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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
26
Ratings:
198
pDev:
7.32%
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by beagle75:
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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | 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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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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Photo of Desimoaj
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LloydDobler
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MIbeer27
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BIN29
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mchegash
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
Medium orange-red. A finger of bubbly light tan head. Fairly cloudy.

Smell - 4/5
Delicious sour cherries, apples, lemons, the standard JP bouquet. Probably more sour aroma than other JP beers.

Taste - 4.25/5
Definitely very sour, perhaps the sourest JP beer I've had (and I've had them all). Also probably sweeter than other JP beers. The flavor profile is more narrow than the aroma as well as the typical JP flavor. By that I mean that there is a more intense concentration of cherry and apple tartness, rather than a wider-ranging fruit bouquet. I would have liked more complexity to the taste, but I would guess that in order to increase the tartness, this necessarily involves a narrowing of the complexity. Overall, a nice tasting JP beer. I like the increased sourness, a nice twist on the standard formula.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, quite sour. Slightly less than average amount of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall - 4/5
This was a quality JP beer, definitely probably one of my favorites (top 5 maybe?...out of the 18 or so that I've had). At the same time, it's not dramatically different from most of their brews so if you missed this special release, don't feel too bummed.

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Photo of BeerBeak81
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrs3994243
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShawnL
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acostuhhh
4.86/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sawwsea
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Rojzilla (blend 3)
Poured gently at 45°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled 22Jan15) into a tulip. Consumed on 13Jul16.
SMELL: Intense aromas of sour green apple and balsamic vinegar are somewhat balanced by mild aromas of caramel, oak, tobacco, figs, plums and black cherries along with subtle vanilla aromas.
TASTE: An aggressive tartness commences the taste theatrical with sour green apple and balsamic vinegar flavors striking the palate. Strong flavors of oak immediately harmonize with the tartness to achieve balance. A mild sweetness is then presented as flavors of caramel, black cherries, figs, and plums envelop the taste buds. Mild flavors of tobacco and subtle flavors of vanilla conclude the theatrical as all prior flavors persist.
NOTE: I love the sour reds from these guys. They are not for the faint of tongue, to say the least. Not too many beers have the extreme tartness that I have found in these. Yet with all that sourness bombarding the palate, this brew still manages to achieve a balance. Well done, Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of stompilator
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pufftuff312
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mazzolamusic
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Cherries, light funk, and faint oak and moderately light tartness.

A: Amberish color, clear, with a super rocky off-white head that quickly forms a thin ring around the glass.

T: Moderate cherries, light oak and funk, slightly sweet malts, with a moderate lingering tartness and a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and moderately light acidity.

O: Very tasty; the beer has a great berry and fruit flavors with a complex moderate lingering tartness.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tikidude13
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another really exceptional sour from Jolly Pumpkin. This one off special edition of La Roja exhibits an oak and sour complexity that is second too none.

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Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmiah22
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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