Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Grand Reserve
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Ranked #442
Ranked #4,530
4.16 | pDev: 10.34%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Grand ReserveLuciérnaga, The Firefly - Grand Reserve
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much like goose island matilda. Light golden orange color with overwhelming head following a gentle pour. Leaves bubble bath lacing in its wake. Spicy, mildly funky aroma. Flavor is spicy upfront with plenty of coriander and white pepper. Citric, detergent like hop. Minima acidity. Subtle Brett funk. Well balanced. Moderate body. Sharp carbonation. Dry feel. Overall, very good. I would classify this as a Belgian pale ale though more than a wild ale.

Nov 02, 2015
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once upon a funk beer. All funk from smell to taste, still being a good drinker and under control. Much funkier than any JP I have ever tried. Great looks with a big fomay head and lots of lace, that also serve to cushion the tongue and make for a smooth drinkable beer. Thanks for scoring, Doug K.

Aug 07, 2012
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to try this beer forever, don't remember who shared it at FFF's 15th, but thanks a bunch.

A - Dark orange beer that's got some haze. Not a lot of head on it, and what was there didn't stay around for very long.

S - Has some yeast, tart apples, grapes. Decent sourness and tartness. Slight acetone with some oak and vanilla.

T - Taste is pretty nice. There's a bit of wood there, decently sour with some tartness. You get the apples in there, and a bit of other fruit with a hint of spice. Solid.

M - Mild carbonation with a medium bodied beer.

O - Good stuff. Has a good bit going on with it, wouldn't mind tracking this down again and revisiting with a larger share of the bottle.

Nov 23, 2011
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SpdKilz from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Hoppymeal for sharing this. TurdFurgison and I literally ran to go and try this once MasterSki told us someone opened it (props to Alex for letting me know and being my “in” to trying this rarity). Consumed at the CBS release, moments before they began handing out tickets.

750ml bottle with a gold sticker around the neck. Batch 130/131. I should mention I do have a 12oz bottle of this from 2004. It is from the original GR batch of this beer. I’m almost afraid to open it…

Appearance – A beautifully cloudy amber color. About a half finger of slightly off white head that dissipates slowly as does most JP head and leaves less lacing than expected.

Smell – Heavy green apple, spices, classic JP funk but even more than usually. Barnyard, wet hay, leather, and vinegar.

Taste – Lots of oak and vinegar up front. A nice, though not as much as anticipated, mouth puckering green apple/citrus flavor. A decent amount of vinegar and spices also.

Mouthfeel – Medium to light bodied, crisp with plenty of carbonation, finishes quite dry.

Overall – Soooo pumped I was able to try this (and then trade for one later). I will re-review this beer once I try it again. To be blunt, not my favorite JP beer. I was happy to try this but feel I needed a bit more time with it. Can’t wait to revisit.

Nov 06, 2011
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AleWatcher from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a kickass JP tasting a while back... finally getting my notes typed up.

It's a golden straw color with a half finger white head that leaves bubbles scattered everywhere in a connect-the-dots pattern of lacing. The nose is bright, lemony lactic, nice and tart. A lot of the funk from the regular version is missing here, but it's made up for by the increased dose of sourness.

The body is light, and the carbonation is low. It drinks almost like a white wine, and it pulls it off pretty well. Very tasty. Very easy drinking. Some oak and a touch of funk-- it's subdued and gentle, kind and caring, like a good masseuse after a rough week.

Tommy like wingy.

Aug 19, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Batch 130/131.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the brett with some bready malt, grass and cherry notes. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of brett, along with some oranges. grass and bread notes. There is a light amount of tartness, but nothing overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

May 04, 2011
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goethean from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 130/131. Served from a crystal tulip. Dark honey color. Quarter-inch head. Complex malt vinegar aroma. Good fizz. Intense, bracing, complex bitter tartness of balsamic malt vinegar, grapefruit, crabapple. Definite rotten apple cider aroma and flavor, like an orchard in late fall. I'm not picking up much oak. There is a substantial malt strength here. Slight rotten fruit hoppiness towards the end. Drinkability is off the charts. Appropriate reading accompaniment: "The Cow in Apple Time" by Robert Frost.

Apr 09, 2011
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mdaschaf from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to DeadTerry for bringing this one out of his cellar.

A: Pours a dark orange, slightly hazy. Small carbonation bubbles, but very little head formed and was gone quickly.

