E. S. Bam | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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E. S. BamE. S. Bam

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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 daledeee
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been trying the Jolly Pumpkin line. This is another 750 ml bottle.

It poured a dark cloudy orange with a wonderful fluffy white head that absolutely does not go away.

Nose is fruit, hops, earthy.

Taste is pretty strong with Belgian hops intensity. The funk is not as apparent as others. Citrus rind is around too.

Mouth feel is nice and carbonated.

I was a tad disappointed with this one. I think it is what they intended to do but not to my taste for the style. Could be personal.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into tulip. Batch 1037/1038, bottled 3/6/12.

A - Pours an apple cider color with a huge pillow of off-white head that towers above the rim of the glass. Lacing paints the glass.

S - Smells of citrus, coriander, and some serious grassy hops. Just enough funk to round it out.

T - Lime up front combines with the funk to give a very tart flavor. Grass and bitterness on the finish, but the aftertaste is clean. Doesn't leave the strong grass flavor in my mouth that other hoppy saisons/blondes do. Impressive.

M - Intense carbonation and a light body. Refreshing.

O - This was the perfect beer for such a hot day. Surprisingly tart with a great hop bite. Great combination of two of my favorite styles: saison and hops. A little bit pricey for a low alcohol beer, but I thought it was fantastic.

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of densely packed cloud like white colored head with a bit of a rocky top... Excellent retention... A lot of small bubbled very rapid paced swirling carbonation... The color is a pale golden copper... A bit of lacing clings tot he sides of the glass...

S - Fresh apples... Golden raisins... Pears... A slight vinegar component... A little bit of funk... A little bit of Belgian yeast... Bread pudding... Very pleasant and fairly complex aroma...

T - Surprisingly bitter and tart... Lots of grassy notes.. A bit of Belgian yeast... Some farmhouse funk... Some light tannins... Some lemon zest...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly lush... Limited carbonation... The finish is a touch dry... Very interesting mouthfeel and as complex as I've encountered...

D - The whole doesn't quite equal the sum of the parts... There's lots of good going on, but the it doesn't quite come together in a coherent fashion... Is it a sour beer... Is it a Saison... I'm quite not sure and that takes away from the overall experience...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a cloudy amber-brown color with a finger's breadth of foamy eggshell head, moderate retention and lacing. Bready malts and yeast in the aroma, fruit and spice. Taste of bready malts, woody, lightly spiced fruit and potpourri, vaguely zesty, more sweet than tart, a bit of grassy funk, fairly bitter in the finish. Medium body, generously carbonated. An okay brew, nothing amazing.

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Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a murky brown with three fingers of beige head that fades into a rocky cap with good lacing

S: there are dry, funky barnyard aromas up front followed by sweet citrus and grass notes from the hops. Smells great.

T: again, those funky farmhouse notes strike first. There are some grass flavors along with slight citrus from the hops.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light and drinkable.

O: a good beer overall, though I'd like more hop presence in the flavor. Still, it smells great and is nice and drinkable.

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Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Murky orange with a giant dollop of head and fantastic lacing.

Smell: Very musty and dry, with barnyard funk, tea, toast, pepper, and light citrus.

Taste: Extremely musty, with wet blanket, dirt, wood, burnt toast, tea, pepper and other spiciness. That sounds terrible, but certainly is not. Fairly bitter finish, with a light tartness throughout.

Feel: Light, refreshing body with high carbonation. Bone wrenchingly dry.

Overall: This refuses to be placed in a style, with elements of a Saison, a Bitter, and a Wild Ale. What it is is extremely refreshing and delicious. And it is under 5%? Wow!

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from batch 1050 bottled on 032012

A- pours a hazy light copper with a khaki 2 finger head and copious amounts of lacing

S- was grassy musty funky floral and hoppy

T- was musty funky slight sour fruit with spice and hops lemon peel and pepper bready malts wet grass

M- dry and spicy hoppy and crisp sourness on the palate

O- fresh dry and crisp easily drinkable slightly sour delicious

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Photo of korguy123
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately purchased a year old bottle 3/27/2011
Into tulip

A- Slightly murky dark copper pour. Three finger soapy, sticky, chunky off white head that deflates leaving gobs of lacing everywhere.

