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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 59
Gots: 70 | 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 scruffwhor


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

10-31-2006 03:22:06 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of neonbrown82


4.93/5  rDev +22%

No question about it, this beer stole the show at last night's tasting, even over the Dark Lord! Very fine beer. My favorite from Jolly Pumpkin to date, and an instant favorite. I would love to have more of this, but unfortunately it was acquired from out of state.

The beer looks good enough. Nice and light pale golden color with a light haze and a creamy white head. Nice active carbonation. Lacing is fluffy.

The smell is quite exceptional. The coriander goes perfect with the flowery hops and other spices, as well as the infectious yeast flavors/aromas. The taste is just as good, if not better. Starts off with a nice sharp citrusy tart flavor, fading into a flowery hop flavor, and finishing bone dry with a funky saison-like finish of barnyard must. Very smooth. Not sour or acidic at all. Everything works perfectly together to create this magnificent brew. I love Jolly Pumpkin, but most of all, I love this beer in particular.

10-24-2006 06:05:34 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of bwyker

New York

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

750ml bottle into a tulip, at about 48 F.

Appearance, grimy golden amber with bits of yeasty funk. A geyser of cashew colored foam poured out of the bottle upon opening. Left a huge head of very active foam. Slowly settled to a nice lining around the glass. Smells of wood and bugs (Brett?), with subtle cherry notes. Flavor matches the nose, with more force. Earthy vanilla hints and light candy sugar at the start with a smoothed cherry sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel was light bodied with a slightly sour finish. Drinkablility was high. Russian River –tion like. Enjoyed tremendously, yet it requires slow appreciation.

10-21-2006 02:16:48 | More by bwyker
Photo of mjd83goblue


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

750 mL bottle for $6.99. Pretty good price.

A: Pours a honey color. Pour is a little touchy, about 1" head the first time, poured a little harder the 2nd and about 1/3 of the pint glass was head.

S: Lots of spices and citrus

T: Pretty complex. Tons of spice, some pepper and some cinnomon/cloves. A definite sour lemon finish. Some saison-like yeast funk.

M: Pretty solid, a little prickly from the carbonation

D: Not an everyday beer, but tasty

10-06-2006 06:15:25 | More by mjd83goblue
Photo of emerge077


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

09-27-2006 00:21:49 | More by emerge077
Photo of scooter231

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a honey/orange color with a sudsy, big head and lovely lacing. Gorgeous beer. Smell is pungently sour, lots of lemon and orange. Taste is, again, pungently citrusy/acidic. It's not sour so much as acidicly fruity. Jollyranchers come to mind, and lambics. Mouthfeel is nice, just the right amount of bubbles, and a bit chewy. Overall a lovely brew.

09-24-2006 05:45:08 | More by scooter231
Photo of trep

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

750mL bottle, age unknown.

Hands down, the best looking beer I've ever laid eyes on. Before I poured it a bit of foam gushed from the top. After pouring, it remains in the glass like foam insulation. So frothy, looks like a rootbeer float. Head is slightly off-white. Body is a murky garnet, plenty of floaters in this one. Even after a while of sitting, the foam remains and leaves tons of lace. Yeasty, funky aroma. Some bitter hops, but not much, a bit of alcohol and some sour fruit. A bit of dry chalkiness throughout.

Much more bitter than I expected. Much hoppier too. Actually this beer tastes basically nothing like it smells. A bit of alcohol lingers, nice, crisp, clean, malt in the background. White grape aftertaste.

Crisp, refreshing, and clean, just like Bud Select, only this is a true story. Medium bodied and lots of carbonation. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting more funk and sour, but its a fairly hoppy beer. I wish I had this during the summer on a hot day. Certainly refreshing and easy going down.

09-23-2006 05:36:19 | More by trep
Photo of lackenhauser


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Golden orange color-somewhat hazy with a big head of fluffy white foam-get a spoon you will need it! Very earthy and peppery aroma. Quite spicy. Some malt and hops in there but again with the spices. Good malty flavor with a very unique bitterness to it. Strong hop bite mixed with a blend of spices-again peppery. Good mouthfeel-the sweetness that there fades to a slight dryness. Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Very interesting beer for a US brewer.