S: Nice sour/tart aroma. Some yeast and fruits, mostly apples and some cherries.

T: Very tasty. Very tart with sour fruits - the apples and cherries return. Also a really nice oak flavor from the aging.

M: Medium bodied, nice crisp and clean. Carbonation seems just right.

O: A really nice beer, the flavors are amazing. The tartness is spot on, really easy to drink.

Mar 17, 2011
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THECPJ from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 3/11/2011
Once again another Thank You is in order and this one goes out to "DeadTerry" for bringing this one over.

Batch #130 / 131 Oak Aged 21 months

Appearance: golden orange with minimal head, has nice teardrop lacing going down the glass.

smell: sour, tart, apples, grapes

taste: sour, apples, tart, funk

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp finish

drinkability: very interesting and complex beer. enjoyed this one tremendously. another beer I would not decline if had a chance to try it again.


the CPJ

Mar 12, 2011
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sisuspeed from New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage (12 oz oval label with 750 ml crossed out)

Served at cellar temperature and poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. A cloudy, burnt orange body holds up a thick, foamy, white head. Sticky lacing is left behind.

Citrus, spice and a whole lot of funk rises up from the glass. Sour fermented fruits and hay add to the aroma. Oak, light vanilla and a faint touch of acetone alcohol round things out. Really nice complexity at this age. I could keep smelling this for awhile.

The taste is pretty good as well, but is dominated by wood and somewhat muddled spice. Not quite on par with the aroma. Sourness is at a nice level though and somewhat acidic. There is still some decent hop presence as well. Even at 7% the ABV hits your tongue a little bit and leaves a warm trail down your throat and into your belly. Overall, the flavor has a rustic earthiness to it that I like, but comes across as a bit disjointed. Nice funk throughout though.

Mouthfeel is good. Still plenty of carbonation and a nice sour presence. Some wood and hop bitterness linger on the tongue. Fairly dry. Nice level of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability is pretty good. I'm enjoying this beer more and more with every sip. The barrel presence seemed a bit intense at first, but seems to be evening out as my palate adjusts. Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer from JP and it has a great nose. I really enjoy the funk presence in the flavor, but a few things seemed off. However, if you have access to this beer I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Oct 21, 2010
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abuliarose from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage, poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing nice airy white head over a ruddy, clouded gold body. Nice lacing, nice liveliness. Slightly sour farmhouse smell with a lemon tinge over notes of sweeter light malt and possibly vanilla. One of the more citrus sour-smelling wilds I've sniffed, but nice smell all the same.

Tastes more funky than anything else with a serious cow patty barnyard flavor. Not sour except the slightest astringency at the end. Decently spiced with some nutmeg and pepper character. The wood comes through in the way similar to licking an oak plank in mouthfeel. Some presence to the light body with tiny tickling but vivacious carbonation, otherwise a little watery and grainy on the tongue. Somewhat drinkable for the strong flavors, but I wonder at what this was like a few years ago or when it came out.

Overall a palate-expanding exercise. Wish I could try it younger.

Oct 21, 2010
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

2.96/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Kevin for sharing this one!

A- Body is a murky, dynamic, slightly translucent golden yellow. Pour is flat with no head at all whatsoever.

S- Nose is strong and brutal. Nail polish-or nail polish remover is dominant and overshadows anything else beneath it. A hint of apple lies beneath.

T- Slightly sweet tart apple upfront. A big lemon juice tartness behind it. Dry oak flavors. Then the flavor is all over the place-ethanol, yeast, you name it it could be there.

M- Flat and feel is thina nd astrigent.

D- The flavor is pretty good-but the nose and the overall mouthfeel of this make it a slight turn off. I'll take the regular firefly over this.

Oct 04, 2010
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mothman from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this.

2006 bottle

Poured into snifter.

Pours hardly any head. Color is a dark faded gold.

Aroma: Sour and funk. Oak, cherry, spice, vanilla. Very well done.

Taste: Sour and tart cherries with a big funk flavor. Horseblanket, coriander, spice, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Sour/tart, mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with some vinegar/acidic flavors.

Overall, a solid beer with great flavors. I can't believe how a BPA turned into this. Very good.

Aug 17, 2010
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pinkwheels from Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Taco Mac metropolis; they got in a small torpedo keg of this beer and it came highly recommended. The beer poured hazy with a nice golden orange-amber color with a bit of head (I had one of the first beers from the keg). The smell was wonderful, sour fruity funk is the best way to describe it. The beer had a great dry crispness too it and the sour tartness worked well with the fruity flavors. Overall I was really happy I got a chance to try this.

