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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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +3.5%
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive ruby-brown semi-hazy brew. Head is rosy tan and initially large. It fades to a ring leaving little bits of lace straggling behind. Aroma is fun to take in. Maraschino cherries, green apple, rum, butterscotch, toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, spice, and something tart....Jolly Ranchers come to mind though its been along time since I've had any. Taste is crisp, clean, sour, tangy, fruity...fermented fruity...and enjoyably bitter. Definitely some nutty stuff going on here in an intriguing and mouthwatering way. There's something reminiscent of stinky armpits in this...not to be taken negatively. Earthy and rooty flavors perhaps... Rooibos? The sourness of this grows on you as you get further in. Texture is lightweight and delicate. Grape-like dry, finely gritty, slick throughout, and generally lip smacking. Medium body with soft carbonation. I am enjoying this. A welcome change of pace.

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

Blend 16 | Bottled: 8-30-2011

Murky reddish-brown color under a bubbly beige collar of a head. Acidic, woody cherry aroma. Earthy spice, wild yeast, caramel apples, and vinegar. First sip: solid fruity tartness upfront...sour, spicy cherries and berries, and some phenols lingering in the back. Less acidic than the aroma. Dry and pretty crisp; sweet, but not too sweet. The spiced, wooden earthiness continues through to the flavor and works well with the fruit. This is tasty stuff. I dig the sourness, though the astringency is a bit much in the nose and detracts from the more pleasant aromas. All around though, a fairly smooth, lip-smacking, tart experience and one that I will likely have again at some point.

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4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served in a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a rusty amber with an off-white cap. Specks of lacing left behind.

S - Oak and cherries dominate. A perfume potpourri aroma. Hints of caramel malt, sweettart candy.

T - Acidic and woody, tart grapes, lemon, cranberry juice, apple skins and spice. Bready malt resides underneath. Finishes woody and very dry.

M - Light to medium body, acidic, slightly sour, crisp and dry finish.

Wood is upfront and works well with the cherry tartness. Nice balance of lactos. Great rustic aroma. The first beer I've had from Jolly Pumpkin and won't be my last.

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

Bomber thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Burnished mahogany with a moderate white head that falls to a slight ring and film.

Kriek-esque nose of tart cherries and balsamic with a smorgasbord of rotting organic material (in an appetising way) behind it, notes of musk, grassy funk, candy sugar and some snappy herbs. Very bright and lifted.

Flavours show more intense pithy tartness, before gradually opening out into sour cherries, sherbety dark fruits and lots of tannins.

On the lighter side of medium with vibrant carbonation and a suitably tart, drying finish.

Impressive wild ale with charisma plus. Complex but well contained. Close to a kriek stylistically but with a little more yeast and malt action.

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,987 ratings.
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