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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 58
Gots: 78 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:

(Beer added by: putnam on 10-28-2004)
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Photo of cvfish
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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

cvfish, Oct 10, 2009
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.

nomad, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

falconxman, Sep 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

astebelton, Aug 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

bouncepass, Aug 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

UlfAndreas, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

dgeebs07, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

emerge077, Sep 27, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

DCdevyl78, Jan 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jpajpajeff, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

XicanoBeerRun, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Travisnin, Sep 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

pknyc, Sep 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

cosmonick, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

LeeryLeprechaun, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jakewatt135, Jun 03, 2014
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.

granger10, Jan 15, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Jackz29, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

brnavarra, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

NeutroMan, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

beerhast, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

AbbyAlex, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ACY73, Oct 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

mrebeka, Dec 21, 2011
Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.