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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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy/cloudy pale orange color with a translucent glow to it. A finger plus of off white foam with excellent staying power sits on top for a good long time, eventually receding to leave behind some sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Brett up front with lemons, oranges, green apples, some sugary sweetness from the malt. A bit of a tartness comes thru in the aroma too, but it is somewhat subdued.

T - Very enjoyable...tart and fruity with lemons, pears, green apples and other indecipherable citrusy flavors. Tons of brett which gives some nice funk and a sharp bitterness to contrast the fruity flavors. Spicy with some black pepper and some cinnamon too. Relative to some of the wilds I'm accustomed to drinking the tartness is pretty mild - just enough to give it some character. A great warm summer evening beer.

M - Lightish body with medium high carbonation level that tingles the tongue and the entire mouth. Light tartness that lingers along with the funky, brettiness.

D - Hmm, I don't think my overall rating really reflects the enjoyment I got from this beer. I really enjoyed this, but seems that when I compare it to other brett beers in any individual rating area, it is good but doesn't quite hit the upper echelon in any one area. I really could drink this one all night and be happy (except the cost might kill me if I had too many). My first Jolly Pumpkin experience...I will be back for others.

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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 ktrillionaire
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 387/388

A - It pours a radiant golden-copper hue and is crowned with way way way too much head. After a few minutes, the head settles enough to drink, but this is pretty ridiculous. The lace deposits look like glacial ice shelves, and the top of my beer looks like a depiction in miniature of an Antarctic coastal scene.

S - It's all JP funk, which is basically a medicinal aroma that smells like hospital sterilization coupled with green apple, Bartlett pear, and aloe vera.

T - Flavor-wise, the funk makes a more subtle impact than it does with the aroma. The brew still has some nuance of iodine tincture in furtherance of the impressions of the nose, but the BPA characteristics are solidly discernible. Pale-pils maltiness, grassy hop and perhaps some spicy wheat notes are well-placed, and they lend a sour-spicy twang that does well to accomodate the yeast-imparted flavors.

M - Softly (and substantially) carbonated, just about at medium-bodied (for a pale brew) and with a long and pleasurable finish.

D - Ridiculously drinkable. I would've liked a bit more intensity from the flavor, but that's about all.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of rye726
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Like all the other JP beers, this has a perfect Belgianesque appearance. Pours a woody brown with a thick, lacy head. A somewhat light nose of sweet malts, soft herbs, orange, honey, tart fruit, oak and spicy yeasts. Taste is slightly more rubust. The sour fruit and funky oak flavors come out a bit more. Crisp, refreshing body. Another unique brew from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of larryi86
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Beer Friday!

Batch 387/388

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy, auburn color into my Bell's Tulip. Often times JP over carbonates their beer and there is just massive amounts of billowing head. This one pours perfectly, leaving about two fingers of straw colored head which is dissipating relatively slowly, leaving delicate lacing on the sides. Looks very appealing in the glass.

Smell - Light green apple, lemon, and I think a bit of pineapple fruity citrus smells up front followed by a sweeter malt/honey aroma. After the citrus/sweet smells disperse, there is a slight funk (barnyard/straw) from the brett but not as heavily present as in other JP brews.

Taste - Tart! The first sip makes me pucker up just a bit. Green apple hits you immediately which is followed by a somewhat un-ripened pineapple taste. This gives way to an oaky flavor surrounded by subtle spices. At the tail end the funky barnyard brett kicks in but is not overpowering as it can be in some of the other beers. I keep going in for more sips and have to tell myself not to quaff this down. [edit] As time goes on I honestly get a hint of an almost white wine characteristic/flavor. Adds nicely to this.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with loads of carbonation up front that gives a nice prick to the tougne. Finishes quite dry and crisp.

Drinkability - Moreso than some of the other JP beers. Other 750ml offerings from JP can be a handful to finish by themselves. This is a relatively low ABV beer that is extremely easy to drink and absolutely quaffable. JP did not go overboard in the funk factor which makes this one of their, in my opinion, more balanced beers (but of course it has its own take on the style as JP does with every style). I have only seen this once in Southern California but if I were to come across it again I would instantly pick it up. I really do enjoy Jolly Pumpkin and I'm not entirely sure why, but damn do I love busting open one of their beers and having a nice relaxing Friday night with the fiancée while savoring one.

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Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A huge, fluffy, off-white head tops this sparkling reddish-orange brew.

Fresh light fruits (oranges, green apples, lemon), a bit of yeast and brett mustiness to the nose.

Crisp on the tongue with more oranges, green apples and lemon, as well as some banana notes. Later on a bit of chalk and grain are noticed.

This is a light bodied brew whose genius lies in its simplicity and ability to fuse all its individual parts into one easy to drink yet very tasty brew.

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Photo of hardy008
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light amber color with a medium head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised of a little spice, some floral hops and some citrus (lemon). The flavor is very similar. Quite a bit of the floral hop flavors along with a bit of peppery spice and a caramel malt backbone. Interesting flavor here, but I don't care much for the hop and spice combination they used. Tasty, just not my thing. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Bottle
Binny's Orland

Luciernaga poured a hazed over orange into my tulip glass. There are many tiny carbonation bubbles rising from everywhere. A 3 finger white microbubbled head appeared on the pour that faded to a 2 finger rockiness. Leaves chunk lacing after each drink.

Smell is dominated by spices but they are in no way overwhelming. I'm picking up clove and cardamom that are really nicely balanced. There is that summer field weediness and barn muskiness that are common in saisons. Very refreshing.

There's is much more malt in the flavor and the spices are more subdued. Nice malty sweetness with a twang on the finish. It's all together spicy and herbal. Very nice. Saison like with a slight sourness and a little more malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is light and lively. Dancing on the tongue. Finishes crisp and dry.

Drinkability is very good. The spices are in no way overpowering. Dry and leaving me wanting more. The lower 6.5% ABV will let you enjoy more than one glass easily.

The Firefly is an extremely goodbeer from Jolly Pumpkin. Definately worth a try if you see it. A nice little twist on a good saison.


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

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of bretty funk and yeast

T - Follows the nose with the bretty funk and spiced Belgian yeast

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good funky beer that I really enjoyed very good interesting taste I could drink a few of these in a sitting worth getting sometime to try

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cultclassic89
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Matt141
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jayli
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Publick House 7/25
Served in a snifter

A: This beer pours murky, hazy orange/light amber color with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes quickly leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is somewhat muted, light apple notes, orange citrus, and funk.

T: Taste starts with a corriander spicing that I did not pick up in the nose. Orange rind flavoring then comes in mingled with a bit of funk to fill out the middle. Finish is tart sour apple that lingers for a bit.

M: Lighter side of medium body, lower carbonation, crisp clean finish.

D: Goes down somewhat easily, mild kick, ok representation of the style. I enjoy Jolly Pumpkin beers and this was an ok offering, but I'd opt for other of the style if given the chance.

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Photo of JDV
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours bright and cloudy orange. Tart sour orange smell with light vinegar. Taste is super mild, lightly funky and not really tart at all. Faintly fruity, but rather dull and boring, in fact. Fizzy mouthfeel and some mild bittering hops. Not impressed...

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