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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

627 Ratings
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 45
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
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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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np0x

Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The nose on this beer was interesting with all the promise of a good sour beer, the clarity and mouthfeel were nice, but when it came time to drink it...The bitterness was overwhelming with little malt to balance it out, making the beer almost undrinkable. I like most sour beers, but in this case it seemed like the beer was overly bitter and then the bugs ate all the residual sugars leaving the beer with an inhospitable bite in the taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 15:27:50 | More by np0x
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday! First off, a huge thanks to kzoobrew for this great beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours a rust colored brown into my Bell's Tulip with over three fingers of immense fluffy head that slowly dissipates leaving some great looking chunky lacing.

Smell - Sour/tart dark fruits immediately blast my nostrils as I take in a robust sniff. This leads to the infamous JP barnyard funk with hints of bready malt, orange peel, and spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste - You can definitely taste the Cocoa, the sour dark fruits (such as cherries and figs), the spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) and just a hint of barnyard funk - not as much as other JP brews. In addition, there is a slight red wine characteristic to this beer and the aftertaste leaves just a hint of clove/citrus flavor. Honestly, a very interesting beer from JP and different from some of their others. I am really enjoying this.

Mouthfeel - Extremely creamy, heavy carbonation, medium bodied, and just a bit dry at the end.

Drinkability - For how complex and multifarious this drink is, it goes down quite easily. It isn't the highest ABV but you certainly cannot taste any alcohol here, however I am getting a slight warming in my throat the more I drink this.
As I essentially state in all my JP reviews, I really enjoy these beers and for what the brewery is going for. I always come into these beers with an open mind free of bias so I can enjoy them to their fullest. I am about to go pair this with some cheese and crackers which I'm sure will be amazing. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 02:20:30 | More by SpdKilz
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Pours a murky tea-brown with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is bready malts, some maple, nuts, chocolate and some tart fruits. Brett comes out as it warms.

The flavor is strong tart fruity sourness and some wood and brett and a little maple/chocolate/molasses seasoning that is pretty overwhelmed. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light watery carbonation.

Overall, a nice sour. The spicing is overwhelmed, but I like the tart sourness and the brett. The only downside is the watery mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 06:11:25 | More by Beaver13
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womencantsail

California

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

A: The pour is an interesting mix of orange and brown with a fluffy off-white head.

S: A surprising amount of oak, apples, a bit of chocolate, cherry, and only a mild tartness.

T: The cherries are probably the most prominent fruit to go along with the mild tart flavor and a moderate level of funk. There's quite a bit of oak in the flavor too and lends a very dry feeling to the beer.

M: As noted before, the high presence of oak makes the beer fairly tannic and dry. I enjoyed this, my girlfriend did not.

D: Another interesting offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Certainly not my favorite, but I'd definitely give it another try and I'd like to see how it might develop with some age.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 02:30:13 | More by womencantsail
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montageman

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 347. Poured into a pint glass.

A really interesting complex beer unlike any brown ale I've had before. Lots going on here - chocolate, orange peel, cinnamon & an overall sour flavor. The cacao lends a dry, bitter finish along with the orange peel. Thoroughly enjoyable. Highest recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:37:44 | More by montageman
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i believe this was from either liquidsolutions or bottletrek, by way of stevemcqueenjr.

750ml. sticker says "batch 253". tasted in late may/early june 2009.

slight gusher. poured into tulip.

dark coppery amber w/ ruby tones. slight haze, plus sediment particles (tho eventually they clump together and settle to the bottom of the glass). huge 3-4 finger tan head w yellow tint. cappucino-like texture, fading gradually to wisps and ring. great lacing.

aroma: woody, malty, oaky and lightly vinegary (cider and balsamic), with hay, light funk then fruity esters (almost citrusy) and light phenols, which finally reveal the cocoa and spice.

taste: malt vinegar and oak followed by bright, fruity acidity, then a bright orange peel character, then some hay. mild bitterness, finishing into light phenols which again help bring out the cacao and cinnamon. lightly yeasty funk in back. oaky notes especially prevalent in the aftertaste.

