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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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654 Ratings
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 48
Gots: 57 | 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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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-17-2011 03:24:07 | More by tclapper
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-16-2011 21:24:49 | More by codynevels
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2011 20:30:16 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2011 18:09:29 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2011 15:36:01 | More by nanobrew
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-14-2011 23:02:55 | More by kkrez
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-14-2011 22:09:05 | More by Adamostella
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-14-2011 18:14:44 | More by sbricker
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

11-14-2011 18:12:59 | More by lpotter
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-14-2011 15:57:26 | More by Jspriest
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

A: Pours a light brown, more of a bronze color due to the orange hue with an ample off white head that retains very well. Very well carbonated as bubbles can be seen rising from the glass constantly.
S: The nose on this one is very yeasty. There are also the smell of spices and a bit of fruitiness.
T: A little tart at the start but quickly goes a bit sour with a bit of the spice flavors. Sour on the swallow with a hint of the cacao, the aftertaste is very short and drying on the palate. As the beer gets warmer a bit of dark malt flavor comes out in the back end.
M: Full bodied but soft on the palate, carbonation is adequate without being prickly
O: I don't agree with categorizing this as a Belgian strong dark. Granted it has some Belgian influence but lacks the major hallmarks of the style. It is an interesting brown ale with a Belgian twist and for that it isn't bad.

11-12-2011 19:58:28 | More by SHODriver
Photo of litheum94


2.45/5  rDev -38.3%

750 ml bottle. "Blend 9 Bottled 12/7/10."

Light tan head explodes out of the bottle, filling the entire glass. I had to pour this beer in stages; it seriously took me 15 minutes just to pour a quarter of the bottle. Very annoying.

Aromas of vinegar and socks. Some orange peel and spices, with a ghost of chocolate bitterness.

Wow. Where to begin? Spices go from faint to overwhelming. Is that chocolate in the background? Who knows. Sour orange zest and cardboard. Here's where it almost ended up in the drain, but I forged ahead. I was slightly rewarded, as the spices start to meld with the sourness as the beer warms. But I still call this a mess.

I don't know what the person who wrote the label description was drinking, but it wasn't this beer. There's cocoa nibs in there? Could have fooled me. Not good at all, especially considering I paid $16 for the bottle. No thank you!

10-26-2011 03:44:45 | More by litheum94
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Split with my buddy Scotty. Blend 10, Bottled 12-8-10.

A: First off, when I popped the cap, a huge amount of carbonation smoke came out the top and it started foaming up over the top. Pours a clear medium brown color with a HUGE 4 finger head that fades over 10 minutes and leaves thick fluffy lacing.

S: Spices, malts and alcohol hit first and foremost and follows up with funky bretty wood smell and the smell of the belgian yeast rounds this hugely complex aroma.

T: Sour citrus mixed with spice and Brett yeast. It's really wonderful how well it mixes with the spices.

M: Overly carbonated yet thinner in the feel. Dry finish, no alcohol.

O: A decent shot at brewing a brown ale with Brett yeast but I'm left wanting more. This is my first JP and it's really an eye-opener for what this brewery is doing with beer.

10-15-2011 03:19:55 | More by suspect
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

Blend 6
Bottled 11-24-10

The beer orange hued with a thick, tan head that leaves copious lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma brings more funk and yeast - I would expect nothing else from Jolly Pumpkin. The flavor introduces more than was presented in the aroma. Cocoa emerges, along with some tasty spices. Really smooth feel with a nice, lingering funky aftertaste. Good stuff. I would have this again.

09-08-2011 00:48:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Blend 6 Bottled 11-24-2010

Pours a nice brown/amber color w/ orange highlights when held to the light. Great two finger cocoa head which sticks around for a long time. Somewhat cloudy w/ good carbonation and great lacing. Nose is that of yeast, malt, cinnamon, orange, some funk. Very subtle nose, but really nice and balanced/complex. Taste is similar, although the cocoa makes an appearance, and the malt/funk really come out more. Very nice. Feel is fairly carbonated, with a battle between the funk and malt. Overall, this is a really unique and excellent brew. I would definitely buy and enjoy this again.

09-08-2011 00:39:59 | More by jayhawk73
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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Light brown with orange and auburn edges. Thin light brown and creamy head. Regular lacing down the glass. Very pretty.

Spicy (peppery) and tangy aroma, dark fruits, some mild funk, and a light tart sourness as well. Interesting and unique--and distinctly Jolly Pumpkin.

I don't think the flavor marries quite as well as the aroma. The yeast, funk, and mild tartness dominate, hiding the dark fruits, and sweeter, maltier elements of the beer. Mild bitterness. Again, interesting, and distinctly Jolly Pumpkin, but not a beer I particularly enjoy drinking.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

An interesting wrinkle on the style, but not a beer I'm crazy about.

