STYLE: Wild Ale
APPEARANCE: Hazy and beautiful coloring…somewhere between orange and raspberry red.
HEAD: Nice, foamy, off-white head. Fades slowly.
LACING: Sporadic, but VERY sticky. Once it was laid down, it stuck to the glass like concrete.
NOSE: Full disclosure…I actually thought La Roja was a Dubbel for some reason (I’m an idiot). BA has it listed as a Wild Ale, but it smells and tastes, for all the world, like a Flemish Sour. There’s a subtle and sweet aroma of candy apple that serves as the foundation. On top of that is a sharp, sour cherry tang. And punctuating everything like a jazz flute is the bold aroma of funky, musty, wild yeast.
TASTE: The La Roja has a somewhat jarring taste. The nose is bold and upon first sip, it seems like that aggressive aroma will be well-matched by the taste. Instead there’s an initial flavor of sweetness and burnt sugar which is quickly washed away by a muted sourness and a dry, earthy finish. You rarely find a beer with such a disparity between the nose and the taste in terms of “power”. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing…just a bit disconcerting.
MOUTHFEEL: Somewhat thin-bodied with excellent carbonation
DRINKABILITY: I enjoy sour beers so I found the La Roja to be quite drinkable. The Prof and I had no problem crushing the bomber we were served. Still, I doubt we would have rushed to order another. I like Jolly Pumpkin a lot, but this wasn’t my favorite. The Oro de Calabaza is still their most sessiony brew.
RATING: 3 Hops