Ichabod Ale 2009 - Alpine Beer Company
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4.78/5 rDev +10.6%
Thank you Sleepyhead for this marvel.
A - pours a brown crisp clear. It has a slight tan head, that laces well.
S - initial wiff signals beige fruits. Cherries and raspberries galore. The pumpkin comes in and takes over.
T - wow. This beer is an expirience. It begins by pulling in your cheeks with a tart cherry flavor. The beer keeps that lingerig sourness throughout the drink. The pumpkin is noticeable with the downing of the drink, followed by slight nutmeg and cinnamon. Amazing.
M - the beer is a little thin, a little more bubbles would not hurt the style.
D - at 5%, and a pretty sour beer, this beer grabs me and holds on. I don't want to drop it. It's a magical expirience. Two styles I love, mating in my mouth.
O - where can I get more of this?
12-30-2010 05:11:05 | More by abecall98
4.75/5 rDev +10%
Picked up three 22oz bombers today from Alpine Brewery for $7.99 a piece. Poured into a Geuze Boon Lembeek glass.
A: Pours a slightly hazy copper hue with a thin head leaving very small amounts of lace in my glass.
S: Sour fruit, citrus, musty wood funk, a bit of spice and earthy notes at the end.
T: Sour fruit up front with a blast of acidity that mellows with a sweet fruity/red wine flavor, followed up with a musty leather & woody funk that finishes bready with a lingering flavor of pumpkin spice. By far one of the tastiest wild ales i've ever had.
M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, good carbonation (very effervescent on the palate), finishes tart and dry.
D: Extremely easy drinker (picked up 3 today and already drank 2) and especially at $7.99 a bomber which is half the price for twice as much as what the competition has to offer at the same quality of product - keep it up Alpine!
11-25-2010 02:34:50 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.68/5 rDev +8.3%
Bottle bought at Beverages 4 Less
A: Beautiful dark brown with some ruby highlights and absolutely no head.
S: A ton of tartness, brett and sourness in here. It's hard to pick up the spices unless you take a huge whiff of this one. Then, you can pick up some cinnamon and nutmeg.
T: Sweet tartness with a little sour black cherry/ green apple feel and then a punch in the mouth of sourness. I don't know that I've ever had a beer more sour than this and I'm loving it. There's not a ton of pumpkin, but I could care less. This is a great beer.
02-09-2011 16:42:52 | More by notchucknorris
4.65/5 rDev +7.6%
Shared a bottle with the wife.
A-Pours a nice brown color. A little white head that settles quickly. Leaves a ring of bubbles around the edge. A little lacing.
S-Sour, tart, acidic, woody. The spices come out a little in the end.
T-Acidic, sour, tart, pumpkin pie spices.
M-Light bodied with a little carbonation.
D-Really nice, a good mix of flavors and a light body.
10-31-2010 07:03:58 | More by ZX6Chris
4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
Bottle courtesy of i630. Thanks Mike!
It pours a slightly hazy deep amber red colour with a small and quickly shrinking head of foam. The lacing is good during this early stage of the session.
Foam and lacing disappear about midway through the session.
The smell is fresh pumpkin pie with the fixings...cinnamon, big nutmeg, very spicy and nice. And then, on the swing side, I'm getting huge sour notes, obviously the American Wild Ale side shining through. The aroma is top notch!
The taste is dominated by the sour grape notes from the wine barrel aging. Light pumpkin with good nutmeg flavours round out this very delicious and thoroughly enjoyable ale. Just picked up a little bit of bread in the taste...complex brew yet easily approachable.
Fairly light bodied with lowish levels of carbonation, good mouth feel.
Drinkabilty is through the roof for me with the 5%abv providing a valuable assist. A new favourite of the style!
Edit: The second pour and the beer is now cloudy with a bit of sediment. I can't wait to dig into that!
11-13-2010 18:10:22 | More by Bitterbill
4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Had out of a bottle at a pumpkin beer tasting I put on.
So surprised at the amount of complex sourness of this beer.
Medium copper colored with some fluffy champagne head.
The smell was amazing with barely any pumpkin coming out. The smell of brett, lemon, tartness, thanksgiving spices were also present.
The taste was so surprisingly good. I would have to say this one came as a shocker how good it was. It was extremely well balanced and highly drinkable, while being tart and funky. I was able to discern the pumpkin spices, but no real pumpkin meatiness like I expected.
This was absolutely delicious - I need to get more!