09-05-2011 16:41:35 | More by ehammond1
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

A: pours cloudy brown with a two finger tan to light brown and leaves minimal lacing.
S: nutty sweet malt, very light chocolate. There is also a light vinegar tart/sourness.
T: tart and sweet nutty brown ale. Get sweeter, maltier, and more nutty as it warms. Also as it warms the tartness also seems to move from upfront to more on the back.
M: not as creamy as some browns but the tartness gives a nice feel.
O: bought this by accident I do like it but really meant to pick up the Madrugada Obscura stout.

09-04-2011 02:53:27 | More by rootbeerman
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a rich red colour, Hellish but strangely alluring, with massively generous beige head that sinks steadily, retaining just enough fluffy crown to get me excited. Lace is just heavenly, sticky trails all the way down the glass. Just wonderful.

Smells very tart and funky. Lots of vinegar with nice cranberry, raspberry and lime characters. Lots of toffee malt underlying and some lovely nutmeg, crème anglaise and even coffee behind the tart exterior. Wonderful, complex, damned enticing nose.

Taste is odd. Just not tart. Rich, brooding and dark with touches of flavoured balsamic throughout, almost as if filtered through a coffee spelt. Quite sour, but a lot of cinnamon and rich, round nuts - pecans, almonds and a good belt of burnt sugar. Tartness comes through late, with a cidery type of sour that cleans up the darker, chocolatey palate nicely without quite delivering that final punch of sour the nose had made me anticipate. This is an odd beer; far more enjoyable than it should be for its oddness, and not quite coherent enough in one 'theme' to really wow me.

Full-bodied with a bit of pull from the tartness but not very puckering. Quite lovely, really.

Odd, but I love its unexpected twists and turns. It's unique, but more than that it's really lovely and drinkable as well. Superb.

08-02-2011 23:41:49 | More by laituegonflable
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

1pt 9.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. The sticker reads: Blend 2, bottled 11/10/10.

A: Pours a hazy blood orange color. Huge creamy looking off-white head. Retention is excellent, lacing sticks to the glass in thick clumps.

S: Tart and sour cherries, cinnamon, fragrant woodiness (cedar?). Big whiff of orange peel. Spicy Belgian yeast. Maybe even a bit of maple in there. Interesting.

T: Lactic sourness is intertwined with lots of citric orange peel at the outset.Cinnamon and a firm woodiness introduce themselves mid-palate. Belgian yeast never really asserts itself to the degree I'd like, but it's there enough to provide a good anchor. Finishes with cocoa powder and a mild smokiness.

M: On the thinner side of medium bodied. Very full and creamy in the mouth with active carbonation. About what I expected from a bottle conditioned Belgian, but nothing more.

O: Good. Some decent complexity here. I enjoyed it.

Notes: I'm not normally a huge fan of sours, but i can appreciate them. This one is nicely balanced in its approach. The sourness is there, but it's not overwhelming. None of the more subtle flavors are lost on its account. If anything, maybe just a bit too much orange peel.

08-01-2011 01:13:27 | More by ryan1788a5
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3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

Pours a tawny brown. Big bubble foam head. Immediate bubble over at uncorking (infected?)

Brett, Brett, Brett nose

Flavor is immediate Brett. Notes of bready yeast, tortilla and earthy umame flavors.

Mouth is bitter up front then dry and a little crisp. Medium carb.

Overall this is a tough beer to decide how much you like or don't like. It's very different. My tasting buddies and I went back and forth about it if it's infected or not. I liked it. But definitely didn't love it. Would not have to get this one again.

07-30-2011 22:59:35 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.13/5  rDev +4%

A new Jolly Pumpkin beer is a joy. I hope this one is no exception to the rule. Purchased in California and brought back to Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a ruddy brownish colour, like well-polished mahogany. Head is huge and frothy, even from the initial pour, leaving webby lacing and solid Jolly Pumpkin effervescent ebullience. Looks great.

Nose is... well, it's one of those brilliant experiences you always get with Jolly Pumpkin. It's never quite what you expect, but it's always unique, odd and exciting. Here, we have a savoury grainy character mingled with some classic Biere de Garde like funk that gives a mingled peppery sweetness that smells like BBQ flavoured chips. It's that odd mixture of sweet, savoury and spice, along with a little refreshing acidity. It's unique, but gorgeous.

Taste is missing some of the expected funk and acidity, but the savoury character comes through a lot more here, leaving a meaty, almost salty character with a surprisingly crisp body. Light and drinkable, with almost no sweetness and a carbonation level that suggests seltzer water. You know what, it's impressively light and drinkable, but it misses a lot of the complexity I expected from the nose.

But, as I said, every new Jolly Pumpkin is a joy, and I genuinely love the subtleties and intricacies of their different funky brews. This one ends up cleaner and way lighter than I expected on the palate, but still has the classic, exciting funk that makes every Jolly Pumpkin beer unique. There's a reason they're one of my very favourite breweries.

07-30-2011 05:51:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

750ml shared with Klym, marked Blend 5 11-23-10

poured into over-sized wine glasses.

A: At first look I thought this was a flanders red ale. Has that really creamy foam with ultra-fine bubbles. Silk screen lacing smothers the edges of the glass after a strong 1 finger (in a wine glass!) head. There wasn't even a violent pour, and I was amazed at the longevity of the foam. Amazing reds and browns, really is something special to look at. Not very often that you can really say that about a beer. This one is unique looking.

