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RATINGS: 885   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Decade topper. The beer - a living organism - spurts forth its excitement upon opening, issuing a sampler of its sure to be generous head. Indeed, the head amply more than matches the volume of beer poured, looking regally staisfied in the well-proportioned tulip glass. An aroma unlike one I recall encountering before, green apple hoppiness, with a squeeze of palpably sour citrus. A touch of sweetness from the green apple bracing the sourness. Exquisite. The head becomes chunky as is slowly fades, leaving jubilant, patterned lacing behind. The warm up to this beer is a phenomenon in itself, justifying what must by now be many hours of patience with much lesser brews. It may be the only, or one of the only, perfect scores I have given to aroma to date. The beer is no letdown in the flavor - one you could suck down like a dionysiac if you were inclined to decadent debauchery, or slowly savor were you inclined to maximize your hedonic and perceptual experience. The collisions of hops and sourness from the yeast generate a refined fruit flavor that is quite enjoyable to the seasoned palate. This is not the easiest to get in these parts but with any luck I will drink it every year to commemorate my life. (It’s a good adult substitute for friendly’s mint ice cream pie, with the green label & flavor.) Simply a wonderful idea, flawlessly executed. Now, they simply need to age this in some kind of cherry sugar soaked cask and I will give it a 5. (Ed: The second glass, by the time I poured it, the bottle had already developed its own second protruding head. Nothing like enjoying that with some cheesy midi celebration tunes provided by ratebeer...!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (3901) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2015
750 ml bottle. Deep golden with white head. Aroma of dry malts, grain dust, sour apples, citrus, yeast and spice. Taste is refreshing, tart, notes of ripe fruits, sour apples, grain, peppery spicy yeast notes with a peppery and herbal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2949) - FINLAND - APR 12, 2015
Bottle. Hazy orange in color, off-white head. Funky and fruity notes in aroma, bit of crackers too. After that some sour notes and lemony juicyness appears. Lemon and bready pale malty notes in taste. Bit of funky yeastyness as well. Tart mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish. Lemon and notes of spices in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2800) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2015
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and dispensed to a snifter, showing a cloudy, orangey gold color, with a tight layer of white head foam, and curtainy cling to the lacing. The nose was yeasty funk, tartness, spice, citrus, some pit fruit, and a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied, with lively carbonation, the taste added to these notes a dry, citrusy, rind-like, and earthy bitterness that included some lingering, tannic astringency. Finished quite dry, but also quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1503) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2015
1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle. Hazy amber colour, lively with a frothy white foam head and aroma of lemon peel, fruity, candy, funk. Taste is citrus tangy with barnyard notes, grain, coriander & spice plus some woody bitterness. Light to medium bodied, high carbonation, lingering bitter yeasty finish. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (453) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - FEB 12, 2015
750 ml bottle from Beer-Shop.gr, Athens Greece. Orange color, very hazy with a big white head. Aroma of lemon, spices, yeast and some funkiness. taste is great. Sweet, but lemony and funky, with a nice peppery touch, with maybe some oak at the back. Very complex and nice. Medium body with medium to full carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kita (1347) - Koper, SLOVENIA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle, 0.75l, shared with Hoppiness crew. Clear deep golden color with rocky white head, excellent lacing and sparkling appearance. Aroma of must, wine, sour apples, citrus, yeast and some spices. Tastes refreshing musty with sour notes of ripe fruits, grainy malt and yeast, aftertaste in the back of palate is incredibly pleasant peppery and herbal, while finish is moderate bitter. Medium to full body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Damn’ good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
langeveld12 (277) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
Pours a large frothy white head that mostly diminishes. Body is sparkling hazy yellow orange. Aroma contains light malts (straw) moderate hops (herbs, citrusfruits), light yeasts (soap) and apple, cherry, cask wood, forest fruits and spices. Flavor is light acidic, then light acidic and light bitter and finishing in light bitter. Body is medium with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Not bad, but not as much to my liking as I had hoped. I expected more flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2015
1/31/2015. From bottle. Hazy orange with a huge, fluffy head. Spice and citrus aromas. Orange peel, peppery spices, bitter hops. A bit tart, but very balanced. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2031) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2015
January 30, 2015. Bottle at home, bottled june 27, 2013.
Light hazy golden amber with a large frothy white head slowly dissipating. Aroma is barnyard, lemon zest, orange notes, oak, coriander and tart apples. Taste is light sweet with tart fruity citrus and dry woody notes, some funky barnyard and leather notes coming through in the end leading to a dry tart spicy finish. Light to medium bodied, quite fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Batch 788/790 Bottled 5-18-2011. Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange, lots of head. Aroma slightly spicy, some citrus rind and grassy notes. Body lively and dry, with a little hint of juiciness. Finish slightly bitter, with more grassy character. Jolly Pumpkin kill it, as always.

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