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E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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444 Ratings
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
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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:
Beer added by: Big78CJ on 02-14-2008

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.
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Ratings: 444 | Reviews: 238
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin : E.S. Bam

25oz bottle. Hazy, deep golden orange. Soapy white head with good staying power. Provides an abundance of brussels lace. In the smell, nice barnyard and hay elements. Also smells a bit funky and sour. In the taste, tart, sour, wheat, earthy hops and wild yeast funk. There is also a touch of citrus. Finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness with vague suggestions of pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, with prickly carbonation. Overall, a very good sour with a hint of hops. Dig it.

Photo of corby112
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy chestnut brown/ orange-amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that has excellent retention. This isn't giving way at all. I mean it barely settles into a thick cap that lasts throughput leaving large chunks of soapy lacing that practically coat the glass.

Sweet citrus aroma with lots of orange peel and some nice chocolate and caramel malt. Tart earthy notes with some nice peppery spice, more citrus, dark cherries, light fruit, oak and vanilla. This is a very complex aroma. Let's hope the flavo is the same.

Nice chewy full body with some art sour oak/wood flavor. This slightly puckering earthy taste is a perfect compliment to the citrus peel notes and earthy hops. Once again, there is a prominent orange peel presence with some soft carbonation and a nice malt backbone providing excellent balance. The aftertaste of this beer makes me salivate for another sip. Extremely quaffable. Another excellent offering from the folks at Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of weeare138
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog. Batch 267, 268.

Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small white head that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of funky farmhouse, earthy notes, citrusy hops, and ripe fruit.
Taste is hoppy, earthy, rubbery, citrusy, with mild apple coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fruity, hoppy, with citrus lingering along the palate in the swallow.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks great with a dark chestnut color and a fantastic head that sticks around and leaves some great lacing, but fundamentally I think this beer is ill conceived. I'm a fan of Jolly Pumpkin, and I also like quite a few of the hoppy Belgian beers. What I don't like in this beer is the pronounced hops with the sour flavors. They would work well seperately, but together they clash and compete with one another. Typical sour aromas are nice enough and the hops are more of a spicy note in the background that works. It's the taste that is a bit jarring with sourness and bitter, earthy hops. Moutfeel is a bit light for the hops. My least favorite Jolly Pumpkin by far.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best looking pours I"ve seen. Used my Chimay glass and the head is what wowed me. Off-brown/tan, creamy, rocky, great lacing. Yum!

For a saison the aroma misses the mark, but still not bad. It's more of a sour than spice blend. Not that I mind, but when I was craving a saison, this isn't what was expected.

Not nearly as complex and delicious as Bam (but of course, not many are). I think this beer is predominately yeast, water and hops. Malt is gone after a very brief appearance by some biscuit. Some spice surfaces and is beat down by sour, same with some earthy and citrus hops.

Not a bad beer at all and quite drinkable. Misses on the style marked here

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso DC into a tumbler.

Big super foamy bubbles formed for an off white head. Sits on a dark amber brown/orange body that's kind of cloudy but lighter towards the bottom. Not much lacing while drinking.

First initial bouquet is sour, then extremely hoppy and spicy with a touch of salt. A big strange yeast bent is present with hints of almost bubbling acid/sulfurous sense. It does feel like an amped up Bam Biere.

Taste is quite unique, a very big hop bitterness and yeast, but the swallow is all so bretty like, with this sense of crisp acid. Swallow and closure is a feel of sourdough bread and salt. Really unique interesting taste on this brew.

Overall this is a real neat and fun beer, very complex palate and nose, lots of fun to go around.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 374/375, a capped 750 mL bottle.

A: The ale is a dark coppery brown color, an old used penny from the bottle of the piggy bank. A reddish glow emerges when light is shined through it. A slow, bubbling ooze of eggshell white foam slowly creeped out of the bottle. In the glass, it measured just under three fingers (because it ran out of room) that laced extensively as it receded. The second (and third) pours generated just as much head.

S: The wild saison has the lemony crispness that Jolly Pumpkin is known for. The tartness is acidic, no traces of the vinegar that I so despise. Sorry though, I'm not getting much hop-wise.

T: The hops, while dormant in the nose, make an appearance at the tail-end of each sip, a leafy bitterness that seems to have lost a step or two. Before that bitterness, the wild funk, citric and tart, puts on a good show. It's lemony zest, a sharp flavor on the palate, quickly builds before ceding to the hops. Seems like the heftier hop load has muted the tartness a bit. Definitely, the more I get into it, the more the hop profile tamps down the tartness. Too bad the hops have aged a bit though, it could have been a great show.

M: The mouthfeel has multiple things worth mentioning. First, the acidic tartness isn't as intense as other JP beers. Second, the hoppiness really stands out. Third, the excessive carbonation upfront really settled the ale down.

D: Another ridiculously low abv ale from JP. The complexity of a wild ale in such a small beer is amazing. I'll be heading to the Ann Arbor brewpub in a few weeks and can't wait.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat light gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, with light clove, honey, orange citrus and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but with a light sour component I wasn't expecting. The beer is pretty dry, with no more than a light honey flavor along with the light clove, vanilla and sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, as you would expect with this level of alcohol.

Nothing earth shattering here, but this is still pretty solid.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Petrus chalice.

Appearance - Dirty gold body. The extra malt makes this look almost amber. Very clear and a huge head. The head lasts for over an hour as I slowly sip this. Nice pillow of foam on top. It's just too dark looking to be appetizing, though.

Smell - Funky, hoppy, and acidic smelling. Depending on the smell, I can get any one of those flavors to outweigh the others. Sometimes it smells like a saison, other times like a sour, and sometimes like a Belgian Pale Ale.

