E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4/5 rDev +5.5%
This brew was served on tap at the Jolly Pumpkin Café taproom in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It arrived in a generic geometrical pint glass, showing a golden cider coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of thick bubbles that were similar in color and consistency to eggnog, but with a chunkier cakey component to them. This allowed for coating sheets and rings of lacing to be deposited around the glass. A thick haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma was wrought with cinnamon and stronger phenolic clove, soured barnyard yeastiness bordering on their Bretty-esque house yeast, creamy lactics, spicy amber and pale malts, lemon peel, sourdough breadiness, dirty wheat crust, watermelon fruitiness, and sesame seed. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed strong bitterness as expected, but this mixed expertly with the soured yeastiness, and the hefty hoppy background. As we sipped, the taste opened with a pale, red, and wheaty malt base, grapefruity and oily pine hoppiness, under ripe nectarine, raw crabapple astringency, gravel, white flour, and bittered sourness of yeast. The middle came to a peak with crisper, paler malts, light honey, stone and dust, green strawberries, raspberry puck, drying wheat flour, white sugar flashes, bittered lemon and lime rind, sesame seed, sunscreen chemicals, and dried grassy hop sweetness. The ending wash came with pale and bittered amber malts, soapy detergent, grassy and green hop oil pucker, bittered lemongrass, earthiness, icy mineral, lactic acidity, and barnyard funk. The aftertaste breathed of tannic breakfast tea, unsweetened lemonade, pungent gorgonzola cheesiness, lactic creaminess, bittering lemon rind, earthiness of hops, black pepper, soft booze bitters, and light vanilla woodiness. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave creamy slurp and smack, with soft froth and foam. The mouth was initially cooled and coated, but this quickly flashed into floury dry astringency across the tongue and hard palate alike, with lighter than expected bittering puck. The abv was easy, and the beer sipped easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its surprising hoppiness though the aroma, and spilling over to follow through in the flavoring. This aspect added a curious, organic pleasantness to the already bittering bite and sourness of the yeast. These both had to sit high against the inherent rawness and astringency of the malts themselves, and to that goal they succeeded nicely. The feel remained creamy throughout, easing drinkability. The aroma actually was easier than the taste by the end, as the bitterness did tend to slow you down by the bottom of the glass. Either way, it works, and the ultimate blend remains memorable, lingering on both the taste buds and the mind.
08-04-2013 23:25:23 | More by TheBrewo
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
Batch 1050 bottled 09-20-12.
It has a murky, golden, honey like color. A stream of tiny bubbles rise up to a half a glass of meringue like head that takes its time. Sheets and webs of lacing cling on.
It has a funky aroma, like a g-spot tornado. Barn, old library books, vitamins, and lemon; there are also some spicy , and faint fruit notes. The funk comes on the strongest.
Though the funk is still there, it does not dominate its' flavor as I was hoping. Red apple; seeds & all, grapes; seeds & all, some herbal notes, white peppercorn, with a dose of funk.
Light to medium in body, it does not feel flat, nor is it over-carbonated. It has dry finish that fades pretty quick.
Its' flavor failed to match its wonderful aroma, but still it is an enjoyable beer. No problem drinking the bottle.
07-15-2013 02:49:38 | More by sitarist
2.46/5 rDev -35.1%
Bottled Feb 2011, opened July 2013.
A - Super hazy, dried apricot body. Tall, foamy head pops out of the glass. Awesome retention and stelar lace.
S - Super sour, with a touch of barn-yard funk. Pear, green apple, peach, hay, tart white grapes.
T - Surprisingly little sour in the flavor profile. Sharp herbal bitters, dish soap, lemon, unripe peach.
M - Disappointingly thin body with an overly fizzy mouthfeel.
O - Unfortunately the mouthfeel kills the beer, and it comes off as aggressively seltzer water.
07-12-2013 00:17:07 | More by vfgccp
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
Enjoyed on tap at Jolly Pumpkin's pub in Ann Arbor. ES Bam pours the color of liquid, molten copper - it's translucent, though doesn't exhibit anywhere near the clarity necessary to be called "clear". A crisp, beige-tinted head rests on hop; clunky and made of large bubbles, it perches up there for quite a while before finally reducing to a foamy skin.
