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E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

E. S. BamE. S. Bam

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423 Ratings
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%

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 StonedTrippin


4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is the kind of wild ale i would drink all day every day. the best of the bam incarnations i think, more hoppy, reminds me of mikkeller ak alive, that funky, so darn good. only lightly hazy amber color liquid with more than an inch of pearly white head as light as a feather and lasting for the whole drink. on tap at hops and pie, i love their beer program. aromas of farmhouse funk and citrusy hops, its a reall cool and uncommon combination. flavors of brett in all its glory mingle with the hops, which only add a little bitterness but a ton of oomph to a beer as sessionable as this one. the yeast and funk combo here is pure glory, light and bright, and the mouthfeel is incredibly dry, with some peppery spice and a gorgeous hop bouquet mixing with the brett. complex and supremely drinkable at under 5% abv. i wish i had a mainline of this, i would never get bored. some of the most impressive stuff in a beautiful catalog from jolly pumpkin.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 05:16:08 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of TheBrewo


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
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 16:34:57 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a tall thin stemmed glass at Lord Hobo.

E.S. Bam pours a burnt orange, with a few tangerine highlights and a decent bit of clarity. There's roughly two fingers of white foam crowning the beer. Head retention is outstanding, and thick rings of lacing are left behind. Truly a gorgeous looking beer. The nose doesn't really leap out at you, but close inspection reveals aromas of oak and earthy funk, with light pepper serving as a complementary note. The flavor is nicely varied, if a little unbalanced. There's a strong bready malt presence right off the back. What follows is a wonderful blend of oak, yeast, and hops. It's earthy, oaky, and there's a little bit of pepper there as well. It's hard to tell what's coming from the yeast, the barrel aging, and the hops respectively. All in all though, I do find myself wishing the beer was a little bit less overtly malty and had a little more phenolic spice to it. The carbonation is lively, just as it should be, but I find the body to be a little bit too full and substantial for the style. E.S. Bam is another very good beer from Jolly Pumpkin, and an impressive blend of flavorful and sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 18:50:27 | More by axeman9182
Photo of homebrew311


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at whole foods. Pours a hazy orange with generous amount of fluffy white head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is somewhat subdued featuring waves of clove spice along with some earthiness and funk. The taste is more pronounced with waves of tart citrus and spIcy cloves. The body is light with high carbonation. Overall, a nice and refreshing Saison with a moderate funk level.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 00:29:31 | More by homebrew311
Photo of tobelerone


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 13:32:52 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Rifugium


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a cloudy amber-brown color with a finger's breadth of foamy eggshell head, moderate retention and lacing. Bready malts and yeast in the aroma, fruit and spice. Taste of bready malts, woody, lightly spiced fruit and potpourri, vaguely zesty, more sweet than tart, a bit of grassy funk, fairly bitter in the finish. Medium body, generously carbonated. An okay brew, nothing amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 13:06:55 | More by Rifugium
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip at Pinocchio's in Media, PA back in June.

A Pours a cloudy orange brown with a thick, pillowy off-white one finger head.

S It's funky and light, hints of pee (which isn't all that bad a thing), greens like celery or lettuce, slightly musty like a barn, citrus, hops. There's a spice I just can't place along with some pepper.

T Crisp, refreshing, light, slightly tart with some bready almost like spicy rye malts up front and in the middle. Bitterness in the finish with some sweetness and mustiness along with some acidic urine. Citrus on the tip and at the back changing from sweet lemons to tart limes.

M Thin, light, somewhat watery with decent carbonation especially at the front and sides. Something you'd expect from a summer beer.

O Refreshing, light. Great beer on a lightly breezy spring day to a schorching hot summer one. Nice complexity with intriguing undertones, some of which I can't quite pick out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 19:10:18 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
Photo of ehammond1

2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A hazy auburn. Bubbling white head. Nice lacing.

Incredibly tart and tangy. Spicy and biting yeast. Really nice...

...though the flavor seems off. It's way too bitter, and not in a pleasant way. It hides everything else in the beer, and I'm sure there's a lot of wonderful funk, but it's all hidden by this murky, muddy one-note, unpleasant bitterness.

Medium bodied. Highly carbonated.

