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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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766 Ratings
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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 55
Gots: 67 | FT: 7
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An Americanized barnyard seasonal. Barnyard and maltiness and spices aroma. Lots of head all the time. Very drinkable. Grainy medium mouthfeel, with a bit of bitter astringent sourness in mid-sip. Got more malt than spices, some pepper, vanilla, lemon,coriander, apple . Thanks Dr. Jay

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 04:34:38 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-17-2012 02:06:24 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-15-2011 00:48:04 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly-hazed bright golden yellow with a nice white head and some good legs as it makes its way down. Smells of dry funk with a bit of wheat. Good level of funk, but hasn't quite hit the level of complexity I like and am used to from Jolly Pumpkin beers. Taste really reflects this, as it's somewhat one dimensional, although still tasty. Just doesn't stand up to pillars like Orval and Westy Blonde. Mouthfeel is a nice touch--light with good carbonation. Drinkability is a bit lower as it's not quite as sessionable (at least as far as blondes generally are compared to their bigger Belgian brothers) as others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 11:45:18 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Luminous, yeastiful, pumpkin orange beneath a beautiful looking head of lightly orange-tinted alabaster. The cap is large thanks to the generous carbonation and is tacky enough to result in a rough-hewn, pitted surface and a good bit of clingy lace. A wonderful appearance.

Firefly's nose is orchard fruity with a dusting of herbs (coriander) and spices (grains of paradise). I certainly couldn't have been that specific had I not seen the brewery's website. The nose is appealing, but it does suffer somewhat in comparison to authentic Belgian pales. It's more simple and direct than it is deep and complex.

Like the nose, the flavor doesn't quite measure up to the best of its Continental counterparts. Now that that's out of the way, I can judge it for what it is rather than what it isn't. The beer is still peach and pear fruity, although it's fruit that has seemingly had the majority of its sugar removed. That gives it an austere, dessicated character rather than a warm, welcoming one.

Grains of paradise (a little too prominent) are much more noticeable than coriander (not quite prominent enough). More depth and complexity is sorely needed and at least a pinch of candi sugar would do wonders. In addition, alcohol plays too much of a role in the flavor profile; hard to believe at only 6.5%. The beer tastes somewhat medicinal as a result.

I was hoping that the ethanol would fade on the finish, allowing the fruit and spice to shine, but no such luck. The mouthfeel is light-medium with a supple silkiness that I'm enjoying. The beer doesn't feel quite as carbonated as it looks, but it's still on the lively side.

Luciernaga falls short of its intended style target. That isn't to say, however, that it isn't worth a purchase. I found enough to like in this bottle to make me rue its faults all the more and to wonder what could have been. Although Firefly doesn't light up the night, it does give off a pleasant little glow. Thanks to deejaydan for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 21:02:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and coriander with notes of citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of sourness with flavors of tart fruits and notes of citrus and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness.
O: The sourness makes this beer quite interesting compared to others in the style; I would definitely want to try another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 23:37:42 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color with an impressive head that leaves a curtain of lace

Smell: Hay, wheat bread, stone fruit, barnyard funk, oak and spicy/herbal tones

Taste: Light and fruity, up front, with stone fruit, spices (grains of paradise) and herbs (coriander) that are joined, in the middle by the barnyard funk and acetic sourness from the Brett; the malts appear after the swallow, bringing a bready, fresh mown hay character; dry, tart and oaky, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; lively on the tongue

Overall: Another great beer from Jolly Pumpkin; not the most complex of their lineup, but one of the brightest and easiest to enjoy

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 22:19:53 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

I had bought this bottle a while back and have just gotten around to trying it last night. First off the typical nice look of a Jolly Pumpkin 750 greeted me right away, with the cool artwork and heavy glass. Then I opened it and lost half the bottle on the counter and floor. A severe gusher that I literally had to use 3 glasses to contain. It was a mess, would not stop dumping foamy tan fizz all over the place. So I ended up with three oversized wine glasses worth of froth on the top and a nice hazy dark amber liquid in the bottom. Some sediment visible as well with this one and tons of carbonation running up through it as you would have expected, however I have to admit I was a touch disappointed by the gusher that ran out on me.

The aroma was actually was very nice. The first notes to hit me were the sour funky yeast that just gave it that extra little pop that we all love so well. Lots of spices evident here as well with a ton of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg making up the bulk of this one. I was quite impressed with the depth of the aroma here. The flavor followed suit nicely, though some of the tartness fell off a bit. The first note to come through was sour fruit notes, maybe cherry, touched with a hint of pepper. A very interesting combination. Some nice sweet, malt notes lying under this, with touches of caramel and cinnamon swirling about. The feel was great, with a medium bodied ale and a good bit of carbonation in it as well. I was quite pleased with the silky nature of it. As for being drinkable, I really wished it was not a gusher as the combination of the low abv and the tart, ripe flavors made this beyond an easy drinker. In fact I could have gone at this one all day if I could have. It was really well balanced and something I would look forward to drinking over the course of an evening.

