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Pinchy Jeek Barl - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 151
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 41.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 04-06-2014

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Photo of BWood
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pumpkin beer. The barrel taste is definitely there. But its not my favorite barrel though. Huge arker has a much more smooth bourbon feel. There are some other pumpkin beers I would pick over this but still a decent find.

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Photo of airlogan61
4.77/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had no preconceived expectations of this beer, but WOW ! Of all the barrel aged offerings out there, this one rises and makes a name for itself ! The bourbon barrel flavor presents itself as it rolls across the tongue. Next is the wash of spices and pumpkin which announce their intent to be the flavor one is left with... the alcohol glow is with you all the way, but never overwhelming the rich seasonal flavors that continue to present themselves and warm your very cockles like few other seasonal brews can manage. Enjoy !

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked this up on the strength of Anderson Valley's past success at bourbon barrel aging. Served cold into a snifter in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as a bourbon barrel aged pumpkin ale per the label. Expectations are high given the brewery.

BOTTLE: 22 fl oz. Brown glass. Orange and white label. Branded pry-off crown cap. Price was $10.99 USD.

8.50% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5cm. Off-white. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Decent thickness, creaminess, and froth. Not as full or robust as would be ideal.

BODY: Deep amber of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent but nontransparent.

It's an appealing pumpkin ale, sure, but it's far from unique or special looking.

AROMA: The bourbon barrel character is faint, but vanilla-emphatic. Amber malts provide the backbone with a bit of caramelized sugar character. The pumpkin spice exceeds any pumpkin gourd presence, with heavy notes of nutmeg and clove. Maybe some allspice too, but I don't find any cinnamon. A hint of brown sugar.

I hoped for more of a rich toastiness, oak presence, and bourbon barrel character, but this is a generally appealing aroma. The reticence of the pumpkin is disconcerting; the first thing a pumpkin ale has to accomplish is tasting undeniably like pumpkin - and I'm not sure that's the case here.

Aromatic intensity is mild. I detect no off-notes, booze, or overt hop notes.

TASTE: Follows the aroma, replete with disappointingly reticent and shallow bourbon and pumpkin notes. And in a bourbon barrel aged pumpkin ale, that's a giant issue.

Some vanilla does peek out from the bourbon, but the reticence (and frankly, absence of) any bourbon character forces me to wonder just how long this spent "aging." I wouldn't be surprised if it was in and out like a cat burglar.

Pumpkin spice exceeds the any pumpkin gourd; in fact, the amber malt/caramel sweetness buries any pumpkin gourd presence to the extent that I don't really taste any pumpkin - just the spices. And the spice profile is pretty lackluster as well - some nutmeg, some allspice, some clove, but they're all faint. I don't pick up on any cinnamon or brown sugar.

Painfully simple for the style (and for any barrel aged beer of any kind). Balance is okay, but it lacks complexity to such extent that there just isn't much to be balanced.

I don't dislike it, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Not gestalt, but it has loose cohesion. Flavour duration and intensity are brief and light, respectively.

As it comes to temperature, a kiss of coconut (probably from the bourbon) does creep in. But there's no rich white oak, barrel sugar presence, or toastiness.

TEXTURE: Medium to full-bodied. Smooth, wet, sugary, and unfortunately a biteen thin for a bourbon barrel aged pumpkin ale; this lacks the robust heft and weight on the palate it needs. Carbonation is near perfect, though.

There's no harmony of texture and taste, but this mouthfeel suits the beer decently.

OVERALL: A shrug of a beer, and a failure at even checking the basic boxes needed to satisfy the style. Not only does this lack the rich bourbon barrel character of Anderson Valley's other offering(s) aged in barrels, it lacks basic pumpkin - a crime in a pumpkin ale. I'll finish the bottle with a friend's help without issue, but this is really disappointing coming from a brewery as reputable as Anderson Valley - and isn't at all worth the $11 pricetag. I definitely wouldn't buy it again, and I find it increasingly insipid the more of it I drink.

Price aside, it's a drinkable ale with hints of nice bourbon character. Average - in a fuckabout way.


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Photo of hardy008
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a two finger beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and Bourbon.

The taste is a toned down version of the aroma. Toned down to the point where there isn't that much flavor. Disappointing compared to the aroma.

