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E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
85
very good

439 Ratings
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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 15
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

MrHirschybar, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of triptens
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.

triptens, Aug 20, 2009
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

mportnoy, May 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

WynnO, Aug 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

brystmar, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

chocosushi, Jan 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

strykn42, Jan 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

ej285701, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

mweso2000, Feb 18, 2012
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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.

blakesell, Sep 07, 2008
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

TX-Badger, Jun 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

cobyj, May 12, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
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.

orbitalr0x, May 21, 2008
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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...

pixieskid, Sep 06, 2012
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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.

david18, Nov 13, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

GRG1313, Sep 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

CWhite, Sep 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

ber12, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
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,

Chriscrundwell12, Apr 26, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Lob, Apr 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

muletrane, Oct 06, 2013
E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.