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 schwaeh
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle- bottled 5/21/11

A:Pours a pumpkin orange color with as much frothy white head as you care to pour. These JP beers are always crazy carbonated. Nice lacing.

S: Smells of sour apple, brett funk, oak barrels, and a nice delicate hop presence. This has some nice fall spices going on, very cool. This is the hoppiest smelling Jolly Pumpkin by a landslide.

T: This tastes very funky- hay, horseblanket, pears, grain, and some rotten apple. This has some nice use of spices- nutmeg, coriander, and some pepper are all noticeable; These all add some very nice warmth and depth to this brew. Its almost as if the finish isn't there on this beer, the flavors fade fast in your mouth until a light amount of hop bitterness shows up. There is a citrus quality to this(from the hops?), maybe clementines. The hoppiness builds and seems slightly out of place in this beer.

M: A little thin here but not too bad. Lively carbonation(brett, Jolly Pumpkin, duh). Lingering bitterness.

O: I can really appreciate this beer, especially when grouped in this style, but for me I would really let this one sit a while. The use of fresh hops is kind of distracting with the funk and spice going on here. This is good but time might push this up a notch.

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Photo of trep
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, age unknown.

Hands down, the best looking beer I've ever laid eyes on. Before I poured it a bit of foam gushed from the top. After pouring, it remains in the glass like foam insulation. So frothy, looks like a rootbeer float. Head is slightly off-white. Body is a murky garnet, plenty of floaters in this one. Even after a while of sitting, the foam remains and leaves tons of lace. Yeasty, funky aroma. Some bitter hops, but not much, a bit of alcohol and some sour fruit. A bit of dry chalkiness throughout.

Much more bitter than I expected. Much hoppier too. Actually this beer tastes basically nothing like it smells. A bit of alcohol lingers, nice, crisp, clean, malt in the background. White grape aftertaste.

Crisp, refreshing, and clean, just like Bud Select, only this is a true story. Medium bodied and lots of carbonation. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting more funk and sour, but its a fairly hoppy beer. I wish I had this during the summer on a hot day. Certainly refreshing and easy going down.

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Photo of techfed87
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely MAD amount of head. Color is cloudy amber red. Smells of the same characteristic Jolly Pumpkin sour that differentiates beers made from sour yeast strands from those that are consistently cultured and refined.

First sip is tasty. Sour, a little pungent, you can still get some of the Belgian-esque characteristics coming through with the beer, which give it a bit of a hoppy presence, but not too overbearing.

As Belgian Pale Ales go, it's not too bad. And as a Jolly Pumpkin goes, it's pretty alright too.

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Photo of weller1js
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

6/3/2011, batch 806/809

appearance: pours a clear copper-amber, with light carbonation with creamy white foam, with similar lingering lacing.

smell: sharp essences of dark fruit, sour notes are present throughout, yeast notes are aromatic to the point that they come off as almost dry-like; hops are both floral and sour.

taste: very to the point, the dry hops and yeast bring forth a tangy-sourness; soft at start and throughout but sour at the finish, which als has a lightly spicy lingering.

overall: on point; first experience with JPAA, ingredients are well utilized that makes for a well-sequenced, very drinkable.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in Great Barrington; no availability and I have never seen it in Connecticut; anyway, it came with much hype; I poured it from the 750ml into a tulip; there were massive, explosive amounts of carbonation. The color was a rusted bronze, the smell was of malt, some hops, nothing extravagant.

The taste was quite good; there was a great fullness of body, a great start to middle malty-ness; a nice lingering finish- with flavor but surprisingly clean. There was a terrific balance of hop and alcohol bitter/harshness with the smoothness given from the heft of the mouthfeel and the malty-ness; it was complex but not overpowering. I would suggest drinking this on your own and not pairing it with food; but if you had to, make it lamb chops or veal meatloaf.

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Photo of ikats
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange in color. Slightly hazy (you can still see through it though). Big white head took some time to subside leaving behind beautiful lacing. Aroma is wonderful. Spices (I am not up to the level of naming them yet), yeasty fruitiness, a few sour notes. Taste is not what I expected. Hoppy bitterness conflicts too much with sour notes, in my opinion. There is some sweetness too, but overall this beer is a bit on the dry side. It's light to medium body. Pleasant mouthfeel and drinkable.

Not my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, but worth a try. By the way, I really like the label on this 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 06/14/2012. Poured into tulip glass.

