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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

585 Ratings
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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%


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.

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jbeezification

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle, sticker on back indicates 'Batch 349'. Served in a Trappistes Rochefort oversized wine glass at 49 degrees.

First off, this is a gusher. I felt the carbonation as I was popping the top and luckily I made it to the sink before it poured everywhere and had my glass ready.

Obviously there is lots of head, but it settles to a fine pencil thin head which stays around for a while.
Smells of nut and sour orange peel.
Quite a bit of orangey sour with a cacao bitterness. This is quite complex and very enjoyable.

I can't help but call this a weird beer, its labeled as a brown ale, yet it is sour and brewed with cacao and cinnamon. This is not a introductory beer because it would take a strong palette to appreciate the complex flavors and depth of this one. I almost don't feel worthy to appreciate all that this beer is made of and am greatful to have been able to get a bottle in Texas where it is not distributed (yet(hopefully)).

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:51:45 | More by jbeezification
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MadScientist

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy medium-dark copper with glowing red hue. The head is a persistent light-tan foam about a finger thick that leave long thin streaks of lacing.

S: One of the richer sour aromas I've experienced with a strong, well rounded fruity aromas mostly of red currents and tangerine. There is a complementing malt support with some malt sweetness, a touch of chocolate and Pils malt character. The cacao nibs come through at a moderately-low level along with a cinnamon that seems more oak derived. There is some spicy phenols at a low level and a moderately-low perfumey alcohol note.

T: A complex fruit flavor with orange peel, plums, currents and tart cherry finish. The malt is low with a light chocolate note and light sweetness. There is low hops bitterness and a no hops flavor, not that it's needed the sour and tart fruitiness are balancing the malt being moderately sour over all. The finish is pretty dry with an orange and cherry aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. There is a slight astringency probably from the spice additions.

O: A fruity, well balanced sour with orange peel, currents and plums. The oak and cacao add to the light spicy yeast notes. This would be great beer to introduce your friend to sour beer.

Batch 930
Bottled on 12-01-2011

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 01:23:49 | More by MadScientist
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a little pour from Anita at Great Fermentations. Thanks!

A light brown color with some auburn notes. Quite a bit of foam and carbonation, as it wanted to foam out of the bottle. Smell was really neat, with sour beer tang, a bit of spice (maybe cinnamon) and some richness from the cocoa and brown malt. The flavor is equally complex, with a fair bit of sourness and a pretty dry finish. Some pineapple notes in there, too. Mouthfeel is pretty light and zippy. Overall a neat beer. Very interesting ideas that really came together well.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 20:50:23 | More by AaronHomoya
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Blend 1 - Bottled 11-9-10.

Appearance: Dispenses a clouded, medium-brown body with a tall, gushing, slowly receding, off-white head.

Smell: Presents a slow shambling toasted, molded bread maltiness and toasted, earth-strewn nuts with a quick snap of phenols bringing one to attention, then, the cacao and cinnamon slips past followed by ripe fruits, a even little berry.

Taste: Toasted maltiness, slight caramel sweetness, and with more chocolate flavor than I'd ever have expected. Pinch of cinnamon, but also a clovesque, peppery note alongside acedic berries soothed with umeshu. Becomes predominately earthy and acidic as it progresses. Finishes with a flourish of engaging, burp-inducing carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. High carbonation.

Overall: As always, it’s another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 01:02:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Boz12

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Jolly Pumpkin! Poured from a bottle into my Lost Abbey teku glass.

A: Dark orange color with a half finger off white head. Hazy.

S: Some nice funk. A little cinnamon and bread. Tart apple.

T: Smooth subtle malt character with a liberal dose of a mildly tart brett funkiness. Apricot and bitter orange peel. Maybe some apple and cinnamon.

Overall a really interesting beer. The fact that it says "Special Brown Ale" on the bottle is something that should be noted. It is definitely not your typical brown ale. It almost reminds me of a sour helles bock, who knows. Regardless, it's a really tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 10:20:00 | More by Boz12
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a nonic.
7.5% ABV, Batch 937, Bottled 12-19-2011

A - Maracaibo Especial glugs from the bottle with moderate vigor, crowning the mostly clear crimson walnut color with a thick pile of light khaki foam. Depleting somewhat quickly, the suds leave sticky webbing on the pint.

S - With the release of the cap a familiar, inviting, and subdued wild yeast wafts into the air; the Jolly Pumpkin staple. Despite the beer's unfortunate age, this brown ale is robust with character! Light toffee and caramel blend with the toasted amber malt base which, hides coyly behind the ever-present yeast sensation of lightly acidic lemon juice and mild barnyard funk. If age has taken a toll on anything, it's gotta be the almost absent cacao nibs and cinnamon spice, though it's hardly a reason for downgrading the fantastic aroma.

