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Ichabod Ale 2009 - Alpine Beer Company

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Ichabod Ale 2009Ichabod Ale 2009

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 71
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Ichabod 2009" is a lightly sour, tart pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg ale aged in a mix of red and white wine barrels 1.5 years.

Every time this beer is made, a different base beer is used but the main ingredients remain - Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. 6-7%ABV

(Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 10-31-2010)
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mothman

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3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ichabod 2009

Allawelsh night continues with Ichabod.

Poured into LA Stemware.

Pours a light layer of white head. Color is a ruby with a rustic red hue to it.

Aroma: Pumpkin spice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spice. Some sourness, but mainly spices.

Taste: More sour and tartness here, but still a ton of spice. Gingerbread men take this beer over. Pumpkin pie, cinnamon bits, and nutmeg. It also has a sourness, but I have no idea where it comes from it. It is kind of wine like, but still I can't figure out where the sourness comes from.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and tart. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean, surprisingly.

Overall, this is an interesting sour/pumpkin beer. It is decent, but very odd. I think a 1/3 bottle will be enough for me. I think it is somewhat drinkable, but I think I would pick out a different beer given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 18:41:18 | More by mothman
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A: Pours a deep, crystal clear ruby brown color with a thin film of light tan, fizzy head which recedes quickly to a ring. Good retention but no lacing.

S: Tart and funkiness, slight cherry, red fruit, pumpkin, and spice (nutmeg and cinnamon) underneath.

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Ichabod 2009. Thank you, Carlos. Mike was kind enough to share a bottle a couple of years back, but it's nice to be able to reflect on a whole bottle solo.

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Ichabod Ale 2009 from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.