a glorious foamy white head.
Yeasty, grapefruit. aroma.
Tastes is rustic, hint of grapefruit, with a strong citrus oil taste.
Mouth feel is dry with a beautiful hint of bitterness!
Very nice offering from Anchorage Brewery!

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of iong516
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle (batch #3, from Nov. 2015, wow) - there's just too much potentially going on in this offering for me to make any pithy comment at the outset.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves some random, thickly splotched lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of grainy and crackery wheat malt, sort of stale generic citrus fruity notes, some mild musty funkiness, tanned leather, muddled peppercorn dust, and some plain earthy, leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, an increasingly funky astringency, still kind of overripe white grapefruit and lemon esters, musty barrel staves, testy rainbow peppercorns, and more understated leafy, weedy, and herbal 'verdant' hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-enveloping frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and actually fairly smooth, the various potential interlopers taking a smoke break, or something, here. It finishes trending dry, the saison yeast, miserly malt, and lingering peppery essences sealing the deal.

Overall - while this is still a complex and complicated brew (don't exactly know which way I'm swinging in that comparison, at the moment), it seems to maybe have lost a lot of the multi-fold grapefruit character so promised. At any rate, a damned fine sour brew, even if I am not getting any of the titular gourd flavour (thank Jebus!).

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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