La Parcela | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Kegatron on 11-04-2008

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark lemonade color with an aggressive, massive three finger head. Mid-level creamy lacing clings to the glass.

S: Wow, diverges from every pumpkin ale I've ever had. The spices are there--cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg--but there's a wonderful sour, gueuze-type, funky tartness that cuts through the spices. Very interesting.

T: Sour funk is even heavier in the taste. WOW. This is sourer than a lot of sours I've had. Sharp funky citrus and sour cherries and a cutting white wine dryness and a rustic barnyard haze and a fresh cut grass linger slice through the pumpkin spice like an 8 yr old with an Exacto on October 30th. Very exotic and unexpected. I liked it but am a tad bit confused as this is meant to be a pumpkin ale, but it spends very little time being that.

M: Very dry, like a strong sour. A bit of a carbonated tickle, but not much. Straightforward.

I actually really enjoyed this, but because I love sours. It doesn't work that well within the Pumpkin Ale style parameters. But I guess that's its strength--it pushes boundaries.

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Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of plfahey
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Orange amber and quite hazy. Creamy mousse-like ivory head has decent retention.

Aroma-Barnyard funk, horse blanket, slight lactic acid and cider vinegar character. Very slight clove spice and a hint of pumpkin flesh in the background, though the predominant aroma is a yeasty, gueuze-like profile.

Flavor-Squashy pumpkin, and yeast funk, with horse blanket and barnyard predominant, and a bit of a wet-wool/lemon peel/lactic acid note. Cidery in the midpalate with light clove notes to compliment the acid character. Finishes dry with slight tartness to complement the pumpkin flesh flavor which re-emerges as the funky yeast character takes the backseat.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with brisk, moderately high carbonation. Tongue tingling, creamy, and full on the palate.

I think I just went into this one with the totally wrong expectation. I didn't know what to expect from a pumpkin beer from Jolly Pumpkin, but this is probably pretty close to what I should have imagined-more of a Pumpkin Lambic than a pumpkin ale. The rustic, earthy, yeasty funk flavors actually serve as a nice foil to the pumpkin flavors and the light spicing. I was slightly disappointed that the cacao didn't really come through, but keeping it in mind as a pumpkin wild ale, it was actually pretty good.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of amrozga
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of southhousebrew
5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of MikeRMII
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of whallgren
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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 DCon
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 750 ml/1pt., 9.4 fl. oz. bottle from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $13. Poured from the dusk setting labeled bottle w/ pumpkins glowing & "no. 1 pumpkin ale" labeled on the front into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has Batch 885 and Bottled 9-08-2011on a sticker on the back of the bottle.

Aroma- A dominant sour and acidic aroma hits the nose hard! Can almost expect this from any Jolly Pumpkin brew. Puckers the nose even! Tons of this goaty and barnyard attribute that is found in many sours. Almost no pumpkin aroma in here unless you look WAY past these sour aromatics which is a shame for the style but I do enjoy it!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has great retention. Has a dark orange colored body that has quite the ingredient depth. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a light sour taste at the beginning like a lambic with the barnyard taste in here. Tons of fruit and sweetness and then finally some pumpkin! Has the cinnamon and light spice that pumpkin pie has but very sweet and then finishes with a pucker once again. Very complexed tastes.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Mouth filling, and then puckers the lips and tongue big time. Drier than any Pumpkin I’ve had so far.

Overall Impression- Very complexed but can I rate this as a Pumpkin? I will give it a decent grade all around but almost shows more signs of being a Lambic or Gueuze rather than a Pumpkin Ale. I’ve heard many people raving about this so went for it. If you get a chance I would go for it but only if your a fan of sour brews.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a finger of white head. Spotty lacing.

The nose is made of some barnyars funk, pumpkin spices, and more funk. Yeasty esters bloom.

The taste is full of that funk presented by the barrel. Pumpkin and cinnamon are also present in small quantities. There is a clove taste noticed on the end with some tartness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

Overall, pretty tasty sour with a pumpkin kick

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 871
bottled 8-31-2011

A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a bubble beige head that breaks up and last as a broken film. There is a fast micro carbonation trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The sharp but gentle tartness has some white cheese rind notes and apple skins that come through. There is some white wine tannins that grow stronger in the finish.

T- The nice mellow vinegar tartness has citrus qualities that take on more apple notes as it opens. There is a vegital hint has a soft dry spice quality and a brie rind taste that lingers. The touch of white wine taste lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tough of astringency and a soft fizz prick in the finish.

O- The nice light tart beer has good depth and a gentle funk to it. None of the pumpkin, spice or cacao stood out but it did have lots of subtle layers that these probably contributed too.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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