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E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
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very good

443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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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Photo of ne0m00re
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

05/24/10- Had this one on-tap at Bodega.
A: Burnt orange with a good cream film/collar/lace.
S: Tart brett funk, oaky, blackberry, juniper, and spice.
T: Dry brett funk, slightly tart, underripe apples with their cores, very bitter.
M: Slightly syrupy, dry, and slightly frothy.
D: Only OK. I didn't order another one, and not because of the price.

ne0m00re, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of cvaypai
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml to Saison Dupont glass. Bottled 3-11-10.

Appearance - Pours a golden orangey amber color, completely translucent with a 2 finger frothy white head that lasts a long time and leaves a very thick coating of lacing.

Smell - Barnyard funk comes flying out of this one tons of brett, sweaty socks, old hay, you name it. A bit of grassy hops come through on the end and mix with what might be a bit of sweet malt. There is sour fruit in there, I wish I could discern the funk better.

Taste - Lots of the funk comes through to the taste, very farmhousey and grassy, lots of spices and some grassy earthy hops at the end. The beer is a bit sour, maybe tart but it wraps together wonderfully. Some light fruits come through, pinpointing them eludes me. Maybe a bit of grape.

Mouthfeel - This one is really light, almost effervescent. Spritzy on the tongue and has a bit of a sticky quality to it. The taste lingers forever. This beer is very dry.

Drinkability - This bottle will be a chore. One 12 oz? No problem, but this isn't one you sit around and drink all day, that's for sure.

My second from Jolly Pumpkin, different, but enjoyable.

cvaypai, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of DaveJanssen
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 374/5, stored in cellar for about a year. Split a 750 two ways. Poured into tulips. Reviewed 6/2/2010.

Ar: Mmm, tart, cherries, green apple, light acidity/sour, light apple cider vinegar, nutty malt, earthy with brett, fruit down in intensity with time, light floral, *delicate, *caramel

Ap: Light tan very large coarse chunky head, lace, clear light amber, rocky head, best head retention i've seen

T: brett earthiness, light vegetative, brett bitterness, tart hints, herbal spicy hop, nutty/crackery malt, fruity hints (peach, light tropical fruit, cherry), long dry complex brett and hop bitter end, green apples (light) assertive but not aggressive, clean (crisp) medium caramel, woody spices

M: dry lasting brett bitterness, lightly astringent, medium/high fine carbonation, *resin

O: good, brett rather bitter, complex and clean, would like more sour in taste, would like it less vegetative, *darker than expected, *a strange beer, not really a full brett character, not sour, aroma and appearence are the best parts, *appearance is flawless

*= ideas of fellow taster

DaveJanssen, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of brett and sour fruit.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, a bit of funk, and grain.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty enjoyable saison. Would like to try again.

mdfb79, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of drpimento
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, interesting idea: cross an esb with a tart saison. Technically well crafted, aesthetically doesn't quite work for me. Poured with fabulous huge, foamy, frothy, thick, cream colored head that just sits there and lots of lace. Color is an almost clear amber brown. Aroma is floral, yeast, hops, malt, sour. Flavor is like nose, but no sweetness at all, completely dry, sour/bitter. Body is good and carbonation for the style - I'm not sure. Finish is like flavor except has flash of nuttiness that helps and is fairly long. I'll finish this but don't want any more

drpimento, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 521/522. Bottled 3/11/10.

750 mL bottle served cool into my Watou glass.

E.S. Bam is a beautiful beer. It has a golden amber color with great clarity and thick head that fits the glass perfectly. It settles slowly leaving a sheet of lace behind.

Aroma is wonderful and complex. There is sweet fruit and floral notes, slight farmhouse funk, and fresh hoppy goodness.

Flavor is equally complex if not quite as enjoyable as the aroma. It has a pleasant grassy hop overlying the earthy/funky farmhouse ale body. It's actually very well done in terms of variety and balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well-carbonated. It's sweet to begin and bitter/dry on the finish.

Overall a fantastically flavorful and complex beer. Expensive, yes, but worth a try.

GilGarp, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 514. Bottled 3-5-10. Consumed 6-20-10.

A: As with most of their beers the wild Belgian yeast is evident upon the pour producing a glass consuming head that was tusk ivory in color. Retention was time consuming due to its initial size, as the head calved and pitted leaving cavenous voids. As it fell, it left a huge, speckled, glass coating lacing that was densely packed together and spongey in character. Substantial pours projected an ice-berg like structures rising and breaching the glass rim. A dark tawny brownish orange color with a thick misty haze is observed once the head settled from the bottom up revealing an extremely light effervesce factor that produced only a few random bubbles being released at any given moment. I absolutely loved the humongous rocky head which outlasted my patience to start drinking and sniffing.

