Beer #158 Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam

Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam

Name:  E.S. Bam

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale                  

Brewery: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales  website

Country: USA

Region:  Dexter, Michigan

ABV: 4.7% Abv

How served:  750 ml capped  bottle poured into a Kastaar tulip.            

My Overall Opinion:  Good. 

I paired this beer with: Orecchiette con Melannane.  This was a very good pairing

Tasted on:  Monday January 24th, 2011  

Note:  This beer poured a deep opaque brown/copper with a 2 finger tan head which left a fairly thin lacing on the glass.   The nose was mildly funky, earthy and of dried grass.  In the initial taste I got hit with lightly smoked wood and a very mild funkiness , then a mild malt sweetness which ended dry with some mild bitterness of the hops.  The underlining theme was light & mild.  The mouthfeel was thin with a medium to high level of carbonation.   The drinkability was excellent and refreshing.

On the Label:  Batch 288/289.  Hoppy Farmhouse Ale.  Bottle Conditioned

Bam is an Extra Special dog.  After surviving being struck by a car, he daily somehow manages to avoid being carried away by the largish birds of prey gliding overhead, riding unseen thermals.

Bam’s tenacity seems only to be surpassed by his oversized personality.  Join us in this celebration of his excess. More malt, more hops, same vivacious personality.

 Cheers & Mahalo plenty!

 From their website:  

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.
750ml bottles – 12 case

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Beer # 126 Jolly Pumpkin La Roja

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja

Name:  La Roja

Style:  American Wild Ale

Brewery: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales website 

Country:  USA

Region: Dexter, Michigan

ABV: 7.20% Abv

How served: 750 ml bottle poured into an Augustijn Grand Cru glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Smoked and grilled tilapia on a bed of couscous topped with a spicy fruit and tomato salsa.  I liked this pairing as the tartness of this brew played off the spiciness.  However the other day I had this same meal with Sculpin IPA & this IPA was a much better paring with this spicy & tasty dish.

Tasted on:  Tuesday June 15th, 2010. 

Note:  Poured with a nice 2 finger head.  The nose wasn’t as funky as I had recalled in the past and the only aroma I picked up was that of souring cherries.  The taste was mostly mildly tart cherries and then a mild sweetness followed in this very refreshing ale.  I enjoyed this brew today but I’ve had much better beer from Jolly Pumpkins & they are in the top 10 of favorite brewers in the USA.

On the Label:  Blend 5, 2008.  La Roja, an artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition.  Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging.   Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months.  Truly an ale of grace and distinction.  Please enjoy our beers in good health, Cheers & Mahalo plenty! 

On their Website: La Roja

An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition.  Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging.  Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months.

Year round production: 7.2% Alc./Vol.  750ml bottles – 12 case

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