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E. S. Bam | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

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.

Added by Big78CJ on 02-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,737
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
451
pDev:
12.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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13
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Ratings: 451 |  Reviews: 240
Photo of rajendra82
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer came in a 22 oz. bomber with the dog wearing a necklace of hop cones, which immediately had me picking this on sighting at Green's on Buford Highway. Poured out into the wine glass, the head was large, craggy, and impressive. The underlying liquid was quite rustic looking with a brownish amber color, and lots of haze. The smell did not give an indication of any impressive level of hop usage. There was the usual Jolly Pumpkin funk, followed by oak, and then a distant citric hop note. The taste showed that the hop bitterness was a more assertively present than the smell suggested. The hops started on crisp and spicy and finished mellow and earthy. Although present, the hops were not the center of attention here, the Brettanomyces funk was as present here as in the original Bam, and it was clearly in charge. Vanilla notes were also here. With all that said my biggest problem with this one was the same as the plain old Bam. This was too watery to be called a true Saison IMHO. With offerings from many other breweries at nearly twice the strength under the same style, this was definitely Saison Lite. I wish they would chose to concentrate these wonderful flavors into something more substantial.

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Photo of jeffwright
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JDD419
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beachbum1975
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Share this one with DrewOSU. Batch 267, 268 - not sure what that means, but okay.

Pours a clear, dark amber with a most interesting head. The head is insane. It's like massive, chunky, cumulus cloud and gets more interesting as it sits there. As the bomber rested on my countertop, the foam took on its' own agenda and began foaming out the top like a packaging peanut met a serpent. (Yeah, that's cheesy - I know, but it did!!!). Great lacing, as well.

Smells of sour funk right off the bat with traces of spicy funk and light green apple. Can't get much more off the nose beyond that...

Light bodied and light to medium flavored. Tastes of funk (band aids?), some lighted roasted malts and a light apple cider-like quality. Very unique. The mouthfeel tastes like hard water on my tongue. Very wet with medium bitterness mixed with sweetness.

Interesting and refreshing...

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 288/289

Pours a rich hazy toffee color with a gorgeous head. Meringe like in the center of the glass and sudsy around the edges. Very nice lacing that blankets the entire glass. This beer appears extremely effervescent.

The nose of this beer is extremely complicated. It is very malty and spicey...almost to the point of malt vinegar or ketchup. It was slightly hoppy lending a bit of pine undertones. I also thought the aroma to be pretty yeasty.

It tastes slightly sweet with a great crisp hoppiness and wheat flavor. I thought it had a green flavor that I just couldn't quite place. Fittingly enough the finish was somewhat tart.

This beer is light bodied and very lively in the mouth. Loads of carbonation keeps your mouth's attention and finishes very dry and crisp. Very enjoyable.

One of the more enjoyable and drinkable farmhouse ales that I have experienced. It is very lively and refreshing albeit a little grassy. It is a good beer that I could see myself enjoying again during the summer months.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 288/289, poured into a Foothills pint glass.

The bomber dumps a dark amber body stratified with sizable chunks of yeast. A buff-colored head builds to a decent half inch and slowly drops to a wisp of foam. The aroma on this thing was sublime: funky wooden earth paired with yeasty esthers and a citrusy, spicy hop note.

Like most of Jolly Pumpkin's brews, the flavor of ES Bam had that signature "sourness" to it. I can't say I was wildly impressed with the way this one tasted, but it certainlyw as intersting: Wooden oakiness, sour notes of lime and cherry, and a backbone of biscuity, toffe malt. Mouthfeel was on the high side of medium bodied and with a dry, sour wood finish. Although I appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into each JP beer I come across, I have yet to find one that really hits it out of the park form me. Maybe I'm just not a sour beer lover :(

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (batch 775 - bottled 4/7/2011) into a saison glass. Cap comes off w/ a vigorous pfft!

Creamy foam peeks out of the mouth of the bottle before I can even start pouring - because I'm writing this instead. Reminds me of Saison-Brett in this regard.

A gentle pour yields a glass about evenly divided - the bottom half slightly hazy amber liquid, the other half a dense creamy off-white head that leaves behind a nice coat of lacing as it slowly recedes. Despite the rich head, not much carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, spice, citrusy hops... as it warms more fruity esters, funk and a hint of wet hay become evident.

