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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
90
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788 Ratings
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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 59
Gots: 71 | FT: 7
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
June

(Beer added by: putnam on 10-28-2004)
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Reviews by abankovich:
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abankovich

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

Very rich, deep amber color with an intensely thick head that clings and sticks like crazy.

Very floral, citrus, earthy aroma with a definite breadiness as well. I'm getting slight alcohol notes as well as some toasted scents. Definitely a lot of spiciness as well. Overall very complex in the nose.

Wow this is a unique and complex beer. I don't know where to start. Up front there is a wave of spiciness (coriander) and flavor. Across the middle all of these seems to drop out instantly to a void of bitterness and dryness. Then sweet, toasted malts are left on the back end. The alcohol does come through a little more than I'd like, but it isn't overpowering, just noticeable.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with some decent carbonation that comes into play. The drinkability isn't too high on this for me, just because a 750ml of this stuff would be more than enough in one night.

06-20-2008 02:35:07 | More by abankovich
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thelagerheads

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +21.3%

Omigod Ommegang! This reminds me of the Three Philosophers but with an elevated alcohol content and spice feelers I soon forget about that unfortunate wine-beer and direct myself towards the spiritual. Of ascending church steeples and descending bodies in genuflecting waves going up-down up-down. Some bedraggled saint has his face pressed against the stain glass crying knowing that the earth will never suffer as it has sewn. And so being a lit fool is said to be the worst way to review a beer but I disagree. As one should write as close to unconsciousness as is possible to write in a dream-state so should he think about spirits. Ghosts and yeasty succulence flitter away. So comes bliss.

08-11-2006 17:47:49 | More by thelagerheads
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured a slight hazed honey color with a huge blossoming white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it slowly settled,aromas of honey malt and big coriander tones with a hint of orange.First off the beer seemed a bit overcarbonated and was hard going down at first somewhat prickly in the mouth as well,nice flavors not overly big on the phenolic yeastiness that I dont care for much honey sweetness with some black pepper spice with a lighter apple flavor in the finish.A bit raw for sure but a pretty good beer to be had.

05-03-2006 23:01:23 | More by oberon
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-20-2013 20:53:50 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Enjoyed on tap at Jolly Pumpkin's pub in Ann Arbor. Sunburst orange with a faint translucency apparent throughout this mostly cloudy and hazy brew. The off-white head is pretty frothy and creamy looking; it recedes quickly, but can be easily conjured back up by swirling the glass a little bit. Moderate, temporary lace spots top off the glass.

I love the nose on this one - it's got a good amount of that signature Jolly Pumpkin barrel aged funk. Plenty of oak, musty cheesecloth funk, and a bit of wet hay. What really piques my interest, though, is the heavy amount of orange zest and coriander, coupled with a mild vanilla aroma and a hint of malty sweetness that really sends off triggers inside my head saying "Orange Creamsicle!" Seriously, this thing smells like a mildly musky and funky creamsicle.

The first sip introduces quite a bit more spices than were really appreciated on the nose; white pepper, heavy coriander, and a bunch of herbal hoppage, front to back. Much like the aroma, the orange/citrus zest and coriander are giving me the big-time creamsicle feel and I'm absolutely loving it. It's undeniably Belgian and undoubtedly tasty.

Mild lemon rind, funky cheese, wet, corky hay, and a great bit of dry oak round out the flavor profile and cruise into the bone-dry finish. A little astringent on the back-end, but everyone who's familiar with Jolly Pumpkin's work will expect that palate-scraping, dry and somewhat astringent finish. It may come off as harsh to some, but I think it works great for the style.

Another winner from Jolly Pumpkin. Maybe I'm a homer and possibly just a bit biased since I'm from Michigan and we (presently) don't have an abundance of farmhouse style brewers, but Jolly Pumpkin knows how to work those Belgian style ales extremely well. I think this beer is totally underrated; a super refreshing ale that would go great with a muggy, late-summer evening.

07-03-2013 11:17:24 | More by tectactoe
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MadScientist

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

03-02-2014 23:20:21 | More by MadScientist
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CavemanRamblin

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

07-14-2014 17:46:42 | More by CavemanRamblin
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%

Batch 1117 Bottled 8-13-2012 Luciernaga The Firefly, 6.5% alcohol Belgian Pale Ale. Thanks to Amanda at the local Cork and Keg for the find in Florida. A beautiful display of bottling by JPAA as usuall with a glowing fairy-like mast of a ship.

A- Like in the name firefly is excellent in explaining the burnt glow of the orange hue made by this brew. Light frothy head that seems to have some slight lacing on the pint glass used for this one... yes a pint... i've had a few of these JPAA in my time.

S- First to come to mind is the musky cellar notes of stag air with no circulation. Followed by a fruity mix of citrus and sharp hops tingling the nose.

T-M- The taste brings on the goodness of this one with fresh lemon and orange peels upfront followed by a tangy almost tart yeasty bite. Aftermath flavors include hint of unripe white grapes and earthy notes. Mouthfeel is easy and lightly carbonated with little to sway you from drinking this as a session but... the price is not right.

All and all a excellent beer from one of my favorite us made Belgian style brewers and I feel it gets the job done with the Belgian Pale Ale style.

03-14-2013 02:03:32 | More by wesbrownyeah
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -1%

02-24-2014 01:06:43 | More by tbryan5
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wrycon

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Batch 791/79? Bottled 5-11-20?? (right end of the label is smudged off)

Quite pretty - a lighter golden amber. Smells very tart, very yeasty, with some citrus. A bitter tartness hits initially, which you expect to turn sweet, but the acidity kicks up another notch. Then the funk presents itself, rounding the back end and making it really interesting. The final taste is bitter. Good, complex stuff.

