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Ichabod Ale 2007 - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 60
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 10-30-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian Brown Ale aged 3 months in Calloway Vineyard's red wine oak barrels with cinnamon, nutmeg (fresh, hand-ground) and Pumpkin + wild yeast.

Every time this beer is made, a different base beer is used but the main ingredients remain - Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. 6-7%ABV
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 33
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a reddish color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention but no lacing. Aroma of oak with some sour notes and some very light cinnamon notes. Taste is dominated by some sour oak notes with some traces of cinnamon. I hardly could trace pumpkin or cloves in here and this beer was dominated by the red wine barrel. Full body with average carbonation. Not really a pumpkin beer but not a great sour either.

Photo of hophead247
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of pumpkin beers, and this one just added to my dislike of the style. Pours a golden orange color with a nice head. I all can smell was malt...no hop or pumpkin presence at all. Wasn't a bad malt smell, just expecting more. A faint pumpkin flavor was in the taste, followed by roasted malts, bread, and minimal hop flavor. Very sessionable, but not to my liking.

Photo of kirok1999
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper with a thin, lasting off white head.
Smells very spicy, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe corriander.
Tastes much the same as the smell. Some funky notes blend well with the pumpkin and spices. Pretty high carbonation level, very bubbly with a fizzy mouthfeel.
Overall, not a bad effort at a pumpkin ale, the bottle lists it as a Belgian Brown ale aged in red oak barrels. The wood does come through just a bit.
There's a lot going on here but it's not something I'd want to drink regularly.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Naven. Pours a murky brown/amber with a thick light tan head. Aroma of allspice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet molasses, and sour wood. Flavor is sweet initially, sort of oaky/woodsy and sour spices. This was pretty interesting with the sour ale/ pumpkin spices. A little wearing/sweet by the end but decent.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

Picked this one up at the store after eyeing it for months, all the while thinking this was the 5.00% dunkelweizen. Why would I think that? Because that's what the damn label says! So, the fact that it was already after Thanksgiving (and pumpkin dunkelweizen just kind of loses it's ring to it in mid-February) made it hard for me to pull the trigger on the purchase. But low and behold, I crack it open and it's brimming with Brett! That's right, the 6.6% wild ale is, somehow, in the 5.00% dunkelweizen-labeled bottle. What a weird, and fuckin' unexpected treat!!! On to the task at hand...

P: It's a very dark, leathery brown beer with garnet highlights shining in through the edges. The light brown, two inch head is soapy and loosely packed with small bubbles. Showed okay retention, barely managing to form a thin halo on top.

A: First whiff reminds me a little of sweet pumpkin rolls. Obviously, the nutmeg and cinnamon are there with Brett's funky ass hanging out in the back. Wish it had more power to it, though.

T: This is interesting, that's for sure. The pumpkin is obvious, but I thought the nutmeg and cinnamon were much more pronounced, trying to hog all the attention. The pale malts are lightly toasted and very thin. They struggle to hold up under the weight of the flavors. The red wine stays behind the scenes, and I get some earthy hops underneath as well. Unlike in the nose, the Brett is in the foreground delivering some nice flavor that stays mellow and restrained. The downfall of this beer, at least for me, was the weird puckering astringency near the finish. It wasn't as bad when it was cold, but the warmer it gets, the tougher it is to drink. I know this is probably a tad past its prime, but has it gone bad in 5 friggin' months?

M: The mouthfeel weighs in just somewhere between light and medium, with a thin & watery taste that feels like it's overloaded by the flavors.

Notes: Some of the flavors that are here are nice. The pumpkin and Brett make for an oddball couple, but I like it. Just that damn astringency on the end just kind of killed it for me. Drinkability definitely suffers for this. As is, I'm a bit disappointed.

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with odeed (thanks!). 2007 Vintage.

Poured a medium brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, light pumpkin, very light spices, vanilla, and lightly vinous. Tastes of the same with some more vanilla. The spices and pumpkins were not overpowering.

Notes from 2/8/08

Photo of oggg
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Still on tap at O'Briens

This beer is a rich red brown brew. Very clear. Leaves a nice lace. Even cold, it has this strong cinnamon/nutmeg aroma. On warming, it is even more apparent. A brief jolt of hops can be tasted before the cinnamon kicks in on the tongue. Spicy! Caramel sweetness is held back by a fair amount of dryness. Luscious malt backbone. I couldn't pick out the pumpkin, but this is my first pumpkin ale. Finish leaves the mouth a bit sticky.

Overall: fun spicy ale worth trying.

Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a white head that retains pretty well. The nose is pretty nice with some oak notes and perhaps a bit of pepper. Definitely some pumpkin spice and maybe a touch of dark fruit. Sourness also plays a role in the aroma, but is almost a secondary thought with some of the other aromas present. Taste is nice and sour, some cherry and there is still some pumpkin presence as well. It seems as though I get a bit of oak as well, but I don't know that I get any red wine notes. Higher carbonation with a lighter body to it. Nice beer here, I could handle drinking a fair amount of this.

Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Chimay goblet at O'Brein's Pub.
A: Dark brownish-red. Next to Zero head. Just a small spot of it on top.
S: Coriander, tart fruit, woody dryness.
T: Tastes like Big Hole Mythical White. Tart and pumpkin spice! Clove? There is a big flavor sitting in the middle of my tongue that I can't diagnose. Like a sour geueze mixed with a winter warmer.
M: Minty cool. It hits the borders of my mouth then contracts to the center and finishes on the back of my tongue.
D: I like it a lot, but one is enough.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this one courtesy of rallison as part of a trade. It sounded interesting (a belgian style pumpkin beer) but turned out to be much more than i was expecting.

Poured a very nice pumpkin color with quite a bit of whitish head that faded fairly quickly and left only some lacing. Ill give this one a pass on the head retention, though, seeing as how acidic it turned out to be.

Smell was pretty sour, and quite a surprise for me. I couldn't smell any pumpkin, but i think i got some of the cinnamon and nutmeg, though not much. Not really sure what the couple of months that this one has been around has done to it.

Taste is mostly sour, a little spicy. It is more acidic than funky, not tasting a lot of brett but the oak aging is noticeable. It tastes good, but i wish the pumpkin played a bigger role.

Mouthfeel was medium light with significant carbonation. Very good, almost refreshing, but a little to sour to really be called as such.

Drinkability is good. I wouldn't have had another right after, but i would gladly go back to this beer at some point and try it again. Very unique and good even out of season, though i would like to try it fresh.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like I forgot to put my review of this one up. Thanks for sharing it, Henry!

A: The pour is a slightly hazed red amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Still a fair amount of spice notes for a beer that's 3 years old. Nutmeg and allspice really come through with some lactic tartness but it's not really all that powerful. Some notes of dark fruit (mainly cherries) are present as well.

T: A more pronounced sourness to the flavor and this beer is plenty dry. Again, lots of nutmeg, allspice, and perhaps even some cinnamon. A mild sweetness, but mostly dry, tart cherries.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: I'm glad to have finally tried this beer. Definitely an interesting one, but I really liked it. Not something you see everyday, if nothing else.

Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after its pour from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a limpid burnished copper color with a behemothic creamy light tan head that after ever so slowly dematerializing leads to a full coating of lace around the glass. Nose is spicy with pumpkin and nutmeg with hints of clove and the sweet grain, start is lightly sweet with a pleasing grain profile, the top is fair to middling in its feel. Finish is hardy in its acidity, the hops delectably spicy and the pumpkin lingers on in the very dry aftertaste, a real “Hoot” of a beer, my thanks to my favorite bartender “Magnificent Melanie and my old friend Sean” for this bottle.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky dark orange/brown hue, head is a thin layer of white condensed bubbles that sustain, moderate lacing
S- Nose is surprisingly tart fruits reminiscent of Sweet Tarts, some cherries and pumpkin I think, oak and spices
T- Initial taste is full of tartness, more than I've ever gotten from a beer, that overrides all the other flavors, still some hints of pumpkin and wood come through, as does an intriguing cola-like essence, finishes sweet and tart
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, high carbonation
D- This is one crazy ale that scores major points for originality and uniqueness, I thought this would be more like a traditional sour ale but this tartness puts it in its own category, while the alcohol is well-masked, the tart and carbonation make this difficult to drink in large quantities but it is quite a treat to try out at least once.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a hard time reviewing this beer. I really liked it but I have a hard time calling it a pumpkin beer. The oak barrel flavors dominate the taste profile of this beer. If someone hadn't of told me it was a pumpkin beer I honestly would have thought it was just a barrel aged belgian brown ale.

Carbonation was fairly low, not much head but had just the right amount of sourness to make it very drinkable. Available at the bottle shop at Pizza Port in Carlsbad.

Photo of HopHead84
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 sour vintage. Bottle purchased and consumed at Downtown Johnny Brown's 22nd Anniversary party on 10/2/2009, split with Phischy (RIP) and Riko and poured into a pint glass. The beer is reddish amber with a small off white head.

The nose is immediately tart with dark cherry and lactic notes. Spices are evident in the form of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Pumpkin is detectable at a low level and the bready malt provides a solid foundation for the interesting combination of holiday spices and tartness. Oak is present, as well as a touch of vanilla.

