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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Maracaibo EspecialMaracaibo Especial

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BA SCORE
89
very good

586 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%


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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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared for over 1 year.

Pours a tall rich mocha-colored lather of foam over a hazy mahogany colored body. Head drops quickly to a thin covering that leaves a thick coating of lace. Aromas of caramel and chocolate dominate with more subtle notes of dark vinous fruit and Belgian candi coming through. The flavor is of dry biscuits and cacao up front. Mild pear and dark fruit complexity soon joins in along with some understated spices— perhaps coridander, but difficult, and not necessarily desirable, to say. Mild woody character throughout, although it doesn’t dominate or detract, just adds another layer of complexity. Mild signature Jolly pumpkin tartness, but far more subdued than in other ales of the fleet. A balancing crisp bitterness emerges toward the end of the swallow. Lean to medium body, although it tastes slightly underattenuated for the style, but on the upside it's smooth and creamy. Average carbonation per style.

There’s a lot going on this ale, despite the rather mild-mannered first impression it first gives. I cellared this bottle for over a year, and it was damn good. I’ve had it fresh, but it was long ago, so my memories are unreliable to non-existent. Definitely an outlier for the strong-dark style category. It seems like more of a dubbel/strong-dark hybrid, but whatever you call it’s a tasty ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 21:53:01 | More by Shovelbum
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MarkJBurch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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brewskifan55

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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Avenue Pub, NOLA

A: Rust colored with an off-white one finger head that held on for dear life. Curtainy lacing.

S: All kinds of things pop up. Brown sugar, citrus, coriander, malts and chocolate.

T: The tartness really surprised me, coming from a brown ale. This was surrounded by a sweet caramel maltiness with bits of cacao and some spiciness. But the tart lingers.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: My first Jolly Pumpkin experience. Unusual. Tarty cool.

Serving type: on-tap

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On tap at Forequarter, Madison. A hazy garnet liquid, with a light tan head and superior retention.

It's a sharp, tart, vinous complex brown ale aroma. The aroma is pretty awesome, serious vinegar-yeast / cherry tartness, yet sugar cookie malt in the background. A moderately pronounced alcohol.

Creaminess, cut by moderate carbonation.

I could drink this all day.

Serving type: on-tap

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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tap

Pours a hazy deep orange gold with an inch of yellow-white head, dissipates slowly.

Smells of Belgian candi sugar and melon.

Flavor is of melon, lemon, coriander, and a dry vegetal hoppiness over grassy malts.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

A nice, interesting tart ale, good flavor and easy-drinking. Not what I was expecting but pleasantly surprising.

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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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