Perhaps a good beer somewhere hidden behind an unpleasant, murky, dirty tasting bitterness. An unfortunate miss.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 02:16:42 | More by ehammond1
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 19:42:15 | More by womencantsail
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark reddish brown with a 1 finger head

smell: farmhouse, malts, hay, dark fruits,

taste: hay, malts, farmhouse, dark fruits,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice crisp refreshing saison. I'll definitely have this one again.


Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 17:28:38 | More by THECPJ
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed burnt orangy/amber color with soft dense slightly off-white head. Scent is quite sweet, light fruity tartness, very earthy with grassy and piney notes, all backed by a solid barnyard funkyness. One of the bolder flavored farmhouse ales - full clea, lightly sweet malt profile, solid earthy hop profile, light fruityness - im getting notes of everything from orange to cherry. The funk on this is much bolder then others in the style and gives good charachter to the beer. Medium bodied, dry finnish. Overall a bold and well executed farmhouse ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 14:41:54 | More by rfgetz
Photo of dlmccabe1


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft from a Chimay tulip.

Appearance is a nice light amber color with some cloudiness. Pours with a decent head but it dissipated rather quickly. I really like the aromas here with a nice barnyard-y funk to it. Hints of hay earth, not a lot of fruitiness in my opinion.

Those aromas follow through on the palate. It finishes nice and dry with more bitterness than a typical saison, which I suppose is what this beer is trying to do. The brett comes through strongly on the finish and lingers. Nice use of it here.

Medium body coats the mouth and lingers. Overall this is an interesting beer. I like the dryness and the bitterness from the hops, but the brett characteristics overwhelm the finish slightly, which dropped it down a bit for me. Very interesting and worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 00:51:19 | More by dlmccabe1
Photo of sweemzander


2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap pour at Barley House into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a caramel colored amber. Produced a nice cap of off-white foam. Good retention behind it too. Lots of lace left behind.

(S)- Wow, a big dry earthy floral; almost citrus-like aroma blast up front. Hints at a Brett funk in the far background.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A big dry earthy Brett funk up front with a subtle caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- Very funky, dry, and bitter. At the same time its actually almost a bit thin feeling; it totally drops off the palate.

(D)- An alright Saison. A bit one dimensional; heavy on the dry earthy Brett profile with little else going on.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 15:00:46 | More by sweemzander
Photo of jale


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours acloudy light amber with a finger of off white head.

S: Yep you can tell this is a J.P. beer. Nice funkiness and citrus hops.

T: Light malt, lemon, citrus hops and a hing of horse blanket. Nice balance of hops and light tartness.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: Nice beer for the season. Would drink another.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 12:17:33 | More by jale
Photo of smakawhat


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 17:21:15 | More by smakawhat
Photo of output01x


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a tulip glass at The Brew Kettle.

A 2-finger cream-colored head rests atop a brown copper body. After a few minutes, the head recedes to an even dusting and thick ring. Thick lacing becomes glued to the sides of the glass.

Funky and sour with earthy undertones. Floral hop aromas and roasted malt aromas can also be detected. The mildness of the nose definitely does not do justice to the taste of this beer.

Acid and sour strike the tongue immediately. A citrus tartness stings the tip of the tongue. Grassy hops appear to be the primary them here. A dry bitter funk aftertaste rests on the back of the tongue. The flavors here are definitely bold and assaulting. I doubt anyone could take a sip of this beer and not notice it.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has a watery finish that definitely helps the drinkability considering the giant flavors.

This beer is not for the uninitiated to horse blankets. The flavors here are not subtle and are sure to please those that love this style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 01:40:28 | More by output01x
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 18:07:57 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of david18

New York

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Well the main thing I can say about this beer is carbonation, carbonation, carbonation. Maybe it was this batch but any time I asked for a glass it was a ten to fifteen minute process.

Color was light with, as I said, a very pronounced head. Aroma is very yeasty/bready and nice. Flavor is a little weak, just not a lot going on. Light malt, a little yeast, no hops to speak of.

It's drinkable at 4.7 percent but I'm not sure that i'm a big fan of this beer. I will try it again and post again to give it another chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 00:05:30 | More by david18
Photo of BARFLYB


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capones for a saison event, this is from old notes.

A- A copper, honey gold with some white stickage on the glass. Islands of foam.

S- An oak bomb, I guess this stayed in the barrels for a long time. Oak is number 1 with some vanilla, funk, brett and some dark fruits.