Light bodied, bordering on watery, with very low carbonation. I can't believe that a beer that started out so promising with the appearance and aroma, finished so blandly.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip from a bomber. About two inches of off white head. Deep brown color, bordering on black. Smells of toffee, vanilla, and wood, with typical pumpkin smells in the background. Taste underwhelming. Minimal pumpkiny flavors. Some strange off flavors I cannot quite put a finger on. Aftertaste is similar to whisky that has been left out in a glass overnight. Hmm...stale whisky. Anyways, mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery. Looked good, smelled ok, tasted average, finished poor.

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Photo of hman43
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown in appearance. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. Tastes of pumpkin, cinnamon, cherries, Bourbon and other spices. the Bourbon and cherries are very prominent on the first taste with the pumpkin.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into an impy nonic a deep amber brown with a creamy/sticky beige colored head,multiple rings of lace left behind.Vanilla tinged bourbon with a bit of toast followed by light pie spice and real pumpkin.Very impressed with the creamy but not to heavy feel,Iam likin this stuff so far.Not over the top in either the bourbon barrel or pumpkin spice but both come together very well on the palate,mild vanilla and oak but not overly sweet,pumpkin more than pumpkin "spice " in the finish.In my opinion vastly underrated unless there has been a change in recipe.

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Photo of Budlum
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown body with shades of red and black topped with a lasting creamy tan head that lasted most of the glass. Very impressive appearance. The nose is a bit muted with a rounded vanilla and oak smells that was lacking much in the way of pumpkin or spice. The flavors are sweet bourbon with coconut, vanilla, toffee, caramel...man, the barrel was good to this. The flavors are almost a bit spicy from bourbon, but not pumpkin spice. I kind of want to ding this as a pumpkin ale, but it is just too damn tasty. There is just a hint of uncooked pumpkin which might be my imagination. This is not your typical spicy pumpkin beer, rather a wonderful demonstration of barrel aging. The feel is smooth and velvety matching perfectly with the flavors.

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Photo of naomiyaki
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pumkin Rating: Hinted
Drink Again: Definitely, anytime!
Extreme oakyness right out of the bottle, but got flat a little faster than I usually sip. Strong and dark without tasting too bitter. A little too heavy with an autumnal meal, but would be great complimented with something light and sweet.

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Photo of 303beer
4.81/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep deep dark clear red with a rocky off white head about 0.75 inches high. The nose is of spice and burbon barrel. Alright burbon and pumpkin go together well. It is a pumpkin beer until the backend then you get the barrel. Very well done.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was excited to see what this had to it when I read the label, but ultimately, I was kind of disappointed. It's not a bad beer (malt beverage), but it doesn't taste like anything associated with Wild Turkey or bourbon barrels. It's smooth, and has a nice finish to it, but the pumpkin flavor isn't readily apparent, and neither is the bourbon.

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Photo of TH28
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Appearance: Deep brown, nearly black and opaque, with a low khaki foam head. Aroma: bourbon, oak, vanilla dominate. Slight nutmeg character, but barely there. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, strong oak and vanilla, with a balancing bitterness and hint of nutmeg and clove on the finish. Pumpkin spicing only noticeable on the swallow, and very low. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Leaves some alcohol warmth. Finish: definite oak and vanilla linger in the finish. Leaves minimal pumpkin spice. Overall: Pumpkin spicing is minimal and overpowered by a strong barrel character of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. A good beer, but would love to see a better balance of the pumpkin spice vs. the oak character.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, and barrel-aged, just like it sez right there on the label. Anyway, I tried, but I could not come up with a meaning for this one's moniker, the admittedly limited online Boontling resources exhausted - I'm just going to assume that it's their way (literally) of referring to Wild Turkey barrels.

This beer pours a rather dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some decent grotto-esque painted lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of sugary vanilla, as if it were sourced from multiple ingredients (stops to slap head), warm gooey pumpkin puree, caramel malt, buttery toffee, muddled seasonal spices (maybe a hint of ginger and allspice sticking out), a mild wooden astringency, and a not so mild alcohol edginess. The taste is more vanilla/caramel sweetness straight off, once again from malt and Bourbon wood alike, a growing buttery slickness, faintly biscuity toffee, much lessened pumpkin mass notes, and even more blase and uninterested-seeming spices - can't really get a word out of them edgewise. A soft woody booziness keeps its distance in the meantime.