Taste is mostly a balance between Belgian yeast and ample bitter hops. A little apple/pear and subtle spice, perhaps ginger. As it warms a soapy, slight band-aid taste emerges. Generally lacks complexity on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little flat, perhaps not aided by the lack of carbonation.

Overall an interesting saison, but not in the top tier for the style.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a murky brown color with a nice inch or so of fluffy head. The smell combines some funky sourness, lemonheads, and light grassy hoppiness. The dominant flavor in the taste is bitter citrus and lemon, blended in with a slight funkiness. This is very drinkable with little alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is creamy.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Andy shared this one with me. Full looking honey amber colored body with a big creamy beige head. Nice retenion here. It's been sitting in the glass for a while now and I've still got a solid cap. Really nice soapy lace.

Lots of grassy hops right up front on this one. A little bit of lemon grass; certainly a bit tart in the aroma. A little bit of white pepper in the flavor but still a good amount of lemongrass and grassy hops in this.

A bit dry on the feel. Very crisp and light bodied here. But to reidderate, a little dry on the finish and a little sour. Cool beer here. I like this one is interesting to try; as are most Jolly Pumpkin beers.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 ml, bottled bath #1067 bottled April 11 2012 poured into a dfh snifter.

A: I opened the bottle, tunes around for a minuet, look back and foam is pourin out of the bottle, which is IMO a bit obnoxious, this bottle has been in my fridge for a week and there was no agitation to warrant such things. Pours a murky brown amber with a massive two and a half fingers of head... The only positive to the appearance is that it leavs alot of sticky lacing.

S: mellowed Brett funk and citrus notes, along with a good bit of floral character. Not a bad nose, but nothing overly impressive.

T: nice amount of Brett funk, nice citrus notes as well, lemony, some nice herbal hop character as well, a touch if caramel malt in there as well, very well balanced. The oak comes into play here, much more then in the aroma... Overall I get Brett funk, citrus, grassy/herbal hops, a vague touch of pine, and some nice oak.

M: light medium body with spritzy carbonation, has a touch if creamyness to it as well, dry on the finish with a touch if bitterness.

O: this is a pretty good saison, to bad it had the problems it did when unopened it, which immediately started me off with a negative opinion, but by the end I found this to be quite delicious, unjust wish I had gotten to it when it was fresher, although it is still perfectly delicious, with a pleasant bitterness I'm it's current form. I could
Deffinatly see myself drinking this again, particuarly if I can get my hands on it wen it is nice an fresh.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a huge foamy white head.

Cucumber, pear and lemon mist with loads of funky brett. Aquatic is a word that comes to mind at the moment. Steely, totally sharp, very light white citrus. Sourness in there..

Funk is reinforced in taste. Brett comin on strong with mild lemony citrus but subdued acidity. Peppery and wild..very sharp..i dig it. Dry finish complements acidic flavors. cclleeaann.

Light body, buzzy carbonation, and dry aftertaste

Yes.

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Photo of readbaron
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy tan amber. Looks like an opaque ESB.

Smell is hoppy and tart, a bit of malt in the mix as well. There are some earthy notes as well - maybe a bit of tea?

Taste is earthier than the nose indicates. lightly tart, some bready malts, a bit of bitterness.

Feel is good, lighter than I would have thought from the look. Crisp and highly carbed.

Overall, a solid beer. Not my favorite Jolly pumpkin beer but still quite tasty.

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3.81/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AltBock
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Capped 750 ml bottle with a lime green label that has a heat shot drawing of Jolly Pumpkin's Jack Russell Terrier, Bam. Do you know what the regular Bam label looks like? Good! Take Bam, put a small hop bud hat on his head, put a bright lime green hop bud necklace around his neck, and put him on a lime green label with a farm scene background. That's the picture! To the left of Bam is the Government warning, barcode, and a drawing of 3 dogs. To the right of Bam are 2 paragraphs and the refund values. The first one talks about how strong Bam the dog was. He was hit by a car and he still managed to move around. The second paragraph says that it's their regular Bam beer with more malt and hops added to it. That's what I like to hear! The back should be slapped with a batch number sticker. Mine was from batch number 267 and 268.

Appearance: I poured this beer that shares it name with a very special dog into a Corsendonk Tulip. Out of the bottle came a beer that was an extremely murky caramel brown with apple cider highlights. What I said murky, I mean this beer was just as murky as a swamp. It wasn't murky because of hop particles, it was just a naturally murky beer. This bottle was a small time gusher and when it was poured, it had a self rising 3 inch creamy pure white head of foam. This pure white head of foam had slow retention. It was so slow that it took at least 5 minutes to settle down to a point where I could actually taste the beer. when it receded, it left behind a milky white film and a massive amount of sticky white streaks of lace. As you can tell, the color of the beer was just as cool as the the head of foam.

