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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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A further interesting JP. Cherry smell. Good significant sourness in the taste. The smell is hay and garass. Citrus and pine. Dark brown coloured body and bresh. The famyard is in the finish.Thanks ken for sharing. Good drinkability, slight acididty but only to those novices in alcohol.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.5%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy medium copper with some orange tints. Initial massive creamy head settles down into a small ring and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Quite intriguing. The initial whiff is some earthy, floral, and citrus hops reminiscent of orange pith. Alongside this comes a good amount of funk with accompanying sourness. Some caramel and bready malt in the background.

T: Quite similar to the nose, but everything isn't quite as in balance as the nose would suggest. The hops are a little less pronounced, leaving behind flavors of earth, funk, and a bit of sourness.

M: Very nice dryness accompanying the funk, but all around this is just a little bit too thin.

D: Very nice and complex; a lot going on and certainly enough to keep me occupied for half the bottle. I'm curious to see how quite a bit of age will treat this, and I intend to find out.

Thorpe429, May 06, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.5%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate earthy aromas of spices and yeast in the nose along with some notes of sourness. The sour aromas become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is quite spicy; however the sourness is stronger and persists into the finish. Notes of the underlying grainy malts are also detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The spiciness and dryness make the beer feel rather refreshing and the sourness adds a unique twist. Drinking a full bottle of this was a breeze.

Note: Batch 763, Bottled March 30, 2011

metter98, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 288/289

Appearance: Pours a cherry-tinged cloudy amber color with a bountiful rocky head that won't quit and leaves all kinds of interesting lace patterns

Smell: Funky farmhouse, sour green apples, juicy fruit gum and lemony citrus

Taste: Opens with a distinct nod to the sour flavors, with a growing sourness compounded by bitter citrus and green apples; underlying hint of juicy fruit, to add balance; the sourness moderates after the swallow as the yeast elements move forward and join the malt into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; prickly sourness

Drinkability: An interesting experiment, but I am not crazy about the combination of the hoppy bitterness and the sourness; I guess I like one of the other but not both in tandem

brentk56, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Polished persimmon with crystalline clarity. The mad rush of miniscule bubbles immediately after the pour slows down to a more sedate pace within several minutes, but not before creating one of the stickiest, rockiest crowns this side of the Belgian countryside. The pint glass is coated with everything from small scraps of lace to large chunks of foam. I love it!

Like all JPAA beer, this one contains critters. The telltale aroma of wild yeast emanates from the glass with even a casual sniff. The good thing is that funk doesn't completely overwhelm everything else. This should be interesting beer. It might even be good beer.

I'm not impressed. There isn't as much malt as expected and complexity suffers as a result. E.S. Bam might have more malt (and more hops) than Bam Biere, but how much barley can any brewer pack into a saison that's only 4.7%. Even though hop flavor has surely faded in the nearly one year since the release, there's still a good bit of bitterness to be had.

My biggest gripe with most Jolly Pumpkin beer is that it's overattenuated. It isn't a flaw since that's the way it was brewed, but I don't have to like it. A few malt sugars would be great right about now. Some dry, crisp saisons are fantastic and are insanely drinkable. This isn't one of them.

There isn't much to the flavor profile. The beer tastes like a malt-deficient wild ale that has a modest amount of funk and more lemongrassy bitterness than fruity tartness. It's okay and is growing on me a little, but it isn't E(xtra) S(pecial) by any stretch of the imagination.

Part of the problem is a mouthfeel that's too light (no matter the ABV) and is too sharply carbonated. The bubbles hit hard and fast, then fade quickly, so there's no trace of creaminess on the swallow.

Granted, this was almost certainly better beer when fresh (batch 267, 268). Then again, any saison that can't go 11-12 months in the bottle doesn't deserve to be called a saison. Those who love everything Jolly Pumpkin will probably love E.S. Bam. Those who want a world-class version should look elsewhere.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of tart and sour notes with some grainy malt. Taste is also a weird mix between some grainy malt with some tart and sour notes and an astringent final. Not as balanced as the Weizen Bam that I tasted a couple of days before.

Phyl21ca, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow, I feel like I've been taken back hundreds of years as the first sip of this beer takes on the character that I'd expect in those early versions: Raw rustic yeast elements, strong hop character, and moderate strength; yet not lacking complexity.

Muddy copper in color, the rusticity begins with the eye. Opaque with its yeasty haze, the beer builds a rocky eggshell white head that's as creamy, firm, and withstanding as you'd ever want it to be. It's a true Belgian ale appearance through and through.

Weedy and acidic hops work over the nose with the scent of grapefruit pith, lemon, muddled grasses, and under ripened grapes. An underlying brine of sea air, saddle leather, burnt plastics, and horse hair character create complexity and intrigue that extends well into taste.

Where the most terse of malt character was claimed in the aromas, the taste starts off with a cracker-ish taste of bread crust and baked barley before turning dry and giving the flavors over to the hops and yeast. Acidic flavors limes, grapefruit skins and pith, fresh cut straw bridge the taste of hops to the taste of fruit-forward esters and spicy yeast phenols. The plastic taste approaches almost-smoke and medicinal notes before steering toward the brine of mussel shells and iron-like snap. Turning from fruity to sharply acidic bitterness in finish, the beer closes with fleeting malt taste and spicy hop aftertaste.

