E. S. Bam | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
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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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of SanDNigel
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark golden honey. Creamy off-white head
S- Sour hoppiness. A very exciting smell. Just a ton of depth in the smell range
T- Slight sour with a nice crisp clean hoppiness. What a great beer
M- Great. Enough bubble but not overwhelming. Really clean
O- A really great beer that I look forward to enjoying again.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of goochpunch
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep caramel amber body with a thick, foamy head. Really good head retention on this one. Smell and taste should be taken with a grain of salt, as this bottle is over 2 years old. Hops aren't as up front as the label would have me believe (obviously because of the age). Still a tasty beer with caramel malt flavors, slight toast, and prominent brett both in the nose and taste. Tasty. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with some prickly carbonation. Kind of fluffy as well like a good hefe. This is a nice beer that I'd love to try fresh one day. Unfortunately the place that I buy Jolly Pumpkin in Louisiana is a beer museum (i.e., most of their stock is older than dirt).

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at the Jolly Pumpkin Café taproom in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It arrived in a generic geometrical pint glass, showing a golden cider coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of thick bubbles that were similar in color and consistency to eggnog, but with a chunkier cakey component to them. This allowed for coating sheets and rings of lacing to be deposited around the glass. A thick haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma was wrought with cinnamon and stronger phenolic clove, soured barnyard yeastiness bordering on their Bretty-esque house yeast, creamy lactics, spicy amber and pale malts, lemon peel, sourdough breadiness, dirty wheat crust, watermelon fruitiness, and sesame seed. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed strong bitterness as expected, but this mixed expertly with the soured yeastiness, and the hefty hoppy background. As we sipped, the taste opened with a pale, red, and wheaty malt base, grapefruity and oily pine hoppiness, under ripe nectarine, raw crabapple astringency, gravel, white flour, and bittered sourness of yeast. The middle came to a peak with crisper, paler malts, light honey, stone and dust, green strawberries, raspberry puck, drying wheat flour, white sugar flashes, bittered lemon and lime rind, sesame seed, sunscreen chemicals, and dried grassy hop sweetness. The ending wash came with pale and bittered amber malts, soapy detergent, grassy and green hop oil pucker, bittered lemongrass, earthiness, icy mineral, lactic acidity, and barnyard funk. The aftertaste breathed of tannic breakfast tea, unsweetened lemonade, pungent gorgonzola cheesiness, lactic creaminess, bittering lemon rind, earthiness of hops, black pepper, soft booze bitters, and light vanilla woodiness. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave creamy slurp and smack, with soft froth and foam. The mouth was initially cooled and coated, but this quickly flashed into floury dry astringency across the tongue and hard palate alike, with lighter than expected bittering puck. The abv was easy, and the beer sipped easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its surprising hoppiness though the aroma, and spilling over to follow through in the flavoring. This aspect added a curious, organic pleasantness to the already bittering bite and sourness of the yeast. These both had to sit high against the inherent rawness and astringency of the malts themselves, and to that goal they succeeded nicely. The feel remained creamy throughout, easing drinkability. The aroma actually was easier than the taste by the end, as the bitterness did tend to slow you down by the bottom of the glass. Either way, it works, and the ultimate blend remains memorable, lingering on both the taste buds and the mind.

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Photo of spw109
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 1050 bottled 09-20-12.

It has a murky, golden, honey like color. A stream of tiny bubbles rise up to a half a glass of meringue like head that takes its time. Sheets and webs of lacing cling on.

It has a funky aroma, like a g-spot tornado. Barn, old library books, vitamins, and lemon; there are also some spicy , and faint fruit notes. The funk comes on the strongest.

Though the funk is still there, it does not dominate its' flavor as I was hoping. Red apple; seeds & all, grapes; seeds & all, some herbal notes, white peppercorn, with a dose of funk.

Light to medium in body, it does not feel flat, nor is it over-carbonated. It has dry finish that fades pretty quick.

Its' flavor failed to match its wonderful aroma, but still it is an enjoyable beer. No problem drinking the bottle.

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2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
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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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Jolly Pumpkin's pub in Ann Arbor. ES Bam pours the color of liquid, molten copper - it's translucent, though doesn't exhibit anywhere near the clarity necessary to be called "clear". A crisp, beige-tinted head rests on hop; clunky and made of large bubbles, it perches up there for quite a while before finally reducing to a foamy skin.

When each of your beers (for the most part) is made with a similar fermenting, aging, and packaging process with the same types of equipment and in the same location, your beers will typically all carry a common denominator, though they may still all be completely different from an ingredient standpoint. Jolly Pumpkin knows this territory well, and ES Bam contains the same funky aroma that you could easily pick out of a line up of beers anywhere.

Musty barnyard, wet hay, and cheesecloth-y Brett are packed into the aroma. Enough dry oak to go around and remain prominent for the better half of the brew, too. The backdrop contains shades of pear-like tartness and a mildly leafy-herbal hop bill, but the funk is certainly the dominant character, here.

Surprisingly enough, the taste begins with an initial fruit sweetness and a faint tart twinge. Far from sour, mind you, and still not as tart as La Roja, Oro, or Bam Biere, but enough tartness to be notable. It's impressive how quickly that tartness is brush aside, however, for the gigantic wave of funk that would be soon to follow.

Mound after mound of funk gets heaped into the palate with each sip; horsey funk, cheesy funk, dry, old, musty, Brett-y funk, completely with a faint burst of pineapple and wet cork. I love funk as much as the next guy, but the sheer balance of this brew may be slightly out of kilter... It seems more like a different take on Bam Noire rather than Bam Biere. The bone dry, oak-ladden finish is commonplace for JP brews, and this one is no different.

The mouth is not bad, but neigh is it anything special. Crispy, slightly effervescent and possibly a little vapid on the palate, but isn't that to be expected for a 4.7% ABV farmhouse ale? Pretty quaffable on the grand scheme of things, but this is a bit lower on the list of beers I reach for when I'm at Jolly Pumpkin. The problem is that ES Bam has no unique qualities that would make me come back to it versus other JP beers, plain and simple.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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