S: Not what I was expecting! Some very interesting notes in here. Sweet and funky stewed tomatoes, candied button mushrooms, and some soft alcohol flavored cotton candy. Super complex in the nose, ultra-complex even. Never sniffed another like it. Though the funk really is the spice on all the flavors, and may in fact overwhelm lighter notes. Nonetheless, lots of strong and distinct scents.

T: Really earthy mushroom flesh notes, comes off like the stem flesh of portobello mushrooms. Funky sweetness that tastes initially of green olives, but the latter is strongly suggestive of briney black olives. The sweetness head butts the funk for a salty salty transition. A late bitter linger that takes me to the world of stinky cheese. Definitely a head scratcher, I really sat with this one as I felt challenged. Extremely mild roasted chocolate shavings in the finish.

M: Heavenly in the just superb fancy carbonation. So many micro bubbles burst to give a cotton candy like texture in the mouth. The body is very full while giving the illusion of being light as air. The bubbles are so small and delicate it almost tickles the under side of my tongue. World class in the mouth-feel department.

O: This was not was I expected at all, but I came away with a very positive experience. there's more interesting stuff going on here than I could have ever hoped for. There are some very daring notes in this beer, and it all comes from a very balanced yeast profile. This beer is not too funky at all, but the funk paints a most complex picture over somewhat familiar sensations. This brew the work of an alchemist. The yeast is the star, where everything is influenced by its presence. Is that a familiar sweetness I taste? No, it's stewed tomatoes. Oh a nice salty sensation from the yeast, or is that green Olives?...wait, I mean Black? Ugh. That's how this beer goes. A wonderfully controlled chaos of complexity.

07-16-2011 00:51:30 | More by Cavery
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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Shared with Cavery.

A: Man, that's pretty. Against the light it's a translucent blood red with bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass like there's a gas fissure down there. Head is off white and near perfect in its construction and size, just going a little over a one-finger on a solid pour. Lacing starts out like a blanket and disolves into spots that remain on the glass throughout the drink. I'm often not sure how to rate the appearance of a beer but this one was easy.

S: Yeast, nuts, cherry, cocoa shavings, tortilla, and a hint of basil. Was more yeasty than I expected in the smell but there are real subtle complexities packed in underneath. Also, while the yeast presence is strong it's not as sharp and assaulting as I've found it to be in many beers.

T: I often hastily review beers because for most, I would say, the immediately noticeable flavors constitute the vast majority of the experience and other complexities really have to be dug for. This beer is quite different though, it makes its hidden complexities known and really beckons you to dig deeper. Still maybe a little yeastier than I'd appreciate but there's a ton going on behind the scenes here. Sharp cherry hits and rolls into savorier and darker flavors like nuts and cocoa shavings, a very playful mustard taste and character follows the transitions throughout and there are very subtle kicks of things like kimchi, grease, and potato. The delicate layers of flavor in this is pretty unrivaled.

M: If you expect a beautiful beer to have a great mouth feel, you'd be right with this beer. The mouthfeel starts out thin, gets a little thicker and almost finishes oily, but in a bizarre way it follows the flavor transitions perfectly. No imbalanes in the mouth and the oral experience spreads pretty perfectly.

O: This beer grew on me hugely in the course of drinking this. I wouldn't recommend this beer on the basis that it's simply delicious (not that it isn't), as I would many beers, but rather that there is enormous complexity in this. If you're looking for a beer to savor and ponder, this is it. Jolly Pumpkin is really catching my attention after this.

07-16-2011 00:42:15 | More by Klym
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +2%

Reviewing this as a BSDA is kinda weird as it is rather funky. Very carbed big puffy billowing slightly off white head. Actual puffy lacing on the glass. Deep amber red to brown color and it is opaque. Nice lactic sourness married with some spice and earth notes. Little bit of wood barrel is present too. The flavor is very unique, a blend of spice and sour. I can pick out the cacao, and maybe some allspice, and others which blend with the typical JP sour notes. Again I can detect some of the barrel flavor. Nice deep malty base backs all these complex flavors up well. Even for a well attenuated beer Maracaibo has nice body. Again not what I expect from a BSDA, but I knew what to expect as it is JP, pretty damn good beer, just not a BSDA. I'll have it again.

07-12-2011 02:17:50 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of smakawhat


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a tulip glass.

A very nice glowing dark brown cherry/amber body is presented, with a light off brown very foamy one finger head. While drinking there is some minor sticky/spotted lacing. Looks good.

Bouquet is clean and fresh, with classic brett and yeast. Very airy, and hints of sour crisp apple.

Taste brings a powdery mild malt and just a bare sense of brown sugar. Mixed in with that on the palate is classic sour yeast taste with a very full bodied feeling. No unfortunate prickly carbonations or extremely off putting finish.

I think the thing that stands out the most for me on this one is the particular version of this style feels incredibly refreshing for such a dark sour. Very impressive beer.

07-09-2011 14:53:51 | More by smakawhat
Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.