Maracaibo Especial | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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
Ratings:
802
Reviews:
331
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
92
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 802 |  Reviews: 331
Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Starts out dark ruby red with a thin beige ring, but the color somehow fades to a gold hue with brown edges when you start running low.

Pretty one dimensional aroma of sweet cherry. Actually, after a while it comes off more like pink Starburst or Laffy Taffy. A touch of maple candy comes off the sticky rim of the glass.

Sweet cherry flavor balances out the acetic sour element making this a very approachable sour compared to some of their other extreme takes. Maracaibo is much closer to a Flanders Red than anything resembling an American Brown.

Reading that there is cacao, cinnamon and orange peel is a total shock, as this was a very balanced, smooth, but one dimensional sour. Not in a bad way, but it's just not the spicy, Belgian-esque and decadent concoction you might expect with that ingredient list.

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SerialTicker
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one at Jolly Pumpkin in Detroit.

Whatever... really not all that impressed, sadly. It has the nice spiciness of a brown (or, moreso an amber or red ale), but something about the yeast in this one is slightly off-putting. It's not that delicious puckering sourness that I tend to enjoy, it was ever-so-subtly metallic. Not bad by any means, but lacking. Nice little "trunky funk" and I do like the malt flavors, but the sourness itself seems a little off. Not JP's best.

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Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LostHighway
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeschaefer
2.77/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rponder
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bigdoc91
4.93/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mcrawford
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice but doesn't have much of a nose. Has great flavour up font. A sweetness that becomes tart after which any taste seems to disappear completely. On a positive note the abv is well hidden and this goes down easy.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer looked great and had a nice nose. Taste was sour up front, but the flavor faded fast leaving me wanting more. Feel was thinnish, though there was some nice carbonation. All in all a fair beer, but I was expecting the flavor to last a little longer and give me a bit more.

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Photo of DbbC
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Highbury09
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stolenface1
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/brown color with billowing head that doesn't stick around very long. Aroma of sour apples, caramel, slight cinnamon & orange, stone fruit, and slight funk. Flavor is exactly like the aroma but adds oak, tannin a very slight chalky cocoa powder on the finish. Its barely there, but its there. Any more and i think it would overpower the other flavors. I get orange more than any of the other spices, again, a good decision. There are also hints of leather and maybe slight cherry. The feel is dry, but has a sturdy base. I think the cocoa and cinnamon accentuate this perceived dryness. Overall a very unique and enjoyable experience. Only quarrel is there is a touch more booze on the finish than what would be expected for 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber color with beige head. Aroma is tart, slightly acetic and spicy. Taste is just a bit tart and spicy but no detectable specific spice. Medium body and soft carbonation. Quite nice and easy drinking overall.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy chestnut with a nice head of foam that leaves strands of lacing

Smell: Tart,with brown bread, cinnamon, chocolate and orange peel

Taste: Bready forward, with tartness building, bring with it the flavors of chocolate, cinnamon and orange peel; leathery and dry after the swallow and through the finish though the underlying flavors remain throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather unusual take on the style; high quality as are all the brews from this brewery

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Photo of Tyecko
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckt62
3.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Maryobeerian
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of noxious_offender
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFields
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.98 out of 5 based on 802 ratings.
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