Luciérnaga, The Firefly | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Luciérnaga, The FireflyLuciérnaga, The Firefly

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by putnam on 10-28-2004

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy orange. White, soft, sticky head boasts more than honest lacing. Never heard of aroma, cedar juice. What are those hops? They feel german in a way.. they’re a pure pleasure, a treasure. Very woody, subtle, elegant. Sprucey orange juice uncovers a spicy medley and a shot of vanilla. Minty, musty, earthy. Enjoyable belgian yeast, dry (pencil shavings) and bready. Original leafiness lasts and lasts in a straw-like bitterness, sandy and earthy. Yum. Incredibly mellow palate, superb carbonation, soft medium body. Unique and tasty, Jolly Pumpkin has become in no time a serious rival to any farmhouse beers producer and trying those beers is mandatory for any amateur of the genre, a complement to beer culture.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Won a bronze in the 2008 GABF as a French and Belgian style Saison. A funky and cloudy look of off orange, with a bright sour nose with spices and a light malt backbone. The sourness combines with the spices and malt to give you a funky Saison that goes down easy. It wafts a great aroma that is outdone by the taste, one to savor on it's own or with spicy food. Keep this baby around especially in spring and summer months.

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Photo of Keizerjl
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ArrogantB
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed every Jolly Pumpkin beer I have tasted and this was no exception. In fact, this was probably my favorite after Biere De Mars. The color was a cloudy orange, hazy. The head was viciously strong and took a while to settle. it looked like whipped fluff sitting on top of the brew. The smell was funk! Funky, funky, with some sour vinegar and mustiness but I liked it! The taste was also sour, fruity, dry, delicious. The Jolly Pumpkin beers are kinda costly but they really are well made beers. Excellent!

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in Great Barrington; no availability and I have never seen it in Connecticut; anyway, it came with much hype; I poured it from the 750ml into a tulip; there were massive, explosive amounts of carbonation. The color was a rusted bronze, the smell was of malt, some hops, nothing extravagant.

The taste was quite good; there was a great fullness of body, a great start to middle malty-ness; a nice lingering finish- with flavor but surprisingly clean. There was a terrific balance of hop and alcohol bitter/harshness with the smoothness given from the heft of the mouthfeel and the malty-ness; it was complex but not overpowering. I would suggest drinking this on your own and not pairing it with food; but if you had to, make it lamb chops or veal meatloaf.

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Photo of nortmand
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a big, frothy white top.
Sweet, plum smell with a coriander luster. Nothing too exciting, but solid nonetheless.
Spicy flavor, sweet and supported by a rubbery bitterness at the end.
Nice and carbonated, this is a great strong brew for a warm summer evening.

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Photo of Phatz
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the opportunity to share this beer with phnphilly tonight and we discussed splitting a case. WOW!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a moderate white head that remains a cap before disappearing.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty. Even through my cold, I can smell the barnyard funk and the Brettanomyces is certainly there. A bit of granny smith apple.

Taste: Very sour apple and oak. Tart and divine. That Jolly pumpkin Brettanomyces is evident in all there beers and this is no exception. There is a bit of candied malts but then it tends towards the sour side, leaving the mouth just bit of a pucker and a dry tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light but lively on the palate with a combination of spices and yeast flavors pinching and poking at the taste buds, smooth sensation though and a lightly astringent finish.

Drinkability: Exceptional. I love sour beers. This one is just sour enough, but so sour as to reduce the drinkability. I defiantly need more of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of hhollins11
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of jscheuf
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Bobikel
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the 750ml bottle -
Poured into a .5 litre goblet

Appearance - Even with a fairly gentile pour, a massive two and a half inches of tightly packed foam arises. A few streams of bubbles can be seen throught the hazy golden liquid. Blond highlights around the outsides make for a fairly appealing body, while the head leaves gobs of lace over the course of its slow recession.

Smell - A little bready maltiness is quickly overpowered by a dry and earthy hoppiness. This is accentuated by a light funk, as all jolly pumpkin ales are, conjuring bits of green apple, pepper, and a slight grassyness.

