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E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
85
very good

423 Ratings
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%


Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
E.S. Bam - Extra Special Farmhouse Ale
A Bam celebration of excess. More malt, more hops, same vivacious personality.

Seasonal released in April
4.7% Alc./Vol.

(Beer added by: Big78CJ on 02-14-2008)
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark, cloudy brownish orangeish with a puffy offwhite head that fades quickly. Meh. Whatever. Beer itself looks hideous

S- light aroma of funk, a little bit of citrus. Eh, not a lot going on here

T- vinegar. The hops and saisonish funk have apparently combined to create a disgusting offspring that is absolutely unpalatable

M- paper thin

O- pass on this one. "Extra hoppy saisons" are a style that should never, ever happen

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:12:40 | More by bigfnjoe
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claminat420

Michigan

1.55/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A- poured a heavy amber color cloudy with stuff floating around. extremely foamy.

S- a weird clove hint. kinda reminds me of dark horse's trip ale.

T- to much going on i don't know where to begin. i taste the hops but also a weird wood flavor. has a sour aftertaste.

M- light bodied. low carbonation. prolly the best quality of this beer.

D- i'm just gonna say i'm glad i only have a 750ml bottle of this which will be the last time i drink.

Overall- i know jolly pump-a-dump keeps their beers aged in oak barrels or whatever but i'm good. maybe the high price and the big "differences" get people to think they're sophisticated or something?? i get why brewers try to go all crazy by adding different stuff or brewing in some different way which usually doesn't work out. and if it does it's a rarity that should be honored. this whole company reminds me of the south park episode "smug" about the people in san francisco who smell their own farts. please don't think of me as a "bud guy" but i would take a stone ipa or something just in the ballpark.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 05:25:40 | More by claminat420
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Heman36

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A. A beautiful heady pour. High in carbonation. Being a bottle conditioned beer, just as I expected. Creamy, long lasting head that was as large as the pour.

S. Earthy,sour barnyard straw with acid overtones.

T. Wow! Feels like I am breathing in the Lancaster air on a Spring day(the same day they are spreading the winter manure).

M. Dry, thin like boiled hay.

D. This is one of the few beers that my Father-In-Law and I could not finish easily. Felt like I was riding too closely behind an Amish buggy.

Overall this was an amazing beer, able to capture the essence of my days shoveling manure for my organic garden. Unfortunately, it was not a flavor that I was looking for in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 18:54:23 | More by Heman36
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vfgccp

New York

2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottled Feb 2011, opened July 2013.

A - Super hazy, dried apricot body. Tall, foamy head pops out of the glass. Awesome retention and stelar lace.

S - Super sour, with a touch of barn-yard funk. Pear, green apple, peach, hay, tart white grapes.

T - Surprisingly little sour in the flavor profile. Sharp herbal bitters, dish soap, lemon, unripe peach.

M - Disappointingly thin body with an overly fizzy mouthfeel.

O - Unfortunately the mouthfeel kills the beer, and it comes off as aggressively seltzer water.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:17:07 | More by vfgccp
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch 774. Bottled 4-6-2011.

Pours a cloudy dense deep dark amber topped by a stupidly thick, rocky head of foam. It's almost annoying how much head this has.

Aroma of apple cider vinegar, perfume, must, pepper and a plasticy sweetness.

Taste is funky. Dry. Um...odd. Chalky. I'm just going to keep throwing out words until my brain can write something cohesive about the taste. Soapy. Waxy. Dry and incredibly leathery. I simply can not get a bead on the taste. I can't seem to find the tartness I get in the aroma in the taste. Mostly it just tastes like liquid saddle.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and a tad watery.

Overall this was not to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 01:46:46 | More by MeisterBurger
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ehammond1


2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A hazy auburn. Bubbling white head. Nice lacing.

Incredibly tart and tangy. Spicy and biting yeast. Really nice...

...though the flavor seems off. It's way too bitter, and not in a pleasant way. It hides everything else in the beer, and I'm sure there's a lot of wonderful funk, but it's all hidden by this murky, muddy one-note, unpleasant bitterness.

Medium bodied. Highly carbonated.

Perhaps a good beer somewhere hidden behind an unpleasant, murky, dirty tasting bitterness. An unfortunate miss.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 02:16:42 | More by ehammond1
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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky orange-brown with two finger off-white head that collapses down to a cluster of bubbles.

S: Funk. Sour. Watermelon. Vanilla. Oak. Sweat.

