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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.

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Heirloom Pumpkin BarleywineHeirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 136
Gots: 82 | FT: 16
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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dvsbizzyb

California

1/5  rDev -76.6%

09-11-2013 06:34:08 | More by dvsbizzyb
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Devi0us

California

2/5  rDev -53.2%

09-09-2013 05:11:52 | More by Devi0us
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Oregon

2/5  rDev -53.2%

03-10-2014 01:12:21 | More by kscaldef
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Reappropriated

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

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

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

07-17-2014 05:32:24 | More by atpca
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

10-20-2013 07:00:23 | More by lonewolfcry
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -29.7%

01-06-2014 17:15:32 | More by ThatsThatDude
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

09-17-2013 18:11:54 | More by Thorpe429
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illidurit

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

10-23-2013 03:12:43 | More by illidurit
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bierdeflanders

California

3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

S: spices, sweet, toffee

A: brown with an orange hue, slight translucency about a finger off-white head

T: holiday spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), toffee, lots of brandy notes

M: medium body, lots of carbonation for a barleywine

O: pretty drinkable barleywine, the 12% abv is masked nicely with the sweetness from the pumpkin and the brandy.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 05:23:06 | More by bierdeflanders
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kojevergas

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"50% ale brewed with pumpkins aged in brandy barrels. 50% ale brewed with spices." 375ml brown glass bottle with appealing printed-on label art and real style as well as a branded pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $10.99 USD and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat high given the brewery, which all things considered has put out mostly mediocrity save for 3 or 4 good sours.

Served cold, straight from me freezer, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white/light khaki colour. Good thickness; decent creaminess. Light uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good considering the ABV - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent glowing amber-red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Average vibrance.

Looks interesting for a barleywine, but it's not unique or special. No overt flaws are immediately obvious.

Sm: Lovely pumpkin gourd. Caramel, allspice, rosemary, brown sugar, nutmeg, sage, maybe a biteen of clove. Clean biscuity malts and barley. Not getting any brandy notes at all. A pleasant aroma of above average strength. No yeast, hop character, or alcohol is detectable. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Well integrated pumpkin gourd is complemented beautifully by a subtle spicy character including notes of allspice, rosemary, and nutmeg. Brown sugar evens out the body alongside clean biscuit malts and clean barley. It does have some hints of pumpkin pie, but gourd is really the dominant pumpkin note. I don't get much in terms of brandy; maybe a vague red wine-like tone? Nice caramel. Frankly, I'm shocked at how well this hides its ABV. Drinks like it's maybe 8%. Well balanced and built. A delightfully unique take on the barleywine style; I applaud the innovation and execution. A lovely brew for the fall, though limited in its complexity and subtlety.

Constructively, I will say the barrel aging seems poorly handled; the brandy adds little that's noticeable. I don't get any yeasty or hoppy notes.

Flavour duration, depth, and intensity are all above average. I like this beer quite a bit.

Mf: Full-bodied. Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Slightly overcarbonated. Poignant thickness. It's a good approachable texture overall for the style, and complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable - especially so for the unnoticeable high ABV. I'd recommend this to friends; it's a great take on a barleywine and is apt for its intended season. Maybe we could get the release date right next time? A solid brew from Almanac that shows they're not a one trick pony only able to brew good sours. I look forward to seeing how this brewery develops; clearly they've got some talent and are turning things around from the mediocrity of their early days. It's a good beer, but I don't know that it's necessarily worth its hefty pricetag. If they could just fix that issue, I'd be more than willing to get it again. Solid stuff.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 04:16:20 | More by kojevergas
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-31-2013 07:22:56 | More by beergorrilla
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18%

05-19-2014 16:48:41 | More by oso
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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-31-2013 02:42:03 | More by Zaphog
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California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

09-30-2013 17:24:23 | More by crhea89
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Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Mightykingmalard

California

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: creamy off white head that burns off very slowly. Has a distinctly orange color, a little red in there. Mostly translucent and has a fair amount of cloudiness.

S: at first smell, it smells strong of a sour. Definitely has some pumpkin in it.

T: tastes like a cross between a Belgian and a sour. Has a maltiness that is like a barleywine, but doesn't have much other similarity to a barleywine.

M: not a bad feel, but it's Belgian feel leaves a little too much sugar on the tongue.

O: there is a lot here for people that like sours and Belgians (more Belgian than sour, to be honest) but I am unfortunately not a fan of either. It is pretty balanced. This unfortunately is not my thing, but I can tell why a lot of people would like it, so I didn't too harshly dock it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 04:40:45 | More by Mightykingmalard
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mctizzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

11-14-2013 05:14:09 | More by mctizzz
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

12-28-2013 18:59:22 | More by oline73
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straightlambic

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

12-03-2013 23:05:58 | More by straightlambic
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California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

08-13-2013 00:01:23 | More by Grant35
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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.