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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: 15 | 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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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)

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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)

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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.

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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)

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