Luciérnaga, The Firefly | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
June

Added by putnam on 10-28-2004

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Ratings:
949
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385
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 813/814, bottled on 6/6/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tart apple, lemon, pear, pepper, clove, coriander, grass, hay, funk, floral, herbal, light leather, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity, funk, and spicy notes. Taste of tart apple, pear, lemon, pepper, clove, coriander, hay, grass, light leather, and earthy spiciness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, coriander, pepper, clove, grass, hay, light leather, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy notes with funkiness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced Belgian pale ale! Great balance and complexity of tart fruit, funk, and spicing; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly-hazed bright golden yellow with a nice white head and some good legs as it makes its way down. Smells of dry funk with a bit of wheat. Good level of funk, but hasn't quite hit the level of complexity I like and am used to from Jolly Pumpkin beers. Taste really reflects this, as it's somewhat one dimensional, although still tasty. Just doesn't stand up to pillars like Orval and Westy Blonde. Mouthfeel is a nice touch--light with good carbonation. Drinkability is a bit lower as it's not quite as sessionable (at least as far as blondes generally are compared to their bigger Belgian brothers) as others of the style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight hazed honey color with a huge blossoming white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it slowly settled,aromas of honey malt and big coriander tones with a hint of orange.First off the beer seemed a bit overcarbonated and was hard going down at first somewhat prickly in the mouth as well,nice flavors not overly big on the phenolic yeastiness that I dont care for much honey sweetness with some black pepper spice with a lighter apple flavor in the finish.A bit raw for sure but a pretty good beer to be had.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Luciernaga is my favorite beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

Carefully poured from a longstanding bottle it's quite clear. Not clear enough to see your fingerprints through the glass, but easily clear enough to see your fingers. A rouse of the yeast at the bottom will bring it cloudy though. I prefer it a bit clearer as it's more fruity and tart, and I think just sharper in flavor overall. It's a deep-amber/tarnished copper in color, and the head is a massive lid of frothy white. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves some really nice, albeit it short, walls of lace at the outset of the goblet.

The nose is sharp with Brettanomyces and yeasty fruitiness (wet earth, damp straw, leather, tart black cherry, pineapple, papaya), along with a pinch of coriander.

In the mouth it's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine bubbled natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. It warms to become lightly airy and then cottony smooth.

The flavor offers more maltiness and fruit than the nose suggests (both clean and straightforward), but there's also a touch more coriander and a hint of black pepper present. It's tropical and vibrant with a spicy side, and a bitter undertow that drags it out into a remarkably dry finish with just a subtle touch of yeasty chalkiness. Some coriander lingers long on the palate, beckoning you to take another sip of the refreshing Brett and juicy fruit.

I've heard it said (actually read it here on the forums at BeerAdvocate) that breweries in the U.S. cannot make really good examples of Belgian beers... well, this is one hell of a Belgian-style beer!!! Rock on Jolly Pumpkin!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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

Sticker on bottle: Blend 1 Bottled 4-22-10

Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge off-white fine head and gobs of lacing. Smell is dominated by Bretty yeast funk, hay and barnyard with some herbal, orange and spice too. Taste is mildly tart with a peppery spice and some typical Belgian biscuit-like yeast. Mouthfeel is tingly and clean with a bit of muted pepper on the finish. Overall, a nice one, but somehow was expecting something a little more complex and layered.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Shipyard glass. Hazy and golden yellow in color with a thick white head nearly overflowing from the glass.

The aroma has a moderate funk to it with a little bit of a musty, slightly sour flavor coming through. I get a little malt sweetness and a Belgian yeast spice to it as well.

The taste shows more of the funky, musty flavors to it up front while more of the pale malts and belgian yeast come out towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Overall it was a flavorful, easy drinking and complex beer. The sour, funky flavor really worked well for me. Very nice overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $8.49 at Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee, Georgia. No listed batch number.

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, dark orange body with a huge, dense, foamy, white head.

Smell: Malts enveloped with acrid notes of musty wild yeasts, butyric acid, juiced apples, mangled pineapples, damp oak wood, earthy spices.

