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La Roja | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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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2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip. Batch 7, bottled 6/25/10.

A- upon opening, this thing gushed so much that I lost a good third of the bottle to paper towels. Yet, when I poured, I got a light one finger offwhite head that quickly fades. The body is a nice shade of cherry red. Looks solid enough

S- nice cherry aroma, getting a pleasant tart aroma out of it as well

T- yeah...the cherries coming through taste stale, and aren't very vibrant. The sour characteristic is lacking tremendously. Very medicinal taste

M- thin, but that's expected

O- all things expected, this was a letdown. This has been in my possession for awhile, and I cellared it fine....not sure what the conditions were like before me, but I assume sitting on a store shelf collecting dust. Not sure if this was an infected batch or what, but I am horribly let down

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Bottled 8-30-2011. I think I got it at Bottle Revolution.

Appearance: Very attractive clear red. Slightly off white head. Doesn't retain that well, but leaves some spots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet and sour apple at first, dark cherry as it opens up. Some vinegar. Very oaky, suggests red wine.

Taste: Very oaky and tannic with more sour than sweet fruit. Apple and cherry dominate, and some red grape too. Mostly lactic acid with less acetic. Not real funky.

Mouthfeel: Very silky feeling, but with high carbonation. Feels crisp as it goes down. Dry finish, clean.

Overall: This is a very good sour beer that is not over the top, but still complex, tasty, and drinkable.

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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful red hue with lots of bubbles. head a finger think and it has spotting lacing as it goes down the glass.

S. Belgium has nothing on this. The smell is of green grapes and a huge oak character accompanied by complex fruitiness.

T: Green apple and oak are prevalent with little to no hoppy character. Sour and acidy with a dryness. Small malt character.

M: extremely light in the mouth and high carbonation. The sourness is just right. You know it is there but no puckering.

O: Fantastic Flander's...Love a nice sour belgian beer ever now and then. This is top of the line stuff. Love the barrel aging.

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,994 ratings
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