E. S. Bam | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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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Ratings: 451 |  Reviews: 240
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1/5  rDev -73.6%

Photo of bigfnjoe
1.57/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark, cloudy brownish orangeish with a puffy offwhite head that fades quickly. Meh. Whatever. Beer itself looks hideous

S- light aroma of funk, a little bit of citrus. Eh, not a lot going on here

T- vinegar. The hops and saisonish funk have apparently combined to create a disgusting offspring that is absolutely unpalatable

M- paper thin

O- pass on this one. "Extra hoppy saisons" are a style that should never, ever happen

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Photo of claminat420
1.61/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A- poured a heavy amber color cloudy with stuff floating around. extremely foamy.

S- a weird clove hint. kinda reminds me of dark horse's trip ale.

T- to much going on i don't know where to begin. i taste the hops but also a weird wood flavor. has a sour aftertaste.

M- light bodied. low carbonation. prolly the best quality of this beer.

D- i'm just gonna say i'm glad i only have a 750ml bottle of this which will be the last time i drink.

Overall- i know jolly pump-a-dump keeps their beers aged in oak barrels or whatever but i'm good. maybe the high price and the big "differences" get people to think they're sophisticated or something?? i get why brewers try to go all crazy by adding different stuff or brewing in some different way which usually doesn't work out. and if it does it's a rarity that should be honored. this whole company reminds me of the south park episode "smug" about the people in san francisco who smell their own farts. please don't think of me as a "bud guy" but i would take a stone ipa or something just in the ballpark.

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Photo of Larrydoherty
2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.17/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

My least favorite JP beer so far.

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Photo of Heman36
2.21/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A. A beautiful heady pour. High in carbonation. Being a bottle conditioned beer, just as I expected. Creamy, long lasting head that was as large as the pour.

S. Earthy,sour barnyard straw with acid overtones.

T. Wow! Feels like I am breathing in the Lancaster air on a Spring day(the same day they are spreading the winter manure).

M. Dry, thin like boiled hay.

D. This is one of the few beers that my Father-In-Law and I could not finish easily. Felt like I was riding too closely behind an Amish buggy.

Overall this was an amazing beer, able to capture the essence of my days shoveling manure for my organic garden. Unfortunately, it was not a flavor that I was looking for in a beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of BMart
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of vfgccp
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottled Feb 2011, opened July 2013.

A - Super hazy, dried apricot body. Tall, foamy head pops out of the glass. Awesome retention and stelar lace.

S - Super sour, with a touch of barn-yard funk. Pear, green apple, peach, hay, tart white grapes.

T - Surprisingly little sour in the flavor profile. Sharp herbal bitters, dish soap, lemon, unripe peach.

M - Disappointingly thin body with an overly fizzy mouthfeel.

O - Unfortunately the mouthfeel kills the beer, and it comes off as aggressively seltzer water.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of suckaj
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Batch 374/375, no hops at all

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Photo of dfhhead25
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of shehateme
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of Alex5
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Akeah
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ehammond1
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A hazy auburn. Bubbling white head. Nice lacing.

Incredibly tart and tangy. Spicy and biting yeast. Really nice...

...though the flavor seems off. It's way too bitter, and not in a pleasant way. It hides everything else in the beer, and I'm sure there's a lot of wonderful funk, but it's all hidden by this murky, muddy one-note, unpleasant bitterness.

Medium bodied. Highly carbonated.

Perhaps a good beer somewhere hidden behind an unpleasant, murky, dirty tasting bitterness. An unfortunate miss.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a chalice at Local Option.

This thing sounds like it's a Mah-Jong tile... Anyway, it pours a clear wan adobe topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly funky earth, flowers, grass, light green apple peel, light clove, and a touch of vague sweetness way in the background (though this may have been my imagination). The taste delivers a strong sense of chlorophyll-laced bitterness that drowns out most everything else. Shards of clove, wheat, and coriander come into view every now and again, but these sightings are fleeting at best. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this thing is just too bitter for its own good, keeping out most of the usual farmhouse characters and any semblance of Jolly Pumpkin-style sourness.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky orange-brown with two finger off-white head that collapses down to a cluster of bubbles.

S: Funk. Sour. Watermelon. Vanilla. Oak. Sweat.

T: Dry, puckering, and sour. Not much to taste.

M: Heavy carbonation, but dry and crisp.

D: Medium-low. Leaves a little to be desired on taste.

Overall, this beer smelled fantastic, but then didn't have the taste to back it up. Interestingly, it made me drink it faster, as each sip was a quest to taste the flavors that I was smelling.

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Photo of rowew
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of MrHirschybar
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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