Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3.59/5 rDev -8.2%
750ml bottle. Creepy that a beer named in honour of one's favourite pooch having a near-death car accident experience is called 'Bam'. Anyways, they need to shore up the grammar on their label goings-on: '...and is brewed for those of us who knocked down, have picked up, dusted off, and carried on...' Can I get me a freaking extra comma?
This beer pours, well it doesn't 'pour', in the traditional sense of the word, it merely foams, in the ration of, oh, I dunno, 100-1, or so, in head to liquid. Fucking hell. So, the head turns out nice and puffy, rocky, chunky, and playfully frothy, and leaves, it leaves, well I'll get back to you on that. Ok, back again after checking my email and hitting the can, I can now see some random chunky, splattered sudsy lace remains around the glass.
It smells of sharp, estery yeast, somewhat metallic, but mostly just salt of the earth (I know, there's metal in salt), spicy white pepper, zesty lemon pie, doughy pale malt, tart white wine, musty tanned leather, a hint of generic funk, and earthy, herbal, and floral hops. The taste is edgy, moderately funky yeast, dry orchard fruit - apple, pear, and maybe a hint of dried apricot - rather subdued pale grainy and wheaty malt, understated white and black and green peppercorns, an isolated lemon rind astringency, and leafy, weedy, and mildly grassy hops.
The carbonation is quite tight, astringent, and upper palate-probing, the body a veritable lightweight, with a smoothness that can only be described as well, battle-scarred. It finishes rather dry, the yeast, bitter citrus, and wan pale malt not really interested in anything beyond.
I know bottle conditioning is a 'thing', but sometimes it just goes too far. I'm a reasonably patient man, but this sort of shit just doesn't pass the smell test (well, it does, actually, as that's all I can do to this beer for a long while once I've poured it). Pretty? Yes. Pretty wanky? Even more so. While I have nothing bad to say about the flavour or overall bearing of this offering, shitty presentation just has that cranky, negative effect on me.
06-13-2014 02:01:55 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
Bottled on 4/11/2013
A: poured int oa duvel tulip to a bright yellow that's a little hazed with a monstrous dense and fluffy white head that has excellent staying power and great lacing
S: smell is barnyard, funk, oak tannins, and a little sour lemon
T: taste is sour lemon, funk, oak, and slight spice. swallow is slight band aidm a hint of tartness and oak
M: this beer sits fairly light on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a
O: It's a great beer and everything works really well together. Jolly Pumpkin consistently produces beers with a nice funk and sourness to them.
06-12-2014 02:49:52 | More by SHODriver
3.95/5 rDev +1%
Another US craft brewery hits Alberta and there was much rejoicing (at least if you like light and sour Belgian ales). Bottle poured into a weizen glass. A pale cloudy yellow color with a towering fluffy white head composed of fairly large bubbles, the whole effect is very "lemon meringue" pie. Aroma is tart and citric with a subtle undercurrent of sweetness and lemony spice: Sour green fruit, wine gums, faint saddle leather or horse blanket, ginger, maybe a whiff of wildflowers. Palate features huge Granny Smith apple and unripe berry notes, more grains of paradise/ginger spice, white bread, lemon and lime rind, a more assertive bretty funk than the nose suggests but still clearly not a true "wild ale", faint tropical fruit musk ... Everything does meld together a bit to form an overarching sour funk impression that I am rather enjoying. Light bodied and fizzy, makes the mouth tingle. Finishes dry, with a decent dose of spicy funk and light floral hops. Rather good, reminds one of a dialed-down Orval or Rayon Vert type Belgian pale with some brett character but still rather fruity and not at the same level of dryness.
05-29-2014 03:37:30 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
Whitey yellow color with a huge mushroom aired head with eternal retention. Some floating particles.
Nice funky aroma, notes of lemon, horse mantle and a mild on yeast.
Mouth brings an elegant tart flavor of lemons, green pears, biscuit malt, green apples and nectarines. Hints of Brett and dry aftertaste.
Light body that almost vanishes on an explosion of carbonation. Slightly acid sensation.
Very good brew. A tart Farmhouse ale that is not too biased to yeast and it is not really sweet. Utterly refreshing and not aggressive, I could easily drink it a whole afternoon.
05-01-2014 17:19:24 | More by FLima
4.26/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Batch 160. Bottled 08/14/13.
A: Cloudy golden yellow body with a towering 3 fingers of rocky, white head. Good retention. Light lacing.
S: Yeast and funk. Lactic acid. Hay. Lemon. Soil and earth. Nice.
T: Tart and musty up front. A balancing hop bitterness develops. Finishes very dry. Lingering sour and earth on the finish. No significant alcohol. A twinge of sweetness somewhere in the middle.
M: Moderate to high carbonation with light, spritzy body. Nice saison character.
O: My first Jolly Pumpkin. Legit, I'd say. Saison by way of gueze. Dig it. I'll seek out more.
05-01-2014 01:26:58 | More by fourstringer
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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