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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 55
Gots: 64 | FT: 7
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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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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hazy straw color with a white head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is light Belgian yeast some spice with a citrusy hop.

Taste is has a nice Belgian yeast, slightly earthy, great spice to it with a nice sweetness. Some nice sour tartness and light bitterness is in the finish.

This is a very good BPA, really enjoyed it. Enjoyed it so much that I ordered another, which I never do, so says my Beer thought.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 19:17:44 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of gfreed


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the Publick House in Brookline, MA, in a tubby Chimay chalice. The appearance, like any other BPA (or tripel, for that matter) that I've had, is, frankly, ugly: dull lemony-straw hue, with a jagged head that looks like bad meringue. Some of the yeast made it into the glass, which is fine with me because I like it, but it doesn't do much for the looks. Let's just say that The Firefly is true to style in terms of appearance.

However, the looks don't match the taste. It had many characteristics of a fine tripel and fewer of a BPA: muffled hops, slightly funky tones of moss and mold, some oranges and yeast. Well balanced and not so sharp that its dreadfully dry, nor is it stuffed with enough grapefruit rinds that it belongs in a compost pile instead of a beer glass. Definitely don't judge this by what you see.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 01:21:35 | More by gfreed
Photo of cpetrone84


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this one!

A-pours the standard golden amber color, hazy, with a slightly off white head.

S-the nose has a nice light belgian yeast to it, notes of spice to it, citrusy hop aromas of mango and orange.

T-the flavor has a nice belgian yeast, slightly earthy, great spice to it with a nice sweetness behind, citrusy flavors of mango, hints of acidity, some bitter grapefruit, light lingering bitterness in the finish.

M-light to medium body, syrupy texture, soft with a hint of grain in the feel towards the back, good carbonation (could use more but still enough to balance) with a dry finish.

D-this is quite nice, great beer with a fantastic balance to it and a nice amount of complexity. spice, citrus, acidity, earthy, yeasty, well put together.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 01:18:13 | More by cpetrone84
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3.78/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 00:37:46 | More by glid02
Photo of Jayli


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

Had on tap at The Publick House 7/25
Served in a snifter

A: This beer pours murky, hazy orange/light amber color with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes quickly leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is somewhat muted, light apple notes, orange citrus, and funk.

T: Taste starts with a corriander spicing that I did not pick up in the nose. Orange rind flavoring then comes in mingled with a bit of funk to fill out the middle. Finish is tart sour apple that lingers for a bit.

M: Lighter side of medium body, lower carbonation, crisp clean finish.

D: Goes down somewhat easily, mild kick, ok representation of the style. I enjoy Jolly Pumpkin beers and this was an ok offering, but I'd opt for other of the style if given the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 13:33:42 | More by Jayli
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Loved the color, a hazy golden brown. Poured with a nice foamy head that settled as I drank, leaving a chunky lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Nice scent, a hint of citrus, a hint of spice, sweet with a little of that boozy aroma you get from barrel conditioning. Was hoping for a liiittle more for the coriander since it's a spice I like to brew with.

T - A sweet, mild flavor when it first hits your tongue. Nice hoppy bitterness in the finish that doesn't linger too much on your palette. Was hoping for maybe a little more flavor to go along with the bitterness in the finish and again a little more from the coriander. Definitely got a hint of the pepperiness from the grains of paradise as well. Overall I was very happy.

M - Drinks smooth, and not too thin. Just about right for this style I think.

D - Enjoyed it from the first sip till the last, kind of wishing I had bought another bottle (or at least another one of Jolly Pumpkin's brews).

Unrelated to the beer itself, I loved the label and will definitely be saving the bottle. I'm also looking forward to trying more of Jolly Pumpkin's beer as this is the first offering of theirs that I had.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 21:28:26 | More by rbrecher
Photo of portia99


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

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy/cloudy pale orange color with a translucent glow to it. A finger plus of off white foam with excellent staying power sits on top for a good long time, eventually receding to leave behind some sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Brett up front with lemons, oranges, green apples, some sugary sweetness from the malt. A bit of a tartness comes thru in the aroma too, but it is somewhat subdued.

T - Very enjoyable...tart and fruity with lemons, pears, green apples and other indecipherable citrusy flavors. Tons of brett which gives some nice funk and a sharp bitterness to contrast the fruity flavors. Spicy with some black pepper and some cinnamon too. Relative to some of the wilds I'm accustomed to drinking the tartness is pretty mild - just enough to give it some character. A great warm summer evening beer.

M - Lightish body with medium high carbonation level that tingles the tongue and the entire mouth. Light tartness that lingers along with the funky, brettiness.