09-17-2006 02:18:26 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of merlin48


4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours into a goblet a hazy, rusty orange body topped by a large and billowing head that is offwhite to beige. Retention is excellent and lacing is in abundant sheets.

Aroma is very floral, a plethora of herbal, fruit, and flower blossoms. Some toasty grain adds to the allure. White pepper and coriander front a heady aroma of spices. Bretts lend a wild, earthy, and pastoral aspect to the complex bouquet.

Lovely mouthfeel is effervescent and well carbonated to the point of being velvety. Body is light medium. This just feels wonderful to swirl on the palate.

Taste id dominated by herbal hops which provide a clean and dry bitterness. A bit of toasty grain seems understated but works well here. Sour white grapes, woody oak, mint, and coriander add to the complexity. Reminds me of a well crafted Saisson. Excellent all around!

Another delightful artisan ale from the Jolly Pumpkin folks. Complex and intriguing, a sheer delight to enjoy. Highly recommended.

09-07-2006 13:07:15 | More by merlin48
Photo of dgallina


4.2/5  rDev +4%

750ml brown bottle without freshness date. Beautiful label art.

Pours into the tulip good-looking cloudy golden tan. Huge creamy head that slowly recedes, leaving a good blanket of foam and excellent lace. Smells very fruity and spicy. Black pepper, yeast, hops, oranges, a bit of lemon funk and lactic tartness. Flavor is easy-going and quite rounded. Begins with toasted grains, black pepper. Develops big fruity orange and coriander center that melds elegantly into a spicy lemon, yeast, and hop finish. Light to medium-light in the mouth. Perhaps a touch overly gassy with carbonation. Very nice overall!

09-06-2006 01:04:25 | More by dgallina
Photo of rajendra82


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

The beer came in a 750 ml. bomber with a very artfully done label. The Belgian style pale ale came out cloudy, deep golden, and bubbly, and readily formed a rocky two finger head, that kept rising up until it was sticking above the glass in a volcano shaped cone of bubbles. Haven’t seen a display such active carbonation since the last time I cracked open a Duvel. The nose was classic Jolly Pumpkin sour, with a clear note of Brettanomyces, which undoubtedly was lurking in the crevices of the barrels this beer was aged in. The taste was dry, oak-influenced, and earthy, with the Brettanomyces showing up rarely as band-aid. The spices were quite muted, and hard to pick out above all the other flavor influences. The band-aid off flavor and the Brett character faded as I let the beer breathe, and Luciérnaga became sweeter and mellower. Pleasingly medium in body, this was also quite warming for a 6.5% ABV pale ale, which was probably due to the fact that I was gulping this easy to drink beer down fast. In my opinion, this was one of the best uses of barrel aging I have run across for a while, and quite fitting the term Artisan Ale that is proudly a part of the name of this brewery.

09-04-2006 01:53:49 | More by rajendra82
Photo of schenked


4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Had on cask at Maproom.

Appearance - nut brown hew with slight yellow tint. next to no head, which is what you excpect from cask

Smell - hoppy, tangy

Taste - again, tangy, hoppy. Had a nice bitterness from hops, but a really pleasant tang.

Mouthfeel - soft, easy. No really bit, but not at all watery. very nice

I could drink this many times over. Anotehr winner from Jolly Pumkin. Woiuld be interested in having it from the bottle to compare.

08-20-2006 21:32:22 | More by schenked
Photo of AltBock


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

I got this on-tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, OH. It came me not too cold and not too warm either, it was just at the right temperature. I should also mention that it came to me in a standard American 12 oz. pint glass. I didn't get to see what the tap handle looked like, but I'm sure it was nice looking.

Appearance: When it came to me, the beer was a hazy golden orange with a white head of foam that was slightly smaller than 1 inch in height. The white head of foam had a nice retention and left plenty of rings and a small skim of white foam that lasted the entire duration of drinking.

