Tuesday, November 15, 2011
BEER: JOLLY PUMPKIN "La Roja" Artisan Amber Ale
WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT? (suggestive) WHOOOOOOOA A WHOOOOOOOOA WHOOOOOA WHOOOOOOOO-OOOOOOOOA
As a huge fan of sour ales, I was super excited to get my three hands on this thing (I was so excited I grew a new hand) as Jolly Pumpkin are well regarded in the US.
Not a lot of head.
Staggeringly beautiful sour, fruity nose. Almost candylike.
Carbonation is also low in the body, letting the sour nectar glide around the mouth. It’s a robust sourness, probably a result of the barrel ageing. So hard to pin down the flavours. It’s as much green apple as it is strawberry as it is plum. Nothing is overly musty like a lot of other sour beers.
After a while (it’s a 750ml bottle) it loses a bit of it’s excitement as the oak overpowers, unlike one of the better Rodenbachs (grand cru or vintage) or the Liefmans Goudenband would. Still, an excellent, complex drop.