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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 156
Gots: 148 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 08-02-2013

50% ale brewed with pumpkins aged in brandy barrels
50% ale brewed with spices

This is a beer made with real pumpkins. We hand-roasted over 500lbs of heirloom pumpkins from La Tercera Farms in Bodega Bay. The caramelized gourds were then added to our velvety American Barleywine and aged in brandy barrels for a year. Finally, we blended the barrel-aged beer with freshly brewed ale and added a delicate hint of pumpkin pie spices to round out this decadent autumn sipper.
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Photo of Fusebuddy
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of belljt33
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of raffy313
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled sutumn 2014, poured into a tegu glass

A- pours a bright clear amber color with a ruby hue, small foamy white head eventually reduces to a thin layer skimming the top, some nice lacing left behind

S- caramelized pumpkin & brown sugar sweetness mixes with subtle cinnamon & nutmeg. Brandy, oak barrel and a touch of spicy rye, buttered rum

T- surprisingly tart up front with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon & clove immediately kicking in. Brown sugar/caramel sweetness mixes with the barrel flavors of brandy, oak & spicy notes from the rye barrel. There's still a slight hop presence with some herbal/earthy hop flavor before finishing sweet and fruity with more tart linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a tart & dry finish, ABV is hidden brilliantly

O- quite a different take on a pumpkin beer, and it's outstanding. Perhaps we need more pumpkin barleywines

Photo of master_platypus
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brians52
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chefbigjon
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Leeds_xx
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjdc
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outoffocus
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting take on a pumpkin ale. Lots of spice and pumpkin flavor. Slight peppery flavor which lessens as it warms leading to other spices. Definitely a complex take on a pumpkin beer. Not my favorite pumpkin beer, but definitely worth trying.

Photo of petermethot
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of core42
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Pours a hazy orange amber with a half finger light khaki head that dissipates slowly to a thick film with nice lacing. Nice holiday aroma of pumpkin, light brandy, caramel malt, faint pie spicing. Flavor is pumpkin, light caramel malt, cinnamon and clove, finishing lighter with some tartness; mild butteriness and pumpkin finish that is reminiscent of fresh pumpkin ready to baked into a pie. Medium bodied without the expected heaviness of a barleywine. A nicely made, well balanced pumpkin ale with a great interplay of malt and pumpkin and light, but distinct pie spicing. The light tartness was expected from this brewery that excels at sours, and seemed to be more a yeast flavor than rye (which I would have preferred). Not quite to my taste, but nicely made and flavorful as anticipated from Almanac. Brandy flavor is present, but I wouldn't have identified without prior knowledge. Interesting and festive.

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Autumn 2013

Appearance: A hard pour produces a rocky two inch head that leaves some patchy lace; the liquid is a muddy tea brown color

Smell: Buttered Rum, pumpkin, Brandy and caramel dominant; subtle hints of cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: The buttered Rum and caramel flavors lay down a sweet backbone, with the pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spices building in the middle; after the swallow, the Brandy barrel adds another layer of flavor; there is an oddly metallic tone in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet, though not as much as would be expected given the ABV

Overall: A really different take on a pumpkin beer with great complexity and nice balance

Photo of blackcloud
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ancalagon
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer. Look reminds me of leaves falling from the tree. Smell is sweet with pumpkin and brandy. Taste is exceptional. Heavy on the pumpkin. Also taste vanilla and nutmeg and slight tartness. Feel is very thin. Can't believe it is 12%. Overall, this is an exceptional pumpkin/barley wine ale. Very great pumpkin flavor.

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.