Smell: I thought that the smell was one dimensional. The smell was very nice in sour grapes, but that's all it was, nothing more. I kept swirling it around, but nothing more than sour grapes came out.

Taste: It tasted like it smelled, but a little better. There was plenty of not too sour fruits (which of course the most tasted of the sour fruits was the grape), sometimes yeast, and a pinch of hops. After all of those flavors came a dry aftertaste. I thought the taste was very unique, like all of the other Jolly Pumpkin beers I've had in the past. Very Nice!!

Mouthfeel: I thought it was not too light and with a dry aftertaste of mildly sour fruits.

Drinkability: It was very drinkable, in fact I had to have another one of these. Another unique beer from a brewery with a unique name of Jolly Pumpkin. I sure wouldn't mind another one of these on tap. Way to go Jolly Pumpkin!

08-09-2006 22:04:15 | More by AltBock
Photo of andjusticeforale


4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

I bought this in Great Barrington; no availability and I have never seen it in Connecticut; anyway, it came with much hype; I poured it from the 750ml into a tulip; there were massive, explosive amounts of carbonation. The color was a rusted bronze, the smell was of malt, some hops, nothing extravagant.

The taste was quite good; there was a great fullness of body, a great start to middle malty-ness; a nice lingering finish- with flavor but surprisingly clean. There was a terrific balance of hop and alcohol bitter/harshness with the smoothness given from the heft of the mouthfeel and the malty-ness; it was complex but not overpowering. I would suggest drinking this on your own and not pairing it with food; but if you had to, make it lamb chops or veal meatloaf.

08-07-2006 12:28:58 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of brewcrew76


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Pours a golden amber with a huge puffy white head that slowly fades to a creamy lacing.

S - The aroma is a grassy lemon with some pepper and spice sprinkled in. I think I pick up some noble hops hiding in the spice.

T - There is a lot going on in this beer. Lemon and grass come through with some spice and tart. There is almost a sweet tart flavor going on with a slight sweetness and tartness battling each other.

M - Mouthfeel is about medium with a good deal of carbonation.

D - A very good, refreshing beer that I will seek out again.

08-06-2006 00:48:50 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of sulldaddy


4/5  rDev -1%

Split a bottle with Stopper, poured at room temp into a stemmed bock glass. The bottle is a bit of a gusher and some foam spills.
The brew purs slightly hazy amber with soft fluffy off white head of 2cm several streams of bubbles rise to the surface.
Aroma is fruity white grape and green apple dominant with some bready yeast in the back.
First sip reveals an average body and smooth texture with fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is sweet fruit with grape and apple and some yeasty bread again. Very easy to drink even with the burps from the bubbly carbonation.
Quite a nice brew for my first from the brewery.

07-26-2006 02:49:18 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev -1%

Unlike the other beers I've had from Jolly Pumpkin, this beer didn't strike me as being tart, which is a characteristic of their beers. Some Belgian candy sweetness, with a bit of yeasty spice. Malt was substantial but not heavy in the mouth. A nicely done beer.

07-10-2006 15:06:46 | More by Brent
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Slightly hazed orange color with a torrent of carbonation rising from the center. Huge, billowy head of marshmallow fluff is perfectly "Belgian" - big foamy clumps of lace are all over my glass. Aroma is full of spices - yeasty with a touch of soapiness. Nutmeg and cinnamon warm the nose and blend with some melon and sweet malts. There's an immediate citric sourness in the taste at first - bitter spiciness with earthy and floral qualities. Rind-ish dryness and some alcoholic warmth in the end. "Easy" mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation.

All kinds of spices add a nice complexity to this brew. Well worth a try and convincing enough to make me try others from Jolly Pumpkin.

07-09-2006 21:45:44 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4%

Giant billowing white head. The dense creamy, soapy head leaves giant lacey patches and a tantalizing heavy layer for the duration. Color is a thickly hazey amber red with a big old carbonation tornado at the center. Nose is hugely fruity, earthy, spicey, grassy, with sweet grains. Quite delightful. Taste has all of the above with a little acidic bitter to it. Very smooth mouth and for the looks, I expected a bigger body. The medium body is adequate though and enhances drinkability maybe. Certainly goes does easy for me. Mmmm yummy in my tummy.

