E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 4/16/2012. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a big 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of green apple, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, grass, hay, pepper, herbal, brett funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and fruity/spicy yeast/brett notes; with good strength. Taste of green apple, pear, lemon zest, orange zest, bread, pepper, clove, grass, hay, herbal, brett funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of tart earthy spiciness/bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, hay, grass, herbal, brett funk, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hops with fruity/spicy yeast/brett flavors with a fair amount of malt presence; with a moderately dry finish with no cloying flavors. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy saison style. All around good balance and complexity of hops and fruity/spicy yeast and brett flavors; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
11-21-2013 04:57:07 | More by superspak
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
09-30-2011 16:08:26 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +9%
This beer appears a hazy, light brown with a nice, big head. Nice retention and lacing. Hops and brett aromas are very inviting. Some nice earthy notes as well. Distinctive Jolly pumpkin funkiness with a pleasant, sour finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice balance of carbonation / creaminess. Another tasty offering from Jolly Pumpkin.
06-24-2010 03:08:25 | More by Huhzubendah
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
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
05-28-2011 07:47:38 | More by Mebuzzard
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
04-16-2011 18:07:57 | More by John_M
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
05-05-2011 17:21:15 | More by smakawhat
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
06-25-2010 01:36:07 | More by beerthulhu
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
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!
07-28-2008 02:24:54 | More by Viggo
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
05-25-2011 23:00:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
12-27-2008 20:26:13 | More by DrJay
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
On-tap (glad to see it finally here from JP) at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.
Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smells of light amounts of funk with bright and leafy hop aromas. Also present are very mild amounts of dry caramel malts.
Tastes good. Dry caramel malt flavors with a good deal of graininess kick things off. Very mild amounts of funk make their way into things midway through the sip before being drowned out by earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter finish that's very dry and mildly crisp.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall this was an interesting beer however I wish the flavor profile more closely matched the nose. Not the best offering from JP but still worth a shot if you see it around.
04-28-2010 00:36:56 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
05-23-2011 17:28:38 | More by THECPJ
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
06-17-2012 13:32:52 | More by tobelerone
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
750ml bottle poured into tulip 14/10/12
A hazy golden peach with a a hands width of foam, I got about a 1 to 3 ration of liquid to foam, I still have more foam at the bottom of the glass then I had liquid when I poured it. the massive soapy head ends up as a pencil top eraser like island that pivots like a bobble bead doll when I tilt the glass.
Edit- I'm bumping this one up to perfect, my third pour left me with what can only be understood by someone who's gone down the Great Ocean Road outside Melbourne and seen London Bridge before it fell into the sea. my first bridge of foam crossing from one side of the glass to the other, NEAT!!
S holy funk batman, some tea bag herbal notes with some citric and leafy hops but the Brett is firmly in charge and I didn't see it coming, Beers this funky normally have a little more going on other then the funk, don't get me wrong though I'm enjoying this one
T more of the same really, funky herbal notes and leafy almost grassy dried hay come out, I want to say soapy but it just might be all the foam filling my mind with suds
M a small sip explodes instantly upon entering the mouth, pretty lively even for the style, very airy and foamy with a little grittiness left behind with a herbal tea leaf funk aftertaste
O for some reason I wasn't expecting a a funk bomb and I'm surprised how simple but funky this one is. I'm amazed this one didn't explode when I opened it with how carbonated it is, respectable beer though don't get me wrong
Unexpected qualities, mostly a good thing, something you could easily session but you might win a burping contest along the way. very funky and heavily carbonated low alc% brew, worth a shot for sure
10-15-2012 07:31:30 | More by wordemupg
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
08-28-2011 21:05:38 | More by Alieniloquium
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
750 ml bottle (batch 280/281). Poured into my Meantime snifter, E.S. Bam is a hazy bronzed amber with a large bone colored head that is super tight and dense. Very slow to settle, the carbonation forms a mountain of foam rising up above the rest of the large head in the middle, lasting through the settling to the last sip. Very heavy lace. Wow, damn impressive! I was really worried this one would be a gusher. The first bottle I grabbed at the shop promptly burst (the glass broke with a muted dink) when I laid it on it's side in shop's the plastic hand held basket! I assumed the bugs had built up to strong, but this one didn't gush, or pour with excess froth...weird.
Smell is musty, slightly sweet caramel, toffee and raisins, with strong, spicy hop backbone. Not to bad, but very unusual for the style. Blindly, I'd guess English style IPA.
Taste is bone dry, not sweet, light funk and huge noble hop spice, with a bitter finish. I like the concept (I homebrew hoppy saisons myself), but I'm not in love with the hops they used here, which overpower the saison's underlying subtleties. Not bad, but not very exciting either, something about it just doesn't quite work out...much like Bam Noire, it pales to the original Bam.
Mouthfeel is is bubbly, but the specialty malts keep the body from being as thin and dry as regular Bam, although it's still very light and crisp.
Drinkability is ok, it's an easy drinker that's light in the belly and low in ABV. But the taste isn't that interesting, and gets a bit astringent after awhile.
06-20-2008 00:28:05 | More by ccrida
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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!
08-07-2013 02:36:15 | More by flagmantho
E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.