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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 Lolli1315
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper brown in color with little visibility through the body. Two to three finger head that is slightly darker in color than white, edging into the tan territory. Top of the head is rough, almost rocky as the head retains very well. Lace is apparent all over the glass.

S- Head is full of the funky smell you would expect from a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Some hops available in the nose, but it is quickly washed away with the funky smell once again.

T- Funky taste comes into play immediately blending into a slight sweet and hoppy flavor towards the middle of the beer. The funky taste returns with some sourness to finish out the beer, almost a band aid like taste is the best description. Mild amounts of funk and bitterness add to the aftertaste. Certainly only a taste for the brave.

M- Lower end of a medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry mouthfeel with a certain sharp funk that attacks the mouth.

D- Nice beer, the funk can make this one a little difficult to drink a lot of, but still not hard to drink.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, dark tan in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: pepper, hay, and lemon

Taste: pepper, funk, hay, some small hops, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, dry, sweet start with a more bitter sour finish

Drinkability: I really enjoyed the flavors in this one and could have several glasses. Not as hoppy as I expected and very well blended. I would look for this again.

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Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Figured I would start a night of drinking with something light and tasty, and this caught my eye immediately on the tap list. Served up in a tulip.

A: Hits the bar in front of me and it is sitting with a pretty dark amber body with deep, rich red hues. Almost has a bit of a light purple tint to it at times (it is dark in here, so that may have something to do with it). Held to the light, it is absolutely darker than expected but the body has just a touch of haze to it. On the most part though, it is pretty clear. The tulip had a good two fingers of DENSE, pristine white foam sitting on top. Might as well call this cream instead of head. Just move it out of the way for sippin, but places for smelling and it works fine. Lace is all over this glass as I drink this one down. Very nice to look at indeed.

S: Funky goodness is what I am getting from the aroma. Lots of dusty and earthy notes coming out first and foremost. Hops are grassy and earthy as well. Getting a touch of wood in here. There is a little bit of a malt presence but it is a very light biscuity note on the back end. This smells like the end of a hot day in a field. You can smell the dirt from the earth, spicy grain, pollen, etc. Its nice.

T: Not much unlike the nose. Lots of earthy funkiness. Grass hops notes. Dusty wood, earth, peppery spice. Its funky but its not overly funky. It has a lightness to it that I can really appreciate. Behind that I get a little bit of some fruit notes in the form of orange and green apple. Just a little bit of sweetness and tartness. Malts seem to be an afterthought here as well with just a touch of biscuit and ever so faint caramel on the back end. This beer is just so damned clean and fresh tasting.

M: Light bodied with a wonderfully crisp carbonation. Little bit of tartness, little bit of sweetness on the palate. ABV is not worth mentioning because it might as well not exist in this beer. Can't find it. Aftertaste is a light lingering earthy funk.

D: Well I had to give it up to this beer because I couldn't stop pouring it down my throat. Just so damned easy to drink, I killed a glass of this in mere minutes. This being my first JP experience, I am quite happy to have gotten to finally have this and on tap no less. This is a perfect beer to drink on a hot day and thats probably why it hit the spot perfectly for me. Will have to see if I want to shell out the cash to keep bottles of this at home, but I will say that I am very pleased with this beer.

Serving Type: Draught Vessel Type: Tulip Price:NA

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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 semibaked
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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 glid02
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap (glad to see it finally here from JP) at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light amounts of funk with bright and leafy hop aromas. Also present are very mild amounts of dry caramel malts.

Tastes good. Dry caramel malt flavors with a good deal of graininess kick things off. Very mild amounts of funk make their way into things midway through the sip before being drowned out by earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter finish that's very dry and mildly crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was an interesting beer however I wish the flavor profile more closely matched the nose. Not the best offering from JP but still worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of eljefe21
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful copper brown color fills the bottom half of the glass topped by a frothy off white head. Head sticks around while more foam slowly rises from the bottom of the unfinished bottle.

S: A floral hay aroma with hints of spice, lemon and other smells. Dry, even on the nose.

T: Earthy straw like flavors grate on the tongue. The flavors intensify once the liquid is gone. A wild mix of flavors that I'm not so wild about.

