Bam Bière | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Bam BièreBam Bière

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nomad on 02-04-2006

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Photo of Mitchster
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle/$2.19. Surprised to find this one as I hadn't seen it before, and 12oz'er are new to Jolly Pumpkin AFAIK. 4.5% ABV. The cap releases with a loud Pssssht. Pours to a cloudy, dirty peach, forming a large off-white head with average retention but even better lacing with solid sheets clinging to the glass. Carbonation is moderately brisk. The aroma is quite unique and piques my interest...I can't place it, but it's definitely Belgian farmhouse...salty fermented apples, candied overripe peaches, a pinch of mint snuff, canadian bacon. The mouthfeel is vibrant with a light body and zippy carbonation. Explodes when it hits the tongue, like champagne. The taste is pleasantly surprising! Starts with a punch of lambique acidity followed by moderately strong floral "hay-like" hop flavor in the middle. There isn't much sweetness from the malt, although it would benefit highly from such. Astringent lemon and pepper finish with an aftertaste of snuff. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for minutes and has a chemical nature to it all. Apples and pears throughout, but again, lacks any sweetness.

This beer is ok, but 25% more malt would really make this top-notch. It has alot of things going for it, but the bitterness is too much for it's own good and some sugars would really bring out a tremendous amount of character.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first Jolly Pumpkin beer I found in 12 oz bottles. Perfect size, because 750ml is usually too much...

Poured into a tumbler, the beer looked nearly perfect. Hazy golden color with a huge white foam which lasted forever. The smell was a little hoppy but mostly had the Jolly Pumpkin funk. Actually the aroma was not as strong as the other Jolly Pumpkin beers but that worked.

The taste and mouthfeel were almost flawless. A little sour and malty with a hoppy after-taste. Everything worked together perfectly. Easily my favorite Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to ddarden for this one!

Pours a slightly hazy bronze with a tightly packed 1.5" white head. Great lacing & head retention in my chimnay glass

Smell: Lemons & latic acid, a bit overpowering

Taste: Tart & more tartness (grapefruit) that just wraps around the whole tounge. Finishes dry and grapefruitty

MF: Light & effrvescent, probably a touch too light for the style.

Drinks okay on hot day like today (just got finished playing catch with my boy & raking a lot of dead grass). But tartness would prevent this from being more than a one or 2 beer selection. But having said that I didn't like about 1/2 the saisons I had in Belgiue either. First I've had from jolly pumpkin, makes me want to try some more

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cantaloupe body. Huge white head with a speckling of orange yeast. Steady carbonation streams.

N: Lemons and honeydew. Earthy, sweet, with mild muskiness.

T: Lemongrass, a touch of the sour funk, earthy malts, a pinch of pepper. Sulfuric acidity is unappreciated.

MF: Tart and zesty. Medium to full body. Sulfur powder sensations detract. ABV is unnoticeable.

Drinkability: Low. Flavors are unbalanced but not bold enough to be interesting. Not my cup of Saison.

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Photo of ddarden
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer recently as it has just become available in the SouthEast. It poured a cloudy pale yellow with a frothy white head that dropped pretty quickly. It appears to have a lot of carbonation with tight bubbles. The smell of the beer is in character for a Saison, lemon and a slight must. The taste is sharp due to the high carbonation with a lemon and white pepper character. It finishes very dry. To me, this beer could have a little more body and it seems quite thin. I did not notice the low abv until I got home. Most saisons I have had are in the 7-8% range and have more of a medium mouthfeel. Bam is very light tasting, but it is refreshing. It reminded me more of a wit than a saison. The overall drinkability is good because of its clean crisp taste, but it is a little on the thin side for me. Decent beer, but I would not go out of my way to drink it.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/01/06- Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 12oz, undated bottle poured into my Blanche de Chambly tulip.

