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E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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85
very good

434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
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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spw109

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-03-2013 01:36:54 | More by spw109
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-18-2013 21:40:16 | More by Kegatron
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-15-2013 15:30:50 | More by bismarksays
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sitarist

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 02:49:38 | More by sitarist
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vfgccp

New York

2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:17:07 | More by vfgccp
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 16:14:28 | More by tectactoe
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled 3-19-12
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 03:16:24 | More by rhoadsrage
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cosmonick

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-04-2013 02:32:49 | More by cosmonick
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BMart

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34%

06-27-2013 18:05:11 | More by BMart
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-19-2013 16:37:09 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-13-2013 21:28:05 | More by doremite
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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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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-02-2013 19:47:33 | More by nh2032
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-29-2013 00:21:14 | More by ADTaber
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-27-2013 16:32:06 | More by Kmat10
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -34%

05-23-2013 23:02:57 | More by hotsudge
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-13-2013 18:53:20 | More by vrbulldog22
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-13-2013 00:53:56 | More by drbenderdo
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

Oklahoma

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 23:27:28 | More by DelMontiac
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-02-2013 03:02:12 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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tfsimpkins

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-29-2013 15:24:00 | More by tfsimpkins
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mikem0487

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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?

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:00:11 | More by mikem0487
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JDD419

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-21-2013 23:00:36 | More by JDD419
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Biergarten in Jenks, OK. Bottled on 04/12/12

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. Head conitinues to surge from the bottle neck. Insane lacing & head retention, clouds up a bit as the bottle drains

S: Sourness & appleskins that fade as this warms

T: Follows the nose, much sourness & tartness up front. There's a touch of grapefruit as this wams, pears & crab apples with some tamped down cinnamon notes, but mostly sour & tart. Finishes fruitty tart & sour

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation

Suoer drinkability, this is one my favorites from JP

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 03:08:33 | More by russpowell
E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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