medium body, sometimes thin, but prety smooth. light acidic and astringent notes toward the finish. mild carbonation is tingly and fluffy.

a very interesting offering. wish it was distributed to MA.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 09:04:13 | More by tai4ji2x
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd been holding off on this one because it was $15 but then I found one for $12 so that was easier to stomach. This was clear, amber, and didn't have much of a head at all despite the massive foam building inside the bottle, maybe my glass was not clean enough. The smell was quite buggy, suggesting sour as well as brett funkiness. The taste was very strange, at first it was like a sour, cherries but then there would be flashes of what I recognize as a brown ale as well as a little bit of the cacao but no other discernible spices. This was interesting but not something I would buy a second time.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 21:40:55 | More by ArrogantB
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusted orange body falls just short of brown. Magnificent fluffy white head sits atop with strong retention and impressive lacing. Creamy white cap remains through the duration of the beer.

Intriguing sourness and a rather apparent brettanomyces presence hits the nose first. Sharp acidic aroma is pleasant while being combined with distinctive spiciness.

The flavor is unique, requiring you to search you entire palate to pick up every little taste available. Sour/tart notes appear right away. Sweet citric flavors subdue the tartness a bit. The maltiness is picked up on the back end as well as a dry cocoa powder and cinnamon flavor. Malt flavors are slightly nutty. Woodiness from the oak has left its mark and is hard to miss. Flavor profile is really all over the place on this one with the taste changing seemingly with each sip.

Light to medium bodied brew. Carbonation is crisp but less than expected when enjoy a beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Finish is dry leaving a slight cocoa and cinnamon powder like aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

I enjoy this beer quite a bit. I find it easy to drink with a pleasant level of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 20:09:25 | More by kzoobrew
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infestaxion

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 349

A - Coppery brown with a huge fluffy off white head that has good retention and leaves very nice lacing.

S - Sweet and funky. The belgian yeast is up front followed by hints of chocolate and spice.

T - Very different. Belgian funky with flavors more associated with a stout. Chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar. Some citrus to round out the flavor. Pretty good but not quite as sour as I would like.

M - Good feel. Smooth but as carbonated as other JP beers.

D - Easy drinking and very interesting. Makes you want more.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 19:14:40 | More by infestaxion
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brokenleadedcask

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Bottle from batch 347

Pour this baby SLOW!! Coming out of the bottle into my Duvel tulip it created a ton of head. Nice deep brown color and some sticky lacing. Immediately get whiffs of brett, but that's not really surprising coming from a Jolly Pumpkin bottle. Other aromas include low alpha acid hops and a subtle coffee undertone. Complex variety of flavors including Lemon, orange rind, ginger and chocolate. The flavors hang out in my mouth a while after swallow and has some excellent carbonation. The more sours I taste, especially from JP and Russian River, the more I like them. Starting to be a devout worshiper at the alter of sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 15:18:00 | More by brokenleadedcask
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flannelman808

California

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

Got this beer and paired it with some pulled pork and sweet potato french fries. Solid... Pours with a huge amount of tan head, and is a deep mahogany color.
Smells sour more than this beer really is... but good, actually really good. Wow very complex coco, spice, funkyjammyfruityeast. Very effervescent and light on the mouth. I found this to be really tasty, similar to their beer de garde only replace hop with bittersweet chocolate. Very good and very complex, a must try product. I got mine at a beer bar in seal beach for 23 bucks (750ml), and am feeling like it was a steal.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 05:02:44 | More by flannelman808
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Floydster

California

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with brewdan, thanks again, poured into a tulip glass, tricked the people I was drinking this with into thinking it was a standard brown ale because they would not have touched if I said it was funky or sour in any way,color is dark brown with some red highlights, big 1 1/2 inch bubbly off white head, lasts a while but does not leave much lacing, aroma consists of funkiness, cherries, mild tart, cacao, oak, red apples, some spice, grapes, milk chocolate, and barnyard,
taste starts off with a mix of cherries and other fruits, some chocolate in the middle with apples, finish has a big wood presence with a mild but luring tartness, some dryness in the aftertaste, tart, fruity, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, high carbonation, could drink the whole bottle, light and complex, alcohol is hidden well and not too strong to begin with, smooth for a Jolly Pumpkin brew, would drink again, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 21:07:12 | More by Floydster
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armock

