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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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a hazy, light brown with a nice, big head. Nice retention and lacing. Hops and brett aromas are very inviting. Some nice earthy notes as well. Distinctive Jolly pumpkin funkiness with a pleasant, sour finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice balance of carbonation / creaminess. Another tasty offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is crimson blood burgundy slightly clouded with minimal suspended particles especially for a Jolly Pumpkin offering. While head simply billows with chunky textured edges, the foam here could absolutely be sculpted by the way it's a soothing earth tone sandy beige. Rocky head dwindles slowly with each sip from the chalice large chunks of head cling to the sides of the glass, pretty amazing and fine effervescent bubbles are noted as well. BTW, this is batch # 267,268, and another thing the appearance changes drastically as the last of the yeast sediment make it in.

Aroma full of wild perfume like, open fermentation, and barrel aging effects. Wild barnyard funk lays it on heavily with a floral, grassy distinct hop nose. Lactic edge wood barrel bitterness with wet grain bringing tame sweetness. Very much a Jolly Pumpkin typical smell, let's see how that works out in the flavor.

Flavor I noticed as the more yeast that made it into the bottle the more the flavors melded together initially before the yeast additions I was thinking brash unfocused hops and barrel aging with the funky lactic notes flowing. Again I have to say fresh cut grass and wild flowers with oak wood edges imparted and semi sweet caramel malts flowing through.

Mouthfeel is smooth with even fine champagne like carbonation really flows well on the palate creamy edges with a oily hop cap thrown into the mix, what a nice sensation however the finish feels like somebody lacquered my tongue with a layer of perfume or some strong odiferous solvent chemical.

Drinkability is all around incredibly complex, it may take you an hour or two to get through a bottle of course start cold and let this baby warm up. I love the take that most of the Jolly Pumpkin brews have on traditional styles however there's a point where every one of these brews start to share way too many characteristics. Don't get wrong I'm down with infecting beer during open fermentation, spice additions and barrel aging but by doing the same process it's giving me way too much Deja Vu and not enough Eureka moments.

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

Pours a cloudy and slightly reddish hued amber. This crème head. Nose is dough and funky. Flavor brings the dough as well. Nice funky edge, but almost sour in a way, leaning towards tart. Smooth feel with a noticed carbonation. Nice to drink, but it's a bit edgy.

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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.

Overall

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso DC into a tumbler.

Big super foamy bubbles formed for an off white head. Sits on a dark amber brown/orange body that's kind of cloudy but lighter towards the bottom. Not much lacing while drinking.

First initial bouquet is sour, then extremely hoppy and spicy with a touch of salt. A big strange yeast bent is present with hints of almost bubbling acid/sulfurous sense. It does feel like an amped up Bam Biere.

Taste is quite unique, a very big hop bitterness and yeast, but the swallow is all so bretty like, with this sense of crisp acid. Swallow and closure is a feel of sourdough bread and salt. Really unique interesting taste on this brew.

Overall this is a real neat and fun beer, very complex palate and nose, lots of fun to go around.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.56/5  rDev -32.8%
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 drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a saison? Really?

Beer is brown and hazy with a broken white head with large and medium bubbles.

Beer is really musky and sour in the nose. Like an bruin.

Beer is quite sour, acetic and musky. Beer is thin and very strong. Tartness ends up in the back and clears the palate. Pretty good for a Flanders.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/23/08- Purcahsed at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into my Trout Slayer weizen glass.

Appearance- Deep golden in color, if not approaching a light amber color. Yeast infused with small and larger floaties. Head becomes quite large upon pour...one inch plus very easily. Large bubbled, frothy, lightly creamy looking. Lacing is exceptional with chunks, streaks and spotting all over the glass.

Smell- Definite hops. Grapefruit pith rather than the juice or peel. Quite bitter in the nose. Also a decent amount of white pepper in the mix.

Taste- Hoppy for sure. Very bitter with a slight touch of sweetness upon the swallow which fades quickly. White pepper abounds as well. Seems like a one hop brew as it's very straight forward. Would have liked more sweetness. The hops carry the show, but seems like a one trick pony.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp, but also a very heavy carbonation level. Slightly drying mouthfeel.