Smell: Like every other Jolly Pumpkin beer I've had in the past, the aroma was sour. Not a beer gone bad sour, but a pleasantly natural sour aroma. The first half of the aroma was sour with a hint of sour raspberries, a splash of sour cherries, a subtle whiff of oak, a speck of tart grapefruit, and a pinch of malted wheat. As you can tell, the first half of the aroma was a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and mixed in with a little bit more of this. Get it? If the beer is swirled around, this is where you'll find the second half of the aroma. The second half consisted of more oak and plenty of grassy hops. I honesty didn't care for the grassy hop aroma all that much. It matters a little bit, but that's OK because I really enjoyed the first half of the aroma. I've always liked Jolly Pumpkin's natural sour aroma.

Taste: The taste was dry hopped and lightly sour at the same time. It actually made for a pretty interesting taste. "E.S.Bam" started off dry hopped with some lightly bitter grassy hops, a hint of bitter and tart grapefruit, a pinch of dried pine needles, a speck of malted wheat, and then this dry hopped taste finishes up with a splash of of lemon peel. After the dry hopped part is where the sourness comes in. There wasn't that to the sour part. That part only consisted of a little bit of oak and a subtle touch of sour cherries. Do you think the taste is over yet? If you think it's over then you're wrong. I thought the taste was over too, but then I noticed that at the bitter end, there was a slight farm yard funkiness taste to it. I think Jolly Pumpkin uses Brett yeast in and that farm yard funkiness proves it. I don't think regular yeast would create that distinct taste.

Mouthfeel: This was a light bodied dry hopped Farmhouse Ale that featured a funky aftertaste of hay, dry hopped grassy hops, a subtle touch of oak, a splash of tart grapefruit, and a hint of sour cherries. It tasted like the aftertaste randomly picked out flavors from the initial taste. The hay and the grassy hops were the only ones from the aftertaste that stood around. They stood around for about 20 seconds and then they decided to leave under their own powers. No water was needed to get rid of them.

Drinkability: Since this was a Jolly Pumpkin beer, I originally thought that it was going to be more sour than hoppy, but I was wrong about that. The sour aspect did take over the aroma, but it was in the taste where the hops made the beer's natural sourness ride behind them. In the end, I enjoyed this light grassy with a slight farm yard funkiness beer. I wouldn't mind having another one of these. If you would like to try a sour Farmhouse Ale with the taste of grassy hops mixed in with it, then this beer is the one.

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Photo of champ103
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber/orange color. A small head forms and recedes to leave some patchy lace.
S: Funky barnyard and malty biscuit aromas. Some citrus and nice hop bitterness that is well balanced. Enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. Funky biscuit malt. A bit tart. Very light citrus hops.
M/D: Medium bodied that is well carbonated. Kind of thin and watery. Not really a session beer for me, but it is not hard to drink at all.

A good saison. One I enjoyed and would recommend.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at whole foods. Pours a hazy orange with generous amount of fluffy white head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is somewhat subdued featuring waves of clove spice along with some earthiness and funk. The taste is more pronounced with waves of tart citrus and spIcy cloves. The body is light with high carbonation. Overall, a nice and refreshing Saison with a moderate funk level.

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Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. Pours a dark copper to amber color. Off-white rocky head holds together very well for a while, and leaves a great amount of lace. Lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom.

A bit of funk, fruit, floral and perfume aroma in the nose. Some earthy spices near the end. Hints of caramel. Nice aroma.

A bit of caramel with earthy spices, along with just a bit of funky flavor. Not as much funk as I expected. Good dose of earthy and floral hops.

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol very well hidden. This was enjoyable.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1060
Bottled on 4-6-2012

P:  A cavernous mountain of off white orange tinted head that seems to dissolve into itself leaving behind cotton candy lacing.  The body I nice and hazy with vigorous bubbles in a sea of golden apricot.  Retention is great and leaves the glass looking like a melted ice cream float. 

S:  Vibrant fruity esters, apricot, pineapple, saw dust, coriander, typical JP vinegar funky yeast, herbal and timid citrus hops. 

