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RATINGS: 869   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!


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4.9
   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...!)


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crompt (117) - York, South Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Wow, wow, wow I’m really digging this beer! Very pricey but worth it on a special occasion like a normal weeknight with my lovely wife. It is tart, yeasty, funky, oaky, crisp and very refreshing. I think that is the main thing for me is how impressive the balance of this beer is considering the tartness it has.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (817) - Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Orange colored with white head. Citrus, barnyard, lemon in aroma. Very dry taste, some Brett funk and orange peel. Drinkable and light. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (509) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
(Bottle sample @ Mikkeller Bar Stockholm, Nov 16 2014) Pours a clear medium orange with a big pillowy white head and lace. Aroma has citrus zest, floral, coriander, light wood, a bit of barnyard Bretty funk, tart or lightly sour. On the palate, bright, sour/tart citrus, touch of sweet fruit too, grassy/floral hops, a little oak and coriander, a bit funky on the finish, which is tart and dry and kind of mineral, herbal notes linger as well. Really clean sort of beer. The body is quite light, and the carb moderate and sharply effervescent. A twist on a Belgian pale or saison style, a bit sour/tart and a little bit barrel kissed. A bit quenching, interesting but subtle in its character, a good table farmhouse for when you want a beer that’s not exactly straight-forward.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (693) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
From notes. Finally getting around to adding beers from the Detroit Zoo Brew! Enjoyed on September 26. The pour is really orange, with spots of lighter gold or what not passing through. There is a large white head that falls down slowly, leaving a great lace behind. The aroma is pretty sour, but carries a lovely fruitiness with it. There is a little bit of a funk, as I’ve come to just call a JP funk. The flavor is much of the same. Light, fruity, lightly sour, and just a touch of funk on the back end. The mouth feel is well done, light, but carbonated and coating. The aftertaste is dry. a citrusy, fruity sourness. Pretty good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3360) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2014
750ml bottle 11/7/14 (Payless Liquors #9-Indy)-Pours orange with a big white head. Aroma of spices, oak, coriander, and a little funk. Taste of the same. This light bodied brew is well balanced and goes down easy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hagenwagon (10) - - NOV 2, 2014
Nice sour. Smooth finish but not a lot of noticeable flavors. Less expensive than other high rated sours.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (3204) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
sample from bottle at 2014 houston big brew fest. Hazy golden with one finger head. Very tart, but not quite sour. Lots of farmhouse funk. Mild hops. Wonderful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1112) - Corinth, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Hazy orange pour with a massive white head that lasts. A lot of fine carbonation is visible as well. Aroma musty barnyard funk, spice, and light tropical fruit. Taste follows the nose with a nice lactic tartness also. Very dry finish. Really nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1772) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours pale amber with a small white head. Fruity sweetness with a funky sour tang.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2338) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2014
Sample @ SBWF. Is this a post modern ale or what? It’s sweet, pretty sour and at the same time quite hoppy. Nicely balanced. Notes of cookies, citrus, wheat, pepper. Small bitterness in the aftertaste.


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