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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Photo of sjccmd
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch: 802/804, Bottled: 6-1-2011

Pours crystal clear deep orange with a creamy white tan head. Bubbles consistently rushing towards the top. The head is quite persistent and the lacing is quite sticky.

Smells of oak, leather, barnyard, citrus, grass, some caramel sweetness, and tart apples as well.

Tart bright acidity at first in the flavor. This is followed with a slightly sweet nutty grain character. Still some hop bitterness despite the age. Tannins from the oak and a strong barnyard brett character. Earthy and funky, but finishes very clean. A solid amount of oak character. As the sourness fades the oak and malt characters come out more and more.

Decntly carbonated and very dry. Flavors clean out very quickly making it very drinkable despite the complex flavor profile.

Very nice beer from Jolly Pumpkin. These are beers I wish I could afford to always have in my fridge.

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Photo of jmaharaj
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a bright white head that recedes to a ring. there is certainly sour in the nose, along with some wet hay ad a hint of spicy hops. the tartness isnt as pronounced on the tongue but the brett comes through with a little dampness, although its cut with some mildly astringent urine flavors (weirdly, not really a bad thing) that give this beer some urgency. Some malt lingers through the finish. subdued, thinnish mouthfeel, but nice depth overall.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled 6/13/12.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze to the body and a robust effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam; quite attractive.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a little bit of funk and a hint of tartness. There's also an interesting lemongrass-type character in the mix. Interesting and alluring, if a bit atypical for the style.

Taste: lightly sweet malt with a nice, Brettanomyces-like funk and and just a mild hint of tartness. The lemony character persists from the aroma, and the overall effect is quite enticing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a very robust, mouth-filling creaminess. I guess that's the bottle conditioning, eh? I love it.

Overall: an interesting and tasty beer. Very refreshing and each sip leaves me wanting more. Perhaps a bit exotic for the style, but intriguing and quaffable nonetheless. I'd love to have this beer again.

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Photo of uno99
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 2010 bottle.

Appearance: Bottle gushed upon opening (First time ever happening for me... very strange). Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Lots of residual yeast. Head is tall and sticks around a long time. bubbles are big and bright. Beer itself is like murky puddle water. Shades of brown and orange.

Smell: Quite complex. I don't detect the coriander as the label suggests. Spearmint, sage, rosemary, sea salt are some of the spices I can pick out though. Lots of fruity esters; on the lighter side of the scale. Apple and pear. Oak and funky earth tones also present.

Taste: Lots more oak in the taste and the hops are more present as well. Minty fruity, and I think I find the coriander on the finish with the oak and hop bite. Quite funky and barnyardy. Sour? Not a great deal of sourness. Finish is very long and a bit soapy tasting; points deducted there.

Mouthfeel: Would have liked this to be drier, but the body is just right.

Overall: Very interesting and recommended, might be better fresh though. It's Unclear what two years has done to this.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Memphis Taproom, served in a tulip.

The Firefly has a hazy bronze appearance with some gold trimmings. A whisp of off white foam on top that has pretty good legs, leaving some minor spots on the glass. Looks a shade darker than the standard Belgian pale ale. Smell is fruity, a lot of esters. bready yeast and some earthy hop aroma. I get a nice sniff of apple skins with traces of orange. Not sure if this is aged in any sort of barrel but some wood accompanies the pale ale, some floral aspect. Fruity in the middle with apple orange and coriander. A bready finish with yeast. Pretty light bodied, not as spritzy in the mouth as other Belgian pales, this could stand to be a bit crisper but im just nitpicking. A glass of this is ok for me, a whole bottle would be better shared.

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

Served at about 45° with the look of a solid gold dancer; bleach blonde head with lots of movement down below. Tight, firm and smooth.

The scent is that of damp french oak barrel that just been drained of Sonoma valley Chardonnay, that accidentally rolled into a freshly mowed wheat field.

Taste is heavenly akin to Duvel with more acidic zing and lemony romping. So clean, refreshingly tart and ardently adventurous. Proudly made Michigan!

Mouthfeel is light on the tongue, but medium bodied in the gravity. Kinda like a middleweight boxer with one helluva right hook. It never will let down a true Belgian golden ale fan.

Overall this ale is stunningly adept and authentically astute. I'd be a damn fool to ever turn this down whenever/wherever it may present itself!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml served in a snifter

A - Ruby grapefruit orange with a thick white head with good specks but overall average at best.

S - Smells like an an acid trip of dank wet basement, bright but old lemons, 60 year old man slacks(pressed) pineapple sprinkled with dust, woody orange, briny shellfish. Sounds weird until you read this while smelling it and go WOW!