Jul 30, 2010
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

1.89/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours no head with a very dark almost red amber color and notes of haze.

S-the nose is quite offensive, huge acetone, I feel like I'm in a chineese nail salon and someone knocked down all the shelfs and every nail polish and nail polish remover fell to the ground. there is some oak in there with notes of citrus but hard to find.

T-the acetone is huge, the oak is present, very dry oak, notes of tartness with a light fruity almost cherry flavor behind with a pretty strong acidity in it. not as bad as the nose but not good by any means.

M-rough to drink, sour/tart/burning, the acetone makes it hard to even feel this beer. all i get is burn.

D-ouch, warm and not good. done!

Jul 29, 2010
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nickd717 from California

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Several years aged (plus the original 14 months of bourbon -bal aging and probably some other -bal aging before that). Huge thanks to Nanoslug for bringing this awesomeness to a tasting.

Pours a very slightly hazy but bright copper color with a small off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is amazing. Sweet and tart caramel malt, green apple, bourbon, spices, and funk.

Flavor is also really awesome. Underripe fruits are big, especially green apple, along with a little vinegar, slightly sweet caramel malt, and tart funk. Very, very subtle on the bourbon and -bal aging. A subtle and well-integrated hint of rarity can be picked out if you have a discerning palate like mine.

Tingly on the palate with medium body and fairly prickly carbonation.

Really impressive stuff overall. I'm starting to like Jolly Blump- I mean Pumpkin more and more.


Jul 02, 2010
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koopa from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2006 (FIRST VINTAGE) brewed in 2004 then bottle aged for 14 months in bourbon barrels. Only 20 cases produced and they have a 750ml label on them. My bottle does not have the golden label around the neck shown in the current BA profile picture. Bottle received in a trade with FlandersNed thanks a lot!

Appearance: Pours a murky burnt umber with a massive off white crown that shows loads of retention and lace. Sexy and would have got a perfect score if it wasn't so murky.

Smell: Massive brett showing here with nice tartness, some oak, and some leather!

Taste: Wow this one has little to no residual sugars left. It is all about the brett and I am so glad I drank it now. A touch of sweet malt. Not too much bourbon barrel until it warmed up a tad. Now its present but still well blended and adding to the overall complexity. I've never tasted bourbon so well integrated with a massive dose of brett.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is smooth , present, and fairly creamy!

Drinkability: Going down so smooth!

Jan 24, 2010
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knight84 from California

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 130/131 Aged 21 months in oak. 12oz bottle.
Pours a dark burnt-orange color, very opaque but not hazy, can almost see the bugs floating. Has a very rich appearance. Even with a vigorous pour it only produced a small khaki colored head leaving a tiny cap. The nose is tart raspberries and cherries, lots of yeast, old barn hay with a musty funk. The taste is very tart, lots of oak and sour fruits, tart apples, sour cherries, and raspberries. Did I mention oak? Seems a touch boozy at first (despite only being 6.5%) but balances as it comes from cellar temp to room temp. Mouthfeel is excellent, the bottle conditioning has left this one perfectly carbonated, it opens the palate very nicely to all the flavors with just a touch of syrupy stickyness that helps the taste to linger. Overall one of my favorite beers from Jolly Pumpkin!

Jan 12, 2010
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tpd975 from Florida

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Tampabrew for the share.

Batch #130

A: Pours a amber hue with an above average white head. Little retention with no lace.

S: Musky grapes, oak, sour apple, and vinegar.

T: Medium sourness, fruity with notes of grape and apples. Light spice in the middle, with some vinegar, and bold oak.

M: Medium in body with a dry finish.

D: Good, thanks Gary its a brew I never thought I would try.

Nov 01, 2009
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a bottle of this hard to get brew.

A-Hazy deep copper with a thin off-white head that leaves spotty lace.

S-Significant tartness and oak. some nice building spicy notes in the background with a melding of fruit (granny smith apple and white grapes) underneath.

T-A lot of dry oak astringency with a balsamic vinegar tart/sourness. A nice kick of spice in the finish.

M-Medium-light bodied, crisp with a ton of sharp tartness. Long lasting oak barrel bitterness/flavour.

D-Well done and highly drinkable for such an intense brew. Lots of oak dryness and brett best like this style or else...

Aug 13, 2009
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy amber with a thin tan head and little lacing.