New York

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

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sour fruit notes with some spice

T - Is of spiced sour fruit flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Like the other brews from Jolly Pumpkin has that funk barrel taste that I love worth trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 18:02:34 | More by armock
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rtepiak

Poland

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is not intended to be a sour beer!!! its seems that its quite inconsistent by the reviews.

i had batch 349.

pour is quite beligan. dark muddy mahogany with a nice beligan head an off of the mahogany color. rich herbal smell but predominantly flemish wild ale style. a funk. palate is candied orange peel, burnt coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, unripe orange skin hop, buckweed honey pollen sweet, cocao, smokiness, apple malt quality.

really amazing... really... something not american... tasted like a 'surly bird' by De Proef... that is if you can find a good bottle. good luck.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 05:10:03 | More by rtepiak
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thryn

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Like so many of Jolly Pumpkin's brews, this is a gusher. I thought I'd staved it off, poured a little as gently as I could and went off to let it settle -- when I got back, the bottle had fountained over a bit and froth was running down the side. Alas, wasted beer. At $15 for a 750, this is a damn shame.

Anyway, once it settles, it's a cloudy golden brick color with a good inch of creamy looking off-white head.

I'm not getting all that much in the nose. Some grassy hops, some funky hay. Sweet plum notes. It smells like JP for sure ... but where is the spice; where is the cacao? Not here.

On the palate, it's a different beast. Still very funky, slightly sour. But there's a sweet chocolatey hint that's steady throughout. The cinnamon is there if you look for it. Not really picking up on the citrus. Sour gives way to bitter, and it's slightly sweet all the way through but never overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel is great! Medium to thin-bodied and assertively carbonated, it slides down the throat readily.

Drinkability's so-so, but it is a sour/funky beer, so that's to be expected. the mouthfeel does a lot to make it drinkable even though it's a palate-challenger in some ways.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 07:16:27 | More by thryn
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cvfish

Louisiana

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

A - This beer poured a hazy brown color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and left a nice lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg and some Belgian funk

T - The taste of this beer was a mix of cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, some orange peel and coriander, as well as some Belgian breadiness and yeast

S - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This is the kind of beer that I have come to expect from Jolly Pumpkin, a very flavorable and unique beer that was great to try, something that you cannot drink sessionably but once in a while

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:07:54 | More by cvfish
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RidiculedDisplay

California

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really, really enjoyed this beer. Thanks to Gabe at Beachwood BBQ for letting me buy his few year old bottle to drink there. If I'm right, this was a 2006.

Appearance: Pours with a finger head that's a bright egg shell white, settles to half-finger. Good lace throughout, with spottiness and fingers that last for a long time after swirling. The body is a cinnamon haze color - a sort of mix of amber, cinnamon brown, with some red highlights. A very good looking beer in a tulip glass.

Smell: Cocoa (cacao), brett, funk, cinnamon, nut meg. A large variety of spiciness going on here, intermixed with funkiness - not sour ale/lambic/gueuze funkiness, but funkiness, nevertheless. On the back end are typical Belgian esters, like banana, apple, and some berry-ness. The spices and yeasts assert themselves more, though. Just terrific - balanced and complex simultaneously.

Taste: Red wine, cocoa, nutmeg, clove, on the back end you get the orange peel. So incredibly tasty. No perceptible alcohol. The other esters do get a bit buried, but this is Jolly Pumpkin, so I expect it to be a bit off-the-norm, and I find his experimentation to be fun and interesting rather than wanton and chaotic.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and silty, with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable for its complexity. No perceptible alcohol, again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 00:09:48 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 349 Maricaibo Especial pours a very dark chestnut-colored body that hints at notes of crimson and orange, but never quite makes it there. The full glass sitting on the bar, however, displays a reddish dark-mahogany. The head is initially frothy but settles quickly to become a creamy yellowed-white pillow. As might be expected, the head retention is quite good and the lacing is fantastic.

