E. S. Bam | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
451
Reviews:
240
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.86%
 
 
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13
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Photo of Lupe
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just a beautiful looking beer. Pours a hazy bronzed amber - much darker than expected. Huge fluffy white head caps the liquid and takes a while to recede. This puppy has some serious staying power and leave behind sheets of lace.

Pretty unusual and interesting aroma. Some mustiness, light malt sweetness with caramel, toffee, and golden raisins. Next the hops kick in with a with strong spicy punch. Different, but not surprising considering the crossing of styles.

Hops completely dominate the flavor with only traces of biscuity malt coming through. No sweetness, very light funk, and tons of noble hop spice and bitterness. I could tell this is well crafted, but definitely not my thing. Perhaps if the hops build up instead of smacking you in the mouth. I would also have liked if there was a peppery character like other Saisons. After letting it warm up to see if that would bring out some subtleties, I found that was a mistake - just about undrinkable for me when warm.

Medium bodied, bone dry and overly carbonated. Crisp and a little thin without being light. Was not a fan of the flavors of this beer and could only muster half a glass before dumping.

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Photo of triptens
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jolly Pumpkin ES Bam 750 ML
Batch 374/375

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a 2 inch white foamy waffle like head.

Smell: Little bit of funk and pepper. A touch of piney hops. Very subtle nose.

Taste: Bitter dry hoppiness but not citrusy. I get almost no malty sweetness. Biscuity and grainy.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry, and crisp. Drys the roof of your mouth. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Probably one of my least favorite offerings from JP. Im going to drink the rest of this 750, wishing I was drinking a Bam or Bam Noire.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks great with a dark chestnut color and a fantastic head that sticks around and leaves some great lacing, but fundamentally I think this beer is ill conceived. I'm a fan of Jolly Pumpkin, and I also like quite a few of the hoppy Belgian beers. What I don't like in this beer is the pronounced hops with the sour flavors. They would work well seperately, but together they clash and compete with one another. Typical sour aromas are nice enough and the hops are more of a spicy note in the background that works. It's the taste that is a bit jarring with sourness and bitter, earthy hops. Moutfeel is a bit light for the hops. My least favorite Jolly Pumpkin by far.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle batch 267,268

poured a hazy bronzed amber a pretty beer with a thick, lumpy off white that slowly turned into an eighth inch covering.

I smelled some mustiness, fruit and some malt sweetness.

Front end hoppiness with a sour and dry finish. I feel that this beer is not well balanced and the hop flavor takes control but not in a good way.

This beer was quite fizzy yet fairly smooth with a light/medium body.

I could only drink my 6 oz. pour and didn't want more.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap pour at Barley House into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a caramel colored amber. Produced a nice cap of off-white foam. Good retention behind it too. Lots of lace left behind.

(S)- Wow, a big dry earthy floral; almost citrus-like aroma blast up front. Hints at a Brett funk in the far background.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A big dry earthy Brett funk up front with a subtle caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- Very funky, dry, and bitter. At the same time its actually almost a bit thin feeling; it totally drops off the palate.

(D)- An alright Saison. A bit one dimensional; heavy on the dry earthy Brett profile with little else going on.

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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750ml capped bottle into an oversized brandy snifter.

Appearance- Beer pours a ruddy reddish brown with a substantial finger and a half of head and lacing clinging amply to the sides of the glass when swirled. Carbonation persists across the top for the duration of the beer.

Smell- Smells a bit like spoiled milk and Jolly Pumpkin yeast. Hops are fairly strong and musty. It smells to have all of the funk of the other JP brews and smells a whole lot like Bam Biere. Musty basement seems to cling to the nosehairs, and unfortunately there isn't much else coming through on the scent.

Taste- Very thin. The hops are big on the beer and the malt isn't picking up the slack here. The funky yeast and bacteria are here, but there isn't near enough malt to call this an ESB, a Saison, or and IPA Saison, which was what I was thinking it may lean toward. The hops give a lot of sour bitterness, but it's really not working out too well in the beer's favor here.

Mouthfeel- Thin, watery, astringent, bitter, light bodied, and highly carbonated.

Drinkability- It drinks like water, refreshing in that respect, but not really great overall. Ron has pleased me very well in the past, but this beer doesn't quite cut the mustard for me.

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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown bottle. Batch 267,268.

Pours into my glass a dark auburn, red with almost a brown hue to it. A big, thick creamy, rocky eggshell head sits atop the brew and leaves thick lacing as it falls. Aromas of roasty, somewhat toasted grain malts along with a ribbon of caramel as well. Spicy notes that move into earthy, herbal hop tones. Tea-like in a way as well. Fruity tones mix in along with yeast and a slight woody scent. Rather mellow overall though.

First sip brings a crisp, toasty grain malt upfront that moves into herbal, fruity notes with a touch of caramel. Tea flavors along with a mild woody aspect. Earthy, herbal hops move in and bring a slight bitterness. Quite dry on the way down, the overall flavor is mellow as well. Mild sourness on the finish as well. Kinda boring.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess from the fast moving, lively carbonation in the brew. Goes down quite easily overall. In the end though, this one fails to really grab me. The flavors seem somewhat muted and it doesn't keep me coming back for more. I'll be interested to thy the Bam Noire I have in the cellar, but for now the normal Bam Biere is my choice.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Well the main thing I can say about this beer is carbonation, carbonation, carbonation. Maybe it was this batch but any time I asked for a glass it was a ten to fifteen minute process.

Color was light with, as I said, a very pronounced head. Aroma is very yeasty/bready and nice. Flavor is a little weak, just not a lot going on. Light malt, a little yeast, no hops to speak of.

It's drinkable at 4.7 percent but I'm not sure that i'm a big fan of this beer. I will try it again and post again to give it another chance.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of pixieskid
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first experience with Jolly Pumpkin, been meaning to try some of their beers for a while...finally getting around to it.

Picked this out knowing that it was a spring/summer seasonal; figured that the hops would fade away a bit and that the potentially funky yeast characteristics would present themselves over the time since bottling in March.

Pours a mahogany hue with a strong white head, tiny bubbles about 2 in head with some staying power for sure.

Nose: as it warms up, gets much more funky. Earthy, yeast, woodiness, slightly acidic, with floral hop overtones.

Taste: pretty simplistic overall. A touch of floral hops, some grassy, hay like flavors, a tad of acidity and a lingering dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: on the watery side, very much so, with a club soda like bitterness/carbonation in the finish (a terrible characteristic imo, along the cardboard lines...)

Overall: decent at best. I didnt hate it, but for the money it was quite lack-luster. I had been "waiting" to give Jolly Pumkin's beers a shot, for one reason or another; guess I should have kept waiting...

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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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