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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Luciérnaga, The FireflyLuciérnaga, The Firefly

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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%

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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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Photo of inlimbo77


4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz glass
On tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange color. Full finger of off white head. Lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Lots of Brett funk on the nose. Horse blanket and wet hay. Some light citrus notes.

T: Right up front, you get that bite of tartness from the Brett. In the mid mouth, some fruitiness, maybe tart green apple and citrus. The close is dry and crisp.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 14:46:14 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of xnicknj


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a crop of white head resting on top. Patchy lacing stretches across the glass with a collar of foamy retention.

Scents of spice and citrus in the nose with coriander and orange peel. Touches of lemon and biscuit malt with funky tartness and Belgian yeast.

Starts off a bit funky and tart with spicy coriander. Orange and lemon peel with some slightly sweet citrus juiciness. A bit acidic and tart throughout, with a mellow biscuit/cracker malt base. Finishes brisk and tart.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and bubbly on the tongue. Another nicely done beer from JP - it's expensive, but they rarely miss the mark.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 13:53:56 | More by xnicknj
Photo of mrfrancis


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, glowing gold with a puffy, creamy white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, coriander, biscuit, caramel, oak, must, and vinegar fill the nose.

T: Notes of lemon peel, lime zest, bitter orange, coriander, green apple, grains of paradise, white pepper, caramel, biscuit, oak, must, and cider vinegar wash across the palate. The finish is sharp and clipped with notes of lemon, lime, spices, biscuit, and vinegar.

M: Light-to-medium in body and very dry. Carbonation is crisp and firm. Very drinkable.

O: Much like every other Jolly Pumpkin ale, La Luciernaga is very interesting and surprisingly drinkable. It's not as complex as some of their other brews, but it makes up for this minor flaw by being superbly balanced. All in all, I'd say this is one of their best efforts.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 14:46:38 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of fields336

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle batch 813814, bottled 6-7-2011
A: hazy orange copper color, with 2 fingers of off white bubbly head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a slight lace around the edge of the glass

S: light citrus, tart, funk, sweet, spiciness, Brett,white wine tartness.

T: tart, citrus,Brett,lactic, sweet, green Apple , white wine ,I'm getting the spices too, and some white pepper. There is a slight bitterness on the finish. The tartness fades away to a nice malty, bready citrusy finish. Awesome.

M: dry, effervescent and light-medium bodied. The finish is dry, the carbonation is pleasing and cleanses the palate.

O: oro is better in my opinion, but this is anothergreat beer by jolly pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 00:37:02 | More by fields336
Photo of aasher


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light bodied And very cloudy gold in color with a billowing three finger, bright white soapy head. The nose is right up my alley, kind of like a barrel aged saison. It's light and features a slight amount of citrus with a mellow yeast character with soft oaking and traditional Belgain pale malt. I love the citrus. It's both lemony and has a nice tangerine side to it. The flavors are nice and light. The citrus character is the first thing you notice, followed by how soft everything is. The oak is perfect! It really does drink like a light barrel aged saison. This is definitely one of the most impressive Jolly Pumpkins. The mouthfeel is very light yet also velvety smooth. This beer is top notch and definitely worth your while.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:16:30 | More by aasher
Photo of NoLeafClover44


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled 6/2/2011 so over a year old. Batch 806/809.

A - Pours a hazy straw/copper color with a large tuft of head. The foam rises above the rim of the glass long after I am finished pouring. Settles down a bit, leaving behind a complete lacing.

S - Aroma is full of corriander, spicy hops, and tart fruits. Just a touch of Brett funk along with some oaky champagne dryness. Complex and inviting.

T - Sour apple on the front with the some grass and peppery spice. The middle brings the funk, primarily of the sour variety. Gives one last sour grapes bite at the end and finishes dry. Mellow and tart.

M - Lively carbonation and a fruity, dry finish.

O - This has been a want of mine for a while. Despite having JP available to me, this particular beer has eluded me up to this point. I happened upon it in a small beer store covered in dust. There is very little hop presence but great fruit, tart, and funk. It is no longer a typical BPA, but I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:17:36 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of denver10


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white head. A funky aroma mixed with some lemon, oak, and pepper. Flavor followed suit. A nice kinda creamy medium body with some acitivity. Overall, very enjoyable brew. One I would gladly drink again, though probably not one I would spend over $10 for via a bomber. I'd probably be more likely to check out if offered via a 4 pack/6 pack.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 05:53:32 | More by denver10
Photo of larryi86


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, batch 806/809 dated 6/3/11, poured into a tulip

A- A clear orange with a three finger white head.

S- Funky and sour, grapefruit, oak, light fruits, kind of sweet.

T- Sour light fruits, good amount of funk, oak, floral notes, touch of hops in the finish, really good.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A solid beer from Jolly Pumpkin, definitely will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 00:40:29 | More by larryi86
Photo of hardy008


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 542/543 Bottled 5/14/10.

Pours a clear honey orange color with a 4 finger foamy white head with excellent retention and lacing. I need to keep an eye on the rest of the bottle, as the foam keeps coming up to the top. The aroma has coriander, lemon, orange zest, wood, and Brettanomyces.

