Luciérnaga, The Firefly | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Luciérnaga, The FireflyLuciérnaga, The Firefly
BA SCORE
4.04/5
953 Ratings
Luciérnaga, The FireflyLuciérnaga, The Firefly
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,982
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
953
pDev:
10.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
118
Trade:
9
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Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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 mdfb79
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 07/23/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Batch 2, bottled on 04/29/10.

a - Pour a deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of head retention and lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of barnyard funk, sour fruits, brett, spices, yeast, and light bananas. Really good nose to it, as it's combining some Belgian like notes and that JP funk.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast and spice, bananas, light fruit and citrus, and some brett/funk. Not quite as funky, and more spices; a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Like some other JP beers, a little too carbonated.

o - Overall a good beer. The nose is fantastic and sour, while the taste falls back to more conventional Belgian like spice and yeast. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Zaphog
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ffej of July IX

A - Pours murky amber orange with a thick two finger tall white head leaving thick rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bright citric fruit, lots of barn yard funk, the typical JP brett, and just a tiny bit of acidic sourness.

T - Starts off with a big dose of dry barnyard funk from the brett slowly giving way to a mix of lemon, even more bready yeast, and a faint kiss of caramel sweetness. The finish is even more chewy brett, leaving the pallet dry for some time. This one really grew on me over the course of the weekend.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Lots of tart funk in the feel, lingering through the finish.

O - I had quite a few of these over the two days and it really began to grow on me. It had just enough funk without being too overpowering.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1%

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

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a soft white head. The aroma brings spice, funk, citrus. The beer is quite tasty, and the funk flavor emerges much more as the beer warms. Citrus and spice add nice depth and complexity. The feel is thin bodied with a distinctive Jolly Pumpkin finish. An interesting and enjoyable brew, especially if you appreciate funky, eccentric beers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 296/297 with the Unibroue style bottles, versus the shaped bottles they used early one.

As all great Jolly Pumpkin beers this one lays on a massive thick billowing head with chunky mountainous textures as it rises above the rim of my Maudite chalice. Body is a clouded glowing amber copper hue with the head ringing in off white beige. Lacing is fine and intricate the most authentic Beligan style brewer in the country right up there with Ommegang and Unibroue but with more machismo.

Aromatics are wonderful spicy black pepper with crushed mint leaves and citrus peels, funky brett notes bringing horse blanket and barnyard funk, this stuff is excellent very lively and unique even compared to other Jolly Pumpkin brews. Tart apples and other fruit notes are detected among the barrage of hops, spices, and malts.

Flavor has an incredible hoppy zesty freshness within the barrel aging and spice additions. Very much like a fresh baked artisan bread with each sip with citrus, ripe fruits including tart apples and tropical notes. As each the last of the bottle is poured into glass spices and yeast notes take over before that however the brett and horsek blanket barnyard funk ride with you the whole bottle and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation very natural organic experience especially in the manner that they brew with open fermentation. Bitter spices and hop oils do sit on the palate after each sip with the tart lactic and brettanomyces adding a slight puckering sensation on the palate.

Drinkability is excellent enjoy with a meal or on it's own as a meal. Great stuff I can't get enough of the vibrance that La Luciernaga has to offer wonderful stuff. Grand cru belgian style pale ale flows so well, makes me want to go and grab a Biere De Mars to see how it's coming along.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium-dark, slightly hazy amber color with a pretty big fluffy white head. Leaves tons of lacing.

Smells of brett, yeasty banana, hints of apple and grape.

Flavor opens with a mild tartness, pretty strong apple and grape, moves into some brettiness and light funk, finishes very dry and vinous.

Mouthfeel is excellent, great carbonation, nice full mouthfeel, very drinkable.

This is a pretty light beer and nothing especially exciting, but it's really nice. Not the best Jolly Pumpkin beer but really solid.

7.7/10

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Photo of SadMachine
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Is it just me, or do others seem to have carbonation issues with every bottle from Jolly Pumpkin? Yup - another gusher...after a few HUGE head pours and more foaming from the bottle, this one settled down perhaps 45 mins after being opened...so it ends up looking medium apricot, semi cloudy, long lasting and wild looking tan head, plenty of eccentric lacing and a nice floral, yeasty nose. Yummy, yeasty brew, the expected coriander, medium spicing and fruity notes. Quite drinkable, complex and well worth trying this one, just try to get a fresh and well cared for bottle, from a store you trust and good luck to you...

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded amber gold with a decent crème head and a lot of bubbles floating up all over the bottom of my wide glass. Kind of reminds me of fireflies. Nose is very yeasty with a talcy, chalky edge. Flavor is tangy with a bitter tone to it. Also seems to be a pretty firm mineral influence as well. Tart is the name of the game here though as it kicks you pretty good in the back of the mouth. Feel is smooth with a good level of carbonation and bubble hitting you and a decently balanced liquid feel. Overall extremely drinkable. Another fine American produced BPA.

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Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 953 ratings
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