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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 60
Gots: 80 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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SocalKicks, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's beers like this that remind me I'm just not all that "in" to sours. On tap at the TDR hopfest event.

The beer pours a tawny amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty wild, showcasing primarily white pepper and barnyard funk, with a hint of vanilla and tropical fruit. There is virtually no malt presense in the nose, which tends to accentuate the peppery hop aroma and the funk. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose, but I'm really picking up some considerable hoppy bitterness in this lean, very dry and funky beer. Really, I'm not sure when I have ever encountered this type of flavor combination. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, bitter, sour funk finish.

Intriguing and unusual, this beer is surprisingly drinkable with the alcohol barely noticeable. Not my cup of tea, but even I can appreciate the craftmanship that went into the making of this beer, and what a quality beer this is. Impressive.

John_M, Sep 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The bottle erupted upon opening. After getting that under control, the beer was poured with a massive 1"+ cream-colored rocky head, which slowly gave way to some fabulous lacing. The body was a slightly hazy orange-amber color.

S- BIG FUNK!! (Pedio and Brett?) accompanied by lesser spicy and caramel malt notes.

T- The funkiness and maltiness compete for dominance on the palate with some substantial corriander flavors also coming into play. Ultimately, the funk wins this battle and dominates through the finish.

M- Medium-Firm body with a huge, creamy carbonation. The dry sensation of the tongue on the roof of the mouth is the only sign of hops in this beer.

D- This beer was very carbonated, making me feel bloated as it went-down... this is a big detractor in the drinkability department.

jgasparine, Dec 09, 2009
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Khazadum, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1105
Bottled 07-11-2012

P:  Pours a cloudy dark golden apricot color with airy white head that fades to billowing bubbles. 

S:  Aroma starts with barn yard funk, apricots, peaches, orange peel, white grapes, powdery yeast, pale malts, sourdough and timid b vitamin esters. 
Once swirled wet moldy paper, mint and subtle bubblegum presence. Bits of spicy alcohol, clove and pepper. 

T/M:  Aggressively carbonated medium body that showcases the fruit and spice characteristics in the nose. The spicy and funky yeast esters are strong and prevalent. Spices and herbs combine to create a more herbal and floral taste than the nose. Finish is dry and lingers bitter vitamins. 

O:  Huge fan of Jolly Pumpkin and this is this is no exception.  Complex and well blended. I love the fact that all JP brews are similar but very different depending on the style. This one didn't last long. 

Hopswagger, Oct 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again, Jolly Pumpkin comes through. Not what I was expecting, but then again, when brewers rely on spontaneous fermentation, it's hard to say what you're gonna get. In anycase... this brew poured out to a cloudy copper color with a huge foamy head. Almost like fluffed marshmellow. High levels of carbonation a lace laden interior of the glass. Aroma was very yeasty, with hints of citrus and malt. Taste was unique; flavors of mildy sour malt, yeast, dough, candied sugar, and fresh raw veggies kept the palate busy. Mouthfeel was medium light bodied making the beer very easy to consume. Drinkability is pretty good. Not an everyday beer, but this would compliment cheese and crackers very well. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Nov 26, 2005
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ToddIlgen, Jul 05, 2012
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ms11781, Jul 01, 2012
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gniv, Oct 10, 2012
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ejimhof, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 9/29/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a honey/golden color and starts with a massive 4-finger off-white head (the bottle is actually a very slow gusher upon cracking it); head has crazy retention and the body is a little hazy, but still shows strong carbonation; head is very foamy and thick and leaves thick swaths of lacing on the sides of the glass as it eventually fades to a full and inconsistent head.

Smell: Nice and sweet/tart fruitiness with a bit of a saccharine sweetness to it (I find this to be a bit of a standard in most Jolly Pumpkin offerings); bit of a sour Brett funkiness, but it serves as more of a compliment to the sweet and tart scents.

Taste: A very nice presence of the sweet and tart fruitiness, but well balanced with a nice citric and almost lactic sourness; a light and fruity/yeasty flavor lingers after the swallow; a very faint taste of some Belgian spiciness as it continues to warm, but is still fairly muted.

Mouthfeel: Body is pretty light in terms of weight; carbonation, while visibly strong, is much softer and smoother in the mouth (likely from the time spent in the barrel); a fairly thick and mostly semi-dry coating is left behind and holds the sour aftertaste.

Drinkability: Another solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin, nothing wrong with this one, not too heavy and it has great flavors. I think this would probably be a beer to be enjoyed during the warmer summer months, but I'd take it anytime.

bamadog, Oct 02, 2010
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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.