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Bomber of the Week: Oro de Calabaza by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
February 6, 2015
I hadn’t realized it until earlier this week, but my beer consumption has significantly decreased over the past few months. There are several reasons to which I can attribute this gradual change, but it also drew me to the conclusion that if I will be imbibing less frequently when I do choose to have a pint it had better be a good one. This was all the incentive needed to pull something out of the bomber collection that had been aging ever so patiently since 2013. This is one that, while relatively easy to find, seemed like a beer that was best reserved for a more deserving time. Having finished my more difficult homework for the week and having a surprising amount of remaining free time in my evening I decided the time was right to try the Oro de Calabaza.
On pouring this brew in a freshly chilled pint glass, the rich golden hue and thick head were on par with what one would expect from a Belgian style ale of good caliber. It was clear that this bottle had been allowed to mature as the aroma of oak was front and center from the moment the cap was popped. After giving the pint a chance to settle the bready notes from the yeast and lemony aroma of the hops peaked past the omnipresent oak to foreshadow the taste to come.
Tasting Oro de Calabaza, it is clear that this is made to compete with the best of the Bier de Garde offerings available. There is a distinct sourness of the Belgian style marries well with the buttery oak flavor towards the back of the pallet. Accompanying this ballet of sour and savory is a distinct citrus overtone from the hops that is just present enough to be enjoyed. While many beers in this category are often weighed down by the overly heavy mouth feel that comes from Belgian yeasts, this golden ale is surprisingly light and crisp by comparison.
The decision to raid the aging shelf turned out to be the highlight of my week. This well-conditioned golden ale is complex without letting any one facet overpower the others. If you’ve never had a beer from Jolly Pumpkin I strongly recommend picking up a bomber of Oro de Calabaza and find out why this was worth the wait.
Brew Ratings: (Listed on a scale of 1-5 penguins: 1=lightest 5=strongest. Why penguins? Because 'Merica, that's why)