05-07-2011 19:57:12 | More by jbtice0315
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours out a darker orange, looks the seasonal part. Smell is slightly tart, pumkin and cinnamon.
Good tart taste, love the interplay of the pumpkin, cinnamon and sour here. No alcohol present. Very different than anything from Alpine, different than anything I've ever had period. Its not just unique for the sake of being unique, this one is everything: Unique, complex, delicious. Triple crown. More sour than funky. Could taste the white wine barrel aftereffects, didn't pick up on red.
Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to the March Madness 2011 tasting party(ies). Drank this after Jon Jones won the title.
04-26-2011 17:15:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows an almost clear, gold tinged, light amber color. Up front the beer smells most prominently of lactic acid up front; tart and inviting with a supporting backbone of spicy and woody oak character. Somehow the lactic acidity reminds me a bit of creamy lemon or tart grapefruit. Really the oak and acidity are the most prominent in the nose, and I really don't smell much in the way of Pumpkin and spices. Having just said that I think I am getting a sort of round, soft, nutmeg and / or cinnamon note that almost brings out a caramelized note just a bit towards the finish. Hmm, and now there is a distinct note of woody black pepper that melds in with a soft mustiness. As the beer warms the soft, round spices become a touch more prominent, but it is never more than subtle, which is exactly what I was hoping for. The oak character becomes quite a bit more prominent as the beer warms up during the second and third pours, but never providing more than a solid, spicy / woody backbone.
Very nicely tart tasting with a solid grapefruit like acidity; the lactic acid adds a lushness to the palate and it coats the mouth. There is a nice prickle to the texture from a persistent, but not overly aggressive carbonation; the prickle is actually boosted by the acidity and this is actually probably the main source of the prickly "texture" as the actual carbonation is quite slight. The finish has a soft, lingering, almost woody, nutmeg like note to it. There is a certain earthiness to this beer, it is quite subtle and somewhat accentuated by the hint of spices, the woody oak notes and the oak spiciness. At times the acidity here adds a flavor that is quite substantially of sour grapefruit, it is quite refreshing and tasty. Towards the end of my last glass I start to get a squash like flavor in the finish; it is wrapped up in the tartness, but also has a touch of vegetal squash flesh to it. At times the acidity seems to somehow accentuate a perceived sweetness in this beer, which in turn accentuates a lightly caramelized and even chewy grain character.
The actual pumpkin character here is quite slight, in fact I can't really say that I can pick it out, the spices too are slight and I really like how soft and subtle they are here as I hate when these get over done. I really like the creaminess that the texture has, the malt body and lactic acidity combine to create quite the lush character without keeping this from being quaffable. The funk here is quite simplistic in some ways as it is definitely focused on the lactic character; this character is lush and well integrated and is just bracing enough to keep me quite interested. This does not really have a wild, funky, or Brett influenced, but I can't say that I am missing the wildness that I so like in Lambics; this beer manages to work quite well without it. This is quite the nice beer, easily one of my favorite beers with pumpkin / pumpkin-spices in it, though this is clearly not the focus in this beer, but both do contribute subtly to the profile of this beer. A very well done beer that I have thoroughly enjoyed and which I am quite disappointed to find that my last glass so quickly disappears.
12-23-2010 15:35:23 | More by Gueuzedude
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a deep brown color with a lot of orange highlights when held up to the light. It started with a very modest head, but it quickly retreated to the edges of the glass. It left just a bit of lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.
The aroma shows more of the acidic, tart and sour flavors to it then anything else. Behind that though the cinnamon and nutmeg start to come through along with a hint of pumpkin. Very nice American wild aroma to it overall and the spices and pumpkin give it a great twist.
The taste starts off sharp with more of the acidic, tart and sour flavors right up front. As the sharpness fades some of the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove comes through. It has a great sweet tart like flavor to it with some more sourness in the finish. The best part of the flavor though comes about 5 seconds after the swallow where the pumpkin kicks in. It comes back with a nice earthy, gourd like flavor. That really did it for me, excellent flavors overall.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a bit above average, but pretty moderate for the style. Drinkability is great, it was a fantastic beer. It had some great American wild ale flavors to it, but the pumpkin really put it over the top for me. I loved it. This is definitely a style that needs to be done by more American brewers. Please, someone make something like this I can obtain easier. Sorry Pumking this is the new best pumpkin beer I've ever had, and I even drank it out of your glass.
11-21-2010 02:33:57 | More by billab914
Ichabod Ale 2009 from Alpine Beer Company
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