M: Puckering and dry with a smooth medium-light body. Dryness lingers and a bit harsh.

D: I like my Jolly Pumpkins and wouldn't turn this one down if someone offered, but I just don't like this one enough to seek it out on its own again. It was nice with my pesto pizza, but I'd feel odd drinking it without food.

Served: in a cervoise glass.

Review from notes taken on: 12/4/09.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 SPThirtyThree
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky orange-brown with two finger off-white head that collapses down to a cluster of bubbles.

S: Funk. Sour. Watermelon. Vanilla. Oak. Sweat.

T: Dry, puckering, and sour. Not much to taste.

M: Heavy carbonation, but dry and crisp.

D: Medium-low. Leaves a little to be desired on taste.

Overall, this beer smelled fantastic, but then didn't have the taste to back it up. Interestingly, it made me drink it faster, as each sip was a quest to taste the flavors that I was smelling.

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Photo of STLbeerwriter
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 280/281.

A: Lively bubbles come up the neck of the bottle once the cap is off, but they don't froth over or explode like with the Bam Biere, E.S.Bam's less-hoppy cousin. A gentle pour into a 12-ounce chalice brings a two-inch pillowy head that sticks around awhile and leaves lacing throughout the drink. Dark orange to hazy amber/copper color, almost opaque.

S: Earthy, barnyard funk with some sour, yeasty notes.

T: More barnyard funk and grass, but not as sour as Bam Biere -- this one's hoppier and more dry. Very nice. A perfect pairing with a similarly barnyardy cheese, like Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Wisconsin.

M: There are those active bubbles again -- tiny, but omnipresent on the tongue. Pleasant and again helps to keep the finish dry.

D: Highly drinkable, with low enough ABV to knock through the 750 ml without being down for the county. I would come back to this again and again, especially with a well-paired cheese plate or light meal.

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Photo of danielharper
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Beer tasted on 12/7/2009. Notes transcribed verbatim below.)

A: Orange-brown body, hazy, nearly opaque. Thick, foamy white head like a root beer float.

S: Strong farmhouse yeastiness, very funky. Crisp floral hops underneath. Slight citrus notes. Hints of bready malt.

T: Strong high-alpha acid hops up front, tickling the tongue. (Perhaps Centennial or Cascade?) Some Belgian funk & barnyard flavors. Finishes somewhat sweet with malt.

M: Thin to moderate thickness. High hops. (Obviously.)

D: Not as sour as expected. Overall quite drinkable, although it may be a bit too hoppy for saison purists.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly unfiltered dark orange, redish, brown color with a HUGE controllable light tan head. Lots of cascading carbonation and a little sediment on the bottom. Tons of lacing to go alone also.

S - Initially it smells like I just walked onto an apple orchard during harvest time. Hints of white grapes and lots of sour yeast esters as well. Not too tart on the aroma and has a pleasant sour fruit aroma.

T - Doesn't mimic the aroma much because there are a lot more sour notes in it. Apples and pears come to mind at first, with the sourness of both being the majority. Then there's a little hay flavor from the malts mixed in with the slightest pineapple and sour citral notes. Very complex and leaves a pretty dry aftertaste with flavors of lingering malts.

M/D - Light body with an explosion of "small" carbonation bubbles. No warming sensation from the alcohol (relatively low ABV) and easy to sip on b/c of the sourness and dry characteristics.

I would say this one is more on the "farmhouse" side of this beer style due to the amount of sour notes and complex yeast products. Overall good and would enjoy this style on occasion.

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Photo of corby112
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
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 claminat420
1.61/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A- poured a heavy amber color cloudy with stuff floating around. extremely foamy.

S- a weird clove hint. kinda reminds me of dark horse's trip ale.

T- to much going on i don't know where to begin. i taste the hops but also a weird wood flavor. has a sour aftertaste.

M- light bodied. low carbonation. prolly the best quality of this beer.

D- i'm just gonna say i'm glad i only have a 750ml bottle of this which will be the last time i drink.

