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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, No date
Hill Farmstead

A: Pours fairly clear almost vibrant glowing red. Color of off white bubbles. Almost still.

S: Tart cherry. Oak. Tannic. Dry. Funk. Vanilla. Wood.

T: Not a abruptly sour as I was expecting. You get a little hit of tart cherry character up front. Not like other American Flanders Red ales. Pulling more amber flavors: a little caramel and vanilla. Definitely some earthly tones too. Finish is dry. Not as dry as others (recurrent theme).

M: Lighter side of medium. More carb would help.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ok, I'm not trying to say I'm an expert, but many of you need to reevaluate your scoring. All I read about this beer is that it's mediocre, underwhelming, so-so... But you all still manage to give it a 4. 3 is OKAY, so do the math... 4 means it's good. It is ok, not the best, but... Just judge accordingly.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rouge with off white head that quickly recedes to the edges and then like mist on an ocean-she gone.

Aromas of apple cider, stone fruit, green apples, mash cherries, Twizzlers and sour patch candy.

Initial taste is tame and subdued. Definitely needs to come up to temperature for the flavours to open up. Apple cider vinegar and sour cherry candy. Maybe a bit-o-kraut. In the back of the palate a taste of multi-vitamin coating-minerals and earth, but not enough to make it unappealable , jus saying.

Lighter body with a dry crisp finish. Would like to see the carbonation stick around to make this sparkle.

Very approachable and unassuming. Nice level of sour/tart for all levels. Very good!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark amber, slight reddish copper. no head but when swirled a white fluffy head appears

S: very wine like with toast, caramel and funky citrus. smell comes off slightly tart. a little vinegar and sttong yeast.

T: not as tart as I expected. full caramelized toast. strong pead and oak qualities. a slight smoke quality and some acid. a bit of tart green apple and a little vineous.

m: pretty light. low to medium carbonation but it works. finish an
seems very fast.

o: overall I enjoyed this one. wish it was a little more tart but the amber base was great. /87

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours slightly cloudy and orange red in color. Poor head and no head retention.

Tropical spices in the nose. A little bit of funk.

A little funky and spices come through. Tart finish but an odd aftertaste from the spice and tartness.

Medium body.

A unique beer. I don't love the spices in the finish. I do like that it is so different.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blend 13, bottled May 24, 2013

Colour is a somewhat murky dark copper. Small beige head fades quickly.

Nose contains a balsamic vinegar tartness, cherry, caramel, oak and vinous fruit scents.

Taste has quite a bit of oak and balsamic vinegar. Quite acidic. Cherry and caramel. Some spices. The oak is a bit heavy, which detracts. Very dry.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Fairly astringent.

Overall, pretty good, but I find the flavours somewhat unbalanced. Perhaps it improves with a longer time in the bottle.

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La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,988 ratings.
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