In the nose, cloves appear right up-front, almost bubblegum-like, and then quickly dissipate. They're followed by tart notes, and then further tones of wet leather, minerals and oil, and thin shears of metal. Subtle spices arise, mixed with fruit, but they never become quite clear.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied, and gently-zesty-then-creamy as it warms across the palate.

The flavor is a broad spectrum of changing flavors as it warms and your taste buds become accustomed to certain notes. The phenols and Brettanomyces appear first, followed by spice/cocoa/fruit, and then leafy and grassy hop flavors. There's a bit of citrus as well, but who knows where that's coming from. I find sweet red apples, green apples, rotting apples, orange, papaya, mango, melon. Then notes of brown sugar and dry biscuits. Even just lightly browned bread dough hot out of the oven! It suggests sweetness, but it's not really sweet. (Well, it is sweet towards the end). The malt moves back and forth between the fruit/yeast/hops in an almost ghost-like fashion - here one second, gone the next. Nutmeg flickers through, adding to the spicy dryness, but there's a real hop bitterness as well. A rigid bitterness. It finishes dry with a strong note of orange rind and some subtle cocoa, as well as a lingering bitterness and some leafy hops and yeasty mineral and earth. The cinnamon becomes apparent at some point in the lingering finish as it just doesn't fade that well. And at that point everything kind of gets tumbled over and just slightly rearranged to go again in the next few sips. And in some of those new sips the cinnamon and orange merge which is quite nice. But there are so many combinations that it's almost not worth mentioning.

Complex. Intriguing. Requiring some focus.

Eye-opening.

Do yourself a favor.

(Those last three lines should be a slogan :)

How is it that a brewery that makes less beer than many brewpubs can produce something that's so compelling?

And I'd even say that perhaps this is not that compelling in comparison to some of their other beers that are more full-throttle, but this one is certainly more balanced in some way.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 02:29:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Ground nutmeg with just enough illumination to brighten up tone a little. Radiance exposes a tiny bit of clarity but discloses the beer's murky complexion as well. Despite an eager carbonation that literally crawled its way up the neck of the bottle and out, curiously the head hallowed out once hitting the glass, leaving only an outline and a few bubbles.

The smell of vinegary, highly acidic funk damn near gave me whiplash! Dipping your nose too close to the glass can cause you to seriously throw your head back, especially if you're not used it. Somewhere beyond the funk lay doughie biscuits, a splash of lemon, and soured curdling orchard fruits. Although I suspect the beer might vary a little batch to batch (bottle to bottle even) I'm sure the funk is always consistent!

The brewery calls this "a rich brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics" - that's quite a combination! No wonder the taste is an interesting contrast of flavours. Stale coffee, hazelnut and burnt toast are all plunged into an orchard of soured, curdled pear, apple, and peaches. The cinnamon spice is noted but easy to miss behind all that funk.

The beer is (almost overly) dry, very acidic and twice as funky as that. No alcohol is evident. There's surprisingly a ton of roast character. The cocoa nibs taste powdery but are more prevalent than I would have assumed. I have tasted more of the orange in previous samples but the funk in this one was simply too overbearing for such a subtle contribution as that.

This is a re-review from a bottle of the exact same batch I first sampled back in 2006, when the beer was released. Not only did my scores end up essentially the same but the only real complaint I had then - of the beer being just *a little* heavy on the funk - was remarked again tonight. But like I noted then, that fact really didn't do much to hinder my overall enjoyment of the beer (it just hides the flavours a bit more than it should).

On that note, the beer is neither cheap nor easy to find, so if you don't like wild, funky ales then simply don't commit yourself to a whole bottle. I hesitate to say don't bother because I really consider the work of Ron Jeffries among my favourite of America's artisan brewers; Jolly Pumpkin is an experience for everyone to have, at least a little, at least once.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 02:35:45 | More by biegaman
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Yetiman420

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Unibroue tulip glass. Milky brown perhaps due to including yeast. Light tan head with large pockets of lacing.

Aroma of caramel, sourness, and a hint of yeast.

Soft mouthfeel. Chocolate on the finish. The finish seems to linger and slide. Fluffy mouthfeel.

As it warms up, you can pull the funkiness from the aroma. Notes of chocolate also present.

