Calabaza Boreal | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Anchorage Brewing Company. Ale brewed with grapefruit peel, juice, and peppercorns. Oak barrel aged and bottled conditioned.

Added by babaracas on 05-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by StoutHunter:
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Calabaza Boreal a couple weeks ago for $12.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm a big fan of Jolly Pumpkin and even though I've only had one beer from Anchorage brewing company I'm a fan of them also and it was pretty much a no brainer that I needed to try this beer, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on April 23rd 2014. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks really nice, it's got a great look to it that kinda incorporates both breweries and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a nice bright golden yellow color that took on more of a golden amber color with two fingers worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice spotty and patchy rings of lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with that signature jolly pumpkin yeast showing up and it imparts that nice funky, barnyard and wet straw like aromas with a little bit of tartness and it's followed by a light amount of spices and earthy hop aromas. Up next comes the grapefruit which shows up just enough and imparts a nice natural grapefruit aroma along with a nice citrus fruit like aroma. This beer had a good aroma, the grapefruit worked well with the yeast.

T= The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the grapefruit being the first to show up this time and it imparts that same nice natural grapefruit and citrus fruit like aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by a light amount of tartness. Up next comes the yeast which impart the same signature jolly pumpkin yeast aspects, but they seem slightly lighter than they were in the aroma. On the finish there's a very low amount of medium bitterness that has a bitter grapefruit like flavor to it that goes right into the aftertaste along with some citrus fruit and funky yeast flavors. I thought this was a good tasting beer, it was really balanced, neither the yeast or the grapefruit seemed to show up the most.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, fairly crisp, a little dry on the finish, not acidic at all, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked nicely with this beer, I liked that it was a little refreshing.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it had most of what I would expect from a Jolly Pumpkin beer and with the addition of the grapefruit made for something like a Jolly Pumpkin version of a Radler, but without being thin and unbalanced. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little refreshing, fairly crisp, a little dry on the finish, not acidic at all, not filling and the taste good a job of holding my attention, half the bottle is a good amount for me, but I don't think I would have a problem drinking the whole bottle especially on a warm summer day. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, no aspect was too overpowering and they all blended together nicely. What I liked the lest about this beer was nothing, but I do wish it had just a little more tartness in the flavor, but other than that there isn't anything that I would change. I would buy this beer again, I'm not sure how well it would age, but I wouldn't mind drinking a couple more of these before summer is over. I would recommend this beer to any Jolly Pumpkin fan or anybody who likes a nice farmhouse ale. I think this made for a great summer time beer and I hope they bring this beer back next summer. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed by the balance, it turned out to be a good beer and another good collaboration brew. This isn't my favorite of the style or my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, but it's still a good beer nonetheless, just not a favorite. Good job guys, this was one tasty beer and it really hit the spot on this warm summer day, keep up the great and innovative work.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The tangy fruitiness of Anchorage meets the dry pepper taste of Jolly Pumpkin manifests in a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde kind of wild ale. Two distinct personalities intertwine in one seamless taste for a Belgian-esque farhmouse saison like none else.

The hazy straw ale bursts to life with a funky-fresh upstart. Citrus and tropical aromas and flavors bloom with tangy white grapefruit, under-ripened orange, lemon, dried lime, pineapple and apricot. The fruit flavor is woven together with the mustiness of weathered oak and cork-like pungency.

Over the course of the middle palate, its creamy sherbet-type of tangy sweetness turns zesty, racy and dry as its more spicy side shows. Peppercorn, brine, mild peat damp hay and sod offer an even-keel balance to the early fruit while giving a champagne type of bounce to enhance dryness and drinkability.

Intensifying flavors of peppercorn and moderate acidity chase the flavor into a fully dry finish, laced with echoes of sweat, wood rot, white wine and game. Its a rustic and untamed finish to an introduction that began subtle and refined.

Underneath its rocky, yeast sprinkled column of foam, the ale underneath starts out with the flavors common to Anchorage Brewing but finish with Jolly Pumpkin's undeniable spiciness. Its personality morphs dramatically in its procession across the palate.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy orange yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is brett, sweet tropical fruit and musty, stinky yeast with some pepper.

The flavor is grapefruit and sweet tropical fruit with earthy brett and a peppery bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, it's interesting with lots of brett and spice. I don't think it all comes together really well. Some of the musty bitterness is a bit much.

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4.84/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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1.92/5  rDev -52.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit tart, in a good way. A little vanilla from the oak I imagine, and very bitter grapefruit flavor. All in all a very good farmhouse ale.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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1.15/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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