Taste - A fairly explosive bitterness fills the mouth right away. Malt sweetness in the center of the tongue is slowly supplanted by a very mild sourness. The hops remain pervasive throughout, well after the swallow, still clinging on to the sides of the tongue. A very interesting progression of flavors that, ultimately, create a nice balance between the sweet, sour, and bitter.

Mouthfeel - A tight prickly carbonation dances across the tongue. Smooth and a little slick through the mouth, and a touch thin.

Drinkability - A very approachable ale, that is as complex as it is drinkable.

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Photo of nomad
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I could tilt to pour my nose was down the neck of the champagne bottle, eager for a whiff. Ooh... a glorious light copper beer with a healthy head retained surprisingly well. Sat still with thick fingers of lace stringing around the glass.

Smells of fresh and sweet dough, mint, and soft herbs like fresh cut rosemary. The grains of paradise are light and deftly integrated into the strong sense of floral and herbal hops. An almost lemon-like backdrop supports the artisanal onslaught which opens to notes of cream and honey.

First sips reveal a drying beer with floral complexity and herbal bite, undergirded by a light buttery tone. Is it a hoppy beer? For a Belgian, possibly, though the hop sense is superbly melded to the malt, as are the coriander and grains of paradise, two ingredients that quietly pepper the brew with complexity but does so without overt recognition. With time a restrained and elegant sweetness shined, with a sleekness that screamed Belgian pale malts with a touch of cara. This body is fully understated and really needs some applause for so quietly supporting the hops and spices. The herbal complexity lingered through a long finish. Mouthfeel is round, moderately full, and smoothly plush.

Get it now, get it fresh, because I feel the fresh hop and grain symphony make this beer so interesting now. It could age well, though it is stellar already. From a sleepy little town in Michigan, straight from oak barrels.

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Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once opened, a heady floral & citrus bouquet wafts out. A moderate amount of foam results from a careful pour. This isn't as charged up with carbonation as the Bam.

Smells excellent. Pear, citrus, berries, oak, and a mild funk make for a truly intoxicating mix. Body is a hazy amber-orange, with tiny ascending streams of bubbles. Foam settles to a film that rings the glass.

First sip is fairly complex, my first thought is of the Bam Biére I had yesterday. Definitely a similar yeast, but that's about it. Tangy citrus is bolstered by a wave of fruity hops, though not to an overpowering degree. Oak is barely present in the aftertaste. At cellar temp., it becomes smoother, flavors are more melded together, with a slight warming alcohol presence. Finish is fairly dry.

One 750 bottle was enough for me...a Bam would make a nice sidecar though.

Oh, and a gorgeous label with original artwork to boot. The text makes no claims of "style", other than "ale brewed with spices". Truly unique brewing right here.

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Photo of bwyker
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip, at about 48 F.

Appearance, grimy golden amber with bits of yeasty funk. A geyser of cashew colored foam poured out of the bottle upon opening. Left a huge head of very active foam. Slowly settled to a nice lining around the glass. Smells of wood and bugs (Brett?), with subtle cherry notes. Flavor matches the nose, with more force. Earthy vanilla hints and light candy sugar at the start with a smoothed cherry sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel was light bodied with a slightly sour finish. Drinkablility was high. Russian River –tion like. Enjoyed tremendously, yet it requires slow appreciation.

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Photo of cvfish
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a cloudy golden color that produced a giant fluffy white head that great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were right on with the herbs and spices, and then the fruity sourness that took over

T - The taste of this beer was quite interesting, pale malts, spices and herbs, and a moderate amount of sour apple that finished this beer off

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer was very good, this is how I like Sours, a mix of two beers, where the sour is not overwhelming, but moderate and tasty

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Photo of xzzion
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy golden tea color under a 2” almost meringue like off-white foam cap that persists and clings to the glass.
S: Spicy, tart, lemony nose with traces of hop and light funk.
T: Achieves a balance between fruit, spice and hop bitterness with a moderate wild yeast funk.
F: Very fine carbonation feels soft in the mouth. Medium to medium light body.
O: An interesting, well made sour ale with an assertive bitter emphasis.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of falconxman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of astebelton
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of bouncepass
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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