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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Ratings: 451 |  Reviews: 240
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A further interesting JP. Cherry smell. Good significant sourness in the taste. The smell is hay and garass. Citrus and pine. Dark brown coloured body and bresh. The famyard is in the finish.Thanks ken for sharing. Good drinkability, slight acididty but only to those novices in alcohol.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the kind of wild ale i would drink all day every day. the best of the bam incarnations i think, more hoppy, reminds me of mikkeller ak alive, that funky, so darn good. only lightly hazy amber color liquid with more than an inch of pearly white head as light as a feather and lasting for the whole drink. on tap at hops and pie, i love their beer program. aromas of farmhouse funk and citrusy hops, its a really cool and uncommon combination. flavors of brett in all its glory mingle with the hops, which only add a little bitterness but a ton of oomph to a beer as sessionable as this one. the yeast and funk combo here is pure glory, light and bright, and the mouthfeel is incredibly dry, with some peppery spice and a gorgeous hop bouquet mixing with the brett. complex and supremely drinkable at under 5% abv. i wish i had a mainline of this, i would never get bored. some of the most impressive stuff in a beautiful catalog from jolly pumpkin.

edit: claystation was kind enough to share a 2012 bottle with me last night, some three years old now. its matured really well, i think it may now literally be the driest beer i have ever had, so explosive on the carbonation and flavorful and then bam! (pun intended), its gone. the hops have held up remarkably well too. this is a very special beer, and i no longer care if jolly pumpkin stays underrated, more for me!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow brew. The head was pretty vigorous and lasted quite a while. The smell of the beer was pretty sour and I guess there might have been some hops in the distance. The taste was more sour I thought than hoppy. The hops might have enhanced the tartness of the beer. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it felt like it was on the medium side. This was decent in my opinion.

Revisit 7-27-11: paired with a flat iron steak entive salad. It really brought this beer back to what I think it was supposedto be like. No sour quality at this point. The taste of the beer almost had an earthy vanilla flavor to it. Very impressive pairing at the Trapp Door.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate earthy aromas of spices and yeast in the nose along with some notes of sourness. The sour aromas become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is quite spicy; however the sourness is stronger and persists into the finish. Notes of the underlying grainy malts are also detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The spiciness and dryness make the beer feel rather refreshing and the sourness adds a unique twist. Drinking a full bottle of this was a breeze.

Note: Batch 763, Bottled March 30, 2011

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow, I feel like I've been taken back hundreds of years as the first sip of this beer takes on the character that I'd expect in those early versions: Raw rustic yeast elements, strong hop character, and moderate strength; yet not lacking complexity.

Muddy copper in color, the rusticity begins with the eye. Opaque with its yeasty haze, the beer builds a rocky eggshell white head that's as creamy, firm, and withstanding as you'd ever want it to be. It's a true Belgian ale appearance through and through.

Weedy and acidic hops work over the nose with the scent of grapefruit pith, lemon, muddled grasses, and under ripened grapes. An underlying brine of sea air, saddle leather, burnt plastics, and horse hair character create complexity and intrigue that extends well into taste.

Where the most terse of malt character was claimed in the aromas, the taste starts off with a cracker-ish taste of bread crust and baked barley before turning dry and giving the flavors over to the hops and yeast. Acidic flavors limes, grapefruit skins and pith, fresh cut straw bridge the taste of hops to the taste of fruit-forward esters and spicy yeast phenols. The plastic taste approaches almost-smoke and medicinal notes before steering toward the brine of mussel shells and iron-like snap. Turning from fruity to sharply acidic bitterness in finish, the beer closes with fleeting malt taste and spicy hop aftertaste.

Medium-light in body, the light malt presence allows the carbonation to play out on the palate with a semi-creamed, but mostly prickle feel. But the finish ushers in slight woody dryness, resinous dryness, and minty alcohol warmth. Only the bitterness of hops and a memory of brine last into an extended finish.

With so much earthen character and unrestrained mineral and wild yeast character, I appreciate the value that Jolly Pumpkin places on the raw taste of Saison- done the upper Midwest way.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. What does the 'E.S'. stand for? Is this a farmhouse take on the ESB, maybe? Cute eponymous mutt on the label, too.

This beer pours a hazy, cloudy medium golden amber hue, with a feisty amount of thick, foamy, dense whipped-cream head, which leaves broad chunks of 'lace' around the glass as it very lazily settles. It looks like a damned dessert.

It smells prominently of earthy, herbal funk - thank you, Mr. Brett - some edgy, acidic citrus fruit, dry yeast, muscat wine, a bit of white vinegar, and soft floral hops. The taste is edgy, grainy, and a tad biscuity malt, moderate earthy funk, some faint yeast, a strong leafy hoppiness, and a kind of isolated grassy bitterness.

