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 laituegonflable
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear amber with a 2.5 finger pillowy white head.

S - Brett funk, some nice spice and alcohol sweetness.

T - Mild-moderately sour, funk, some lemon, pale malt, nice lingering touch of hop bitterness.

M - Light body and medium to high carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, effervescent.

O - My wife and I both like this brew and that doesn't always happen. Very good stuff.

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Photo of onewetpaw
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Funky brett nose along with some tangy, almost tangerine notes.

A- Deep golden to amber with a thick, persistent off-white head. Clear on the initial pour after a several week cold storage upright in fridge.

F- Tart and almost puckering on the initial sip. There's an acidic citrus flavor present along with some clove like character. An earthy flavor from the Brett is there, but pretty subdued in my bottle. The classic JP house flavors are here and pretty much define the beer.

M- Crisp high carbonation. Light body. Dry and refreshing.

O- A refreshing beer that is highly drinkable. The JP house flavors are present and to me this tastes very similar to the Bam Biere thats been aged. That's not a bad thing, but it would be nice to get more of the spice flavors mentioned on the bottle shining through.

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Photo of shanblur
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 5/14/10. A - Slightly hazy orange with some brownish highlights. Very frothy, but this quickly recedes to extensive patchy lacing. S - Smells of lemons with some bready malts and a good amount of Belgian funk. T - Spicy and tart up front with a definite sour note which lingers. Has a definite acidity. No hops presence. Some funk present in the taste as well. M - Lively carbonation and a medium body. A good beer if you're into sours. Would be a good beer pairing.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5
Bottled 5-14-10

A - AMAZINGLY active bottle! Huge soft off-white head! Very soapy at first and then fades to foamy goodness. brew is foggy orange with lots of yellow and slight reds. Nice foamy lacing too.

S - Very Farm-y and funky! Lots of wildness to this intriguing brew... JP always brews funk, but this may be towards the top in terms of scent... Very white grape-y. Some nice coriander and fresh oak.

T/M - Slightly sour, but not anywhere near tart. Very dry and bitter. A bit too much spice for my taste, but a well rounded brew. perfect carbonation. Slight burn in the back of my throat. There's some acidic flavors missing...

O - A very good brew! A definite must try if you're a fan of JP's brews; they always catch me off guard... :) If this brew could be more 'sour' it would be amazing!!!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice, a tulip, and a snifter, because the first two overflowed when I poured this beer in. Batch 802/804, bottled 5/20/11.

Appearance - Huge fluffy head that never fully fades. Half of it sticks to the glass in rings as I drink it. Cloudy dark orange body. Darker than most pale ales. Gives a hint of some more caramel malts. Looks amazing, as all JP beers do.

Smell - Light funk and lemon tartness combine with a grassy aroma to create a saison-like aroma. Hops blend nicely to remind me that it's a BPA, though. Bready malts round out the aroma. Interesting combination.

Taste - The lightest of lemon tartness at the start followed by those grainy malt flavors. None of the funk comes through in the flavor, but I suppose it would be out of place. The hops surround the flavor and culminate in a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and a tingly dry finish. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Easy to drink, although the whole bottle isn't so easy to drink.

Overall - So it's good, but as ever, it tastes like a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Their yeast strain makes everything taste the same. It's all good, but occasionally I'd like to be surprised by a flavor profile.

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

dank ass beer. pours a darker red shade with a jovial white head. smells like a sour brett concoction. flavor is great, really sour brett up front, but more nuanced unrolling, with some red licorice and caramel malt. had a very funky memorable finish. tart and assertive. mouthfeel is great, very very lively carbonation with a piquant conclusion. great example of an american wild beer. way way better than the blue one, and more seductive than the red one. sessionable

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Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy, Belgian funkiness
Taste-Spicy yeast, orchard fruits, some Belgian funkiness, and a definite sour/tartness that is the trademark of Jolly Pumpkin brews. Not a mindblower, but a fine refreshing beer on a warm Spring or Summer day.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer for sure, really tastes like a hoppy cider. Apple flavor really comes through, medium body, somewhat clean finish. Plenty of taste but is definitely a bit tart, which hurts the drinkability a bit. One of the more unique beers you'll try, but with the expensive price tag and overly done tartness, you'd be hard pressed to finish this bottle too quickly.

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Photo of BrutalSusan
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 813/814, Bottled on 6/6/2011; Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy glowing golden copper with a nice fluffy head with great retentionHazy copper colored with two fingers of head that had excellant retention.

Aroma - very floral; roses. light fruit; pears.

Taste - Nice bright acidity with a yeasty finish. Reminds me of a hoppy cider. Lots of tropical fruit and like I mentioned, hops. It's herbacious and "green tasting". VERY delicious.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, a nice balance of sweet and dry.

Overall, very enjoyable. I could drink many of these, often. Refreshing, not punishing. Lighter but very complex, a lot going on. Definitely recommend this.

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Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 801/803
Bottled 5-25-2011
Hefty price tag of $16.99

A- Slightly hazy orange/copper pour. Two finger off white soapy head that deflates leaving a quarter inch cap and strings of lace where the head once sat.

S- Definitely getting the lemon and grape right off the bat. There is a mandarin sweetness with a grapefruit citrus splash. Coriander is there to balance the sweet. Wet hay and slight funk poke their head out to remind you this is a JP creation.

T- Tart grapes, coriander with a touch of pepper. Bright citrus juices with a dry lingering aftertaste. The sour and funk are there but take a back seat to everything else. Very bright and refreshing.

