La Parcela
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #41
Ranked #13,876
3.89 | pDev: 13.37%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8-24-11, enjoyed 10-16-11. Served in a snifter.


This beer is a lovely golden orange color and hazy as hell. It looks sort of like a typical pumpkin ale with a good dose of wheat beer-like haze, which I am assuming is thanks to to remaining yeast in the bottle. The head was around 2 fingers at first, then fell to a pinky that remained throughout tasting. The bubbles were tiny which created a soft pillow-like appearance.


Definitely a Jolly Pumpkin beer! The first thing you smell is the funky/sour aroma. It reminds me of sour apples with some other fruity smells. It's hard to get much more than that. You can smell the spices, but it is extremely subtle. There's a bit of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon but it is a struggle to find them. The oak is present, too.


The first few sips were met with the JP funk - slight tartness with some yeast character. After it warmed up, the pumpkin ale flavor shines. The front of the tongue is definitely the tart funky flavor, followed by tart fruit and some lemony-citrus flavor. The back of the tongue is when you taste pumpkin. There's a nice spice flavor, definitely nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and clove. I wouldn't say it tastes like pumpkin pie, but it has that characteristic pumpkin ale flavor, albeit it's much earthier. Long after the swallow is a little hint of pumpkin pie sweetness, but it may just be because I'm expecting it. This is an interesting beer, but very tasty!


This beer is incredibly easy-drinking considering it's a sour. It goes down very smooth, and the bottle conditioning creates a nearly creamy texture. It's very dry at first, but there's a bit of some body at the end. It definitely makes you keep going back for more and more.


This wouldn't be my first choice when I am craving a pumpkin ale, but this is definitely a solid beer. A very interesting take on the style, but is to be expected from the open-fermenting and oak-aged Jolly Pumpkin. I dig their stuff, and I look forward to trying more of their crazy beers. This pumpkin ale is one you gotta try at least once. The joke may have been that Jolly Pumpkin didn't make a pumpkin beer for their first few years, but now that they have one - what is the joke? Not this beer, that's for sure.


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Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.99 (sale)
Rudy's Liquors - LaSalle, IL

Blend #2 10/10/14

La Parcela is a good looking beverage. It fits the season with a dulled copper body and rustic Autumn highlights of dulled and bright orange both. The head takes a high pour to get going but when it does it's the purest of whites, finely bubbled, and sticky in its wake. The foam eventually falls to a skimming and chunky ring but never disappears.

The nose is interesting and appetizing. It's slightly acidic and slightly earthy off the bat. I guess I could see the earthiness being contributed to a gourd but I probably wouldn't guess it if I didn't know. There are soft baking spices on the periphery; crystallized ginger, nutmeg, cardamom. A healthy squeeze of lemon runs the middle and not only brightens the beer but makes the mouth water as well. Can't say I'm getting any cocoa nibs but what I am getting is good.

The flavor opens up beyond the nose. That squeeze of lemon has a noticeable acidic kick from start to finish that's as bright as you can get. Crystallized ginger and a melange of other, indistinguishable soft baking spices add some depth. There is also some vinous acidity along with an embracing oakiness. The gourd is more noticeable on the palate and, it's on the swallow. All those components come together on the finish for a damn good drink.

The body is light with a snappy effervescence. As a matter of fact this beer moves quickly but it manages to reach every nook and cranny. A buzzsaw of acidic tartness runs the middle of the tongue while the finish dries out quickly with a soft, lingering acidity. This beer is amazingly drinkable.

This beer is as Autumn as you can get for a spiced, sour beer. It's none of that overly done pumpkin latte type nonsense though, don't think that. It's nuanced and bright. The spices are in the background, mild, and complimentary. The tartness is well done. I could drink a lot of this beer.

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

A surprisingly refreshing fruited beer that's full of character yet somehow effortless in drinkability.

Pouring a light golden, somehwat peach in color- the beer has a sprite and effervescent appearance while carrying a slight haze. A light and airy head quickly succums to the acidity of the beer without releaseing much lace.

Sharp lime-like sourness, bitterness, and bite is met with slight cidery vinegar notes, mild salty brine, medium grassy hop bitterness- and then with an added starchy, yeasty taste and feel of perhaps pumpkin additions. Where the sharp palate-stripping sourness is expected, the beer is also lightly creamy and gives a rise to light bready malt taste. White grapes, vinous notes, under-rippened berries, and dusty antique woods continue to deliver level beyond level of flavors that reveal themselves with each and every sip.

The powdery dry character and highly phenolic taste of Jolly Pumpkin ales give them their house character, but this slightly maltier or starchier example balances as well as any in their arsinal.

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Photo of ADU
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Great pumpkin sour. Not too strong so fantastically drinkable and delicious

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of lsummers
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to start this out mentioning that I am a huge fan of sours. Opening this one I immediately was hit with the all to familiar jolly pumpkin sour apple yeasty smell.

Poured fantastic, it's a clear beer and one I appreciate being clear being it's a pumpkin ale. Still retains a nice orange color with some fantastic lacing, the nice one finger head eventually diminishes.

Smells of a fantastic drinkable sour. The sour notes do overwhelm the pumpkin flavor and spice notes. They could definitely up those notes and still be safe.

Taste is great, what can I say other than it's their usual great sour apple notes mixed with a touch spice and pumpkin. It's all very very subtle though. I was expecting more pumpkin and spice.

I really enjoyed this one, It's a fantastic sour even if the notes of pumpkin and spice are really subdued. Actually the fact their subdued is kind of nice this time of year (autumn) since most pumpkin ales overdo it. I will definitely buy this one again, if I can find it.