Overall- i know jolly pump-a-dump keeps their beers aged in oak barrels or whatever but i'm good. maybe the high price and the big "differences" get people to think they're sophisticated or something?? i get why brewers try to go all crazy by adding different stuff or brewing in some different way which usually doesn't work out. and if it does it's a rarity that should be honored. this whole company reminds me of the south park episode "smug" about the people in san francisco who smell their own farts. please don't think of me as a "bud guy" but i would take a stone ipa or something just in the ballpark.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from LS or bottletrek (i forget), by way of stevemcqueenjr.

batch 288/289, tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into tulip.

dark amber. clear if decanted properly. enormous 4+ finger, light tan head, slowly forms meringue and iceberg, leaving behind layers of lace before i even get to my first sip. head eventually fades to a stable thin layer, with a tiny creamy meringue in the middle. great lacing.

aroma: citrusy (grapefruit) hops surprise me upfront, with mild barn funk, horse blanket, musty leather, sweet grass and hay. then proceeds into malty caramel and malt and cider vinegars, with spicy anise and licorice in back, with some herbal notes and faint phenols. very complex.

taste: mild acidity with malt vinegar tones, into spice and hops, lingering strongly with citrus rind, hay and leathery funk, creating a spicy, moderate bitterness. just a touch watered down in comparison though.

medium body, gentle acidity and astringency, helped by moderate carbonation which can be tingly, fluffy.

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Photo of triptens
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jolly Pumpkin ES Bam 750 ML
Batch 374/375

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a 2 inch white foamy waffle like head.

Smell: Little bit of funk and pepper. A touch of piney hops. Very subtle nose.

Taste: Bitter dry hoppiness but not citrusy. I get almost no malty sweetness. Biscuity and grainy.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry, and crisp. Drys the roof of your mouth. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Probably one of my least favorite offerings from JP. Im going to drink the rest of this 750, wishing I was drinking a Bam or Bam Noire.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber in color topped with a massive antique white head. The head forms stiff peaks like a meringue and dissipates quite slowly leaving a thick trail of lacing behind. Lacing washes away with each sip however a fluffy white cap remains through out.

Aroma is very earthy. Fresh cut hay and a musty farmhouse funk are picked up rather quickly. Lemon zest and black pepper fall just behind complimenting the grassy hop aroma.

The rich earthiness picked up in the nose carries over well into the flavor. Very grassy hop flavor mingles with lemon, leather and a biscuity malt taste. The sourness which is to be expected from Jolly Pumpkin is rather muted and balanced out by the spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rather crisp, sharp and dry. Very light bodied beer with extremely lively carbonation.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown/ruby, very dark. Huge light brown head. Bottle gushed upon openeing and the head was enormous after a very gentle pour.

S - Hops and Brett. Very spicy with the typical sour tartness of any Brett beer. As the beer warms a light biscuity backing begins to come through. Overall, this beer is very much dominated by Brett.

T - Very tart with a nice spicy hop backing. The Brett definitely makes itself known in this one. Funkiness seems a little off and is more just sour than flavorful. Bisuity malts are present as well.

M/D - Light to medium bodied, very crisp. Easy drinking but the taste is a little harsh.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jolly Pumpkin E.S.Bam
750 ml / batch 374 /375

Appearance: A massive head of antique-white foam rises up as it's poured. A mostly clear chestnut brown body teems with life as tiny bubbles rise from below. Good head retention, very good lacing.

Aroma: Brettanomcyes is clearly evident... some fruitiness, caramelish malt, leafy hops, and a mild peppery/woody/patchouli-like/orange/herbal spiciness..

Taste: A bold bitterness comes through straight out. It's brash, and it never really settles, even as the beer warms. Brett character surrounds a thin caramel-dipped maltiness, which is nice. It reminds me of a caramel covered apple. The fruitiness is there, but not the sweetness; and it's spiked with leafy and grassy hops and spice that take on a bit of a herbaceous character. It's dry and earthy with suggestions of fruitiness and tartness. Lots of bitterness lingers in the finish along with a bit of wood and earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and just slightly creamy smooth as the very-fine-bubbled natural carbonation is released as it warms.