Appearance- Peach juice in color, cloudy enough to where you can barely see you hand on the other side. Monsterous white chunky and pock marked head. Takes four pours to fit this bottle into the glass. Looks like a rootbeer...errr a saison float! Needless to say, chunks and chunks of lace left behind.

Smell- I cracked this open and sat it next to me at my can smell it from 6 feet away. Nice white pepper and lemon rind scents fill the air.

Taste- The flavor is good, but it doesn't have enough kick behind it...not and abv kick need you, but just a flavor kick. This is a very relaxed beer...which is fine. The lemon rind doesn't have that sour punch as many quality saisons do. The white pepper is restrained as well. What I can taste is good though.

Mouthfeel- Stinging sharp carbonation...tight bubbles. really no aftertaste at all.

Drinkability- I guess this would be qualified as a nice session saison if there is such a thing. Very easy drinking...just not the big flavor punch as many other of this style.

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Photo of GregoryVII
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a hazy deep straw color to it, with a foamy, almost sponge like head that never seems to cease. The smell is dominated by rich fruity esters, some sour apple with light spice notes from the hops, a bit of vinegar and funk toped off by a splash of olive. The taste is complex, on par with the style. There are light pepper and citrus notes, with a refreshing bit of sourness and vinegar like acidity. The sour and the spice combined make for a very interesting combination. Slight farmhouse notes, a bit of must and hay. The moutfeel is smooth, and has a lingering power that is not unpleasant coupled with solid carbonation. Bam Biere is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle sealed with a standard light brass colored crown cap. All the way from Michigan via the big hearted home of BigHuge. Listed at 4.5% Alc/Vol on the bottle. No freshness date. Right hand side of the bottle states:

“This delicious farmhouse ale is named for our Jack Russell, who struck by a car, bounced back in fine tenacious Jack Russell fashion, and is brewed for those of us who knocked down, have picked up, dusted off and carried on undaunted.

Golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast. Please enjoy our beers in good health, and look both ways when crossing the street! Cheers and Mahalo plenty!”

Appearance: Soft iridescent golden body has a peachy haze and a massive gargantuan head on the pour. Deep thick creamy off-white mass is supported by a myriad and plethora of sprightly streamers underneath, whilst the surface slowly collapses randomly to form a rocky outcrop.

Nose: Bitter lemons with a slight hint of watermelon. Feisty sharp yeast has some Brett like dusting in the back ground. Far from rural, this one has a modern day distilled rustic dominance which is cutting, sharp and intransigent.

Taste: Wheat and yeast starts but soon makes way for a lemon middle with a tart Hefe citric kick which fades from fruit to hops as it unfolds. Lingering hop zing in the ending which draws you back to investigate further, just adding to the Drinkability of this one. Sourness works its way in here and there, but the action makes it hard to concentrate for too long on the individual components, a classic example of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle if ever there was one!

Mouthfeel: I could still taste and ‘feel’ this one in the mouth 5 minutes after I swallowed it. The tartness is superb and uncompromising, not quite puckering but a definite pull on the cheeks which balances out with some and pin-pricking hop zing on the tongue. Contribution comes from several areas, which just makes this feel even bigger than it probably is.

Drinkability: Not sure I could manage this one all day, but it grew on me. By the time I had finished the bottle I could have easily managed another and then worked my way into serious lambics. The hoppy character in this just gorgeous.

Overall: Not your usual Saison, but I love the “upped ante” on this one. Brash at times with a bold “Who Dares Wins” feel throughout. Very enjoyable indeed. Cheers Joe!!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Saison, so I am going to try to judge to style, although it is a style I would have to get used to.
Pours a cloudy light amber/yellow with a massive head that melts to massive sticky lacing.
Aroma reminds me of a Belgium...fairly sweet and very fresh fruity.
Taste initially was cinnamon and clove...then subsequent sips were sour, lemon, maybe sweetness to counteract the sour...just sour fruits.
Mouthfeel is full of tiny carbonation with a subsequent dry citrus aftertaste.
Alcohol burn can be felt as you swallow and savor even though I believe this is low alcohol.
Interesting brew...can be very quenching. Again, first of the style for me...I definately think this can grow on you.
I've given it a 3.5 across the board because it isn't bad and is much better than merely 'average'...if and when I try it again, I may adjust my scores.

