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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Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy golden brown tea color.

There’s a lightly tart aroma with notes of dark cherries on it.

I get some more dark cherries as I sip, with a light sourdough funk rounding it out. There’s a tart finish and a light body. Tasty and delicate.

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Photo of cobyj
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jeffwright
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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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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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1046/1047, bottled 3-14-12. Had this once loooong ago on-tap, curious to try it again and see how it has held up up after 20 months. Shared with friends.

Gusher bottle! Darkish orange body with plenty of bubbles and some haze. Ridiculous foamy off-white head morphing into all sorts of shapes and sizes, lace everywhere, etc.

Nice scent of brett/light tart fruits, bread, some grass and earthy tones.

Taste follows suit, still some nice hoppage at this point. Good, somewhat tame tart brett presence, apple, citrus fruits, bread, grass, some earthy and farmy tones.

Very carbonated and foamy, maybe a bit detracting but it works decently with these flavors. Other than that, quite easy drinking.

Like many JP saisons, nothing earth-shattering but certainly a pleasant and interesting beer. Good brett and some x-tra hops.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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