Luciernaga (The Firefly) – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI, USA)

Luciernaga (The Firefly) – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, 6.5% ABV – 1pt 9.4fl.oz., (Dexter, MI, USA)

On the front label:

“The Firefly, an artisan pale ale brewed in the Grand Cru tradition. Enjoy its golden effervescence and gentle hop aroma. Coriander and Grains of Paradise round out the spicy palate, melting o so softly into a silken finish of hoppiness and bliss! Make any season a celebration!”

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: reminds me of a beer & fresh pressed apple juice
  • Where I got it: Firefly
  • How much: $16 (after 10%), Dec 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange-brown, decent creamy head, lots of active CO2 streams. Sweet malts and apple on the nose. A burst of fresh pressed unfiltered fresh pressed apple juice, creamy mouth feel, light bitter hops and sweet (7/10) malts, hints of orange, coriander, and grapefruit. Finishes medium sour tangy and mild barnyard. Medium-high complexity, Med depth, great transitions, good carry, great drinkability.

Calabaza Blanca – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI, USA)

Calabaza Blanca – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, 4.8% ABV, (Dexter, MI, USA)

On the side label:

“An artisan white ale brewed in the classic biere blanche tradition. Spiced with orange peel and coriander, you’ll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderful dry finish. ”

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: creamy smooth and tangy
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $13 (after 10%), Nov 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours translucent golden yellow, small head , lots of active CO2 streams. Sour malts on the nose. Lemony sourness (8/10) up front, mild barnyard, coriander, fruity sweetness (4/10). Medium complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, good carry, great drinkability.

Weizen Bam – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI, USA)

Weizen Bam (Farmhouse Wheat Beer) – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, 4.5% ABV – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., (Dexter, Michigan, USA)

On the side label:

“The fourth in our Bam Farmhouse series, and perhaps our most adventurous; a traditional farmhouse style hefeweizen. Weizen Bam seamlessly blends traditional German style hefeweizen yeast with our own local wild and sour cultures, for a melange of the most flavorful sort. Ruddy golden, with yeast driven esters of banana, spicy clove, and nutmeg all wrapped up with a generous dose of good-natured rapscallion delight.”

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: smooth sour ale with a hint of oak
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: ~$10, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours translucent bright yellow with a nice thick foamy head, lots of active CO2 streams, sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Pungent sourness and barnyard on the nose. A burst of sourness (10/10) and tartness up front (7/10), barnyard, cloves, nutmeg, tangy mids, banana, white grape, mild dry oak finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, okay drinkability. The sourness and barnyard funk make this one hard for me to love; it’s just not my fav style.

Oro de Calabaza – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI, USA)

Oro de Calabaza (Ale aged in oak barrels, Batch 467) – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, 8% ABV – 1 PT 9.4 fl.oz., (Dexter, Michigan, USA)

On the side label:

“Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle, Oro de Calabaza is brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of special golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast.”

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: sweet fruity ale with an oaky backdrop
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: ~$10, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy golden yellow with the most massive head I’ve ever seen, keeps on coming out of the bottle for 5 mins, lots of fast-moving CO2 streams. Sour malts and minor barnyard on the nose. Burst of fruity sourness (8/10) up front, sweetness (7/10) tastes of pineapple, mild pepperiness, dryness cuts in with oak woodiness, mild hops, soft dry finish. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability.

La Roja – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI, USA)

La Roja (Amber Ale aged in oak barrels, Blend 2,2009) – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, 7.2% ABV – 1 PT 9.4 fl.oz., (Dexter, Michigan, USA)

On the side label:

“La Roja, an artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months. Truly an ale of grace and distinction.”

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: drinks like a smoother lambic/kriek!
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: ~$10, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark brown-orange with a small creamy-foamy head, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Sour cherries on the nose. Holy crap! A burst of of sour cherries up front, mild barnyard, transitions into caramel, oak, plum, with a woody finish. Med-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, good carry, very nice drinkabililty. Good variety of flavours ranging from sour to sweet to woody to spice.