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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

658 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 49
Gots: 57 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 02-28-2005)
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4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like to carry the expended bottle caps from my open brews in the pockets of my shorts for a few hours to jangle around with the silver pieces and keys. It's like a currency until I drop them into my wicker basket of used caps. Now I'm thinking about how I can carry the pint + 9.4 oz wine-like bottles from Jolly Pumpkin on me. A holster with a bullet belt for the caps? A sidecar with my favorite pet in tow like a motorcycle has? Maybe even an IV bag to keep me from certain dehydration?

This one starts with the typical fruity keg-o'spice and then languidly ends with a gradual fog of descending cacao cloudiness. Not how I prefer my darker beers to be but this one tricks the palate into believing that there are actually two beers at work here and really in essence there are: the standard fare high quality super mofo Jolly Pumpkin brew with a russet echo.

thelagerheads, Aug 11, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

HoppySeb, Thursday at 01:58 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

videofrog, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

target88, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Can_has_beer, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Corson, Aug 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Danimal25, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

cdwil, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

kew, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

dseanv, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Moerdertaktiken, Aug 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

This beer is really sour. Beer pours a rich amber with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent and taste were primarily sour dough. The mouthful is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall not for me.

WoodBrew, Aug 17, 2014
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2.52/5  rDev -36.5%

CLEGentleman21, Aug 16, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +3.5%

gtermi, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

cardinals22, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Beer_lover89, Aug 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Tayloraphilips, Aug 06, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to pint glass

A: The brew yields a giant foamy head on a gentle pour, obviously well bottle-fermented. Is cola-brown in color, kinda oily viscous as well.

S: Tart cherries are the dominant note of a lively bouquet, per usual for a JP offering. Woody, oaky notes as well, touches of pepper.

T: The flavors are an interesting play between tart fruit and nutty sweetness. Oak and white pepper add complexity, while notes of alcohol rounds the palate.

M: Chewy, full-bodied and well carbonated.

Another tasty treat from Jolly Pumpkin. Definitely recommended of you're like me and find most brown ales boring.

rand, Aug 04, 2014
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2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On no planet is this a brown ale---it's definitely a sour, and a merely average one at that. Very thin mouthfeel, faint smell of orange, and overpowering sweetness, almost nutra-sweet-y. Cannot taste the cacao at all. Really pretty beer with a great creamy head, though.

churchillps, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

n2pux, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Boone757, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Schlafly33, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jeffh84, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

heddar33, Jul 27, 2014
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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.