Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by TheLiterati:
3.03/5 rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I read the description of this special brown ale and admit that I was enticed by the description: "Brewed with real cacao and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight."
What the heck - it was Valentine's Day, I didn't have a date, and so I figured curling up with a good ale and a good book in front of the fire place would be a nice way to spend the evening.
I have to agree with some of the other BAs, here: I just can't get my head wrapped around this beer. While the appearance was rather nice - a deep, rich brown - and the smell was equally enticing, what with all that cacao, cinnamon and sweet orange essence tickling my nostrils, once the beer hit my palate, I was somewhat confused.
To be fair, I'd had a not so tasty small serving of greasy fish n chips a few hours before which seemed to leave a coating of some sort on my tongue. As well, I wasn't feeling 100%. So perhaps that was the problem.
Rather than give up completely, I stored the rest of the bottle with a airtight top and decided to give it another try the next day.
I did - and though it definitely hit my palate with a more pleasurable taste the next evening, and I noticed the nice balance of carbonation and more of a spicy flavor, my final conclusion is that this beer is interesting, but in an average kind of way. I can tick it off on my ever-growing list of beers I've tried, but it's not one I'll likely go back to.
PS - this bottle was from Batch 254.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2008 21:27:52 | More by TheLiterati
More User Reviews:
4.29/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Winos in BG. I had this beer a while back, but just getting around to entering the review. Boring day at work.
A. Light mahogany with dark amber hues. Translucent. Poured a thick, fine bubble egg shell head that retreats to a frothy rim. Strong laces. Healthy head.
S. Traditional JP yeast. Neutral oak, light malts. Bretts.
T. Medium to light tartness. Medium roasted malts. Neutral oak. Fairly simple flavor.
O. Smooth, medium body, medium body.
O. This is a very straight-forward, lightly sour ale. I usually pass on browns, but this is not your typical brown. This is a sour, no doubt. This has session written in BIG LETTERS. I go for this every summer, but this can be enjoyed any season.
Serving type: on-tap
07-11-2014 16:53:26 | More by macher0
3.85/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750ml bottle, part of a gaggle of new offerings from this brewery now available in Alberta, after their introductory onslaught a couple of years ago.
This beer pours a hazy, verging on dark bronzed amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and frothy beige head, which leaves a bit of sudsy rock outreach lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.
It smells of sour, fairly yeasty pale grain, bittersweet cocoa powder, a touch of gingerbread - one heavy on the cinnamon, natch - and somewhat stale blood orange and random grocery aisle melon fruitiness. The taste is rather tart toasted grainy malt, further sour bacterial/yeast notes, wheat crackers, dry chocolate wafers, wet tobacco, bar-top nuts, muddled orange, cherry and lemon acidity, damp, almost dank wood, and musty floral, earthy, and weedy hops.
The bubbles are a bit tight in their manifestation as a not-quite fully dull sword, the body a sturdy medium weight, and not un-smooth, sort of just barren, in a good way, if that makes any sense. It finishes off-dry, the yeastiness driving the show, with some vinous fruitiness (not necessarily grapes, just wine-like overall), toasted caramel malt, and floral, perfumed hops putting a dot on it.
Not yer standard American Brown Ale (it does say 'special', right on the label), that much is certain right off the bat - the yeast and guest spices taking that bow of mea culpa - but it all seems to slowly work towards a common goal of good taste and whatnot, as the cocoa and spices, even, blend into the base brown ale more or less behind the scenes, and the funk slowly, but surely trails off by the end. As usual, this brewery's beers are pretty hard to categorize or pigeonhole, and, well, all the power to them.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2014 05:00:55 | More by biboergosum
Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.