S-Sour and woody, what an appealing, rich aroma. Maybe some white grape and apple beneath.

T-My notes say "huge wood", which I imagine refers to the flavor. Deliciously tart and oaky, with a heaping helping of funk thrown in.

M-Medium bodied with carbonation on the low to medium side.

D-An excellent sour beer. I think one a night is plenty, but I could have one a night for a week or two.


Jul 29, 2009
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"12 months in oak" - must be from the 2006 release

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest cap that leaves a fair bit of lacing after a swirl

Smell: Very tart, vinous character with lots of subtle fruit, such as green apples, strawberries and grapes

Taste: Fruity and vinous at the outset, with the tartness building through mid-palate, as the undertones of oak appear, after the swallow, the dry, woody flavor really kicks in to mellow out the tartness and add complexity; throughout, there is also an underlying swweetness that is barely discernable on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another great achievement - the JP Grand Reserve beers are in rarified company

Apr 19, 2009
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natasharai from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a little creamy smooth tan head that dissipated to a thin layer but remained thick around the edges and left a small amount of lacing. The head is easily awaken by a slight swirl of the glass. The beer is a cloudy orange brown color.

Smell: Strong smell with a lot going on. Sweet and sour apples, pears, a hint of banana, some maple sweetness, sour lemon, a bit vinegary, and small mint notes are detected.

Taste: Starts out with a calm subtle spicy clove and sweet apple and pear, transitioning to a nice woody/nutty flavor, then the sour lemon is noticed with a nice sweet caramel malt, all with a small hop presence to provide a small amount of bitterness, sour green apple, and a nice calm sweet flavor is left in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth at first, then a small sour pucker that goes down the throat a bit, leaves mouth feeling a bit sweet but ready for more.

Overall: Decent drinkability, gets a lot better once it warms up a bit. When cold, the sourness and intensity of flavors is almost overwhelming, but it all becomes much more subtle after a few minutes.

Apr 07, 2009
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Angus703 from North Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged 21 months Oak barrels Batch 130/131

Picked it up at the brewery over christmas, drank it on 3/4/09

Very little head to it, poured into a Cervoise (essentially short less wide wine glass) Hazy amber color, the little head that is left is light tan, little lacing, but its keeping around the edges faintly

Sour aroma, vinegar, Funk, green apples, kind of fruity

You can sure taste spice in this one, sourness at the end, but something else I can't put my finger on maybe the skin of an unripened green apple, SausyA below said it was like licking the oak barrel (maybe that is what I'm getting at)

Mouthfeel, wow just great, I was told by one of the owners this one just wasn't going to be carbonated, and kinda flat, but there is carbonation it just isn't as prevalent as in their other brews, light and very pleasing mouthfeel overall

I would say it is very drinkable, maybe not for a casual beer drinker, and it would be awesome with some sort of a feast, I think in general Jolly Pumpkin beers would be even better paired with food

Mar 05, 2009
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seaoflament from California

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I am able to try thanks to the generosity of iceicebaby.

12oz bottle Grand Reserve oak aged 21 months, batch 130/131. I received this one in the summer of 08.

Pours a dark amber with a half inch of foam. Pretty good retention, a well formed ring around the tulip glass.

Instantly I pick up some sour green apples, oak, cherries, vinegar, sour berries, sweet and sour oranges, spicy and citrus grains of paradise, and lemony coriander. There's also a delicate toast sweetness that wants to be more present but the acidity and acetic qualities push it to the back, maybe when it warms up I can pick up more malt. Slight plastic aroma but very faint. I'm picking up a little more oak and spices with a complex vinegar background, almost to the degree of a Flemish sour. Some toast and caramel sweetness once the beer warms up a bit, also a touch of salty crackers.

A little more reserved on the palate but still complex. I first get a citrus bitterness greeting, in the form of hops, then the spicy and lemony coriander and grains of paradise come in. A bit of vinegar in the middle but well contained so it does not overpower the beer. Some oak in the finish. Semi-dry finish at first but it seems to intensity with each sip. Feels a tad thin near the finish. Old bread or old toast flavor in the end. More brett and leather flavor as the beer warms up. I was really digging the flavor the first few sips but after half the bottle the lemony flavors of the coriander and grains of paradise with the oak get a little tiring.

Soft, delicate, and bubbly on the palate. Very enjoyable mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation, very easy to drink as well.

Feb 27, 2009
Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 87 ratings