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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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382 Reviews
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Reviews: 382
Hads: 912
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 65
Gots: 107 | FT: 11
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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 Axnjxn
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill, snifter.

pours a pale yellow with a big head. smell is yeasty and a tad sour. taste starts off a tad sour but not much or lingering, yeasty, funky . no bitterness. real easy drinking. mild bodied. high carbonation.

overall another winner from jolly pumpkin. (299 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this bottle over tonight.... Thanks Sammy!! Batch 801/803 bottled on 5/25/2011. Poured into my HotD goblet... nice foamy off white head atop a hazed light orange brew. Good lacing..

Nose is bretty with a not as much JP funk as some other brews... good phenol presence with a big blast of fruit basket.

Flavor is much more approachable than I was expecting.. tangerine with lemon zest ... coriander like spiciness.. a bit of stone fruit comes swinging mid palate.. still is pretty damn dry.. the heavier than most JP body helps add to a perceived sweetness... carbonation is spot on.

I normally don't care for Jolly Pumpkin too much... but this was a refreshing change. Thanks Sam.

All 4's (716 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sourness, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, slight alcohol, yeast, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of strong sourness, hint of hop, alcohol, sweet malt, and yeast. Good appearance, aroma, blend, and body. (456 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium-dark, slightly hazy amber color with a pretty big fluffy white head. Leaves tons of lacing.

Smells of brett, yeasty banana, hints of apple and grape.

Flavor opens with a mild tartness, pretty strong apple and grape, moves into some brettiness and light funk, finishes very dry and vinous.

Mouthfeel is excellent, great carbonation, nice full mouthfeel, very drinkable.

This is a pretty light beer and nothing especially exciting, but it's really nice. Not the best Jolly Pumpkin beer but really solid.

7.7/10 (528 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a frothy 1 1/4" slightly off-white head over the murky light amber brew. Head lasts well, leaving delicate, if not substantial, lacing throughout the drinking experience. Aroma is spicy and lightly tart fruits, with some oak notes apparent. Taste is upfront the fruity tartness, quickly fading into the spicy malt character, and ending with a building magnitude of barrel notes that multiply this brew's complexity many times. Mouthfeel is a bit busy, and could deter one, perhaps, but the drinkability of this brew is excellent. An enjoyable entry to the world of Jolly Pumpkin. (701 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled 6/13/12.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze to the body and a robust effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam; quite attractive.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a little bit of funk and a hint of tartness. There's also an interesting lemongrass-type character in the mix. Interesting and alluring, if a bit atypical for the style.

Taste: lightly sweet malt with a nice, Brettanomyces-like funk and and just a mild hint of tartness. The lemony character persists from the aroma, and the overall effect is quite enticing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a very robust, mouth-filling creaminess. I guess that's the bottle conditioning, eh? I love it.

Overall: an interesting and tasty beer. Very refreshing and each sip leaves me wanting more. Perhaps a bit exotic for the style, but intriguing and quaffable nonetheless. I'd love to have this beer again. (966 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-blond with a white head that leaves a nice lace.

S: Fresh hops, a little solvent, slightly spicy.

T: There's a soapy, hop flavour that I'm not fond of. The spicyness is quite nice. Finish is dry and slightly tart.

M: Light body is highly carbonated. Finish is quite dry.

D: Certainly a digestable, though the carbonation is quite high.

Thanks DrJay! (374 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured amber brown with slightly reddish orange highlights that had a finger of head and left good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely got some spices on the first whiff but it also seemed like it had vinegar notes with barrel funkiness, honey, herbs, brett, and faint apple notes.

T: Upfront it had a nice slight tartness with the spices really popping out more on the palate alongside slight lemon, grains, and punchy brett notes. It had some underlying vinegar and apple notes as well.

M: The brew was medium body with a good amount of prickly carbonation that had a spicey, zesty, tart, and slight dry finish; interesting.

D: It drank pretty good and was quite different from other belgian pales that I've had but it did have the Jolly pumpkin signature slight funky tart flavor. (802 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed caramel with a cream coloured head, good retention and lacing. There's a pleasant spice in the aroma along with fruit, wood, and fresh hop character. A bit of barnyard funk too. The flavour's slightly tart and fruity with an earthy, woody quality underneath. Quite dry, maybe a bit salty. Spice hangs in there through the finish along with leafy bitterness. Light body, high carbonation, a bit of slickness, but mostly dry. Fairly complex, but tasty and quite drinkable. (476 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Batch 296/297

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazed brownish orange color with a large off-white head that provides excellent retention ad lacing.

S- The aroma like most all of Jolly Pumpkins beers is mouthwatering sour. There is also some fruit, spices, old must, oak and yeast in the lovely aroma as well. 

T- The taste like the aroma starts out sour with some fruity notes and oak flavors as well. The finish has a nice spiciness to it and finishes on the dry side with some yeast.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is quite simply another fantastic brew from Jolly Pumpkin. Now after trying just about every beer from this brewery, I can say that they do not brew anything less than great. This beer like all other JP beers is highly recommended!  (834 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sam's in Chitown.

Pours a hazy copper/orange, think off white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention, head never quits. Smell is acidic, very sour, vinegar, toffee, spices, some yeast, not as complex as their others. Taste is very fruity, wheat, spices, nice sour middle, yeast and citrus, spicy finish with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, smooth. Nice beer, although probably my least favourite from JP. (462 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lightly clouded orange-apricot color with a bit of spent yeast gliding to the botto. Poured a five finger billowy head that settled to an ample dollop in the middle. Generous even lacing all the way down. Decanted steadily.

