La Roja – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI, USA)

La Roja (Amber Ale aged in oak barrels, Blend 2,2009) – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, 7.2% ABV – 1 PT 9.4 fl.oz., (Dexter, Michigan, USA)

On the side label:

“La Roja, an artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months. Truly an ale of grace and distinction.”

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: drinks like a smoother lambic/kriek!
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: ~$10, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark brown-orange with a small creamy-foamy head, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Sour cherries on the nose. Holy crap! A burst of of sour cherries up front, mild barnyard, transitions into caramel, oak, plum, with a woody finish. Med-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, good carry, very nice drinkabililty. Good variety of flavours ranging from sour to sweet to woody to spice.