The taste has Brettanomyces, coriander, lemon, orange zest, and a little bit of pepper. There is a little bit of sweetness, and a lot of funk and some bitterness.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation and a dry finish. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 01:32:34 | More by hardy008
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, dark gold with a remarkably high chaotic head that forms tiny bubbles throughout. Once settled, the head becomes creamy white and lasts a long time as it slowly turns to a puffy, thick pillow, leaving a coating of lace on the Dogfish Head snifter.

Zesty orange peel that is fresh with a sour background. Fruity, barnyard notes include apple, pear and coriander.

Orange zest is just as expected from the nose, followed by a mélange of fruit. Tartness is less than anticipated. There is a light bitterness in the finish. Miscellaneous spices including pepper come out with warmth in this crisp and clean BPA.

A light to medium body with a silky texture and alcohol as expected. The prickly carbonation is surprising given the energy from the pour.

This is a nicely refreshing beer that distinguishes itself in a welcome way from the style. I found it just the trick to help recover from a hard day’s work in the yard.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:25:28 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of laituegonflable


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an earthy red colour, almost umber, with lovely cream-coloured head of fairly dense foam and nice sticky lacing. Steady bead. Looks really nice.

Smells lovely. Nice and funky and tart with a good whiff of bacterial wild yeasts, bending slightly towards metallic. Nice hints of guava, berries and some citrus as well, with a very pleasant vanilla creaminess coming off the back. Fresh, sweet, very enjoyable indeed.

Taste is very tart, and possibly pushes the envelope a bit too far, getting mildly astringent with a lemon pith kind of flavour. Fruity, though, with tart cranberry and apple notes upfront, a touch of peach as well. The bitter note doesn't really come through until late, with the most part being really very smooth with no sharp edges. Hint of vanilla late-mid as it cascades down beyond its nadir. Maybe could use some more pop, but it's a big tasty monster nevertheless, handled with an artisan's care.

A bit of tart acidity, but very nicely smooth out; ends up a bit dry but nothing left at the end; almost seamless.

Lovely, crisp, tart refreshing wild ale with a real naturalistic bent, but all the weird funkiness has been tamed, and distilled into a finely balanced chrysalis of flavour.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 06:45:33 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, brought back to Sydney Australia and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a lovely bright, but cloudy honeyed amber colour, with a fine, but lively head of pocked off-white. Some patchy lacing as its tilted, but the body doesn't seem particularly heavy enough to sustain it for very long. Looks good overall.

Nose is bright and crisp, with subtle hints of funk and oak giving a really rustic tone to everything. Some slightly buttery tones, and a hint of mint and lemon giving a real freshness. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste is flatter than expected, and missing the bright acidity that would have helped it along. Faint, slightly empty characters of watered wine with a touch of herbal vegetation. There's a touch of metallic bitterness on the back, and a slight lilt of funk and mild tartness on the finish but overall it's quite flat. No faulting it for drinkability of course: the bright crispness and the undeniable flatness on the palate make it dangerously easy to swig.

Overall, another very solid beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Unfortunately, I feel as though I now have astronomical expectations for each new beer of theirs I try. This is still a very good beer, but I always expect a world class one.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:03:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml capped bottle into a D'Achoffe tulip.

A- pours a bright caramel with a 2" white head. Smokescreen of lacing coats the glass.

S- sweet dark fruits, citrus and malts. Slight funk and vinegar aroma as well.

T- sweet malts and vinegar right upfront. Nice trace of cherries and sourness along with slightly bitter finish.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Lots of effervescence and tingly feel.

O- nice sour Belgian pale. If this had slightly more cherry/fruit flavor it would be almost perfect for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:22:29 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some woody notes as well. Taste is mildly tart and funky with some grain, spice, and woody flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is not quite as edgy as some of the other Jolly Pumpkin beers I have tried in the past.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 03:05:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Tilley4


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a recent trip to Atlanta... I like JP brews and have been wanting to try this...

Surprisingly hoppy aroma still left to this after several months... Sharp and prominent with a lovely Belgian sugar and barnyard funkiness to it. Not overpowering at all, very nice...

Sharp biting hoppiness up front which slowly smoothes out with the Beglain sugars and a burst of funk... Very unusual brew... The funk is there and I'm getting it but I never get overwhelmed by it. The hops are prominent but don't ever give me the impression that this is anything but Belgian...awesome balance...

Probably my favorite JP brew thus far... Enjoyed the hell out of this...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 00:04:53 | More by Tilley4
Photo of TenHornsProud


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, deep orange with a big white, fluffy head.

Smells of brett funk, some apple and pear fruit notes with oak and a bit of honey sweetness.

Taste is up front sour brett with lighter fruit, pear notes that goes into a more floral funk before ending on a lemon-lime finish with a twinge of bitterness. Oak lingers in the background and is nice.

Lighter to medium to body with higher carbonation works well.

Really nice, funky Belgian style pale that has good fruit and slightly spice, oak notes. I really enjoyed this beer, could go for a few glasses.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:33:03 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of Tucquan


4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear amber with a 2.5 finger pillowy white head.

