Oro De Calabaza means ‘Pumpkin Gold,’ and true to its name, it is golden orange in color, with a lusciously large foamy, sticky head. On the nose, look for notes of lemon zest, raw, tart and sour grapefruit juice notes, woodsy fallen leaves, oranges, perfumy alcohol, faint notes of leather, phenols and spice (think ginger). What jumps out most prominently is the slightly funky “tartness” from the wild yeasts—giving the traditional barnyard or horse blanket character that should be present in a beer brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of farmhouse-style ales. Here’s what you need to do: for your first sip, let the beer sit in the mouth for a moment, then swallow, and wait… and wait… and wait… notice something? The flavors are still going… This is one complex beer! Notice how the beer tickles the throat as it goes down, both from the high carbonation, and the prickly levels of spice and hop character. Expect sharply tart flavors upfront, fading to an orange-peel-like bitterness, with pithy lemon and orange notes, distinct notes of lemon juice, and heaps of white pepper. Look for notes of champagne and leather (sounds like our last trip to Vegas!), pineapple, coriander, with a bitterness that grips at the back of the tongue and throat. There’s a remarkable interplay between sour and bitter—often, that’s a combination that fails miserably, but it’s amazingly palatable here and the mix of the two is one of the hallmark features of the Jolly Pumpkin beers. At full warmth, champagne-like dryness blossoms more fully, with notes of grape skins, fennel spice, and mandarin oranges. The champagne impression comes from the combination of carbonation and the flavors imparted by this beer’s aging in used chardonnay casks. This beer is so robust and flavorful, it’s hard to imagine a meal that would enhance it, but lobster claw with lemon juice and drawn butter provides a rather nice accompaniment.