S- Sweet malt, bright floral hops, citrus (grapefruit, mandarin oranges and lemon zest) Grape skins, Belgian yeast and a nice earthy presence.

T- Full on Bam Biere assault, the extra hops and malt really stand out making this a chewy and dry monster of a good beer.

M- Light and refreshing, huge carbonation.

O- I really wish this was a fresher version, as good as this beer is I can only imagine it's a millions times better fresh.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a murky brown color with a nice inch or so of fluffy head. The smell combines some funky sourness, lemonheads, and light grassy hoppiness. The dominant flavor in the taste is bitter citrus and lemon, blended in with a slight funkiness. This is very drinkable with little alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is creamy.

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Photo of onewetpaw
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my JP tulip glass.

A- Funk predominates. Gentle fruity notes reminding me of belgian yeast esters are present. I don't detect a hop nose.

A- Dark golden slightly hazy. Brilliant large white head.

F- Awesome dry drinkable wild beer. Complex brett character along with a strong sourness. Fruit notes echoing the nose are present.

M- Highly carbonated. Dry and cleansing on the palate. Drinkable without being overly thin.

O- Love this one. The JP house flavor is there in spades. I've brewed a clone that approximates this, but the original remains elusive.

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Photo of draheim
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (batch 775 - bottled 4/7/2011) into a saison glass. Cap comes off w/ a vigorous pfft!

Creamy foam peeks out of the mouth of the bottle before I can even start pouring - because I'm writing this instead. Reminds me of Saison-Brett in this regard.

A gentle pour yields a glass about evenly divided - the bottom half slightly hazy amber liquid, the other half a dense creamy off-white head that leaves behind a nice coat of lacing as it slowly recedes. Despite the rich head, not much carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, spice, citrusy hops... as it warms more fruity esters, funk and a hint of wet hay become evident.

Taste is mostly a balance between Belgian yeast and ample bitter hops. A little apple/pear and subtle spice, perhaps ginger. As it warms a soapy, slight band-aid taste emerges. Generally lacks complexity on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little flat, perhaps not aided by the lack of carbonation.

Overall an interesting saison, but not in the top tier for the style.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is written from notes jotted down while drinking.

ST: 750ml (I forgot to write down batch).

A: Cloudy amber brown with lots of sediment. It had a thick white head with huge lacing.

S: Grassy and herbal with grapefruit, sour fruity, and flinty earth.

T: Flinty, herbal, citrus hops, malt backbone, and lots of sour fruit notes.

M: Medium and dry.

O: Beautiful body joins an enjoyable dry grassy sour flavor. It is easy to see why this beer comes out in spring. It has enough body to not be light, but it is very herbal and refreshing.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

INtersting bottle, love the label!

Poured into a nice belgan beer glass on XMASS 2011.

Aroma is pure funk. Since my cat is sitting next to me, i'll say a bit of wet-cat in there with some hoppiness. Minimal, but present malt.

Taste, funk, sour cherries, some piney and floral hops. Craziness. Reminds me a bit of Orval, but less complex and balanced.

Interesting beer nontheless, i think it'll age well and perhaps improve with time. I'd give it another year or so if I Had another.

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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 wrycon
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 753. Bottled 3-17-11.

Prior to tasting I opened the bottle and went upstairs. Came back down and a white snake of foam was creeping out the top. Never known that to be a good thing

Primarily gold with some slight amber hues. A bit muddled- looking. Some slight floral hops notes mixed with some yeasty funkiness. Not much nose. Initially pretty tame and seemingly sweet. Lots of carbonation up front with some lightly toasted malt. Midway, the signature JP funk presents itself, adding an always welcome element. The hops dominate the back end with a pronounced bitter jab and linger long afterward. It's a unique take on the pale style. Seems a bit over-carbonated, hence the creeping bottle foam. Not sure if that's s product of it aging 8 months.

Like it? Yes, But Not Bowled Over

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle 749/750, bottled 3/10/2011.