T - Cinnamon spice enters the picture nanoseconds before my first sip, spicing up the brown ale nicely. Tart yeast raises the barnyard a notch in flavor while suggesting Belgian influence with earthy clay and white pepper notes towards the back. Citrus juice and rind play nicely juxtaposed to the amber malts. Toast, caramel, toffee, and a sliver of shaved chocolate complexity finish out providing a great malt base; one that plays well with others.

M - Smooth and medium bodied, this brown ale departs style categorization the second it's wild yeast grips the tongue with tartness, mild acidity, and a higher level of carbonation. Feeling a little lighter than it actually is, the crispness aids in drinkability but this beer would work wonders in fall.

O - I think I was too jazzed to buy this beer for a celebration than I was actually paying attention, hence the old bottled date. Regardless, Maracaibo Especial is pretty fantastic, shining with deep, rich malt complexity, funky yeast, and a twist that puts a unique and welcome spin on a fall classic. I'd love to find this fresh and compare it's cinnamon spice and cacao additions to the aged version, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:45:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maracaibo Especial
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 7.50 %

LOOK: Pours with a fierce crackling off white head. In the shade of a very dark brown, certainly not clear, and a little thick looking.

SMELL: A bit sour smelling, with notes of apple cider vinegar and muscovado sugar, old lemons, leather, oak, bourbon.

TASTE: Sugary malts tempered by a nice lactic sour, not unlike a good flanders red from Belgium. This has a more biting sourness, delicious malt body, and notes of sour dark cherry. A bit of cocoa, some mild bitterness, oaky tannins and more sour to go into the finish. A complex ale.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, and drying with flavors lingering into the after taste.

OVERALL: A complex sipper worthy of being sipped and savored. Would pair well with stronger cheeses and fresh meats.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 15:04:11 | More by Stinkypuss
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flagmantho

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with very little haze and almost no effervescence. Head pours a fat finger of frothy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace on the glass. Attractive!

Smell: sweet malt with a light hint of chocolate, plus a definite sour aroma. This seems more like a "wild ale" than an "American brown ale". I like sours, so I like this.

Taste: super sour right off the bat, followed by a sweet, caramelly, nutty malt flavor. A good example of a sour brown ale. I like it!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Bodacious!

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. I think it is misclassified as a simple brown ale and needs to be set up as a sour ale or wild ale. Still, I like sours so I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:07:44 | More by flagmantho
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle with dinner at home. Pours light brown with heavy carbonation and a big fluffy white head. Sour aroma with hints of toffee candies. Light in the mouth and a great sourness, light vinegar, pairing with an interesting toasted flavor in the malts and ever so slight spice. There is a crisp finish that I assume comes from the orange peel and spices. This is light and airy with heavy carbonation. Went AMAZING with saurkraut and roasted pork. One of my favorite JP brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:14:45 | More by BMMillsy
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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We got this bottle from Julio's in Central Massachusetts.
The batch is from January 8, 2011. So we had it eight months later in August.

Carbonation and lacing is a really nice brownish red color, the body of the beer is a nice unfiltered looking mahogany colored brown.

Really nice tartness to it, and also a sour taste. It has a great complexity of both a sweet and sour side to it which I really appreciated. We also believed that it has a slight lactic taste to it as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 15:24:24 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber with a creamy, lingering khaki head.

S: Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted nuts, caramel, cocoa, oak, must, and cider vinegar are present on the nose.

T: Opens with malty and spicy notes of dry bread, caramel, biscuit, roasted chestnuts, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and nutmeg chased by notes of pickle brine, oak, must, and cider vinegar. The finish is tart and well integrated with a combination of bread, nut, cocoa, spice, oak, must, and vinegar flavors.

M: Medium in body, chewy, and very, very dry. Carbonation is firm, but quite expressive. Alcohol presence is minimal. This ale can easily sneak up on the unsuspecting drinker.

O: This is an excellent sour, one that is reminiscent of a dubbel, an American brown ale, and a Flanders oud bruin all at once. For fans of sour ales, I highly recommend Maracaibo Especial. It is definitely one of Jolly Pumpkin's most unique and interesting efforts.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 14:36:52 | More by mrfrancis
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ricknelson

Vermont

2.13/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Six of us attending a beer tasting that I hosted in my man cave pub gave this beer a score of 8 out of a possible 30 for and an average score of 1.33 It ranked dead last out of the 12 beers we tasted. The group of six were divided evenly, 3 that favored IPA's and 3 that favored Stouts. It actually was so bad that no one even finished the 5 oz pour, and a good portion of it was dumped down the drain. It had a very vinegar taste. Maybe it was a bad bottle, I still have another one un-opened. But do I dare try it!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 22:05:07 | More by ricknelson
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blend 2, bottled 11/10/10. Closing in on 2 years old.

