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La Parcela | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,524
Reviews:
271
Ratings:
804
pDev:
13.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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58
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Trade:
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Ratings: 804 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First a wild ale, with a tribute to nutmeg in the finish. Aged about half a year. Decent drinkablity if familiar with JP ales. A good sized creamy head on brown.Lacey. Smooth.
Ken's bomber.Where is the pumpkin? Spicey smell is muted, without a trace of the pumpkin.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maui Brewing Company in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.

Pours a clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy chunks and rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, spices, and some fruity pumpkin flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale that is much different from others I have tried in the past. This beer is not really that funky/sour like other Jolly Pumpkin beers but I still am impressed with this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a sour pumpkin beer? it was only a matter of it. i opened this with much excitement. it poures a hazy pale orange color, with a one inch head made of tiny white bubbles. it lasts quite awhile too. the nose is very strange, sour and acidic like lacto at first, then a smooth sweet vibe from the cacao, and finally tart pumpkins, almost composty if you didnt know what sour beer was. its taste is also very different. theres a bit more spice, cinnamon for sure, and the pumpkin flavor is more pronounced than in the smell. smooth feel, again i think from the addition of cacao, which is an interesting additive in a beer. there is a little vinegar taste in the finish, but it matches up well with the sweet component. great carbonation and enough body for a fall beer. ive definitely never had anything like this, and it grew on me as i drank through it. definitely search this out if you dig pumpkin ales.

edit: recently had a dry hopped version of this that was absolutely incredible. it really brought the wild yeast to life and was neat in highlighting the vegetal aspects of the pumpkin. better than the original i reckon!

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange in color; some particles are visible floating in suspension. Gently swirling the glass produces a rather large head.
S: The aroma is slightly sour and has some notes of funkiness.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather tart and sour with notes of spices and oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The tartness and spices in this beer make it one that probably needs to be sipped.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass. Orange pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label art.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as a pumpkin ale per the label. 5.9% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White colour. Nice thickness and frothiness. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Clear gold/honey colour of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast paticulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for a pumpkin ale.Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: Cocoa, Munich malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, floral hop character, and guiding oak overtones. The pumpkin is quite reticent, to its detriment. If anything, a pumpkin ale aroma should have evocative pumpkin character. Apple cider character.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Has a nice guiding oak undertone which lends it nice cohesion. Malt backbone is comprised of Munich malts, clean barley, Cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Where's the pumpkin? It's barely present at all. Apple cider notes fill it out nicely. The cocoa could be more evocative. Crystal malts. Some salt. Mild sourness (i.e. 2/10 in terms of intensity).

This is well-balanced, and has goo depth of flavour. It's adequately complex, but there's plenty of room for more intricacy and subtlety.

Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, acidic, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, and aptly thick. Crisp and clean. This texture complements the taste well, but doesn't elevate the beer or accentuate any of its constituent notes. Well-carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable. The cocoa powder character develops as it warms, making it a pleasant brew, though the sore absence of any pumpkin character whatsoever does hold it back. It's not the stellar quality I usually associate with Jolly Pumpkin, but it's worth trying and I'm glad I picked it up. Just don't expect much of a pumpkin ale. The oak character is a stand-out.

High B-

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to el meatwad for the heads up on this one.

Into a stemmed 12 oz. goblet, this pours a hazy orange. Plenty of active streaming carbonation, feeding a decent sized head. Surface of the foam was soft and creamy with a little bit of lacing at the edges. As the glass is poured and filled, a crescent of fine sticky lace remains on one side. The color feels like autumn, it fades from a darker cidery brown/orange into a lighter orange/yellow towards the meniscus of the glass.

Aroma of wet stone, minerals, wine grapes, lemon, hay, similar to a lambic. Later on at room temp, the cinnamon/nutmeg is there, with some apple cider traces. Flavor has some earthy, squashy elements, but not a heavy pumpkin presence. Tart and dry with a drying residual spice and identifiable earthy pumpkin in the aftertaste. Upfront its more tart with some toasted malt/pumpkin seeds and spice in the middle, leaving the more complex elements to linger in the finish. Its slightly too astringent, but other than that it drinks very well. A 750 is no problem in a sitting, provided you enjoy sour ales.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Churchkey. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a mild amount of white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: There is a slight vinegar sourness with some mild fruity and herbal notes.

Taste: This one is quite sour. Vinegar and some tart lemon. Some herbal notes, but I don't pick up the pumpkin. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I don't really pick up any pumpkin, but it's a decent sour. That being said, I would go for another one of their offerings before I went back to this one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sour and tart notes with a hint of cinnamon. Taste is also a dominated by typical JP sour and tart notes with a little bit of a cinnamon hint. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very enjoyable as I was expecting based on this brewer past effort but I can barely taste all the spices mentioned on the label.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/copper color with a two-finger, off-white head of buddly, soft foam. It left rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled slightly fruity/acidic with a touch of spice and pumpkin.

T - It has a nice acidic sourness with a fruity flavor. Very mild pumpkin flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty beer. Seems misplaced as a pumpkin ale because so little pumpkin flavor comes through. It is very tasty, though.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, green apple, lemon zest, pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, floral, grass, herbal, oak, caramel, toast, light tart funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin, yeast, malt, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, pear, green apple, lemon zest, clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toast, light cocoa, herbal, floral, grass, oak, light tart funk, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, green apple, lemon zest, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, pepper, nutmeg, caramel, toast, herbal, floral, light cocoa, oak, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of of malt, pumpkin, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent Belgian pumpkin ale style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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