Taste: Toasted, honeyish malts instantly disappear behind the strongly phenolic Brett character. Pristine pineapple juice blended with spoiled apple juice. The doses of Grains of Paradise and coriander are quite spicy and particularly pungent, giving the tongue a bit of enduring ginger-like heat. Touch of oak. Surprisingly bitter as well. Particularly dry finish with a lingering taste of the added spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: As always, it's another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. The spices can be a bit overly brash at times. While not the most captivating of the Jolly Pumpkin lineup, it's certainly solid and worth a try.

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

Luminous, yeastiful, pumpkin orange beneath a beautiful looking head of lightly orange-tinted alabaster. The cap is large thanks to the generous carbonation and is tacky enough to result in a rough-hewn, pitted surface and a good bit of clingy lace. A wonderful appearance.

Firefly's nose is orchard fruity with a dusting of herbs (coriander) and spices (grains of paradise). I certainly couldn't have been that specific had I not seen the brewery's website. The nose is appealing, but it does suffer somewhat in comparison to authentic Belgian pales. It's more simple and direct than it is deep and complex.

Like the nose, the flavor doesn't quite measure up to the best of its Continental counterparts. Now that that's out of the way, I can judge it for what it is rather than what it isn't. The beer is still peach and pear fruity, although it's fruit that has seemingly had the majority of its sugar removed. That gives it an austere, dessicated character rather than a warm, welcoming one.

Grains of paradise (a little too prominent) are much more noticeable than coriander (not quite prominent enough). More depth and complexity is sorely needed and at least a pinch of candi sugar would do wonders. In addition, alcohol plays too much of a role in the flavor profile; hard to believe at only 6.5%. The beer tastes somewhat medicinal as a result.

I was hoping that the ethanol would fade on the finish, allowing the fruit and spice to shine, but no such luck. The mouthfeel is light-medium with a supple silkiness that I'm enjoying. The beer doesn't feel quite as carbonated as it looks, but it's still on the lively side.

Luciernaga falls short of its intended style target. That isn't to say, however, that it isn't worth a purchase. I found enough to like in this bottle to make me rue its faults all the more and to wonder what could have been. Although Firefly doesn't light up the night, it does give off a pleasant little glow. Thanks to deejaydan for the bottle.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Awesome head with sticky lace. Dark gold in color with a touch of orange. Very murky with yeasty beasties.

Malty soured cream smell. Spice touches include corriander and all spice. Crisp and clean.

Strong sour bites to the malt, almost like there is lemon juice in the brew. I can detect light hop after the swallow. Relatively short lived aftertaste. Excellent body with high carbonation.

Overall, I find this to be a crisp ale with a lot of flavor. A beautiful pour. A good offering in Belgian Pales.

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Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had bought this bottle a while back and have just gotten around to trying it last night. First off the typical nice look of a Jolly Pumpkin 750 greeted me right away, with the cool artwork and heavy glass. Then I opened it and lost half the bottle on the counter and floor. A severe gusher that I literally had to use 3 glasses to contain. It was a mess, would not stop dumping foamy tan fizz all over the place. So I ended up with three oversized wine glasses worth of froth on the top and a nice hazy dark amber liquid in the bottom. Some sediment visible as well with this one and tons of carbonation running up through it as you would have expected, however I have to admit I was a touch disappointed by the gusher that ran out on me.

The aroma was actually was very nice. The first notes to hit me were the sour funky yeast that just gave it that extra little pop that we all love so well. Lots of spices evident here as well with a ton of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg making up the bulk of this one. I was quite impressed with the depth of the aroma here. The flavor followed suit nicely, though some of the tartness fell off a bit. The first note to come through was sour fruit notes, maybe cherry, touched with a hint of pepper. A very interesting combination. Some nice sweet, malt notes lying under this, with touches of caramel and cinnamon swirling about. The feel was great, with a medium bodied ale and a good bit of carbonation in it as well. I was quite pleased with the silky nature of it. As for being drinkable, I really wished it was not a gusher as the combination of the low abv and the tart, ripe flavors made this beyond an easy drinker. In fact I could have gone at this one all day if I could have. It was really well balanced and something I would look forward to drinking over the course of an evening.

Overall not a bad beer at all, however the gushing nature really needs to be looked at. I had this bottled well chilled when it was opened so there was really no need for the over carbonation, but alas what can you do. Still a high quality beer by all accounts and something I will definitely go back and try again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 949 ratings.
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