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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.

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Heirloom Pumpkin BarleywineHeirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

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428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 151
Gots: 89 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 08-02-2013)
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Reviews by zhanson88:
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zhanson88

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Low to moderate carbonation is apparent. About 1/2" of off white head forms, which has pretty nice retention characteristics. Good remaining head after the head reduces, and decent lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, toasted pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc... all of the usual pumpkin pie spice suspects. Not much barrel or brandy characteristics noted, but it doesn't retract for me. Really nice scents here.

Taste: Rich toasted pumpkin, a bit of toffee sweetness, as well as significant spice character. Again, not getting a lot of barrel here. Perhaps a bit of brandy character, but that's it.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body on this beer is about medium, maybe slightly less. Carbonation is moderate. Back end and finish is a bit dry which seems misplaced. All in all mouthfeel is okay though. Overall, I was definitely a fan of this beer. One of the best pumpkin beers I've had. Very rich flavors and no glaring weaknesses. Make an effort to try this if you can. Probably the best pumpkin beer that I have had to date.

10-06-2013 04:36:59 | More by zhanson88
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oberon

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours into a bulb glass a deep auburn color with a nicely formed slightly off white head atop.Aromas of brandy and pumpkin spice with alot of brown sugar and alcohol,still it's warming and inviting.Brandy alcohol sweetness and brown sugar melds into real pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavors,man it's rich tasting and a real sipping flavorful beer.You can tell alot of care and time went into this beer it's a true artisan ale and thee BEST pumpkin infused beer I have had.

10-12-2013 22:51:31 | More by oberon
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-14-2014 17:00:05 | More by tectactoe
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Dabeel

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-14-2013 10:47:04 | More by Dabeel
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SanFranJake

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-17-2013 04:02:44 | More by SanFranJake
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.1%

09-26-2013 23:40:03 | More by warnerry
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mctizzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -12%

11-14-2013 05:14:09 | More by mctizzz
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-29-2013 03:55:11 | More by bpfrush
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ehammond1


4.34/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottle (2013)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear copper. Minimal head, but very appropriate for the style. Somewhat sticky. Leaves an oily sheen down the glass.

Exceptional aroma for the style. Good amounts of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving spices combine, but the caramel, brandy, and mild wood notes are not lost. Complete and exactly what this treatment should model.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. Low bitterness, good amounts of pumpkin pie spices, some definite gourd/pumpkin character, caramel, toffee, yam, bread, and brandy. Incredibly drinkable. Alcohol is hidden well enough.

Medium to near full in body with lower carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

Delicious. I had no trouble finishing this bottle and would have continued drinking more if I could.

09-06-2013 03:07:41 | More by ehammond1
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-31-2013 19:43:22 | More by TKEbeerman
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Bizoneill

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-25-2013 14:39:24 | More by Bizoneill
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-06-2013 20:16:55 | More by jpbebeau
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BobbysLiquors

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-09-2013 23:09:59 | More by BobbysLiquors
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-09-2013 05:42:46 | More by kevwcamp
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MrMoose916

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Mahogany brown, slight orange tinge.

S: Tons of spice; Cinnamon is dominant, clove, nutmeg, ginger, I also get a fairly nice sniff of the rye barrel, but don't get much brandy

T: Wow wow follows the nose very nicely; tons of spice (ginger, cinnamon, clove), sweet pumpkin, carmel, the rye and brandy mesh so well. Excellent

M: Medium-full mouthfeel, right on for the style

O: this is an amazing pumpkin beer, I am blessed to live so close to the brewery so I pick up several bottles for the fall season, everything goes together so well in this beer, I highly recommend picking up or trading for this beer. Cheers.

09-02-2014 05:11:09 | More by MrMoose916
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Medium sized light tan head just sort of sits above a thick cloudy burnt caramel colored barleywine.

Very light pumpkin pie aroma with its spices and all.

Light pumpkin pie taste, almost have to wait and think about it, I like when the fruits or vegetables beers have a underplayed taste of what they are trying to bring out.

Light dryish aftertaste with just a hint of the beers tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

I really liked that fact the the higher alcohol level of this barleywine doesn't interfere with its taste or aroma. Well done and very drinkable.

11-03-2013 20:39:32 | More by LXIXME
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-24-2013 16:49:36 | More by acurtis
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JasonFromLA

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-21-2013 22:34:53 | More by JasonFromLA
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-03-2013 20:45:16 | More by ste5venla
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Reappropriated

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

09-15-2013 04:38:03 | More by Reappropriated
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-15-2013 01:43:22 | More by mdaschaf
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dast357

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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AlexChillton

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-07-2013 18:54:23 | More by AlexChillton
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-25-2014 11:25:33 | More by tdm168
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dertyd

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-26-2014 13:57:02 | More by dertyd
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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.