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
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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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  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an earthy red colour, almost umber, with lovely cream-coloured head of fairly dense foam and nice sticky lacing. Steady bead. Looks really nice.

Smells lovely. Nice and funky and tart with a good whiff of bacterial wild yeasts, bending slightly towards metallic. Nice hints of guava, berries and some citrus as well, with a very pleasant vanilla creaminess coming off the back. Fresh, sweet, very enjoyable indeed.

Taste is very tart, and possibly pushes the envelope a bit too far, getting mildly astringent with a lemon pith kind of flavour. Fruity, though, with tart cranberry and apple notes upfront, a touch of peach as well. The bitter note doesn't really come through until late, with the most part being really very smooth with no sharp edges. Hint of vanilla late-mid as it cascades down beyond its nadir. Maybe could use some more pop, but it's a big tasty monster nevertheless, handled with an artisan's care.

A bit of tart acidity, but very nicely smooth out; ends up a bit dry but nothing left at the end; almost seamless.

Lovely, crisp, tart refreshing wild ale with a real naturalistic bent, but all the weird funkiness has been tamed, and distilled into a finely balanced chrysalis of flavour.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%
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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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml capped bottle into a D'Achoffe tulip.

A- pours a bright caramel with a 2" white head. Smokescreen of lacing coats the glass.

S- sweet dark fruits, citrus and malts. Slight funk and vinegar aroma as well.

T- sweet malts and vinegar right upfront. Nice trace of cherries and sourness along with slightly bitter finish.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Lots of effervescence and tingly feel.

O- nice sour Belgian pale. If this had slightly more cherry/fruit flavor it would be almost perfect for me.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some woody notes as well. Taste is mildly tart and funky with some grain, spice, and woody flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is not quite as edgy as some of the other Jolly Pumpkin beers I have tried in the past.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a recent trip to Atlanta... I like JP brews and have been wanting to try this...

Surprisingly hoppy aroma still left to this after several months... Sharp and prominent with a lovely Belgian sugar and barnyard funkiness to it. Not overpowering at all, very nice...

Sharp biting hoppiness up front which slowly smoothes out with the Beglain sugars and a burst of funk... Very unusual brew... The funk is there and I'm getting it but I never get overwhelmed by it. The hops are prominent but don't ever give me the impression that this is anything but Belgian...awesome balance...

Probably my favorite JP brew thus far... Enjoyed the hell out of this...

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, deep orange with a big white, fluffy head.

Smells of brett funk, some apple and pear fruit notes with oak and a bit of honey sweetness.

Taste is up front sour brett with lighter fruit, pear notes that goes into a more floral funk before ending on a lemon-lime finish with a twinge of bitterness. Oak lingers in the background and is nice.

Lighter to medium to body with higher carbonation works well.

Really nice, funky Belgian style pale that has good fruit and slightly spice, oak notes. I really enjoyed this beer, could go for a few glasses.

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