Taste - Tart lemon kick at the start, followed by hops. Starts off tasting like a bretty BPA. What follows is more saison-ish. Some funk and a bit of peppery malt. The finish is a little bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel - It's nice and light with pretty high carbonation. Tingly, peppery, and bitter in the finish. Easy to drink.

Overall - A lot of flavors happening at once that don't necessarily blend together. It's disjointed in certain respects. Still, a good beer.

Overall

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 514. Bottled 3-5-10. Consumed 6-20-10.

A: As with most of their beers the wild Belgian yeast is evident upon the pour producing a glass consuming head that was tusk ivory in color. Retention was time consuming due to its initial size, as the head calved and pitted leaving cavenous voids. As it fell, it left a huge, speckled, glass coating lacing that was densely packed together and spongey in character. Substantial pours projected an ice-berg like structures rising and breaching the glass rim. A dark tawny brownish orange color with a thick misty haze is observed once the head settled from the bottom up revealing an extremely light effervesce factor that produced only a few random bubbles being released at any given moment. I absolutely loved the humongous rocky head which outlasted my patience to start drinking and sniffing.

S: A decent offering of wild Belgian yeast exists on the nose, musky with scents of cobwebs and cellar like atmosphere were to be had. The strength was light however with hardly a trace of hops to be found.

T: Toasted grains with yeasty attributes of cobwebs and musky fruit of oranges and melons could be found on the initial sip. There is a good deal of maltiness here, especially per style and on the swallow which showcased a silty and powdery coating and character. Musky whole hop cones, both citrusy and of green leafy hints could be detected with a medium sense of delivery. Slightly tart orange grinds are also present rounding things out in an otherwise good show flavor-wise but nothing that takes it to an A level.

M: The mouthful is light, very smooth filled with a tart fruitiness of melons upon the swallow. Dry with hardly a trace of effervesce makes this sit pretty lifeless on the tongue.

D: Good drinkability per style, with enough character to be respectable yet still light enough to be manageable for the novice per style. A bomber sits well with me, decent, but nothing that made me go wow.

Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange - copper with a massive white head that settles slowly. Decent lacing sticks to the glass. Complex aroma of grass and citrus, light hay and mustiness, pepper and floral notes.

The flavor is somewhat less attractive than the nose and is overwhelmed by bitterness; some pithy citrus and floral hops; subtle hay and grass. Hints of tartness and funk, pepper and other spices, but bitterness dominates and leaves things feeling a little bland and one dimensional.

Medium light bodied with assertive carbonation. Clean drinking, crisp, with a dry finish. Not bad butb ultimately, not tremendously interesting.

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 267, 268. Warning: Slow gusher alert. It didn't quite go crazy after the cap was popped, but I wouldn't leave it unattended either.
Clear burnt orange with a solid cap of fine beige bubbles. Good retention, aided by constantly surfacing bubbles, with some moderately sticky lacing. JP funk hits the nose right away, a combination of tartness and acidity, almost like salt and vinegar chips, but much more mellow. Earthy berries and grass, this is hoppier than the regular bam, but it seems like the hops have faded somewhat compared to other reviews of the same batches earlier in the year. Still, very nicely balanced on the nose. The flavour was... everything in the aroma, plus more. Hops were much more pronounced, leafy and grassy with a slight mint character in the finish, quite floral, and the bitterness was sturdy and forceful. This worked well with the light acidity, keeping the palate quite clean. Less fruity than the aroma with just a hint of the berry tartness I expected based on the smell. Light bodied, very dry, with plenty of carbonation that kept the texture light and airy. What can I say, I like just about everything JP puts out. My only (minor) issue was the dryness seemed to work against this beer, crowding out some of the flavour.

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: bottle foamed up immediately upon opening, despite careful storage. Medium, dirty-golden hue with a moderate haze and an indiscernible effervescence. Head is four fingers of extremely inconvenient ivory foam with great retention; annoying, but pretty.

Smell: light malt with just a touch of sour and funk; the overall character is very grassy, green, and fresh; it really evokes springtime. Not only do I really like it, I think it is a very successful execution of the brewer's intentions.

Taste: somewhat dry malt with a bit of caramel character, but only a bit. A light farmhouse funk is present, just as in the aroma, and the grassy character is maintained. Despite its relatively light intensity (it is only 4.7%, after all), I really like the composition of the flavor here.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation and a refreshing effervescence.

Overall: a very refreshing, light, tasty and drinkable saison. If I didn't have to drive to Oregon to get this, I would think about keeping a few bottles on hand!

Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, thanks to MDS for bringing this one.

Pours a hazy brownish amber, thin off white head forms, quickly drops to a thin ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is caramelized, some herbal hopping, floral, light citrus, bit of bready spiciness, tart fruit, nice, some light roasty malts. Taste is similar, caramel, some wood, herbal and lightly fruited, very toasty middle, a bit astringent and bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, big bitterness, but very solid and drinkable. Thanks Mike!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank at Craft last Thursday. Pours a mixture of dark yellow and light amber with ample frothy head. Good zesty hop presence, not dry hopped ipa like, but hoppy nonetheless. Floral and mildly citrus.

Taste, hops didn't come through as much, bitterness definitely did, carbonation was up on this one. Very dry. Didn't come across anything I would call anything beyond very mildly funky or sour from this, at this point I was realizing I was having a very different beer from Jolly Pumpkin, but closer to par for everyone else. Didn't pick up really any brett from the beer. Was more like one of those imperial pilsners if anything.

At $9 a bottle, its not worth it.

Photo of vfgccp
2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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