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Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of gustogasmic
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11-03-11

A hazy, light straw-orange. Bottle gushed everywhere and took a few minutes of thumb-plug/ quick release to calm enough to pour!
Lacing is wonderful.

The smell is a sour oakiness with a bready, sourdough backdrop. Famhouse big-time. The acidic sourness is reminiscent of tangerine or blood orange.

The taste follows the smell, but with much less sourness. The tangerine note comes across in the taste as straight-up lemon. Lots of funky yeast, too, not just in the sourness, but in the hay flavor that carries the oak. It's much like white wine in feel and taste, chardonnay specifically

Mouthfeel is even, balanced throughout. Is it all the carbonation that the gush of the initial bottle-opening caused me to lose? It's smooth and buttery like chardonnay, but I would like more zing from the carbonation. Awesome anyway. A good oaky dryness to finish and linger.

An insanely good beer that I'd pitch in on to split with somebody- about $13 a bomber.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch # 818
Bottled 9-15-2011

P:  Slightly hazy golden body with mass vertical waves of beautiful bubbles. Small amount of head that disappeared quick leaving a small puddle of thin white bubbles on top. 

S:  Bursts of pineapple, dill pickle yeast.Moldy leaves, citrus and a subtle but present alcohol nose. 

T/M: Serves like a white wine on the palate with a highly carbonated sting and a dill pickle backbone, sweet fruits, plums, sour green apples,musty, sour, and toasted grains.  Astringent and alcohol evident with a moderate feel.  Finishes dry with a bitter white grape finish. 

O:  Highly impressed with this complex, yet delicate offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Easy drinking, subtly sour and elegant. I am glad I grab a few bottles of this as I will enjoy this as much as possible this summer. 

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 818 Bottled 9-15-2011

A - Pours a golden apple juice color with a milky white head that paints a micro thin ocean of bubbles. Some lacing left behind.

S - Very woody, lemon and orange citrus zest, tart lactic acid, grapes, pomegranate, Granny Smith apples, peppery spice, tart banana comes through as it warms.

T - Tart orange candy, reminds me of an old sweet tart candy. Bright lemon citrus shines over the musty church pew yeast in the background, but creates very nice balance. Lots of fruit - lemon, pear, apple, muted grapes, a mix of banana and pineapple. Freshly cut wood, flowers, acidic, lemongrass, vague vanilla. Finishes with a clean tartness.

M - Light to medium body, zesty and refreshing, silky smooth feel, dry finish.

The high points of this beer is balance. Sweet, tart, woody, yeasty, refreshing. The aroma is bigtime here. Flavor is a little more subtle but very good balance. Highly recommended!

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Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pure white bubbly head floats away quickly and leaves a smattering of froth. The brew itself is a murky, grapefruit like pinkish-orange. Can you say breakfast? Smells yeasty with a smattering of light fruits (orange, pear, lemon, green apple). A slight aroma of funk and dry hay lies deep within. Tastes tangy up front with a following of sugary sweetness. Obviously fruity as with the smell. Has a touch of brett, spice, and just the right amount of sour fruit and hoppiness to bring things full circle. Light to medium in body, and has that distinctive Jolly Pumpkin crispness. My favorite JP brew so far.


Blind review 10.30.17

A slightly hazy yellow-orange brew with a smooth white froth. Smell is sweet and slightly funky to the nose with notes of vanilla and wood spread among touches of orange and white grape. Goes down with plenty of orange, lemon zest and passion fruit. A little patience yields notes of funk and spice that add complexity without excess. Light and dry up front and somewhat creamier in the finish.

Haven't really gotten to JP that much, but realize that must change, b/c I have really been missing out.

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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally have some Jolly Pumpkin in my glass. Granted, I had to buy it online (props to InternetWines.com), but I’m still glad to have it.

Brewed six months ago (Batch 830, Bottled 10-12-2011).

A: We have a gusher here; just a few moments after opening the bottle, there’s all kinds of foam erupting slowly from the bottle. Once I get it into the glass, the body shows itself as pale gold (more yellow than rich blonde), with a bit of chill haze. I’m surprised by the lack of head above…it’s just a creamy, stark white, half-inch of bubbles. Strings of oily lacing appear everywhere.

S: Belgian banana and herbal esters hit it off in a nice, enjoyable fashion. But then, out of nowhere, there’s an explosive hit of alcohol; it’s hot just from here. Apart from that, it’s very wild and incredibly sweet: tart green apple, acidic lemon, grape, funky Brett, and – the most intense flavor – the white wine profile. Complex and very, very funky.

T: Just like the nose, at first: sour lemon, white grape, and apple. These fruits are tart and acidic – excellent. The transition to this beer’s wildness is seamless, as the bright funkiness of the yeast raises flavors of banana, vinegar, and pure barnyard sours. Seriously, these tart flavors are not letting up. The palate opens up with citrus rind, dry champagne, leafy tea, white wine, pepper, herbs (mostly sage), and some tannic astringency. Finishes creamy-dry with lemon-pepper, cream ale malt, sour lime, and mild barrel tastes (the only oak-aged notes I’ve experienced throughout the entire drink).

M: This beer is so thick…so filling. I don’t know what it is, but I’m having trouble finishing a bottle. Bubbly textures are apparent, but give way to the cream of the body, making it a seriously full-bodied drink. Liquid yeast, as times.

O: This beer is almost too much for me. So sour, so yeasty, so rich – but it’s so enjoyable. I guess I’ll have to try out more Jolly Pumpkin, because this one was unique and delicious.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Agold
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5-4-11. Pours with a huge billowy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. A bit over carbonated, got a bit of a gusher when I opened it. Some nice head retention. Aroma is really grapefriut and lemon rindey with a bit of funk, but not a ton. Big pungent aroma, not at all subtle. Flavor has a bit of soft sourness along with a lot of funk and nice green apple, citrus rind and some champagne fruityness. Despite the gusher and high carb initially, it seems like the gusher dissipated a lot of the carb. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped bomber- pours a slightly hazy straw/golden color with a one finger white head, minimal retention and minimal lacing.

Smell is pretty funky- tart, a little pale malt, sour rasberry, of course VERY wild and yeasty.

Taste is not as funky- a little tartness, a good dose of pale malt sweetness, a nice dry hop bitterness but pretty mixed in with the tartness. Excellent. (The only other Biere de garde I've had is Jack's Abby's lager version so I'm not sure what they should taste like).

Mouthfeel is great also- light body with moderate carbonation and the funk comes through pretty strong. This is a wild ale to me and a delicious and well balanced one at that. Excellent.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the Greenville Beer Exchange/American Grocery Beer vs. Wine Dinner! This beer was paired with a crudo of local triggerfish, marinated kale, with smoked trout caviar. The wine it was facing off against was Mercat Cava Brut.

Gusher! Served from bottle into a wine glass. Poured golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, tart, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, sour, vinegar, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There were lots of nice earthy funk tones going on in this one which made it quite enjoyable. The touch of sour also helped with this one to keep your palate guessing. A pretty good brew for sure.

I voted for the beer pairing on this one. The general concensus was that the beer was better when paired with the food than the wine.

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
Batch 812
Bottled 8-12-11

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin-to-average foamy white head.

Funky, tart yeast notes, with a light malty backing.

While it is still present in the taste, it's not nearly as funky/tart as in the nose. Toasty and sweet malts blend with some fruity esters and tart yeast notes.

A medium-full mouthfeel with soft bubbly carbonation.

A good beer, the tartness adds some character, but still seems a bit forgettable overall.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,805 ratings
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