Appearance: With only a moderately aggressive pour, a monster rocky off-white cap fills up the glass and leaves gobs of lace all the way down the glass. The color is an amber tangerine, slightly hazy but transparent enough for me to see the small resplendent carbonation rise up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The combination of wild yeasts and hops is an interesting choice, but probably not one that I am particularly excited by. There is almost no malt presence, just lemongrass, tea, and some bitter leafy hops.

Taste: The flavor never really quite gets going. This is so dry; there is a touch of malt sweetness, but it is hardly noticeable. The flavor is more like bitter tea. Lemon zest, lemongrass, and grassy and earthy hops provide all of the flavor. There is an overarching funky flavor here as well.

Mouthfeel: This is light, crisp, and quite dry. It feels astringent and overattenuated.

Overall: Jolly Pumpkin makes some beers I have been quite impressed by, but I do not connect with this one that much.

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Photo of readbaron
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy tan amber. Looks like an opaque ESB.

Smell is hoppy and tart, a bit of malt in the mix as well. There are some earthy notes as well - maybe a bit of tea?

Taste is earthier than the nose indicates. lightly tart, some bready malts, a bit of bitterness.

Feel is good, lighter than I would have thought from the look. Crisp and highly carbed.

Overall, a solid beer. Not my favorite Jolly pumpkin beer but still quite tasty.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed copper orange color with a white fluffy head that coasters on top of the beer. The aroma has a fruity, floral brett note with some lemon, cut grass. Medium mouthfeel. Funky bretty floral flavor with some bitterness that was unexpected. It’s not bad, probably not a favortie of mine but decent.

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Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from bottle and poured into a bordeaux wine stem. Poured a lemon/orange color that was slightly cloudy and left a good sized head

Aromatic with really good aromas of citrus, florals, spices, orange peels and some funk tones as well

very good medium feel with a crispness to it and good flavors of citrus, funk, and orange peels

It's no surprise that Jolly Pumpkin made a good beer. This was listed as being bottled: 3-25-2011. It was a pretty fresh bottle right now, it would be interesting to see how it would change with some age

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin : E.S. Bam

25oz bottle. Hazy, deep golden orange. Soapy white head with good staying power. Provides an abundance of brussels lace. In the smell, nice barnyard and hay elements. Also smells a bit funky and sour. In the taste, tart, sour, wheat, earthy hops and wild yeast funk. There is also a touch of citrus. Finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness with vague suggestions of pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, with prickly carbonation. Overall, a very good sour with a hint of hops. Dig it.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
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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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a cervoise goblet. Batch 753, bottled 3-18-2011

A: Slight hazy mixture of amber and copper. Ridiculous head with ridiculous retention. Lace is insane as well.

S: Funky yeast with some light tropical fruits. Some banana as well with a finish of a slight tree bark and hop mixture.

T: The taste is a heightened version of the nose, but more hoppy. Funky yeast upfront with a slight vine through the middle and finishes with some bitter hops.

M: Smooth and creamy on the mouth. Medium bodied with a light fruit finish and some high carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Funkiness with the hops on the backend really made it cohesive and it worked nicely.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a lively white head that lasts throughout and leaves decent lacing.

Nice acidic aroma of lemon and grape upfront.

Taste starts off with notes of sour apples and lemon, then turns to hints of grassy hops before coming back to mild funk into the finish.

Light to medium body with a lot of prickly carbonation. Interesting balance of sour and bitter going on, a little strange at first but it worked.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
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 Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Petrus chalice.

Appearance - Dirty gold body. The extra malt makes this look almost amber. Very clear and a huge head. The head lasts for over an hour as I slowly sip this. Nice pillow of foam on top. It's just too dark looking to be appetizing, though.

Smell - Funky, hoppy, and acidic smelling. Depending on the smell, I can get any one of those flavors to outweigh the others. Sometimes it smells like a saison, other times like a sour, and sometimes like a Belgian Pale Ale.

Taste - Tart lemon kick at the start, followed by hops. Starts off tasting like a bretty BPA. What follows is more saison-ish. Some funk and a bit of peppery malt. The finish is a little bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel - It's nice and light with pretty high carbonation. Tingly, peppery, and bitter in the finish. Easy to drink.

Overall - A lot of flavors happening at once that don't necessarily blend together. It's disjointed in certain respects. Still, a good beer.


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