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RATINGS: 1204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Artisan Golden Ale. Ale aged in oak barrels. Barrel aged & bottle conditioned. Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle. Oro de Calabaza is brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of special golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast. Please enjoy our beers in good health, Cheers and Mahalo plenty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2006
25 oz bottle. Little bit of a gusher when I popped this guy. Poured a deep gold colored body under a constant one finger white head due to lots of vigorous visible carbonation. Aroma is fairly light with pale malt, lots of fruitiness, and a little dry yeasty scent. Nice refreshing flavor of light malt and lots of fruitiness and spicyness. The finish is lightly yeasty, rather dry, with a slightly warming finish. Just the lightest hint of some brett sneaking in on the tail end of the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with very active refreshing carbonation. Very nice beer, not as out there as I was expecting based on alot of recent forum threads concerning JP beers. Either this was a bottle from an early run, or just an extremely good batch. No crazy out-there sour/acidic flavors to speak of. Just a beautifully well crafted product.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
Poured a hazy golden color with strings of bubbles floating up to the large off-white head. The aroma was sweet and fruity. Notes of yeast, spice (maybe clove) and banana. Sweet malty flavor. Light acidity. Touch of fruit. Semi-dry finish. Warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 23, 2006
Pours a cloudy orange with a huge frothy, miringue like head. The aroma is sherberty, with estery yeasty notes of marmalade, lemon rinde, as well as floral hops, and a discerning funky acidity, but it is restrained. The body is light and spritzy with a refreshing level of CO2. The flavors are awefully saison like. Juicy and sweetish from the yeast but the overall affect is dry. The finish has a med. acidity, with little in the way of bitterness but it certainly is dry. Really pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2006 750 ml bottle shared with malachi

malachi and I shared this treat at an impromptu tasting. Having seen it at Steve’s Wine Market, it seemed like a good choice. My first impression upon letting the fumes hit my olfactory senses was wheat, ripe bananas, trodden hay and honeycomb. The liquid itself was a cloudy yellow holding a one-finger head. Upon tasting it, the complex bouquet of bananas, hay, earthiness, caramel, toffee, vanilla and fresh honey combined to form a balanced sweet flavor. The alcoholic content was masked only slightly; careful attention to the aftertaste unmasked it. An excellent choice from a brewery that is fast becoming one of my favorites. Thanks malachi!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (727) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2006
Not as sophisticated as the Roja, but okay in its own right. Pretty complex for a golden ale, but maybe trying too hard to be something special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2006 From Bottle. Turbulent, banana golden pour with an amazingly tall, brilliant white, soapy head. Musty, horseblanket aroma of peach, lemongrass, and white bar soap. A pleasant layer of mild spices and freshly plucked oregano stems add a nice herbal compliment. Light fruity bouquet of peach skins and dried lavendar petals also supplements the nose. Smooth, milky texture, oozing with banana creamsickle and honeysuckle. Gentle lemon pepper spice tickles the tongue, and out comes an earthy dimension of fermented pineapple juice mixed with some pear taffy. Smooth, supple finish of lemon merangue pie filling. Delicious and woody/earthy, maybe some aspen bark that has been sitting moist on the ground for a few short fall days. Marvelous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2006
Very slightly dusty and slightly lightened amber color. Lasting, fizzy off-white head. Earthy sour aroma. Brett gently gracing peppery hops and earthy malt, pineapple LifeSavers. A little fizzy, but that’s okay because its tasty. Lemony grass with some wood, and sour pez. I really like this beer.... its a bit sour for the style (I think), but given that, it has perfect sourness, perfectly balanced with sweetness and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2765) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2006
Pours a large white head, firm, good retention also. Lacing is patchy, lasting. Hazy gold body with a slight glow to it. Peppery, spicey nose, touch of citrus, lightly malty. Body is med/light, carbonation is prickly, lightly oily on the palate. Spicey dry maltiness, notes of black pepper, citrus and a light woodiness. Fruity notes of apple, peaches with some light vinous notes creeping around. Dry, spicey finish. JP delivers once again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2006
Cloudy orange pour with an expansive foam head subsides to offer a nose of spice and citrus. Palate is medium heavy with a fair amout of carbonation. Flavor is a mix between a white and a saison with a definite farmy, musty character dominating tones of spice. Good, interesting, and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
desurfer (1272) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2006
Heads up; my bottle was a moderate gusher. Pours a nearly opaque straw gold with a big, pillowy white head. Aroma is very pungent; tart and sour with some wild funkiness coming through. Flavor is quite sour like a gueuze, but with none of the mustiness that typically accompanies such flavors. There’s a definite oak background, but none of that bourbon crap that is so popular right now. Notes of ripe fruit and maybe some earthy cheese (or a flavor that would pair well with such). Hops are there, but not very prominent. Body is thin and highly carbonated. More sourness in the dry, puckering finish. This is absolutely fantastic!

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