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Ichabod Ale 2009 - Alpine Beer Company

Ichabod Ale 2009Ichabod Ale 2009

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%


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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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper body with very little khaki colored head.

Strong smell of granny smith and cortland apples mixed with red wine. Carmel opened up as it warmed. Some plastic-y acidity. It basically reminded me of a carmel apple.

Taste was nothing like the nose. Lots of spice up front. Without even knowing what was in it I could tell there was nutmeg and cinnamon. I picked up some vanilla as I searched more into the flavor. Very light sourness. Hard to pick out the pumpkin although there is a squash like flavor beneath the spicing. After taste reminded me of lemon juice cut with water. Any vinous character that the wine barrels gave to the beer was washed out by the spicing.

An interesting sour that fell flat in its complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 07:30:33 | More by BearsOnAcid
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airohead2001

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Waited a long time to try this one. Got this one straight out of the whale's vagina.

Smell is pretty good - I get some barnyard funk and a little bit of sweet allspice. Lots of wine.

Taste is sour lemons and red wine.

A little too sour and too carbonated, but some nice biscuit in the finish.

This is a decent beer, but nothing special. Not worth the hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:21:50 | More by airohead2001
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dmsohyea

California

3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle available at O'Brien's. $16. Served in a Chimay challis.

Pours deep orange and brownish. Very little head but good retention. No lacing. Really interesting color, not many beers I've seen are this weird orange color.

Smells like lacto and maybe some table sugar. Might be some ripe apples or grapes and spice in there too. I think the age has lost a lot on the nose.

Tastes sufficiently sour, but not overly tart. Some grape juice and pumpkin along with pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the flavor profile. Mostly dry and no alcohol is detectable. Not much acetobacter, but a small twinge of vinegar is noted.

Mouthfeel is medium to light body and moderate to high carbonation. The pour suggests this would be less carbonated, but the body had a good amount.

Overall an interesting beer that I wouldn't mind having again. I didn't love it, but not a bad sour for what they had in mind.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 23:18:31 | More by dmsohyea
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is amber with a smallish head, little lacing:

Smell: Mostly general sourness with some vinegar and a non-descript spice mix.

Taste: Apparently the main ingredients are Pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. I might get a faint hint of cinnamon and nutmeg but not really. I guess if I close my eyes and pretend I can maybe get some pumpkin, but I am not sure I would get even that if you didn't tell me to look for it. There is a apple cider (vinegar) element to it; wassail or something.

Mouthfeel: medium body, perhaps a bit thin, carbonation might be slightly aggressive.

Drinkability: weird beer, I wish I could at least pick up some pumpkins. Would not do it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:43:47 | More by craytonic
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Amberish ruby red in color with a ½ finger white head that has poor retention and minimal lacing.

S: The nutmeg and cinnamon make a faint appearance, but not much at all. There's no pumpkin to speak of. There's mostly sour acidity, and some yeasty funk on the nose.

T: For me the nutmeg and cinnamon don't come through in the taste. The wine barrels come though partially, but not very much. This beer is mostly a medium intensity sour that has characteristics of cherries and blackberries. There's a little bit of woodiness, but not much.

M: The aftertaste doesn't really linger as I'd like it to, the carbonation is a bit low for the style, and the body is appropriate.

D: For a 5% beer this has a lot of flavor. With that being said, I find it fairly one dimensionally and not all that interesting. It was nice to try once, but I probably won't seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:15:25 | More by glazeman
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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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ehammond1


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

Bottle (2009)

(Aged for 2 years)

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Strange combination of blood orange and ruby. There's a very thin head and this beer doesn't leave much at all down the glass in the way of lacing.

Very mild aroma consisting of a slight sourness and a earthy component, though there simply isn't a lot here to smell.

There's certainly more to taste here than smell, and for that, I'm happy. There's a mild stinging sourness throughout along with an earthy, root, and floral character. There's certainly some Fall spices in here as well, but I'm sure they're quite muted compared to the fresh version of this.

Thin to medium bodied with very low carbonation.

This is an interesting, and above average sour. It was worth trying, but I have no desire to seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 04:34:37 | More by ehammond1
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a clear, dark copper orange color with a white collared head. The aroma is weird and odd at the same time, notes of spice and pumpkin dominate the nose on this along with some sour/tart notes. Wow, the taste is way different than the nose with a sweet tart taste that then has a long drawn out flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg, and gingerbread. I actually am really surprised how tart this is at the beginning. For a pumpkin beer this is one of the better that I have had. I think I prefer my sours to be fruit based rather than vegetable based.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 04:29:00 | More by kbutler1
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illidurit

California

3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the December Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a light copper color with a disappearing white head. Aroma is mainly lactic sourness. Not a whole lot of pumpkin to me really. Flavor is lemony with a meringue-like sweetness, cidery acidity, and a slight bretty chlorine note. A little heavy on the barrel aspect. Pretty good but maybe a third tier sour in the grand scheme.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 09:35:01 | More by illidurit
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scottfrie

