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RATINGS: 941   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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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. (Its a good adult substitute for friendlys 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...!)


4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopper8 (140) - Holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2017
I liked this beer and its really interesting. The spicy/sourness of the Grand Cru tradition compliment the hops in a very interesting and bold way. I think I prefer the oak aged sour in other iterations more and it is likely costing my rating of the beer. That being said for a hoppier pale ale, the sourness and spice of the beer go along to really make this a nice sipper. Jolly Pumpkin continues to be one of my favorite breweries.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisOfstad (50) - Hamar, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2017
0,75 litre Bottle ordered from systembolaget, at home. Dark Golden, Nice fruity aroma. Pretty Good stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (2128) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 14, 2017
Bottle, once bought at Erzbierschof Liebefeld, bottled 03/11/14. Pours clear amber, but a huge gusher. Slightly oxidized, but aroma is otherwise little stables and funk, flowers. Body is medium, quite bitter, but with a decent sweetness. Super balanced, beautiful fruit. Medium fruity palate. Light, refreshing, yet complex and interesting. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (4564) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - APR 14, 2017
Bottle, 2014, huge gusher. Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma is fresh yeast, flowery, apples, a bit oxidized, metallic. Taste is apples, metallic, dough, rosemary. Silky mouthfeel with low carbonation. Excellent!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmzl (316) - SLOVENIA - FEB 14, 2017
White wine oak, light vinegar, spicy, vanilla, brett funk, light acidity, light noble hop finish, light bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (13797) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2017
66 cl. bottle. Hazy orange colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of yeast, spice, hops, fruit, oak and acidic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1505) - ESTONIA - DEC 5, 2016
Pours cloudy orange, some beige foam that is coming down slowly. Aroma is autumny, nice colored leaves, apple peels and yes, I am getting also tropical fruits, papaya and a bit of mango. Little horse blanket from the brett. Taste is a bit prickly bitter and sourness is also strong. Apple peel bitterness, if it makes any sense. Would be just perfect with lemon tart. Body has become a bit watery with time but still great.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5714) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 3, 2016
Hazy light medium amber. Sour nose with bread and the spice rack has been dumped in with lots of grains of paradise, and fennel I think. Sour mouth, tons of spicy with aggressive bitter finish. Very interesting but a but all over the place. Lots of fennel finish. Interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (2132) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Poured from a 750 ml bottle with a 5/18/2011 date. Aroma is bright and fruity with citrus, tropical fruit and some stone fruit. A bit of a sweet, malt note with some caramel and cracker malt notes. A light musty note. Faint phenolic notes with down coriander and grains of paradise. Pours a somewhat bright, dark copper color with a medium large, thick white head that slowly recedes to a thin film that lingers in clumps in the center. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor has a light sweetness with a bit of honey and some light cracker malt notes. Medium light acidity with some moderate citrus and tropical fruit. Faint stone fruit notes. Some medium light phenolics with coriander and grains of paradise. Light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and super soft and silky with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, the age has added some maltiness, but its still a bright, fruity beer. Perhaps a but muted due to age. Mouthfeel is pretty amazing though; super soft and creamy.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (2913) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2016
(bottle) bright, hazy orange amber colour with a very tall, persistent beige head; aroma of jam, sour apples; spice, wet wood; lightly tart flavour with a long, light bitter and tart finish


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