Luciérnaga, The Firefly | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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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Photo of ehammond1
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly clear orange and gold with a thick, heavy white head that leaves lots of stick, cling, and lace on the glass.

Bright and funky aroma: lemon, mild pine, lots and lots of funk (barnyard/horse blanket/hay and grass), some biting black pepper, and a touch of honey sweetness. Powerful and unique.

The funky yeast dominates. The powerful, unique Jolly Pumpkin funk is here in full force: lots of grass, hay, and barnyard. The citrus and bright lemon hop flavors are there right alongside it all. There's a ton of flavor here, and it's another uniquely Jolly Pumpkin beer. The alcohol plays too large a role in the flavor for a beer of "only" 6.5% ABV.

Medium to thick bodied with very high carbonation--a bit prickly.

A decidedly unique beer. Jolly Pumpkin always creates something unique and this is certainly no exception.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip; batch 813/814 bottled on 6-6-2011. Hazy, darkish yellow body with a two-finger eggshell white head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

Less funky and less tart aroma than most JP beers I've had. Still, a bit of sour apple, grain, and a light sweetness that seems more fruity than malty.

The flavor doesn't disappoint after the aroma. Slightly tart flavor, more reminiscent of the Belgian yeast tartness I'm used to in other beers as opposed to the sour normally associated with fruit. A very light note of grain and hops, with no real flavor from the malt that I can detect.

Medium consistency in the mouthfeel, and very drinkable overall. Not the most complex JP brew I've had but an excellent effort, as expected. Does Jolly Pumpkin even make a bad beer? I've never had one yet, but will keep searching and hoping for the best!

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Photo of StaEva
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great hazy apricot/caramel color. subtle ruby glow on the edges.
rocky head that fades slowly and caps.

smells of rotting fruit in a great way. the smell of a fermenting apple/pear/apricot droppings in a fresh air orchard. not much in the way of hops, good yeasty funk.

taste follows aroma, but so complex with biscuity grain, fruit, tangy pucker-inducing funkiness.

get into this beer!

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I shared a glass of this one yesterday afternoon at Hops & Pie. Poured a hazy amber with a large lasting ivory head. Aromas of vanilla, spice, fruitiness, barnyard, leather and light caramel. Palate was light bodied crisp and slightly dry. Flavors of caramel, coriander, citrus and good barnyard funk with a crisp dry slightly tart finish.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy orange. Fine white head, good retention, and decent lacing. Insane carbonation, popped the cap and it overflowed for a solid 3 or 4 minutes, wasn't ready for that so be aware.

S - Sour apple/citrus and spices. Funkiness gets more pronounced as it warms.

T - Sour apple funkiness and Belgian yeast, earthy straw notes.

M/D - Quite a light mouthfeel, condensation produces some pretty fine bubbles. I drank it pretty slowly but it had easy enough drinkability to it.

O - It was nice to try something pretty different. The funkiness overpowered everything else, and sort of detracted from the enjoyment. I like sourness, but it seemed dominant.

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

A: Pours a clear slightly dark amber with a large amount of dense off white head. A thick blanket retains well, and leaves full walls of lacing.

S: Floral, funky, and fruity. There's also a noticeable yeastiness.

T: Sweet floral notes to start, with the funk starting to appear mid palate and in full force by the finish, accompanied by lightly bitter grapefruit.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall I like this a lot. It's interesting, complex, drinkable, and not too boozy, which is an unfortunately uncommon combination.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a couple weeks ago at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- cloudy dark orange color, half inch head

Smell- fruit(banana, citrus), spice

Taste- fruit, spice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, highly carbonated, Be careful when opening!

Drinkability- I thought it was really good except for the fact that it is so highly carbonated that it foams out everywhere when opening. The bottle wasn't even touched until I opened it.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

ST: 750ML poured into a chalice. Batch: 806/809. Bottled: 6-3-2011.

A: Copper amber with a light misty head, light carbonation, and very nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit hops, dark fruit (plum), dry earthy yeast, and lost of sour notes.

T: Tangy sour fruity, dry hops, dry yeast biscuit, grapefruit, and earth.

M: Medium body and smooth.

O: Delicious beer with nice use of hops, earth, and pleasant sour, which adds nice contrast to bitter hops. I have yet to be unimpressed by a Jolly Pumpkin beer. If you do not like sour notes in your pale ales, or beers in general, do no pick this one up. However, it is an excellent beer and worth the money.