T- It's not all that sour, slightly tart, but oaky as hell. A bit to much for me. I like the vanilla coming from the wood but the amount of oak drowns out other flavors here.

M- Rich and malty, above medium, nicely carbed, a big aftertaste.

D- This is huge on flavor, but not a mix that im digging so much, i'll take regular bam all day everyday.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 15:22:18 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of ne0m00re


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

05/24/10- Had this one on-tap at Bodega.
A: Burnt orange with a good cream film/collar/lace.
S: Tart brett funk, oaky, blackberry, juniper, and spice.
T: Dry brett funk, slightly tart, underripe apples with their cores, very bitter.
M: Slightly syrupy, dry, and slightly frothy.
D: Only OK. I didn't order another one, and not because of the price.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 21:04:19 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of zoso1967


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is served up a beautiful orange amber color. It is full of bubbles that no doubt add to a magnificent, towering, fluffy and rocky head that is world class. The aroma is a bit funky and tart, as well as slightly citrusy, peppery, slightly malty and a bit herbal. All of the flavors seem fairly well integrated. Slightly sweet pale malt, herbal hops, spice and a citrusy tart tang. Very nice and quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and full of bubbles, perhaps a bit too many of them, but it finishes nicely. A very drinkable beer that I enjoyed more than I expected I would.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 22:03:23 | More by zoso1967
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at American Craft in Brookline, Ma.

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass,

The color is a dark copper with about two fingers of off-white head and some lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little bit like silly putty. The bitterness was present but did not overpower some of the sweet malt flavor with some herbal spicy flavor.

The taste is pretty bitter at first. There is a rubbery vegetable flavor that makes me think of cucumbers. This flavor lessons to let out a nice spicy, peppery feel. There is a touch of some fruits in here but hard to place them with some slight yeast tartness in the end of the sip.

The feel of this beer is medium with a good amount of carbonation. It is a medium bodied beer as well and is a little thick when going down. A good ESB but is a bit of a mouthful.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 02:26:23 | More by Duhast500
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ecstatic to see this on-tap at Datz Deli in Tampa

A - It pours (is served) an amber hue and hazy with a huge white head and streaky, splattered lace.

S - The aroma is tart JP funk, pale grain and herbal-floral hop; also saucy tomato notes. As it airs out, the hop becomes more prevalent. Very interesting and complex.

T - The taste is excellent; a great balance of hoppy and tart-funky. Like a funked-out Belgian IPA. Dry and tart; guava and exotic fruit flavors are available, and they meld with the tropical-fruity hops.

M - Feels thinner, refreshing and dry, perhaps loses carbonation a bit too quickly.

D - I wish that I always knew where some JP was on-tap, this stuff is a great luxury.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 21:19:44 | More by ktrillionaire
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Whole Foods Beer Room - Bowery. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Calm pour down the side of the glass leaves a one inch, fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly. Occasional spots or islands of lacing that don't last very long.

Smell: Cake, greens, spice, herbal notes, grass, and some very mild funk. Nothing shouts at you, but the aroma is very interesting and very pleasing.

Taste: At first, it's way too bitter. The flavor up front is mild, then eaten up entirely by the bitter finish. However, after a short time, some of that beautiful freshness from the smell makes its way into the flavor. There's a faint brett tanginess; more of a suggestion of it than anything. It's kind of clear right away that this beer should be aged more before drinking it (hops are overwhelming most of the flavor and the wild yeast notes are good but extremely faint).

Halfway through the glass, I started eating some sourdough bread. It tames some of the bitterness, and the spicy notes from the nose come through a bit stronger in the taste, as do some of the rich cake-like notes. There's some lemony flavor and a very light soapiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated. Too watery.

Drinkability: The more of this I drink, the more little subtle flavors I find, and the more pleased I am by the ones I've found already. However, the funk is a tease.

In the end, I like this beer very much. However, I would love to give it a try after a year or so of aging. It's satisfying and light now, but I think it would be bolder and better once the wild yeast has some time to do its thing. Also, while the whole idea seems to be hopping up a saison, in this case that doesn't seem to be that great an idea. These flavors are too good (and too subtle) to brutalize with a lot of (rather characterless) hop bitterness.

Serving type: growler

06-03-2010 05:25:13 | More by Pahn
E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.