A-Poured a very effervescent two fingered width foamy off white head. The body is a really nice orange hue with good clarity. Leaves swaths of lacing down the side of the glass.

S-A citrus aroma of melon, cantaloupe and pineapple. Get some nice pepper notes from the grains of paradise and coriander. Aroma is quite awesome with some nice but very minimal funk tones coming from the wild yeast.

T-Initially the taste is mellow, sweet and peppery. As you drink it the more the sourness kicks in and becomes more noticeable covering your palate in this citrus, spice and funk/sour bliss. The sourness is subtle but there all the way, considerably at the finish, with the hop bight coming along with it.

M-Thin, dry and effervescent on the tongue.

O-Overall this beer is highly drinkable and delicious. The alcohol for me is minimal which adds to the overall drinkability of the beer. Jolly pumpkin is turning out to be one of my favorite breweries due to their unique beers and their execution of them. Buy one, drink it, enjoy.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A peachy/ orange color with a large fluffy white head. Tiny bit of lacing on the glass. Very small champange like bubbles. The nose
was dominated by the coriander spice with some wet earth scent.
Good acidity, with a smooth orange marmalade with a spicy corriander and grains of paradise. The finish had a huge citrus twang that left your palate a dry finish.

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Photo of squaremile
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station Puckerfest. Pours a nice copper with a head that stays. Nose is grains, funk, and a sweet note. Decent. taste is grainy malts up front, then a nice sour/bitter punch (3/10 on the pucker-meter), and a lasting finish. Mouthfeel is medium and very pleasant, maybe a tad too carbonated for me. Very drinkable. I like it more than the numbers show.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy blonde with a big head and some lace. The aroma is hoppy and earthy with some fruity notes, reminds me a bit of Orval in this sense. The flavor has a nice character of fruity hopes and a mild malt sweetness, but the beer is dominantly dry. There is a very mild tartness here but generally the beer is dominated by a blend between some spicy yeast notes and pleasant hop bitterness.

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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 srhoadsy
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into flute.

Pours a hazy gold color with an inch of white airy head that slowly recedes leaving moderate to heavy surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of citrus, grape must, banana and spice.

A mixture of a lot of strong flavors. Citrus zest, grape must, banana, clove and pepper along with a musty funk, reminiscent of a saison.

Mouthfeel is sweet and crisp with moderate carbonation and a lingering aftertaste.

Overall a very interesting beer, and I found myself enjoying it the further into the bottle I got. It is very complex. The best way I can describe it is a sour saison. Definitely not for everybody, but if you're interested in the aforementioned styles, give it a try.

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Photo of ken3c
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge head. Copper color. Nice lacing. Fairly clear with fine bubbles rising quickly.

The aroma is intoxicating. fruity and flowery. spicy and nutty.

There is a sweet orange taste and very hoppy (flowery) but very little bitterness. Fruity and spicy with an oak finish.

Mouthfeel is foamy and warming with a medium body. There is a also a very bubbly sense.

This is so very easy to drink. I definately want more.

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Photo of nova009
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a dark hazy orange color, small white head, barely any lacing left behind

S- sweet and tart smells at the same time, reminds me of granny smith apples

T- interesting taste almost like smarties candy and the front, strong sour notes follow, it finishes off with a mild bitter aftertaste

M- medium-thin body, carbonation isn't the best but not terrible

D- although not my favorite sour it's still definitely a solid sour beer, another good one from Jolly Pumpkin

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Photo of StaEva
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great hazy apricot/caramel color. subtle ruby glow on the edges.
rocky head that fades slowly and caps.

smells of rotting fruit in a great way. the smell of a fermenting apple/pear/apricot droppings in a fresh air orchard. not much in the way of hops, good yeasty funk.

taste follows aroma, but so complex with biscuity grain, fruit, tangy pucker-inducing funkiness.

get into this beer!

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got to try this one down in Florida.

I popped this beer and it foamed up all over the place. It was chilling in the fridge for a good long while beforehand. I had to put it in the sink so it wouldn't go all over the floor. I think I read one other review that this happened. But anyway...

This brew (eventually) pours a cloudy, deep brown with a huge, dense, rocky, off-white head and tons of lacing.

Smell is spice, bread and yeast. It smells just like a spice cake. Nice. There's a little alcohol coming through.

