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RATINGS: 1242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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La Roja, an artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age between two and ten months. Truly an ale of distinction.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
First Jolly Pumpkin has some kicking labels and this one is my favorite of the four. Clear red body with orange highlights. Big pillowy light tan head that collapses leaving behind thick sheets of lace. Looks ever so appealing in the glass. Interesting aroma.: oak, vanilla, cobwebs, lightly fruity hops, earthy yeast, light alcohol, and bready malt. The flavor is equally as interesting, the barel-aging is really evident inthe flavor. Vinous tanin-esque oak flavor is dominate, but there is a nice mild sweetness balancing things out. Light alcohol notes throughout. Medium mouth-coating body. lighltly spritzy carbonation. A very interesting beer, truly unique. Props to the brewer on this gem.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Murky brownish red brew with a big oaky nose.Medium bodied. Malty with a pretty good alcohol presence. I think with some age this could really be something.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 Dark Red. Aroma is very medicinal, and shows caramel, pit fruit, malt and subtle hopping. This has a distinctive house character that I also noticed with Oro De Calabaza. It’s unique, or weird, either one. Notes of wine stained oak, caramel, medicines, cherries, toasted malts and noble hop (algae, herbs). Just like others, I see a lot of potential with Jolly Pumpkin but nothing I have had so far has been exceptional.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6157) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Bottle (2008, blend 7). Head is initially huge, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), lightly hoppy (herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of bark, autumn leaves, clove, light note of cherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lighlty alcoholic. Another solid rustic ale from JP...but then, they’re pretty much all this caliber. Go Ron!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Beautiful cross between garnet and amber. Slight bourbon and strong vinous flavor. Molasses, brown sugar, honey tempered by acidic notes. Sticky, tart plum. Disliked the strong sherry note in the finish, just seemed a little over the top and didn’t jive with the rest of the beer.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
750ml barrel aged and bottle conditioned. Poured a medium sized fizzy ivory head with fair lacing, cloudy, carbonated, and a copper hue. Malty, caramel, spicy and alcohol aroma. Flavor was malty, caramel, spicy and vinuous. Delicious! Mouthfeel started out smooth and then a burning sensation. Highly recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 28, 2004
bottle, brown in color, decent tan head, with decent lacing, as soon as i raised it to drink i could smell the rich aroma of bourbon, definitely also has an alcohol flavor mixed with fruit. different but i like it

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Bottle. Hazy brown color. Nice tannish head that fades moderately fast, minimal lacing. Bourbon notes are in the aroma. Fruit, malt and yeast can also be picked up. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Smooth. The bourbon flavors make this feel bigger than 7%. Pretty well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Sour sugar nose. Thick yeast, cookie, sugar, doughy flavors. Full mouthfeel. Woody and alcoholic. Quite an interesting aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Thick, leatherhide brown with huge floating bits at the bottom of each glass. Foamy tan head disappears quite quickly. Nutty, musty nose has hints of banana and woody barrel aging. Caramelly and toasty as it warms up, slightest hints of sourness and breadiness, more touches of oak. Fluffy mouthfeel. Hints of spice and hops at the tail end. Very low carbonation. Give the barrels some time to grow more goodies on the inside and I think that this beer will blossom to become a masterpiece! Needs some maturation in the bottle as well. I’ll be revisiting this one soon, but the other releases are already bangin’!!!!


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