D - Hmm, I don't think my overall rating really reflects the enjoyment I got from this beer. I really enjoyed this, but seems that when I compare it to other brett beers in any individual rating area, it is good but doesn't quite hit the upper echelon in any one area. I really could drink this one all night and be happy (except the cost might kill me if I had too many). My first Jolly Pumpkin experience...I will be back for others.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 00:53:34 | More by portia99
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New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip that yields a three finger head that eventually shrinks to a thick white lacing. Nice caramel color. Smells mostly lemony, kind of bretty but not too much. Taste is relatively mild and crisp, most of the flavor is tartness on the back of the tongue. Not a particularly strong flavored beer but it is a pretty light beer that's easy to drink and has solid carbonation. Quite refreshing and great for summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:57:59 | More by andrewinski1
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a dark hazy orange color, small white head, barely any lacing left behind

S- sweet and tart smells at the same time, reminds me of granny smith apples

T- interesting taste almost like smarties candy and the front, strong sour notes follow, it finishes off with a mild bitter aftertaste

M- medium-thin body, carbonation isn't the best but not terrible

D- although not my favorite sour it's still definitely a solid sour beer, another good one from Jolly Pumpkin

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:52:09 | More by nova009
Photo of GPHarris


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

split this bottle with some friends. smells tart and citrusy with a hint of funk while the taste was fruity and sour with hints of spice and a slight floral taste. very complex beer. another great beer from jolly pumpkin and my favorite belgian pale ale to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 18:54:06 | More by GPHarris
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy and light amber with 1/3'' white head which dissipated quickly.

S: Citrus peel and brett are dominant here. It smells tart, sour, and funky. Grains of paradise and coriander subtly round it out.

T: Tart, juicy lemons and some green apple are followed by some malty sweetness. As I drank more, the funkiness began to dominate and I could pick up the spice.

M: Light to medium bodied and medium to high carbonation, effervescent.

D: I really enjoyed this and could easily put away another glass or two.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 03:19:49 | More by EchoCharlieEcho
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Blend 3, bottled 4-28-10.

4.5 A: Hazy orange brown color. Three fingers of pillowy white head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing.

4.0 S: Brett comes off as the strongest aroma. Lots of different spices going with pepper, corriander, grains of paradise and even cinnamon, but none of them are very strong. Pretty decent, I like what the brett is doing here.

3.5 T: Surprisingly drying on finish is what I noticed first. Grains of paradise show up big time with corriander and pepper on the second front. Very pear like fruitiness. Brett funk blends in with the other flavors as opposed to being the focus. Good, but lacking something I can't quite put my finger on. I wish I could give this a 3.75 for taste.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good actively spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess as well. One of the highlights of this beer.

3.5 D: It's an okay beer, but certainly not worth the price. Flavors seem okay on paper, but it's missing some of the intangibles that make a beer great. I'm not a huge fan of pear flavor in beer and this one has a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 04:37:14 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 4.5: Pours a hazy orange with amber highlights, capped by a frothy two to two and a half finger white head. Retention is good and it leaves a lot of sticky lacing down the glass.

S 4: Tart lemon zest and green apples up front, orange peel and some light juicy citrus, with moderate funk in the back. Some light peppery spice blends into the funk.

T 4: Tart lemon juice up front transitions into moderate barnyard frunk along with some juicy oranges and earthiness. Tart green apples and some green grape qualities come in towards the finish and leave a slightly sweet and tart aftertaste.

M 4: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation that prickles the tongue, very crisp and dry finish.

D 4.5: Very refreshing and is remarkably easy to drink for a wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 00:56:28 | More by Xul
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy orange color with a very small white head that disappears rather quickly leaving little lacing behind.

S- A sugary sweet tart character with lots of spectacular funk behind it to give it the usual Jolly Pumpkin kick.

T- Starts mild with some malt sweetness and then an explosion of sour and funk. The sour tartness in the middle fades slightly to expose a subtle funky band aid taste with a lingering sweetness that helps to finish out the beer.

M- Thin to medium body, a little more carbonation would have been enjoyable, but still very enjoyable.

D- Great beer, thought it was really easy to put down even though the others around me weren't exactly crazy about sour beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 16:48:02 | More by Lolli1315
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station Puckerfest. Pours a nice copper with a head that stays. Nose is grains, funk, and a sweet note. Decent. taste is grainy malts up front, then a nice sour/bitter punch (3/10 on the pucker-meter), and a lasting finish. Mouthfeel is medium and very pleasant, maybe a tad too carbonated for me. Very drinkable. I like it more than the numbers show.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 03:03:21 | More by squaremile
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/orange body with a huge fluffy head. Very clear.

S - This is one funk beer! Mostly funk in the nose with some citrus/lemon zest. Some pears/apples as well.

T - Grainy sweet malty backbone with a nice funky/sour bite. Not overly sour/astringent. Very dry beer.

M - Fizzy, medium body with a dry finish.

D - I recently discovered Jolly Pumpkin (not sure why it took me this long) and I am hooked. I will definitely be picking up another bottle in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 01:23:27 | More by muttyd
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 10oz glass at Bodega on 6/29/10

Cloudy amber color with pineapple gold highlights. 1/3rd inch of smooth foam. Thin retention, yet consistent. Really good lace.