T: Dry, puckering, and sour. Not much to taste.

M: Heavy carbonation, but dry and crisp.

D: Medium-low. Leaves a little to be desired on taste.

Overall, this beer smelled fantastic, but then didn't have the taste to back it up. Interestingly, it made me drink it faster, as each sip was a quest to taste the flavors that I was smelling.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 21:59:20 | More by SPThirtyThree
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a chalice at Local Option.

This thing sounds like it's a Mah-Jong tile... Anyway, it pours a clear wan adobe topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly funky earth, flowers, grass, light green apple peel, light clove, and a touch of vague sweetness way in the background (though this may have been my imagination). The taste delivers a strong sense of chlorophyll-laced bitterness that drowns out most everything else. Shards of clove, wheat, and coriander come into view every now and again, but these sightings are fleeting at best. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this thing is just too bitter for its own good, keeping out most of the usual farmhouse characters and any semblance of Jolly Pumpkin-style sourness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 16:34:57 | More by TMoney2591
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Lupe

New York

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just a beautiful looking beer. Pours a hazy bronzed amber - much darker than expected. Huge fluffy white head caps the liquid and takes a while to recede. This puppy has some serious staying power and leave behind sheets of lace.

Pretty unusual and interesting aroma. Some mustiness, light malt sweetness with caramel, toffee, and golden raisins. Next the hops kick in with a with strong spicy punch. Different, but not surprising considering the crossing of styles.

Hops completely dominate the flavor with only traces of biscuity malt coming through. No sweetness, very light funk, and tons of noble hop spice and bitterness. I could tell this is well crafted, but definitely not my thing. Perhaps if the hops build up instead of smacking you in the mouth. I would also have liked if there was a peppery character like other Saisons. After letting it warm up to see if that would bring out some subtleties, I found that was a mistake - just about undrinkable for me when warm.

Medium bodied, bone dry and overly carbonated. Crisp and a little thin without being light. Was not a fan of the flavors of this beer and could only muster half a glass before dumping.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 17:48:41 | More by Lupe
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks great with a dark chestnut color and a fantastic head that sticks around and leaves some great lacing, but fundamentally I think this beer is ill conceived. I'm a fan of Jolly Pumpkin, and I also like quite a few of the hoppy Belgian beers. What I don't like in this beer is the pronounced hops with the sour flavors. They would work well seperately, but together they clash and compete with one another. Typical sour aromas are nice enough and the hops are more of a spicy note in the background that works. It's the taste that is a bit jarring with sourness and bitter, earthy hops. Moutfeel is a bit light for the hops. My least favorite Jolly Pumpkin by far.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 01:38:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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ThirstyBird

Germany

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle batch 267,268

poured a hazy bronzed amber a pretty beer with a thick, lumpy off white that slowly turned into an eighth inch covering.

I smelled some mustiness, fruit and some malt sweetness.

Front end hoppiness with a sour and dry finish. I feel that this beer is not well balanced and the hop flavor takes control but not in a good way.

This beer was quite fizzy yet fairly smooth with a light/medium body.

I could only drink my 6 oz. pour and didn't want more.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 16:41:01 | More by ThirstyBird
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rowew

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 750 capped, No ABV or date information.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a big head, tan colored.

Smell: Sour is just about the only aroma I can pull out. Maybe a bit of yeast funk, but its buried by the sour.

Taste: Sour, a bit of a tinny flavor. There is some yeast funk, but not much malt flavor in there.

Overall impression: This one seems sour for the sake of sour, without a lot of depth to it. Still interesting, but not one of the better sour beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 21:13:44 | More by rowew
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap pour at Barley House into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a caramel colored amber. Produced a nice cap of off-white foam. Good retention behind it too. Lots of lace left behind.

(S)- Wow, a big dry earthy floral; almost citrus-like aroma blast up front. Hints at a Brett funk in the far background.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A big dry earthy Brett funk up front with a subtle caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- Very funky, dry, and bitter. At the same time its actually almost a bit thin feeling; it totally drops off the palate.

(D)- An alright Saison. A bit one dimensional; heavy on the dry earthy Brett profile with little else going on.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 15:00:46 | More by sweemzander
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blakesell

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750ml capped bottle into an oversized brandy snifter.

Appearance- Beer pours a ruddy reddish brown with a substantial finger and a half of head and lacing clinging amply to the sides of the glass when swirled. Carbonation persists across the top for the duration of the beer.