Taste is yeasty and bready, lemon zest and spice, finishes a little dry and lingers. This beer is very full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It coats my mouth. It becomes a little tart as it warms.

There's something about this beer that hurts the drinkability a little, perhaps just the heaviness, but it really is very enjoyable overall. I wish I could get more Jolly Pumpkin in NJ.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Omigod Ommegang! This reminds me of the Three Philosophers but with an elevated alcohol content and spice feelers I soon forget about that unfortunate wine-beer and direct myself towards the spiritual. Of ascending church steeples and descending bodies in genuflecting waves going up-down up-down. Some bedraggled saint has his face pressed against the stain glass crying knowing that the earth will never suffer as it has sewn. And so being a lit fool is said to be the worst way to review a beer but I disagree. As one should write as close to unconsciousness as is possible to write in a dream-state so should he think about spirits. Ghosts and yeasty succulence flitter away. So comes bliss.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking, hazy yellow, white foam that left nice lacing. Smells of crackery malt, slight wild funky brett character and tart. Taste is tart with decent funky earthiness just under it, some citrus overtones and a bit of spice. Dry crisp mouthfeel. Outstanding sour beer.

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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 mjd83goblue
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle for $6.99. Pretty good price.

A: Pours a honey color. Pour is a little touchy, about 1" head the first time, poured a little harder the 2nd and about 1/3 of the pint glass was head.

S: Lots of spices and citrus

T: Pretty complex. Tons of spice, some pepper and some cinnomon/cloves. A definite sour lemon finish. Some saison-like yeast funk.

M: Pretty solid, a little prickly from the carbonation

D: Not an everyday beer, but tasty

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Photo of gregc
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a orange like color with a 1 to 2 finger head. Aroma of orange rind, wet oak, coriander and some funk.
Taste is great with the oak and the coriander really coming through. I taste sour funk and sweetness, its a great flavor, and has a nice dryness from the oak in the finish. The mouthfeel is great, nicely carbonated, very light and crisp, a nice summer beer in my opinion. Jolly Pumpkin comes through with another great funky beer.

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Photo of ebin6
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with thick, persistent, porous head. TONS of carbonation

S - You can almost taste the sourness in the nose. Notes of spice and, predominantly, citrus

T - Probably my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer. Not as diverse as some comparable beers, but I love the lighter, citrus taste

M - Resonates nicely; not as sour as some, but clearly not the aim of the beer. Great for a summer day after work

D - One of the most drinkable "sours" to be had and at 6.5% you can enjoy much more of it than some of the American Wilds that provide more of a punch in other areas

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Photo of NellysBandaid
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with about two fingers of lingering, fluffy head. Spicy, lemon and stone fruit on the nose. Taste is tart green apple and some spices with grassy hops on the finish. Super dry and refreshing. Pairs great with food.

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Photo of Bobikel
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the 750ml bottle -
Poured into a .5 litre goblet

Appearance - Even with a fairly gentile pour, a massive two and a half inches of tightly packed foam arises. A few streams of bubbles can be seen throught the hazy golden liquid. Blond highlights around the outsides make for a fairly appealing body, while the head leaves gobs of lace over the course of its slow recession.

Smell - A little bready maltiness is quickly overpowered by a dry and earthy hoppiness. This is accentuated by a light funk, as all jolly pumpkin ales are, conjuring bits of green apple, pepper, and a slight grassyness.

Taste - A fairly explosive bitterness fills the mouth right away. Malt sweetness in the center of the tongue is slowly supplanted by a very mild sourness. The hops remain pervasive throughout, well after the swallow, still clinging on to the sides of the tongue. A very interesting progression of flavors that, ultimately, create a nice balance between the sweet, sour, and bitter.

Mouthfeel - A tight prickly carbonation dances across the tongue. Smooth and a little slick through the mouth, and a touch thin.

Drinkability - A very approachable ale, that is as complex as it is drinkable.

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Photo of biga7346
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight fruit, apricot, leathery notes in the nose followed by pear, honeycrisp apple, red wine sourness (JP's common theme from their 100% oak aged beers), champagne-like spritziness, low carbonation, a little dry tannins.

This beer is very drinkable, perfect for very hot humid weather, a refreshing apertif. Having had the Bambic in January and then having had this I can see some similarities. Mouthfeel was velvety, slick. Again, a very refreshing but nothing really lingered in the finish.

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