Calabaza Blanca | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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3.9/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,043
Reviews:
468
Ratings:
1,002
pDev:
12.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
106
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 1,002 |  Reviews: 468
Photo of Sabtos
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy neon yellow with a massive symmetrical white head that mellows out to a nice blanket on the surface.

Bright lemon on the nose, and the funk is present, but for a Jolly Pumpkin beer, subdued.

In addition to these elements, there is something smoothing and savory on the palate that is a bit less pronounced of a monterrey jack cheese element that a well-made gose showcases. Same goes for the yeast spiciness, which is also nicely balanced in the background and not overboard like an overzealous American Belgian-style beer might be.

Crisp, dry, drinkable and refreshing, not a combination I usually find myself proclaiming for a JP beer, which are usually very extreme, love them or hate them.

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Photo of DaPan
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bubbly. Strong taste upfront, but little aftertaste. Bevmo, Oakland ca, March 2016

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Photo of Dweedlebug
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnes09
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Transparent lemon color. Ominous, soapy head builds as you pour, never letting up and coating the glass in sudsy lace. Wonderful floral bouquet with mild yeast and white pepper on the nose. Flavor follows close. Light wheat character with a subtle yeast funk. Piney, lemony, spicy, floral, peppery. Soft tartness. Light yet complex and well balanced. Crisp, clean finish with lingering spice. High carbonation. Really good stuff.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keithernandez
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 3 year old 750 ml bottle into a snifter glass.

Look: nice golden color. Good amount of haziness.

Smell: the smell of Brett funk comes through immediately, a nice dose of citrusy zest follows, there are noticeable hints of coriander definitely coming through as well.

Taste: very similar to the smell. The Brett really shines in this beer, a nice citrus profile follows with a slight peppery/dry finish.

Feel: nice and bubbly, fairly light, super drinkable.

Overall: jolly pumpkin has knocked it out of the park with this one, age has done this beer well. I would consider this more of a wild ale rather than a witbier, but it is absolutely amazing. Would highly recommend to try at least once.

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Photo of dgeebs07
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jodybrutal
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jkolls
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alwaysTomorrow
1.24/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This is not a Witbier, it's a fucking Gose. There is no "balance" between sweetness/tartness as one reviewer put it, there is *zero* sweetness to this beer. nor did I find it particularly "tasty" -- sours admittedly aren't my thing, but I really couldn't pick up *any* subtlety or nuance. Nothing but extreme, funky sourness and vinegary acidity. Like Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus contaminated a vat of lemon juice.

I wouldn't presume to critique an example of a style I don't personally enjoy, but this is very clearly labeled as a Wit and it is categorically not a Wit.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of okcommuter
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dull golden color. a half finger of a white head. fades fairly quickly and leaves a small lacing behind. hazy and just about opaque. some brightness to the color.

Smell: lemon juice, slight vinegar, some light graininess. green apple skin.

Taste: opens with green apple skin. lemon juice filters comes in. some orange peel and graininess.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing. lacking some carbonation.

Overall: nice and light and super drinkable. good flavor. I wish it was a bit more recognizable as a witbier and a bit more carbonation. overall quite nice but could be a bit better.

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Photo of DannyV
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pasty yellow look, some bubbly action but not too much. Definitely tart and a bit sour which I'm not too fond of unfortunately. Not bad, but I wouldn't probably try it again.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevem68
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow. Has a tart Brett fermented aroma. Flavor is tart, a little salty and there's a definite Brett backbone to this beer. Finished a little light. Overall a nice little beer but nothing special.

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Photo of shaneerickson
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hop_God
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:. hazy white with thick foam, small bubbles, opaque in color.

S: subtle funk, some orange peel, light fluffy whole hops.

T: subtle sourness, some spices, orange pith.

F: light like a cloud. clean and crisp.

O: Bottled: 12/31/13 Drank: 10/23/15

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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,002 ratings