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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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...!)


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (789) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 28, 2016
On tap at Redlight in Orlando, FL. Aroma is especially fruity and floral without being nauseous, obnoxious or noxious. Getting dry wood, minerals, lightly spiced fruits. Silky and dry. Jolly Pumpkin can do no wrong.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (1311) - CANADA - MAY 6, 2016
Appearance: hazy medium gold with two fat fingers of fluffy ivory head, good retention and decent lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tart citrus, yeast, peppercorn, wood, barnyard funk. (9/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate-low bitter, moderate-high tart, light funk. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, mildly funky finish. (4/5) Another lovely tart wild from JP. I’m assuming the Grains of Paradise are responsible for the almost peppercorn-like spiciness on both the nose and the tongue. Again, nicely balanced tones of citrus, wood, and barnyard funk. Definitely a nice example of how to do brettanomyces properly. (17/20)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (2138) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
UPDATED: APR 18, 2016 Bottle shared at Jim/John is back tasting. Bottled 2011. Murky amber, white head. Yeasty caramel, figgs, dried apricot, white raisans, grapes, mineral, coriander, basil, light spices. Light sweet, light bitter, slightly sour/funky. Very carbonated, sweet and oddly spiced. Thin minerallike body. Interesting, bit strange, quite dry, yet sweet belgian, saisonny, farmhousy

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6970) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle at the Jim / John is back tasting, Den Haag, April 2016. Poured a hazy medium amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is yeast, sweet zesty citrus. The flavour is moderate bitter with a dry yeasty, light spicy, light citrus palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (9616) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle shared at the John/Jim tasting. Cloudy orange with an off white head. Aroma has peppery yeast, floral notes, spice and light fruit. Flavour is logistics moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (2923) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle 2011 at John is back and Jim tasting thanks to sjogro. Hazy golden copper with white head. Lots of farmhouse yeast, herbs, soft grains with malt and some rye, grass, more herbs, light pepper. Light sweet, sour and bitter. Medium bodied with very dry feel and lots of carbonation. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (8114) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
75cl bottle shared at the JimJohn is back tasting Thin white head. Very hazy amber pour. slightly hoppy. More like a saison. Very good

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markducommun (823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Cloudy yellow orange. Light white head. Strong citric tartness, hay, some funkiness. Extremely bitter, some light sweetness. Medium body, fairly oily. Medium long finish. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pours a medium golden yellowish color. Aromas of fruit, yeast and some pepper. Flavors are sour, yeasty, and a touch of sweetness at the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6034) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle at Cotteridge Wines tasting rooms; hazy golden yellow pout with a frothy white head, aroma has light spice and a hint of fruit, taste has spice, citrus, ok.


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