Luciérnaga, The Firefly | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Luciérnaga, The FireflyLuciérnaga, The Firefly
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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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Ratings: 951 |  Reviews: 385
Photo of confer
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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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4.2/5  rDev +4%
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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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 86.8% out of 100 with 951 ratings
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