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Review by emerge on 08/04/15  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 12 18 5 9 2013
Vintage bottle from Eagle River Liquor.
Probably the best bottle of this I can remember.
Woody and oaky with an almond note, Tart citrus with almonds and oak in the taste, gripping tannic bitterness. Dry and crisp feel, nearly perfectly attenuated.
A slight mellowness with age, but this batch has become something transcendent.

Price: $10.89 Served In: Other

Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
750ml
$6.99
Binnys Orland

As soon as I popped the top on Oro de Calabaza the gushing began. Not just a little gushing either I probably lost a quarter of the bottle. The pour yields a three finger fluffy micro-bubbled head that leaves sticky lacing on its way down. The head sits above a hazy golden body that's bursting with carbonation. The gushing stirred up some of the yeast which creates a lot of the haziness.

Smell is bursting with orchard fruits; juicy pear, under ripe apple, and a handful of apricot. The pear is most prominent and very enjoyable. The oak aging is certainly visible but in the background letting the fruitiness shine. As this beer warms there's a hint of blonde tobacco which I'm thinking may be from the barrel aging.

Flavor picks up where the smell left off. The pear leads the way with apple and apricot in tow. A quick bright flash of sourness washes over the tongue mid-palate before disappearing like it was never there. This might be my favorite from Jolly Pumpkin. This is their offering I usually find myself picking up.

The mouthfeel is one of the areas Jolly Pumpkin just does right. Light bodied with high carbonation turns the body airy as it travels through the mouth.

This beer is far too easy to drink when taking the abv into consideration. Light bodied with prickly carbonation and bright flavors make this a refreshing brew.

Jolly Pumpkin makes some great beers. You never know what you'll get with each bottle you pick up. Some batches are good, some great, and some ok. That's my only complaint about Jolly Pumpkin is the consistency, of course I'm sure it's practically impossible to be consistent using bacteria to ferment every batch and that's what makes Jolly Pumpkin special.

Reviewed: 12/30/07

Price: $6.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2004
Sampled February 2005
Pours a hazy orange copper color, and it is topped by a frothy thick tan head. The aroma is at first cidery, but then becomes musty and woody with spicy notes of orange peel, ginger, lemon, as well as hints of cobwebs, acetic acid. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and creamy up front but then moves to a sharp, almost astringent note through to the finish. The beer has a dominant note of spritzy apples and lemon peel, as well as a note of bitter pith. This beer is quite complex, and tasty.

This shares many of the characteristics of the Luciernaga and the La Roja, but for some reason it just seems to work quite a bit better in this beer. This beer is quite well integrated between the up front apple and lemon character, the soft spiciness and the barrel funk. There is a certain sharpness in the finish which seems to have notes of higher alcohols, tannic woodiness, and hot estery alcohols. None of the sharpness in the finish is overwhelming, in fact it adds sort of a balancing note to the soft creamy fruitiness. While this beer does not wow me quite like the Calabaza Blanca, it is incredibly well balanced and certainly tasty to boot.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 08/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2009
Milky medium gold. Medium puffy whitish cap. Keeps a firm skim and collar once fading is complete. Lacing is mediochre in thin sheeting and some stringy globs.

Aroma is biggly yeastified with dried floral spice, corrianderis placed in with a solid portion. Bright fruityness underneath with tangerine, pineapple, and lemon, plus there's a slight musty mushroom earthyness present as well.

Nice well rounded flavors of deep melony fruit thats entertained in a mild but substantial strength and tonality. The flavors are a little hard to nail down. Mostly melon-like of a duller sweetness of melon juices, even milder/dulled orange pith, a bite of banana, and tame pineapple. Solid little spicy kick in the finish of yeast, corriander, and white pepper. Drys off with a fine layered spicy heat enveloped in a back washing of fruit skin sweets.

Rich and mildly tangy with a medium to light tangyness. Body is close to full, very well rounded, and seemingly simple. The smoothness here is really unique. I find it a bit leathery and slightly oily underneath the mainstay of fruits and dryness. Nice little pep of heat and spice to make ends meet as it finishes.

Quite a treat and drinkable to boot. Liked its overall dulled down quality while it still boisterously fulfills and charms its way across the palate with nice fruit juices and the fun kick of dry spice and heat in the finish.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
A - Pours a hazy yellow body that does actually sort of have a golden glow to it. Thick, frothy looking white head is about one inch thick and shows no signs of going anywhere. Sticky lacing.

S - Belgian yeast and spices come right up and meet your nose. Some nutmeg and pepper. Lemon twang with some tartness. Yogurt.

T - Starts off sort of like a traditional belgian golden. Estery yeastiness. Spices with nutmeg, pepper and all spice. Then it turns. Lemon yogurt brings out the brett in this one. Not really a smack in the face, but nice and soft. Light tartness that gets more yogurty again at the finish.

M - Light bodied and really soft and smooth.

D - Really digging this brew. Superbly crafted, bringing the traditional points of the style and adding their signature barrel aged kick to it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 18 4 8 0
Served at cellar temp and poured into my Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Clear, brilliant golden colored ber with a large fluffy pearl white head. Carbonation bubbles are rising super fast like champagne. Looks like an authentic German/Czech pilsner.

Smell is good. Sourness/tartness is up front with lemon tang in the back.

Taste is very good. Starts off lemony tart and finishes with ripe green apple-like sweetness. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Brett funk comes through yet isn't over powering. Nicely done and well crafted.

Mouthfeel is good. Light bodied brew with enough carbonation to keep your mouth interested.

Drinkability is very good. Because it's light in body, this beer is going down smooth and easy.

Overall: Nice brew for the summer weather or any weather for that matter. Extremely refreshing and flavorful. I highly recommend drinking this beer at cellar temp though because the green apple sweetness is much more apparent in the flavor.

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 3 7 0
Pours WAY freaking carbonated. The bottle is just sitting here and it keeps foaming over. WTF!? Other than that it is a solid brew, very fruity smell, taste and finish. A little more sour than the others of this style, which I happen to like.

Served In: Pint Glass

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