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Photo of ZAP
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not real impressed with this one..

Gigantic head emerges after the pour...nose has a lot of the barnyard elements..musty...a little bit of lemon...

Taste is very puckery and sour...lemons..very, very dry tasting and finishes that way as well...lacks a spicy component..

I just don't find this enjoyable.

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Photo of AltBock
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with a cool drawing of their Jack Russell Terrier that has that sad Jack Russell look on his face. There is no back label because everything is on the front label. On one side they have information about the dog on the label (who got hit by a car and bounced back), information about the beer and they say please enjoy our beer. On the other side they have a drawing of three dogs (Dalmatian, German Shepard, and a mix breed) with the Govt. warning underneath it. This bottle had one of the best drawings and story to it that I've ever seen on a beer bottle!

Appearance: When poured into my Tulip glass, the beer was this really nice hazy golden color with a massive and I mean massive head of white foam. In fact when I first popped the cap, the foam was nearly jumping out of the bottle and when I poured it, I had to stop half way because it would have overflowed all over the place. Excellent retention and if left plenty of white sticky lace around the glass.

Smell: When I finally got passed the massive head of foam, the beer had this not too powerful, but a nice aroma of citrus fruits, spicy hops, very little malts, and plenty of a yeasty smell at the end. Very nice aroma overall.

Taste: Up first in the taste was this slightly tart citrus fruit taste. The most predominant of the citrus fruits was that of the lemon. Then after the citrus fruits came the spicy hops, little toasted malt, and of course, the yeast. The bottle stated that this beer is perfectly balanced of spicy malts, hops, and yeast. I agree with that except for the spicy malts. It was more spicy hops than malts.

Mouthfeel: This beer was very light and with an aftertaste of dry slightly tart citrus fruits. The mouthfeel is just what I expected from a Saison with a 4.5% ABV.

Drinkability: Overall this beer would made for a nice refreshing summer beer. I could see myself drinking this if the weather outside was really hot. If the Jack Russell Terrier knew if he was on the label, I would think he would be happy about the beer inside.

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Photo of blitz134
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of head on the pour. Reduced down to a lumpy white mass that resembles whipped meraigne. A touch of haze to its light golden body.

Aroma reaches me from a few feet away. Some tartness initially comes forth, similar to that found in a lambic. Pear and white grapes also present themselves. A bit of musty funk comes in underneath. A bit more funky than a typical saison, but this was intended with this particular brew.

Spicy character, possibly from teh carbonation, is immediately noticed. A sweet malt presence underlies the flavor, but some subtle tartness, a hit of apple, comes over the top. Finish is grassy.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and over carbonated. Drinkability is still good regardless. A bit ofr funkiness which isn't overwhelming and the lightness form the carbonation make this go down easily.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Highly carbonated like a true Belgian. Huge snow white head sits on top of an unfiltered golden hay colored body.

S: Smells tart and yeasty...filthy. Doughy aromas which speak of country sides from far away lands.

T: Tastes a bit like a minor gueze with a subtle fresh grass sweeness. Underlying funky tart with a nice dash of bitterness that stays with the palate.

M: Crisp, refreshing. Not creamy or full but fits the style.

D: Nice beer. Original. Different. Saison fans should take it for a run.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brightly smushed and super hazed lemon gold thats a wonderful color not seen very often. A bit like lemon meringue filling lit from within. Up to bright light, its just awesome to watch the fevered carbonation turn and churn as its highlights are bright yet jello-ed in cast of a unique translucent quality. A tall one inch plus cap sits forever and a day with a white blanket of thick fluffed bubbly froth. It hardly ever moves. It slowly fades down to keep a plump half inch always present and the lacing completely covers the glass in a curtain of stained, tiny bubbles. The pinnacle of an exceptionally beautiful appearance for any beer. I almost don't want to drink it.

