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Pinchy Jeek Barl - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 172
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 37.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 172
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Photo of hardy008
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
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 oberon
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
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 t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ps6756
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
1.16/5  rDev -68.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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 tabascosigned
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bbsaur
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of MartyIU13
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%

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 Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Treyliff
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep brow with a ruby hue, small creamy off-white head that settles to leave a bit of lace behind

S- initial aroma smells like cinnamon whiskey, followed by notes of toasted bread that resembles French toast. Brown sugar sweetness with nutmeg & clove

T- cinnamon and clove up front with notes of toasted nuts, toasted bread notes gives that French toss flavor, like in the aroma. Hints of vanilla and oaky barrel,the finish gives a maple syrup-like sweetness with a straight Wild Turkey linger

M- medium body and carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel, a hint of warming alcohol on the finish

O- the barrel adds some nice characteristics to the base beer,really enjoyed this one

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Photo of skyline522
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Nice subtle pumpkin taste and a slight bourbon finish. Easy drinking and fun for the fall season. Give it a try for sure.

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Photo of LakerLeith
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

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 n2185
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Pinchy Jeek Barl from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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