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E. S. Bam | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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E. S. BamE. S. Bam

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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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 rajendra82
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer came in a 22 oz. bomber with the dog wearing a necklace of hop cones, which immediately had me picking this on sighting at Green's on Buford Highway. Poured out into the wine glass, the head was large, craggy, and impressive. The underlying liquid was quite rustic looking with a brownish amber color, and lots of haze. The smell did not give an indication of any impressive level of hop usage. There was the usual Jolly Pumpkin funk, followed by oak, and then a distant citric hop note. The taste showed that the hop bitterness was a more assertively present than the smell suggested. The hops started on crisp and spicy and finished mellow and earthy. Although present, the hops were not the center of attention here, the Brettanomyces funk was as present here as in the original Bam, and it was clearly in charge. Vanilla notes were also here. With all that said my biggest problem with this one was the same as the plain old Bam. This was too watery to be called a true Saison IMHO. With offerings from many other breweries at nearly twice the strength under the same style, this was definitely Saison Lite. I wish they would chose to concentrate these wonderful flavors into something more substantial.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of draheim
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (batch 775 - bottled 4/7/2011) into a saison glass. Cap comes off w/ a vigorous pfft!

Creamy foam peeks out of the mouth of the bottle before I can even start pouring - because I'm writing this instead. Reminds me of Saison-Brett in this regard.

A gentle pour yields a glass about evenly divided - the bottom half slightly hazy amber liquid, the other half a dense creamy off-white head that leaves behind a nice coat of lacing as it slowly recedes. Despite the rich head, not much carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, spice, citrusy hops... as it warms more fruity esters, funk and a hint of wet hay become evident.

Taste is mostly a balance between Belgian yeast and ample bitter hops. A little apple/pear and subtle spice, perhaps ginger. As it warms a soapy, slight band-aid taste emerges. Generally lacks complexity on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little flat, perhaps not aided by the lack of carbonation.

Overall an interesting saison, but not in the top tier for the style.

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

Batch 267,268

A - Pours mahogany with ruby highlights with a puffy white head and chunky lacing.

S - Lemony and grassy, a touch of biscuity malt with the standard JP bit of tart funk.

T - A touch of sweetness followed by tart funk, lemon and grassy hops and a yeasty finish.

M - On the light side of medium with sparkly carbonation but tends to get a little heavier as it warms.

D - A bigger version of Bam (from what I remember) with a bit more sweet malt and hops. Nicely done.

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

A: pours a nice shade of hazed bronze with an ample fluffy and rocky slightly off white head with excellent retention in a duvel tulip
S: smells of citrus, green apple skin, some funk and a bit of spice
T: bready malt, funk, peppery spice slight citric hop kick, some floral notes, and a bit of lemon zest. swallow brings more citrus hop and spice plus a soft tartness.
M: light with soft but prevalent carb, sightly drying buy some juicy hop prevents it from being overwhelming
O: another tasty offering from Jolly Pumpkin. just enough funk to keep things lively without making you think that you're sucking on a horse blanket. not a lot of malt after the initial hit but enough to keep everything else from taking over. Definitely meant to be drank fresh with the extra hops but I guess you could give this one a bit of time to let the hops die down a bit.

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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served in a Duvel tulip.
Batch 1063/1064 Bottled: 04-05-2012

A - Murky brown body with 3 fingers of moundy head slowly collapses into several different textures of foam. Excellent retention with minimal lacing.

S - Fresh fruity esters, green apple, watermelon, lemon, green grass, dry funky yeast, earthy and spicy herbal aromas. Salty wood and white balsamic come out as it warms.

T - Moderate grassy and zesty citrus hops add aggressive bitterness that pushes against a mild grain malt. Hints of berry fruit and tannins coat the back of the tongue. Salty and woody with a dry bitter finish.

M - Moderate prickly carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Well it's definitely hoppy. More so in the flavor than the nose. Very complex nose though. Crunchy herbal dryness. The hops are right on the edge of choking all other flavors out. I haven't had the original so I can't compare the two. If you feel like a hopped up Saison this should feed your craving well.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed copper orange color with a white fluffy head that coasters on top of the beer. The aroma has a fruity, floral brett note with some lemon, cut grass. Medium mouthfeel. Funky bretty floral flavor with some bitterness that was unexpected. It’s not bad, probably not a favortie of mine but decent.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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2.17/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

My least favorite JP beer so far.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

On tap at Bodega. This one was a surprise to see in a keg.

A- A nice hazy burnt orange. The head is small but strong with lots of white lace.

S- It has that classic Jolly Pumpkin smell. A little bit of sourness with grassy and lemony hops.

T- This is very interesting. It starts on the sour/biting/saison side then finishes very hoppy and bitter. Lots of grass, lemon and lime.

M- Crisp, light, biting, dry and prickly.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: A bit of a gusher, this beer pours dark golden color, almost amber with four fingers of head, even on a careful pour. Retention and lacing are extremely good.

S: Citrus hops mixes with musty and citrusy brett. A bit of lactic acidity keeps this from being a brett bomb. A bit of fruity sweetness in there, too.

