Maracaibo Especial | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Maracaibo EspecialMaracaibo Especial

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by marburg on 02-28-2005

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Photo of weonfire
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A - Deep Copper. full finger and half head. dissipated within a minute or two.

S - Awesome. deep aged orange? sweet molasses. pear?

T - Mellow sour flavor. cinnamon. very nice

M - Could be fuller. From the smell I expected more. But i do like.

O - very nice. I would get this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark Ted, almost mahogany in color maybe a dark red with a delicate creamy head with little lacing, lingered for a while. Light to moderate carbonation with small creamy boubbles.

S: Fruity, lift malty characterwith a little hint of Belgian yeast and dried fruits along with some brown sugar or dark syrup.

T: Tart, a tad sweet, fruity with a little alcohol and slight sourness from the barrel aging. A little but of floralness and some spices. Balance is more towards a tart fruitiness but well within the Jolly Punpkin style of brews.

M: Slight bitterness but still moderately sour character. A little fruty and phenolic but quite different and makes me want to continue drinking this ilunique brew.

O: A must try for the Belgian Brew Advocate who thinks he's/she's had all Belgian brews available. Not as strong as I would expect, abv wise but the flavor and experience is there. A must have for those Jolly Pumpkin fans, especially on tap.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Served at JP on draft, in a snifter.

Pours a nice, deep auburn-red color with a light foamy top. After a few sips, a light amount of lacing lingers and dissipates down the side of the glass. A nice ribbon of bubbles remains across the top of the beer halfway down. Looks like a nice cold-weather brew for a sour.

Smells sweet and sour with a nice spice-laden aroma as well. The citrus note takes a backseat to the sour cinnamon nose.

Tastes nicely seasoned, with a warm cinnamon burst. For lack of a better comparison, i liken it to a fresh cup of tea with lemon and honey after its sat on the countertop for a few hours.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. This is a no-brained for a breakfast/brunch beer. Easy drinking to say the least.

Overall, I'd say this is one of my favorite JP brews I've tried. Would definitely order it again. A great seasonal.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of head on a cloudy, light brown body.
The aroma is orange chocolate, alcohol and nuts.
The taste is quite boozy and sour throughout, a big dose of lemon bitterness in the middle, finishes with a touch of sweetness. It's a bit confused.
Crisper texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
It smells amazing but the flavor didn't back it up. Fairly bitter for the style.

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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maracaibo Especial special brown ale by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Dexter Michigan. 7.5% alcohol 1pt. 9.4fl. oz. capped brown bottle with a firey plum tree design.

A- Pours an glowing orange brown fluid that radiates red in the sunlight. With a subtle pour it produces a mildly active off white head that leaves a thick quarter inch froth on the top with heavily lingering lacing from the beginning to end of the brew.

S- Sour green apples come to mind on the first sniff on to more complex cinnamon and sweet brown sugar like alcohol esters on the back of the nose.

T-M- Citrusy orange peels and lemon come to me on the first bite but with a little warmth and charactor defining I find a spicy carmel hint that is followed by oaky backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth with a astringent bite that tingle the taste buds to lead you to a refreshing brown ale only to be made by a brewery that barrel ages all their beers.

Overall a excellent beer but to little on the brown ale charactor and slighty more wild than normal... but hey whats normal? Cheers!!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a murky copper body. Aroma of tart dark fruit, caramel and toasted malts, breads and candied citrus. Flavor follows very well with caramel, candied fruits, brown sugar and bready malts. Light to medium body, oily and light to medium carbonation. Almost has the sense of a brown blended with a sour beer. By the time I finished this one I loved it and wanted another. A very nice and complex brew. It's just a little too thin for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle, sticker on back indicates 'Batch 349'. Served in a Trappistes Rochefort oversized wine glass at 49 degrees.

First off, this is a gusher. I felt the carbonation as I was popping the top and luckily I made it to the sink before it poured everywhere and had my glass ready.

Obviously there is lots of head, but it settles to a fine pencil thin head which stays around for a while.
Smells of nut and sour orange peel.
Quite a bit of orangey sour with a cacao bitterness. This is quite complex and very enjoyable.

I can't help but call this a weird beer, its labeled as a brown ale, yet it is sour and brewed with cacao and cinnamon. This is not a introductory beer because it would take a strong palette to appreciate the complex flavors and depth of this one. I almost don't feel worthy to appreciate all that this beer is made of and am greatful to have been able to get a bottle in Texas where it is not distributed (yet(hopefully)).

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy medium-dark copper with glowing red hue. The head is a persistent light-tan foam about a finger thick that leave long thin streaks of lacing.

S: One of the richer sour aromas I've experienced with a strong, well rounded fruity aromas mostly of red currents and tangerine. There is a complementing malt support with some malt sweetness, a touch of chocolate and Pils malt character. The cacao nibs come through at a moderately-low level along with a cinnamon that seems more oak derived. There is some spicy phenols at a low level and a moderately-low perfumey alcohol note.

T: A complex fruit flavor with orange peel, plums, currents and tart cherry finish. The malt is low with a light chocolate note and light sweetness. There is low hops bitterness and a no hops flavor, not that it's needed the sour and tart fruitiness are balancing the malt being moderately sour over all. The finish is pretty dry with an orange and cherry aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. There is a slight astringency probably from the spice additions.

O: A fruity, well balanced sour with orange peel, currents and plums. The oak and cacao add to the light spicy yeast notes. This would be great beer to introduce your friend to sour beer.

Batch 930
Bottled on 12-01-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 804 ratings