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E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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85
very good

431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 15
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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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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MrHirschybar

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-02-2012 10:42:47 | More by MrHirschybar
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triptens

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jolly Pumpkin ES Bam 750 ML
Batch 374/375

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a 2 inch white foamy waffle like head.

Smell: Little bit of funk and pepper. A touch of piney hops. Very subtle nose.

Taste: Bitter dry hoppiness but not citrusy. I get almost no malty sweetness. Biscuity and grainy.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry, and crisp. Drys the roof of your mouth. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Probably one of my least favorite offerings from JP. Im going to drink the rest of this 750, wishing I was drinking a Bam or Bam Noire.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 20:24:19 | More by triptens
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jarrgal

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-10-2013 03:06:43 | More by jarrgal
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Lantern


3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-27-2011 12:38:20 | More by Lantern
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

05-08-2013 18:50:28 | More by mportnoy
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WynnO

Florida

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-11-2012 18:34:20 | More by WynnO
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brystmar

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-27-2011 00:32:03 | More by brystmar
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-02-2013 23:33:44 | More by chocosushi
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-15-2014 03:31:52 | More by mattmarka1
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strykn42

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-25-2012 04:25:41 | More by strykn42
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ej285701

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-18-2011 05:53:34 | More by ej285701
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mweso2000

Georgia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-18-2012 00:01:35 | More by mweso2000
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blakesell

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750ml capped bottle into an oversized brandy snifter.

Appearance- Beer pours a ruddy reddish brown with a substantial finger and a half of head and lacing clinging amply to the sides of the glass when swirled. Carbonation persists across the top for the duration of the beer.

Smell- Smells a bit like spoiled milk and Jolly Pumpkin yeast. Hops are fairly strong and musty. It smells to have all of the funk of the other JP brews and smells a whole lot like Bam Biere. Musty basement seems to cling to the nosehairs, and unfortunately there isn't much else coming through on the scent.

Taste- Very thin. The hops are big on the beer and the malt isn't picking up the slack here. The funky yeast and bacteria are here, but there isn't near enough malt to call this an ESB, a Saison, or and IPA Saison, which was what I was thinking it may lean toward. The hops give a lot of sour bitterness, but it's really not working out too well in the beer's favor here.

Mouthfeel- Thin, watery, astringent, bitter, light bodied, and highly carbonated.

Drinkability- It drinks like water, refreshing in that respect, but not really great overall. Ron has pleased me very well in the past, but this beer doesn't quite cut the mustard for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 21:00:52 | More by blakesell
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TX-Badger

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-04-2014 23:59:48 | More by TX-Badger
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cobyj

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

05-12-2014 02:38:36 | More by cobyj
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown bottle. Batch 267,268.

Pours into my glass a dark auburn, red with almost a brown hue to it. A big, thick creamy, rocky eggshell head sits atop the brew and leaves thick lacing as it falls. Aromas of roasty, somewhat toasted grain malts along with a ribbon of caramel as well. Spicy notes that move into earthy, herbal hop tones. Tea-like in a way as well. Fruity tones mix in along with yeast and a slight woody scent. Rather mellow overall though.

First sip brings a crisp, toasty grain malt upfront that moves into herbal, fruity notes with a touch of caramel. Tea flavors along with a mild woody aspect. Earthy, herbal hops move in and bring a slight bitterness. Quite dry on the way down, the overall flavor is mellow as well. Mild sourness on the finish as well. Kinda boring.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess from the fast moving, lively carbonation in the brew. Goes down quite easily overall. In the end though, this one fails to really grab me. The flavors seem somewhat muted and it doesn't keep me coming back for more. I'll be interested to thy the Bam Noire I have in the cellar, but for now the normal Bam Biere is my choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 01:04:53 | More by orbitalr0x
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pixieskid

Germany

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first experience with Jolly Pumpkin, been meaning to try some of their beers for a while...finally getting around to it.

Picked this out knowing that it was a spring/summer seasonal; figured that the hops would fade away a bit and that the potentially funky yeast characteristics would present themselves over the time since bottling in March.

Pours a mahogany hue with a strong white head, tiny bubbles about 2 in head with some staying power for sure.

Nose: as it warms up, gets much more funky. Earthy, yeast, woodiness, slightly acidic, with floral hop overtones.

Taste: pretty simplistic overall. A touch of floral hops, some grassy, hay like flavors, a tad of acidity and a lingering dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: on the watery side, very much so, with a club soda like bitterness/carbonation in the finish (a terrible characteristic imo, along the cardboard lines...)

Overall: decent at best. I didnt hate it, but for the money it was quite lack-luster. I had been "waiting" to give Jolly Pumkin's beers a shot, for one reason or another; guess I should have kept waiting...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 04:17:05 | More by pixieskid
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david18

New York

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Well the main thing I can say about this beer is carbonation, carbonation, carbonation. Maybe it was this batch but any time I asked for a glass it was a ten to fifteen minute process.

Color was light with, as I said, a very pronounced head. Aroma is very yeasty/bready and nice. Flavor is a little weak, just not a lot going on. Light malt, a little yeast, no hops to speak of.

It's drinkable at 4.7 percent but I'm not sure that i'm a big fan of this beer. I will try it again and post again to give it another chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 00:05:30 | More by david18
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CWhite

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-02-2012 22:40:40 | More by CWhite
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ber12

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-31-2013 20:29:17 | More by ber12
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pokal glass.

A- Huge four finger frothy head, well carbonated, hazy yellow straw appearance, excellent retention.
S- Mild hoppy smell, slight sour, funky farm house aroma.
T- Very mild, hops are apparent, slightly bitter, mellow sourness, earthy notes, funky taste.
M- Very smooth and light mouth feel, lots of carbonation.
O- Very unique brew, I have to say it was difficult drinking this, the taste is very bland and mellow. Was not what I was expecting,

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 07:00:58 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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Lob

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-16-2012 13:10:42 | More by Lob
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

10-06-2013 14:07:57 | More by muletrane
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semibaked

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 00:12:20 | More by semibaked
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dfillius

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive "pffft" when opened. 2 fingers of head from a gentle pour, great retention of off-white foam. Hazy reddish amber liquid. Good looking!
S: Bright citrus hops, some funky aspirin character. Smells like my homebrewed Hop Two Wet. Faint biscuit
T: Fairly modest funkiness up front with Brett medicinal taste. More hops, malt, less funk please. Slight pineapple, bread.
M: A bit too carbonated and astringent.
D: Okay. I wouldn't order another or buy again. One to share, and I'm alone.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 19:49:05 | More by dfillius
E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.