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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 59
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of JDV


3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours bright and cloudy orange. Tart sour orange smell with light vinegar. Taste is super mild, lightly funky and not really tart at all. Faintly fruity, but rather dull and boring, in fact. Fizzy mouthfeel and some mild bittering hops. Not impressed...

06-30-2008 20:59:33 | More by JDV
Photo of abankovich


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

Very rich, deep amber color with an intensely thick head that clings and sticks like crazy.

Very floral, citrus, earthy aroma with a definite breadiness as well. I'm getting slight alcohol notes as well as some toasted scents. Definitely a lot of spiciness as well. Overall very complex in the nose.

Wow this is a unique and complex beer. I don't know where to start. Up front there is a wave of spiciness (coriander) and flavor. Across the middle all of these seems to drop out instantly to a void of bitterness and dryness. Then sweet, toasted malts are left on the back end. The alcohol does come through a little more than I'd like, but it isn't overpowering, just noticeable.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with some decent carbonation that comes into play. The drinkability isn't too high on this for me, just because a 750ml of this stuff would be more than enough in one night.

06-20-2008 02:35:07 | More by abankovich
Photo of gregc

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured a orange like color with a 1 to 2 finger head. Aroma of orange rind, wet oak, coriander and some funk.
Taste is great with the oak and the coriander really coming through. I taste sour funk and sweetness, its a great flavor, and has a nice dryness from the oak in the finish. The mouthfeel is great, nicely carbonated, very light and crisp, a nice summer beer in my opinion. Jolly Pumpkin comes through with another great funky beer.

06-16-2008 23:52:31 | More by gregc
Photo of SaucyA


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Into a La Chouffe tulip. Magnificent head that is being fed by the most effervescent body I've probably ever witnessed. Carbonation is huge in this one. Rocky head just stays and stays. Golden, glowing orange body.

S - Fantastic nose. So far so good! Tons of yeast, tons of fruity esters, orange rind, honeydew, unripe light fruits. Doesn't my girlfriend have a lip gloss this flavor? Oak comes through like crazy after the first sip. Spices like coriander come through as it warms. Anybody remember Floam? It sorta smells like Floam.

T - Oak like crazy, but the underlying flavors are exciting. Wicked blend of sweet and sour, with an oaky dryness to finish it all off. All in all a well made, tho not completely amazing offering from JP.

M - Near champagne-like mouthfeel. Sparkly, light, crisp. Slick but not coating.

D - Awfully drinkable for this time of year (early summer). Quenching, easy drinking, unobtrusive.

Notes: Really diggin this one today. I was in the mood for something a little lighter and this hit the spot. Brews like this make me glad I live in Michigan :)

06-12-2008 18:03:03 | More by SaucyA
Photo of mully


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Extensive creamy head golden with red hues. The head sticks around pretty much forever very fine carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Big clumps of foam stick to the walls of the glass.

corriander and yeasty spices in the nose.

Sour spicey and oak layered beer almost crisp

Clean ample carbonation almost oily

Good refreshing beer would be awesome of a hot humid night.

06-07-2008 21:28:42 | More by mully
Photo of Slynger


4.2/5  rDev +4%

The Firefly glows a hazy golden brownish orange color with an excellent looking fuzzy pearl colored top.

The nose has a gentle vanilla frosted sugar cookie sweetness with a more bold golden orchard fruitiness. Nicely yeasty as well, with coriander spice.

The flavor is very lightly sweet with solid maltiness that comes through wheaty. Lots of fruit flavors from tart peaches and golden orchards. Yeasty overtones with spices of coriander, light pepper, and ginger. Medium-full in body with a zesty, creamy, fuzziness to its awesome carbonation which slides down with an oily smoothness.

Great American version from JP. Really tart-fruity and tasty with an amazing feel to it.

05-30-2008 03:42:36 | More by Slynger
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

05-24-2008 13:41:00 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a nice golden color with a very nice two inch rocky head. Plenty of carbonation racing up the glass and keeping the head going. Smell is funky and tart. Taste is very much the same and very good. Plenty of coriander and spice. I didn't get that much hops in the taste. Plenty of tart sweetness though, and I love it. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. These JP beers are flooring me. Great brewer and brewery.