Very good.

07-09-2006 05:22:58 | More by tastybeer
Photo of BEERchitect


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

06-20-2006 02:29:40 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of beermanbrian


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

750 ml bottle

Pours a nice orange copper color. Huge white bubbly head. The lacing is some of the best i've even seen. It clings to my Chimay glass in spiderweb patterns and dosn't move.

Nice floral and citrus smell with the faintest hint of corriander. Very interesting and enjoyable. Not IPA like floral and citrus but unmistakably those scents come through.

Taste is just as enjoyable. Sweetness up front that finishes with a bitterness that is very different. It is very dry almost like a dry chardonay and it lingers but not in an overpowering way. The flavor changes to a real woodyness as you drink more. The only thing lacking is a real solid maltyness.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Glad i picked this one up.

06-03-2006 00:50:59 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of gbontrag


4.88/5  rDev +20.8%

It's nice to see a 750 with a cap instead of a cork.
Wow, pours frothy, then simmers to the color of dried orange peels...
"We interrupt this description to bring you the aroma of perfume!"
God that smells sweet, floral, herbal, minerally.
This is juicy unlike any beer I've ever tasted. The froth has literally transformed itself into a white top hat. This ambrosia turns and turns on the palate with sweetness, herbal essences, bitterness, floral water, strained grapefruit juice. Unbelievable. Tangerine. A bit of chardonnay, and oak. I'd call this intense, but it's so lite. It washes over my mouth like ocean waves on a white beach; gently coloring my palate with insane softness, and depth. Fine carbonation, sweet and tangy with perfect herbal bitterness. It opens like a flower releasing more botannical aromas with each sip. This is what makes beer appreciation so worthwhile. This is just a damn fine drink with every quality you could want in your refreshment. wow

05-25-2006 04:09:10 | More by gbontrag
Photo of MagicLantern


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured into my Duvel glass.

Up front I want to point three things out. First, the bottle looks great. The artwork is cool and it has a by-gone era look about it. I enjoyed this and it's why I bought it. Second, I drank this maybe two months ago and I'm making this review from notes. Third, I'll follow my notes, but the fact is I just remember hating this beer. My notes say otherwise, but my memory says never again. So I guess I'm surprised to read my notes and see that I sort of enjoyed it.

A: Little to no head. Simply a halo around the edge of glass. Heavy carbonation rests at bottom of glass and rises lightly and evenly through center of glass.

Deep translucent amber with hint of red in it.

S: Pleasant. Nutty, strong but welcoming. Slightly fruity. Smell is hops to follow.

T: Sweet followed by bitter. This has a clear distinct taste that can be broken down as follows: It starts with a crisp sweetness followed by a tart flavor which is quicky covered by a swift bitter bite that lingers just abit. This is the hops one can smell in the beer. No overt alchohol taste.

M: Watery with a bitter bite that strikes back.

D: The bitterness is sharp in a manner that increases as one drinks more of this beer. This is definetely going to cap the amount one can drink.

05-19-2006 21:04:40 | More by MagicLantern
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Good thing I know what I was expecting from a JP beer as I had my glass ready as soon as this was popped. I needed every inch of the Duvel glass. After the initial pour in looked at the mouth of the bottle and noticed that it was damn near shut by a yeast plug. I guess this bottle was stored upside down? Anyway there were some floaties as you can imagine. The color was hazy orange-yellow with a tremendous head that became chunky and flecked with yeast. The smell was spicy and sweet with a alcoholic burst countered with a citric swirl. The taste is earthy and funky with a citric sword slicing open my stomach, the peppery dryness in the finish is nice and I really enjoy the aftertaste. A decent body on this beer I probably drank it too warm but I don't care. Good enough that I would put it into the rotation but watch out for the yeast plugs.

05-19-2006 19:51:19 | More by Higravity
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Quebec (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +20%

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.

05-19-2006 13:53:04 | More by Phyl21ca
Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.