5.9% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Hazy orange-amber, thin white head that hangs around.
Aroma: Overwhelmingly funky and sour, lightly spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves) and chocolatey.
Taste: Sour tartness dominates earthy notes of pumpkin and hops as well as mild spiciness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, amply carbonated, crisp, dry and acidic finish.
There used to be a joke about how the brewery with “Pumpkin” in its name didn’t even make a pumpkin beer, but all that changed a couple years ago when Jolly Pumpkin unveiled La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale, a game-changer as far as the style goes. It’s not really for people who are expecting a beer loaded up with traditional pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, but for those who enjoy a more restrained dose along with a healthy wallop of the sour funkiness Jolly Pumpkin is known for. It’s definitely my No. 1 pumpkin beer.