The carbonation is quite understated in its barely-perceptible frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and actually rather smooth, with a low-level, simmering creaminess on the verge. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, vanilla, ethereal pumpkin, and sneaky alcohol tittering in their little fiefdom.

I gotta say, this is tasty and enjoyable as a brew for when fall suddenly decides it wants its long-coming divorce from reality, bails, and we're left with the snowy aftermath, 6 weeks til the official 'start' of winter. The whole pumpkin side of things may have gotten short shrift here, in light of the Pinchy Jeek Barl (I'm going with that 'translation') flooding over the whole of this offering, but 'tis no great loss - time to get acquainted with more warming cold-weather goodness, methinks.

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Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Sampled on 10/4/14 at annual pumpkin tasting party, reviewed from notes:

Poured from bottle into tasting glass

A- Darker, orange hue with small fluffy off white head

S- Smelled of pumpkin spices alcohol and...buttered popcorn?

T- Very unique, interesting. Some pumpkin and spice flavors, BUTTER...very...buttery. Again, interesting. Some vanilla and slight coconut from the bourbon and oak. A big plus for "style points"

M- Medium bodied with slight carbonation, smooth and silky, most likely due to the barrel aging.

O- Not the greatest beer I've had but a zinger none the less. The taste profile certainly surprised me. It was a "Trick AND and a Treat!" The butter taste was very up front but did seem to work. It's certainly a different direction which I like and even commend with the thousands of options out there. It seems like the majority of pumpkin beers taste the same or similar, but Anderson Valley tried something different here and it worked. I would recommend this brew!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Vanilla, graham cracker, butter, a little hint of cinnamon. Needs more carbonation. Not picking up any bourbon. Meh, Not the worst ever hut I could do without ever drinking this again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Someone in California has a big crush on Kentucky! With the backdrop of bourbon playing in the background, the high flavor of pumpkin and pie spices proudly dance in front.

From its striking caramel orange pour and surprising effervescence, the proud pumpkin ale builds a short-lived but spongy white lather. Its perfume of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove layer upon caramel, honey and unmistakable bourbon for a scent and early taste of praline and graham cracker.

The full pumpkin pie flavor is center of attention as the middle blooms with thin sweetness and dry cakey goodness. But once the sweetness trails, its bourbon tendencies really grip onto the tastebuds. The barrel caramels, vanillans, wood spice and cherry flavor takes command and ultimately frames the bulk of taste.

Rising spice, aided by both the allspice medley and bourbony warmth, deliver a prickling boozy character to the late palate, decorated with cinnamon and coconut. Its delicious but complicated prickle is soothingly dessert-like in one taste but then biting with heat the next.

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Photo of bushwik
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Bomber. This is an excellent brew from one of my all time favorite brewery's - AVBC can't go wrong. Very well balanced with the as smooth creamy mouthfeel that isn't entirely heavy or super filling. The alcohol is very well hidden and the malty sweetness is close to perfection. The color is a deep rich hue. Notes of leather and maple syrup dominant.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A rich mahogany colored body. A cream colored head recedes to a wisp with no lacing.

Aroma: Bourbon barrel wood, tart apples, bready malts.

Taste: Woody, tart bourbon sort of covers everything in this beer. Spices are apparent in the finish as well as some faint alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Overall: I missed any pumpkin notes in this beer. The bourbon barrels and spices are nice, but I think they overpowered the pumpkin ...

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Photo of AngusOg
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at What's on Tap? in SC.

Smell: a bit buttery kind of reminiscent of Pumking, w/ a slight hint of bourbon, which imo is not a bad thing at all. Taste: nothing overpowering (spice, booze, etc) which also isn't necessarily a bad thing, but just not enough going on here to make it interesting either. Slight spice, slight vanilla/bourbon, some malt, but all kind of muted and don't come together well. Not heavily carbonated as expected of a BA beer. Overall, glad I tried it, but for the price tag if your expecting something exceptional, you may want to temper your expectations.

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Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Garnet colored body with a thin yet lasting head. The aroma comes across like a funky old orange with a strange rye bread and orange marmalade suggestion, perhaps an odd mixture of pumpkin and booze. Mild pumpkin ale flavors with a juicy fruit-like taste and then bold creep of bourbon barrel finish. Medium-heavy body; mildly sweet finish.

