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 Derek
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-blond with a white head that leaves a nice lace.

S: Fresh hops, a little solvent, slightly spicy.

T: There's a soapy, hop flavour that I'm not fond of. The spicyness is quite nice. Finish is dry and slightly tart.

M: Light body is highly carbonated. Finish is quite dry.

D: Certainly a digestable, though the carbonation is quite high.

Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium golden color with a thick, frothy, lingering, 2 finger, off white head. When the head dissipates and forms The beer leaves lacing on the glass wherever it touches.

S: Spicy! I detect coriander and a hint of citrus. The smell is mildly sweet and a faint hop aroma can be detected.

T: Pretty spicy and tart right away that leads into a nice sour flavor. Brett was here, methinks. The fruity taste helps balance out the spiciness, and the slight hop aroma is very pleasant. This is really fantastic stuff.

M: A nice full mouthfeel with a great deal of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: For the intense flavors this is pretty damn drinkable, though I wouldn't care to drink more than one of these large bottles.

Another fantastic beer by Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750mL at Julio's a while back, bottled on 4/28/10 batch #3. Poured into my Duvel tulip after it errupted all over my counter.

A - A big, rocky 3 finger head atop a deep, rich orange colour. Not quite clear with no particles evident. Big, thick side lacing too.

S - Great typical Jolly Pumpkin aromas here with that solid funky aroma mixed with those strong oak characteristics.

T - Much like the nose there is that tasty barrel notes along with sourness. Dont get much in the way of hops except for maybe a slght bitterness at the end. Doesnt really taste like a pale ale.

M - Low carbonation but remains crisp enough to go down easily. Very dry finish.

O - This really doesnt drink like a pale ale much more like a wild ale, which isnt a bad thing considering almost all Jolly Pumpkins drink like this.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Cloudy orange pour with a nice foamy white one-finger head. Aroma is of mild sour fruit. Taste is mildly sour upfront backed by yeast, wood and musty spice flavors. As the beer warms a really nice tart citrus flavor emerges that carries through to the finish.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to Brian700 for this...
Appears a glowing gold with a 2 finger white head and lots of lacing.
The smell is of oak aged light vanilla and bourbon with a sweet fruitiness.
Taste is of smooth vanilla and light sugary citrus with a Belgian yeast that's evident in the undertones of crisp brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth and warming with the carbonation just right.
Drinkability is nice but there is a bit of alcohol detectable towards the end. Everything these guys do is right, from the barrel aging to the addition yeast in the bottles. Great stuff.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Batch 296/297

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazed brownish orange color with a large off-white head that provides excellent retention ad lacing.

S- The aroma like most all of Jolly Pumpkins beers is mouthwatering sour. There is also some fruit, spices, old must, oak and yeast in the lovely aroma as well. 

T- The taste like the aroma starts out sour with some fruity notes and oak flavors as well. The finish has a nice spiciness to it and finishes on the dry side with some yeast.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is quite simply another fantastic brew from Jolly Pumpkin. Now after trying just about every beer from this brewery, I can say that they do not brew anything less than great. This beer like all other JP beers is highly recommended! 

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - bottled 2011

Appearance - Amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, apples, lemons, vinegar, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, vinegar and lemons. There is also some breads/grains and light hops.

Overall - Really good stuff, like a hybrid between a belgian IPA and a sour. Every beer I've had from this brewer has been a winner so far.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, brought back to Sydney Australia and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a lovely bright, but cloudy honeyed amber colour, with a fine, but lively head of pocked off-white. Some patchy lacing as its tilted, but the body doesn't seem particularly heavy enough to sustain it for very long. Looks good overall.

Nose is bright and crisp, with subtle hints of funk and oak giving a really rustic tone to everything. Some slightly buttery tones, and a hint of mint and lemon giving a real freshness. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste is flatter than expected, and missing the bright acidity that would have helped it along. Faint, slightly empty characters of watered wine with a touch of herbal vegetation. There's a touch of metallic bitterness on the back, and a slight lilt of funk and mild tartness on the finish but overall it's quite flat. No faulting it for drinkability of course: the bright crispness and the undeniable flatness on the palate make it dangerously easy to swig.

Overall, another very solid beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Unfortunately, I feel as though I now have astronomical expectations for each new beer of theirs I try. This is still a very good beer, but I always expect a world class one.