S - Brett funk, some nice spice and alcohol sweetness.

T - Mild-moderately sour, funk, some lemon, pale malt, nice lingering touch of hop bitterness.

M - Light body and medium to high carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, effervescent.

O - My wife and I both like this brew and that doesn't always happen. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 21:34:34 | More by Tucquan
Photo of onewetpaw


4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Funky brett nose along with some tangy, almost tangerine notes.

A- Deep golden to amber with a thick, persistent off-white head. Clear on the initial pour after a several week cold storage upright in fridge.

F- Tart and almost puckering on the initial sip. There's an acidic citrus flavor present along with some clove like character. An earthy flavor from the Brett is there, but pretty subdued in my bottle. The classic JP house flavors are here and pretty much define the beer.

M- Crisp high carbonation. Light body. Dry and refreshing.

O- A refreshing beer that is highly drinkable. The JP house flavors are present and to me this tastes very similar to the Bam Biere thats been aged. That's not a bad thing, but it would be nice to get more of the spice flavors mentioned on the bottle shining through.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 01:28:03 | More by onewetpaw
Photo of shanblur


3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 5/14/10. A - Slightly hazy orange with some brownish highlights. Very frothy, but this quickly recedes to extensive patchy lacing. S - Smells of lemons with some bready malts and a good amount of Belgian funk. T - Spicy and tart up front with a definite sour note which lingers. Has a definite acidity. No hops presence. Some funk present in the taste as well. M - Lively carbonation and a medium body. A good beer if you're into sours. Would be a good beer pairing.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:02:45 | More by shanblur
Photo of chugalug06


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5
Bottled 5-14-10

A - AMAZINGLY active bottle! Huge soft off-white head! Very soapy at first and then fades to foamy goodness. brew is foggy orange with lots of yellow and slight reds. Nice foamy lacing too.

S - Very Farm-y and funky! Lots of wildness to this intriguing brew... JP always brews funk, but this may be towards the top in terms of scent... Very white grape-y. Some nice coriander and fresh oak.

T/M - Slightly sour, but not anywhere near tart. Very dry and bitter. A bit too much spice for my taste, but a well rounded brew. perfect carbonation. Slight burn in the back of my throat. There's some acidic flavors missing...

O - A very good brew! A definite must try if you're a fan of JP's brews; they always catch me off guard... :) If this brew could be more 'sour' it would be amazing!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:44:19 | More by chugalug06
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice, a tulip, and a snifter, because the first two overflowed when I poured this beer in. Batch 802/804, bottled 5/20/11.

Appearance - Huge fluffy head that never fully fades. Half of it sticks to the glass in rings as I drink it. Cloudy dark orange body. Darker than most pale ales. Gives a hint of some more caramel malts. Looks amazing, as all JP beers do.

Smell - Light funk and lemon tartness combine with a grassy aroma to create a saison-like aroma. Hops blend nicely to remind me that it's a BPA, though. Bready malts round out the aroma. Interesting combination.

Taste - The lightest of lemon tartness at the start followed by those grainy malt flavors. None of the funk comes through in the flavor, but I suppose it would be out of place. The hops surround the flavor and culminate in a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and a tingly dry finish. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Easy to drink, although the whole bottle isn't so easy to drink.

Overall - So it's good, but as ever, it tastes like a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Their yeast strain makes everything taste the same. It's all good, but occasionally I'd like to be surprised by a flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 19:33:54 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dank ass beer. pours a darker red shade with a jovial white head. smells like a sour brett concoction. flavor is great, really sour brett up front, but more nuanced unrolling, with some red licorice and caramel malt. had a very funky memorable finish. tart and assertive. mouthfeel is great, very very lively carbonation with a piquant conclusion. great example of an american wild beer. way way better than the blue one, and more seductive than the red one. sessionable

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 07:31:58 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of hosehead83


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy, Belgian funkiness
Taste-Spicy yeast, orchard fruits, some Belgian funkiness, and a definite sour/tartness that is the trademark of Jolly Pumpkin brews. Not a mindblower, but a fine refreshing beer on a warm Spring or Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 18:22:22 | More by hosehead83
Photo of marlinsfan4


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer for sure, really tastes like a hoppy cider. Apple flavor really comes through, medium body, somewhat clean finish. Plenty of taste but is definitely a bit tart, which hurts the drinkability a bit. One of the more unique beers you'll try, but with the expensive price tag and overly done tartness, you'd be hard pressed to finish this bottle too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:21:07 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of BrutalSusan


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 813/814, Bottled on 6/6/2011; Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy glowing golden copper with a nice fluffy head with great retentionHazy copper colored with two fingers of head that had excellant retention.

Aroma - very floral; roses. light fruit; pears.

Taste - Nice bright acidity with a yeasty finish. Reminds me of a hoppy cider. Lots of tropical fruit and like I mentioned, hops. It's herbacious and "green tasting". VERY delicious.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, a nice balance of sweet and dry.

Overall, very enjoyable. I could drink many of these, often. Refreshing, not punishing. Lighter but very complex, a lot going on. Definitely recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 09:20:40 | More by BrutalSusan
Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.