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%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
27
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Lob
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of muletrane
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pokal glass.

A- Huge four finger frothy head, well carbonated, hazy yellow straw appearance, excellent retention.
S- Mild hoppy smell, slight sour, funky farm house aroma.
T- Very mild, hops are apparent, slightly bitter, mellow sourness, earthy notes, funky taste.
M- Very smooth and light mouth feel, lots of carbonation.
O- Very unique brew, I have to say it was difficult drinking this, the taste is very bland and mellow. Was not what I was expecting,

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Photo of semibaked
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Label on the back says Batch 514 and Bottled 3-5-10.

A - Pours a orange-brown with a big marshmallow flush type head, large amounts of carbonation and yeast floaties all over the place. Amazing lacing comes after every drink.

S - Sourness come through immediately, then funky yeast, straw, also some slight lemon too.

T - Big time bitterness from the hops and yeast, not overwhelming but definitely high on the bitterness. Lemon, sourness, maybe some floral hops too.

M - Very light bodied with oiliness.

D - Definitely good for a hot day, I like the sourness and got used to the bitterness after awhile, Not my favorite from Jolly Pumpkin but glad I tried it.

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Photo of dfillius
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive "pffft" when opened. 2 fingers of head from a gentle pour, great retention of off-white foam. Hazy reddish amber liquid. Good looking!
S: Bright citrus hops, some funky aspirin character. Smells like my homebrewed Hop Two Wet. Faint biscuit
T: Fairly modest funkiness up front with Brett medicinal taste. More hops, malt, less funk please. Slight pineapple, bread.
M: A bit too carbonated and astringent.
D: Okay. I wouldn't order another or buy again. One to share, and I'm alone.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at guess where, capones. Damn what a sick saison line up.

A- copper orange with a slight haze. Small froth of egg shell head that settles to a ring and some sticky lace.

S- oaky and funky with some graininess. Hints of brown bananas and over ripe pineapple.

T- wow that's got wood. Very woody and musty with some light funk. rye bread and sour mash. Very malty and lots of earthy hops. Long linger.

M- medium to light I'm body with the same in carb. Very dry.

D- well its good but the wood just over shadows the rest of a very nice brew. Alright but I like the regular bam better.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of ccrida
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 6oz tumbler at the Manhattan Cask Fest. Pours a hazy amber color with no head.

S- A mildly hoppy nose with a mild JP funk to it. Not an overpowering nose.

T- The hops in the beer leave a bit of a resiny residue in your mouth as you drink this. There is only a mild JP funk/sour in the beginning but as it warms you get less hops and more funk and sourness.

M- Nice feel for this. Obviously a cask beer so low carb but it lets the beer shine through.

D- A nice drinker as it warms up. But even with a cask room temp beer it was a bit too cold for the right flavors to come through.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown raisin type color with a nice head almost an inch and a half thick.

First smell is a blast of sour and maltiness.

Taste is sour up front. Funky. Then sweet and a dash of hops for good measure. Definitely a wild beer from a brewery known for its eccentricities.

Not sure if the nailed this one or not, but I won't say it isn't worth trying. The balance of the sour and funk doesn't necessarily match up with the hops in my opinion.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 373 - 3-17-11

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Good retention with some lace rings. Color is a hazed autumn gold.

Aroma: Floral, herbal, and grassy. Fairly malty. Bready.

Taste: Very bready. More malts show here. Floral as well with a lot of grassy hops. Some light spices mixed in. A touch of oak as well.

Mouthfeel: Fairly bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of sticky.

Overall, a decent beer, but a bit to floral and bitter. Decent drinking. Doesn't really fit the saison category too well, but it's fine.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Provisions

A: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a big off-white head.

S: A mild to moderate tartness with notes of apples and lemon peel. A mild spice to the beer with a nice breadiness and sweetness. Some earthy and floral notes with just a little bit of oak character.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor is far too bitter. The bitterness and very high carbonation drown out the other flavors. Negligible tartness, which just isn't right for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Floral and earthy tones as well as some light grass and oak.

M: Medium in body with a lot of carbonation.

O: This was a rare miss by Jolly Pumpkin to me. I don't think I'll bother with this one again.

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Photo of SaisonFest
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle that was bottled 223 days ago. Batch 1049.

Body is pretty hazy, lots of sticky lacing, huge cap that only lets me pour a third a glass at a time. all things i like to see in a saison personally.

The aroma is funk prominent, with fresh cut lawn, fragrant lilac and roses, and subtle citrus juice.

Flavors are more subdued in the funk department, higher in the floral ester arena, the hops are not strong, so the 200 days probably mellowed them out but that is not a bad thing with this beer, let the funk grow. If i had more bottles of this i would probably let them sit longer actually.

mouthfeel is medium for the style.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite a unique offering, and I will have to try out some other beers from this brewery after this one. Orange-red color with a massive off white head. I mean massive.