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Photo of corby112
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a hazy dark golden orange/amber color with a large, two finger frothy, off-white head with very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Large chunks of lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma with sweet citrus and light fruit notes as well as some subtle hops ans sweet alcohol. Hints of pepper and coriander along with some orange peel, apple and pear in the nose.

Medium bodied, slightly tart and puckering with a bit of earthy oak, zesty spice, sweet fruit and mild alcohol. Tight carbonation with subtle earthy oak which is countered by spicy pepper and coriander as well as sweet citrus peel, apple and pear. Dry finish.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lightly clouded orange-apricot color with a bit of spent yeast gliding to the botto. Poured a five finger billowy head that settled to an ample dollop in the middle. Generous even lacing all the way down. Decanted steadily.

S: Yeast, light fruits, fruity esters; orange rinds become prominent. Spices and alcohol more to the forefront as it warms.

T: Oak and a wonderfuly coplex sweet and sour flavors. Dry, clean finish.

M: Bright and a bit thin. Light, crisp and clean finish nicely bordered by ample carbonation.

D: Way drinkable and wonderfully complex. This is a beer when you want something special that you'll like a lot.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 788/790. Bottled 05-10-2011

(A)- Pours a hazed golden orange hue. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention and good lacing as well.

(S)- A nice dry biscuit-like floral yeast component. Ever so slight spice element in the middle. Quite dry but great aroma overall.

(T)- Very similar to the smell only a really nice fruity middle; touches of orange and melon peel amidst the dry, yet floral biscuity yeast.

(M)- A lively carbonation level meets a refreshing balance of dry yet fruity elements.

(O)- This is one thrist quenching yet satisfying beer that with some time on it has perhaps helped dry this out a bit and let the yeast do its thing.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a glowing orange hazy body with a thick light tan head that is creamy but turns rocky and last for most of the bottle in this state. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that collect to form the bottom of the head.

S- This beer has a tart aged vinegar note with an oak and wet wood aroma. The faint spicy finish has green hops coming through as it warms.

T- The age vinegar tartness has a big grapefruit tartness in the finish that also has a spicy note similar to the smell. The tastes of soft aged cheese, tangelo and grapefruit come through as it warms giving it a nice complexity that grows through the bottle.

M- This beer has as medium-full mouthfeel with a smooth creamy quality in the beginning. The finish is a dry with no astringency noticed.

D- This beer has a nice flavor of wild ales and hops with makes it interesting and flavorful.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ffej of July.

A: The pale ale is amber orange, a coppery color. More head than is good for anyone, the thick white foam clings and coagulates, taking a very long time to dissapate.

S: Funky horseblanket aromas, dirty brett, dominate, lending citrus and tartness to the mix. Lemons and fleshy fruits stand out.

T: Brett does a number on the ale, smoothing over biscuity malts with extreme recklessness. The brett dries the ale out, leaving tart citric acid flavors, maybe even a little acetic, behind. Lemons and vinegar, more of the former than the latter. Dry fruits, just a little sugary (the ale is quite dry, recall), add more flavor. In the end, though, it all comes back to the brett and how it completely controls the flavor profile. The tart recoil upfront and lingering lemon in the finish are nice.

M: The mouthfeel takes a bit of time to adjust to even though I've had the beer many times. That tartness is jarring, a refreshing citric blast.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill, snifter.

pours a pale yellow with a big head. smell is yeasty and a tad sour. taste starts off a tad sour but not much or lingering, yeasty, funky . no bitterness. real easy drinking. mild bodied. high carbonation.

overall another winner from jolly pumpkin.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy golden color. Head is difficult to examine in the 2 oz. sample cup. It does lace well though.

S-Barny and musty. Light tartness. A bit of apples. Hay. Light graininess.

T-A notch below the nose in my opinion. Musty and natural with some wild yeastiness. Spicy. Light apples. Rotty hay. Light, tartness in the finish.

M-Lots of carbonation with a moderate body.

O/D-Pretty neat. Another one if those beers that I was happy to sample without having to shell out a bunch of dough for one of their bottles.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Floral and barnyard aroma, with slight tart fruit character.' Flavor is extremely tart, musty, lightly phenolic, and has a dry, fairly bitter finish. It's more bitter than I prefer, but I like the tartness.

