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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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 521/522. Bottled 3/11/10.

750 mL bottle served cool into my Watou glass.

E.S. Bam is a beautiful beer. It has a golden amber color with great clarity and thick head that fits the glass perfectly. It settles slowly leaving a sheet of lace behind.

Aroma is wonderful and complex. There is sweet fruit and floral notes, slight farmhouse funk, and fresh hoppy goodness.

Flavor is equally complex if not quite as enjoyable as the aroma. It has a pleasant grassy hop overlying the earthy/funky farmhouse ale body. It's actually very well done in terms of variety and balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well-carbonated. It's sweet to begin and bitter/dry on the finish.

Overall a fantastically flavorful and complex beer. Expensive, yes, but worth a try.

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Photo of SanDNigel
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark golden honey. Creamy off-white head
S- Sour hoppiness. A very exciting smell. Just a ton of depth in the smell range
T- Slight sour with a nice crisp clean hoppiness. What a great beer
M- Great. Enough bubble but not overwhelming. Really clean
O- A really great beer that I look forward to enjoying again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Biergarten in Jenks, OK. Bottled on 04/12/12

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. Head conitinues to surge from the bottle neck. Insane lacing & head retention, clouds up a bit as the bottle drains

S: Sourness & appleskins that fade as this warms

T: Follows the nose, much sourness & tartness up front. There's a touch of grapefruit as this wams, pears & crab apples with some tamped down cinnamon notes, but mostly sour & tart. Finishes fruitty tart & sour

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation

Suoer drinkability, this is one my favorites from JP

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Photo of rfgetz
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, dark tan in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: pepper, hay, and lemon

Taste: pepper, funk, hay, some small hops, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, dry, sweet start with a more bitter sour finish

Drinkability: I really enjoyed the flavors in this one and could have several glasses. Not as hoppy as I expected and very well blended. I would look for this again.

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Photo of PerHops
4.22/5  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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 288/289.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is brett, leather and some light citrus. The flavor is very leathery, I guess from the brettanomyces. I also get some citrus as well as dark fruits with low to medium hop bitterness. As the beer warms I get more caramel and toffee malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of b3shine
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. to tulip. Looks good; dark and hoppy for a sour. Bouquet is good, with both the hops and sour present. Taste is it's best attribute. You get both the hoppiness and the flavor of a sour, which I admit, is a combination I'm both unfamiliar with and impressed by. Overall, a good beer that I'll be having again.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. $12 from Bruisin Ales.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a somewhat hazy dark orange color. The head and lacing are second to none. The thickest, creamiest, rockiest head with furry lacing all over my La Chouffe tulip.

Smell: Its got a nice tartness and barnyard funkiness with wet hay and stable aromas. Lemon and grass. Spicy yeast phenolics aren't like cloves, but almost like bandaid without seeming off. A little sweet apple and pear and a whiff of underlying pale malt.

Taste: Hops come through much more in the flavor. Grassy, spicy, and bitter. Much less funk in the flavor, but it goes well with the hops, as does the tart lemon flavor. Nice crisp, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: The beer is highly carbonated, but still soft rather than sharp. I love the dryness from high attentuation and how the carbonation and bitterness accentuate it.

Overall: This is close to being really great. I love the idea of a hoppy saison, but this one has too much bitterness, and not enough good hops flavor. The bitterness covers up the funk and tart. Good, and different, but needs a tweak.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the engine at Redlight Redlight.

A: snifter. rich mahogany color. nice tan head with a decent retention level. Outstanding lacing.

S: sour aromas. some vinegar characteristics, sweet cherries and other berries.

T: the finish has some serious cinnamon qualities. very sweet cherry flavors. good malt backbone with a subtle hop finish.

M: very smooth and light weight in the mouth. very mellow.

D: extremely drinkable. smooth and mellow all over. once again, I have yet to be disappointed by Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 267/268.

Poured a nice dark amber with a large white head and orange highlights when held to the light. Smells sour and slightly soapy. Tastes sour but surprisingly less than most Jolly Pumpkin offerings I've had, a little hoppier as well. Light, well carbonated, and dry.

Like Bam Noire this is amazing and worth picking up.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 267/268, straight from the brewery, into my La Chouffe tulip.

A - Beautiful, rocky, light tan, HUGE head sits atop a carbonated dark amber. Head retention is outrageous, like all JP brews.

