Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 48
Gots: 63 | FT: 4
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:
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(Beer added by: marburg on 02-28-2005)
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Photo of nortmand
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought spring of '05

Deep amber brown pour with a fluffy tan head.

Sweet chocolate smell. Lemony alcohol presence.

Rich chocolate flavor.Some roast near the end. Leaves a slightly bitter coffee flavor aftertaste.

Nice even natural carbonation, very drinkable and nice. Although I love the new sour beer direction of Jolly Pumpkin, this brings back fond memories of their early days.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle opened with a slow hiss
poured into an oversized wine glass a hazy dark brown with amber tones when held up to the light. A one finger high light tan head rose off the surface and fairly quickly disapated to half it's original size. Very patchy lacing but sticky as hell, clinging to the walls of the glass after each sip as it slowly recedes.

Sour and Funky on the nose, very fruity, Plums, Nectarines, a few sour cherries. Some peppery notes and sweet brown sugar.

Cherries and pepper on the palate with lots of earthy barnyard funk

Medium body and fizzy all the way through the finish which is super dry and wonderfully bitter.

This may only be my second Jolly Pumpkin experience, but god damn they make some fantastic beers. Amazingly unique, a style all their own. These beers greatly remind me of good funky wines. These are perfect to serve to any wine aficionados you may know

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is of an older bottle. It is at least 2 years old, but is not marked with any date or batch number.

A - It pours a hazy reddish brown, with a sizeable white head that reduces to a small foam cap, it also has some good streaky lace.

S - Funky JP aroma; tart and suggestive of a wide bouquet of fruit. JP is ridiculous. Every time I drink it, I wonder why I ever drink anything else.

T - Perfectly funky; sour and tart, notes of apples, pears, apricot and oak, also lightly acetic. This brew is amazingly balanced. JP is so much better with a year or two on the bottle.

M - Awesome; exceptionally smooth, yet vibrantly effervescent.

D - This is one of the most delicious brews. End of story.

Photo of putnam
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Copper brown with a fussy, resigning mass of noisy foam on top. The aromas are of healthy, fresh Dubbel: plums, nectarines, cinnamon, cocoa, pepper. On the palate it is Bruin/Dubbel/+ intense with big, arcing, streaking lines of firey fizz. The fruits and sugars are wiry and natural, evoking baked fall fruit pies, chalky, sweet, dried spices, brown sugar, and -- I swear -- raw cocoa. The finish is deliriously bitter.

I've just come from drinking an Oro de Calabaza with family and freinds for a friend's birthday. It was followed by a Tempier 2001 Cabassou, lamb chops and a 30 minute drive. That should expose any falseness in a beer, and this one passes with flying colors. America is the greatest county ever! Dexter is America!

Jolly Pumpkin's beers are horribly under-rated.

(this really is a surprisingly terrific beer!)

There are very few Dubbels that can approach this quality level. And I could care less if it comes from my state. This could come from Nunavut or Samoa or Poland. It defines natural, pure dubbel the way that Southampton and Allagash can define their beers of Belgian and Flemish nomenclature... and few others.

((Thanks for the parcel, marb))

Photo of ktel
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, tight head. Cloudy, reddish-brown. Tart aroma yielding to leather, coriander, vanilla, cherry & toffee. Firm, soft structure from bottle condition. Malty flavor lingers on, demonstrating lightly roasted malt, spices, and dried fruit. Very long, wonderfully complex finish. Tremendous balance & restraint, beguiling complexity. Wonderful beer.

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4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy, reddish-brown in hue with copper interwoven, the coloring is quite impressive. Beige head, the bubbles were loud and fizzy like soda. Odd. At the apex the head was only a half finger tall then the bubbles quickly faded to a soapy cap. In other words, the head retention was poor. The subsequent lacing was disorganized clumps but there was lots of it! I must say, I am impressed the soapy cap lasted the entire consumption. This really improves the appearance. When all is said and done, this is a damn good looking beer.

The nose is funky. I smell a barnyard with horses running free in an apple orchard. Old wood splashed with vinegar… there must be baked goods nearby as I smell bananas, hints of brown sugar, and caramel. There seems to be a trace of cocoa powder lightly sprinkled on a basket of dark fruits. The suggestions of spice, earth, leather, and vanilla round out the nose wonderfully. Many of these aromas are nearly hidden behind the barnyard and vinegar notes. It is a shame the maltiness and fruitiness wasn’t louder. Oh well, the nose is a pleasure to smell. Modest in potency, chatty… I can’t wait to take a sip.

The palate is very tasty. My complaint about the nose is unfounded in the flavor profile. The malt is present and accounted for… caramely with some brown sugar and hearty breadiness. Quite nice! Next comes some apples with a smattering of dark fruits. Not until the end does some barnyard funk and vinegar emerge. By this time the beer is well established and these flavors only add complexity. The alcohol is hidden, impressive. Throughout the flavor profile I detect an underlying spiciness with a kiss of earth and leather. This is a complex beer and damn tasty. I really like it. Smooth. Succulent. Complex. It is a work of art. The aftertaste is extremely long; it is spicy, slightly hot, earthy, malty, vaguely sweet, caramely, with a finish of vinegar and barnyard. Yes! The palate is awesome!

Around medium in body, maybe a tickle fuller, low but creamy (silky) carbonation, the mouthfeel is sinful. Wow. It fits the flavor profile perfectly. Heavenly mouthfeel!

My word… this is a wonderful beer. Jolly Pumpkin seems to be the Russian River of the Upper Midwest. My JP virginity was popped with this beer. I am quite happy. After quaffing my 750ml bottle I could ramble on in some drunken rampage about the virtues of its drinkability but I will restrain myself. Every aspect of the palate fits me perfectly. It is malty good with Belgian spiciness and enough funk to keep George Clinton happy. Did JP brew this beer for me? Because this is exactly something I’d create (if I homebrewed (and could brew something like this)). In summary: Yummy. Thank you very much RedHaze, this beer was splendid! Highly Recommended!

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My best friend who is also a BA here Beerbubbabacon shared with me a bottle of this superb beer, quite a pleasant and nice experience.

Dark burgundy in color, with a nice foamy beige head that let herself slowly die.

Her taste is superb, actually it reminds me of "Duchesse de Bourgogne"'
first the fruity flavours such as cherry hits you, followed by spices and a subtles cranberries and cacao flacours.

Her taste is superb, it reminds me of a Sherry, warm you up, very complex. Cherry like flavours with a good alcohol finish and balanced as well. Spice are quite dominant, coriandre and gingers seem to be present but fruits are there too, oranges zest, cherry comes into the complexity with a whole of cacao reminding of chocolate. Also a oaked flavours come and put a whole to this beer!

Thank you to the brewery who have given a sample of this beer to my buddy!

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