05-15-2008 23:51:13 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of HopHobo


4.68/5  rDev +15.8%

750 mL bottle from the 2007 stash

A- Pours a golden honey color, with three finger head. Lots of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. The bottle itself is very cool as one would expect from JP. Wine bottle with a green label, very cool artwork really sets this beer apart visually.

S- The smell is slightly sour, but has nice yeast and floral aroma. All smells meld together nicely.

T&M- mmm, delicious, nice balance of sweet and sour, very refreshing. You can definetly taste the wild yeast in this brew, goes down very easily for a wild ale. Mouthfeel is light and almost fruit like.

D- One of my favs, very drinkable, a little pricey, but I would definetely love to have this beer in my fridge all summer long.

04-22-2008 13:45:26 | More by HopHobo
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Is it just me, or do others seem to have carbonation issues with every bottle from Jolly Pumpkin? Yup - another gusher...after a few HUGE head pours and more foaming from the bottle, this one settled down perhaps 45 mins after being opened...so it ends up looking medium apricot, semi cloudy, long lasting and wild looking tan head, plenty of eccentric lacing and a nice floral, yeasty nose. Yummy, yeasty brew, the expected coriander, medium spicing and fruity notes. Quite drinkable, complex and well worth trying this one, just try to get a fresh and well cared for bottle, from a store you trust and good luck to you...

04-22-2008 02:12:40 | More by Billolick
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3.18/5  rDev -21.3%

To me Luciérnaga has a flavor and mouthfeel very similar to champagne. The taste is tart, dry and spicy, and the carbonation is very high. It pours with a very foamy head that does not dissipate quickly. Not a bad beer, but a little too sour and bubbly for my tastes. I've had a few experiences now with Jolly Pumpkin Ales and they don't suit me.

04-01-2008 15:07:40 | More by jenbys2001
Photo of donteatpoop


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Very heady beer regardless of how gently I poured it. This is a thick and cloudy deep-gold beer that smells spicey and vaguely fruity. Very full in the mouth, a bit high on the carbonation level for my taste. The flavors in the beer hit my tongue in various stages, the spice hit me first followed shortly after by the bitterness of the hops. The grain and spice dominate the mouth primarily and the taste is all around well balanced, leaving a satisfying cacophony of flavor in your mouth for a bit after.

03-04-2008 05:42:29 | More by donteatpoop
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3.4/5  rDev -15.8%

Poured from a bottle a hazy peach color with a gentle two-finger white head.

Aroma of yeast, bananas, oranges, some light earthiness and coriander.

Sadly, the taste doesn't follow the aroma. The taste is tart and salty and heavy on black pepper while the fruits and spices are pushed far to the back and hardly noticed.

Light mouthfeel, drying, and moderately carbonated.

The expected fruitiness of this bottle has left the building. Maybe a bad bottle?

02-17-2008 18:19:26 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Bobikel


4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

Served from the 750ml bottle -
Poured into a .5 litre goblet

Appearance - Even with a fairly gentile pour, a massive two and a half inches of tightly packed foam arises. A few streams of bubbles can be seen throught the hazy golden liquid. Blond highlights around the outsides make for a fairly appealing body, while the head leaves gobs of lace over the course of its slow recession.

Smell - A little bready maltiness is quickly overpowered by a dry and earthy hoppiness. This is accentuated by a light funk, as all jolly pumpkin ales are, conjuring bits of green apple, pepper, and a slight grassyness.

Taste - A fairly explosive bitterness fills the mouth right away. Malt sweetness in the center of the tongue is slowly supplanted by a very mild sourness. The hops remain pervasive throughout, well after the swallow, still clinging on to the sides of the tongue. A very interesting progression of flavors that, ultimately, create a nice balance between the sweet, sour, and bitter.