This is my second spin with this beer. It had a greater impact on me the first time around (at a BA tasting of dozens of excellent beers).

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 03:17:27 | More by Yetiman420
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Angus703

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle, Batch # 254, Year 2007

A- Pretty dark brown, hugenormous head on it damn near five fingers, and it is everlasting. Nice lacing, no doubt because of the huge head on this brew.

S- Sour smell, funk, maybe some cherry.

T- Great, spices, sourness, very jolly pumpkinish.

M- medium to light, carbonation is there in force.

D- Fairly drinkable, funky but easy goin', light enough and just sour enough to demand another sip.

Overall it is a great brew, haven't had a Jolly Pumpkin yet that I wouldn't buy again. Definitely a "special brown ale".

I think it would be beneficial for reviewers to put the batch number and the year if possible for this beer, as it is aged longer than most of their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 05:39:19 | More by Angus703
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cjgator3

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Batch 349

A- Pours a dark brown color with an absolutely huge light tan colored head that seemingly will never disappear.

S- The aroma starts out very fruity but there is a nice layer of spice and orange peel as well in the background with sour cherries and oak. The aroma is a little faint for a Jolly Pumpkin beer but it is pretty interesting.

T- The taste features a high amount of spiciness and oak along with some alcohol in the dry finish. Pretty good stuff, but some of the flavors in this one seem to clash a little bit.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is a nice sipper. Overall, this is a pretty interesting beer but does not live up to the high standard I've come to expect from Jolly Pumpkin Beers. This is probably my least favorite of the breweries lineup. It's definitely worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 03:53:36 | More by cjgator3
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

750 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

POurs murky-ish brown with a huge tan, foamy, rocky head. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of cacoa, cinnamon and sour fruitiness.

The taste is of bitter cacao, slight tinny notes (that hold up even through warming), herbal notes with sour-vinegary undertones that come to the forefront as it progresses. Cinnamon is pretty strong, and very identifyable. Orange zest is mixed in. A touch of alcohol shows. It has a dry finish.

The feel is a bit thin for what it could be, but holds together and is coating.

An "interesting" sipper here. A spiced brew that goes towards Oud Bruin, with less maltiness. Different - a fine sour and spicy sipper, that doesn't fit into a particular "style" per se. Not as rich as I was hoping it would be, but certainly worth having as a "something different" brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:07:19 | More by jwc215
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firkinhophead

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty, amber brown with a bit of chill haze, but otherwise clear. Thick, billowy head takes a while to settle down to a tight, thin cap of khaki foam.

Aroma of fruit and malt before I even put my nose in it. Sour cherries, lemon, and floral notes have not trouble penetrating my stuffy nose. Funky yeast notes of dirty sheets come through as it warms.

Taste is of tart fruit, though not as sour as the aroma suggests. Green apple dominates with tangerine and lime evident as well. Spices and herbs come through middle to end, with cinnamon, lemongrass, and mint. Earthy, wet wood lingers on the tongue long after the tartness fades.

Medium-light body that somewhat finty and sharp, with a drying finish that is not overly puckering. Carbonation holds up nicely with continuous active bubbles easily stirred up.

Overall an interestingly complex sour ale that is relatively accessible. I would have preferred some more malt character.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 02:55:18 | More by firkinhophead
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rhinos00

Colorado

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

Drank this one besides the fire place on a cold night. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

A- Brown with tints of dark burgundy. Two fingers width of off-white head formed.

S- Nice, sour and acidic aroma. Combination of orange peel, lemon zest, and green apple.

T- The initial taste on the tongue reveals a nice brown ale. Almost instantaneously, the spices and sour flavors kick in. Hints of green apple, orange, and lemon give off an almost mouth puckering quality. The beer finishes with the malt sweetness of the brown ale.

M- Medium bodied with carbonation. Has a dry finish to it because of the sour qualities of the beer,

D- Very drinkable. The taste is complex enough to keep one coming back for more.

Overall, another great offering by Jolly Pumpkin. While the combination of brown ale and various other ingredients was interesting, it did lack a complexity that I have seen in other great beers of this style. Still a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 04:31:39 | More by rhinos00
Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.