S: Yeast, light fruits, fruity esters; orange rinds become prominent. Spices and alcohol more to the forefront as it warms.

T: Oak and a wonderfuly coplex sweet and sour flavors. Dry, clean finish.

M: Bright and a bit thin. Light, crisp and clean finish nicely bordered by ample carbonation.

D: Way drinkable and wonderfully complex. This is a beer when you want something special that you'll like a lot. (638 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Great, doughy head with just great retention. A thick foam stays with you throughout the whole 750ml bottle. Great bubbles, average lacing. Semi-hazey hop juice color. Looks like a mix between a saison and an IPA in color.

Smell- A spicey intro to a tart malty aroma. Almost like a lambic but that is tart due to the malt, if that is possible. Hints spruce and coriander. Hints of tart bitterness as well.

Taste- A very saison/biere de garde start. Tart malts with very herbal overtones. I think somebody made a mistake categorizing this beer. Nonetheless, the acidic quality of the malts and herbs is great. Went well with my hamburger actually.

Mouthfeel- A little dry and tart of course. But a very clean earthy, herbal finish. A great beer to have with a good, filling meal. (802 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, Batch 296/297. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/brown color with about a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, lacing is good. The aroma is musty and fruity, the beer smells like coriander, sour apples, yeast, pineapple (and other tropical fruit), peppery spice and citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like tart apples, yeast, coriander, pineapple, oak, pepper, spice and lemon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has high but soft carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and the soft carbonation makes this easy to drink. I think this is a good and enjoyable beer, I'll definitely buy this again. (693 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this stuff (and all Jolly Pumpkin beers) only comes in large bottles. That's all I've been able to find, and that's what I had this time.

I think the major take from this beer is Orval. It has some kind of wild ale flavor to it, completely reminiscent of Orval. I still don't know if I like Orval or not, it's just so different from my usual styles. So same with this one.

If you like Orval, give it a try. (420 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of pear and lemon peel aromas. Hints of funk waft out every now and then.

Tastes OK. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by muted lemon zest flavors. The lemon zest lightens up midway through the sip making room for unripe pears that carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and it went down easily however it wasn't robust enough to be very good. Worth a shot, especially in the warmer months. (804 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750mL at Julio's a while back, bottled on 4/28/10 batch #3. Poured into my Duvel tulip after it errupted all over my counter.

A - A big, rocky 3 finger head atop a deep, rich orange colour. Not quite clear with no particles evident. Big, thick side lacing too.

S - Great typical Jolly Pumpkin aromas here with that solid funky aroma mixed with those strong oak characteristics.

T - Much like the nose there is that tasty barrel notes along with sourness. Dont get much in the way of hops except for maybe a slght bitterness at the end. Doesnt really taste like a pale ale.

M - Low carbonation but remains crisp enough to go down easily. Very dry finish.

O - This really doesnt drink like a pale ale much more like a wild ale, which isnt a bad thing considering almost all Jolly Pumpkins drink like this. (820 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - bottled 2011

Appearance - Amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, apples, lemons, vinegar, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, vinegar and lemons. There is also some breads/grains and light hops.

Overall - Really good stuff, like a hybrid between a belgian IPA and a sour. Every beer I've had from this brewer has been a winner so far. (615 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy golden tea color under a 2” almost meringue like off-white foam cap that persists and clings to the glass.
S: Spicy, tart, lemony nose with traces of hop and light funk.
T: Achieves a balance between fruit, spice and hop bitterness with a moderate wild yeast funk.
F: Very fine carbonation feels soft in the mouth. Medium to medium light body.
O: An interesting, well made sour ale with an assertive bitter emphasis. (437 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a dark honey gold or cider with a big white head. The head rises about two fingers and falls quickly to a quarter finger full cover. Great retention, great lacing, covers the whole glass.

The aroma starts off pretty sweet with honey and apples, then fades into some oak and a lot of beglian yeast to finish. Really robust and complex.

The taste is pretty good, really reminds me of damnation 23, a nice pale ale with a ton of oak. Oak really cominates though, not overly complex, but if you're in the mood for an easy to drink oaky beer I would definetly grab this in the future. (644 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 788/791 (bottled 5-18-2011) poured into a goblet,
Luciérnaga is a dull burnt gold with an off-white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is dirty sour, really reminding me of vegetable compost.

Taste is also rather vegetable, without much funk or tartness, mostly just a dirty blonde. The hops have a little bit of flavor that is a nice addition, but overall this is really not to good. The spices are more prominent then any texture from the yeast and bugs, but perhaps this would round out in time.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily, light bodied.

Drinkability isn't to high, probably my least favorite JP. More acid, less spice, yes. As it stands, it's serviceable, but the price makes it one I won't be revisiting anytime soon. (743 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy golden color. Head is difficult to examine in the 2 oz. sample cup. It does lace well though.

S-Barny and musty. Light tartness. A bit of apples. Hay. Light graininess.

T-A notch below the nose in my opinion. Musty and natural with some wild yeastiness. Spicy. Light apples. Rotty hay. Light, tartness in the finish.

M-Lots of carbonation with a moderate body.

O/D-Pretty neat. Another one if those beers that I was happy to sample without having to shell out a bunch of dough for one of their bottles. (522 characters)

Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.