Dry, spicy aroma of light fruits: tart apple; zesty citrus; orange pith. Rather juicy. A touch yeast.

Nice, well-seated tartness to taste. Seems to have been hopped plenty; lemon zest & orange. Notes of apple, banana & a hint of grape. Mild grassiness. Distinctly Belgian-style yeast. Faintly earthy.

Medium bodied. Ample, very prickly, carbonation. Quite dry finish with a touch of spiciness. Impressive that "dry" can linger, hmm...

Luciernaga is a very tasty beer. I'm happy to report the carbonation is tamed over time. I really dig this one; everything is well-proportioned. Give it a go.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 02:29:27 | More by Ryan011235
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3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely MAD amount of head. Color is cloudy amber red. Smells of the same characteristic Jolly Pumpkin sour that differentiates beers made from sour yeast strands from those that are consistently cultured and refined.

First sip is tasty. Sour, a little pungent, you can still get some of the Belgian-esque characteristics coming through with the beer, which give it a bit of a hoppy presence, but not too overbearing.

As Belgian Pale Ales go, it's not too bad. And as a Jolly Pumpkin goes, it's pretty alright too.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:00:35 | More by techfed87
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750,

A: Pours golden with fizzy white head, but good retention.

S: Relatively light nose, some funky malt is there.

T: Definite Brett earthy character, wool, with a hint of lime and sweet citrus in the finish.

M: Very mildly acidic for JP, soft and easy carbonation which I like, medium-bodied overall.

D: I remember having a bottle of this back in early 2007 and it was one of the best bottles of my early drinking career, it blew my mind, a 5 in taste easy. I've tasted it a couple times since then; frankly, it's not as good as I remember. This bottle in taste would be 3.5-4, that's it. I put it at 4.5 because of the memory of that original bottle, but it's not as good as that currently.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 03:23:13 | More by Halcyondays
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle at our recent sour tasting.

Batch 387/388. The beer pours a clear medium-dark orange color with a large cream-colored head. The aroma is oranges, yeast, pineapple, mango and some tartness. The flavor is citrus fruit with some yeast and low-medium tartness. There are also some spices similar to white pepper. There is a little funk as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 18:17:23 | More by Mora2000
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New York

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

From notes. Batches 387/388

A: Clear copper color. Poured with a half finger of white head with a touch of spotty lacing.

S: The nose on this one was kind of weird. The hops were right there but a little faded. Continental hops with a hint of some citrusy C hops. Right after that you got a little bit of JP funk. Just enough to keep it a Belgian Pale Ale.

T: Nice mix of funk and hops just like the nose. The balance of this beer was really what I wrote the most notes about.

M: Super dry. Pitch perfect.

D: Easy drinking. Very nice. I always enjoy their beers but the price sometimes keeps me away. Thanks to my friend from Philly for bringing this one up.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 23:00:36 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of AgentZero


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

A - Very cloudy gold, almost a brownish, big head, had to go easy on the pour with this one. Some nice lacing left behind.

S - A little tart, slightly sweet, some nice grass, spice, and a bit of belgian yeast. Reminds me of a slightly sweet saison.

T - This was a nice surprise, a very good tasting beer. Tastes like a slightly sweet saison, or a not-sweet-enough wild. Oaky, pears, grass, little bit of yeasty funk.

M - Bubbly carbonation, light bodied, little sugary sticky.

D - Pretty easy drinker, did the bottle fine, could probably get through a bit more of another.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 16:26:05 | More by AgentZero
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pour this one gently. I tried but still got a huge head the consistency of whipped cream. The froth stands out above the rim of my Unibroue tulip. Lots of little pearl like bubbles rise up the sides of the glass and continue to feed the monstrous head. Needless to say there is absurd lacing plastered all over the glass. The beer is hazy and honey comb orange.

S- Very nice smell. Very fruity. Tons of fresh apple skins, pears, spices (the coriander is noted). This has a smell that is distinctly Jolly Pumpkin (slight sourness, earthy yeast matched with light, juicy fruits).

T- This is a pretty sweet and tart one. Tart apples, cider, lots of spice. A light hop presence gives it a very floral character. Just before the finish the tongue is braced by a flash of sour/tartness.

M- This is probably one of the most sharply carbonated beers Ive ever had. Stabbing little bubbles grasp the tongue, it can be quite intense. This plays well along side a big dryness. This makes for a very clean finish.

D- Easy to drink but intense at times. The alcohol is tame and the finish is very clean and dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 00:14:20 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:50:50 | More by jrallen34
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky raw apple cider. HUGE head, leaves slow and is clumpy. Very bubbly lace.

S - Woody, tart, grapefruit and tropical fruits.

T - Bitter and tart. Fruit shows it head in between the two.

M - Almost too carbed for me. The whitewash tastes away from the flavor and body of the beer, IMO.

D - For a tart beer, fun and pretty tasty. Easy to have a few.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 03:11:24 | More by srandycarter
Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.