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 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 Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 aasher
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of IrishColonial
2/5  rDev -47.5%

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 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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5%

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 tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 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 Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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 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 BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 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 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 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 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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E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 451 ratings.
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