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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%

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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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Photo of ianjsullivan


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

Review is written from notes jotted down while drinking.

ST: 750ml (I forgot to write down batch).

A: Cloudy amber brown with lots of sediment. It had a thick white head with huge lacing.

S: Grassy and herbal with grapefruit, sour fruity, and flinty earth.

T: Flinty, herbal, citrus hops, malt backbone, and lots of sour fruit notes.

M: Medium and dry.

O: Beautiful body joins an enjoyable dry grassy sour flavor. It is easy to see why this beer comes out in spring. It has enough body to not be light, but it is very herbal and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:06:04 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

INtersting bottle, love the label!

Poured into a nice belgan beer glass on XMASS 2011.

Aroma is pure funk. Since my cat is sitting next to me, i'll say a bit of wet-cat in there with some hoppiness. Minimal, but present malt.

Taste, funk, sour cherries, some piney and floral hops. Craziness. Reminds me a bit of Orval, but less complex and balanced.

Interesting beer nontheless, i think it'll age well and perhaps improve with time. I'd give it another year or so if I Had another.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 16:58:35 | More by jbonapar
Photo of wrycon


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 753. Bottled 3-17-11.

Prior to tasting I opened the bottle and went upstairs. Came back down and a white snake of foam was creeping out the top. Never known that to be a good thing

Primarily gold with some slight amber hues. A bit muddled- looking. Some slight floral hops notes mixed with some yeasty funkiness. Not much nose. Initially pretty tame and seemingly sweet. Lots of carbonation up front with some lightly toasted malt. Midway, the signature JP funk presents itself, adding an always welcome element. The hops dominate the back end with a pronounced bitter jab and linger long afterward. It's a unique take on the pale style. Seems a bit over-carbonated, hence the creeping bottle foam. Not sure if that's s product of it aging 8 months.

Like it? Yes, But Not Bowled Over

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 02:20:56 | More by wrycon
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle 749/750, bottled 3/10/2011.

Appearance: With only a moderately aggressive pour, a monster rocky off-white cap fills up the glass and leaves gobs of lace all the way down the glass. The color is an amber tangerine, slightly hazy but transparent enough for me to see the small resplendent carbonation rise up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The combination of wild yeasts and hops is an interesting choice, but probably not one that I am particularly excited by. There is almost no malt presence, just lemongrass, tea, and some bitter leafy hops.

Taste: The flavor never really quite gets going. This is so dry; there is a touch of malt sweetness, but it is hardly noticeable. The flavor is more like bitter tea. Lemon zest, lemongrass, and grassy and earthy hops provide all of the flavor. There is an overarching funky flavor here as well.

Mouthfeel: This is light, crisp, and quite dry. It feels astringent and overattenuated.

Overall: Jolly Pumpkin makes some beers I have been quite impressed by, but I do not connect with this one that much.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 20:56:32 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of readbaron


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy tan amber. Looks like an opaque ESB.

Smell is hoppy and tart, a bit of malt in the mix as well. There are some earthy notes as well - maybe a bit of tea?

Taste is earthier than the nose indicates. lightly tart, some bready malts, a bit of bitterness.

Feel is good, lighter than I would have thought from the look. Crisp and highly carbed.

Overall, a solid beer. Not my favorite Jolly pumpkin beer but still quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 21:38:44 | More by readbaron
Photo of kbutler1


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed copper orange color with a white fluffy head that coasters on top of the beer. The aroma has a fruity, floral brett note with some lemon, cut grass. Medium mouthfeel. Funky bretty floral flavor with some bitterness that was unexpected. It’s not bad, probably not a favortie of mine but decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 15:56:28 | More by kbutler1
Photo of KDawg


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

This was from bottle and poured into a bordeaux wine stem. Poured a lemon/orange color that was slightly cloudy and left a good sized head

Aromatic with really good aromas of citrus, florals, spices, orange peels and some funk tones as well

very good medium feel with a crispness to it and good flavors of citrus, funk, and orange peels

It's no surprise that Jolly Pumpkin made a good beer. This was listed as being bottled: 3-25-2011. It was a pretty fresh bottle right now, it would be interesting to see how it would change with some age

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:43:45 | More by KDawg
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 16:08:26 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of chugalug06


4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - AWESOME HEAD!!! Pours into crazy shapes... Brew is cloudy orange/amber color. Head is foamy white. Lots of great lacing.

S - Very unique scent! Awesome. Big sour/wild notes. Very citrus-y, lots of lemon and lime.

T - Shockingly smooth and delicious! Big hops stand out. Some nice pineapple, lemon, and apricot.

M - Very nice, slightly bitter. Slight barnyard funk, but it adds to the uniqueness.

O - A unique twist to your standard Saison... JP always impresses the hell out of me. Nice work Ron, Can't wait to see you at GABF again!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 01:51:33 | More by chugalug06
Photo of Treebs


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

Poured from a 750 ml into a cervoise goblet. Batch 753, bottled 3-18-2011

A: Slight hazy mixture of amber and copper. Ridiculous head with ridiculous retention. Lace is insane as well.

