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Pinchy Jeek Barl - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 27.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 120
Photo of bmeehan
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +15%
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. (1,993 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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! (992 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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. (184 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%

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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of bushwik
5/5  rDev +47.1%

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. (353 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
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 ... (479 characters)

Photo of AngusOg
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev 0%

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. (646 characters)

Photo of Gmann
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%

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 (1,116 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%

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. (1,245 characters)

Photo of dropbombs25
1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

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. (680 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%

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% (744 characters)

Photo of jampics2
1.01/5  rDev -70.3%

22oz bottle purchased at Lizardville Bedford for $12.99.

Smells like butter. No bourbon, slight pumpkin spice.

Taste is a pure Diacetyl bomb, absolutely undrinkable. What a waste of money!

Anderson Valley should be ashamed for releasing this POS. (249 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.7/5  rDev +38.2%

A: Rich mahogany brown. Fairly dense tan head. (4/5)

S: Exactly what my bourbon pumpkin pies taste like. Mildly boozy. Big cinnamon, nutmeg, whipped cream aroma. None of these stand alone. All combine with strong pumpkin. (5/5)

M: Creamy, smooth. Medium body, low-medium carbonation. Small alcohol warmth noticeable (4.75/5)

T: Definitely a full pumpkin pie flavor. Rather sweet from bourbon and pumpkin. Mellow flavor. Restraint is nice, balance is superb. Graham cracker crust and whip cream tasting finish. Spicy and savory towards the beginning featuring cinnamon pumpkin and nutmeg (4.75). (597 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin pie spice, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with pumpkin pie spice, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between the spice and barrel aged aspects. (618 characters)

Pinchy Jeek Barl from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.