T/M:  Taste starts of earthy and smooth with a sting of carbonation on the tongue and backdrop of apples, and timid farmhouse yeast. Then the dry hops join the party on the palate with herbs and pine oil. A similar bitterness of unsweet iced tea with lemon, toasted grains, hints of honey, and citrus. Body I'd medium and zesty and finishes dry, salty and woody bitterness. 

O:  A nice hopped up version on the Bam. Hopped saisons are great but sometimes the hop counterbalances the subtlety of the delicate flavors. This is border line but still a good beer that I would never refuse. So far I'm a big fan of Jolly Pumpkin and eager to continue partaking of their offerings. 

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle. Batch 288/289.

A - Pours a strong and hazy amber color with strong copper edges and a nice 1 inch foamy and dense head. The color is slightly off-shite like ecru.

S - Strong funk and nice tart aromas. There is some nice bread malt and almost toasted notes. There is also a nice faint grassy and citrus laced aroma from the hops. The nose even though nice could be a bit stronger and more present.

T & M - The funk is way turned up on this one. High barnyard and horse blanket and husk and any other descriptor of the kind. It is quite dry and carbonated as well. There is some tartness in there as well with some lemon peel but it is quite subtle. After giving it some time and a couple of swirls you can kind off get some nice bread hints beneath the carbonation. The slight grassy hops are also perceived. It is a crisp and dry finishing beer maybe a bit too carbonated but still good.

D - Drinkability is good because it is lower in ABV and has some good flavors if you get past the high CO2.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet tart candies, light funkiness (barnyard funk). Flavor is sour, but not as sour as the aroma would suggest. Finish is dry and bitter. I'm a little disappointed given that this was supposed to be a hoppy farmhouse ale (or biter????), but overall I enjoyed the beer.
7/4/8/4/ (3.7/5)

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Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1046/1047, bottled 3-14-12. Had this once loooong ago on-tap, curious to try it again and see how it has held up up after 20 months. Shared with friends.

Gusher bottle! Darkish orange body with plenty of bubbles and some haze. Ridiculous foamy off-white head morphing into all sorts of shapes and sizes, lace everywhere, etc.

Nice scent of brett/light tart fruits, bread, some grass and earthy tones.

Taste follows suit, still some nice hoppage at this point. Good, somewhat tame tart brett presence, apple, citrus fruits, bread, grass, some earthy and farmy tones.

Very carbonated and foamy, maybe a bit detracting but it works decently with these flavors. Other than that, quite easy drinking.

Like many JP saisons, nothing earth-shattering but certainly a pleasant and interesting beer. Good brett and some x-tra hops.

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Photo of mikem0487
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into Tired Hands saison glass. Bottled on 03/06/12

A-This thing poured a crazy huge thick head. Almost a hands width of white dense foam. I know its bottled conditioned like all their beers so this guy was just waiting to be opened. Foam is literally coming out of the top of the bottle as I type this haha. Other than the over carbonation within the bottle the beer looks good. An unfiltered burnt brown/orange body takes place of the huge head after some time. Nice lacing as I drink it.

S-Smell is full of different aromas. Burnt carmelized sugar, hop resin, tangerine/orange rind and a funkyness that gives off the aroma of some brettanomyces. Citrus notes are in the back end mixed in with some black pepper.

T-The taste is not as interesting as the nose. Caramel, bitter orange rind, citrus fruits, bready malts, pepper and some tartness at the finish. Has flavor but not as pronounced as they are in the nose.

M-After the initial pour(s) the carbonation is actually really nice. Medium mouthfeel with dry finish.

O-A good farmhouse saison that lacks in the flavor department. Expected more with the nose offering up alot of unique flavors but definitely do not shine through with the taste. Maybe a fresh one would change all that?

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber in color topped with a massive antique white head. The head forms stiff peaks like a meringue and dissipates quite slowly leaving a thick trail of lacing behind. Lacing washes away with each sip however a fluffy white cap remains through out.

Aroma is very earthy. Fresh cut hay and a musty farmhouse funk are picked up rather quickly. Lemon zest and black pepper fall just behind complimenting the grassy hop aroma.

The rich earthiness picked up in the nose carries over well into the flavor. Very grassy hop flavor mingles with lemon, leather and a biscuity malt taste. The sourness which is to be expected from Jolly Pumpkin is rather muted and balanced out by the spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rather crisp, sharp and dry. Very light bodied beer with extremely lively carbonation.

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E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 451 ratings
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