S: A decent offering of wild Belgian yeast exists on the nose, musky with scents of cobwebs and cellar like atmosphere were to be had. The strength was light however with hardly a trace of hops to be found.

T: Toasted grains with yeasty attributes of cobwebs and musky fruit of oranges and melons could be found on the initial sip. There is a good deal of maltiness here, especially per style and on the swallow which showcased a silty and powdery coating and character. Musky whole hop cones, both citrusy and of green leafy hints could be detected with a medium sense of delivery. Slightly tart orange grinds are also present rounding things out in an otherwise good show flavor-wise but nothing that takes it to an A level.

M: The mouthful is light, very smooth filled with a tart fruitiness of melons upon the swallow. Dry with hardly a trace of effervesce makes this sit pretty lifeless on the tongue.

D: Good drinkability per style, with enough character to be respectable yet still light enough to be manageable for the novice per style. A bomber sits well with me, decent, but nothing that made me go wow.

beerthulhu, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a hazy, light brown with a nice, big head. Nice retention and lacing. Hops and brett aromas are very inviting. Some nice earthy notes as well. Distinctive Jolly pumpkin funkiness with a pleasant, sour finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice balance of carbonation / creaminess. Another tasty offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

Huhzubendah, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is served up a beautiful orange amber color. It is full of bubbles that no doubt add to a magnificent, towering, fluffy and rocky head that is world class. The aroma is a bit funky and tart, as well as slightly citrusy, peppery, slightly malty and a bit herbal. All of the flavors seem fairly well integrated. Slightly sweet pale malt, herbal hops, spice and a citrusy tart tang. Very nice and quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and full of bubbles, perhaps a bit too many of them, but it finishes nicely. A very drinkable beer that I enjoyed more than I expected I would.

zoso1967, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of GregoryVII
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

E.S. Bam was glowing brown, almost like a nice sparkling apple cider, with a good, fluffy light brown head on top. Hop sediment could be noted floating in the glass, and no, I didn't drain the dregs. The aromas were incredibly complex, mixing sour apple and olives with grass and pine from the hops with cider vinegar and a touch of must along for the ride. The flavor had notes of olive and cider vinegar, grassy hops, and a sweet and savory end note. The carbonation was medium, the mouthfeel was full and I drank faster than I wanted to.

GregoryVII, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 288/289.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is brett, leather and some light citrus. The flavor is very leathery, I guess from the brettanomyces. I also get some citrus as well as dark fruits with low to medium hop bitterness. As the beer warms I get more caramel and toffee malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at American Craft in Brookline, Ma.

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass,

The color is a dark copper with about two fingers of off-white head and some lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little bit like silly putty. The bitterness was present but did not overpower some of the sweet malt flavor with some herbal spicy flavor.

The taste is pretty bitter at first. There is a rubbery vegetable flavor that makes me think of cucumbers. This flavor lessons to let out a nice spicy, peppery feel. There is a touch of some fruits in here but hard to place them with some slight yeast tartness in the end of the sip.

The feel of this beer is medium with a good amount of carbonation. It is a medium bodied beer as well and is a little thick when going down. A good ESB but is a bit of a mouthful.

Duhast500, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ecstatic to see this on-tap at Datz Deli in Tampa

A - It pours (is served) an amber hue and hazy with a huge white head and streaky, splattered lace.

S - The aroma is tart JP funk, pale grain and herbal-floral hop; also saucy tomato notes. As it airs out, the hop becomes more prevalent. Very interesting and complex.

T - The taste is excellent; a great balance of hoppy and tart-funky. Like a funked-out Belgian IPA. Dry and tart; guava and exotic fruit flavors are available, and they meld with the tropical-fruity hops.

M - Feels thinner, refreshing and dry, perhaps loses carbonation a bit too quickly.

D - I wish that I always knew where some JP was on-tap, this stuff is a great luxury.

ktrillionaire, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a saison? Really?

Beer is brown and hazy with a broken white head with large and medium bubbles.

Beer is really musky and sour in the nose. Like an bruin.

Beer is quite sour, acetic and musky. Beer is thin and very strong. Tartness ends up in the back and clears the palate. Pretty good for a Flanders.

drabmuh, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Whole Foods Beer Room - Bowery. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Calm pour down the side of the glass leaves a one inch, fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly. Occasional spots or islands of lacing that don't last very long.

Smell: Cake, greens, spice, herbal notes, grass, and some very mild funk. Nothing shouts at you, but the aroma is very interesting and very pleasing.

