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La Parcela | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Kegatron on 11-04-2008

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782
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.47%
 
 
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Reviews by Reaper16:
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4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Local Option, Chicago, IL, into a tulip glass

Pours a murky off-orange with brown tinges to it. It's kinda vomit like, but not too much more than Pumpkin ales already are. There's slightly less than one finger of offwhite head here, bot too much lacing.

The aroma is as you'd expect from a Jolly Pumpkin beer: lemon juice, light funk, phenolic bursts. There's pumpkin spice too: clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. I'm picking up on a distinctly gourd-like vegetable note too, so I think actual pumpkin was used in the mash maybe? Either way, a fantastic take on the Pumpkin Ale style.

All of the positives of that aroma bear out on the palate. It's tart and phenolic and dry, mostly. The pumpkin spice is not overdone at all; very subtle spicing compared to most iterations of the style. But you certainly can't miss it either.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I scores so highly because of it being a Pumpkin Ale. As a wild ale, it's only above average. Still, this is the way I wish most all pumpkin ales would be: refreshing and quaffable (because of the acidity and dryness) instead of a spicy slog to get through.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +16.6%

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

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard tap a hazed brown infused orange with a thinner off white head atop,kind of a strange color to this.Funky cheese aromas with a hint of pumpkin pie spice,an odd combination but sorta worked.Flavors of barnyard funk and more of the cheese wich isn't my thing,a faint pie spice comes into play.I knew it would be a little funky coming from JP but maybe a little to much of it for me.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Tiernan
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange pour with a two finger head of creamy white foam on top. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Aromas of typical Jolly Pumpkin barrel sour funkiness melding with cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Pumpkin pulp is in there too and the spices are not overpowering. Touch of tartness.

First sip brings smooth crisp malts with great barnyard and funky accents. JP barrel character is riding all over the place. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of ginger as it flows down. Pumpkin meat accents are there but not overpowering. Flows down with a tart kiss and some lingering spiciness. A bit wacky but it works in a weird way.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with fast moving carbonation. Easy to drink but I can't say this is my favorite JP beer. A little odd with the pumpkin and a bit astringent. Overall though a fun pumpkin beer and definitely a 180 on what most standard pumpkin beers are. Give it a try if you have the access to it.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch 865/866
Bottled 8-17-2011
In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a fairly small off-white head.

Little aroma. A hint of pumpkin and spice. No cacao.

The taste revealed more spice, seemed to be mostly nutmeg. A little bit of pumpkin taste.

This beer was way to harsh. Not pleasant at all.
I had a difficult time finishing it.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 610 bottle 8/20/10; consumed 11/28/10

Pours a cloudy orange/brown with a massive amount of creamy head.

Smell starts out with pumpkin and some spices (cinnamon and nutmeg stand out). After that, smell is somewhat flowery with a bit of funk. An interesting take on a pumpkin ale.

Pumpkin is very subdued in the taste, but is still present. Tart, funky notes dominate the taste. Taste i much more floral than the smell. Spices appear on the aftertaste, but are pretty faint throughout.

Mouthfeel is light and very bright from the perhaps excessive carbonation.

Overall, this isn't something I'd seek out more than once. Interesting though.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, purchased at DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY.

"Batch 160, Bottled 8-13-10" on a sticker on back of the bottle.

Pours heavily hazed, lighter brown, typical smaller head, leaves respectable lighter lace.

Lighly bretted nose, light vinagar note also coming through. Musty, earthy, funkyness burbling along just benenth the surface.

Interesting and tasty brew. Moderate sour note, soft brown ale characteristics, more light vinagar.

Pleasant bite, cut through, the earthy and tomato notes of my spicy chile. Nice wintery brew. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip on Halloween.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with large, foamy, cream-colored head and great lacing rings.

Smell: Expected sour aroma for a Wild Ale, with vinegar, cider, cherry and horseblanket. Some dry spiciness.

Taste: Taste is a little more complex and seems to have two primary layers. The first is sour and barely sweet, with apple cider, brett, vinegar and light caramel. The other layer is quite spicy and dry, and this where the nutty pumpkin and cacao subtly come into play.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a fairly light body. Long, lingering dry & tart finish.

Overall: This really should be classified as a Wild Ale, as that clearly takes precedent over the pumpkin and spices. Either way, this is a great and very refreshing beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy gold with orange highlights under a 1" finely bubbled white foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Light pumpkin aroma, spice, cacao, light funk.
T: A lemony, dry tart palate with pumpkin and malt and hops in the background leading to a tart, dry finish with a moderate hop bitter accent.
F: Soft in the mouth with a medium body and above average carbonation.
O: One of the better pumpkin ales out there. The Brett does some nice things with the pumpkin character drying it out and making it so it is not cloying or overpowering.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a snifter. "Batch 885 Bottled 9-08-2011" (1 year, 8 months of age)

Pours out a clear light amber /orange color, a nice 1 finger or so of white head off the pour that retains nicely. Some lacing here and there.

Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. Some light brett like funk and if you really dig a touch of pumpkin.

Nothing really jumps out and says "this is a pumpkin ale!" There is a touch of cinnamon and maybe a bit squashy in the finish. But a rustic Brett, slight barnyardy flavor is what is at the forefront. Finishes with a refreshing light tart/ sourness and some citrus.

Light, refreshing, easy drinking.

A good Brett beer, but not really a great pumpkin ale. Just slight nuances of pumpkin and spice. This has changed much with age as I remember it being relatively the same fresh. Not something I would purchase again, especially given the higher price tag, but I still look forward to JP beers I have yet to try.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jeschaefer
1.06/5  rDev -72.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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