An Amusing Case of Identity Crisis
A Review of Oro De Calabaza by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Posted on 4/19/2011 by Chops
                   
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I've heard a lot of great things about the Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, but I had never had one of their beers until today. I met a friend for lunch at Wholefoods, which meant I got to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes: cold new random beer. It's an easy game to play and the rules are simple: go to fridge, find new beer, purchase beer, drink beer. Plus, Wholefoods tends to turn over their beer selection pretty regularly, so there's always something in their refrigerator that I haven't had yet. And today, I was really excited to see a Jolly Pumpkin.

First off, I have absolutely no idea how to properly review this beer. I can best summarize what I mean by transcribing the conversation between my tongue and brain while I was drinking it.

TONGUE: Ah, so you are going with wine today.
BRAIN: What? No, this is a beer. A really tasty beer.
TONGUE: No, this is a wine. I've had wine. I know wine when I taste it.
BRAIN: Sorry dude, it's a beer. The bottle says so.
TONGUE: Are you sure you are looking at the right bottle?
BRAIN: Of course. Oro de Calabaza oak aged golden ale.
TONGUE: But you do know your glass is filled with chardonnay, right?
BRAIN: No, trust me, it's beer.
TONGUE: I think not, you must have picked up someone else's cup.
BRAIN: No, the open bottle is sitting right here in front of us.
TONGUE: So where'd the chardonnay come from?
BRAIN: Dammit tongue, I saw the whole thing, bottle to cup!
HAND: It's true, I helped.
TONGUE: You're all liars! Am I being punk'd or something?

So there you have it, I spent the first half of the beer just trying to figure out what that annoyingly familiar taste was. Seriously, this beer tastes like a carbonated chardonnay. But the thing is, it's really good. I would definitely buy this again and happily drink it. It's absolutely wonderful as a spring time brew and is quite light and airy, despite its hefty 8% ABV. I would definitely recommend this to beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike. This is hands down the most delightfully bizarre brew I've had in months. I am really looking forward to trying the rest of the Jolly Pumpkin line.

So in rating this beer, I'm just going to go with my own personal tastes. This beer is so unique that I have absolutely no basis for comparison.

Quick note to maliadore: considering your vast knowledge of wine, I would love to hear what you have to say about this beer. Fingers crossed that you can find it out your way.

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