Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales E.S. Bam (365 Day 256)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales makes nothing that I would deem normal. Don’t take this as a knock on the brewery. Their beers are interesting, complex, and, of course, darn tasty. It is easily the closet American craft brewery that puts out sour after sour. Each beer has subtle nuances that, quite possibly, the same beer blended a year earlier might not have had. So trying their beers on a regular basis can be an interesting and fun experience.

E.S. Bam is a Saison, one of several the brewery puts together. Vanilla and oak were at the forefront of this wheat and hay stimulated brew. The aroma was better than the flavor but still nice. Spice hops finish the taste that has bitterness lingering. Some slight tartness that is easy to miss.

As always I am glad that Jolly Pumpkin is slow close. When do I open my next Bière De Mars. Enjoy!

Useless Fact: On March 16, 1970, a bidder at Sotheby & Company in London paid $20,000 for one glass paperweight.

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