T - Sour pineapple, cider apples, over ripened grapefruit, dry herbal character, basement funk creeps over but is subtle, a very pale malt resides under a wet church pew funk. The finish is very dry and dusty with the yeast standing out.

M - Light to medium feel, creamy carbonation, very wet but dry at the finish.

This is an excellent beer to pour and just explore the different flavors, textures, and strange characteristics of what wild yeast can do to a beer. Good citrus and tropical flavors a slightly tart and sweet character while the basement funk is subtle and bold at the same time. Good stuff here. Reminds me of an Orval redux.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bronze/amber with a thumb of creaam colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Apple skins & sourness

T: Pears, a little bit of barnyard, some lemon peel & grapefruit up front. Oaky flavors impart themeselves as this warms along with tartness, a touch of pear. Finishes tart, sour & with much orchard fruit

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, puckery

Super drinkability, a very approachable sour ale. I think I need to revisit some of there beer, I believe my tastebuds today appreciate these offerings more than a few years ago

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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 Hopswagger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1105
Bottled 07-11-2012

P:  Pours a cloudy dark golden apricot color with airy white head that fades to billowing bubbles. 

S:  Aroma starts with barn yard funk, apricots, peaches, orange peel, white grapes, powdery yeast, pale malts, sourdough and timid b vitamin esters. 
Once swirled wet moldy paper, mint and subtle bubblegum presence. Bits of spicy alcohol, clove and pepper. 

T/M:  Aggressively carbonated medium body that showcases the fruit and spice characteristics in the nose. The spicy and funky yeast esters are strong and prevalent. Spices and herbs combine to create a more herbal and floral taste than the nose. Finish is dry and lingers bitter vitamins. 

O:  Huge fan of Jolly Pumpkin and this is this is no exception.  Complex and well blended. I love the fact that all JP brews are similar but very different depending on the style. This one didn't last long. 

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales branded short stemmed tulip.

Pours golden amber with a two finger bright white pillowy head that leaves splotchy lacing along the sides of the glass. Quite a bit of Brett-induced barnyard funk, fresh orchid, spice, and grassy hop notes on the nose. Fresh green tea, grass, flora, spice, and pleasant fruit including pear and light orange notes carry throughout. Finishes dry with coriander and white pepper joined by citrus blossoms and slight bitter grassy hops. Medium carbonation, heavier light-bodied to light medium bodied. Slick with a touch of creaminess, velvety mouthfeel. Overall, an impressive Belgian Pale Ale, refreshing & complex, exactly what I've come to expect from Jolly Pumpkin.

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

Golden yellow in color and very well filtered. A small amount of lacing in the glass wall. As with most Jolly Pumpkin beers there is a very forward sour smell and taste. In this one I get some kumquat and tangerine - almost a seedy flavor from those fruits on the back end.

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Photo of confer
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looks more like a wit or hefe than a Pale ale. Pale gold and very hazy with a frothy head.
Smell is also like a wit. There is some sweet citrus fruit smell and banana. Small spicy smell.
Taste is much spicier than the smell. I suppose that is the grains of paradise creating that tartness. Small hop presence also in the taste.
Creamy wheat feel.
This beer really seems to be a wit or hefe but I guess it isn't. Overall a little underwhelmed at my first Jolly pumpkin especially considering the price.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz glass
On tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange color. Full finger of off white head. Lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Lots of Brett funk on the nose. Horse blanket and wet hay. Some light citrus notes.

T: Right up front, you get that bite of tartness from the Brett. In the mid mouth, some fruitiness, maybe tart green apple and citrus. The close is dry and crisp.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a crop of white head resting on top. Patchy lacing stretches across the glass with a collar of foamy retention.

Scents of spice and citrus in the nose with coriander and orange peel. Touches of lemon and biscuit malt with funky tartness and Belgian yeast.

Starts off a bit funky and tart with spicy coriander. Orange and lemon peel with some slightly sweet citrus juiciness. A bit acidic and tart throughout, with a mellow biscuit/cracker malt base. Finishes brisk and tart.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and bubbly on the tongue. Another nicely done beer from JP - it's expensive, but they rarely miss the mark.

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

A: Pours a clear, glowing gold with a puffy, creamy white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, coriander, biscuit, caramel, oak, must, and vinegar fill the nose.

T: Notes of lemon peel, lime zest, bitter orange, coriander, green apple, grains of paradise, white pepper, caramel, biscuit, oak, must, and cider vinegar wash across the palate. The finish is sharp and clipped with notes of lemon, lime, spices, biscuit, and vinegar.