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Photo of weller1js
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

6/3/2011, batch 806/809

appearance: pours a clear copper-amber, with light carbonation with creamy white foam, with similar lingering lacing.

smell: sharp essences of dark fruit, sour notes are present throughout, yeast notes are aromatic to the point that they come off as almost dry-like; hops are both floral and sour.

taste: very to the point, the dry hops and yeast bring forth a tangy-sourness; soft at start and throughout but sour at the finish, which als has a lightly spicy lingering.

overall: on point; first experience with JPAA, ingredients are well utilized that makes for a well-sequenced, very drinkable.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a large pillowy white head that has great retention and leaves a lot of fine lacing.

Aroma of green apples and lemon upfront with hints of spice in the background.

Taste starts with bready malts and quickly transitions to notes of sour fruits...apples, lemon and grape. The brett character is there as usual, and hints of coriander show up towards the end.

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Good stuff overall, lightly sour and refreshing all around.

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

Pours a hazy, orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is typical JP funk that I love, Belgian yeast, sweet citrus, spice and green apples. Taste is initially hoppy with some subtle floral notes. Tart green apple and tart mellon flavor. Nice yeasty flavors with pleasant hopiness. Mouthfeel is light, but it doesn't affect in lack of flavor at all. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is another great beer from JP. I would drink this on the regular.

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Photo of match1112
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle has a date of 05/10 but still pours and tastes great.

a: cloudy straw color. the bottle foams over as soon as the lid is popped. a slow pour results in half the pint glass filling with a thick sudsy head, as well as three inches of the bottle.

s: belgian yeast, citrus and spice.

t: citrus and yeast with a funk to it that was awesome.

m: medium body with a ton of carbonation. goes down smooth with a spicy finish.

o: a great beer that i wasnt sure of being over a year past it's best by date. will try to find a fresher bottle to compare, but this was great.

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

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a soft white head. The aroma brings spice, funk, citrus. The beer is quite tasty, and the funk flavor emerges much more as the beer warms. Citrus and spice add nice depth and complexity. The feel is thin bodied with a distinctive Jolly Pumpkin finish. An interesting and enjoyable brew, especially if you appreciate funky, eccentric beers.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 schwaeh
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle- bottled 5/21/11

A:Pours a pumpkin orange color with as much frothy white head as you care to pour. These JP beers are always crazy carbonated. Nice lacing.

S: Smells of sour apple, brett funk, oak barrels, and a nice delicate hop presence. This has some nice fall spices going on, very cool. This is the hoppiest smelling Jolly Pumpkin by a landslide.

T: This tastes very funky- hay, horseblanket, pears, grain, and some rotten apple. This has some nice use of spices- nutmeg, coriander, and some pepper are all noticeable; These all add some very nice warmth and depth to this brew. Its almost as if the finish isn't there on this beer, the flavors fade fast in your mouth until a light amount of hop bitterness shows up. There is a citrus quality to this(from the hops?), maybe clementines. The hoppiness builds and seems slightly out of place in this beer.

M: A little thin here but not too bad. Lively carbonation(brett, Jolly Pumpkin, duh). Lingering bitterness.

O: I can really appreciate this beer, especially when grouped in this style, but for me I would really let this one sit a while. The use of fresh hops is kind of distracting with the funk and spice going on here. This is good but time might push this up a notch.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #6 Belgian Pale Ale on the best of lists on This being a top 10 beer for the style, I'm quite excited about getting to review it. Love finding top 10 beers.

Beer served on draft at Meridian Pint in Washington D.C. in a shaker pint for some reason. Wouldn't have been my first choice of glass but whatever. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head of small bubbles, some lacing, nice carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet with wood and funk in the nose. Interesting, a little grainy in the nose too.

Beer is thin and tastes exactly like it smells. It finishes a little dry with oak, tannins, and some grain, the forward is mildly sweet, some pilsen malt and some lactic acid sourness, the brett comes through nicely in this beer. Overall an interesting beer and I'd have more of it.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. It is a cloudy golden orange color with a solid inch or two of head. Smells are funky and barnyard-ish, with some hints of cloves and other spices. Taste is slightly sour lemon with some mild spices. This is very light and refreshing with very little in terms of alcohol presence.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 07/23/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Batch 2, bottled on 04/29/10.

a - Pour a deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of head retention and lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of barnyard funk, sour fruits, brett, spices, yeast, and light bananas. Really good nose to it, as it's combining some Belgian like notes and that JP funk.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast and spice, bananas, light fruit and citrus, and some brett/funk. Not quite as funky, and more spices; a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Like some other JP beers, a little too carbonated.

o - Overall a good beer. The nose is fantastic and sour, while the taste falls back to more conventional Belgian like spice and yeast. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is hazy light amber. Not a lot of head production and quickly dissipates to a ring, leaving little motile clouds of bubbles on the glass. Unlike a BPA in that regard.

