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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 59
Gots: 79 | 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 Bobikel
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bobikel, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of HopHead84
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

HopHead84, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of goldenpeanut
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

goldenpeanut, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MiScusi, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of BlindPig
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BlindPig, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

oakbluff, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of MSchae1017
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MSchae1017, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of ikats
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ikats, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

alexgash, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Risser09
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Risser09, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

NCSUdo, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy red-orange color. The head is massive, fluffy, and recedes very, very slowly into thick chuncky lacing. The aroma is of roses, coriander, leather, earth, and bretta with a nice tart sourness. The taste is like the aroma but not as pronounced. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with very high carbonatioin which gets in the way a bit. Overall, this is another fine brew from Jolly Pumpkin. I would drink this again, but I would still prefer an Oro De Calabaza..

KarlHungus, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Hazy dark orange color with a thick, sticky white head. The head was like meringue. It had a spicy, flowery aroma. Taste was upfront spice, then it became a little sweet, then a tiny hop taste at the end. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

lordofthewiens, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color, with a tan head. Aromas that consist of a tart corriander and spice. In the taste, more of the same, a sour corriander, but not overbarring at all. A bit of hops balance it out. A sour mouthfeel and a sweettart aftertaste. Corriander is big but sourness balances it out. Another home run for Jolly Pumpkin.

OWSLEY069, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy orange with a couple inches of frothy white head that leaves excellent lacing. Lots of junky yeast floating around. Nose is crazy sour. Fairly sweet caramel malt. A fair bit of spice as well. Taste is nice: lots of sourness first off, although not overpowering like the Bam Biere. Some cotton candy too. Very high carbonation, although it works well for the sourness. Good, medium body. A crazy-refreshing beer with an original unique flavor.

soupyman10, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of david131
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A wonderful, luminescent, cloudy orange beverage. The head is monstrously thick and craggy. It shows its weight by dimpling the top of the beer. When the head settles down a little bit, it leaves some excellent lacing. The Duvel tulip it's in keeps a massive mound of head in the middle of the glass. One of the coolest looking beers that I have ever seen.

S- Sour and tart with some fruitiness. Some funk as well. I am picking up some wood too. Complex. It really opens up a lot more as it warms.

T- Stunning. This is a very unique experience. Definitely sour and funky with some strong citrus in the flavor, most notably lemon. Spicy and woody. Some fruits such as apple and pear are there as well. Floral notes tingle my buds here and there. Really complex and everything seems to fit really well together. There is so much flavor in this for not being a "big beer" at 6.5%.

M- Wonderfully smooth and spicy at the same time. The carbonation is great as well as the bottle conditioning. The beer almost keeps my mouth watering.

D- I love this beer. It is really unique and packs in a massive amount of flavor into a beer that wont put you out for the night. Highly recommended if you are looking for something a little different.

david131, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed every Jolly Pumpkin beer I have tasted and this was no exception. In fact, this was probably my favorite after Biere De Mars. The color was a cloudy orange, hazy. The head was viciously strong and took a while to settle. it looked like whipped fluff sitting on top of the brew. The smell was funk! Funky, funky, with some sour vinegar and mustiness but I liked it! The taste was also sour, fruity, dry, delicious. The Jolly Pumpkin beers are kinda costly but they really are well made beers. Excellent!

ArrogantB, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
2.48/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Bighuge, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of hebruiser
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very simply put:

A: poured from capped 750ml bottle into standard 10oz glasses. gorgeous autumnal-themed orange semi clouded body with a "flying over a thunderstorm" head of rich, billowy foam.

S: sulphuric/methane brett and spice. the spice hits the second one realizes that there is a definite sourness to the bouquet. immediately balances into a desire to actually smell it again.

T & M: rush of tiny-bubbled carbonation and a dagger of sour brett again. i would have this again slightly warmed up just for comparison as it was quite cold when i initially tried it. some tang from citrus and fruity esters, but mostly a lively, yet smooth and sultry standard strong pale flavor. reminiscent of some of the de proef primitives.

D: yes please.

hebruiser, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of WaveRebel51
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one wild and crazy brew. The most memorable thing to me was the pungent, smell -- almost like a musty, mildewy aroma that was a bit of a turn-off. But I can overlook the aroma because of all the wild flavors involved -- wheat, spices, bready yeast, fruity-esters and of course, the trademark sourness of all Jolly Pumpkin products. The different flavors work well together, but the sourness seems to tie it all together.

The price and the mildewy smell (along its limited availability) probably keeps this from being a repeat beer, but this beer made me say "wow" more than once and was truly a unique experience.

WaveRebel51, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy, muddy amber with a monster fluffy white head that sticks around and laces the glass.

The aroma is musty yeast, some grains, wood and spices and a little fruit in the background.

The flavor is some slightly tart and acidic fruits and a hint of spices leading to a noticeable, lightly bitter hop finish. It has a very dry lingering aftertaste that I can't quite identify. The mouthfeel is medium with tons of bubbly carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. It's not as sour as JP's other brews. It's easy drinking, but the aftertaste doesn't quite jive with me.

Beaver13, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of flowerysong
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice light amber with a large rocky head that displays great retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with some sharp brett character, citrusy hops and hints of spice.

Taste: Medium hop bitterness on an earthy barnyard background with mild notes of oak. Mildly sweet and slightly sour, some nice fruity yeasty notes and peppery spiciness complement the lemony citrus flavours quite well.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent Belgian-style pale ale. Pairs nicely with a strong blue cheese.

flowerysong, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Fugazme
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking beer.... copper to gold... lots of light flickering through and a rocky 3/4" bright white head...

Aroma is awesome... truly great. Some spicy cinnamon and grassy hops... herbaceous in a very cool herbaceous way with a a hint of basil and nosefull of dill. Peppery and delicious. Awesome.

Taste is well-balanced between a slightly sweet upfront and a generally bitter hop finish. Nice peppery notes.

A beer to go back and enjoy again.

Fugazme, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of dfried
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy, not quite see through yellowish orange, with a giant off white head that bubbled away in big chunks. First and foremost the aroma hits you with some Brett sourness, but there is a lot more going on with some floral notes I think from the hops, spicy coriander and pepper, hearty pale malty grain, some bready and yeasty notes, and a citrusy edge.

The taste is maybe even a bit more sour than the aroma led on, there is quite a tangy undertone throughout this whole beer with the Brett sourness as well as spicy and citrusy notes galore. The tanginess fades a bit in the aftertaste revealing the fruity notes a bit more, sour apples, pears, and some more tropical like hints as well. There were some more resinous-like notes too, I think from the floral hops, but some of them I think were picked up from the oak aging as well.

Overall: I really liked this beer, I looked great with awesome color, head, and lacing, and the taste was good with a lot of layers. However I did find it a bit too sour and perfumy to be all that drinkable. A good one to share with a friend.

dfried, Jul 31, 2007
Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.