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RATINGS: 1250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

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4.5
DocLock (11025) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. Pours hazy dark straw with a huge off-white head and hop and yeast floaties (green and brown both floating). Aroma of malt, some hopcit, Brett, barnyard, spice. Tastes malty, with solid citrus and fruit, also spice, Brett, candi sugar, and bell pepper. Very smooth, complex, dense palate. Again, in a blind taste test, I think 99% of people would say this came from Belgium. Gets better as you drink it. JP is one of the best new brewers I’ve had in 2005.

3.9
TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to wohlfs for this! hazed amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is spices, candy sugar, yeast, flowers and fruits(banana and melon, mainly). Taste is sweet and spicy with more candy sugar, fruits, light floral notes, yeast and some light earthy notes. Body is fully carbonated and overal very smooth. Light tingling to this. Finishes with more fruit and candy sugar with light spices and yeastiness. An odd bitterness towrd the end that I can’t quite place. Sort of woody and covered in over-ripe fruits. Nice beer, nonetheless.

3.7
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Small white head. Aroma is spicy, oranges, other fruits and spices combine to be very pleasent. Flavor is very sweet. Bananas, sugar, and spices, very complex, a little woody, VERY tasty! Thanks to BBB63 For this one!

4.2
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Deep amber hue with initial huge frothy head which settles into a small but forever lasting foam and outstanding lace. The aroma has notes of white grape, plum, starfruit, pear (yes a lot of fruit esters), oaky and clean cut wood, bubblegum and dusty yeast esters and sublime corriander and pepper. The taste has that Belgium candi sweetness upfront but this beer shows undertones of bitter, spice, and oak upon the finish and good depth of palate. The feel is lively and refreshing....way too initially refreshing as I nearly drank the whole thing before I could rate it! The spices and oak can become too much as you finish the bottle however. Take your time and renew the palate in midstream. Wow, what a wonderful brew and a work of art! Sort of a saison, witbier, old ale hybrid...so calling it a Biere de garde works for me. Very RECOMMENDED!!

4
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 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.

4.2
plaztikjezuz (4) - USA - FEB 11, 2005 does not count
This is my first Jolly Pumpkin beer and i really like it. Pours a brillent golden color with a 1" pillowy white head. the aroma is very belgian with sulphur spice and alochol. the flavor is malty with spice and alochol. man this is a great beer.

4.1
rajendra82 (1103) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Received as part of a trade from CRJMellor, the 750 ml brown bomber was handsome, with a colorful artistic label. When poured into a tulip, the body was golden orange and cloudy, and was capped with a decent sized head leaving sticky spotty lace. The smell was semi tropical in the vein of bananas, apricots, peaches, and fresh tilled earth. The taste was rustic and earthy with peppery spiciness blending nicely with the malt that tasted like buttered French bread. There were also delicate lemony sour notes imparted by the yeast. The mouthfeel was creamy and full, with a dry hoppy and woody aftertaste. Well crafted domestic beer that clearly highlights the old world origins of the style.

4.5
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2005
750 ml bottle gorged on rapturously with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere. Cloudy amber with lots of yeasty flecks, small-medium lasting head...sweet, spicy orange-creme (Creamsicle!) nose, vanilla and milky, yum...sublime earthy-sweet balance of flavors, probably the oakiest and most vanilla-touched of the JPs, bits of light oregano, and the signature velvety-soft, creamy impossibly wonderful mouthfeel. A masterpiece.

4.5
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 The Lure:
A cloudy golden gown serves as the vessel for citrus fruit, flowers, doughy yeast, and that perfectly-hinted wild barrel touch seemingly endemic to Jolly Pumpkin.

The Festivities:
Sweet alcohol is diffused through the splendidly dignified malt soil. Oranges, coriander milkiness, flowers, white wine fruitiness, snappy tartness and a hop bitter ending are amazingly well-blended in this perfect mouthfeel. It seems more recent batches (with the square label are even classier, if that’s possible.

Transcendence:
The shining beacon of true gold is always a wonder to behold.

4.4
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
Complex aroma contains notes of cork, cedar, orange vanilla, coriander and a light, lactic, sweaty, barnyard sourness. Hazy burnished copper with decent, white, fine-bubbled head that recedes to lasting cover with some fine lacing. Flavour is also complex and marries better than the aroma - earthy, barnyard, tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, balsamic vinegar and a peppery spiciness. Engaging fine-bubbled carbonation and soft rounded malty texture. Heavenly. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.


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