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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 709
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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Date: 9/2/14
Other notes: bottle dated 11/15/13. Picked it up at the store a few days ago, so likely it's been sitting on the shelf at room temperature since then...who knows how that has affected the taste.

Appearance - 4.25/5
A medium brown-orange. The beer is much lighter in color than I was expecting. Most brown ales I have had typically are darker, closer to a porter or stout. However this beer looked more clear. It was very hazy, so it wasn't actually clear, but it had that clear-esque look, versus the totally opaque look of many darker ales. There is a medium amount of head which stays throughout the drinking of the beer. If I look closely, I can see a lot of carbonation flowing at a moderately rapid rate to the top. Overall, I like the look. Even though it's a brown ale, I like the clearness, it makes it look more tropical, which is part of this beer's character.

Smell - 4/5
Jolly Pumpkin tartness. Tart apples, cherries. Orange/citrus. Perhaps a little bit of the chocolate/cinnamon...it's hard to tell, and my palate is not very refined. Overall a good smell...I would have liked it to be a little stronger though, and to get more of the unique flavors like the cinnamon and choclate into the smell (versus just smelling like most JP beers)

Taste - 3.85/5
Jolly Pumpkin fruity-tartness. Tart apples, cherries, maybe some citrus/orange. Again, I am struggling to taste any of the cacao or cinnamon, which were the aspects of this beer which I was really looking forward too. There does seem to be a little bit of sweetness and/or spiciness which seems to be distinct from the fruity-tart flavors, so I am assuming this is the cacao/cinnamon. Occasionally I get sips which seem spicier than normal, but overall I would have liked these flavors to be more pronounced. The taste is great, but at the same time it tastes like most other JP beers (luckily I love the standard JP taste). After drinking a while though, I do notice there is a strange aftertaste residue which sits in my mouth and is not entirely pleasant.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
The beer is medium-bodied, fairly smooth. The carbonation seems a little inconsistent, with some sips seeming to be highly carbonated, while others the carbonation is light.

Overall - 3.5/5
Overall, this was a good brew, it just wasn't particularly unique. I couldn't really taste any of the unique flavors which I hoped would set this apart from other JP brews. Also, it didn't really taste like a brown ale at all. Thus I am giving it a lower rating. I would never get this brew again, because I can get cheaper JP brews which basically taste the exact same.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

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Bottled 11/25/13. Batch 206/208.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with malt, cocoa, spice, cherry, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, cherry, vinegar, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with cocoa and spice qualities in the aroma, but the taste is mainly sour fruit and funk.

Serving type: bottle.

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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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