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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 55
Gots: 64 | 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 Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 02:12:40 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a glowing orange hazy body with a thick light tan head that is creamy but turns rocky and last for most of the bottle in this state. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that collect to form the bottom of the head.

S- This beer has a tart aged vinegar note with an oak and wet wood aroma. The faint spicy finish has green hops coming through as it warms.

T- The age vinegar tartness has a big grapefruit tartness in the finish that also has a spicy note similar to the smell. The tastes of soft aged cheese, tangelo and grapefruit come through as it warms giving it a nice complexity that grows through the bottle.

M- This beer has as medium-full mouthfeel with a smooth creamy quality in the beginning. The finish is a dry with no astringency noticed.

D- This beer has a nice flavor of wild ales and hops with makes it interesting and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 21:41:06 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of oriolesfan4


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

An interesting beer for sure, really tastes like a hoppy cider. Apple flavor really comes through, medium body, somewhat clean finish. Plenty of taste but is definitely a bit tart, which hurts the drinkability a bit. One of the more unique beers you'll try, but with the expensive price tag and overly done tartness, you'd be hard pressed to finish this bottle too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:21:07 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

08-27-2013 14:30:10 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of woodychandler


4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had a small sample at the January 2006 Heavyweight Open House and I thought it good then, but my curiosity was really piqued when gueuzegeek chastised me for not knowing about the brewery or the brewer. I was really excited when I discovered it on cask at Spuyten Duyvil on my way to BOS for the EBF.

It started slowly for me, as a lightly cloudy, medium-amber colored beer with a very thin, white head that evidenced low retention. Further, the mouthfeel was on the thin and watery side. Enough of the negatives! The nose had a wild mix of brett and apple cider. It was simultaneously tart and sweet on the tongue with the brett lingering on the finish. As it warmed, the mouthfeel thickened and the apple and citrus flavors began to assert themselves. The brett was a lingering tartness throughout the beer, but it was not as overwhelming as it has been in other beers that I have tried.

Serving type: cask

02-20-2006 22:52:37 | More by woodychandler
Photo of orangesol


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ffej of July IX

A - Pours murky amber orange with a thick two finger tall white head leaving thick rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bright citric fruit, lots of barn yard funk, the typical JP brett, and just a tiny bit of acidic sourness.

T - Starts off with a big dose of dry barnyard funk from the brett slowly giving way to a mix of lemon, even more bready yeast, and a faint kiss of caramel sweetness. The finish is even more chewy brett, leaving the pallet dry for some time. This one really grew on me over the course of the weekend.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Lots of tart funk in the feel, lingering through the finish.

O - I had quite a few of these over the two days and it really began to grow on me. It had just enough funk without being too overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 17:01:13 | More by orangesol
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange golden color. Good head, only minimal lacing.

The aroma is a little funky with some barnyard smells, some brett sourness, and some soft spice.

The taste is a nice blend of wild ale flavors, a touch of sweetness and spice. Starts with a little candy sugar sweetness, and then morphs into a soft funkiness with a touch of sourness, and finally some coriander and cinammon.

Nice light and refreshing mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Very drinkable and interesting. A nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 03:33:20 | More by Georgiabeer
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4/5  rDev -1%

08-12-2012 20:52:29 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of ppoitras


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a frothy 1 1/4" slightly off-white head over the murky light amber brew. Head lasts well, leaving delicate, if not substantial, lacing throughout the drinking experience. Aroma is spicy and lightly tart fruits, with some oak notes apparent. Taste is upfront the fruity tartness, quickly fading into the spicy malt character, and ending with a building magnitude of barrel notes that multiply this brew's complexity many times. Mouthfeel is a bit busy, and could deter one, perhaps, but the drinkability of this brew is excellent. An enjoyable entry to the world of Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 18:12:41 | More by ppoitras
Photo of duceswild


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-30-2011 22:20:47 | More by duceswild
Photo of ejimhof


4/5  rDev -1%

11-24-2012 11:17:29 | More by ejimhof
Photo of BARFLYB


3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Memphis Taproom, served in a tulip.

The Firefly has a hazy bronze appearance with some gold trimmings. A whisp of off white foam on top that has pretty good legs, leaving some minor spots on the glass. Looks a shade darker than the standard Belgian pale ale. Smell is fruity, a lot of esters. bready yeast and some earthy hop aroma. I get a nice sniff of apple skins with traces of orange. Not sure if this is aged in any sort of barrel but some wood accompanies the pale ale, some floral aspect. Fruity in the middle with apple orange and coriander. A bready finish with yeast. Pretty light bodied, not as spritzy in the mouth as other Belgian pales, this could stand to be a bit crisper but im just nitpicking. A glass of this is ok for me, a whole bottle would be better shared.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 03:26:18 | More by BARFLYB
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Luciérnaga, despite its deep orange colour, does indeed emit a good deal of glaring light. This luminosity persists even after I've considerably mucked up the clarity by pouring in some of the sediment. Its head is a spectacle - the kind of spectacle normally ever only observed in Belgian ales. From the pour it was overly zealous, layer upon layer of bubbles would stockpile until soon there was as much foam as there was beer.