Also, once poured, besides the lovely appearance, the aroma nearly bust out of the bottle to make its way in filling the surrounding air with a magnificant odor of drying citrus peels. Upon closer inspection the nose mandates itself into a relam of heavily floured breads and a yeasty dryness. Quite dry overall. But this all about the lemon peel and pithy parchness with some lime and mandorine orange peels adding a bit of extra complexity.

Taste is mostly gathering in dryness of some of that farmhouse yeast and floured breads. Not too much beyond that really. The aromatic citruc is all but flights of fancy here. Hard to pin down the actual flavors but its a dry woody, musty, fairly parching taste with a slight chalky residue sticking around into the finish. Gains a very slight sweetness in a hint to malts as it warms up some. Not all that tasty really. A bit disappointing after the lead ins.

Feel is active and dry with a solid medium body and lots of carbonation grab and tone to it. Stays subtle and dry with a quick ride through and not much finish. Only a very late return within some tiny warmth is some citrusy sweetness with hints to the lemon and orange. Stays a little too dry for my tastes.

A run of the mill Saison in taste and feel, but the appearance and aroma had me excited...until I started drinking it of course.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For the first time ever, Jolly Pumpkin beers have become available locally. The Bam Bière is the first of the new arrivals to grace my home. As I popped the cap, the beer almost gushed out. A quick and careful pour saved every single drop. In the oversized wine glass, this looked like the prototypical Saison, with a hazy pale body, and a very large foamy head. The smell was typical as well, with a yeasty and doughy rustic smell mixed with a smattering of grassy and floral hops. The taste was light and refreshing with a good balance between sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. Not as funky as authentic Belgian examples, but still a very good interpretation. Mouthfeel was a bit too thin and watery for the style, considering the better examples of the style are above 6% ABV and cellarable. I would have no problems visiting this again in the middle of the summer for a change of pace from the Witbier and Pilsner rut.

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Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy tarnished gold appearance, lots of bubbles and an attractive huge mousse-like head that holds a nice shape. Lots of sticky sparkling lace. Aroma is yeasty but has more complexity in that it shows elements of sweet grass and shortbread. Light mouthfeel and active carbonation. Early bitterness and light astringency, the bready aspects from the aroma seem to take a lesser role. Takes on a medicinal quinine flavor in the second part of the profile, at the same time that it becomes more unidimensional and less interesting. Dry and fairly refreshing, not as vacant at the close as some others Jolly Pumpkin brews, still these beers overall look good, have the chops in the aroma department but all seem less complex than their set-up implies.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy gold with a real unfiltered wheat appearance. looks thick due to slowly moving drunk bubbles. brew is crested by fluffy airfilled nodules.. lacing like shaving cream and soap. sticks though, shows some game.

light fruity hops shine alongside a floral aroma.. fieldy and natural. some feline urine lurks in the background throwing off the profile a bit. violets and lime rind rule alongside the uncontrollable stink of nature.

spritzy mouthfeel, strangely refreshing and refreshingly sour. drinks easy with a raw pale ale flavor compounded over slight bacterial funk which adds green strawberry seed madness to the party. remiss to not mention orval, which tames the wild farmhouse spirit in a similar fashion, although this one finishes a bit creamier with a hint of sour milk and bread in the end. a queer bird for sure, but solid, and clean. not my cup of tea per se but admirable for what it is. in a blind tasting, i'd swear this was belgian.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a pure snow white head that sits on a hazy orange body with no carbonation. The haze is soft and transparent.

S- There are some notes of grapefruit along with the tartness of grapefruit and a faint aged blue cheese note that is pleasant. It is hard to describe the smell but it has a bright quality to it.