M: Light-to-medium in body and very dry. Carbonation is crisp and firm. Very drinkable.

O: Much like every other Jolly Pumpkin ale, La Luciernaga is very interesting and surprisingly drinkable. It's not as complex as some of their other brews, but it makes up for this minor flaw by being superbly balanced. All in all, I'd say this is one of their best efforts.

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Photo of fields336
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle batch 813814, bottled 6-7-2011
A: hazy orange copper color, with 2 fingers of off white bubbly head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a slight lace around the edge of the glass

S: light citrus, tart, funk, sweet, spiciness, Brett,white wine tartness.

T: tart, citrus,Brett,lactic, sweet, green Apple , white wine ,I'm getting the spices too, and some white pepper. There is a slight bitterness on the finish. The tartness fades away to a nice malty, bready citrusy finish. Awesome.

M: dry, effervescent and light-medium bodied. The finish is dry, the carbonation is pleasing and cleanses the palate.

O: oro is better in my opinion, but this is anothergreat beer by jolly pumpkin.

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Photo of aasher
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light bodied And very cloudy gold in color with a billowing three finger, bright white soapy head. The nose is right up my alley, kind of like a barrel aged saison. It's light and features a slight amount of citrus with a mellow yeast character with soft oaking and traditional Belgain pale malt. I love the citrus. It's both lemony and has a nice tangerine side to it. The flavors are nice and light. The citrus character is the first thing you notice, followed by how soft everything is. The oak is perfect! It really does drink like a light barrel aged saison. This is definitely one of the most impressive Jolly Pumpkins. The mouthfeel is very light yet also velvety smooth. This beer is top notch and definitely worth your while.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled 6/2/2011 so over a year old. Batch 806/809.

A - Pours a hazy straw/copper color with a large tuft of head. The foam rises above the rim of the glass long after I am finished pouring. Settles down a bit, leaving behind a complete lacing.

S - Aroma is full of corriander, spicy hops, and tart fruits. Just a touch of Brett funk along with some oaky champagne dryness. Complex and inviting.

T - Sour apple on the front with the some grass and peppery spice. The middle brings the funk, primarily of the sour variety. Gives one last sour grapes bite at the end and finishes dry. Mellow and tart.

M - Lively carbonation and a fruity, dry finish.

O - This has been a want of mine for a while. Despite having JP available to me, this particular beer has eluded me up to this point. I happened upon it in a small beer store covered in dust. There is very little hop presence but great fruit, tart, and funk. It is no longer a typical BPA, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white head. A funky aroma mixed with some lemon, oak, and pepper. Flavor followed suit. A nice kinda creamy medium body with some acitivity. Overall, very enjoyable brew. One I would gladly drink again, though probably not one I would spend over $10 for via a bomber. I'd probably be more likely to check out if offered via a 4 pack/6 pack.

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Photo of larryi86
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, batch 806/809 dated 6/3/11, poured into a tulip

A- A clear orange with a three finger white head.

S- Funky and sour, grapefruit, oak, light fruits, kind of sweet.

T- Sour light fruits, good amount of funk, oak, floral notes, touch of hops in the finish, really good.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A solid beer from Jolly Pumpkin, definitely will pick this up again.

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Photo of hardy008
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 542/543 Bottled 5/14/10.

Pours a clear honey orange color with a 4 finger foamy white head with excellent retention and lacing. I need to keep an eye on the rest of the bottle, as the foam keeps coming up to the top. The aroma has coriander, lemon, orange zest, wood, and Brettanomyces.

The taste has Brettanomyces, coriander, lemon, orange zest, and a little bit of pepper. There is a little bit of sweetness, and a lot of funk and some bitterness.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation and a dry finish. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, dark gold with a remarkably high chaotic head that forms tiny bubbles throughout. Once settled, the head becomes creamy white and lasts a long time as it slowly turns to a puffy, thick pillow, leaving a coating of lace on the Dogfish Head snifter.

Zesty orange peel that is fresh with a sour background. Fruity, barnyard notes include apple, pear and coriander.

Orange zest is just as expected from the nose, followed by a mélange of fruit. Tartness is less than anticipated. There is a light bitterness in the finish. Miscellaneous spices including pepper come out with warmth in this crisp and clean BPA.

A light to medium body with a silky texture and alcohol as expected. The prickly carbonation is surprising given the energy from the pour.

This is a nicely refreshing beer that distinguishes itself in a welcome way from the style. I found it just the trick to help recover from a hard day’s work in the yard.

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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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