Drinkability- I like my hoppy saisons and tripels, but his one seems a bit too hoppy with nothing really to back it up in the flavor sense. It's not a bad beer, in fact is was good for what it was, just needs something else.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured orangish brown in color with brown highlights and had a dense 2 finger head leaving plenty of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront was really citrusy with some tart notes, hop character but did have some brett aroma as well. after a few whiffs I was able to sniff out some spice notes.

T: The tart flavor was more prominent on the palate alongside spice, bretty, citrusy, hoppy notes and a touch of caramel on the backend.

M: The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had spice, bretty, citrusy, mild hoppy, tart and slight bitter dry finish.

D: it was very easy to drink considering it was an ESB but was not as hoppy as anticipated but was still decent.

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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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 288/289.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is brett, leather and some light citrus. The flavor is very leathery, I guess from the brettanomyces. I also get some citrus as well as dark fruits with low to medium hop bitterness. As the beer warms I get more caramel and toffee malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capones for a saison event, this is from old notes.

A- A copper, honey gold with some white stickage on the glass. Islands of foam.

S- An oak bomb, I guess this stayed in the barrels for a long time. Oak is number 1 with some vanilla, funk, brett and some dark fruits.

T- It's not all that sour, slightly tart, but oaky as hell. A bit to much for me. I like the vanilla coming from the wood but the amount of oak drowns out other flavors here.

M- Rich and malty, above medium, nicely carbed, a big aftertaste.

D- This is huge on flavor, but not a mix that im digging so much, i'll take regular bam all day everyday.

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

Batch 267, 268 (a blend I guess); Sampled April 2008
Definitely on the hoppy side, as I pour this beer an aroma of earthy, berry-like hop character wafts to my nose. The beer is extremely well carbonated as a careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a five finger thick crown of cream colored froth that is a half finger above the rim of my glass. The head actually forms a very interesting, lofted mesa of foam as it slowly recedes all the while leaving lots of fragile lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark plum color, but shows a chill hazed (it was brilliantly clear when I put it into the beer-fridge yesterday), bright cherry color when held up to the light. A deeper inspection of the aroma yields a very earthy nose that is more from funk & fermentation character than from the hops. Aromatic notes of black pepper, loam, savory, slight sage, some thyme, fresh cut hay. Also a soft underlying fruitiness contributes aromas of plum, orange zest, bright-berry hop notes, . The spiciness contributes a very savory, rich aroma that is quite appetizing. Interestingly enough the hop character, while very noticeable as I poured this brew, plays a secondary role here in the aroma, at times it can even be overpowered by the fermentation character, but it is quite persistent and refuses to play anything but a significant role here in the nose.

Very light feeling, with almost no body to it at all. As this suggests this beer is quite dry with no perceived sweetness. This has a savory, rich earthiness to it just like the aroma suggested, but there is also a herbal component; flavors of earthy coriander, sage, thyme, some green tobacco in the finish and a grassiness. The hops provide a nice, biting bitterness that is found throughout the flavor profile, it almost doesn't seem as noticeable as it should be, because of all the other complex flavor avenues that one feels the need to explore. The mouthfeel of this beer has a certain tannic quality to it that helps to boost the very light body into something with just a touch of texture. The bright berry-like hop character of the nose is much muted in the flavor, which is not surprising given how dry this beer is; a slight note of orange peel comes through, with perhaps just a hint of black currant flavor as well. There is a presence here of caramelized malt (just not sweet) as well as some dry, biscuit-like notes and a whole-grain breadiness.

For my second pour I did not spend an extended period smelling the beer and so the beer almost explodes as it first hits my mouth; an excessive, rustic carbonation turns this beer to a froth, luckily a quick swirl reduces this to merely a well carbonated beer. The second pour is a bit more chunky, which doesn't effect the flavor much, but does add some rustic yeast-aromatics to the nose. This is a very quaffable brew, I am having no problem finishing this 750ml bottle.