When each of your beers (for the most part) is made with a similar fermenting, aging, and packaging process with the same types of equipment and in the same location, your beers will typically all carry a common denominator, though they may still all be completely different from an ingredient standpoint. Jolly Pumpkin knows this territory well, and ES Bam contains the same funky aroma that you could easily pick out of a line up of beers anywhere.
Musty barnyard, wet hay, and cheesecloth-y Brett are packed into the aroma. Enough dry oak to go around and remain prominent for the better half of the brew, too. The backdrop contains shades of pear-like tartness and a mildly leafy-herbal hop bill, but the funk is certainly the dominant character, here.
Surprisingly enough, the taste begins with an initial fruit sweetness and a faint tart twinge. Far from sour, mind you, and still not as tart as La Roja, Oro, or Bam Biere, but enough tartness to be notable. It's impressive how quickly that tartness is brush aside, however, for the gigantic wave of funk that would be soon to follow.
Mound after mound of funk gets heaped into the palate with each sip; horsey funk, cheesy funk, dry, old, musty, Brett-y funk, completely with a faint burst of pineapple and wet cork. I love funk as much as the next guy, but the sheer balance of this brew may be slightly out of kilter... It seems more like a different take on Bam Noire rather than Bam Biere. The bone dry, oak-ladden finish is commonplace for JP brews, and this one is no different.
The mouth is not bad, but neigh is it anything special. Crispy, slightly effervescent and possibly a little vapid on the palate, but isn't that to be expected for a 4.7% ABV farmhouse ale? Pretty quaffable on the grand scheme of things, but this is a bit lower on the list of beers I reach for when I'm at Jolly Pumpkin. The problem is that ES Bam has no unique qualities that would make me come back to it versus other JP beers, plain and simple.
07-11-2013 16:14:28 | More by tectactoe
4.6/5 rDev +21.4%
(Served in a tulip glass)
Drank summer 2012
A- This beer pours a murky dark orange body with racing strands of microcarbonation supporting a thick head this is like shaving cream. The head last after the beer is gone.
S- The fresh British hop have a green herbal quality to them blend with a fruity funk note underneath. There is a fresh rain and mint note that turn more into a perfume old aftershave quality as it warms.
T- The woody green bright hops have some nice brett flavors of white cheese rind and some grapefruit pith that are full and linger into the after taste.
M- The light mouthfeel has a refreshing crisp fizz that compliments some of the brett and hop characters.
O- The bright crisp balance of hops and brett come together with a nice grapefruit character linking them together. This is a wonderful beer to drink as the complexity and full flavor make delicious but the light mouthfeel keeps it very sessionable.
07-11-2013 03:16:24 | More by rhoadsrage
3.51/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured from a 750ml capped bottle filled on 04/12/12 into a nonic. Stored in the cellar for about 9 months.
This beer looks beautiful - slightly hazed honey/orange with 3 fingers of super dense eggshell rocky-peaked froth. Lace is off the charts leaving sip rings and large 3D clumps of the froth all over the glass, the last sip comes from under a 1 inch layer of fine creamy foam. Impressive.
Aroma...hmm...it's a bit of a bummer - fresh cut grass and dank dirty gym socks with a tad bit of lemon/lime.
As with my other experiences with JP, flavors are not pronounced and quite flat for a saison. Grassy hops are the highlight of flavor followed by some lemon grass, peppery spice, and dank yeast.
I do like the medium/full feel. It's creamy and oily for a saison. Low abv makes for high drinkability.
Overall, I am not overly impressed with this beer or with this brewery to be honest. However, I may give it another shot since bottle was a year old. Maybe it just didn't hold up well. If the taste matches the look and feel when it's fresh, then I would recommend it.
05-05-2013 23:27:28 | More by DelMontiac
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
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?
04-24-2013 00:00:11 | More by mikem0487
E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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