Luciérnaga, The Firefly | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
June

Added by putnam on 10-28-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,405
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
958
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
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70
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119
Trade:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 4/2016:
Okay, I am under the assumption this beer, while a BPA, is not one that definitively should not be aged. I bought it as such from a respectable place, but I could be wrong. This beer has much yin and yang to me at its current age.

The look has a nearly cloudy, somewhat murky amber orange body. Yet, its head is a lovely near white, and doesn't leave the top of the beer throughout this ordeal.

The nose just jumps at me ax oxidized. There's a freshly opened bag of rubber balloon main scent here. Not appetizing. Behind this is a lemon vegetal note, and eventually a decent spice, earthy in general, nutmeg in nature particularly.

The taste has the same rubber balloon aspect, but it isn't as bad. The funky yeast isn't helping, I believe. The earthy spice may also be stepping on the opening, but at least they let up and become an interesting aspect by the end of the taste. There's a light lemon zest that accents the funk. Grains of Paradise seem obvious once I learn that's the spice I am getting. In general, this reminds me of an early fall lawn cleaning, with grass clippings and the first leaves of fall combining for a earthy, grassy tea base upon which there is some spice and funk added.

The oxidized nature was just too much for my enjoyment. I would suggest letting this one warm, as this aspect seemed to fade as I drank the beer. There's some interesting things going on, throughout, but they seem to come together a little better nearer cellar temps. I wonder how much different it would be without two years on it.

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Photo of johnverduin
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Artisan (Rome). A bit hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet candied fruits like apricots and tangerines with a light yeast funk. Taste starts with sweet and tart apricot, peach, tangerine but on the finish it gets quite bitter with herbal hop notes. Light to medium body and carbonation. A really well made beer with a good combination of tart, sweet and bitter flavors, all integrated gracefully.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle dated 2010. Poured into a snifter appears a clear copper color with an offwhite head that fades leaving patchcy lace.

The nose is grainy sweet with clove and spices and a hint of orange.

It tastes bitter and rindy with clove and almost has a hint of tea and orange zest as well.

This is light in body with effervescent carbonation. Overall pretty nice.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metacog42
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xzzion
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gehille
3.19/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VABA
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cgrunin
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrMindbender
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluecrow
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesmheider
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ottoj55
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking, hazy yellow, white foam that left nice lacing. Smells of crackery malt, slight wild funky brett character and tart. Taste is tart with decent funky earthiness just under it, some citrus overtones and a bit of spice. Dry crisp mouthfeel. Outstanding sour beer.

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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 958 ratings