T- The taste of orange is quickly transformed to tart grapefruit that has a soft wheat and yeast note to it. The finish is a light grain and lemon flavor that is very nice but bold.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol heat.

D- This is a very unique beer even for the saison style. It is smooth and drinkable but the flavor over tart fruit with a faint nose of funk. I will have to drink a few more to wrap my brain around this beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden/copper. Murky. Rocky eggshell white head. Good retention and stick.

Aroma: Musty, yeasty, dank, earthy, peppery, spicy, lemony.

Flavor: Starts off a little funky. Coming from the yeast no doubt. Spiciness is present with some cracked black pepper. Earthy malts and hops. Hoppiness isn't at the level I was expecting, but a hop bitterness is present, albeit more of a complimentarty one than an overbearing one. Good fit for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Lightly spritzy. Medium to medium-full in body. Alcohol is not a factor.

Drinkability: Middle of the road drinkability compared to other saisions I've had. This is good, but not one I'd need to return to over and over.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured a light golden with a fizzy white head that was gone pretty fast.Aromas were nice quite phenolic and lemon zest with hints of black pepper and coriander.In my opinion this beer is a little to phenolic and yeasty there with notes of green apple and peppery spice in the finish.Its a decent brew but I was somewhat lrt down by it,its ok but I wouldnt seek it out again.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from the bottle into a wide mouth wine goblet. It has a pale straw color with a small head, but it laces nicely. It smells musky with citrus overtones. It has a refreshing tart citrus taste with a clove and peppery backtaste. It is much drier than most saisons I have had. Very drinkable, goes down quite easily. Tastes much better than it looks!

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Photo of ej285701
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet a hazzy yellowish orange color with a two and a half inch billowing, off-white head that actually gets bigger after I get done pouring.

The smell is of lots of citrusy fruits, especially zesty lemons, maybe a little bit of apple in there, also some yeast with a nice bready backround.

Taste is much like the smell. Lemons and yeast being the dominant flavors Also a zesty spiciness, and a dry bitterness in the finish. Very good farmhouse flavor.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp and dry with a good deal of carbonation. Very refreashing.

Very drinkable at only 4.5% alcohol. I could have a few of these and not get tired of the flavors. However, I think the taste would be a bit fuller if this were around 6% alcohol. But still very good and worth a try, especially for the summer months.

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Photo of Brian700
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, thank you Trbeer for sending me this bonus biere in our trade...that was great of you.

This beer pours a golden almost yellow color with a big billowy white head that hangs around for a while. Great lacing.

The aroma is of a combination of cider and citrus with a touch of spice.

The flavor is almost vinous like a piesporter. There are a lot of fruit flavors present: apple, grape fruit, some orange. There is a spiciness that you might get from an Ardennes Yeast, like La Chouffe but not as obvious. The hops that are there are definately of the citrus variety and there is a nice balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Leaves a dryness in the mouth but a flavorfull dryness that is enjoyable like drinking a glass of wine.

I think this is a very drinkable beer. Great for the summer. I'd pick up a bunch of this if I could get it in my area. Thanks again Trbeer.

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Photo of frazbri
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bam from Jolly Pumpkin poured a cider-like cloudy golden brown topped by a tall, vigorous, white head. I smelled apples, spice, pepper and cinnamon. Pear flavor came through at the start, thier was a tangible bitterness throughout and a woody finish. Bam was light in body, highly carbonated and had a dry finish.

Is this a pumpkinized english bitter? It didn't blow me away, but piqued my curiosity enough to want to try it again.

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw gold with a huge, white, meringue-like head.

The nose is bracing and tart, kind of like Perrier with a squeeze of lime.

The palate is also bracing and tart - dry and citrusy with yeasty notes. It's very, very quaffable and food friendly. One of the cleanest beers I've had lately (it actually makes you thirsty for more).

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,399 ratings.
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