Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.6/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
08-11-2006 17:33:30 | More by thelagerheads
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
08-04-2014 05:21:11 | More by rand
2.85/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
08-02-2014 00:54:42 | More by churchillps
Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.