E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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E. S. BamE. S. Bam

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443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of cvstrickland
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crowned 750 ml; Batch 288/289.

In a shaker pint glass, E.S. Bam is pale brownish amber with a glint of orange and a storm of fine internal carbonation feeding a huge, pillowy off-white head. As the cap reduces, it consolidates fine, pearly bubbles into large soapy ones at the periphery, leaving the center portion of foam drifted up in rocky, craggy fashion and large 3-D hunks of lacing scattered about the glass.

The smell is sweet and fruity with mild caramel, toffee, plus orange rind oil, a touch of muddy funk, and a whiff of apple cidery, lemony zing. Mild brown malt toastiness underlays the aroma profile, not really taking up a lot of space, but growing in stature as the drink progresses.

The taste is mild and malty with the merest toasty drizzle of sweetened vinegar and a soft mineral steeliness that dries the finish. As I'm looking for descriptors and finding the words "mild", "mere", and "soft", I realize that no matter how much I want this brew to be more than it is, it just isn't all that flavorful, instead presenting itself almost like a pretty good beer cut with a shot or three of mineral water. The funky-steel flavor and vinegary zing gain purchase in the warming drink, but the notes are left unbalanced by any significant malt backbone, leaving the finish quite dry with a little pucker. Only as the bottom of the bottle close at hand does a note of wheat straw and strawberries sweeten and freshen the drink just a tad.

The drink is light-bodied and underpowered with a fine sizzle of carbonation. The brew is quite drinkable, but only because of its uncanny similarity to the water it's brewed from. A big swing and a miss from a brewer I expect much better beer from.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kjyost
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1050, bottled 03-20-2012. Acquired at Bridgeview Liquorsbin Moorhead, MN Served fridge cold into a tulip.

Pours a hazy copper with a large white fluffy head that caps and laces wonderfully. Nose has barnyard Brett. Fruity notes and a deep earthy hop. Quite nice. The body has much the same as the nose along with a nice rich nutty malt backbone, yet the bitterness builds and doesn't seem to pair well with the earthy body and the Brett notes. Disappointing actually and I would have much preferred the original Bam to this guy...

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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

Pours a dark ruby brown in color with no a nice quarter inch head. Smell is spicy funk. Dare I say that I'm getting a sense of pickles in the nose?!
Taste is the much beloved Jolly Pumpkin funk! Again, I'm getting some kind of a pickle flavor. Don't know. Taste is much the same. Creamy on the mouthfeel. Another good offering from JP.

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from LS or bottletrek (i forget), by way of stevemcqueenjr.

batch 288/289, tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into tulip.

dark amber. clear if decanted properly. enormous 4+ finger, light tan head, slowly forms meringue and iceberg, leaving behind layers of lace before i even get to my first sip. head eventually fades to a stable thin layer, with a tiny creamy meringue in the middle. great lacing.

aroma: citrusy (grapefruit) hops surprise me upfront, with mild barn funk, horse blanket, musty leather, sweet grass and hay. then proceeds into malty caramel and malt and cider vinegars, with spicy anise and licorice in back, with some herbal notes and faint phenols. very complex.

taste: mild acidity with malt vinegar tones, into spice and hops, lingering strongly with citrus rind, hay and leathery funk, creating a spicy, moderate bitterness. just a touch watered down in comparison though.

medium body, gentle acidity and astringency, helped by moderate carbonation which can be tingly, fluffy.

Photo of dfillius
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive "pffft" when opened. 2 fingers of head from a gentle pour, great retention of off-white foam. Hazy reddish amber liquid. Good looking!
S: Bright citrus hops, some funky aspirin character. Smells like my homebrewed Hop Two Wet. Faint biscuit
T: Fairly modest funkiness up front with Brett medicinal taste. More hops, malt, less funk please. Slight pineapple, bread.
M: A bit too carbonated and astringent.
D: Okay. I wouldn't order another or buy again. One to share, and I'm alone.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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!

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.

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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.

Photo of rowew
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 750 capped, No ABV or date information.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a big head, tan colored.

Smell: Sour is just about the only aroma I can pull out. Maybe a bit of yeast funk, but its buried by the sour.

Taste: Sour, a bit of a tinny flavor. There is some yeast funk, but not much malt flavor in there.

Overall impression: This one seems sour for the sake of sour, without a lot of depth to it. Still interesting, but not one of the better sour beers I've had.

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

Glad this one is finally back on shelves, especially as it completes the "Bam" series for me... at least the ones that are readily available upon release. Review is from notes taken on 5/15/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a dark, murky cider-like color and it starts with a big 2 and 1/2 finger off-white head that becomes very rocky as it slowly dwindles; body is cloudy, but it still shows very strong and fast carbonation bubbling up throughout; head eventually rests as a huge, fluffy and thick cap with big marshmallowy patches; large swaths of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mmmm... smells super good -- the hops come through nicely and they have a bit of a citric zest to them, reminiscent of orange rind and lemon peel; the standard JP tartness/funk follows the hops and has that unique, saccharine sweetness to it (I'm always reminded of Smarties); slight bit of peppery spiciness to it.

Taste: Bitter and citric hops lead the way, and there's a bit of a grassiness to them as well; the JP funky/musty tartness is definitely there, and it has a real earthiness to it; the peppery spiciness is fairly subdued, but it's got a mild presence in the beer and it melds well with a sweet and grainy malt bill underneath the two dominant flavors. Flavors aren't as big and bold as other offerings from JP, but still good. Bit of lactic and acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is light in terms of weight, and fairly drying; there is a cottony dry film left on the roof of the mouth; the gums are left very tingly from the potent carbonation, but it manages to resist being overly sharp.

Overall: A highly drinkable beer, the hopping is a great addition and I'm reminded just a little bit of La Terroir by this one (although I don't believe E.S. Bam is quite as good as the NB offering). The low ABV certainly helps this one out, as it would be very refreshing in the hot summer months with the bitter and tartness; I could easily see this one getting quaffed quite quickly (check out that alliteration!).

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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