M- Medium bodied, cleansing carbonation.

O- I have yet to be disappointed by these guys. They are quickly becoming my favorite brewery. To the point where if it's JP and I haven't had it, I'll probably enjoy it.

The prices are a bit steep so these are treats more than regular offerings.

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

Appearance - bright pale brass colour with a persistent, creamy head.

Smell - The aroma of this beer is very complex - apple cider, overripe tropical fruit, moderate levels of barnyard/wet mitten funk, and a gentle spiciness.

Taste and Texture - Slightly on the fuller side of medium-bodied, with a hint of caramel malt amidst complex flavours of apple cider, mineral, cooked peaches, and spice. The finish is slightly funky and dry - much drier than you would expect from the mouthfeel and flavour - and spicy.

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Photo of wrycon
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 791/79? Bottled 5-11-20?? (right end of the label is smudged off)

Quite pretty - a lighter golden amber. Smells very tart, very yeasty, with some citrus. A bitter tartness hits initially, which you expect to turn sweet, but the acidity kicks up another notch. Then the funk presents itself, rounding the back end and making it really interesting. The final taste is bitter. Good, complex stuff.

Like it? Sure Do

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Photo of bruachan
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

chillhazy but a nice reddish copper color. sudsy suds up there, releasing funky scents.

light-bodied and refreshing. very little malt essence. i would prefer a little more to bite into, although perhaps i would feel differently in 7 months (it's October right now). some nutty malt flavor appears with patience. do i detect grains of paradise? the bottle says yes...and coriander

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Photo of pleasewearpants
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into the only clean cup in my sink. Ha. Hazy light amber orange color. I only have fluorescent lights in my bungalow so its hard to tell sometimes. Minimal head dissipates quickly. Nice brett aroma, not much else in there, maybe some light spice. Hard to tell when you've had this much reconstructive surgery. Taste is very nice - funky, mild brett sourness, real clean and light. Comes off like a dry latex glove. Sense a little citrus and spice. Nice bitterness too. Good solid Jolly Pumpkin beer. Going to Taco Bell, hope this is still here when I get back.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this bottle over tonight.... Thanks Sammy!! Batch 801/803 bottled on 5/25/2011. Poured into my HotD goblet... nice foamy off white head atop a hazed light orange brew. Good lacing..

Nose is bretty with a not as much JP funk as some other brews... good phenol presence with a big blast of fruit basket.

Flavor is much more approachable than I was expecting.. tangerine with lemon zest ... coriander like spiciness.. a bit of stone fruit comes swinging mid palate.. still is pretty damn dry.. the heavier than most JP body helps add to a perceived sweetness... carbonation is spot on.

I normally don't care for Jolly Pumpkin too much... but this was a refreshing change. Thanks Sam.

All 4's

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Photo of morimech
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 796/799 Bottled 5-24-2011

Hazy copper colored with two fingers of head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Nice rings of lacing is left on the glass.

Brett funk aroma with tropical fruit. A unique aroma.

I am really enjoying the flavor. About as funky as Orval but being more acidic and fruitier. Has some nice vinous qualities. Finishes dry. My only complaint is that the flavor falls off in the finish.

Body is light and lively. Nice considering the ABV. Carbonation compliments the flavors.

A really enjoyable beer. Moderate funky, fruity, and acidic. Hit all the highlights for this drinker.

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

Pours a light copper color with a thick thumb sized head that falls slowly to a ring that laces pretty well.

Aroma is nice light fruity notes grapes, mango and tart apples on nice malt base. Light funk barnyard style, light floral hops and hints of dry wood. Smells wonderful.

Taste is Jolly Pumpkin, good fruit notes with lots of funk notes, on a wheat like malty base. Tartness mingles with coriander for a spicy tart finish.

Mouthfeel is light medium with fairly active carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable brew in Jolly Pumpkin fashion.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Fitzgerald's in Eagle River, MI. Poured from bottle into DFH Signature glass. Batch 796/799 Bottled 5-24-2011.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear/clean light copper color with a thin whispy white, but lasting head. A deep shaded clover like shape dissipates into a foamy swirl.

Smell: Some sour apple notes and citurs. Bit of wet wool funk, yet has a bright aroma of tropical fruit, almost margarita like. As Luci warms up, she begins to reveal sweet vanilla and oak, every so slightly.

Taste: Great citrus with a minimal amount of hop bitterness and hardly any hop flavor. Great fruit body supported by the right amount of earthy coriander and cloves. Not a WHOLE lot of funk, but it's got a bit of sour tartness, more so than I expected.

Mouth: Crisp and lively mouthfeel. Light to medium body. This is a fun beer. The tartness really challenges the back of your tongue. Sour, tart, and drying.

Drink and overall: I'm a homer, so it's hard for me to hate on any JP beer, BUT if I did, it wouldn't start here. Really nice expression. The balance between oak, sour, and lively body really make this unique. Not cloying, bright, enjoyable. Drinks like a dry Sauv Blanc.

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Photo of litheum94
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 802/804. Bottled 6/1/11.

Copper color, with a bronze middle. Not much of a head to speak of, just some whispy trails of bubbles.

Sour apples and cherries, with some caramel. Very light spicing. Some jasmine flowers on the nose, and a vague sweetness.

Slightly tart cherry flavors with a light coriander flavor. Very grainy and dry mid-palate. Vanilla and oak. Grains and malts last throughout to the end.

A very nice, surprisingly sour ale.

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Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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