The flavor opens up with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice. The malt is bready, and a low moderate level of tartness quickly steps in to add a unique complexity to the beer. Dark cherries are evident, as well as oak, and tannins. The beer is full medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

The combination of lactic notes, tart cherries, and traditional pumpkin beer is unique and very enjoyable.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to be able to attain this one as it has not been widely available before, and felt it was a good way to close out my pumpkin collection for the season. This one poured a very nice and somewhat hazy orange tinted amber with a lot of fizzy and foamy carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. A somewhat smallish head formed on top that nestled down into simply a thin layer across the top which hung around for a good little while before settling down into nothing. Smell was very tart at first. As it warmed a light earthy grain like aroma took over and a small but still detectable amount of spice as well. The taste was very bitter, and not at all what I was expecting to be honest. It had a nice grainy back which came through nicely with a hint of spice on the end of it, however these were blown out of the water by a sour and bitter fruit like bite to the finish. Almost came off as a sour ale in a way, very bitter. Medium body was lightened a bit by the ample carbonation. Smooth texture though and a great dry finish just added on to it. Overall again this was not what I expected at all, but as it turned out was still very good. I really enjoyed the different take it had to the normal fall classic and really the flavor came out of left field for me. I will definitely try this one again and I am glad I have another one to enjoy. This is a must try for anyone looking for something that is a bit different with a raw edge to it.

Photo of Deuane
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, a barrel aged, bretted, pumpkin beer....this is a first, here we go.

A-Hazy, reddish hued dark brown with a medium fluffy, white head that left behind decent lace.

S-Mmmmm...interesting. Notes of pumpkin spice, oaken red wine casks, apple and the unmistakable overlying sting of sour, musty Brett.

T-It all works out in the end. Really interesting and highly complex. All of the parts come together to be great than the sum. Red wine dryness, pumpkin spices, brown ale maltiness and the Brett swirl, dodge and mingle into a funky dance on my palate!

M-Medium bodied with a fair amount of creaminess at the start finishing tart and rather dry.

D-A fine and very complex brew. A bit to busy to drink pint after pint but to sit and enjoy a snifter or two....certainly. Without question one of the best "all of those things together in one glass?" beers I have had. It works quite well!

Photo of t0rin0
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a 22 oz bottle. Everything about this beer is intense. It pours an amber color that is somewhat clear and produces a decent 1/2 inch head that laces the glass. The smell is very complex. The pumpkin is the mildest of the flavors in the nose and taste. There is also a strong presence of oak and redwine. There is also a strong smell of sour bacteria. Very interesting. The flavor is similar but the sourness is more noticeable than the wine and oak. Underneath it all is some pumpkin and some malt. The body is medium in this beer and it is very drinkable. Everything is balanced nicely.

Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very deep copper orange in color. Light tightly wound carbonated head is large and leaves sticky lacing.

One sour brew. Some pumpkin aroma comes out behind all of the sour bretty type infection. Ripe and in your face almost wincing off of this strong aroma.Other fruit character with esters of various fruit.

Geesh. This is a kick ass beer. Unlike any other pumpkin beer I've had. It does have a bit of graham cracker on the finish, with a cereal grain type middle that shows signs of pumpkin. Earthy with the barrel aging and infection intertwined exceptionally with the fruit. Delicous with plenty of carbonations and a good amount of acidity. Highly drinkable.

Photo of tpd975
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Westy chalice a medium brown color with a red tint. A massive foamy soap colored head that lasted and lasted. It left a good amount of lacing as well

A: Very nice. Tons of red wine, lots of sourness and tart, some hints of yeast and hazelnuts go meld well with the pumpkin in the background. If you really concentrate you can catch notes of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T: Like no other beer in this world. Huge wine qualties with notes of oak right from the start. The tartness comes at you in the middle and hangs around thru the finish. This beer is really wine like and would be enjoyed by any wine lover. The sour tartiness was so well crafted in this brew. Tons of grapes, cherries and even dried apricots can be tasted. The pumpkin is totally lost in the wine like characteristics of this one.

M: Nice and even drinking medium bodied brew. Sip it like you would a fine wine.

