Rojzilla | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rojzilla – Michigan Sour Biere. Aged for a year-and-a-half in a 100-bbl oak foudre before being blended with a few “normal” size barrels of varying ages to create a complex, mellifluous combination of flavors and sophistication

Added by bcarter on 05-21-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
26
Ratings:
198
pDev:
7.32%
 
 
Wants:
9
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54
Trade:
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Schlafly33:
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i think its great jolly pumpkin is finally getting the credit they deserve. they have long been one of the best producers of wild ale in the country if not the world, but i feel like we as beer drinkers were a little slow on the uptake. good to see it coming back around. this is stunning beer, as good as the style can get for me, and i prefer it to the european flanders red types because instead of acetic vinegar heavy sourness, this one has a more elegant tartness and a world of bretty funk not seen in many foreign examples of the style. in the nose drier cherry screams at me, if its not there, they have done a wonderful job approximating it with malt and yeast. i also get a wet musty funk from the yeast, one of my favorite things about this brewery in general. its very woody in the taste and just slightly tannic, like maybe some red wine barrel aged was blended in. i like that in place of vinegar sourness though, and think it adds depth without being abrasive. the cherry element is there in the taste too, but before it can ever develop into sweet fruit, the brett comes along and dries it right out. explosively charged on the carbonation and medium bodied, this has a fantastic feel in the mouth, alive and then dry as can be. i almost never buy a 20 dollar bottle of beer and think to myself, "yeah, that was totally worth it" but in this case i did. wouldnt change a thing, these guys are firmly cemented near the top of the wild ale hierarchy for beers like this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Riding on the heels of the always steady La Roja, the Dexter brewers revise the technique for the beer resulting in more intense sourness and a balance that more favors fruit than the original. This science experiment has gone all too well!

As the ale emerges from its oaken slumber, the rusty amber hues are suggestive of the beer's toasty and caramelized grain profile. Its froth is short and wisping while it carries the earthen perfume of vinegar, red wine, pepper and berry. With the first sip creeping onto the tongue, its toasty sweetness is also met with a host of sourness.

With a quick retreat of sweetness, the grain carries a rye-like and husken bite across a sour display that's chocked full of red wine vinegar, nearly balsamic at times, peppercorn, cherry, sour apple, sour grape and a tangy berry medley. Spicy bitterness rounds out the taste before the ale's fast and fleeting finish.

Bracing acidity allows for the complete stripping of thirst from the palate, ushering in a highly refreshing finish. The medium-light bodied ale is somewhat moderate for sour ale but its bone-dry finish is clean and crisp- perfect for entrees of ribeye or duck confit.

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3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SanFranJake
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More sour than La Roja, though with a similar taste profile. Has a slight acetic acid character, but not enough to take away from the taste.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, blend 3 bottled 1/22/15. Pours hazy copper gold with a small white head that quickly goes to a light dusting that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet and tart acidic fruit and vinegar.

The flavor is sweet and tart sour fruit and acidic vinegar with some band-aid notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low prickly carbonation.

Overall, an OK sour but a little too sweet and vinegary with some off notes.

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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hooliganlife
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rborre321
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BKotch
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danielr26
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dexterk1
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tarheels4life23
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magery
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a small sample of this on draft at Side Project Cellar.
Thanks to Steve for sharing!

Dark red with good clarity, thin veil of surface skim, minimal spotty lace.
Aroma was nice, saddle leather Brett funk, oak, dried cherries.
Taste was a little bit acetic, not enough to throw off the balance, but noticeable.
Tart cherry, very dry and sharply sour, traces of Bretty funk added to the complexity.
Light to medium bodied with light carbonation, it was drinkable but 8-12oz. is probably my limit.

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Rojzilla from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 198 ratings