A nice blend of flavors, from citrus to light fruits, some light spices, but most notably a heavy floral taste. The floral tastes become a bit overwhelming making it hard to drink alone.

Beautiful mouthfeel with great carbonation. But I would only ever get it again if I'm sharing.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with an enormous, pillowy white head.

S: Aromas of lactic yeast, oak, must, pickle brine, unripened grapes, unripened pineapple, lemon rind, lime zest, and grapefruit fill the nose.

T: Notes of unripened pineapple, carambola, unripened grapes, green apple, lemon rind, grapefruit pith, and lime zest are underscored by notes of biscuit, oak, must, pickle brine, cider vinegar, sea salt, white pepper, chalk, and talc. The finish is extremely dry, crisp, and acidic with notes of citrus, biscuit, chalk, and vinegar.

M: Light-to-medium in body, chewy, and very dry. Carbonation is fairly intense. This ale is very drinkable, at least at first, but tends to dry out one's mouth completely.

O: This is an interesting ale that displays a ton of depth and complexity, but at the same time, it lacks drinkability and balance. For me, there is a point where sour ales simply become too vinegary, and this beer has more than reached that threshold. I can't say I wholeheartedly dislike E.S. Bam, but I also can't say that I would ever come back to it. In the end, this is not Jolly Pumpkin's best effort, but it is interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle- A deep mahogany/dark sandalwood with a long lived, frothy beige cap. The nose is filled with cherries, wood, some plum, brett funk with a touch of fresh hops and milk chocolate from the malts. This beer shows sweetness up front, with white plum and sour cherries with yeasty funk, alongside woody, earthy malts. The finish is chalky and dry, quite acidic. Another solid brew from this brewer. Who brought this to the tasting? :)

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Photo of Reaper16
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 288/289 bottle served into a Westmalle chalice

Pours darker amber in color -- a complete surprise seeing as this is supposed to be a saison. It looks like a different style of beer, IPA maybe. The head, too, is darker than the expected white; it pours out a light, cappuccino brown. The foam is nearly two fingers at its apex, thick and creamy in consistency, with lacing that doesn't really cling to the glass all that well.

Interesting stuff going on in the nose here. Lots of apple cider up front coming from the hops and yeast with snickerdoodle cookies coming from the malt base. There's something like soapy water too.

It is very similar to the Bam Biere in taste. The same lemon juice sour flavor hits the sides of the tongue. The hops offer some slight bitterness and fleeting herbal tastes. Not much malt flavor to speak of, and no real farmhouse ale flavors of hay or barnyard funk. This tastes more like a Belgian pale ale -- lightly hoppy with a sour finish. It isn't bad tasting but its a bit monochromatic.

Lively carbonation and low ABV% make for a drinkable beer that goes down the ol' gullet with a quickness. The bottle won't last long. The flavor isn't intriguing enough to want multiples of, though.

This beer is yummy enough but there is an inescapable feeling of missed opportunity. Saison? That's hoppy? That's a bit sour? Yes, please! Except... that sounds a lot better than this beer actually is. What should have been deliciously complex is actually pretty simple. Everything about this beer is nice except for the taste.

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Photo of drpimento
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, interesting idea: cross an esb with a tart saison. Technically well crafted, aesthetically doesn't quite work for me. Poured with fabulous huge, foamy, frothy, thick, cream colored head that just sits there and lots of lace. Color is an almost clear amber brown. Aroma is floral, yeast, hops, malt, sour. Flavor is like nose, but no sweetness at all, completely dry, sour/bitter. Body is good and carbonation for the style - I'm not sure. Finish is like flavor except has flash of nuttiness that helps and is fairly long. I'll finish this but don't want any more

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Photo of sarahspat
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 374/375

A pour into an over-sized wine glass results in a half an inch of white head atop an "iced tea" brown liquid. The head falls fast but leaves a few good-looking wisps of lacing.

Smells: horse blanket funk and nail polish remover. Not too strong, though. Smells good to me, but I do wish there was a bit more going on here and/or that the nose was more forceful.

Tastes strongly of citrus peel, red grapefruit, light funk, Bing cherries, and some vegetables like celery show up in the background.

This medium-bodied brew comes across very bitter: mouth-dryingly so. Much more bitter than I was expecting, even considering the word "hoppy", which is prominently displayed on the label. I don't think I would feel like drinking more than one glass of this at once. There is a passable amount of complexity, but none of the flavors really captivate me. All in all, it's not spectacular but not bad either.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of markcp
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ninner00
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of tart and sour notes with some grainy malt. Taste is also a weird mix between some grainy malt with some tart and sour notes and an astringent final. Not as balanced as the Weizen Bam that I tasted a couple of days before.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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