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La Roja | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY poured this beer into a brandy snifter glass and provides a thin ivory head. In the glass it is slightly cloudy with a orangy/reddish hue. This beer has aromas of oak, cellars, and fine wine. On the pallette this beer is funky, with hints of oak, sourness, and tartness. Did a good job holding up to a shepard's pie made with venison & sweet potatoes. A very nice beer.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my trusty snifter. On the label: "Blend 4, Bottled 4-23-10". So over a year and a half from bottling date.

A: Bubbles started to foam out of the top of the bottle before I could even pour - should be very well carbonated. Hazy brownish amber beer. A one finger off white head...and yes, plenty of bubbles evident.

S: Funky and fruity. Lots of yeasty, estery tart notes in the nose along with some cherry and citrus. Bready malt background.

T: Plenty of acidic tartness up front that fades into a blend of berries and citrus notes. Vinegar, cherry, orange rind. A solid caramel malt presence as well...more so in the taste than was in the nose. Such a nice tartness all the way through though...very, very nice.

M: Fizzy, definitely on the higher end of the carbonation scale. But you need that in such a tart beer to elp move it across the palate. Thin to medium-thin bodied. Very dry but very refreshing.

O: A fantastic example of a Flanders Ale. Very tart up front, but it isn't a one trick pony...there's a solid malt presence and plenty of fruit and citrus to help round it out...really starting to dig this brewery.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of monitorpop
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky redish brown with a half finger head.

S: Bright sour cherries with some earth.

T: Primarily sour. Lemons, cherries, bitter grapefruit, red wine vinegar and earthy must.

M: Crisp and a touch dry with medium carbonation. Leaves a bit of a pucker.

O: Decent sour, but nothing particularly special for me.

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Photo of ADZA
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to MrKennedy for this brew.
Blend 7 bottled 17-5-2011

A-Murky Orange copper hue which leaves a one finger head and some lacing here and there.

S-Vinegar,Sour funk,Wet hay,oak and cherries.

T-Sour cherries,vinegar,barley sugar,wheatgrass and finished with a sour funkiness.

M-Light bodied which finishes sour and dry.

O-A very easy drinking wild ale but to be honest was expecting abit more cheers.

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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep blood red, even purple in spots, and an off-white head clinging to the glass.

S - Such an amazing sour nose with floral notes, apricot, honey and sugary candy aroma to back it up. I don't even need to drink this beer, the aroma is that good!

T - Starts out shockingly tart, but soon mellows out and tastes of cherries and an earthy, rose-water floral character. Quite a bit of malt influence in the form of sweet graham cracker and grainy flavors.

M - Medium bodied, not too dry and doesn't leave an overly sugary mouthfeel like most sours.

O - Goddamn delicious! Balanced in all of its flavors, extremely layered and extremely drinkable

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of madeofsteel
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass, with a label that declares it was bottled 8-29-11. This should be good!

A - Pours a deep amber color with some caramel browns. Almost ruby in some areas. Light and fluffy-looking head with decent retention and some good lacing.

S - Bready and fruity. Hints of strawberry... and perhaps cranberry as well?

T - The up front flavor is sour and fruity, it very strongly reminds me of not-quite-ripe raspberries. Strawberry on the tip of the toungue. Bitter rhubarb? The overall taste is that of tart fruit, sort like a raspberry pie without the sugar.

M - Finish strongly reminds me of white zin. Really dry, almost sour/fruity finish, the carbonation is mild and I am okay with that.

O - I would consider this worth the $10 I paid for it. It has drinkability, but even at a medium pace, I had a pretty decent buzz after this bottle. Quite an enjoyable brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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