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La Roja | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,105
Reviews:
790
Ratings:
1,994
pDev:
12.16%
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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very satisfying, thanks Wohlfs. Refreshing spices. Rum whiff. Well carbonated. All taste. Lots of different malts. Licorice, corriander, rum, bourbon, fennel, fruit. Another bottle two years later and in particular sour, more than I would expect from a biere de garde and great looks from lace and head.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 5, 2009

A - Pours a cloudy chocolate covered cherry red/brown color with a 1 inch head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap. The lacing is somewhat little on this beer.

S - Smells of sour fruits (cherry), vinegar (balsalmic maybe), and funky yeast/bacteria.

T - Tastes like it smells. Tart sour cherries, balsalmic vinegar, and funk all blend together. Very tasty.

M - Beer has good carbonation, so it is pretty smooth. It leaves a coating of funk taste in the mouth (not a bad thing).

D - Very, very good. I am very glad I picked this one up. However, at $11.99 a bottle I will save this one for a once in a while drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blend 5,2009; Ale aged in Oak Barrels-Artisan Amber Ale.

Pours a dark ruby to brick red with a light tan head that quickly fades. Attractive.

Nose of sour cherries and light oak with a hint of green pepper.

Mouth feel is thin but clean and fresh and plea
sant. A lighter mouth feel that still has a quality rich character.

Flavors of green pepper, hints of green herbs like basil and oregano. Herbal flavors but pleasant and attractive. A sour cherry vegetal character that would likely go well with food. Some sour apple, green unripe pear quality.

An interesting sour with no real sweetness. Actually pretty attractive all around.

Long green pepper finish, spicy green herb finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

blend 6, bottled on 3/2/2012. really really good stuff here. pours the color of the label, pale brick red with a paly syrup color undertone, some suspended yeast sediment that eventually settles to the bottom of the glass. small off white head, minimal retention, but some runners like a good red wine as it sips. smells like a brett sour, lots of tiny piquant dancers in my nose. amber malts backing it up, but way back. flavor is similar, big oaky sour vibes assault you every sip, starting on the front of the tongue and eventually dominating the entire palate. some nice complex medium amber malts happening, dusty and bouncing off the sour notes really well. feel is solid, effervescent carbonation and a whole lot of spunk. medium mody makes it rather drinkable and the abv could be anything, not noticeable at all. overall a great beer, my favorite jolly pumpkin so far.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured and paired with Raspberry point Oysters... First time having oysters because I typically don't care for seafood. The smell of the beer was fruity and funky. It looked red in color with a minimal head and lacing. The taste of the beer was tart and had plenty of sour qualities to it. The beer pairs really well with the oysters because they was a lots of black pepper in them. The sour and pepper balanced each other out really well. The mouthfeel is the beer had a good carbonation to it. It's light bodied and kind of refreshing. Overall it's a good wild ale in my opinion. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head. The head died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell has a moderate amount of sourness and some hints of cherries.
T: Like the smell, flavors of tart and sour cherries dominate the overall taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked.

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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An intesely flavored beer. Pours a solid rust-amber color with a haze. Head fell to a trace but laced well. Smells seriously fruity and tart with a woodsy musky aroma. Flavors of raspberries and cherries shine in the foreground, the rounding out with a Flanders Red smoothness and lightness. Remains Granny Smith apple tart into the finish. Picks up a little of a Framboise flavor, aroma, and tartness, just not as sweet. Remains a bit musky and oak-ey in flavor. Finishes a bit astringent and a tart dryness. Still, a complex and flavorful beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An import-priced Belgian-style bomber at Beerbistro. The cat on the label is very reminiscent of Alley Kat's fat cat imagery. This beer pours a cloudy dark apricot hue, with two fingers of creamy off-white head, which leaves minor lace around the glass as it dissipates. It smells of sour cherry, lemon, and a light woodiness. The taste is more tart cherry, caramel malt, soft oakiness - butter, vanilla - and dry, mildly floral hops. The carbonation is quite strong, very much like cider, the body resplendent in medium fleshy fruit, and it finishes with a pointedly full-stop dryness at the finish, with some cherry and pomegranate fruity aftertaste. A bit of mild alcohol warming shows itself as well.

