Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial

I picked up this beer because I heard a really good review of it on one of the beer podcasts that I listened to. Hopefully, I like it as much as they did.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Sour Brown Ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!”

Random: I’m craving blood oranges for some reason. It could be because I read that Dogfish Head is putting out a blood orange beer.

When I cracked this bottle open, it exploded like crazy. I lost a decent amount of the beer before I poured it. Once I got it into the glass, there was half a finger of cream-colored head. The head dissipated quickly and left light lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy with lots of floaties. It was a bright sienna color with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose had a lot of tartness and funk which was followed up by cocoa and alcohol. There was a slight nuttiness from the malt. The taste had really nice tartness and some horse blanket funk. It went into a cocoa flavor that went really well with the tartness. Almonds and then a red grape note that was completely unexpected, but gave the beer profound depth like a red wine. The body with thin with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with funk and white vinegar tartness. A bottle of this was $12.99, which broke down to $.59 per ounce. Despite that being a bit expensive, it was worth every penny. This was one of the most interesting brown ales that I’ve had. If you haven’t tried it, get it immediately.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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