Smell- Smells a bit like spoiled milk and Jolly Pumpkin yeast. Hops are fairly strong and musty. It smells to have all of the funk of the other JP brews and smells a whole lot like Bam Biere. Musty basement seems to cling to the nosehairs, and unfortunately there isn't much else coming through on the scent.

Taste- Very thin. The hops are big on the beer and the malt isn't picking up the slack here. The funky yeast and bacteria are here, but there isn't near enough malt to call this an ESB, a Saison, or and IPA Saison, which was what I was thinking it may lean toward. The hops give a lot of sour bitterness, but it's really not working out too well in the beer's favor here.

Mouthfeel- Thin, watery, astringent, bitter, light bodied, and highly carbonated.

Drinkability- It drinks like water, refreshing in that respect, but not really great overall. Ron has pleased me very well in the past, but this beer doesn't quite cut the mustard for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 21:00:52 | More by blakesell
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triptens

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jolly Pumpkin ES Bam 750 ML
Batch 374/375

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a 2 inch white foamy waffle like head.

Smell: Little bit of funk and pepper. A touch of piney hops. Very subtle nose.

Taste: Bitter dry hoppiness but not citrusy. I get almost no malty sweetness. Biscuity and grainy.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry, and crisp. Drys the roof of your mouth. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Probably one of my least favorite offerings from JP. Im going to drink the rest of this 750, wishing I was drinking a Bam or Bam Noire.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 20:24:19 | More by triptens
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown bottle. Batch 267,268.

Pours into my glass a dark auburn, red with almost a brown hue to it. A big, thick creamy, rocky eggshell head sits atop the brew and leaves thick lacing as it falls. Aromas of roasty, somewhat toasted grain malts along with a ribbon of caramel as well. Spicy notes that move into earthy, herbal hop tones. Tea-like in a way as well. Fruity tones mix in along with yeast and a slight woody scent. Rather mellow overall though.

First sip brings a crisp, toasty grain malt upfront that moves into herbal, fruity notes with a touch of caramel. Tea flavors along with a mild woody aspect. Earthy, herbal hops move in and bring a slight bitterness. Quite dry on the way down, the overall flavor is mellow as well. Mild sourness on the finish as well. Kinda boring.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess from the fast moving, lively carbonation in the brew. Goes down quite easily overall. In the end though, this one fails to really grab me. The flavors seem somewhat muted and it doesn't keep me coming back for more. I'll be interested to thy the Bam Noire I have in the cellar, but for now the normal Bam Biere is my choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 01:04:53 | More by orbitalr0x
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pixieskid

Germany

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first experience with Jolly Pumpkin, been meaning to try some of their beers for a while...finally getting around to it.

Picked this out knowing that it was a spring/summer seasonal; figured that the hops would fade away a bit and that the potentially funky yeast characteristics would present themselves over the time since bottling in March.

Pours a mahogany hue with a strong white head, tiny bubbles about 2 in head with some staying power for sure.

Nose: as it warms up, gets much more funky. Earthy, yeast, woodiness, slightly acidic, with floral hop overtones.

Taste: pretty simplistic overall. A touch of floral hops, some grassy, hay like flavors, a tad of acidity and a lingering dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: on the watery side, very much so, with a club soda like bitterness/carbonation in the finish (a terrible characteristic imo, along the cardboard lines...)

Overall: decent at best. I didnt hate it, but for the money it was quite lack-luster. I had been "waiting" to give Jolly Pumkin's beers a shot, for one reason or another; guess I should have kept waiting...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 04:17:05 | More by pixieskid
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david18

New York

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Well the main thing I can say about this beer is carbonation, carbonation, carbonation. Maybe it was this batch but any time I asked for a glass it was a ten to fifteen minute process.

Color was light with, as I said, a very pronounced head. Aroma is very yeasty/bready and nice. Flavor is a little weak, just not a lot going on. Light malt, a little yeast, no hops to speak of.

It's drinkable at 4.7 percent but I'm not sure that i'm a big fan of this beer. I will try it again and post again to give it another chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 00:05:30 | More by david18
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pokal glass.

A- Huge four finger frothy head, well carbonated, hazy yellow straw appearance, excellent retention.
S- Mild hoppy smell, slight sour, funky farm house aroma.
T- Very mild, hops are apparent, slightly bitter, mellow sourness, earthy notes, funky taste.
M- Very smooth and light mouth feel, lots of carbonation.
O- Very unique brew, I have to say it was difficult drinking this, the taste is very bland and mellow. Was not what I was expecting,

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 07:00:58 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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semibaked

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Label on the back says Batch 514 and Bottled 3-5-10.

