When at City Beer recently, one of the beers that caught our eye was E.S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales.
We’ve tried a couple Jolly Pumpkin beers, and always enjoyed them. In fact, their La Roja was a Beer of the Week just last April.
But when we read the back of the bottle, being sentimental dog lovers, we knew we had to try this one.
E.S. Bam is an interesting beer. Unusual for an ESB, or Farmhouse Ale, in that it is very dry. In fact, probably one of the least sweet beers I’ve had in a long time. It is also probably a bit hoppier than most ESBs or Farmhouse Ales.
A bit on the light side, character-wise, I could see this being an enjoyable hot weather beer. It is also below 5% ABV, so it’s something you could drink a fair bit of. Even though I would give it more of a “very good” than an “outstanding” it is a well made and fun beer to drink.