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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 64
Gots: 92 | FT: 8
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: putnam on 10-28-2004

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Ratings: 872 | Reviews: 378
Photo of Phatz
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the opportunity to share this beer with phnphilly tonight and we discussed splitting a case. WOW!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a moderate white head that remains a cap before disappearing.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty. Even through my cold, I can smell the barnyard funk and the Brettanomyces is certainly there. A bit of granny smith apple.

Taste: Very sour apple and oak. Tart and divine. That Jolly pumpkin Brettanomyces is evident in all there beers and this is no exception. There is a bit of candied malts but then it tends towards the sour side, leaving the mouth just bit of a pucker and a dry tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light but lively on the palate with a combination of spices and yeast flavors pinching and poking at the taste buds, smooth sensation though and a lightly astringent finish.

Drinkability: Exceptional. I love sour beers. This one is just sour enough, but so sour as to reduce the drinkability. I defiantly need more of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of hhollins11
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of jscheuf
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Bobikel
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the 750ml bottle -
Poured into a .5 litre goblet

Appearance - Even with a fairly gentile pour, a massive two and a half inches of tightly packed foam arises. A few streams of bubbles can be seen throught the hazy golden liquid. Blond highlights around the outsides make for a fairly appealing body, while the head leaves gobs of lace over the course of its slow recession.

Smell - A little bready maltiness is quickly overpowered by a dry and earthy hoppiness. This is accentuated by a light funk, as all jolly pumpkin ales are, conjuring bits of green apple, pepper, and a slight grassyness.

Taste - A fairly explosive bitterness fills the mouth right away. Malt sweetness in the center of the tongue is slowly supplanted by a very mild sourness. The hops remain pervasive throughout, well after the swallow, still clinging on to the sides of the tongue. A very interesting progression of flavors that, ultimately, create a nice balance between the sweet, sour, and bitter.

Mouthfeel - A tight prickly carbonation dances across the tongue. Smooth and a little slick through the mouth, and a touch thin.

Drinkability - A very approachable ale, that is as complex as it is drinkable.

Photo of nomad
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I could tilt to pour my nose was down the neck of the champagne bottle, eager for a whiff. Ooh... a glorious light copper beer with a healthy head retained surprisingly well. Sat still with thick fingers of lace stringing around the glass.

Smells of fresh and sweet dough, mint, and soft herbs like fresh cut rosemary. The grains of paradise are light and deftly integrated into the strong sense of floral and herbal hops. An almost lemon-like backdrop supports the artisanal onslaught which opens to notes of cream and honey.

First sips reveal a drying beer with floral complexity and herbal bite, undergirded by a light buttery tone. Is it a hoppy beer? For a Belgian, possibly, though the hop sense is superbly melded to the malt, as are the coriander and grains of paradise, two ingredients that quietly pepper the brew with complexity but does so without overt recognition. With time a restrained and elegant sweetness shined, with a sleekness that screamed Belgian pale malts with a touch of cara. This body is fully understated and really needs some applause for so quietly supporting the hops and spices. The herbal complexity lingered through a long finish. Mouthfeel is round, moderately full, and smoothly plush.

Get it now, get it fresh, because I feel the fresh hop and grain symphony make this beer so interesting now. It could age well, though it is stellar already. From a sleepy little town in Michigan, straight from oak barrels.

Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once opened, a heady floral & citrus bouquet wafts out. A moderate amount of foam results from a careful pour. This isn't as charged up with carbonation as the Bam.

Smells excellent. Pear, citrus, berries, oak, and a mild funk make for a truly intoxicating mix. Body is a hazy amber-orange, with tiny ascending streams of bubbles. Foam settles to a film that rings the glass.

First sip is fairly complex, my first thought is of the Bam Biére I had yesterday. Definitely a similar yeast, but that's about it. Tangy citrus is bolstered by a wave of fruity hops, though not to an overpowering degree. Oak is barely present in the aftertaste. At cellar temp., it becomes smoother, flavors are more melded together, with a slight warming alcohol presence. Finish is fairly dry.

One 750 bottle was enough for me...a Bam would make a nice sidecar though.

Oh, and a gorgeous label with original artwork to boot. The text makes no claims of "style", other than "ale brewed with spices". Truly unique brewing right here.

Photo of bwyker
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip, at about 48 F.

Appearance, grimy golden amber with bits of yeasty funk. A geyser of cashew colored foam poured out of the bottle upon opening. Left a huge head of very active foam. Slowly settled to a nice lining around the glass. Smells of wood and bugs (Brett?), with subtle cherry notes. Flavor matches the nose, with more force. Earthy vanilla hints and light candy sugar at the start with a smoothed cherry sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel was light bodied with a slightly sour finish. Drinkablility was high. Russian River –tion like. Enjoyed tremendously, yet it requires slow appreciation.

Photo of cvfish
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a cloudy golden color that produced a giant fluffy white head that great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were right on with the herbs and spices, and then the fruity sourness that took over

T - The taste of this beer was quite interesting, pale malts, spices and herbs, and a moderate amount of sour apple that finished this beer off

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer was very good, this is how I like Sours, a mix of two beers, where the sour is not overwhelming, but moderate and tasty

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was by far the best JP experience I have had. Definitely not a sour bottle here. Pour has a golden peach brillance to it with a bit of haziness. Head is medium in size with good retention. Nice amount of lacing along the glass.

Nose is of pale wheat grains and peppery spices. There seems to be some hops the warmer it gets as well. The definitely a rubbing alcohol element as this beer nears room temp.

Lots of flavor here. It's really an nice effervescent Belgian. Juicy hops mix in with dry grains and tons of variations from the spices. I can't really put all the spices in order but there's definitely coriander and I'm getting straight pepper (but i dont really know my spices too well). There an underlying sweetness to this beer that isn't noticeable upfront but is really nice in its subtleness.

The body is really smooth and somewhat thick without being overbearing. There's an alcohol kick in the finish and a warmth in my belly.

Even with the noticeable alcohol flavor this is dangerously quaffable. The flavors are so alive here and work so well together. I couldn't see how aging would help this beer here. I needs to be drank asap. Really enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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