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Pinchy Jeek Barl - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is unfortunately an awful brew. Tastes as bad as it smells.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.04/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.76/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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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Pinchy Jeek Barl from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.