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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

712 Ratings
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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 49
Gots: 68 | 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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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

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

Photo of strandm
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
2.03/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Not your typical brown ale. Sour and just gross. I questioned if it went bad.

Photo of M_J_Z
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Had this a few times this year. It's very good.

The first time I tried it, I was totally caught by surprise by the mild sourness. After a few sips, the unusual surprise became a pleasant one. I shouldn't have been all that surprised, though, considering the styles of beer that Jolly Pumpkin produces.

Not one of my favorite JP beers but it definitely is interesting. Plenty going on in this one. The most I could give this is 4 stars, for the time being. 3.75-4. Definitely would like to try this again in the future and give it some more attention.

Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.