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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 62
Gots: 92 | 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 Franck
3/5  rDev -25.7%

First sips are too effervescente. LAck of flavors. Disappointing

Photo of TubaDan
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of geoffjarocki
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of DelMontiac
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Corked/caged bottled July, 2012. Shared and poured into Rose and Thorn nonic glasses. We were totally stoked to see JP in OK!

Poured a very pretty almost perfectly clear effervescent golden orange with 2 fingers of snow white cap that popped and fizzed to a thin layer in a couple of minutes.

Hmmm...what is this??? Steely and barely fruity. Maybe pears and bananas? Weak.

Well this is a bummer...is this a light beer? A very light synthetic fruitiness of pear and apple backed by a shakey backbone of ghostly bready malt. Most notable is sour apple - more sour than apple. Very lackluster compared to what I've read about it here. I'm really at a loss for words here...bland and uneventful.

I don't think feel is an issue now. Carbonation is good, but body is quite thin and lost.

Overall I have to say this is quite average. Hype is hype and it is what it is. I traded my Bam Bier after this. A very overrated brew quite honestly.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

last of the 3 bottles acquired via trade! I saved this for last since the description on the bottle called a lot of attention to the coriander and grains of paradise. In short, the beer seemed unbalanced and the influence of the coriander and grains of paradise made this an average beer IMO.

Glad to have tried it but not a repeat brew for me.

Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of walleye
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. popped the cap on this big bottle and it foamed all over the place. poured a cloudy copper, with a big white head, that left some great lacing. aroma, sour fruits, hops, toast, honey, spicey. flavor like dry wine, sour grapes, with a touch of sugar some alcohol, fruity. a differant beer but not to bad

Photo of jenbys2001
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Blend 5 - Bottled 5-14-10

Appearance - I accidentally hit this bottle against a chair a few minutes before opening, which could have been cause for the six fingers of head that this poured. Yep, I had to add my other hand to measure it. I got about an inch of actual alcohol before my snifter was almost overflowing. The foam is very concentrated and soap-like with a huge mound on top. It pours a caramel orange with slight transparency.

Smell - This beer smells of light wheat and lemon. Quite sour and tart with citrus notes. Light barley and malts linger in the background as well. Very light notes of champagne and yeast.

Taste - A surprisingly lacking and disappointing taste. I was really let down by the intensity of this taste. It isn't sour or tart; it's just watery and light bodied. Perhaps aged a little too long. The description of spices on the bottle led me ot believe this would be a spicy and sour beer. I am trying to review this beer for what it ended up being, but it's overall taste just isn't all that interesting. It is bland and boring.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Slightly tart and bitter; but is extremely light bodied as I stated. No real tastes stand out and nothing makes this beer anything spectacular or special. Fairly average and my least favorite Jolly Pumpkin brew.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

picked this up at julio's in mass..

pours a nice orange with a slight gravity haze.. lots of carbonation and a dark spot on top where the foam casts a shadow of doom into the body. smell is very perfumey with floral eurohops and a cracked wheat hint as well.. very odd, very pointed, almost like a brett note. you never know whats creeping into these barrels..

first thing i notice is the body which is very fizzy.. so much so that it interferes with the examination of flavor... which is ok, but wanders off in several different directions. primarily, this beer possesses a white wine-like orvally hop-funk braced blindly by a malty, buttery pale ale off flavor that seems to have been generated by the barrel. there is a slightly metallic bitterness in the end which reminds me of apple seeds. kind of a mess, and leaves you with an unpleasant aftertaste.

haven't really cared excessively for any of these jp brews (except the oro), and this one is no different. if you think this has potential, seek out goose island's matilda to see this idea carried out successfully.

Photo of techfed87
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.

Photo of oso
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours an attractive hazy amber/orange color. A large beige head rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. As the rocky foam gently recedes, lots of patchy lace is left in rings around the glass.
S: Big pepper notes up front and center. Really spicy as well. This has a kick to it for sure. Some light fruity aromas come out, along with the typical funky yeast.
T: Again, just a huge pepper and spice flavor that makes me cough a little every time I take a sip. Some yeasty funk and a light fruity apple flavor as well. Interesting, but is not all that well incorporated.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated. Crisp, creamy, and smooth at the same time. The odd combination of flavors makes for a slow sipper.

Very interesting. Though just to much peppery spice character. Add the typical Polly Pumpkin funk to the mix, and this beer just does not mesh right for me. Worth a try, but not one of their better offerings.

Photo of JackRB
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of jp312
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ridgeline23
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of NCStateAE
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of sludgegnome
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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?

Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a hazy dark golden orange/amber color with a large, two finger frothy, off-white head with very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Large chunks of lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma with sweet citrus and light fruit notes as well as some subtle hops ans sweet alcohol. Hints of pepper and coriander along with some orange peel, apple and pear in the nose.

Medium bodied, slightly tart and puckering with a bit of earthy oak, zesty spice, sweet fruit and mild alcohol. Tight carbonation with subtle earthy oak which is countered by spicy pepper and coriander as well as sweet citrus peel, apple and pear. Dry finish.

Photo of SpiersBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just received a shipment of Jolly Pumpkin beers from Colorado as I am becoming more and more a fan of Artisan style barrel-aged ales and wild yeast. The first bottle I've tried is Luciernaga.

A: Pours honey-gold with a thick, bubbly and foamy head.

S: Funky woody with a hint of oak.

T: Light then follows with a tart finish with pear and green apples.

M: Extremely carbonated.

O: I am very spoiled living next to Jester King Brewery with their excellent sour and tart flavor profiles. My expectations may be too high although I am looking forward to trying and reviewing the remaining Jolly Pumpkin. That's why I bought several as I am sure there are one or two that will be even better. I'd say this is more of a Session Style Beer similar to the Le Petite France at Jester King.

Photo of Floydster
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle given to me as an extra from OHLRangers, thanks for the opportunity Ed, fresh batch, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Light orange with some golden highlights, two and a half inch creamy white head that stays around for a long time, nice retention, some lacing at first
S-Aroma was the best part of this beer by far, wild yeast is what hits you first, then funkiness, lemons, Belgian sugar, orange peel, oak, champagne, minimal sour notes, hoppiness, spices, and grassy accents
T-Starts off slightly tart and then fades into some toasted malt in the middle that is a little sweet, finish is super dry because of the yeast, more fruit comes to the surface as it warms, nice mix of sweet and dry until it warms and it becomes only dry for the most part, expected this one to be more sour but it lacked in that complexity, never really tasted the spices I could smell either, great nose but the flavor lacked what was going for it there, still enjoyable at times
M-Sparkling and bubbly feel until it warms, dry and slightly sweet mouthfeel, taste lingers for some time, medium bodied, lots of carbonation
D-Goes down pretty easy but the overly dry aftertaste could cause some problems later on, ABV is pretty low and it is light on the stomach though, crisp but not as smooth as it could be

One of my least favorite Jolly Pumpkins yet, smelled great but the flavor was just lacking in my opinion, hopefully the grand reserve sitting in my closet will be better than this one, probably would not drink again if I had others from this brewery to choose from, still worth trying

Photo of biga7346
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight fruit, apricot, leathery notes in the nose followed by pear, honeycrisp apple, red wine sourness (JP's common theme from their 100% oak aged beers), champagne-like spritziness, low carbonation, a little dry tannins.

This beer is very drinkable, perfect for very hot humid weather, a refreshing apertif. Having had the Bambic in January and then having had this I can see some similarities. Mouthfeel was velvety, slick. Again, a very refreshing but nothing really lingered in the finish.

Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.