S: Funky yeast with some light tropical fruits. Some banana as well with a finish of a slight tree bark and hop mixture.

T: The taste is a heightened version of the nose, but more hoppy. Funky yeast upfront with a slight vine through the middle and finishes with some bitter hops.

M: Smooth and creamy on the mouth. Medium bodied with a light fruit finish and some high carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Funkiness with the hops on the backend really made it cohesive and it worked nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 14:27:35 | More by Treebs
Photo of Vengeance526


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

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a lively white head that lasts throughout and leaves decent lacing.

Nice acidic aroma of lemon and grape upfront.

Taste starts off with notes of sour apples and lemon, then turns to hints of grassy hops before coming back to mild funk into the finish.

Light to medium body with a lot of prickly carbonation. Interesting balance of sour and bitter going on, a little strange at first but it worked.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:22:24 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch 774. Bottled 4-6-2011.

Pours a cloudy dense deep dark amber topped by a stupidly thick, rocky head of foam. It's almost annoying how much head this has.

Aroma of apple cider vinegar, perfume, must, pepper and a plasticy sweetness.

Taste is funky. Dry. Um...odd. Chalky. I'm just going to keep throwing out words until my brain can write something cohesive about the taste. Soapy. Waxy. Dry and incredibly leathery. I simply can not get a bead on the taste. I can't seem to find the tartness I get in the aroma in the taste. Mostly it just tastes like liquid saddle.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and a tad watery.

Overall this was not to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 01:46:46 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of Alieniloquium


4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:05:38 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottle at the Good Beer Store in Fryeburg, ME, after the 1st weekend of the Belgian Beer Fest @ Ebenezer's. "Orval on steroids" according to the menu at Ebenezer's.

Pours into my Ebenezer's 7th annual Belgian Beer Fest tulip a deep, murky orange with a huge chunky head leaving behind some thick sticky lacing. The high carbonation really gives the foam time to hang like dense spiderwebs on the glass. Leaves a beautiful glass behind.

The first sip is of barnyard funk and prickly carbonation. The funk is really intense. Lemongrass, phenols, Brett. If you like Orval you will love this. Really one you can savor, let warm, and try again. I would drink this again in a second for $12 / 750 ml.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:56:19 | More by ILiveOffHops
Photo of jzeilinger


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

A - Pours a hazy orange coppery color with a huge initial foamy head and lots of carbonation, eventually it does down and leaves a thick sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Aroma is mild lemon grass, lights herbs, and alot of funky sourness.

T - "Barnyard funk" is something I don't use very often and this beer definitely has that characteristic, in a big way. Tangy sour funk hits the tongue up front and causes the tongue to salivate in a big way. Not much malt underneath to speak of, spicy, and a little herbally. The spicy/herbal side does remind me of a Belgian style IPA, with the addition of a moderate citrus bitter finish that lingers with a dry brett-like finish.

M - This beer is too thin for my liking but considering the Saison style, that's how it should be.

O - This is a well brewed beer, enjoyable, and light bodied. I would love to see JP thicken this beer up a little and up the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:57:38 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of ncfranklin


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

750ml bottle with a 04/2011 dating.

A: Murky rust brown to orange. Big light tan head that's quite frothy. Carbonation bubbles are present and adequate.

S: Belgian funk typical of a saison with fruit of apple, pear, grape, and some underlying vinegar. No hoppiness really present in the nose.

T: Surprisingly bitter. Grassy hoppiness up front, which must be quite fresh because it doesn't hold back. The funk is more of a base underneath to this, with some slight grainy qualities.

M: Medium body, with a light amount of dryness.

O: Quite hoppy Saison. The grassy qualities are strong, and mix well with the earthiness of the saison. Maybe it should have set for awhile to give it a little more balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 13:58:01 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of FanofHefe


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

Bottled 4-15-2011. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Cloudy, amber body with a huge 4-finger white, fluffy head -- massive carbonation. The head retains well and leaves good lacing.

Definitely has the aroma of a Saison - funky yeast is prominent with some tart apple following. Just a hint of sweet malt and a bit of hops.

Again, the flavor is typical of a saison with the expected funky yeast flavor, but a little bit of hoppiness changes the landscape a little. A bit of tart light fruit blends into the flavor.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Not my favorite JP beer, but an interesting experience nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:56:01 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of PerHops


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Lots and lots of carbonation! Have to pour about 6 ounces (at the most) at a time. Poured into a large snifter. I would say 50/50 body to head for the first 90 seconds, or so. Head eventually settles down to about an inch of whispy foam.

S- Lemons, barnyard funk and some minerals.

T- Bone dry. A little bit of a metalic, copper flavor. Some earthy tobacco and spice notes. Nice big bitter finish. Did not expect that one.

M- Exceptional. This is how I want a sip to feel like after a long day at the "office".

O- Less sour than I was hoping. In the same breath, as good as I could have hoped it would be. This is a quality beer and very unique, at that.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:05:56 | More by PerHops
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this the other day while BA was down for maintenance.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a nice orangish copper color. It has a big 3-finger white head on it. The head has awesome retention, and it leaves behind a lot of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It has a nice floral hop smell up front, as well as some barnyard hay and spices. There is also a little bit of fruit and some yeastiness.