Taste: At first, it's way too bitter. The flavor up front is mild, then eaten up entirely by the bitter finish. However, after a short time, some of that beautiful freshness from the smell makes its way into the flavor. There's a faint brett tanginess; more of a suggestion of it than anything. It's kind of clear right away that this beer should be aged more before drinking it (hops are overwhelming most of the flavor and the wild yeast notes are good but extremely faint).

Halfway through the glass, I started eating some sourdough bread. It tames some of the bitterness, and the spicy notes from the nose come through a bit stronger in the taste, as do some of the rich cake-like notes. There's some lemony flavor and a very light soapiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated. Too watery.

Drinkability: The more of this I drink, the more little subtle flavors I find, and the more pleased I am by the ones I've found already. However, the funk is a tease.

In the end, I like this beer very much. However, I would love to give it a try after a year or so of aging. It's satisfying and light now, but I think it would be bolder and better once the wild yeast has some time to do its thing. Also, while the whole idea seems to be hopping up a saison, in this case that doesn't seem to be that great an idea. These flavors are too good (and too subtle) to brutalize with a lot of (rather characterless) hop bitterness.

Pahn, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega. This one was a surprise to see in a keg.

A- A nice hazy burnt orange. The head is small but strong with lots of white lace.

S- It has that classic Jolly Pumpkin smell. A little bit of sourness with grassy and lemony hops.

T- This is very interesting. It starts on the sour/biting/saison side then finishes very hoppy and bitter. Lots of grass, lemon and lime.

M- Crisp, light, biting, dry and prickly.

MbpBugeye, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 374/375, a capped 750 mL bottle.

A: The ale is a dark coppery brown color, an old used penny from the bottle of the piggy bank. A reddish glow emerges when light is shined through it. A slow, bubbling ooze of eggshell white foam slowly creeped out of the bottle. In the glass, it measured just under three fingers (because it ran out of room) that laced extensively as it receded. The second (and third) pours generated just as much head.

S: The wild saison has the lemony crispness that Jolly Pumpkin is known for. The tartness is acidic, no traces of the vinegar that I so despise. Sorry though, I'm not getting much hop-wise.

T: The hops, while dormant in the nose, make an appearance at the tail-end of each sip, a leafy bitterness that seems to have lost a step or two. Before that bitterness, the wild funk, citric and tart, puts on a good show. It's lemony zest, a sharp flavor on the palate, quickly builds before ceding to the hops. Seems like the heftier hop load has muted the tartness a bit. Definitely, the more I get into it, the more the hop profile tamps down the tartness. Too bad the hops have aged a bit though, it could have been a great show.

M: The mouthfeel has multiple things worth mentioning. First, the acidic tartness isn't as intense as other JP beers. Second, the hoppiness really stands out. Third, the excessive carbonation upfront really settled the ale down.

D: Another ridiculously low abv ale from JP. The complexity of a wild ale in such a small beer is amazing. I'll be heading to the Ann Arbor brewpub in a few weeks and can't wait.

akorsak, May 31, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper brown in color with little visibility through the body. Two to three finger head that is slightly darker in color than white, edging into the tan territory. Top of the head is rough, almost rocky as the head retains very well. Lace is apparent all over the glass.

S- Head is full of the funky smell you would expect from a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Some hops available in the nose, but it is quickly washed away with the funky smell once again.

T- Funky taste comes into play immediately blending into a slight sweet and hoppy flavor towards the middle of the beer. The funky taste returns with some sourness to finish out the beer, almost a band aid like taste is the best description. Mild amounts of funk and bitterness add to the aftertaste. Certainly only a taste for the brave.

M- Lower end of a medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry mouthfeel with a certain sharp funk that attacks the mouth.

D- Nice beer, the funk can make this one a little difficult to drink a lot of, but still not hard to drink.

Lolli1315, May 26, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, dark tan in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: pepper, hay, and lemon

Taste: pepper, funk, hay, some small hops, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, dry, sweet start with a more bitter sour finish

Drinkability: I really enjoyed the flavors in this one and could have several glasses. Not as hoppy as I expected and very well blended. I would look for this again.

tigg924, May 24, 2010
Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Figured I would start a night of drinking with something light and tasty, and this caught my eye immediately on the tap list. Served up in a tulip.

