La Roja | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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La RojaLa Roja

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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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Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my homie Wesside89

Pours a cloudy reddish/amber with two finger of attractive, off-white head. There is some wave-like lace that sticks to the glass. Deep look that invites the soul.

The nose is full of funk, vinegar, horse blanket, leather, tart lemon and some more funk.

The taste is pretty funky with just a tad bit of tartness. There is some of the citrus zest involved that is blended with some leather and earthy funk. The flavors are a bit muddled and could possibly be amplified for style's sake.

The mouthfeel is certainly light-bodied with an evenly light amount of carbonation. Dry. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall, decent sour with some good flavors that could be slightly amplified just a bit. However, I like this representation and would recommend this to someone interested in getting into sours.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute glass from a 750ml bottle (blend 11 - bottled July 7, 2011). La Roja has a slightly hazy deep burnt copper color with a creamy light tan head. Head retention sits somewhere around the 1cm mark and there is lots of frothy lacing sticking to the sides of my glass. The smell is pungent and tart. Strong aromas of red wine vinegar, sour cherries, with hints of oak, spice, and very funky yeast.

The flavor, much like the aroma hints at, is very tart and refreshingly mouthwatering. Bright fizzy carbonation injects flavors of red wine vinegar, citric and lactic acids, Maraschino cherries, pomegranate, woody oak, and musty barnyard funk. The finish is just slightly bitter, with lingering tannins. This beer has a lot going on!

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

I poured from a bomber into my Cigar City tasting snifter. Upon opening it was a bit of a gusher, brownish purple in color with a medium white head, light lacing. The arom is tart, sour fruit, light oak. The flavor is moderate green apple, pears, definitely tart, lingering tart finish. The body is light, good carbonation. This is an nice, easier drinking sour.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Gusher upon opening. This one pours a muddy brown with a little bit of a red tinge to it. Has about a finger of biege head with some soapy lace.

Ripe cherries with a little bit of red wine vinegar in the aroma. A touch of oak and vanilla round this out. Nice tart aroma with a little bit of a sweet finish. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely with a good flavor oak dark cherry tartness and some vanilla in the finish. Nice oaky flavor here.

Smooth light body with soft carbonation. Nice lingering flavors. This one has a really nice balance. Good tart flavors with a nice sweet finish. Really enjoyable as most Jolly Pumpkin beers are.

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Photo of siddhartha
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cps98
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I mainly wanted to drink this so I could harvest the bugs for a sour clone I have fermenting right now. Really nice sour lots of layers of flavor.

A – Has a really nice brown reddish color. Decent 1 finger off white head has pretty good retention.

S – Nice sour notes with some cherry, and light oak mixed in.

T – Has a really nice sour/tart bite in the beginning then mellows in a nice cherry with some red grape mixed in.

M – Medium bodied with good carbonation bite.

O – I am really glad I have another bottle of this…might give this next bottle some age and see how it tastes after 6 months or so.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of atr2605
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy dark red amber with an off white creamy head with excellent retention
S-raisins and black cherry with the distinct belgian yeast smell that almost comes across as spicy
T-Up front is sour and bitter with the black cherry flavor coming through in the background. Oak is in the finish but doesn't come across with the woody flavor, just very subtle oak flavor if that makes any sense
M-Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-First wild ale I have had so I am still getting familiar with the style, but I think it has just about everything it should. Its unique and complex, I would be interested in seeing how it would age.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours reddish-brown with a bit of spritzy white foam capping the liquid. Doesn't look unlike a Mexican sangria soda.

S: Tartness and sweetness up front with some dark and citrus fruit, caramel, and toffee.

T: Nice pomegranite tartness is the first flavour. Grapefruit sweetness and sourness take up the middle, and there is a subtle, but clear maltiness which rounds out the finish. Pineappley Brett is restrained but apparent as well.

D: Drinks easily and has enough complexity to make me look forward to every sip.

Overall: A nice, sweet-sour wild ale from JP.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/07/12 notes. Thanks to whoever shared this one at the last DC RB tasting. Blend 2, from 3/18/10.

a - Pours a murky orange amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lightly sour fruits, light funk, brett, oak, earthy notes, and barnyard funk. Very nice, a nice mix of fruits and funk.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, lightly sour fruits, barnyard funk, oak, earthy notes, and musty notes.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall a nice beer. Not my favorite JP beer, but seems to have held up well. Some light sour fruits and that JP beer, would have it again.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Koufax21
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blend 19, bottled 10-28-11. Poured from a 750 ml into a chalice. Once popped, my nose was greeted with a rush of foam... Rocket. Once that subsided I get to proceed. Rich amber in color with not much head. Taste is tart. Mild raspberry and white vinegar. Kinda like a watered down oude tart. Decent, but way overpriced.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at Whole Foods in DC a bit back. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.

Pours an amber-brown with a thin off-white head that falls fairly quickly and leaves a thin collar. The nose brings a bit of light lactic acid and some cherry. A bit of cherry pit and mild oak. The flavor really pushes on from there with some nice lactic presence as well as cherry and cherry pit. Oak is good. Really nice. Mouthfeel is crisp and acidic with a dry finish. Impressive. Another winner from JP.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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