Mouthfeel - A tight prickly carbonation dances across the tongue. Smooth and a little slick through the mouth, and a touch thin.

Drinkability - A very approachable ale, that is as complex as it is drinkable.

02-07-2008 00:29:10 | More by Bobikel
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4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

A: Medium golden color with a thick, frothy, lingering, 2 finger, off white head. When the head dissipates and forms The beer leaves lacing on the glass wherever it touches.

S: Spicy! I detect coriander and a hint of citrus. The smell is mildly sweet and a faint hop aroma can be detected.

T: Pretty spicy and tart right away that leads into a nice sour flavor. Brett was here, methinks. The fruity taste helps balance out the spiciness, and the slight hop aroma is very pleasant. This is really fantastic stuff.

M: A nice full mouthfeel with a great deal of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: For the intense flavors this is pretty damn drinkable, though I wouldn't care to drink more than one of these large bottles.

Another fantastic beer by Jolly Pumpkin.

02-06-2008 07:22:08 | More by HopHead84
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4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

750ml bottle in good exterior condition poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Capped champaign bottle, no cork. Bottle gushed on opening, as did another Jolly Pumpkin reviewed a few days ago. Carbonation is high but not really excessively so, I think the problem is related to the heavy lees in both bottles, lots of nucleation points.

Poured with a huge light tan head that settled down to a fine foam on top of larger bubbles, very nice.

Very nice aroma with hints of both coriander and grains of paradise (both stated on the label) in a very nice balance with the malt and the yeast notes. This is a type of balance I've only experienced previously with Belgian examples. There is a definite Brett bite in the nose, will it be in the flavor, I am salivating.

Well the gush is now explained, there is definite Brett in the flavor. Explosive carbonation blasts the beer into a foam that coats the palate. There is a full range of flavors to experience as the foam dies back. First there is the flavor of Brett, lactic acid, then citrus notes mostly orange and lime. As the citrus notes fade the bitter becomes forward with a character very similar to bitter orange as used in Wit beer.

The finish is short leaving a spicey bitter to remain, and some sweetness too. A sip finishes quickly; demanding you return to the glass quickly for another. And you obey.

This is truly a great beer, the Brett is really nice, there are cellared flavors here that I though only could be produce in Belgium. I'll be looking for this beer again and will try to stock up on it. I want it with a dinner, duck, steak, anything oily where I want an acidic beer to cut the fat.

If you find this beer buy it, hell, buy at least two, I wish I had.

02-03-2008 21:24:40 | More by goldenpeanut
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured a hazy gold with a huge rocky foam into my tulip glass. The smell has faint fruits, banana coming out more as it warms, along with some funky sourness in the aroma. The taste is earthy, like old wood, slightly tart, and the spices are overall apparent but not individually to me. This is a sort of beer I need to be in the mood for, but when I am it's pretty good.

01-26-2008 17:56:53 | More by MiScusi
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

A-Huge white head with a light yellow tint to it on a cloudy copper body.
S- Very different aroma. Damp earthy notes, bretta, hints of leather, light hop aroma, little bit of fruits, and just a hint of caramel.
T- Light subtle flavors. Malt body spiced with some black pepper and coriander, light bretta funk, and hints of oak (very subtle), nice hop bitterness that helps bring it out for the aftertaste. Nice fruity flavors with a balanced spice. Almost like a saison without the farmhouse notes to it.
M- Medium/thin body with a weird sense of low carbonation yet a good amount a the same time. Nice dry finish.
D- I think this is really good. The more you drink of it the flavors build up on the tongue and really create itself that way. I don't know what it is but with both Joly Pumpkin beers I have opened from the 750ml they both seem to just keep pouring out of the bottle and have no clue why. This is a great subtle beer and a nice change of pace to see someone making subtle beers that still have a lot of flavor instead of everyone just throwing pounds of hops and malt in the beer.

