Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by Swimsum:
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Blend 2, bottled 4/29/2010. Poured into a NB Globe.
Well this is generously carbonated. Takes forever to pour this due to the huge head that forms in the glass. The head is very dense and thick foam. The body is a nice golden copper color. When held to the light it is brilliant gold but hazy. Once head finally begins to recede (to about a 1/4" layer), some lacing is left but not as much as I was expecting.
Fruity nose with some coriander spice to back it up. I can't exactly pick out what fruit smells I'm getting here though. For me it smells pretty much like what I expect a Belgian pale to smell like.
The spice plays a much larger role here than in the smell. While it isn't the coriander that is giving much of the spice it is there. Not sure what the other spice is that is coming through. After the spice, there are some fruity esters that come through (not unpleasant but not great). At times I also get some alcohol taste coming though, not liking that.
Even though the head on this never goes away, I'm not getting a ton of carbonation in the liquid. Medium bodied and when I don't get the alcohol taste, this goes down pretty well.
This is pretty drinkable and went down easily. The spices aren't overkill and the fruitiness balances it nicely. I've only had a couple JP beers but looking forward to trying the ones I haven't had yet. If you're a fan of the style, I'd pick this up.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2011 04:13:20 | More by Swimsum
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: orange gold in color. Thin lingering head.
S: very sour and funky smell. Not going to overwhelm you like some spurs but definitely present. Right on the mark for the style. Good
T: you get the sourness but its too mixed with other tastes. There's some bitterness and citrus fruit as well. I think this beer falls short here compared to excellent sours like Petrus
M: good. Strong carbonation. Helps the tartness.
O: this is an interesting beer and worth a try but the sourness gets lost.
Serving type: on-tap
02-26-2014 00:18:28 | More by kilo_005
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.
A: Beautiful pale yellow with a hint of orange. White fluffy head is composed of tiny creamy bubbles with a few large bubbles trapped in the dense foam. Lacing is beautiful as well and looks like this head is going to last a while, just like I like it.
S: Light fruitiness with a hint of hops and a gentle lactic sourness. A little bit of what I see as oak spiciness and earthiness comes through as well. Although I could also be confusing myself with the light phenolic yeast character that adds some spice to the nose. Regardless, very typical JP aroma, complex, tart and mouth watering.
T: Gentle bitterness and tartness. This brew definitely lets the yeast and oak aging do the talking. Light malt character shines through but hops and funk dominate the palate, which works great and makes for a complex unique brew. Aftertaste is also really great. Almost sweet and is where the malt shines in. Wow, great beer.
M: Dry and almost thin but more towards a medium body. Tartness and nice bitterness carries the beer through and finishes with a great yeast spice and hop bite.
O: A very drinkable, complex, refreshing and overall satisfying beer. Gentle enough to finish a 750 ml no problem and complex enough to fully saver without requiring a 12 % abv monster. This, and most all JP brews, is art in brewing at its finest. Ron Jeffries is a God.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 06:08:20 | More by MarioM
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - bottled 2011
Appearance - Amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, apples, lemons, vinegar, breads/grains
Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, vinegar and lemons. There is also some breads/grains and light hops.
Overall - Really good stuff, like a hybrid between a belgian IPA and a sour. Every beer I've had from this brewer has been a winner so far.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 01:36:04 | More by spinrsx
Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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