A - Pours a orange-brown with a big marshmallow flush type head, large amounts of carbonation and yeast floaties all over the place. Amazing lacing comes after every drink.

S - Sourness come through immediately, then funky yeast, straw, also some slight lemon too.

T - Big time bitterness from the hops and yeast, not overwhelming but definitely high on the bitterness. Lemon, sourness, maybe some floral hops too.

M - Very light bodied with oiliness.

D - Definitely good for a hot day, I like the sourness and got used to the bitterness after awhile, Not my favorite from Jolly Pumpkin but glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 00:12:20 | More by semibaked
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ccrida

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle (batch 280/281). Poured into my Meantime snifter, E.S. Bam is a hazy bronzed amber with a large bone colored head that is super tight and dense. Very slow to settle, the carbonation forms a mountain of foam rising up above the rest of the large head in the middle, lasting through the settling to the last sip. Very heavy lace. Wow, damn impressive! I was really worried this one would be a gusher. The first bottle I grabbed at the shop promptly burst (the glass broke with a muted dink) when I laid it on it's side in shop's the plastic hand held basket! I assumed the bugs had built up to strong, but this one didn't gush, or pour with excess froth...weird.

Smell is musty, slightly sweet caramel, toffee and raisins, with strong, spicy hop backbone. Not to bad, but very unusual for the style. Blindly, I'd guess English style IPA.

Taste is bone dry, not sweet, light funk and huge noble hop spice, with a bitter finish. I like the concept (I homebrew hoppy saisons myself), but I'm not in love with the hops they used here, which overpower the saison's underlying subtleties. Not bad, but not very exciting either, something about it just doesn't quite work out...much like Bam Noire, it pales to the original Bam.

Mouthfeel is is bubbly, but the specialty malts keep the body from being as thin and dry as regular Bam, although it's still very light and crisp.

Drinkability is ok, it's an easy drinker that's light in the belly and low in ABV. But the taste isn't that interesting, and gets a bit astringent after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 00:28:05 | More by ccrida
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at guess where, capones. Damn what a sick saison line up.

A- copper orange with a slight haze. Small froth of egg shell head that settles to a ring and some sticky lace.

S- oaky and funky with some graininess. Hints of brown bananas and over ripe pineapple.

T- wow that's got wood. Very woody and musty with some light funk. rye bread and sour mash. Very malty and lots of earthy hops. Long linger.

M- medium to light I'm body with the same in carb. Very dry.

D- well its good but the wood just over shadows the rest of a very nice brew. Alright but I like the regular bam better.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2010 23:44:56 | More by oglmcdgl
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dfillius

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive "pffft" when opened. 2 fingers of head from a gentle pour, great retention of off-white foam. Hazy reddish amber liquid. Good looking!
S: Bright citrus hops, some funky aspirin character. Smells like my homebrewed Hop Two Wet. Faint biscuit
T: Fairly modest funkiness up front with Brett medicinal taste. More hops, malt, less funk please. Slight pineapple, bread.
M: A bit too carbonated and astringent.
D: Okay. I wouldn't order another or buy again. One to share, and I'm alone.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 19:49:05 | More by dfillius
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best looking pours I"ve seen. Used my Chimay glass and the head is what wowed me. Off-brown/tan, creamy, rocky, great lacing. Yum!

For a saison the aroma misses the mark, but still not bad. It's more of a sour than spice blend. Not that I mind, but when I was craving a saison, this isn't what was expected.

Not nearly as complex and delicious as Bam (but of course, not many are). I think this beer is predominately yeast, water and hops. Malt is gone after a very brief appearance by some biscuit. Some spice surfaces and is beat down by sour, same with some earthy and citrus hops.

Not a bad beer at all and quite drinkable. Misses on the style marked here

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 07:47:38 | More by Mebuzzard
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womencantsail

California

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Provisions

A: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a big off-white head.

S: A mild to moderate tartness with notes of apples and lemon peel. A mild spice to the beer with a nice breadiness and sweetness. Some earthy and floral notes with just a little bit of oak character.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor is far too bitter. The bitterness and very high carbonation drown out the other flavors. Negligible tartness, which just isn't right for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Floral and earthy tones as well as some light grass and oak.

M: Medium in body with a lot of carbonation.

O: This was a rare miss by Jolly Pumpkin to me. I don't think I'll bother with this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 19:42:15 | More by womencantsail
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E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.