A: Pours a murky reddish-brown with a huge, ridiculous fluffy tan head. Fades very slowly, leaving a huge island of foam behind with lots of fluffy lacing all over the glass.

S: Green apples with lots of cinnamon. Leather.

T: Tart apple mixed with some cinnamon. Sour throughout, not tart. I get some cocoa and toast and other spice. Ends drying and cinnamony. Lots of spice. Kinda tastes like a sour winter warmer.

M: Medium bodied and astringent.

O: Well, definitely not a brown ale, that's for sure. Quite sour and very little brown ale character. Judging by the other reviews, this is supposed to be sour and not a brown ale. Ah well, should have read them before I wasted my money on a miscategorized brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:43:30 | More by Dope
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have a big, thirsty towel handy when you open this - the sample I opened fizzed like a bottle of champagne in the locker room of the team that just won the World Series. It pours a hazy mahogany with a VERY thick light cinnamon-tan head that settles down after a bit. Aroma has a strong overtone of sour apple with a little pear mixed in and a malty hint. Flavor has a malty core, a strong overtone of sour apple, and a woody undertone. Is this a Belgian, or a Sour? Whatever, it’s tasty. Texture has good tang and fizz, though body is a bit on the thin side. Lovers of sour ales should enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:13:01 | More by Cyberkedi
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy amber to garnet red in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of sourness (likely from brett) along with some much lighter notes of cinnamon and orange peel.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a light amount of sourness (brett) upfront. After that there is a strong presence of oak along with lighter hints of orange peel bitterness and some light spiciness (cinnamon).

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This beer is really very interesting - very unique combination of flavors and smells. I like the sourness and the barrel flavors in the beer but it is not the easiest to drink. Good beer for sipping and the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 22:50:18 | More by dbrauneis
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 958 bottled 12/14/2011. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter. Like every Jolly Pumpkin beer I've had, the bottle was a gusher (good thing I opened it over the sink). When the beer was safely in the glass I was treated to a slightly hazy, dark reddish-brown brew with a huge, well-sustained head. The nose doesn't say Brown Ale. I get woody, nutty notes, but also some tart fruit, spices, and a slight herbal quality.

The flavor is something unusual. You get a slightly fruity sweetness up front, reminiscent of toast with marmalade. Almost immediately, the sweetness turns slightly sour, like sweetened iced tea with lots of lemon. I definitely get cinnamon and orange peel at mid-palate and a nice, drying finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

I'm not sure this beer should be classified as an American Brown Ale. The barrel-aging, spices, and wild yeasts may take some by surprise if they come looking for a mild, malty beer. This is a mild, acidic beer. An American Wild Brown Ale. Definitely something new and different. It reminds me that I still have much to learn.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 00:37:14 | More by deadonhisfeet
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy mahogany with a thin layer of dense head.

S: Complex aroma that reminds me a little of a flanders red. Tobacco, oak, grape juice, cantaloupe, cinnamon, cocoa, cherries, some diacetyl, lemon peal. Fantastic aroma, mellow compared to the other JP beers I've had.

T: I think this beer finds an interesting sweet spot in terms of acidity. It's a lot less tart than Calabaza but the darker malts round everything off nicely. Highly drinkable.

M: Low carbonation with a creamy and very pleasant mouthfeel.

O: A great introductory sour beer, very complex and highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 23:57:51 | More by mattsander
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57md

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance is brownish-copper with no appreciable head. There was some fine lacing on the glass, but not much.

The nose was too mild to discern much of anything - there was a touch of sourness, perhaps. The taste offers a quick shot of cocoa and then fruity sourness that was like biting into a beer flavored jolly rancher.

I've heard a great deal of good hype about Jolly Pumpkin, but my first try at one of their offerings was a complete disappointment. I will certainly try another of their beers, but I will certainly not believe the hype again until I taste the proof.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 04:26:37 | More by 57md
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a nonic pint.

I've had this before and loved it-- and since I don't want to waste time reviewing this beer at my upcoming Jolly Pumpkin tasting, I figured I'd get to it tonight.

I don't usually go in for brown ales, in fact I tend to eye brown ales with the same regard as a man that just found a caterpillar in his salad.... The only brown ale I really regard highly is Coffee Bender, which is very different from most American brown ales. This beer also falls into the same category.