Like it? Sure Do

11-07-2011 01:58:51 | More by wrycon
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Bright orange pour with a thick, fluffy two finger head and some yeasties in suspension. Nice sticky lacing. Fresh spicy, citric coriander, tropical fruitiness and earthy yeast. Woody, musty floral bouqet and orange peel. Good show.

Crisp fruity flavors of citrus and apple along with some spicy coriander. Woody, earthy yeast notes wash over the back of the palate on the way down. Herbal hop bitterness makes itself known as well. Light and refreshing with a twang of peppery spiciness. A nice mix of flavors that makes for a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with strong carbonation that rushes across the tongue. The malt character is light and it could use a bit more..however it's a minor complaint. It's warm and sunny here, a perfect match for The Firefly. I could drink this all day. I look forward to trying more Jolly Pumpkin brews...thanks to marburg for the opportunity here.

04-17-2005 18:01:18 | More by orbitalr0x
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

05-03-2014 00:17:23 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Hazy dark orange color with a thick, sticky white head. The head was like meringue. It had a spicy, flowery aroma. Taste was upfront spice, then it became a little sweet, then a tiny hop taste at the end. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

09-30-2007 15:29:03 | More by lordofthewiens
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

03-21-2014 19:05:31 | More by DaftPatrick
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

09-06-2012 22:01:53 | More by heddar33
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warnerry

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Notes from 6/21/10; Blend 3 bottled 4/28/10

Pours a cloudy golden color with two fingers of head, leaving thick lacing behind.

Smell is nice but somewhat subtle. Light nose with coriander and sour notes.

Nice persistent hoppiness in the taste with a lot of earthiness as well.

High carbonation with light to medium mouthfeel Some earthiness lingers on the tongue; pretty dry.

High drinkability, though the earthy bitterness can be a bit much after awhile.

02-18-2011 02:57:35 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy, muddy amber with a monster fluffy white head that sticks around and laces the glass.

The aroma is musty yeast, some grains, wood and spices and a little fruit in the background.

The flavor is some slightly tart and acidic fruits and a hint of spices leading to a noticeable, lightly bitter hop finish. It has a very dry lingering aftertaste that I can't quite identify. The mouthfeel is medium with tons of bubbly carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. It's not as sour as JP's other brews. It's easy drinking, but the aftertaste doesn't quite jive with me.

08-17-2007 06:26:25 | More by Beaver13
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VernonKell

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-15-2012 22:07:06 | More by VernonKell
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4/5  rDev -1%

07-30-2013 14:25:41 | More by Dbrulet
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours into a goblet a hazy, rusty orange body topped by a large and billowing head that is offwhite to beige. Retention is excellent and lacing is in abundant sheets.

Aroma is very floral, a plethora of herbal, fruit, and flower blossoms. Some toasty grain adds to the allure. White pepper and coriander front a heady aroma of spices. Bretts lend a wild, earthy, and pastoral aspect to the complex bouquet.

Lovely mouthfeel is effervescent and well carbonated to the point of being velvety. Body is light medium. This just feels wonderful to swirl on the palate.

Taste id dominated by herbal hops which provide a clean and dry bitterness. A bit of toasty grain seems understated but works well here. Sour white grapes, woody oak, mint, and coriander add to the complexity. Reminds me of a well crafted Saisson. Excellent all around!

Another delightful artisan ale from the Jolly Pumpkin folks. Complex and intriguing, a sheer delight to enjoy. Highly recommended.

09-07-2006 13:07:15 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Is it just me, or do others seem to have carbonation issues with every bottle from Jolly Pumpkin? Yup - another gusher...after a few HUGE head pours and more foaming from the bottle, this one settled down perhaps 45 mins after being opened...so it ends up looking medium apricot, semi cloudy, long lasting and wild looking tan head, plenty of eccentric lacing and a nice floral, yeasty nose. Yummy, yeasty brew, the expected coriander, medium spicing and fruity notes. Quite drinkable, complex and well worth trying this one, just try to get a fresh and well cared for bottle, from a store you trust and good luck to you...

04-22-2008 02:12:40 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle at our recent sour tasting.

Batch 387/388. The beer pours a clear medium-dark orange color with a large cream-colored head. The aroma is oranges, yeast, pineapple, mango and some tartness. The flavor is citrus fruit with some yeast and low-medium tartness. There are also some spices similar to white pepper. There is a little funk as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-31-2010 18:17:23 | More by Mora2000
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-29-2012 23:02:22 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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ryancl

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

09-17-2012 16:32:53 | More by ryancl
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

I got this at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours a hazy amber/orange with an absolutely HUGE rocky, off-white head of foam. The head falls to a nice coating and a big ring, with great lacing. Looks highly effervescent.

Aroma is Belgian funky, but light; kind of like Duvel or Leffe. Next I pick up spices, like coriander and something I can't identify. A little yeasty, too, some Noble type hops, and maybe some citrus from wheat? Anyway, smells great.

Flavor is clean pilsner malt, slight caramel, yeast, and pretty damn spicy; very pleasant. Some fruits like golden raisins or dried pears. Some barnyard, but not much, decent level of bitterness. Caramel-y, but crisp and dry. This beer is different. Aftertaste is long, spicy, and interesting. Very complex brew.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with a very high level of carbonation. Finish is almost chalky dry, but pleasant.

This beer is wonderfully spicy, hoppy, and intriguing. It has Belgian funky shit going on, it's fruity, yeasty, dry, crisp, and very well made. Highly recommended.

12-19-2005 16:56:52 | More by jakester
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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.