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Maracaibo Especial | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 958 bottled 12/14/2011. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter. Like every Jolly Pumpkin beer I've had, the bottle was a gusher (good thing I opened it over the sink). When the beer was safely in the glass I was treated to a slightly hazy, dark reddish-brown brew with a huge, well-sustained head. The nose doesn't say Brown Ale. I get woody, nutty notes, but also some tart fruit, spices, and a slight herbal quality.

The flavor is something unusual. You get a slightly fruity sweetness up front, reminiscent of toast with marmalade. Almost immediately, the sweetness turns slightly sour, like sweetened iced tea with lots of lemon. I definitely get cinnamon and orange peel at mid-palate and a nice, drying finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

I'm not sure this beer should be classified as an American Brown Ale. The barrel-aging, spices, and wild yeasts may take some by surprise if they come looking for a mild, malty beer. This is a mild, acidic beer. An American Wild Brown Ale. Definitely something new and different. It reminds me that I still have much to learn.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy mahogany with a thin layer of dense head.

S: Complex aroma that reminds me a little of a flanders red. Tobacco, oak, grape juice, cantaloupe, cinnamon, cocoa, cherries, some diacetyl, lemon peal. Fantastic aroma, mellow compared to the other JP beers I've had.

T: I think this beer finds an interesting sweet spot in terms of acidity. It's a lot less tart than Calabaza but the darker malts round everything off nicely. Highly drinkable.

M: Low carbonation with a creamy and very pleasant mouthfeel.

O: A great introductory sour beer, very complex and highly enjoyable.

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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 803 ratings
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