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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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Hops and Brett like sourness are a match made in heaven, even if I am an Atheist. Lovely beer mildly reminiscent of De Ranke XX bitter. Very dry and effervesent with notes of lemon grass,heather, white grapes, Vanilla,and HOPS. Clean and soft mouthfeel that pleases from beginning to end. Celebrator tasting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Hazy golden red with a fluffy, quickly diminishing off-white head. Oranges, grains of paradise, lemon zest, tropical fruit esters, coconut, toasted grains, light oak and just a hint of coriander. The body is moderate, with active, spritzy carbonation. The flavors are cool, with a nice malty, fruity sweetness, mellow spiciness and some moderate, earthy hops and lightly warming alcohol. The interplay of soft, sweet malt and light spiciness is a lot of fun. A bit more malty sweetness would perhaps enhance this, however, it’s tasty as it is now. What a great job these folk at Jolly Pumpkin are doing. Tasty, innovative and cool as hell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2005
750ml bottle - Pours a dark amber with a fluffy offwhite head that looks like soapsuds and laces the whole way down the tulip. Aromas of yeast, floral hops, spices, and underneath some bread. Taste is bread, floral hops, spice, yeast, a bit of citrus, and some candy sugar. This is quite complex for an American made Belgian. Palate is somewhat dry but medium bodied and carbonated pretty well. Feels very nice in the mouth. Another very nicely done brew by a brewer climbing fast on my list..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
I was very excited to find this one at the Beer Yard. Ever since BBB63 sent me 3 or 4 JP beers in a trade, they have been near the top of my brewers list. This one has a great lime green label depicting a Goddess swinging a hop cone. It poured turbid copper/dark straw colored with a uniform, 2-finger head into my Affligen chalice. The aroma was complex, providing notes of big spicy florals and citrus, hops, and some sourdoughy malts. The taste was dry, with mid-palate spicy florals, coriander, grains of paradise, citrus, some hops. Not a lot of free sugars in this one. The palate is very complex, with a lively carbonation. Another outstanding effort from Jolly Pumpkin. If you live near the Beer Yard, do yourself a favor and get some of these awesome beers! They still have 4 cases of various styles left as of yesterday!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2006 Thanks to weeare138. Pours a translucent golden amber with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, grass, vanilla, yeast, a little sour, like Smarties candy and oak. Flavor of roasted malts, yeast, earthy and some citrus fruits as well as a mix of the same from the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks for sharing this one off my wishlist!). Poured a meduim amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of oak, spices, vanilla and yeast. Tastes of lighter spices, yeast, oad and citrus. Yeasty and earthy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Appears a glowing gold with a 2 finger white head and lots of lacing. The smell is of oak aged light vanilla and bourbon with a sweet fruitiness. Taste is of smooth vanilla and light sugary citrus with a Belgian yeast that’s evident in the undertones of crisp brew. Mouthfeel is smooth and warming with the carbonation just right. Drinkability is nice but there is a bit of alcohol detectable towards the end. Everything these guys do is right, from the barrel aging to the addition yeast in the bottles. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2005
GABF 2005
Aroma: spices, honey, and herbs
Appearance: murky yellow, small white head
Flavor: spices with tart bite, citrus fruits, hops, and cinnamon
Palate: smooth and spicy with tart bite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bomber. Pours a light ornage color with a good sized rocky, white head. Nose is hoppy and spicey, a good blend here. Taste is slightly thin, but a good amount of hops, spices, lemon, pepper, and a decent malt backround with a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Slight haze; pale gold. Very inviting nose. Delicate, clean, fluffy body. Wonderful aromas, with the perfect addition of spices ... complementing and not overpowering. Light orange and small nips of lemon as well. Pleasant yeast notes; enough to really keep your interest. Great balance on many levels ... spices, sweetness, bitterness, sourness, yeastiness. Tremendously well made.

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