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RATINGS: 936   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival. A medium spicy sour aroma. Never had that in a beer before. Pours headless, cider colored. BIG musty hop flavored sweetness and dry ending with no after taste. Taste reminds me a thicker, more seasoned version of thier Bam Biere, Farmhouse Ale. Too bad the sample size is so small. I’ll be back to this one.

3.4
DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Bottle purchased in Massachussetts. Opens with a thundering pop and a huge gush. Managed to only spill a little on my keyboard and carpet while running to my nearby bathroom sink. Citrusy orange and grapefruit hoppiness in the nose--almost smells like some west coast hops. There is also a funky, barnyard yeasty component to the aroma as well as a little bit of spicy coriander. Mildly hazy copper color with a large fluffy white head. Dry, astringent, somewhat bitter start. Becomes a little smoother in the midder with some pepperiness later on. Can definitely taste the coriander and paradise. Interesting, but a little overly spiced and it is quite dry for my personal liking.

3.1
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Great lable, Floral aroma, flavor is citrusy and hoppy. lots of carbonation

4.2
BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Beautiful artwork on label to start. Long-lasting voluminous head. Medium amber in color. Yeast, spices, and floral nose. Clean, creamy mouthfeel. A welcomed difference of an ale. Citrus and hops are noted. Finish is slightly bitter. Great summer brew. Refreshing.

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IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Citrus sweet aroma is somewhat light, with a bit of mustiness. Lots of floaties in there. Flavor is bitter orange peel, coriander spice, more hops than I was expecting, leather. Finishes with a slight sourness and nice balanced bitterness. Good stuff. Since I drank this last night, I have wanted more of it. Something alluring about the flavors. So I gave it a nother overall point. Plus it was a pretty good deal.

3.7
RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Tons of flavor, and tons of carbonation. Very unique, and definitely worth a try.

3.1
thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2006
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of foamy white colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a transparent golden colored uncarbonated body. The aroma was floral and hoppy. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish. The flavor was hoppy floral and malty.

3.7
awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2006
From 750mL Bottle. Rich, amber colored pour with splashes of honey and tangerine skin, topped with a gushing mountain of soapy white head. Beautiful bouquet of tart green apples, chamomile petals, and lemon rind. Fresh coriander is also clearly obvious. A bit of honey sweetness, cedar bough hops, and naturalist perfume round out the delectable profile. Medium bodied mouthfeel thats sadly lacking some of the carbonation elements left behind after the eruption disaster otherwise known as the bottle opening. The flavors really bring out a pleasant wash of dry, oaky chardonnay with some musty earthiness. Final smack of lemongrass and coriander stems. Wonderfully complex overall, and contains the signature jolly pumpkin balance between bretts and horseblanket thats much appreciated by this fan. My one and only complaint about this beer is that my patience was starting to wear thin while waiting for the gushing head to subside. Regardless, a delicious brew overall. Thanks, Tom!

4.3
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. This was a gusher like no other. It’s really a good thing JP doesn’t cage and cork their bottles, because this would have broken a lightbulb. Anyway, this is a fascinating beer. When cold, there’s a very discernable hop presence, especially for a Belgian style. Very musty and earthy in the nose, like a good farmhouse. But, there’s a nice sweet, yet hoppy underpinning to the farmhouse. Very nice nose. Very complex in the mouth. Tart and lemony to begin, like a world class lemonade. Very thirst quenching and lip puckering. Every sip leaves you craving the next. The lemony citrus leads to a sweet backbone consisting of honey and a hint of banana. Dry, tart and hoppy finish. It almost defies classification, as it’s like a perfect melding of a saison and an APA, and it’s very Orval-like in it’s presentation. Excellent beer, and now I’m off to find a Grand Reserve ...

4.2
thornecb (6057) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Pours deep amber into a tulip with a significant off-white mound of head. Spicy fruit and resin notes. Full and complex with upfront sour fruit and a slightly bitter lasting finish.


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