A: Hits the bar in front of me and it is sitting with a pretty dark amber body with deep, rich red hues. Almost has a bit of a light purple tint to it at times (it is dark in here, so that may have something to do with it). Held to the light, it is absolutely darker than expected but the body has just a touch of haze to it. On the most part though, it is pretty clear. The tulip had a good two fingers of DENSE, pristine white foam sitting on top. Might as well call this cream instead of head. Just move it out of the way for sippin, but places for smelling and it works fine. Lace is all over this glass as I drink this one down. Very nice to look at indeed.

S: Funky goodness is what I am getting from the aroma. Lots of dusty and earthy notes coming out first and foremost. Hops are grassy and earthy as well. Getting a touch of wood in here. There is a little bit of a malt presence but it is a very light biscuity note on the back end. This smells like the end of a hot day in a field. You can smell the dirt from the earth, spicy grain, pollen, etc. Its nice.

T: Not much unlike the nose. Lots of earthy funkiness. Grass hops notes. Dusty wood, earth, peppery spice. Its funky but its not overly funky. It has a lightness to it that I can really appreciate. Behind that I get a little bit of some fruit notes in the form of orange and green apple. Just a little bit of sweetness and tartness. Malts seem to be an afterthought here as well with just a touch of biscuit and ever so faint caramel on the back end. This beer is just so damned clean and fresh tasting.

M: Light bodied with a wonderfully crisp carbonation. Little bit of tartness, little bit of sweetness on the palate. ABV is not worth mentioning because it might as well not exist in this beer. Can't find it. Aftertaste is a light lingering earthy funk.

D: Well I had to give it up to this beer because I couldn't stop pouring it down my throat. Just so damned easy to drink, I killed a glass of this in mere minutes. This being my first JP experience, I am quite happy to have gotten to finally have this and on tap no less. This is a perfect beer to drink on a hot day and thats probably why it hit the spot perfectly for me. Will have to see if I want to shell out the cash to keep bottles of this at home, but I will say that I am very pleased with this beer.

Serving Type: Draught Vessel Type: Tulip Price:NA

everetends, May 23, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
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.

oglmcdgl, May 21, 2010
Photo of semibaked
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.

semibaked, May 16, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy medium copper with some orange tints. Initial massive creamy head settles down into a small ring and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Quite intriguing. The initial whiff is some earthy, floral, and citrus hops reminiscent of orange pith. Alongside this comes a good amount of funk with accompanying sourness. Some caramel and bready malt in the background.

T: Quite similar to the nose, but everything isn't quite as in balance as the nose would suggest. The hops are a little less pronounced, leaving behind flavors of earth, funk, and a bit of sourness.

M: Very nice dryness accompanying the funk, but all around this is just a little bit too thin.

D: Very nice and complex; a lot going on and certainly enough to keep me occupied for half the bottle. I'm curious to see how quite a bit of age will treat this, and I intend to find out.

Thorpe429, May 06, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap (glad to see it finally here from JP) at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light amounts of funk with bright and leafy hop aromas. Also present are very mild amounts of dry caramel malts.

Tastes good. Dry caramel malt flavors with a good deal of graininess kick things off. Very mild amounts of funk make their way into things midway through the sip before being drowned out by earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter finish that's very dry and mildly crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was an interesting beer however I wish the flavor profile more closely matched the nose. Not the best offering from JP but still worth a shot if you see it around.

glid02, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rocky, light brown head of foam on top of a hazy, dark brown body. The head retention is epic and when the foam eventually settles it leaves very nice lace.

S - Pine and lemon hop aromas that mesh well with the somewhat sour funk. A little bit of wheat character with musty wild yeast notes.

T - Sour caramel malts up front with lots of toasted grain. Light funk and spicy wheat in the middle with relatively light acidity. Finishes somewhat sour with toasted malt notes and light, lemony hop flavor. Lingering sour caramel character with light hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - I never know what to expect from JP and I try to come at their beers without and preconceptions, but in this case I couldn't help but hope for a strongly hoppy sour after seeing the label. The aroma certainly didn't dissapoint. Restrained funkiness blended nicely with spicy lemon and pine hops to create a nice, complex aromatic experience. Unfortunately the flavor did not deliver in the same way the aroma did. There were hints of the same complexity, but it was mostly bogged down by heavy, sour caramel malt and toast; something about this particular combination of bready malt and wild character just didn't work for me. I was also let down to find that the pleasant, spicy hop character form the aroma was mostly absent from the flavor. This really hurts the beer; those hops could have helped to balance out the weird malt and also may have brought out the complexity of the funk the way that they did in the aroma.

I have always felt that JP can be pretty hit and miss, and this one was a bit of a miss. Still, this sort of thing is just the price one pays for the thoroughly worthwhile hits like Weizen Bam.

nickfl, Mar 15, 2010
E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.