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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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639 Ratings
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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 47
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 02-28-2005)
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

06-09-2014 01:30:05 | More by Sspeer1
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-08-2014 17:55:55 | More by micropale
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-05-2014 20:32:00 | More by Eighty
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-02-2014 17:03:43 | More by bobv
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Alberta (Canada)

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
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-28-2014 07:22:50 | More by PappyVans
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The is quite funky with sweetness and cherry and apple peel. There's a bready body in the middle with a tart finish of vinegar and red wine on the finish.

This beer has a wonderful balance of sweetness and bready malt with its funk and tartness on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2014 22:49:52 | More by dar482
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-20-2014 18:05:00 | More by stephensinner
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-19-2014 19:50:50 | More by Filabee
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-19-2014 12:57:05 | More by garuda
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4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours with a ruddy amber color with thin foam.

There’s a tartly sour aroma on this. The flavor has notes of dark cherries and some tobacco leaf. Great finish, with a Bretty character than hangs out for a chat. Interesting brew, much more inspiring than this review!

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2014 23:53:00 | More by elNopalero
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-17-2014 07:58:16 | More by Cramerican
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4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Had this one on tap. It looks nice, OK, a nice reddish color. Smell immediately reveals the character of the beer, it smells sour, like raspberries. Taste is a nice blend of wild ale with brown ale. It doesn't feel like a mix where both beers are pulling on opposite directions, yet it's hard to classify this as a wild ale or a brown ale. It is a completely new style, and most likely will fall under wild ale.

As a wild ale, this is a not overly sour, yet a nice beer to drink. It is sour enough to think sour, yet is fall on the lower spectrum of acidity (sourness).

Serving type: on-tap

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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-11-2014 19:49:26 | More by MonkeyBread
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a auburn tinted brown body with one finger head and lace patches. The aroma could be summed up in one word, sour, but there are other minor notes that one can detect like wood, tart apples or cherries, and a touch of sweetness. The beer has a mix of these sweet and sour notes and I tend to gravitate towards these rather than traditional sour ales so this beer was mighty fine to me. Sour, tart cherries (still think I picked up apple) along with a touch of sweet malt balance together and go down smooth in a woody, oaky body. All in all an interesting and easy to drink beer.

Serving type: on-tap

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-27-2014 21:58:49 | More by MrJolly
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South Dakota

1.75/5  rDev -55.9%

04-27-2014 03:47:34 | More by squirrel49
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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04-25-2014 23:07:27 | More by bouncepass
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-25-2014 22:38:53 | More by ncelauro
Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.