S - Belgian yeast, green, freshly picked hops. Citrus notes plenitful. Nothing mind-boggling, but appetizing.

T - Slightly one dimensional, yet wonderfully balanced and tasty. Very reminescent of Bam Biere in my opinion, but slightly less dry, sweeter malts, and a little hop bitterness on the finish. Interesting perfumey hop/yeast interplay. The more it warms, the greater it becomes in terms of complexity and flavor. The final glass really displays the roastier side of the beer, with the malts playing a giant role in the taste... which is something I'm not very used to with this brewery.

M - Sparkly and light. Very Jolly Pumpkin. Gets creamier the more it warms.

D - Supremely drinkable. Great taste, undetectable ABV, and a truly well done brew. 3/4 into the bomber, I have a slight buzz... so my prediction of the ABV is around 5%.

Notes: This is a great beer that should be in JP's lineup year-round. Perfect for warm spring afternoons!

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep amber tone, hazy and murky. Fluffy foam, not as carbonated as the standard Bam. Bits of irregular lace here and there.

Sweet and bready malt aroma, floral hops, and trace amounts of wet stone that seems to sometimes be attributed to wild yeasts.

Malty body, light and ever-bubbly carbonation, mild floral and bitterness from the extra hops. They are more of the grassy/leafy variety. Some mild fruity pear also that comes and goes. Tasty and approachable, seems that it would definitely pair well with many dishes.

Although I still prefer the standard Bam Biére, this is a close 2nd, with Noire in 3rd.

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Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love my wife. She brought this home to me just because. This is my first Jolly Pumpkin beer and I am looking forward to more now that they are available to the area.

750 ml bottle, batch 288/289, poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Medium light tan head with a thick creamy consistency. Lace paint the walls of the glass with each sip. Color is a dark polished wood. Amber highlights when held to the light.

Smell is a rich earthy and medicinal herbal quality. Hints of caramel malts sneak in around the edges. Taste has more more caramel malt flavor, but is held in check by herbal hop flowers. A bit of orange peel and tea.

Mouthfeel is light but has a creamy texture. Very nice introduction to Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam's Marcey

Batch 267,268

E.S.Bam empties into the glass a beautiful, juicy ruby red with a moderate haziness. A large bubbled beige head grew to three fingers on the pour. The head eventually falls to a thick dense one finger that the lively carbonation keeps in place. Stream after stream of tiny carbonation bubbles race to the surface. As the head falls it leaves behind some sticky, spotty, patchy lacing at first but soon leaves sheet lacing and thick drink lines. A really good looking beer!

One of the things I really enjoy about the standard Bam Biere is the summer field like funkiness and according to the nose E.S.Bam has all that same great funkiness. Dusty and slightly tart with a big helping of wild flowers and pollen. A nice grassy hoppiness throughout that really adds another layer of complexity that I'm very fond of. Extremely inviting nose!

The flavor follows the nose very well. A good deal of that wild flower like funkiness greets you right upfront and leads the way throughout. There is a slight earthy dusty and mustiness toward the backend. The grassy hoppiness is there on the swallow in small doses but the more I drink the more the bitterness piles up. This is a good beer without a doubt.

The mouthfeel is where it should be. Healthy carbonation leads to a light tingly mouthfeel that massages the tongue on the quick ride through.

This is an easy beer to put away. A thirst quencher with mild dryness on the swallow leaves you wanting more.

Another good brew from Jolly Pumpkin and I expected nothing less. This is right up my alley in terms of a farmhouse style beer. Keep 'em coming guys I have yet to find anything less then good from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of drxandy
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Labeled Batch 278, 750ml poured to tulip glass, pours a foamy highly carbonated deep reddish peachy brown shade with creamy tan head - looks good :D

smells of funk, apples, sweet, yeastiness, hops

tastes just like the other bam lineup but with hops thrown in the mix, not a bad thing, but i just kinda hoped for something different and nothing extremely new/unique - but regardless that doesn't effect the score for me. Carbonation makes everything pop, good malts, hop usage is enough to let you know they're there but don't outstage the rest of the party. Love the balance, as the hops linger but don't disrupt anything, very very nicely played ron jefferies.
sweet, bitter, sour, tart, funk, yum, most likely my favorite bam so far :D

mouthfeel is crisp from carbonation, great head and retention, nice subtle lingering bitterness, great beer!

