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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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691 Ratings
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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 48
Gots: 62 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2.45/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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.

Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.