Drinkability: A lack of balance between the dense bitterness and thin maltiness leaves it a bit lackluster. There's just not enough sweetness to support it, and it becomes muddled in a way - it seems to lack focus. The spicing could be nice, but without support from a solid malt base it seems almost like dust in the wind.

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Photo of popery
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't a huge fan of Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Biere, and while I like this version more, I'm still not completely won over. I appreciate the idea. It's a refreshing and light saison that's very drinkable. The addition of the hops improves drinkability significantly for me over the original, but otherwise, it's a similar experience. The malt is light and muted. The flavor is mostly a dry sourness, which is pleasant but not terribly complex. On the other hand, I haven't tasted another beer quite like it outside of the Jolly Pumpkin lineup. I appreciate the fresh ideas that Jolly Pumpkin brings to the table, particularly for an American brewer working with sours and wilds and whatnot. It's always enjoyable to try a new beer from this brewery. Anyway, this beer would be most enjoyable in large quantity, but the ~$10 price tag is a tad steep for that, at least on a regular basis. It's a good beer; the hops provide just enough bite to ratchet up the drinkability.

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Photo of sarahspat
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 ncstateplaya
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 288/289

Pours a rich hazy toffee color with a gorgeous head. Meringe like in the center of the glass and sudsy around the edges. Very nice lacing that blankets the entire glass. This beer appears extremely effervescent.

The nose of this beer is extremely complicated. It is very malty and spicey...almost to the point of malt vinegar or ketchup. It was slightly hoppy lending a bit of pine undertones. I also thought the aroma to be pretty yeasty.

It tastes slightly sweet with a great crisp hoppiness and wheat flavor. I thought it had a green flavor that I just couldn't quite place. Fittingly enough the finish was somewhat tart.

This beer is light bodied and very lively in the mouth. Loads of carbonation keeps your mouth's attention and finishes very dry and crisp. Very enjoyable.

One of the more enjoyable and drinkable farmhouse ales that I have experienced. It is very lively and refreshing albeit a little grassy. It is a good beer that I could see myself enjoying again during the summer months.

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Photo of prototypic
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 267, 268

E.S. Bam pours a caramel color that has a nice scarlet hue when backed by a little light. It's a little hazy and features a few yeast particles floating around. A very impressive tan head tops it off. It's over three fingers deep and leaves a substantial amount of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Very impressive.

The nose is a little weak. It could definitely use more strength. It's spicy and earthy initially. There's pepper and a mix of other spices I can't identify. There's some orange, lemon, and perhaps even plum fruit scents. Smells a little funky and grainy. I can't say that it smells like Brett, but is funky. The label suggests an infusion of more malts and hops than (Bam Biere), but I'm not appreciating either. To be fair, this bottle is over a year old now and I'm sure that the hops have faded to a large degree. Oooops. It's above average, but isn't stunning by any means. It's a little too weak and the elements don't seem to entirely mesh very well.

The flavor profile is pretty consistent with the nose. Pepper and other ancillary spices kick it off. They're not very strong, but warrant mention. It's a little fruity and features some lemon and light orange. I'm not getting any dark fruit here. It's definitely earthy and grassy throughout. A funky, yeasty flavor is noted and is rather prominent. It doesn't taste like Brett to me, but has a funky quality. There's some light malt sweetness and perhaps a floral hop flavor, but bother are faint. I'm sure the hops have fainted due (in part) to my procrastination. Perhaps I should've jumped on this one sooner. Nonetheless, the flavor never really comes together well and comes across as a few individual flavors rather than a medley. It's above average, but not quite good.

The body is light and not at all smooth. Carbonation is very active and doesn't work well at all here. The feel is very average and probably contributes to a few of this beer's issues. Drinkability is a little above average, but that's probably a little generous. The flavor's alright and it goes down easy.

E.S. Bam is disappointing at the end of the day. The nose could use some work, the flavor doesn't come together well, and it suffers from overcarbonation and a thin body. Now that I've gotten through all that, I certainly feel that the score is very generous. It needs work. Jolly Pumpkin has a nice run of disappointment going here. I'm hoping that one day (soon) I'll be blown away by one of their beers. Today is obviously not that day.

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E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 451 ratings
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