The appearance of this beer is just a perfect example of a Farmhouse Ale; an epic head, appetizing color and even a rustic light haziness, you really can't ask for more in this type of beer. This is a fantastic beer, though it falls just short of the greatness that is regular Bam Bier. I really do like how savory this beer is though, this really helps to offset the light body of this brew, which is darn near water in heft.

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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 Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Beachwood BBQ, Hoppy Farmhouse Ale as described on the website,

A: Pours a turbid dark brown, opaque, with a full white head out of the cask, good retention and lacing.

S: Really wasn't getting much, some hops and lactic acid.

T: Taste is very hoppy at first, dark earth and then spice, maybe some coriander in there too. Maltiness adds some caramel, but this beer's two main counterpoints are the hops and the acidity, well done, I could think of it as a sour bitter or a sour Saison, kind of in the middle, but very tasty.

M: Light on the tongue, acidic - as all of JP's beers are, but it's not as pronounced, real easy to drink, the cask-conditioning certainly takes the sharp acidic edge off the beer.

D: A very good offering from JP, I liked it better on cask than the Madrugada, a definite repurchase in the future if I see it in bottles.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: bottle foamed up immediately upon opening, despite careful storage. Medium, dirty-golden hue with a moderate haze and an indiscernible effervescence. Head is four fingers of extremely inconvenient ivory foam with great retention; annoying, but pretty.

Smell: light malt with just a touch of sour and funk; the overall character is very grassy, green, and fresh; it really evokes springtime. Not only do I really like it, I think it is a very successful execution of the brewer's intentions.

Taste: somewhat dry malt with a bit of caramel character, but only a bit. A light farmhouse funk is present, just as in the aroma, and the grassy character is maintained. Despite its relatively light intensity (it is only 4.7%, after all), I really like the composition of the flavor here.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation and a refreshing effervescence.

Overall: a very refreshing, light, tasty and drinkable saison. If I didn't have to drive to Oregon to get this, I would think about keeping a few bottles on hand!

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

Hazy orange - copper with a massive white head that settles slowly. Decent lacing sticks to the glass. Complex aroma of grass and citrus, light hay and mustiness, pepper and floral notes.

The flavor is somewhat less attractive than the nose and is overwhelmed by bitterness; some pithy citrus and floral hops; subtle hay and grass. Hints of tartness and funk, pepper and other spices, but bitterness dominates and leaves things feeling a little bland and one dimensional.

Medium light bodied with assertive carbonation. Clean drinking, crisp, with a dry finish. Not bad butb ultimately, not tremendously interesting.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat light gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, with light clove, honey, orange citrus and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but with a light sour component I wasn't expecting. The beer is pretty dry, with no more than a light honey flavor along with the light clove, vanilla and sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, as you would expect with this level of alcohol.

Nothing earth shattering here, but this is still pretty solid.

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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 weeare138
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog. Batch 267, 268.

Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small white head that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of funky farmhouse, earthy notes, citrusy hops, and ripe fruit.
Taste is hoppy, earthy, rubbery, citrusy, with mild apple coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fruity, hoppy, with citrus lingering along the palate in the swallow.

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Photo of corby112
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy chestnut brown/ orange-amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that has excellent retention. This isn't giving way at all. I mean it barely settles into a thick cap that lasts throughput leaving large chunks of soapy lacing that practically coat the glass.

Sweet citrus aroma with lots of orange peel and some nice chocolate and caramel malt. Tart earthy notes with some nice peppery spice, more citrus, dark cherries, light fruit, oak and vanilla. This is a very complex aroma. Let's hope the flavo is the same.

Nice chewy full body with some art sour oak/wood flavor. This slightly puckering earthy taste is a perfect compliment to the citrus peel notes and earthy hops. Once again, there is a prominent orange peel presence with some soft carbonation and a nice malt backbone providing excellent balance. The aftertaste of this beer makes me salivate for another sip. Extremely quaffable. Another excellent offering from the folks at Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 514. Bottled 3-5-10. Consumed 6-20-10.