T - The tastes starts off with some nice somewhat sweet maltiness. There is a very nice hop presence , spices, and a little bit of barnyard funkiness to it. There is also a nice earthy quality to it. The finish left some lingering spice and hop bitterness in the mouth.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down very easy, and has an awesome creamy feel to it. It is just so velvety and smooth. It is also earthy and has some hop bitterness to it, as well as bit of tingly spiciness. I found this to be quit refreshing.

O - This has great drinkability. It was hard to put the glass down. Overall, I thought this was a great beer, and a good representation of the style. This is a great anytime beer, but I especially think it goes well in warm weather. I definitely recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 16:22:02 | More by JizackFH
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 23:56:47 | More by Knapp85
Photo of brc


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Half was frothy white head which stays billowy and cavernous for many minutes. Beautiful. Cloudy amber liquid with some orange color.

Smells of lemongrass, fruits and flowers - a wisp of springtime.

Tastes fairly mild for its name, though it's complex. Piney and herbal with a slightly bitter kick, with some sweetness underneath. Slightly lemony.

Dry and very filling mouthfeel.

A lovely find.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:23:38 | More by brc
Photo of jmunsters


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep amber, almost brown color. Enormous amount of head that dissipates very slowing. Lacing clings to the glass from pour through drinking.

S- Citrus: Grapefruit, a bit of lemon. Spice: Nutmeg and cloves. If you've had a Jolly Pumpkin beer before I would call it "Jolly Pumpkin spices".

T- A pretty big rush of citrus and spices up front fades to a fairly malty end. A hint of sour, but nothing at all like most of the rest of their lineup.

M- Quite thin actually. I was expecting something a bit more full from the smell and taste, but it was quite thin, well-carbonated.

O- I've enjoyed everything I've ever had from Jolly Pumpkin. I love the sour beers, but this one is not that. It is as it's billed. A citrusy and hoppy farmhouse. It's nice, and it's refreshing, but I'll probably go with another offering from them next time I'm looking for a Jolly Pumpkin brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 21:58:59 | More by jmunsters
Photo of habanosdarklord


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 4-15-11

Poured into a Riedel Burgundy wine glass.

Looks great for a Farmhouse. Nothing to get too excited about though. Typical, maybe darker than usual. Smells of orange orange rind, bannana, clove, malt, and some sourness. Rich, complex nose with a "fresh" sense about it. I really enjoy the aroma of Jolly beers, there is a signature smell to them that's great. Smells great for a Farmhouse. Taste is on board with the smell. Starts off with a great citrus flavor, lemon maybe. Great creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation as well. I pick up some "green" on the palate as well. By "green" I mean herb and green vegetal. Not a bad flavor though. Mostly on the finish of this beer. Slight dank note to this beer as well, along the lines of grassy. If you like farmhouse ales this is a great offering. Complex, interesting, refreshing, all around nice beer. Get it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:22:33 | More by habanosdarklord
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

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

I'm having fun with this beer. I poured it into a tulip and it immediately turned to mostly suds. So I let it settle and came back and saw that the receding head left behind a massive amount of lace...lace isn't the right word...the head clung to everything and just settled into itself and had become dense. So I poured more in to see if it would rise about the glass rim and it rose and seemed to open like a flower due to the curvature of the glass. Really cool. I swear you could use the portion of the head stuck to the glass for spray-in insulation. The beer? Oh yeah, there's beer in here too. Hazy orangey-brown.

It smells like what they describe it to be...a mix between a saison and Belgian-style IPA. Herbs and spices dominate first...some from the hops and some from the yeast strain. Kind of like rhubarb, marjoram and black pepper. Nothing I'd ever put together in a dish, but it's intriguing here.

A citrus (bitter orange?) element that I had not got in the nose was the first thing to greet my tongue. The black pepper is still pretty prevalent as an aftertaste and the herbs still play around in the background. As with a lot of highly hopped beers, the malts are hard to pick out, but it does make a showing when you burp. This is one of my favorite methods for finding hidden flavors, mostly for its effectiveness, but also for the entertainment value. The burp gave me some light caramel against a little earthiness.

I've only had two Jolly Pumpkin Ales and this is my favorite so far. Definitely better than the La Roja. My brother kept trying to get me to try them again and my wife accidentally bought me a bottle, so what the hell? I'm glad for both.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 20:03:16 | More by Naugros
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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy pale amber with a huge frothy white head that lasts forever. Leaves nice lacing as it drinks down.

Smell - Sour barnyard funk, lemon, spicy and grassy hops, mineral.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, soft, a bit chalky.

Taste - Echoes the smell, but with more hops character. Grass, spice and even a little lemon upfront, followed by nice bracing bitterness in the middle, with a soft, dry mineral finish that has a touch of tartness.

This is a great beer. It actually reminds me a little of Orval, one of my favourites.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 00:05:28 | More by
E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.