Medium-light in body, the light malt presence allows the carbonation to play out on the palate with a semi-creamed, but mostly prickle feel. But the finish ushers in slight woody dryness, resinous dryness, and minty alcohol warmth. Only the bitterness of hops and a memory of brine last into an extended finish.

With so much earthen character and unrestrained mineral and wild yeast character, I appreciate the value that Jolly Pumpkin places on the raw taste of Saison- done the upper Midwest way.

BEERchitect, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

kjkinsey, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

GRG1313, Saturday at 06:10 AM
Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Provisions

A: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a big off-white head.

S: A mild to moderate tartness with notes of apples and lemon peel. A mild spice to the beer with a nice breadiness and sweetness. Some earthy and floral notes with just a little bit of oak character.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor is far too bitter. The bitterness and very high carbonation drown out the other flavors. Negligible tartness, which just isn't right for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Floral and earthy tones as well as some light grass and oak.

M: Medium in body with a lot of carbonation.

O: This was a rare miss by Jolly Pumpkin to me. I don't think I'll bother with this one again.

womencantsail, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jaydoc, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, mahogany-hued body with a full, fizzy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Biscuity malt aroma layered with notes of wood, spice, and a spoonful of fruit preserves enveloped in a mild, earthy funk.

Taste: Toasted maltiness with a smattering of fruit pulp and a fair amount of sweetness. Medium spicy bitterness. Tiny blip of acidity. Faint hint of wood. Standard funkiness you come to expect from Jolly Pumpkin, only dialed way down. Finishes crisp with a final blending of bitter and funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lively carbonation keeps the palate on guard.

Drinkability: As always, it's another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin (only less so).

ChainGangGuy, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow brew. The head was pretty vigorous and lasted quite a while. The smell of the beer was pretty sour and I guess there might have been some hops in the distance. The taste was more sour I thought than hoppy. The hops might have enhanced the tartness of the beer. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it felt like it was on the medium side. This was decent in my opinion.

Revisit 7-27-11: paired with a flat iron steak entive salad. It really brought this beer back to what I think it was supposedto be like. No sour quality at this point. The taste of the beer almost had an earthy vanilla flavor to it. Very impressive pairing at the Trapp Door.

Knapp85, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a medium brown with a bit of deep orange tint a creamy slight off white head atop leaving broken lace behind s it never completely settled.A mix of herbal and earthy hop mixed with juicy fruit and just a touch of wet grainy funk,flavors are a mix of hops,somewhat earthy and medicinal with an underlying sourness all up against a hard slighty sweet maltbase.I liked this brew more than the regular Bam, much more hop complexity.

oberon, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +5.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a chalice at Local Option.

This thing sounds like it's a Mah-Jong tile... Anyway, it pours a clear wan adobe topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly funky earth, flowers, grass, light green apple peel, light clove, and a touch of vague sweetness way in the background (though this may have been my imagination). The taste delivers a strong sense of chlorophyll-laced bitterness that drowns out most everything else. Shards of clove, wheat, and coriander come into view every now and again, but these sightings are fleeting at best. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this thing is just too bitter for its own good, keeping out most of the usual farmhouse characters and any semblance of Jolly Pumpkin-style sourness.

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber, almost opaque. A thick, frothy three finger head forms from a gentle pour. JP beers always have fantastic head retention and this one is no exception.

Smell: Earthy, herbal hops with a slightly metallic undertone. This is pretty subtle in aroma, and it's very homogenous; I can't really pick out anything specific.

Taste & mouthfeel: Flavors of spice and savory herb (rosemary, sage) greet the palate immediately, leading to a hint of bitter lemon peel and tobacco. The mouthfeel is incredibly light, almost watery, and bone-dry. This is almost lambic-like in its dryness. The finish brings out an herbal hop note with a pleasant lingering bitterness. This is definitely hoppy for the style, though still pretty tame in the grand scheme of things.

Notes: Really nice stuff, I'm glad I decided to pick up a bottle of this.

largadeer, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep amber tone, hazy and murky. Fluffy foam, not as carbonated as the standard Bam. Bits of irregular lace here and there.

Sweet and bready malt aroma, floral hops, and trace amounts of wet stone that seems to sometimes be attributed to wild yeasts.

Malty body, light and ever-bubbly carbonation, mild floral and bitterness from the extra hops. They are more of the grassy/leafy variety. Some mild fruity pear also that comes and goes. Tasty and approachable, seems that it would definitely pair well with many dishes.

Although I still prefer the standard Bam Biére, this is a close 2nd, with Noire in 3rd.

emerge077, May 13, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange amber color with a foamy, bubbly, small, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled slight funky with some citrus and lemon zest.

T - It tasted of mild funkiness, some sweet caramel and a lemon kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good saison. I'd recommend it.

zeff80, Apr 08, 2009
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