The carbonation is quite reserved, but well structured, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and so-so in the smoothness realm. It finishes fairly dry, the graininess, yeasty funk, and bitter, grassy hops lingering so much the cops have taken an interest.

A nice, hoppy farmhouse ale, with a bitterness that may well qualify it as a bitter, were these types of beers made in Great Britain. Anyways, tasty, complex, and definitely not in a place where one might plead 'needs more dog'...

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 288/289

Appearance: Pours a cherry-tinged cloudy amber color with a bountiful rocky head that won't quit and leaves all kinds of interesting lace patterns

Smell: Funky farmhouse, sour green apples, juicy fruit gum and lemony citrus

Taste: Opens with a distinct nod to the sour flavors, with a growing sourness compounded by bitter citrus and green apples; underlying hint of juicy fruit, to add balance; the sourness moderates after the swallow as the yeast elements move forward and join the malt into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; prickly sourness

Drinkability: An interesting experiment, but I am not crazy about the combination of the hoppy bitterness and the sourness; I guess I like one of the other but not both in tandem

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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 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 zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange amber color with a foamy, bubbly, small, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled slight funky with some citrus and lemon zest.

T - It tasted of mild funkiness, some sweet caramel and a lemon kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good saison. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of largadeer
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber, almost opaque. A thick, frothy three finger head forms from a gentle pour. JP beers always have fantastic head retention and this one is no exception.

Smell: Earthy, herbal hops with a slightly metallic undertone. This is pretty subtle in aroma, and it's very homogenous; I can't really pick out anything specific.

Taste & mouthfeel: Flavors of spice and savory herb (rosemary, sage) greet the palate immediately, leading to a hint of bitter lemon peel and tobacco. The mouthfeel is incredibly light, almost watery, and bone-dry. This is almost lambic-like in its dryness. The finish brings out an herbal hop note with a pleasant lingering bitterness. This is definitely hoppy for the style, though still pretty tame in the grand scheme of things.

Notes: Really nice stuff, I'm glad I decided to pick up a bottle of this.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of superspak
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 4/16/2012. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a big 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of green apple, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, grass, hay, pepper, herbal, brett funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and fruity/spicy yeast/brett notes; with good strength. Taste of green apple, pear, lemon zest, orange zest, bread, pepper, clove, grass, hay, herbal, brett funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of tart earthy spiciness/bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, hay, grass, herbal, brett funk, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hops with fruity/spicy yeast/brett flavors with a fair amount of malt presence; with a moderately dry finish with no cloying flavors. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy saison style. All around good balance and complexity of hops and fruity/spicy yeast and brett flavors; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy medium copper with some orange tints. Initial massive creamy head settles down into a small ring and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Quite intriguing. The initial whiff is some earthy, floral, and citrus hops reminiscent of orange pith. Alongside this comes a good amount of funk with accompanying sourness. Some caramel and bready malt in the background.

T: Quite similar to the nose, but everything isn't quite as in balance as the nose would suggest. The hops are a little less pronounced, leaving behind flavors of earth, funk, and a bit of sourness.

M: Very nice dryness accompanying the funk, but all around this is just a little bit too thin.

D: Very nice and complex; a lot going on and certainly enough to keep me occupied for half the bottle. I'm curious to see how quite a bit of age will treat this, and I intend to find out.

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rocky, light brown head of foam on top of a hazy, dark brown body. The head retention is epic and when the foam eventually settles it leaves very nice lace.

S - Pine and lemon hop aromas that mesh well with the somewhat sour funk. A little bit of wheat character with musty wild yeast notes.

T - Sour caramel malts up front with lots of toasted grain. Light funk and spicy wheat in the middle with relatively light acidity. Finishes somewhat sour with toasted malt notes and light, lemony hop flavor. Lingering sour caramel character with light hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - I never know what to expect from JP and I try to come at their beers without and preconceptions, but in this case I couldn't help but hope for a strongly hoppy sour after seeing the label. The aroma certainly didn't dissapoint. Restrained funkiness blended nicely with spicy lemon and pine hops to create a nice, complex aromatic experience. Unfortunately the flavor did not deliver in the same way the aroma did. There were hints of the same complexity, but it was mostly bogged down by heavy, sour caramel malt and toast; something about this particular combination of bready malt and wild character just didn't work for me. I was also let down to find that the pleasant, spicy hop character form the aroma was mostly absent from the flavor. This really hurts the beer; those hops could have helped to balance out the weird malt and also may have brought out the complexity of the funk the way that they did in the aroma.

I have always felt that JP can be pretty hit and miss, and this one was a bit of a miss. Still, this sort of thing is just the price one pays for the thoroughly worthwhile hits like Weizen Bam.

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