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La Roja - Grand Reserve by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Sour Ale
7.20 % ABV

Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 3 9 2007
Sampled on tap at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest, July 2007
Labled as La Roja Select
The beer is quite hazy and is a dirty, amber color that looks almost completely flat with a few wayward bubbles lazing around. The aroma is a mix of sour / funk notes as well as some big wood / barrel character; a mix of spicy wood, buttery oak, tart plum, hints of cheddar, and some Bourbon-like notes that come through with out being overwhelming. The oak aromatics are more noticeable than any Brandy notes.

The beer fells flat as it hits the mouth, there is no carbonation, which accents a light sweetness, which in turn accentuates some fruit notes of Macintosh and plum. The finish is tannic; like a green tee that coats the teeth. There is a spicy note in the finish that is contributed by some hot alcohol notes, spicy oak flavors and a light, yet drying astringency. This beer would be really helped by some carbonation, especially since the flavors in this beer are so well balanced. This is a nice mix of light tart flavors, mellow, yet persistent oak notes and a hint of liquor-like notes. Actually, carbonation would make this a fantastic beer. This has much better, more integrated flavors than the Oro de Calabaza Reserve.

Served In: Other

Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2006
Sampled February 2006
Pours a brilliantly clear, deep red color, much like a dark glistening ruby. Only appears to be lightly carbonated as I was barely able to conjure a frothy, thin tan colored head that quickly disappears back into the beer. The aroma is an interesting mix of buttery oak notes, sweet fruity notes of raisins and green grapes, some definite hard alcohol notes that I again would not necessarily place as bourbon in origin. The aroma is not dominated by the oak, which is good, but it just not as appealing as I was hoping. It does have a nice complexity to it though, so in that regard it is interesting.

The taste is lightly sweet and fruity up front. It reminds me of table grapes and a bit of a carmalized raisin-type note. There is a certain tartness here, but it is fairly subtle for a deliberately soured beer; mainly it accentuates the fruit notes, and contributes a bit of a tamarind-like note as well. This beer finishes with a residual hotness that seems to be a characteristic of the Bourbon barrel, or more specifically the residual Bourbon left in the barrel. Interesting that such a small amount of hard alcohol would contribute this. The finish is also a bit woody, with a sort of pithy quality to it. There are some definite tannic contributions that show up in the body of this beer, it gives the palate some structure and a bit of heft to it, which helps to balance the bourbon note.

This is an interesting beer; I am not sure that bourbon (or any grain alcohol) barrel aging is something that really contributes to the betterment of these wild beers. The bourbon notes, just seem to clash a bit with the wild fermentation flavors, especially the tartness. I look at this as another snap shot of Ron's journey into wild-barrel fermentation though. It is certainly tasty enough, and interesting enough to keep me contemplating and enjoying each sip.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 02/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
Big thanks to iceicebaby for this beer, you are one cool dude ;o)

12oz bottle, Grand Reserve (batch 48) aged 32 months in Oak barrels. Got this one in the summer of 08.

Pours a reddish brown color, similar to dry blood, with a decent half inch of foam.

Fruits and vinegar on the nose, strawberry, cherry, ripe apples, sun ripe raisins, sweet and fleshy plums, caramel, oak, fresh toast, and some citrus in the background. Very nice and complex, lots of layers in this beer, spicy notes as well. Some orange and lemon. Mostly tart berry with some vinegar. A little vanilla from the oak.

Intense vinegar flavor, apple cider, strawberry, tart fruits in the finish, and oak. A little too much vinegar for my liking but the finish is quite nice. Some leather in the aftertaste with lemony hay flavors. Tart apples upfront with some malt in the middle and some glimpses of caramel near the end. Semi-dry and oaky in the finish. A bit of alcohol near the end.

Low carbonation, feels a bit syrupy at times but it works well with the flavors of this beer.

Similar to La Folie in many ways.

Served In: Tulip

Review by odeed on 09/12/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 2 12 19 5 9 2007
(BIG THANKS TO KRAMER17801 FOR THIS BREW)pour was a muky brown with not much head.aroma was a beautiful blend of bourbon,vanilla,sour funk,cherries,and caramel malts.first thing that hits the tounge is a rush of bourbon and vanilla.i then taste some chocolate,sourness,cherries,caramel malts,and this is very unique and exceptionally fantastic!(RE-RATE:9/9/08.20 MONTH BA AGED BOTTLE).wow,the aroma is outstanding!i get oak,vanilla,cherries,bourbon,and a slight sourness.flavor is much of the same.ultra smooth and yet still a nice long lasting palte.this is one of the best beers i have ever had.

Served In: Snifter

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