Overall not a bad beer at all, however the gushing nature really needs to be looked at. I had this bottled well chilled when it was opened so there was really no need for the over carbonation, but alas what can you do. Still a high quality beer by all accounts and something I will definitely go back and try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 13:41:00 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (courtesy of Sammy): Poured a dirty yellow color ale with a huge white foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of floral malt with a good dose of Brett is exquisite. Taste is almost perfect with a great mix between floral malt, oak and a well balance presence of sourness and tart. The spices that are mentioned on the label (Coriander and grain of paradise) are very subtle and could hardly be tasted though. This is probably the closest thing to Orval that I’ve had the chance to drink. I do wonder when going through some of the other ratings and the description on the label if the Brett and the sourness were intended or not but in any case I am not complaining because this was a great beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 13:53:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

If all brews were like those by Jolly Pumpkin, then I'd be one sad and drunken slug. Firefly is no different, upholding the classic brewing principals and modern artistry that we all should be demanding of our beers. Very lemony and oak-ey aromas exploding from the bottle. Pouring a diry peach color, a rocky head forms even before the beer hits the bottom of the glass. Spicy, peach and pears soon follow up in the aromas and transfer a moderate sweetness into the flavor. The wood aging really rounds off belgian yeast twang, overbearing spiciness, and alcohols. Very woodsy, musty, nutty, with a bold date flavor without the fruity sweetness. Very dusty and earthy throughout with overripe fruits. Not syrupy or sweet. Well matured and formulated. The oak may get a little dominant, and where I may criticise this in one sip, I'll applaude it in the next. The beer improved as I swirled the yeast sediment into suspension, then decanting into the goblet, then gulped it down. Amazing how I can pour 3/4ths of the bottle into the glass and the carbonation still pushes the foam from the top--it's quite magical. I really appreciate what Jolly Pumpkin does. I recommend all of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 02:29:40 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

09-15-2012 13:23:54 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $8.49 at Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee, Georgia. No listed batch number.

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, dark orange body with a huge, dense, foamy, white head.

Smell: Malts enveloped with acrid notes of musty wild yeasts, butyric acid, juiced apples, mangled pineapples, damp oak wood, earthy spices.

Taste: Toasted, honeyish malts instantly disappear behind the strongly phenolic Brett character. Pristine pineapple juice blended with spoiled apple juice. The doses of Grains of Paradise and coriander are quite spicy and particularly pungent, giving the tongue a bit of enduring ginger-like heat. Touch of oak. Surprisingly bitter as well. Particularly dry finish with a lingering taste of the added spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: As always, it's another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. The spices can be a bit overly brash at times. While not the most captivating of the Jolly Pumpkin lineup, it's certainly solid and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 05:56:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-22-2011 18:26:30 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-30-2013 13:01:15 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-23-2013 02:48:09 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-11-2013 05:55:48 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 23:01:23 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

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?)

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 21:14:37 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paired this one up with spiced lamb rack and apple relish. This beer is really nice. The poured gives off a orange copper color, thin head that faded quickly. The smell of the beer was sour and funky without a doubt. The taste is wild at first, tart and sour, but mellows really really well into a beautiful malt aftertaste with some sour still lingering. The mouthfeel of this beer was really nice, bubbly and light. Overall the beer tasted really nice and paired well with the lamb.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:31:06 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 00:21:49 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

11-15-2011 20:29:38 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Awesome artwork on this one, the JP labels are consistently impressive. The beer pours a hazy amber color, almost opaque. The head on this is enormous; three fingers in height and slow to recede, leaving chunks of lace on the glass.

Smell: Lemony, faintly musty and spicy. Esters and oak.

Taste & mouthfeel: A nice blend of oaky tannins and orange peel are the first things to hit my palate. Spices underneath, subtle enough that I can't pick out anything specific, along with some dry graininess. Fairly light-bodied stuff. Carbonation is high, almost champagne-like. The finish is bone dry, leaving a bit of tannic oak flavor and a mild bitterness on the tongue.

Notes: Not my favorite JP, but good nonetheless. I was hoping for a bit more of the usual JP funk and sourness.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 17:34:25 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

750ml bottle, nice glowing hop seafaring metaphor depicted on the label.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with a teeming amount of thick, puffy, silken eggshell white head, which sits in for a long spell, before leaving some very attractive webbed/chain link lace around the glass, as it gently abates.

It smells of tart lemon, wet hay, soft grainy malt, some tame earthy funk, and somewhat bitter leafy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, sour aged lemon, a nice, even herbal funk, some soft coriander spiciness, and leafy, zingy weedy hops. A slight, sultry alcohol warming tickles the throat.

The bubbles are fairly robust and a tad sharp, the body on the light side of medium weight, and surprisingly calm in its overall smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, as the pale, kind of biscuity malt is pressed hard by the lemon and orange citrus, with that nice earthy funk, and a bit of lingering leafy hop bitterness adding to the push.

A very well-rendered BPA, all inputs used in equally deft measures, giving us a full-flavoured version of an all too often underwhelming style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 20:26:19 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Luciernaga is my favorite beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

Carefully poured from a longstanding bottle it's quite clear. Not clear enough to see your fingerprints through the glass, but easily clear enough to see your fingers. A rouse of the yeast at the bottom will bring it cloudy though. I prefer it a bit clearer as it's more fruity and tart, and I think just sharper in flavor overall. It's a deep-amber/tarnished copper in color, and the head is a massive lid of frothy white. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves some really nice, albeit it short, walls of lace at the outset of the goblet.

The nose is sharp with Brettanomyces and yeasty fruitiness (wet earth, damp straw, leather, tart black cherry, pineapple, papaya), along with a pinch of coriander.

In the mouth it's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine bubbled natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. It warms to become lightly airy and then cottony smooth.

The flavor offers more maltiness and fruit than the nose suggests (both clean and straightforward), but there's also a touch more coriander and a hint of black pepper present. It's tropical and vibrant with a spicy side, and a bitter undertow that drags it out into a remarkably dry finish with just a subtle touch of yeasty chalkiness. Some coriander lingers long on the palate, beckoning you to take another sip of the refreshing Brett and juicy fruit.

I've heard it said (actually read it here on the forums at BeerAdvocate) that breweries in the U.S. cannot make really good examples of Belgian beers... well, this is one hell of a Belgian-style beer!!! Rock on Jolly Pumpkin!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 00:50:45 | More by NeroFiddled
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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.