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RATINGS: 845   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Thick, thick, big-bubbled head. Cloudy orange body. Very full aroma: oranges/citrus, limes, apricots and just plain fruity. The flavor doesnít quite match the aroma, but itís pretty good. Dry, and less sweet than I expected. Herbal and earthy notes, with hints of the fruits. The carbonation is a little much for me, so I will lower my rating for this. Something lingers that reminds me of apples...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Cloudy straw color, with thick and lasting head - the aroma strikes a balance between sweet, fruity smells (peach, apricot), and musty, tart, earthy smells - tart at first, mellowing into some wood, spices - very barnyardy, some brett characteristics - lavender, coriander, orange peel - very floral - barrel aging imparts many vinous qualities (as Iím noticing with all jolly pumpkins Iíve tried) - quite a nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange brown color with a huge frothy white head that produces great lacing. Aroma is sweet, hints of hay, flowers, corriander, and vinegar. Flavor is of a very subtle hops, lime juice, floral hints, and a souring very dry finish. Palate is amazing, as bubbly as this beer is, it sure doesnít show up on the palate. This is a great beer, one I am sure to have again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Shared with csbosox. Quite a bit of horsey/barnyard aroma. Spicey/floral hops. Tons of wood throught this whole thing. Hazy copper orange with yellow tones. Bright white head with good lacing. Very woody, vanilla, and peppery. Very course palate due to tones of carbonation. Dry as dry can be. I really donít know what to think of this beer. I donít think I ever had anything like it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Semi-translucent and glowing orangish-copper in color with a decadent mossy head and slow motion cascading lace that mimics vellum from time to time. Aroma delivers with green grape skin and souring pinot grapes, brett funk, and a perfumey hop zest comprised of lilacs and callolilies. I could sniff this for years. Other wafts produce coriander and lemon rind scrapings, and some sugary esters underneath it all. Oak and brett take a flavor likeness to riesling aged in chardonnay casks. Floral attributions configure a tulip and rose petal bouquet arrangement, perfectly captured within the subtle hop array. Checked coriander, lime juice and daffodils aid the symbiotic rendition and subconscious slips of melanin. Palate perfection, ingrained with oaken smoothness and encapsulating effervescence to provide a custom net that catches and catapults the rigid, sour trait display. Mild finish, as a resilient and persistent spice force sings a duet of coriander and chrysanthemums. No one in the country is displaying this much artistry and brilliance in the craft of brewing as Ron achieves every single time.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2005
The aroma is really nice. Itís the first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle. The beer pours to a really hazy (not murky) amber/orange body with a white head. The palate is velvety and medium bodied. It has a very strong carbonation on the front of the tongue. It has some dryness to it. The flavor is spicy with lots of coriander. Earthy hops and yeast. The aroma has a subtle fruity characteristic to it. Similar to pineapple or pomegranate. Thereís also some nice yeasts and light oak. The grains that are apparent are likely the Grains of Paradise that they used.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2005
deep orange color huge thick frothy off white head. Smells good very sweet a nice fresh citrus and grass light hop aroma touches of cinnamon all spice and corriander some touch of an odd pear. very carbonated almost fizzy palate, lightly creamy. Flavor is almost a touch bland considering the aroma... itís a spiced flavor some coriander, all spice, and floral hops. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Hazy, golden, fairly continuous carbonation. Floral aroma, mossy mouth feel. Iím glad this stuff is readily available around Ann Arbor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Cloudy golden orange with some frothy white head. Nose is floral hops, grass, earth, yeast, and more floral hops, spicy. Flavor begins somewhat subdued. Floral hops and pepper are up front, followed by a decent bit of malt that adds just the right amount of sweetness. Finishes a bit stronger with more hops and a bit of alcohol warmth on the end. Extra points for an original experience.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Hazy amber with a frothy ecru head. The aroma is yeast laden with orange zest, toffee, floral hps, and peppery spices. Light in the mouth. The flavor is maltier than the nose would have one believe, toffee and caramel. The spicing is stronger on the tongue, the coriander and grains of paradise coming forward along with a hint of vanilla, pepper, tart fruits, and a light hop bitterness. Worth repeating.

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