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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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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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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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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 950 ratings.
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