This is very nicely tart and malty, without the expected funk.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My sister sprung for this one in a Minneapolis bar. She paid $24.00 for the bottle; I can't say I support that decision but there were no other sours available and that's what she likes. Served into a generic tulip. Expectations were high. Reviewed from notes taken earlier this month. Blend 3 bottled 01-25-12. So I guess it had ten months age on it.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness and decent retention. Colour is a refined dark red (true to its moniker, I might add). No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart cherry, sour wild yeast, bacteria, clean malts, and hints of oak. A pretty strong aroma; subtle and evocative. I can't wait to try it.

T: Tart bright fruit (cherry, raspberry), clean yeasty notes (biscuit, maybe a hint of spice), clean indistinct formative pale and amber malts, bacteria, wild yeast, and acidic wine/grapeskin-esque notes. Well balanced and built, if slightly simplistic in comparison to other beers in the style. Nicely subtle and evocative. Pleasant to drink. I quite like it. Limited background oak.

Mf: Tingly coarseness from the tart bacterial notes - perhaps even a bit of manifested crystal malt. Good thickness and carbonation. Too smooth on the open and finish. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. I quite dig it. I'd have it again, preferably aged and at a better price. A good sour, especially considering its country of origin. Could use a bit more rounded tartness. A lovely beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

B

*I had to play with the overall score to get the letter rating I wanted. This keeps my reviews fair and consistent. Please see my profile page for more information.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma of sour cherry/cranberry, funky Brett, oak, and a sharp boozy note that soon passes. Over time, the nose reminds me more and more of a Flanders Red. Served at cellar temp, around 55º.

Chilled bottle opens with little fanfare, no spray of foam, or gushing qualities. A lone wisp of smoke exits into the air. A hazy shroud of foam obscures the mahogany hued liquid. Irregular lace forms on one wall of the glass.

Tastes predominantly of sour cherry, caramel, and oak, bubbly on the palate. Interesting notes develop in the dry aftertaste. Some cocoa and leather elements come in, complimenting the spent sour fruits. The sour quality isn't overplayed, it comes in moderately, and exits like a whisper. Complexity isn't overwhelming, but gives you something to think about while savoring it. At cellar temperature it seems to have more depth. Served cold, the flavors are somewhat muted.

This is a high-quality offering, i've tried it many times and never experienced any issues. It's at the top of my JP list, a 4-way tie with Oro, Bam, & Firefly for the top spot. Unique and recommended...

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach ice tea color with a rocky head that does a nice job lacing the chalice

Smell: Nice balance between the oak barrel, vanilla and caramel elements with just a touch of sour cherry

Taste: Opens with a slightly sour cherry and caramel flavor, with undertones of rum, bourbon and vanilla that develop by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruity elements pick up and are balanced by the earthy and sour flavors; nice mild, woody finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Where others have marked this one down for being neither fish nor fowl, I find an incredibly well-done balancing act; very nice and approachable

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.84/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of brett is quite powerful a not the best of mix with the spices that are included in here. Taste is really weird it start with some great sourness and oak which is all ok at this point but when the spice kicks in it really doesn’t provide an enjoyable overall mix. Body is also a bit thin but carbonation is quite lively. I really enjoyed the JP beers that I had but I just don’t think this one is a good mix.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a foamy, off-white, long-lasting head that left some thick rings of sticky, patchy lace.

S - It smelled slightly funky and of dried apples. Also, some mild caramel notes.

T - It tasted of funky yeastiness, a sweet caramel maltiness and some sour apple flavors.

M - It was crisp, fairly sharp and very dry. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good wild ale. Very complex blend of flavors and tasty.

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