Beer 83/365 – Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Purchased at: Jolly Pumpkin Cafe – Ann Arbor

What makes this beer different: Cinnamon Covered Lemons

Will I be drinking this again: Prob not.

Grade: B+

1/30/2010: Picked this one up while visiting the Jolly Pumpkin Cafe back in early January. I got lucky and snagged the last one. Apparently it was a running gag that for years Jolly pumpkin never had a pumpkin ale.

The smell is “barnyard funk”, cinnamon, and lemon. The taste is exactly the same. A lot of lemon flavor with faint hints of cinnamon and pumpkin, but you REALLY have to dig deep for the pumpkin. This has that funky tart/sour flavor that most Jolly Pumpkin beers have. It is a good flavor, just not something I would consider a pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel is medium, kind of fizzy. Again a good brew just for the style it needs a good bit more pumpkin flavor.

Funny Picture of the day: This one is actually a video. Saw it on tosh.0 (actually a pretty funny show on comedy central). Not sure why but when this kid starts eating it cracks me up.

Published in: on January 30, 2010 at 9:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 54 – Jolly Pumpkin Tortuga Ale Co. Chocolate Stout

Style: American Stout

Purchased at: Jolly Pumpkin Cafe

What makes this beer different: Chalky Chocolate Water

Will I be drinking this again: No

Grade: B-

1/01/2010: Started off the new year by doing a brewery tour with the girlfriend through Michgan, and Jolly Pumpkin was my first stop. The only beer I have had from them was the Oro De Calabaza and I loved it, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong by making this the first stop.

Ugh, hopefully the first beer of the year is not a sign of things to come. Don’t let the chocolate milk look fool you, this beer is very watery and lacking of flavor. Had little to no smell, and was very very thin for a stout. Had the consistency of an Irish Dry Stout but even less flavor. Light roast flavor, slight chocolate, and very slight oak flavor. It wasn’t a BAD taste, just not enough of it. It just needed cranked up about 5x more. I don’t need in your face flavors, but this one gave me very little to go on. For what its worth I did sample my girlfriends Noel de Calabaza and that was damn tasty.

Published in: on January 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm  Comments (3)  
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Beer 29 – Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza

Style: Bière de Garde

What makes this beer different: Super sour, but in a good “Sour Patch Kids” kind of way.

Will I be drinking this again: Without a doubt

Grade: A+

12/7/2009: Took a quick visit to babelfish to see what oro de calabaza meant in english, and it translates to “Pumpkin gold.” Good name for this beer because it might be my favorite out of the 29 beers I have tried so far. I know I have a good beer when I am still thinking about it the next day.

At first when you open the beer it honestly smells like overly ripe fruit to the point its almost rotten. First impressions aren’t always accurate though because the taste of this stuff isn’t even close to anything I have ever tried. Sour is without a doubt the first word that comes to mind, but its the kind of sour you want. Similar to when you pop open a bag of sour patch kids (although the flavor isn’t as fruity). The strongest tastes are lemon, malt, and what I describe as a grainy taste. If you run across this beer, GET IT.

Published in: on December 7, 2009 at 8:53 am  Comments (2)  
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