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Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Figured I would start a night of drinking with something light and tasty, and this caught my eye immediately on the tap list. Served up in a tulip.

A: Hits the bar in front of me and it is sitting with a pretty dark amber body with deep, rich red hues. Almost has a bit of a light purple tint to it at times (it is dark in here, so that may have something to do with it). Held to the light, it is absolutely darker than expected but the body has just a touch of haze to it. On the most part though, it is pretty clear. The tulip had a good two fingers of DENSE, pristine white foam sitting on top. Might as well call this cream instead of head. Just move it out of the way for sippin, but places for smelling and it works fine. Lace is all over this glass as I drink this one down. Very nice to look at indeed.

S: Funky goodness is what I am getting from the aroma. Lots of dusty and earthy notes coming out first and foremost. Hops are grassy and earthy as well. Getting a touch of wood in here. There is a little bit of a malt presence but it is a very light biscuity note on the back end. This smells like the end of a hot day in a field. You can smell the dirt from the earth, spicy grain, pollen, etc. Its nice.

T: Not much unlike the nose. Lots of earthy funkiness. Grass hops notes. Dusty wood, earth, peppery spice. Its funky but its not overly funky. It has a lightness to it that I can really appreciate. Behind that I get a little bit of some fruit notes in the form of orange and green apple. Just a little bit of sweetness and tartness. Malts seem to be an afterthought here as well with just a touch of biscuit and ever so faint caramel on the back end. This beer is just so damned clean and fresh tasting.

M: Light bodied with a wonderfully crisp carbonation. Little bit of tartness, little bit of sweetness on the palate. ABV is not worth mentioning because it might as well not exist in this beer. Can't find it. Aftertaste is a light lingering earthy funk.

D: Well I had to give it up to this beer because I couldn't stop pouring it down my throat. Just so damned easy to drink, I killed a glass of this in mere minutes. This being my first JP experience, I am quite happy to have gotten to finally have this and on tap no less. This is a perfect beer to drink on a hot day and thats probably why it hit the spot perfectly for me. Will have to see if I want to shell out the cash to keep bottles of this at home, but I will say that I am very pleased with this beer.

Serving Type: Draught Vessel Type: Tulip Price:NA

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 267/268
Pours a deep red/ copper color with a big light tan head. In the aroma, small tartness, earthy, and small hop hints. In the taste, earthy, a small fruity tartness, and small hop presence up front. A bitter and a medium mouthfeel, and a small dry bitterness, and a green apple tartness in the aftertaste. Not a conventional ESB, nice green apple tartness, and a good hop presence. I don't think Jolly Pumpkin makes a bad beer.

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Photo of brc
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed amber with a huge cap of foam that climbs over the lip of the glass despite a gentle pour.

Nice lemony tartness, coarse grassy bitterness, slightly salty sea air aroma, brett funk, leather. Firmly bitter.

Despite the "more malt, more hops" claim, I find regular Bam more expressive. However, this is still a serious farmhouse ale and the amount of flavor packed into a sub 5% beer is pretty remarkable.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Consumed at a tasting with a handful of fellow BA's. Review is from tasting notes.

Hazy, light amber, straw colored. Very cool to watch this one being opened. After the cap came off, foam ever so slowly started coming out of the top of the bottle. Naturally, that translated to a huge, rocky, foamy head in the glass. Pretty good lacing.

Sour scent. I've had Bam Biere, and that had a little bit of sourness/funk, so obviously this is a step above it. Very interesting aroma because of the hoppiness.

Taste follows the nose. Crisp, refreshing, clean, dry finish. Very nice mingling between the hop bitterness and the funky sour.

Heavier body than Bam Biere. Creamy and smooth. Easy drinker, as any good saison should be.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cask was tapped five minutes ago at Trappeze Pub in Athens. It poured a nice brownish color with a little auburn highlights in the light. Kind of murky glow with very little head. It smells very acidy and sour, typical of a Jolly Pumpkin. Flavor is much more subdued than the aroma, however, with a mild sour taste. The carbonation is nice and low with a flavorful wood (sherry cask?) taste that ends nicely. Mouthfeel is light and easy. I can't wait until this beer hits bottle!

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E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 451 ratings.
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