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E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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85
very good

431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 237
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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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-20-2013 15:04:51 | More by bradfordjohnson
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-30-2013 16:20:27 | More by ste5venla
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

10-24-2013 22:52:40 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ellswrth

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-17-2013 23:21:12 | More by ellswrth
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

10-06-2013 14:07:57 | More by muletrane
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ThrashMaster

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -34%

09-28-2013 02:43:18 | More by ThrashMaster
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SanDNigel

California

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark golden honey. Creamy off-white head
S- Sour hoppiness. A very exciting smell. Just a ton of depth in the smell range
T- Slight sour with a nice crisp clean hoppiness. What a great beer
M- Great. Enough bubble but not overwhelming. Really clean
O- A really great beer that I look forward to enjoying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 05:09:37 | More by SanDNigel
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-12-2013 13:52:16 | More by Cubatobaco
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-09-2013 00:09:32 | More by Hanzo
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markcp

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-04-2013 20:43:12 | More by markcp
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

09-01-2013 01:42:05 | More by dfhhead25
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ber12

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-31-2013 20:29:17 | More by ber12
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-31-2013 00:34:44 | More by ncaudle
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-30-2013 13:02:00 | More by jaydoc
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-30-2013 12:58:52 | More by tommy5
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goochpunch

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep caramel amber body with a thick, foamy head. Really good head retention on this one. Smell and taste should be taken with a grain of salt, as this bottle is over 2 years old. Hops aren't as up front as the label would have me believe (obviously because of the age). Still a tasty beer with caramel malt flavors, slight toast, and prominent brett both in the nose and taste. Tasty. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with some prickly carbonation. Kind of fluffy as well like a good hefe. This is a nice beer that I'd love to try fresh one day. Unfortunately the place that I buy Jolly Pumpkin in Louisiana is a beer museum (i.e., most of their stock is older than dirt).

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 23:39:45 | More by goochpunch
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beerhast

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-23-2013 03:40:18 | More by beerhast
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-21-2013 18:08:14 | More by JohnnieNepal
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-19-2013 17:24:39 | More by MSandahl23
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flagmantho

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 02:36:15 | More by flagmantho
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dbc5

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-06-2013 12:12:20 | More by dbc5
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 23:25:23 | More by TheBrewo
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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
E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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