01-14-2008 03:49:55 | More by BlindPig
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Big gusher of a bottle. Luckily didn't lose too much to the countertop. Cloudy tangerine with huge chunky head. Aroma- nice oaky funkiness. Taste- high initial sourness that drys quickly. Not really a juicy sourness, more dry woodiness. Little bit of citrus. I think this is the dryest JP beer I've had. Not high is alcohol, but seems boozy for some reason.

01-12-2008 22:04:36 | More by oakbluff
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a clouded amber gold with a decent crème head and a lot of bubbles floating up all over the bottom of my wide glass. Kind of reminds me of fireflies. Nose is very yeasty with a talcy, chalky edge. Flavor is tangy with a bitter tone to it. Also seems to be a pretty firm mineral influence as well. Tart is the name of the game here though as it kicks you pretty good in the back of the mouth. Feel is smooth with a good level of carbonation and bubble hitting you and a decently balanced liquid feel. Overall extremely drinkable. Another fine American produced BPA.

12-31-2007 04:17:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

This beer was poured from the 750mL bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours hazy golden with a hint of amber with a fluffy off white head that holds a strong layer over the beer with lace down the glass. The smell is spicy, and yeasty with some oak and the promise of some tart flavor. The taste hits you first with the malts ,followed by the hops and then brings a strong spicy flavor that lingers before the belgian yeast shows through. An Oakyness also exists throughout the taste. The beer has a full body with some significant dryness. Overall, a good beer. Very complex, but a bit overwhelming on the spiciness.

12-07-2007 21:07:55 | More by MSchae1017
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4%

Light orange in color. Slightly hazy (you can still see through it though). Big white head took some time to subside leaving behind beautiful lacing. Aroma is wonderful. Spices (I am not up to the level of naming them yet), yeasty fruitiness, a few sour notes. Taste is not what I expected. Hoppy bitterness conflicts too much with sour notes, in my opinion. There is some sweetness too, but overall this beer is a bit on the dry side. It's light to medium body. Pleasant mouthfeel and drinkable.

Not my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, but worth a try. By the way, I really like the label on this 750 ml bottle.

11-29-2007 05:24:41 | More by ikats
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Murky copper apricot body with a huge, rocky, glass-slathering, off-beige head. Wow. Fresh hay, light powdered sugar, tart fruits, lemon sorbet, and faint spices. Nice and complex nose. Toasted grain and bitter herbal hops up front. Quickly turns acidic and sour. Hints of tart cherries, lemon, and oak. Winy fruit, wheat malt, hay, and more oak into the long, tasty finish. Medium-bodied with a very lively feel. Another great JP brew!

11-02-2007 23:17:10 | More by alexgash
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

750ml Bottle shared at Phatz' sour beer tasting - probably 2007 bottling

Appearance: Opens with a swich and erupts rom the bottle so we are forced to pour quickly until the beer can control itsef. The beer is semi transparent and hazy orange with an off white cakey head. The head is quite thick and demonstrative, with plenty of cloudy pillows. Very nice.

Smell: The Jolly Pumpkin brett smell is apparent right away. Surely their yeast has taken hold of the brewery and maintained its posterity in all theri beers. Other aromas are barnyard, hay, green apple, and lemon peel.

Taste: Sour apple flavor accompanies the brettanomyces, but there is an actual malt balance which also brings a little bit of a smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and lively with a sweet but pucking taste. The spices and yeast are active on the tongue. Brettanomyces tanginess and dry finish.

Drinkability: A great bottle to open on any occasion, provided the drinkers can appreciate the sourness. This bottle could probably benefit from some aging to mellow out a little bit and develop more intricacies. Overall a great beer worth trying.

10-20-2007 13:13:47 | More by Risser09
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Big creamy head atop a hazy dark amber/golden body. Decent lacing.

S: Nice aroma of fruit and spice. Pineapple, banana, oranges with some corriander are apparent.

T: Malty taste with some bitter hops. Hints of tropical fruit. A little piney. Slightly cloying. Good hop profile with a little bitterness in the finish. Very balanced.

M/D: Good amount of carbonation with a creamy light body. Smooth with an above average drinkability.

10-07-2007 01:56:41 | More by NCSUdo
Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.