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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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, Batch 296/297. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/brown color with about a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, lacing is good. The aroma is musty and fruity, the beer smells like coriander, sour apples, yeast, pineapple (and other tropical fruit), peppery spice and citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like tart apples, yeast, coriander, pineapple, oak, pepper, spice and lemon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has high but soft carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and the soft carbonation makes this easy to drink. I think this is a good and enjoyable beer, I'll definitely buy this again.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a frothy 1 1/4" slightly off-white head over the murky light amber brew. Head lasts well, leaving delicate, if not substantial, lacing throughout the drinking experience. Aroma is spicy and lightly tart fruits, with some oak notes apparent. Taste is upfront the fruity tartness, quickly fading into the spicy malt character, and ending with a building magnitude of barrel notes that multiply this brew's complexity many times. Mouthfeel is a bit busy, and could deter one, perhaps, but the drinkability of this brew is excellent. An enjoyable entry to the world of Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing golden orange, moderate cap of prickly white froth. Scent leads with tart notes of fruit, apple, pear, peach... earthy and musty oak, fragrant floral and spice profile. Really nice taste, tartness and fruitiness more pronounced than in nose, solid earthy backbone and just the right amount of spice. Medium bodied, active and prickly, dry. Solid all around, definitely a touch more tart and funky than other renowned BPAs.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blend #2, bottled on 4.29.10
Poured into a tulip

A little gush, but nothing that wasn't manageable. Very foamy, slightly off white cap that rose quickly to fill the glass and slow to recede. Leaving good amounts of lace behind. Underneath the cap, there is a bright orange body that is full of bubbles flying north.

You can smell the sour, tart funk from across the room. It leaps out of the glass and permeates the air. Aromas of allspice and cinnamon with a pleasant flowery note laying underneath all this funk.

The tartness isn't nearly as prominent on the palate. Perfumey/flowery, almost orchard like. Soft and pleasant with a touch of faint pepper and orange rind. Not nearly as bold and assertive as the nose would let on, but good nonetheless.

Smooth, lighter body with a dry, flowery finish.

Overall, I found this to be a pretty decent beer. Not sure if being a year old helped or hurt.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Great, doughy head with just great retention. A thick foam stays with you throughout the whole 750ml bottle. Great bubbles, average lacing. Semi-hazey hop juice color. Looks like a mix between a saison and an IPA in color.

Smell- A spicey intro to a tart malty aroma. Almost like a lambic but that is tart due to the malt, if that is possible. Hints spruce and coriander. Hints of tart bitterness as well.

Taste- A very saison/biere de garde start. Tart malts with very herbal overtones. I think somebody made a mistake categorizing this beer. Nonetheless, the acidic quality of the malts and herbs is great. Went well with my hamburger actually.

Mouthfeel- A little dry and tart of course. But a very clean earthy, herbal finish. A great beer to have with a good, filling meal.

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Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed caramel with a cream coloured head, good retention and lacing. There's a pleasant spice in the aroma along with fruit, wood, and fresh hop character. A bit of barnyard funk too. The flavour's slightly tart and fruity with an earthy, woody quality underneath. Quite dry, maybe a bit salty. Spice hangs in there through the finish along with leafy bitterness. Light body, high carbonation, a bit of slickness, but mostly dry. Fairly complex, but tasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dirty looking auburn. Murky and cloudy. Thick crop of, you guessed it, dirty white head.

Aroma: Musky, earthy, dank, wet and murky. Like a cellar that never sees the light of day. Some spices noted in the background.

Taste: Grundgy, earthy, and you guessed it....dirty. This is very thick and lives on the dark side. Not a lot of brightness here. This is like beer from beyond...It's got some funkiness and mustiness. Again, like a cellar.

Mouthfeel: Overcarbonated. Airy and fizzy in the mouth. Gaseous. Induces way too many burps.

Drinkability: This is not my thing. I do not care for this beer. This is the first time that I've revisited Jolly Pumpkin in quite some time and it will be the last time I do for quite some time.

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sam's in Chitown.

Pours a hazy copper/orange, think off white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention, head never quits. Smell is acidic, very sour, vinegar, toffee, spices, some yeast, not as complex as their others. Taste is very fruity, wheat, spices, nice sour middle, yeast and citrus, spicy finish with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, smooth. Nice beer, although probably my least favourite from JP.

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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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