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RATINGS: 1252   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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3.9
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Hazy but bright golden with a decent frothy white head, The flavor is light to medium bourbon some sweet (banana?) . Flavor is quite nice. Good (typical? for JP) bourbon alcohol flavor, plus a good amount of sweetness plus some yeastiness. Tons of fruitness, pineapple, apricot etc... Full soft palate with a light alcohol burn towards the end. I am liking these Jolly Pumpkin beers.

3.9
hotstuff (5270) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
750ml. Barrel aged and bottle conditioned. Large fizzy white head, fair lacing, fast rising carbonation, cloudy, and a dark yellow hue. Aroma was malty, hoppy, fruity, and spicy. Malty, hoppy and spicy flavor. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Definitely worth a try!

4.5
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 Rerate 3/20/06: Wow, I had this over the weekend and I must say that I have a completely different take on this beer. First it exploded out of the bottle. Super lively pouring forth. The nose was absolutely wonderful. Perhaps one of the best noses I’ve smelled. A tart apple, bitter, musty, horse blanket nose. Wonderful. I would get this beer again just to smell it. The flavor is nicely balanced with a strong sour taste up front and then it rounds out with a great sweet finish. Very light. White pepper, spices, sugar cookie, bread.

Distilled orange color. Sweet and spicey flavors with a thicky, near syrupy mouthfeel. Some citrus, grass hops in the end. The front end dough, cookie, bread flavors really dominate.

4.1
JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Cloudy with plenty floaties and billowy head. Spices in the nose as well as a light grassy hop aroma, hints of oak and yeast. First taste was like that flaming banana dessert, followed with a spicy hops rush. Very complex and rewarding. To think that, as these barrels are matured, the taste will gain in sourness, attitude, and complexity is reason enough to keep your eye on Jolly Pumpkin. This is an excellent beer that will continue to get better upon each batch!

3.7
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Orangey hue; thin head, but tight bubbles. Huge nose: earth, tea, flowers, and a little funk. Curiously strange. Fluffy, soft texture; very smooth. Nice and complementing balance of sweet, bitter and sour. Had some curious elements similar to that of a Heather Ale.

3.8
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Copper. Provocative, spicy and peppery aroma with a huge dose of perfume and scents of vanilla, peaches, tangerines, flowers and herbs. Strange, fruity, complex flavor profile. Several notes of flowers, hops, pepper, light fruits and dryness and perhaps a hint of sauvignon blanc wine. A tasty beer for sure.

4.2
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Copper color with fluffy head. Aromas of malt, banana, esters, candy sugar and coriander. Taste is light, smooth brown sugar, caramel, bubble gum and pepper. Good stuff..

4
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Nice murky yellow witha small head, good lacing. Aroma is very floral and alcoholic, sweet and strong. There are flowers in this for sure. Full malty mouthfeel. Floral hoppy taste. Alcohol is there, subtly. A very strange beer, but quite good.

3.6
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Thanks to bleen for this one.
Opaque golden color with a small white head, this brew is pretty tasty. It’s has some tang on the roof of your mouth, but its creamy tongue feel and slightly sweet finish make it very enjoyable. There’s definitely some fruitiness in the flavor.

3.4
Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Interesting cloudy (opaque) peach-colored body topped by a thin off-white head. This is one of the densest beers I’ve tried in awhile, hitting the palate with banana and clove notes, opening up to reveal heavy spicing and phenols. After the initial yeast flavors orange peel and lemons create a sharp tanginess and a temporary saltiness. The sum effect is a thick apple or pear cider (not the alcoholic type but the kind you pick up at your local orchard). The oak becomes apparent on the finish. There’s so much going on that the beer becomes a bit too "busy" to fully appreciate.


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