Beer Review: PERENNIAL / JOLLY PUMPKIN LA COSECHA PEACH SOUR

Beer Review: PERENNIAL / JOLLY PUMPKIN LA COSECHA PEACH SOUR

The La Cosecha pours into the saison stemware with a hazy orange to golden hue, accompanied by a modest white foam. While visually appealing, the overall presentation is unremarkable and lacks any distinctive characteristics.

Aroma

The aroma is where La Cosecha initially excels, boasting a captivating nose of ripe peaches. However, this enticing quality is quickly overshadowed by a mishmash of scents including white gummy bear, pineapple, Granny Smith apple, and leafy green plants. The intended house yeast/microbe presence remains elusive.

Taste

Expectations for rich, sweet peach flavors are promptly dashed upon the first sips. The beer is dominated by an overwhelming mouth-puckering sourness, reaching a peak intensity of 7/10, leaving no room for sweetness to balance the acidity. The absence of a complementary non-sour beer blend is noted, which could potentially enhance balance, mouthfeel, and alleviate the excessive acid levels.

Mouthfeel

While an improvement over Perennial’s Funky Wit with Charentais Melon, La Cosecha’s mouthfeel is marred by a touch of chalkiness and minerality, culminating in a stinging finish. Despite the addition of wheat and oats, the anticipated extra body fails to materialize, leaving the overall texture less than satisfying.

Overall

La Cosecha, a collaboration between heavyweights Perennial and Jolly Pumpkin, falls short of the anticipated masterpiece. While technically flawless, the beer lacks the brilliance of peach flavors and fails to showcase any distinctive house yeast characteristics. The absence of leathery tannins or specialty malts further detracts from achieving a well-balanced sour beer. For those enamored with unbridled sourness and content with mild peach notes, La Cosecha may offer a refreshing experience; however, enthusiasts seeking a true juicy peach bomb may find it disappointingly lacking.


Reflection on Beer Reviews

In the broader context of beer reviews, it’s essential to recognize that a critical evaluation serves as a valuable tool for both consumers and producers. Rather than viewing constructive feedback as a detriment, it should be embraced as a form of free quality control. Businesses can leverage critical reviews to identify areas for improvement, ensuring long-term success and customer satisfaction.

As a seasoned beer reviewer since 2008, I understand the delicate balance required in providing detailed and diagnostic critiques. While producers may initially resist critical feedback, it ultimately serves as a catalyst for growth and product enhancement. Sales figures alone do not guarantee sustained success; instead, businesses should heed critical reviews as insightful commentary on product quality.

Moreover, the proliferation of online reviews has become a powerful force in shaping the reputation of breweries. Producers like Hill Farmstead and Tree House owe much of their success to positive online feedback. In this era of instant feedback, businesses should recognize the symbiotic relationship between honest reviews and sustainable growth.

Personal Preferences and Disclaimer

In the interest of transparency, I acknowledge my personal preferences for certain beer styles and characteristics. While these preferences may influence my reviews, it’s crucial to recognize the inherent variability in beer quality, especially from smaller breweries. I invite readers to consider their own palate preferences and exercise discernment when interpreting reviews.

Preferred Styles: Bright IPAs and APAs, Berliner Weisse, Black IPA, dry-hopped blonde sours, Flemish Red, Gose, Grisette, Kölsch, Lambic, Oud Bruin, Pilsner, Rauchbier, Saison, and farmhouse-style variants.

Favorite Commercial Beers: Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbiers, AleSmith Speedway Stout, Allagash Hoppy Table Beer, Beachwood Amalgamator, Bell’s Oarsman, Bell’s Expedition Stout, Birrificio Italiano Tipopils, Cantillon Iris, De Dolle Oerbier Reserva, De la Senne Taras Boulba, Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager, Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale, and many more.

In conclusion, I appreciate your time and encourage mindful reading, understanding that individual preferences and experiences contribute to the rich tapestry of the craft beer landscape. Happy beer hunting!