Overall: I drank the entire bomber myself but this is like a fine bottle of wine should be shared. This is noted on the label of the bottle saying to share because two heads are better than one. It is easy drinking like a nice red wine. It is soo nice to sit, savor, and enjoy. The alcohol is very well hidden and the pumpkin is nearly nonexistant. BeerTruth introduced me to Alpine via Pure Hoppiness and I am glad he did. It has made me search out their other brews bringing me to this masterpiece. It is like no other beer made, and should be tried, enjoyed and relished by all true Beer Advocates of the world. Pumpkin brew, Nah! Great brew you bet!!!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 release. A Belgian brown ale aged in red wine oak barrels with cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin added. Pours into my glass a reddish brown hue with some little yeast floaties as well. A small off white head appears and then falls on top. Aromas are quite complex with brown sugar and sour cherries mixing in with a vinous grape aroma as well. Spicy notes move in and out with cinnamon the most prevalent. There's a sour/vinegar twang as well which is really nice along with a woody backbone. Really nice, it draws me in.

First sip brings a spicy, light malt upfront with notes of brown sugar and sour cherries. Vinous flavors meet with the cinammon, nutmeg and a light but noticeable pumpkin flavor. Flows down with a tart, lightly vinegar sourness that's really nice along with a touch of yeast and oak. Ends smooth with a lingering pumpkin spice aftertaste. Quite a complex, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the lighter side. Quite arid with small bubbly fast moving carbonation. Goes down easily and is quite enjoyable. Overall, the bomber goes down easily and I really enjoy the unique flavor profile here. I wish I had another bottle, but I guess I will have to wait until next year for this one again.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Thanks Joey!

First and foremost…I don’t like pumpkin beers as a generalization…so this should be interesting.

A: Pours a really thin amber cider colored brew with some chill haze. Carbonation is really fizzy, almost like Sprite. Died real fast and left nothing but the smallest ring around the glass.

S: Whoa! Ha! That’s great. A totally bizarre mix of pumpkin, pungent oak, cinnamon and brett.

T: Initial sensation is this tangy sour which reminds me a lot of the JP beers. You can really taste all the ingredients that have gone into this brew. Its starts with the brown ale (which I am going to assume is a wild ale…cause it tastes like it). Buttery brett mixes well with this red wine oak barrel oh so well…The beer could stop right now and I’d be really pleased…but no…we are just getting started. The next step are the fall seasonings; cinnamon and nutmeg present and accounted for, but here’s the kicker…they aren’t over done! They aren’t cloying! A pumpkin beer that doesn’t have cloying spices…WTF?!?!!! OK I’m done. Spices gently linger on right as the pumpkin finally shows itself, and its well played. Its not over done, it doesn’t taste like fake pumpkin extract. It’s a well balanced pumpkin perception which fades in with a rounded sense to it opposed to that sharp and obtrusive pumpkin you find in other autumn beers. Seems the aftertaste has some barley as well.

M: Its got a medium body, thin yet soft.

D: Best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had, hands down. But to be fair, pumpkin plays a supporting roll in this show. But maybe pumpkin should never be the primary player in beer . Seek this one out, its worth a test drive. Tasting a beer that is “unique” is a difficult task now a days. This one accomplishes the goal.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly pristine pumpkin with a brick red and bronze-like glow when backlit with sunlight. What a beautiful color. The head was crackly initially, but has settled down with time and now resembles a semi-creamy slice of vanilla-brown sugar mousse. More persistence (the beer is almost headless at this point) and more lace would have been nice.

Ichabod Ale for 2007 (and presumably beyond) is much more than a mere pumpkin ale. It's a Flanders oud bruin (or a San Diego old bruin) that has been aged in red wine barrels and to which cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin have been added. Sounds interesting. And tasty.

The nose is out of this world! Its most amazing feature is that it smells exactly like it should smell given the above ingredients. In addition, those ingredients are balanced on a razor's edge, allowing each one to contribute equally. The sour, oaky, brown maltiness of the base beer is easily appreciated, as is the warm spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Anyone who enjoys a well-crafted Flanders oud bruin and can't wait for the good pumpkin ales to be released every autumn will find something to like in Ichabod Ale. Let's make that *love*. I don't know who or what inspired Alpine to brew such a unique ale, but it works on any number of levels.

The flavor profile is as balanced as the aroma. There are now several bushel basketfuls of sweet and sour cherries to go along with the dizzying number of other flavors. That brings Flanders red ale into the discussion, along with Flanders oud bruin.

In no particular order, we have toasted brown bread, tangy-tart cherries, oak barrels, little green apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. The complementary nature of sour, bitter and sweet (in descending order) is almost as interesting as the flavors themselves.

At the risk of nitpicking, the body/mouthfeel isn't as full as it could be. It's more than fine for the style, but this would be even more of a gobsmacker with a more lush creaminess.

Even without points for originality, which I'll gladly grant, Alpine Ichabod Ale is fantastic beer. While it won't appeal to everyone, I can't get enough of its off-beat deliciousness. This one is worth seeking out.

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Ichabod Ale 2007 from Alpine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.