But it didn't take long before the appearance was again in proper proportion. Although much of it is now crystallized in thick reams onto the glass, what foam still floats above the beer is ultra creamy, with large bumpers of foam surrounding the outskirts and a giant mass of caked froth imposingly plunked in the middle like some monumental two-ton statue.

Musty and confounding smells exhume from under that soapy lather. It is a sort of fruity character that emerges, with complimenting hints of yeasty fresh-baked bread as well as a light acidity that comes to very closely resemble tangerine or other tropical fruits. It is a tinge floral, with each sip the fleeting scent of orange blossoms. Its perfumy, peppery must is surely the coriander and grains of paradise. Damn, this smells delicious.

And perhaps that is because it is more and more reminding me of one of my favourite beers - Orval. It has that same funky, bready Brett character that results from inoculating the beer with wild yeasts and/or bacteria. This yeast and the barrel have each imparted a lightly tart/vinegary, very dry, fairly funky character. The lemon juice-like, lingering tartness is a great match for the bready sweetness of the pale malts.

The brewer should also be commended for using the spices with proper restrain. Although I wonder if I would have actually clued in to their inclusion if I hadn't already read so on the label, I'm enjoying the secondary flavour and texture they impart. The faint peppery spice is an added dimension to the softly sweet pale malts and the arid dryness of the yeast. The carbonation is lower than expected and the mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy.

Jolly Pumpkin may be dedicated to the "traditions of old world craftsmanship" but they're also clearly intent on new world innovation. Although time-consuming maturation, barrel aging and the use of wild yeasts have become more common amongst micro-brewers these days, it should be noted that this Michigan brewery was among the first to dare to try. One can only assume it is because of successes like the Firefly that others decided to follow suit.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:43:01 | More by biegaman
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a soft white head. The aroma brings spice, funk, citrus. The beer is quite tasty, and the funk flavor emerges much more as the beer warms. Citrus and spice add nice depth and complexity. The feel is thin bodied with a distinctive Jolly Pumpkin finish. An interesting and enjoyable brew, especially if you appreciate funky, eccentric beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 19:06:17 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of John_M


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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 21:20:59 | More by John_M
Photo of brandoman63


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-29-2011 23:28:32 | More by brandoman63
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 813/814, bottled on 6/6/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tart apple, lemon, pear, pepper, clove, coriander, grass, hay, funk, floral, herbal, light leather, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity, funk, and spicy notes. Taste of tart apple, pear, lemon, pepper, clove, coriander, hay, grass, light leather, and earthy spiciness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, coriander, pepper, clove, grass, hay, light leather, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy notes with funkiness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced Belgian pale ale! Great balance and complexity of tart fruit, funk, and spicing; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:10:19 | More by superspak
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sam's in Chitown.

Pours a hazy copper/orange, think off white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention, head never quits. Smell is acidic, very sour, vinegar, toffee, spices, some yeast, not as complex as their others. Taste is very fruity, wheat, spices, nice sour middle, yeast and citrus, spicy finish with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, smooth. Nice beer, although probably my least favourite from JP.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 20:22:30 | More by Viggo
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4/5  rDev -1%

05-03-2014 19:32:19 | More by Gonzoillini
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 03:17:00 | More by Bighuge
Photo of DrJay


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed caramel with a cream coloured head, good retention and lacing. There's a pleasant spice in the aroma along with fruit, wood, and fresh hop character. A bit of barnyard funk too. The flavour's slightly tart and fruity with an earthy, woody quality underneath. Quite dry, maybe a bit salty. Spice hangs in there through the finish along with leafy bitterness. Light body, high carbonation, a bit of slickness, but mostly dry. Fairly complex, but tasty and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 00:07:15 | More by DrJay
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this bottle over tonight.... Thanks Sammy!! Batch 801/803 bottled on 5/25/2011. Poured into my HotD goblet... nice foamy off white head atop a hazed light orange brew. Good lacing..

Nose is bretty with a not as much JP funk as some other brews... good phenol presence with a big blast of fruit basket.

Flavor is much more approachable than I was expecting.. tangerine with lemon zest ... coriander like spiciness.. a bit of stone fruit comes swinging mid palate.. still is pretty damn dry.. the heavier than most JP body helps add to a perceived sweetness... carbonation is spot on.

I normally don't care for Jolly Pumpkin too much... but this was a refreshing change. Thanks Sam.

All 4's

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 04:40:52 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of pear and lemon peel aromas. Hints of funk waft out every now and then.

Tastes OK. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by muted lemon zest flavors. The lemon zest lightens up midway through the sip making room for unripe pears that carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and it went down easily however it wasn't robust enough to be very good. Worth a shot, especially in the warmer months.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 00:37:46 | More by glid02
Photo of Tone


3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sourness, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, slight alcohol, yeast, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of strong sourness, hint of hop, alcohol, sweet malt, and yeast. Good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2014 11:57:52 | More by Tone
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-14-2013 19:46:32 | More by PEIhop
Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.