I cracked this open to a nice hiss like an adder that has just been stepped on by a careless mule. The body of the beer is a reddish brown color with a caramel colored head. The foamy head sat at attention long enough to make me sit up and take notice before it settled to a clouded map. Nice thick sheets of foamy lacing. Shiny and glowing. Just a gorgeous goddamn beer.

The nose holds some oak, tart over-ripe cherries, and a healthy dose of some malt. Not overly sweet, but sweet enough to make me think this may have originally begun life as a genuine brown ale. The dry malt and tart notes are great. Light oaky vinegar at the backend.

Feel is medium full with ample carbonation. It works well enough.

Overall-- this is now in the running for my favorite brown ale. Just a tasty and pleasant beer to drink.
Well done Jolly Pumpkin!

PS-- this was the 2011 vintage. At our upcoming tasting we will try a 4 or 5 year vertical... So I'll update with my favorite!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:52:18 | More by AleWatcher
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Thorpe, serves in a snifter. Beer is brown / black with a thin tan head, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is a little roasty, some acetic and lactic.

Beer is a little chocolatey and a little lactic forward. It is fine but doesn't blow me away. I might have it again in the future but this isn't my favorite from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 15:33:36 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Connecticut Avenue in DC.

Blend 4; bottled November 19, 2010. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a single-finger off-white head and some good lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose has a bit of cocoa as well as some mild earthiness. Just a touch of funk in the background.

The flavor has a bit of dark cocoa. There's a bit of light oak and earthiness toward the back. Not nearly as much going on as other Jolly Pumpkin beers; this is more "normal." It's a pretty good brew, but there's nothing there to take the complexity to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 18:40:44 | More by Thorpe429
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Worthy of note: this did not come off as a brown ale in any regard whatsoever. I don't think "special brown ale" qualifies this as a brown ale...it wasn't. Labeled as a sour ale on the beer list.

Served in a 9oz. snifter, this beer poured some kind of orange-brown-pink hybrid color that I can only really otherwise describe as "imperial topaz;" hazy, with a thin cap of delicate bubbles on top. Aroma was a bit subdued: tart, but actually pretty mildly so, with soft notes of wood and leaves. Taste of cherries, orange pith and apple skins, again, like the aroma, tart, but not overly so, sour, but not lip-puckering, oak and leafiness, tannins, citrus, and light spice with the lightest dusting of cocoa powder. Very nice and complex. Medium-bodied, very drying, very easily drinkable, but nice to sip on slowly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 15:04:33 | More by Rifugium
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champ103

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red/brown color. A one finger bubbly white head forms, and recedes after a minute. Light lace.
S: Lightly acidic and sour in the nose. Dark fruits of plums and figs. Sweet cinnamon, and zesty orange peal.
T: Lightly tart/sour. Some wood flavors and sweetness. Not bad at all, but really lacking in depth (especially for JP).
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A bit on the thin side though. Not hard to drink at all. Something I will finish without a problem.

This is kind of a miss for me. Nothing bad at all, and quite enjoyable. Though not one of JP's better offerings IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 00:37:13 | More by champ103
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MBrausen

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A. Pours a dark ruby red, a minimal head that settles to a thin ring.

S. Smells of sweet fruit, some figs and a tart finish.

T. Tastes of sweet strawberries, tart cherries, with a nice level sour. Mild barrel flavor in hints of vanilla.

M. Medium body, thick feeling with a wet finish.

O. A good sour, with a tart finish and body. It was very delightful to drink. Lots of bold flavors and a wonderful finish. I can't wait to try more Jolly Pumpkin offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 03:45:19 | More by MBrausen
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft pour into a 10oz tulip for $7.50. Sampled 1/15/11.

A: Served with a quickly receding foamy white head of one finger. Thinnest of collars remain and there is no film to speak of. The body is hazy, opaque amber orange in color, and vibrantly radiant when backlit. Lacing is loosely strong in fair amounts.

S: The aroma has a light and pleasant lactic sourness which leads into a gentle bouquet of fruits. Sour apple and golden raisin plus light hints of fermented pineapple and tangerine.

T: The taste gives faint impressions of the cacao, orange peel and cinnamon it was brewed with. These flavors are very subtle, however, and I doubt I would have picked them out over the funk. Speaking of which, Ron sure does have a winner-of-a yeast strain, doesn't he?

M: Medium-light body with a wonderful effervescence and modest lactic sourness.

D: [DRINKABILITY] All of Jolly Pumpkin's offerings are supremely delicious and easy to drink - and Maracaibo is no exception. The light sweetness that rides out the palate helps to maximize this beer's drinkability. As always, masterfully done.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 14:18:23 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.