Edit: It's been a while since I've written this review, so After having it again. I have to up the rating slightly. It's such a nice refreshing break from the overly spiced pumpkin beers. Taste is so pleasant and is easily drinkable.

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Photo of JTG78
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of armock
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA

A - Poured a copper color with a big off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - The first thing to hit your nose is lacto tartness then the spices and light pumpkin

T - Follows the nose with lacto tartness upfront with the spices and mild pumpkin round things out

M - This beer has a thin watery body with high carbonation to it

O - This is a wonderful beer I love the tartness thats in Jolly Pumpkin beers for a pumpkin beer it would be nice if the pumpkin was stronger and the body was thickened up some but over all I really enjoyed this beer its worth picking up if you see it around

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of getgetgettleman
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 598. Bottled 8/11/10.

A-Beautiful pumpkin/orange/bronze amber hue. Medium lace.
S-Roasted squash/pumpkin. Pepper and oak.
T-Like the Smell, the taste reminded me of roasted squash/pumpkin. A positive thing! Medium fall spice intensity of pepper, dried sage, nutmeg, and cumin.
M-Because of its roasted root vegetable aroma, I was expecting more spice on the finish. Though warming at first taste, I was underwelmed.
D-Certainly an easy drinker for those looking for a Holiday ale to share with friends.

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Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Avenue Pub in NOLA. Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a finger of white foam. Great funk and spicey malt aroma. Really subtle malts but obvious funk.
Taste is definite spice, almost chai flavor with a bit of nutty malt undertones. Funky tart spice follows with a kick. Really a complex beer - a lot of flavors going on here... and overall pretty tasty. Nice funk characteristics but finishes with a heavier malty body. Nice brew

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Photo of ahq514
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml into snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden orange. Light head. Appears to have medium carbonation. Light lacing.

Has some elements of pumpkin spices, but has an added twist of tartness. The cacao adds an interesting element as well.

The different aspects of the beer meld together pretty well. Its an interesting mix of spices, mixed with the signature JP tartness. I don't really know how else to describe it. The tartness and pumpkin spices seem to alternate quite well. A very slight hop bite towards the end of the beer.

Medium carbonation and medium body.

This is an interesting spin on a pumpkin beer. Refreshing. Pumpkin spices are there but not overpowering. The signature JP tartness adds another interesting element that keeps me coming back for more.

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Photo of SpongeRuiner
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 610. Bottled 8/13/10.

The beer pours a yellow-orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma begins as your basic pumpkin ale. I get some nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. However, since it is a Jolly Pumpkin beer, you know there will be some tartness and it is present in the aroma.

The flavor is pumpkin, brett, nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also a low amount of tartness in the flavor, but the beer is more funky than sour.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice, interesting take on a pumpkin beer. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of mmercede
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from Whole foods poured into a pint glass on thanksgiving!

Appearance: amber orange with enormous, thick white head with great lacing and lasting power. Had to let it settle before drinking. Relatively clear appearance for an unfiltered ale.

Smell: lactic sourness and funk up front. caramel and spice are in the background. Not very complex.

Taste: starts out funky and spicy with very very subtle notes of dark chocolate and pumpkin spice. Ends dry and sour with lemon zest and belgian yeast notes. Brett characteristics throughout. Not sure if I would pick up the pumpkin without being told it was there.

Mouthfeel- very nice carbonation and a light body. A certain saison feel to it.

Drinkability: I definitely liked this beer the more I drank it. The alcohol is concealed well and it is quite refreshing. If it wasn't expensive I would drink it quite often.

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Photo of niiiv
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BogleHill
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy light amber-orange brew with lacy white head and lots of light, bubbly carbonation. Aroma of funk. Flavor is dominated by the tartness. It's really hard to pick out any pumpkin, spice or cocoa. Nevertheless, this one not your typical pumpkin ale. Rather refreshing and quite drinkable. Crisp, dry fruity finish with perhaps some lingering spice.

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Photo of JellyJacket
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of alphagnome
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Blend 15
Bottled 09/21/12
Served at 37°F in an oversized Nonic Glass

Exactly what you would want and except from a pumpkin ale - A Deep, opaque orange hue reminiscent of a pumpkin crowned by a think, porous head that is similar in color to hay. Plenty of sediment is visible, hardly any visible carbonation to speak of. Minimal lacing is present.

Sweet dreams are made of this! This one packs a rather potent aroma, a sweet potent aroma - smells delicious! Plenty of spice is present, ground allspice and nutmeg mostly but cinnamon is also in attendance and backed by caramel and orange peel and a hint of clove. Oh, and pumpkin!

Everything was going great - until we reach the taste; It's too sweet and too sour! Up front, you're hit with a blast of citrus: orange, lemon, and even a bit of lime shower you with tart characters. Cocoa and caramel malts lash out at your sweet tooth while sourdough and vanilla take turns throwing punches at your taste buds. If that weren't enough, you'll also experience plenty of oak and an earthy quality to the spice. It dries things up a bit and seems to encourage the sweetness (were these oak bourbon barrels?). The pumpkin isn't as potent as I feel it should be, but there is just barely enough.

This one barely qualifies as medium-bodied, as it is somewhat thick but carbonation is spritely considering. Finishes quite dry and sour, it's puckerlicious - if you're into that sort of thing.

This one was checking all the right boxes: Presentation, Aroma, Mouthfeel... all fantastic! There is even a lot to like in the taste. It's downfall is its overpowering sweetness and puckering tartness - they ruin the experience! I REALLY wanted to enjoy this beer, but even as sipped the last few ounces of the 750ml bottle, I was caught off-guard by its tartness. If you enjoy sucking on lemons, this is the beer for you - just don't go expecting too much pumpkin.

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1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

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