La Roja | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

La RojaLa Roja
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La RojaLa Roja

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2004

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 14
Bottled 8/8/2011

P:  Got a gusher and wasn't paying attention but didn't loose too much  Pours a hazy deep amber with delicate floaters and thin bubbly tannish colored head that fades quick. 

S:  Sour grapes, funky yeast, oak barrel, vinegar, caramel, plums, apricots, granny smith apples and spices. Once swirled an aroma of black trash bags filled with old cut grass that has been setting in the sun. 

T/M:  Supper tart playful body that has a timid carbonation sting to the mouth.  Loads of sour fruit, lemon juice, oak, subtle toasted caramel, white wine similarities, with a funky vinegar bite.  Finish is dry with a puckering earthy and fruity tartness. 

O:  Super fruity and dry with a great yeast funk.  Great fruit flavors and a subtle caramel sweetness that compliments the tart and provides a smooth drinker.  Another great offering from Jolly Pumpkin that I will surely purchase again. 

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Reddish, brown with a rocky reddish white head that disintegrated quickly. There was a lot of carbonation that settled down after a few minutes. Slight hazy and reflective

S - Good mix of sour and funky. Note of cherries, lemon, lots of oak, and slightly farmhouse funky mixed in. There is a slight copper that I pick up as well.

T - Tart cherries and lemon with a good dose of oak. The tartness continues throughout with a slight funkiness and mustiness that carries into the finish. A bit mustier than a standard Flanders brown.

MF - Surprisngly light carbonation given how much I saw. Slight lemon tartness that almost makes you almost pucker. The mustiness and oak linger on the finish

O - Another solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Has a nice tartness that doesn't overpower. I liked how well the oak and mustiness were incorporated with it and balanced with the tart.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first from Jolly Pumpkin. From a 750mL bottle into my Darkness snifter. Blend 10, bottled 5/18/2012

Pours a classic Oud Bruin reddish brown. Bright sunset tones when held to light. Slightly hazed. One finger cream colored head recedes quickly, leaving some alcohol legs.

Oaky and funky in the nose. Some sour cherry and apple, vinegar. Not as much tartness in the nose as expected. Hints of caramel and toffee. No perceived alcohol.

Tastes like a young Oud Bruin. Very funky and woody. Sour fruits. A bit of vanilla from the oak. Some balsamic vinegar. Definite caramel malts. The tartness is a bit subdued, but this is still young.

Medium in body. Moderate carbonation that may improve with some age. Still balanced in the finish. Not as bone dry as many sours (again that may come with age). Very drinkable for the style and ABV.

Overall this is a very good American brewed Flander's style ale. Second only to La Folie. Nice depth in character, which I expect from the style. Approachable for those new to sours. I think about a year in the cellar will help this, and add even further depth and a bit more tartness for us sour fiends. Recommended to any fan of the style or one looking to get into sours. Cheers!

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,993 ratings
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