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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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684 Ratings
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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 48
Gots: 64 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 02-28-2005)
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Photo of Rifugium
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

champ103, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of MBrausen
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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.

MBrausen, Jan 25, 2012
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PourPastaSour, Jan 07, 2012
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

drummermattie02, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of thepeter
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light Brown, great head sticking to the sides and leaving incredible lacing.
S - Tart vinious cherry, plums and nut, as well as a bit of metal adn leather
T - Slightly sour with a decent malt profile. some bitterness and nuttyness in the flavor, very clean aftertaste.
M - Thin, light bodied and a bit overcarbonated
O - The weak palate hurts this beer more than I would like. Good beer that has great other qualities.

thepeter, Jan 01, 2012
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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.