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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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89
very good

720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 49
Gots: 69 | 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:
Beer added by: marburg on 02-28-2005

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Ratings: 720 | Reviews: 317
Photo of SLeffler27
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours (SRM 8-9) almost clear amber with a casual drifting carbonation. An enormous, creamy-beige head pushes out of the bottle impatiently. An eternal dense head leaves thick patches of lace on my grandfather’s Rupert Brewing mug.

Fermented apples waft through the air, carrying the aroma of Brettanomyces. Spicy yeast allows some malt and apple vinegar.

Fermented autumn fruits comprise the bulk of this beer, bringing forward memories of apple harvesting. Quite earthy with sourness and acidity, leaving room for sweetness and some semblance of balance. The malt is toasted with caramel. A long, sour finish yields to light bitterness. Warmth reveals further character and hints of ginger.

Maracaibo is a medium to full bodied beer, highly effervescent with dry, but not warming, alcohol and a soft, woolen texture.

The brown ale base is present, supporting this Belgian-influenced beer. This beer is fun and is just as I had hoped for from Jolly Pumpkin. This one will work well with relaxed or animated conversation and pairs with good cheese.

Blend 10 -- 14.Dec.2012 -- The more I drank, the more I wanted to drink.

Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of shanny_koenig
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1pt.9.4 fl.oz. bottle
Served in a Jolly Pumpkin snifter

The color lies between a burnt orange and a rust. It appears cloudy. A lively mountain of tan head coats everything inside the glass.

The aroma comes across as sour apple and cinnamon. I don't pick up any cacao or orange. However I do detect that lovely farmhouse aroma of mildew and funk.

The taste is full of that funky, sour taste one would associate with a saison. The cinnamon comes through, and I can even pick out the orange. The cacao still eludes me.

Medium mouthfeel. Highly effervescent.

I swear this beer is way more sour on tap. It is probably a difference in age of batch. I cannot make out the bottling date or batch number. The stamp is partially missing. i never had that problem with the stickers. Anywho, this is another quality beer from Jolly Pumpkin. They rarely disappoint. I was hoping for more sour, but I still like it a lot.

Photo of blastoderm55
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micromaniac129
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Juanbeez
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pxlwix
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acostuhhh
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany, hazy, with a really cool creamy slightly off-white head.
Ah, ok, so it's a FOB. Did not expect (from the label) to smell this mix of lactic acidity, slightly sour cherries and pretty rich caramel malts. Add to that some light nuttiness, citrus peel, faint cocoa powder, a whiff of fresh toast and some rustic wine notes, gone a bit too sour, of course.
A really nice mix of sweet and sour in the taste, like caramel and lemon juice (and peel), with the funky tartness gaining more and more ground. Subtle fruity notes, with apple, orange, faint cherry, and those added cocoa nibs (/powder?) show off for a bit on top of the toasted malts. Dusty kind of spices, a bit earthy, with some cinnamon, faint nutmeg, a touch of pepper. Tartness sticks till the end, which is slightly yeasty, but nice and dry, almost mildly bitter.
All the sour notes disappear in the aftertaste, leaving a bit of nut, a "dusty" note, just hinting at cocoa (not too strongly) and toasted malt. Medium body and carbonation.
A pretty tasty sour, authentic, but doesn't surpass the top of its Belgian counterparts.

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

...not sure what category they should move this too, but this is in no way an American Brown Ale....

Photo of Brihon
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Winston3737
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fourstringer
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled 1/15/13, I believe. It's a bit smudged.

A: Slightly hazy, copper-orange body. 1.5 fingers of dense, off-white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Musty lactic & citric acid. Some cherry, lemon. Lightly floral hops. Touch of nuts, toasted bread. Orange.

T: Mildly funky and lightly sour start. Slightly nutty, tangy, but ultimately subdued, malts make an appearance. Mostly dry finish with a certain interesting astringent/quinine-like bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is consistent with 7.5% ABV with a light burn.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium to light body. A touch prickly. A bit sticky.

O: Another fine offering from Jolly Pumpkin, if not really blowing me away. Nice tartness and easy-going funk notes. Perhaps a bit thin overall - both on the palate and with regards to the flavor. I didn't get much of the advertised ingredients, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

Prost!

Photo of docoman
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fargrow
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregJ
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Smells sweet, yeasty and of wheat. Tastes sweet, copper, chardonnay, and a moderate sour bite. Medium body, light carbonation, sour and light wheat aftertaste.

Photo of Westyn
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.