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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
90
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824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 59
Gots: 79 | 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:
June

(Beer added by: putnam on 10-28-2004)
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1.75/5  rDev -56.7%

mikemck1981, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of vette2006c5r
1.79/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

The Firefly pours a hazy amber color with a huge lacing and fluffy head. There is a strong spicy aroma with strong hints of Belgian Candies. Taste is the same strong, lots of spices, and lots of Belgian candy flavors but a mess with the sweetness, way way way too sweet. Nice carbonation, good body, but so sweet. Overall I found it one of the worst beers I have ever consumed (or tried to consumed for that matter). I am rather convinced I must have picked up a bad bottle.

vette2006c5r, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of mportnoy
2/5  rDev -50.5%

mportnoy, Jan 02, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

SIEVS, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of shbobdb
2.28/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eeeewww.


Not a very good beer, not a very good beer at all. I'm OK with using funky microorganisms, but I draw the line at awkward uses of spice and this beer has a lot of it.

The Belgians learned long ago that, aside from fruit, it was very difficult to find anything that would compliment bugs. Sure, there are breweries like De Proef that are breaking that mold . . .

But I know De Proef. De Proef is a friend of mine, and you Jolly Pumpkin, are no De Proef.

The beer starts with a blast of corriander, which is gross. And is followed by muted golden ale tastes (a little bit of grain, a little bit of yeast esters, but nothing too out-of-the-ordinary), followed by the unholy union of 'spicy pepper' and 'vinegar'.

I'm all for micororganisms, but that much acetobacter can only mean a poorly managed brewhouse. Come on JP, I know you want to be traditional, but letting acetobacter get out of control *isn't* traditional, it is a product of American X-TREME beer lovers . . . that's what this beer is. It is X-TREME BUGS!!!

I'll take a well crafted lambic, or anything from De Proef, thank-you-very-much.

shbobdb, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
2.48/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dirty looking auburn. Murky and cloudy. Thick crop of, you guessed it, dirty white head.

Aroma: Musky, earthy, dank, wet and murky. Like a cellar that never sees the light of day. Some spices noted in the background.

Taste: Grundgy, earthy, and you guessed it....dirty. This is very thick and lives on the dark side. Not a lot of brightness here. This is like beer from beyond...It's got some funkiness and mustiness. Again, like a cellar.

Mouthfeel: Overcarbonated. Airy and fizzy in the mouth. Gaseous. Induces way too many burps.

Drinkability: This is not my thing. I do not care for this beer. This is the first time that I've revisited Jolly Pumpkin in quite some time and it will be the last time I do for quite some time.

Bighuge, Aug 30, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

6thstreetbrewpub, Sep 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Hugonaut13, Dec 02, 2012
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2.56/5  rDev -36.6%

thelargeone, Aug 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

chinchill, Aug 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Lanstrum, Jun 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

TheBigBoy, Aug 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

2neardead, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
2.78/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark hazy deep orange with a thin white head that a quick swirl makes thick and firm.

Nose that is a big and pure and assertive gewertzraminer wine grape with that sweet apple and spicy character. The nose is the real winner and strength of this brew.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with a bit of a sour character and flavor. Nice acid in the sour character that makes this a nice food beer.

Flavors may be a bit lacking for me and also are a bit salty. Love the nose; flavors are wanting. Some sour; some yeast; some savory spice - not a lot appealing, however.

A very short lackluster finish, perhaps a bit of citrus lime in the finish.

I somehow don't "get" Jolly Pumpkin. I'm still looking for a beer that I really like from Jolly Pumpkin. I'll keep tasting them but perhaps I just don't "get" them. Love the labels; not so much the beers, so far. (Maybe I had a bad bottle?)

GRG1313, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
2.78/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**after writing my review I read a few others. I was wondering if my bottle had gone bad, but based on the other comments and some others having the same questions. I think this is the way it's supposed to be. Not my thing and not like other Belgian Pale's I've enjoyed.

Upon popping open the bottle I was treated to a virtual volcano of foam. It just kept erupting out of the bottle. Way too aggressive foaming. I poured two separate glasses just to save the beer and it while it settled in the glass the bottle kept producing more foam.
In the glass there was a full glass of creamy, whipped cream. Once it settled the beer was a nice deep amber color with better clarity than I had expected at this point. As you might imagine there was non stop lacing

The aroma was very sour with a strong tart cherry aroma. Was not expecting a sour beer here. Uh Oh.

Sure enough the flavor did deliver on the sour hints advertised in the aroma. The flavor was Smokey, slightly sour and fairly medicinal. (phenol?) There was a slight fruity flavor along with a great deal of spices. Also a lot of flavors I believe are from the yeast.

The body was fairly light, the beer exploded with effervescence in your mouth from the carbonation. Puckering...

Not very drinkable in my book since it took about 4-5 minutes just to get a glass of beer out of the bottle.

I'd say this was a bit over the top in terms of tart and funk for a Belgian Pale. Not my cup of tea.

Reagan1984, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of SportsandJorts
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a hazy yellow. a big foamy off-white head.

Smell: kinda bland. some weak oaky character, funky yeast.

Taste: starts off with oak not strong or too distinct. follows with some funky yeast and a slight sourness without much character

Mouthfeel: kinda light and dull

Overall: this beer just doesn't justify the cost or the effort. pretty bland and weak flavors. way too expensive and not nearly where a jolly pumpkin should be

SportsandJorts, Oct 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

heddar33, Sep 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

SammyD, May 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

smartassboiler, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

kell50, Jan 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Czequershuus, Feb 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

kbrown, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

strykn42, Jan 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

TubaDan, Oct 19, 2014
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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.