Maracaibo Especial | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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3.95/5
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808 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by marburg on 02-28-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,302
Reviews:
334
Ratings:
808
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
50
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Photo of Lahey
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Would be nice if the label mentioned anything about this being a sour. This isn't a rich brown ale as stated on the bottle. It's a thin tangy sour. The color doesn't mean shit to me, it's not a brown ale. I should have figured, since it's from Jolly pumpkin. Shame on me for believing the label. Everything they make is a sour, noted.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arrowsmith_
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml with a crown cap. Bottled 11-27-13.
Beautiful clear red/brown beer with a 1/2" off white head and good retention and Some lacing.
Lambic sourness, red fruit. Wood. Smells tangy.
Wood. Bright. Fruit. Sour. Clean. Great acidity.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Tangy sourness. Long finish.
Very enjoyable, had this for at least a couple years.
Really good!

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Photo of shelby415
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaketaz
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Also described elsewhere as a Belgian sour
Aroma is chocolate and ethanol, syrup and star anise
Flavour is pretty much that with a little vinegar
Chocolate sour? Interesting,needs much more investigation.

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Photo of stadmo1
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MMOSNN
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Year-old bomber bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.
Look - a deep hazy amber with a one-finger khaki head with nice retention. There is a good amount of lacing with each sip.
Smell - funky yeast hits pretty hard upfront, tart cherries, and sweet citrus notes.
Taste - cherries and yeasty barnyard notes dominate the palate. There's a little bit of sweetness, but it doesn't stand a chance against the other flavors.
Feel - great carbonation and full body, especially considering the age on this bottle.
Overall, I was expecting more of a dubbel-inspired Belgian brew based on the description on the label. However, it seems like they were going for a sour, and even though it's not exactly my cup of tea, it's well executed.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A reference to Venezuela, my ancestor's homeland, in the name, very good.
Made with Cacao, potential there.
Poured into a glass mug with a handle, nice foamy head, good retention, two fingers even after a minute's wait.
Herbal aroma, intriguing.
Tastes thin, feels thin. Like a sour, without the full-on raspberry masochistic assault. Label claims Belgian influence, I can't taste or smell yeast. Not as thick as a Dubbel, not sweet either. Aftertaste is scant and dissolves quickly. Takes effort to finish.
I stopped short of pouring it down the drain, the price was too dear.
$20 here in Honolulu, never again.

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Photo of TGS
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ssato27
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skyjmpr
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobinLee
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnes09
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 808 ratings