T: Very dry with citrusy and funky brett. Really reminds me of a Belgian Pale Ale with brett. Quite bitter, hoppy farmhouse ale is a good descriptor. A touch of caramel and fruity sweetness helps keep this beer from being too dry.

M: Light bodied and quite carbonated.

O: This is a very nice hoppy Saison with brett. Dry, funky, with a nice hoppiness that mixes well with the brett.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first experience with Jolly Pumpkin, been meaning to try some of their beers for a while...finally getting around to it.

Picked this out knowing that it was a spring/summer seasonal; figured that the hops would fade away a bit and that the potentially funky yeast characteristics would present themselves over the time since bottling in March.

Pours a mahogany hue with a strong white head, tiny bubbles about 2 in head with some staying power for sure.

Nose: as it warms up, gets much more funky. Earthy, yeast, woodiness, slightly acidic, with floral hop overtones.

Taste: pretty simplistic overall. A touch of floral hops, some grassy, hay like flavors, a tad of acidity and a lingering dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: on the watery side, very much so, with a club soda like bitterness/carbonation in the finish (a terrible characteristic imo, along the cardboard lines...)

Overall: decent at best. I didnt hate it, but for the money it was quite lack-luster. I had been "waiting" to give Jolly Pumkin's beers a shot, for one reason or another; guess I should have kept waiting...

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of AltBock
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Capped 750 ml bottle with a lime green label that has a heat shot drawing of Jolly Pumpkin's Jack Russell Terrier, Bam. Do you know what the regular Bam label looks like? Good! Take Bam, put a small hop bud hat on his head, put a bright lime green hop bud necklace around his neck, and put him on a lime green label with a farm scene background. That's the picture! To the left of Bam is the Government warning, barcode, and a drawing of 3 dogs. To the right of Bam are 2 paragraphs and the refund values. The first one talks about how strong Bam the dog was. He was hit by a car and he still managed to move around. The second paragraph says that it's their regular Bam beer with more malt and hops added to it. That's what I like to hear! The back should be slapped with a batch number sticker. Mine was from batch number 267 and 268.

Appearance: I poured this beer that shares it name with a very special dog into a Corsendonk Tulip. Out of the bottle came a beer that was an extremely murky caramel brown with apple cider highlights. What I said murky, I mean this beer was just as murky as a swamp. It wasn't murky because of hop particles, it was just a naturally murky beer. This bottle was a small time gusher and when it was poured, it had a self rising 3 inch creamy pure white head of foam. This pure white head of foam had slow retention. It was so slow that it took at least 5 minutes to settle down to a point where I could actually taste the beer. when it receded, it left behind a milky white film and a massive amount of sticky white streaks of lace. As you can tell, the color of the beer was just as cool as the the head of foam.

Smell: Like every other Jolly Pumpkin beer I've had in the past, the aroma was sour. Not a beer gone bad sour, but a pleasantly natural sour aroma. The first half of the aroma was sour with a hint of sour raspberries, a splash of sour cherries, a subtle whiff of oak, a speck of tart grapefruit, and a pinch of malted wheat. As you can tell, the first half of the aroma was a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and mixed in with a little bit more of this. Get it? If the beer is swirled around, this is where you'll find the second half of the aroma. The second half consisted of more oak and plenty of grassy hops. I honesty didn't care for the grassy hop aroma all that much. It matters a little bit, but that's OK because I really enjoyed the first half of the aroma. I've always liked Jolly Pumpkin's natural sour aroma.

Taste: The taste was dry hopped and lightly sour at the same time. It actually made for a pretty interesting taste. "E.S.Bam" started off dry hopped with some lightly bitter grassy hops, a hint of bitter and tart grapefruit, a pinch of dried pine needles, a speck of malted wheat, and then this dry hopped taste finishes up with a splash of of lemon peel. After the dry hopped part is where the sourness comes in. There wasn't that to the sour part. That part only consisted of a little bit of oak and a subtle touch of sour cherries. Do you think the taste is over yet? If you think it's over then you're wrong. I thought the taste was over too, but then I noticed that at the bitter end, there was a slight farm yard funkiness taste to it. I think Jolly Pumpkin uses Brett yeast in and that farm yard funkiness proves it. I don't think regular yeast would create that distinct taste.

Mouthfeel: This was a light bodied dry hopped Farmhouse Ale that featured a funky aftertaste of hay, dry hopped grassy hops, a subtle touch of oak, a splash of tart grapefruit, and a hint of sour cherries. It tasted like the aftertaste randomly picked out flavors from the initial taste. The hay and the grassy hops were the only ones from the aftertaste that stood around. They stood around for about 20 seconds and then they decided to leave under their own powers. No water was needed to get rid of them.

Drinkability: Since this was a Jolly Pumpkin beer, I originally thought that it was going to be more sour than hoppy, but I was wrong about that. The sour aspect did take over the aroma, but it was in the taste where the hops made the beer's natural sourness ride behind them. In the end, I enjoyed this light grassy with a slight farm yard funkiness beer. I wouldn't mind having another one of these. If you would like to try a sour Farmhouse Ale with the taste of grassy hops mixed in with it, then this beer is the one.

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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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