An interesting try on a seasonal favorite that just doesn't quite seem to gel. The bourbon barrel flavors seem to edge out pumpkin aspects and distracts from the overall appeal. Not bad, and may be a big draw for barrel-aged aficionados, but probably won't be pleasing to someone expecting a more straight-forward approach to this style.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Anderson Valley's Pinchy Jeek Barl, Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale. 8.5% ABV.

A: Nearly a finger and a half of head. Slightly dark, reddish brown. Yellow in the dimple. Slight lacing.

S: Good amount of pumpkin smell. Decent cinnamon and nutmeg. Touch of vanilla. Slight Bourbon-y caramel. It smells very much like pumpkin pie filling.

T/MF: Taste is more pumpkin stem. Hay. Very slight molasses and whiskey (more Jack Daniels than Bourbon) notes. Some spice. Where the nose seems a great success, the taste is not very good. A shame. Would have been nice if the flavors matched the smells.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Gmann
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a dark dark amber color, almost brown. Quite murky. The head is a creamy beige color that settles into a light cap with some lacing on the glass. 3.5

The aroma is a combination of pumpkin spice and that artificial butter powder. That butter scent is quite unpleasant. Some brown sugar. Not much bourbon in the aroma but I pick up some vanilla. Not sure if they were going for pie crust but it comes out as butter. 2.5

The taste is starts off with that buttery flavor. A caramel malt that carries the pumpkin spice tries to wash away that flavor but fails. There is cinnamon and nutmeg. Actually appropriately spiced. There is a vanilla coke like flavor with hints of bourbon. There are some good aspects but the flavor just doesn't blend well. 2.75

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet and spicy on the palate. A little lemony twang in the finish. 3.5

The butter scent and flavor is off-putting. Perhaps they were going with a pie crust aspect but that missed. With all of the flavors going on, it probably needs a touch more pumpkin spice. Pass on this one. 2.9

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second encounter with a bourbon barrel aged pumpkin beer. Expectations aren't so good for this one, considering it's current rating.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a deep dark mahogany colored body with about a finger of fluffy soapy tan head. Some thin scattered spots of lacing. Looks alright for what it is. 4

S - The aroma isn't so bad at first, but the buttery diacetyl does become overwhelming. No vanilla / bourbon / barrel / spice character present on the aroma at all - it is all butter & cream. Perhaps a slight hint of alcohol? 3

T - Taste isn't so bad - 'weak' is what came to mind initially, but again, the buttery diacetyl is overwhelming. This thing literally tastes like it was brewed with whipped cream. Not bad for pumpkin pie in a glass, but again no barrel / bourbon / vanilla or any spicing is present. 3

M - The feel is a little thick, medium full bodied with slightly rough carbonation, but it's pretty drinkable for 8.50% abv. 3.5

Overall, I think these guys can do better next time, if they would tone down the butter and up the bourbon barrel. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either.

Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl -----3/5.

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Photo of dropbombs25
1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

First attempt at a pumpkin ale in bourbon barrels. I wasn't sure these two would go together and they didn't - either bourbon and pumpkin just don't mix or this was just a poor beer. Had a decent nutmeg smell but the overwhelming taste was butter. Not enjoyable at all - I'm not one to waste beer but I could barely finish the half of the bomber I poured into a glass - the rest found the sink drain. Better off going to the movies and ordering popcorn doused in massive amounts of liquid butter - at least you get to enjoy the popcorn with it. Not worth $10 by any means. As it warmed could get a little of the pumpkin and nutmeg flavor, but butter still lingered. Bleh.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%

650 ml bottle poured into a TG snifter 8/22/2014.

A- Dark brown body, two finger white head. A bit overcarbonated, a bit suspicious... but otherwise nice lacing. [3.25]

S- Pumpkin pie filling. That's pretty much what it's advertised to be. [3.75]

F- Diacetyl, nutmeg, cinnamon, gourd, some bourbon. I guess technically butter is used to make pumpkin pie, but this just isn't that good. [2.75]

M- Thin bodied, a bit more carbonated than it needs to be. [2.75]

O- Not a very good beer period. But it does smell like pumpkin filling. That's got to count for something. [2.75]

Final score: 2.975

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%

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Pinchy Jeek Barl from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.