Smells sour, ripe apples, banana, a little brown sugar, and spices--clove especially. It smells fresh and old at the same time, with an overarching mustiness, like old damp wood.

Tastes nicely tart, with tropical fruit notes, again apples and banana, and tangerine, and has a long spicy finish--clove and coriander--with some wild yeast funkiness and wee bitterness, more like tangerine rind. It is more complex than I can describe, but nicely balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing. Medium body and low but spritzy carbonation, enough to give it cleansing effect. As it sits and warms, it becomes more cider like.

Another nice sour from JP, loaded with taste and an ABV that makes it super drinkable.

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Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 788/791 (bottled 5-18-2011) poured into a goblet,
Luciérnaga is a dull burnt gold with an off-white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is dirty sour, really reminding me of vegetable compost.

Taste is also rather vegetable, without much funk or tartness, mostly just a dirty blonde. The hops have a little bit of flavor that is a nice addition, but overall this is really not to good. The spices are more prominent then any texture from the yeast and bugs, but perhaps this would round out in time.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily, light bodied.

Drinkability isn't to high, probably my least favorite JP. More acid, less spice, yes. As it stands, it's serviceable, but the price makes it one I won't be revisiting anytime soon.

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Photo of detlefchef
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OK, so about the appearance. I realize that this is likely supposed to look this way, but let's just say, when I poured it, I was not drawn to it. So, there you have it. That was about the last thing about this beer that I did not find to be glorious.

It smelled of ripe pears and spice and had lovely and clean flavors of citrus that vanished into a bright, crisp finish.

A friend and I essentially devoured it despite pouring small doses into wine glasses one after another.

No surprise, really that these guys came through with such a great ale of this style because they obviously know their way around brett beers.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice strong golden colored ale with a nice copper and slight orange hue to it. THere is a nice dense slightly off-ehite head present. It slowly recedes with some sticky notes left on the glass.

S - Very funky farmhouse aroma is intense and up front. Very typical of JP beers. Tons of horse blanket and some cornhusk notes present. There is on the back end a nice grainy and malty bread note followed by some nice slightly tart fruitiness. Hints of pear and some sour apple.

T & M - Starts of with a nice slight bitterness and a nice grainy malt notes. There is some great funk and the Brett comes up strong and delicious. Funky funky brew. Farmhouse and some cornhusk notes. The middle and back have some slight tart notes. Lemmon and some sour apple. There is also some slight malt sweetness on the back end but it finishes dry and funky. The mouthfeel is dry and light-medium with nice carbonation and great funk notes.

O - Really good JP beer. Funky as expected with some slight tart and nice dryness that is quite refreshing.

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Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ffej of July

A - The beer poured with a deep, orange-amber body that showed off a two finger, white head...nice head retention lead to attractive lacing

S - There are many dimensions to the nose with some farmhouse funk lingering, tart fruit, residual sweetness, and a surprising sourness

T - All elements from the nose can be pinpointed on the palate...the Brett takes charge and produces the farmhouse funk throughout the entire beer...there is a bit of a relief from some tart fruit (lemons, green apples, pears) and light caramel sweetness...the finish starts tart and funky but finishes with a long, spicy sourness

M - Medium bodied...the finish took some getting used to but in the end it was my favorite thing about the beer...long, tart, and sour

O - I had multiple offerings of this at the party...what a great keg to have around...this showed off the Brett just enough and provided a very pleasant finish

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Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ffej of July IX thanks to the ever generous BA--FooFaa!

A-Hazy, golden honey accented copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Sharp, green apple sourness with a smack of spiciness and subtle underlying damp earth notes. Not overly aromatic but pleasant.

T-Complex spiciness with notes of lemongrass, coriander, musty earth and orange zest. Biting, tart green apple with a touch of honey sweetness in the finish.

M-Medium-light body, sharp and crisp with a long lingering spicy, sour aftertaste.

O-Still my favorite JP offering. A tart, spicy, honey sweet brew that holds my interest through and through. Easy to enjoy multiples pints of!

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