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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
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#3,049
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
955
pDev:
10.15%
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Ratings: 955 |  Reviews: 385
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An Americanized barnyard seasonal. Barnyard and maltiness and spices aroma. Lots of head all the time. Very drinkable. Grainy medium mouthfeel, with a bit of bitter astringent sourness in mid-sip. Got more malt than spices, some pepper, vanilla, lemon,coriander, apple . Thanks Dr. Jay

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some woody notes as well. Taste is mildly tart and funky with some grain, spice, and woody flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is not quite as edgy as some of the other Jolly Pumpkin beers I have tried in the past.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.89/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark hazy deep orange with a thin white head that a quick swirl makes thick and firm.

Nose that is a big and pure and assertive gewertzraminer wine grape with that sweet apple and spicy character. The nose is the real winner and strength of this brew.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with a bit of a sour character and flavor. Nice acid in the sour character that makes this a nice food beer.

Flavors may be a bit lacking for me and also are a bit salty. Love the nose; flavors are wanting. Some sour; some yeast; some savory spice - not a lot appealing, however.

A very short lackluster finish, perhaps a bit of citrus lime in the finish.

I somehow don't "get" Jolly Pumpkin. I'm still looking for a beer that I really like from Jolly Pumpkin. I'll keep tasting them but perhaps I just don't "get" them. Love the labels; not so much the beers, so far. (Maybe I had a bad bottle?)

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dank ass beer. pours a darker red shade with a jovial white head. smells like a sour brett concoction. flavor is great, really sour brett up front, but more nuanced unrolling, with some red licorice and caramel malt. had a very funky memorable finish. tart and assertive. mouthfeel is great, very very lively carbonation with a piquant conclusion. great example of an american wild beer. way way better than the blue one, and more seductive than the red one. sessionable

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paired this one up with spiced lamb rack and apple relish. This beer is really nice. The poured gives off a orange copper color, thin head that faded quickly. The smell of the beer was sour and funky without a doubt. The taste is wild at first, tart and sour, but mellows really really well into a beautiful malt aftertaste with some sour still lingering. The mouthfeel of this beer was really nice, bubbly and light. Overall the beer tasted really nice and paired well with the lamb.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer for sure, really tastes like a hoppy cider. Apple flavor really comes through, medium body, somewhat clean finish. Plenty of taste but is definitely a bit tart, which hurts the drinkability a bit. One of the more unique beers you'll try, but with the expensive price tag and overly done tartness, you'd be hard pressed to finish this bottle too quickly.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and coriander with notes of citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of sourness with flavors of tart fruits and notes of citrus and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness.
O: The sourness makes this beer quite interesting compared to others in the style; I would definitely want to try another one of these.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If all brews were like those by Jolly Pumpkin, then I'd be one sad and drunken slug. Firefly is no different, upholding the classic brewing principals and modern artistry that we all should be demanding of our beers. Very lemony and oak-ey aromas exploding from the bottle. Pouring a diry peach color, a rocky head forms even before the beer hits the bottom of the glass. Spicy, peach and pears soon follow up in the aromas and transfer a moderate sweetness into the flavor. The wood aging really rounds off belgian yeast twang, overbearing spiciness, and alcohols. Very woodsy, musty, nutty, with a bold date flavor without the fruity sweetness. Very dusty and earthy throughout with overripe fruits. Not syrupy or sweet. Well matured and formulated. The oak may get a little dominant, and where I may criticise this in one sip, I'll applaude it in the next. The beer improved as I swirled the yeast sediment into suspension, then decanting into the goblet, then gulped it down. Amazing how I can pour 3/4ths of the bottle into the glass and the carbonation still pushes the foam from the top--it's quite magical. I really appreciate what Jolly Pumpkin does. I recommend all of their beers.

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

750ml bottle, nice glowing hop seafaring metaphor depicted on the label.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with a teeming amount of thick, puffy, silken eggshell white head, which sits in for a long spell, before leaving some very attractive webbed/chain link lace around the glass, as it gently abates.

It smells of tart lemon, wet hay, soft grainy malt, some tame earthy funk, and somewhat bitter leafy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, sour aged lemon, a nice, even herbal funk, some soft coriander spiciness, and leafy, zingy weedy hops. A slight, sultry alcohol warming tickles the throat.

The bubbles are fairly robust and a tad sharp, the body on the light side of medium weight, and surprisingly calm in its overall smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, as the pale, kind of biscuity malt is pressed hard by the lemon and orange citrus, with that nice earthy funk, and a bit of lingering leafy hop bitterness adding to the push.

A very well-rendered BPA, all inputs used in equally deft measures, giving us a full-flavoured version of an all too often underwhelming style.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and an unbranded green pry-off pressure cap purchased at a local H-E-B grocery and served cold into a Cantillon geuze glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, TX.

