E. S. Bam | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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E. S. BamE. S. Bam

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

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.

Added by Big78CJ on 02-14-2008

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of corby112
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy chestnut brown/ orange-amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that has excellent retention. This isn't giving way at all. I mean it barely settles into a thick cap that lasts throughput leaving large chunks of soapy lacing that practically coat the glass.

Sweet citrus aroma with lots of orange peel and some nice chocolate and caramel malt. Tart earthy notes with some nice peppery spice, more citrus, dark cherries, light fruit, oak and vanilla. This is a very complex aroma. Let's hope the flavo is the same.

Nice chewy full body with some art sour oak/wood flavor. This slightly puckering earthy taste is a perfect compliment to the citrus peel notes and earthy hops. Once again, there is a prominent orange peel presence with some soft carbonation and a nice malt backbone providing excellent balance. The aftertaste of this beer makes me salivate for another sip. Extremely quaffable. Another excellent offering from the folks at Jolly Pumpkin.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 288/289

With some breweries, it's always an adventure. Jolly Pumpkin is one of those. Always fun to review, never boring. Apparently, this is a "hoppy farmhouse ale," which suggests a beer right up my alley. We'll see.

Poured into a Duvel tulip, this shows a huge mass of foam - a great sign considering I've had problems with flat or near-flat bottles from this brewery before. Indeed, I see a vibrant amber body along with epic foam and ice-cream-cone retention like the best Belgian saisons. When a beer fills out the Duvel glass this impressively, you just know it's going to be good.

Aromatics are wild, literally and figuratively. This is the Jolly Pumpkin yeast in fine form. Varying as the temperature progresses from chilled to room temperature, I get strong notes of lemongrass, jasmine, apple, musky leather, and at times, a rather cheesy, meaty funk that I noted in my tasting of La Roja from this brewery. When I dig a little deeper, certain whiffs (only after it has warmed) actually suggest to me rancid cheese or rotting meat, maybe 1 out of every 10 whiffs. What an impressive, varied aroma!

I almost forgot that this was supposed to be a hoppy farmhouse ale, but the taste reminds me of that right away. Spicy, lemon-perfume hops provide some solid bittering off the bat, with a very dry, mineral rock-like finish. Old leather flint flits about throughout the sip, lingering long into the aftertaste, eventually giving way to a bready malt. Did I mention this is dry? Wow, is it ever. Actually not as wildly complex as the aroma leads me to believe, this pulls together quite well.

The mineral taste I noted seems to carry over to the feel, almost giving this a grainy feel that I like. Well-carbonated to say the least, this will scrub your palate clean, like most great farmhouse ales.

I could pound this 750ml bottle much, much quicker than I am. Once I realized I was on to something special, I forced myself to slow down and smell the roses a bit. I wasn't expecting this beer to be this good. Amazingly drinkable, especially for a saison/farmhouse ale lover like me - I'm fairly shocked, and happy, to be doling out this high a rating. An impressive, tight beer.

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4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled 3-19-12
Drank summer 2012
A- This beer pours a murky dark orange body with racing strands of microcarbonation supporting a thick head this is like shaving cream. The head last after the beer is gone.

S- The fresh British hop have a green herbal quality to them blend with a fruity funk note underneath. There is a fresh rain and mint note that turn more into a perfume old aftershave quality as it warms.

T- The woody green bright hops have some nice brett flavors of white cheese rind and some grapefruit pith that are full and linger into the after taste.

M- The light mouthfeel has a refreshing crisp fizz that compliments some of the brett and hop characters.

O- The bright crisp balance of hops and brett come together with a nice grapefruit character linking them together. This is a wonderful beer to drink as the complexity and full flavor make delicious but the light mouthfeel keeps it very sessionable.

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4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, Batch 273,274.

Deep, slightly murky, dark copper with brassy edges. Tall, thick, rocky, bright light khaki head. Exquisite lacing. Perky, bright, citrus and evergreen hops on the nose. Some floral/herbal qualities as well. Shortbread cookie malt backbone with a cedar-y, sourish edge. The very welcome Jolly Pumpkin funk is there, but not overpowering.

Toasted malt and hop bitterness up front. Piny and citrusy, yet with an herbal, noble edge. Caramel and biscuit malt in the background, accented by tart cherry and lacto-sourness. Hints of wood, before a fresh citrus hop finish. The citrus from the hops and the tartness from the wild bugs work great together. Latent wisps of brown sugar malt at the very end. Moderate body with a refreshing, yet smooth feel.

Another terrific beer from JP! If this gets put in 6 packs I will drink it all summer (if not, I'll have to buy a keg!).

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4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy golden brown tea color.

There’s a lightly tart aroma with notes of dark cherries on it.

I get some more dark cherries as I sip, with a light sourdough funk rounding it out. There’s a tart finish and a light body. Tasty and delicate.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped bomber into a tulip- pours a murky amber/brown color with an HUGE head (more head than beer when pouring for me). I got a couple ounces into the tulip before the head was already at three fingers. Good retention just very strange- dissipates quicker in the middle while leaving a concave wall of lacing.

Smells pretty funky and hoppy. Nice combination.

Taste is consistent with smell- hard to believe this is below 5 abv. Tartness up front, followed by a nice light malt sweetness, then some piney hops, finishing semi-tart and kinda dry. I like it.

Mouthfeel is great- light body, full carbonation. If you're not into bold funky flavors, stay away. Otherwise, go for it!

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E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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