A: As with most of their beers the wild Belgian yeast is evident upon the pour producing a glass consuming head that was tusk ivory in color. Retention was time consuming due to its initial size, as the head calved and pitted leaving cavenous voids. As it fell, it left a huge, speckled, glass coating lacing that was densely packed together and spongey in character. Substantial pours projected an ice-berg like structures rising and breaching the glass rim. A dark tawny brownish orange color with a thick misty haze is observed once the head settled from the bottom up revealing an extremely light effervesce factor that produced only a few random bubbles being released at any given moment. I absolutely loved the humongous rocky head which outlasted my patience to start drinking and sniffing.

S: A decent offering of wild Belgian yeast exists on the nose, musky with scents of cobwebs and cellar like atmosphere were to be had. The strength was light however with hardly a trace of hops to be found.

T: Toasted grains with yeasty attributes of cobwebs and musky fruit of oranges and melons could be found on the initial sip. There is a good deal of maltiness here, especially per style and on the swallow which showcased a silty and powdery coating and character. Musky whole hop cones, both citrusy and of green leafy hints could be detected with a medium sense of delivery. Slightly tart orange grinds are also present rounding things out in an otherwise good show flavor-wise but nothing that takes it to an A level.

M: The mouthful is light, very smooth filled with a tart fruitiness of melons upon the swallow. Dry with hardly a trace of effervesce makes this sit pretty lifeless on the tongue.

D: Good drinkability per style, with enough character to be respectable yet still light enough to be manageable for the novice per style. A bomber sits well with me, decent, but nothing that made me go wow.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled 3-19-12
Drank summer 2012
A- This beer pours a murky dark orange body with racing strands of microcarbonation supporting a thick head this is like shaving cream. The head last after the beer is gone.

S- The fresh British hop have a green herbal quality to them blend with a fruity funk note underneath. There is a fresh rain and mint note that turn more into a perfume old aftershave quality as it warms.

T- The woody green bright hops have some nice brett flavors of white cheese rind and some grapefruit pith that are full and linger into the after taste.

M- The light mouthfeel has a refreshing crisp fizz that compliments some of the brett and hop characters.

O- The bright crisp balance of hops and brett come together with a nice grapefruit character linking them together. This is a wonderful beer to drink as the complexity and full flavor make delicious but the light mouthfeel keeps it very sessionable.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 374/375, a capped 750 mL bottle.

A: The ale is a dark coppery brown color, an old used penny from the bottle of the piggy bank. A reddish glow emerges when light is shined through it. A slow, bubbling ooze of eggshell white foam slowly creeped out of the bottle. In the glass, it measured just under three fingers (because it ran out of room) that laced extensively as it receded. The second (and third) pours generated just as much head.

S: The wild saison has the lemony crispness that Jolly Pumpkin is known for. The tartness is acidic, no traces of the vinegar that I so despise. Sorry though, I'm not getting much hop-wise.

T: The hops, while dormant in the nose, make an appearance at the tail-end of each sip, a leafy bitterness that seems to have lost a step or two. Before that bitterness, the wild funk, citric and tart, puts on a good show. It's lemony zest, a sharp flavor on the palate, quickly builds before ceding to the hops. Seems like the heftier hop load has muted the tartness a bit. Definitely, the more I get into it, the more the hop profile tamps down the tartness. Too bad the hops have aged a bit though, it could have been a great show.

M: The mouthfeel has multiple things worth mentioning. First, the acidic tartness isn't as intense as other JP beers. Second, the hoppiness really stands out. Third, the excessive carbonation upfront really settled the ale down.

D: Another ridiculously low abv ale from JP. The complexity of a wild ale in such a small beer is amazing. I'll be heading to the Ann Arbor brewpub in a few weeks and can't wait.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 278

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with hints of amber with a huge light tan head that has amazing retention. The aroma is bit sour with malt, oak, spices, leather, funk and yeast. The taste features malt, oak and peppery spices and an earthy almost leather like flavors with a bone dry and hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, E.S. Bam is another solid beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Recommended.

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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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