Reviewed live as a pale ale per the label. 6.5% ABV. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes some beers I've really enjoyed in the past. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Upon opening, foam makes a bid for the top, mushrooming out. Pour quickly.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Off-white colour. Thin and somewhat weak. Not as full or soft as would be ideal. Has a wanting consistency and a mediocre complexion. Recedes fully within 4-5 minutes, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Translucent transparent pale copper with honey and orange hues. Above average vibrance. Glows when backlit. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

The constantly erupting foam indicates overcarbonation, but also bottle conditioning. I consider it a good thing.

This looks as a Belgian pale should, but the head could be improved and some healthy yeast particulate wouldn't be unwelcome.

AROMA: Has a definite barnyard character, including subtle biscuity Belgian yeast replete with some subtly handled spices - allspice, coriander, and clove, mainly. Green apple. White pepper. Yeasty funkiness. Grains of Paradise. Hay/straw. Belgian golden malts.

The hop profile is primarily floral, with some apt grassy notes in there too that suit the funky Belgian vibe quite well.

Neutral Belgian pale malts provide the simple malt backbone of the brew.

Boasts a white oak barrel character which seems to coax out further nuances from the base beer. The oak sugars are lovely.

No overt alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

Overall, this is an enchanting aroma which suggests a very complex and subtle brew. I can't wait for the first sip. Mild in strength.

TASTE: The dampened woody notes suit the base beer nicely, bringing barrel sugars and hints of white oak to lend cohesion to the funky flavour profile. The second act is rich with intricacy, boasting varied notes of spices (allspice, white pepper, coriander, Grains of Paradise) over a golden and Belgian pale malt backdrop. Hints of crackery malts and bready malts here and there. The spicy biscuity yeast lends both funkiness and edge, giving the brew a prominent lively Belgian feel.

Green apple. Hints of vague fruits. Barnyard notes of hay and straw, with some farmhouse must.

The hop profile is ideal for the style, lending subtle notes of floral hops and grassiness without intruding on the star of the show - the yeast.

As it comes to temp, more subsidiary notes of lime and sea salt emerge.

Good depth and duration of flavour, with notable amplitude and above average flavour intensity.

It's quite well balanced, juggling its many constituent notes well while still maintaining a natural cohesion. As a result, it feels like a gestalt whole. There's plenty of intricacy and nuance here to please the discerning drinker. Really a lovely brew in its style.

The finish is lovely, smacking a bit of lactic character and leaving the drinker with the ripe green apple in the aftertaste.

TEXTURE: Light-bodied, refreshing, smooth, soft, and wet. It's a biteen too thick.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy. Above average acidity.

Overall presence on the palate is good, but not great. This texture doesn't quite elevate the beer beyond the taste, but it's a fine companion to the flavour profile and complements it well.

OVERALL: A nice farmhouse Belgian pale from Jolly Pumpkin, Luciernaga is well worth trying once, but its high price point will deter even the discerning drinker from frequent repurchases. I'd recommend any fan of the style give it a pull at least once, but it's not on par with world-class offerings in the style. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle. More solid work from an oft-underrespected brewery.

High B-

This would develop nicely with some light (~1 year) aging.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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 brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color with an impressive head that leaves a curtain of lace

Smell: Hay, wheat bread, stone fruit, barnyard funk, oak and spicy/herbal tones

Taste: Light and fruity, up front, with stone fruit, spices (grains of paradise) and herbs (coriander) that are joined, in the middle by the barnyard funk and acetic sourness from the Brett; the malts appear after the swallow, bringing a bready, fresh mown hay character; dry, tart and oaky, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; lively on the tongue

Overall: Another great beer from Jolly Pumpkin; not the most complex of their lineup, but one of the brightest and easiest to enjoy

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (courtesy of Sammy): Poured a dirty yellow color ale with a huge white foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of floral malt with a good dose of Brett is exquisite. Taste is almost perfect with a great mix between floral malt, oak and a well balance presence of sourness and tart. The spices that are mentioned on the label (Coriander and grain of paradise) are very subtle and could hardly be tasted though. This is probably the closest thing to Orval that I’ve had the chance to drink. I do wonder when going through some of the other ratings and the description on the label if the Brett and the sourness were intended or not but in any case I am not complaining because this was a great beer experience.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 813/814, bottled on 6/6/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tart apple, lemon, pear, pepper, clove, coriander, grass, hay, funk, floral, herbal, light leather, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity, funk, and spicy notes. Taste of tart apple, pear, lemon, pepper, clove, coriander, hay, grass, light leather, and earthy spiciness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, coriander, pepper, clove, grass, hay, light leather, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy notes with funkiness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced Belgian pale ale! Great balance and complexity of tart fruit, funk, and spicing; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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