California

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jeff saves the day again. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a light pumpkin orange with a finger of off-white head that quickly faded into a thin collar that left no lace.
S: Tart nose, lightly funky with a touch of fruit and maybe a hint of pumpkin. Smells a bit flowery as well.
T: Light funky and tart notes of fruit, spice, and a hint of lemon zest in the finish. The pumpkin isn’t prominent, but I do get a nice shake of pumpkin spice. The finish is vinous, and the aftertaste has hints of cinnamon and other spices.
M: Medium body, a bit dry, smooth mouthfeel with only a touch of acetone-like alcohol.
O: Really good but a little bit of a letdown for me. Still I enjoyed this and would gladly drink it again. Thanks again, ipa247.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:30:47 | More by scottfrie
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graciously shared by mistakebythelake (thanks Bill!) at a Jackie O's tasting. At first I scoffed, thinking "pumpkin beer!", but I can admit I was wrong. The maker of arguably the nation's best west coast IPAs has made a VERY good wild ale here!

I got a nice pour, due to quick reflexes and some generosity, and it was really good. It's a medium-dark copper color, clear with a little haze, with a poofy white foam that wasn't long for the world. The aroma was brett-forward, tart and funky, with no discernable (to me) pumpkin. Maybe if it warmed more gourd subtleties would show themselves, but that wasn't to be. Too many bottles needed to be opened in a short time...

I tasted quite tart, not extreme, an accesible sour ale with the chops to satisfy any level of sour ale drinker. I get more grain notes than pumpkin. Maybe a little spice in the aftertaste, but it's hard for me to peg and I really might be reaching. Delicious in any case, and unexpectedly so.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 01:29:47 | More by TurdFurgison
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to whoever it was who shared this at CdC.

A: Chill-hazed orange body; wispy off-white bubbles. Ok.

S: Actual pumpkin (as opposed to pumpkin pie spice), spicy clove, and moderate sourness. Strange, and all right.

T: Much more sour and vinous than the nose, with the gourd coming in midway through. Huge lactic sourness on the finish. Tasty.

M: Light body, moderate froth. Solid.

O: Interesting beer, but not one I'd seek out. I liked that the pumpkin came through in its own right, but actually would have liked the spices to play a slightly bigger role.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 20:20:43 | More by woosterbill
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Shane.

Hazy copperish-brown with a small but lasting head. The nose is both spicy and sour. Nutmeg comes through fairly well beneath the fruity sourness, though I don't get any pumpkin. There's a strong vinous character as well, and a sour plum-like fruitiness. It's vinous on the palate, fruity with flavors of plums and red grapes. Spices come through well, and there's a doughy malt backbone. The finish is fruity, mildly sour and spicy. This is a nice easy drinking sour, nothing spectacular but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:58:16 | More by largadeer
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Paul at Oakquinox.

A: The pour is amber in color with a large off-white head.

S: A mild vinegar aroma with plenty of red wine. Tart red fruits, and plenty of cherry aroma. There's a nice oak aroma and a minimal amount of funk. Don't really get the pumpkin or the spices, but I'm not surprised.

T: Moderate tartness with a touch of vinegar. It becomes a bit more puckering as it warms up. Plenty of red wine and oak flavor as well as a bit of red fruit. Sour cherries and vanilla make an appearance as well.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Quite nice. None of the Alpine sours have been over the top amazing, but they've been at least good.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:57:56 | More by womencantsail
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Shane for the bottle. Pour a very pretty peachy plum color with a medium white head. Heavy red wine barrel on the nose, a fair dose of brett, wet wood, strawberries, some stone fruit. Very tart in the mouth with a spritzy feel. The sourness here is intense and overwhelms the barrel, which I think is actually a good thing. Cherries and red berries, peaches. The finish is really sour, fairly acidic. I'm kind of comparing this to Cantillon Kriek in its high sourness and acidity, though this is less dry and the wine barrel comes across a bit more. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:19:48 | More by JAXSON
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nickd717

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to largadeer.

Pours hazy reddish dark amber with nice tan bubbly foam sitting on top and decent lacing.

Aroma is nice and -baly with red wine, sweet caramel, pumpkin spice, and oak

Great tart red wine flavor, pumpkin and spice, oak barrel, and funk. Restrained tartness.

Medium-bodied with just the right acidity level and medium body.

Solid offering from Alpine, better than the unintentionally sour batch.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 06:36:40 | More by nickd717
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a cool oddity pulled out by Thorpe the other day, thanks Mike a beer made with pumpkin that I really like!

Beer is copper and pretty hazy with a thin wispy white head of tiny bubbles and minimal lacing, carbonation appears low.

Aroma is kind of like a weak temptation. Mildly acetic with a lactic backbone, not a lot of pumpkin in the nose but that's OK. Mild spice.

Beer is light in body and pops on the palate, the spice comes up later in the mouth than anything else, overall its a nice beer. Minimal pumpkin flavor but the acetic brightness focuses the palate on the late spice flavors which are not too strong and do not come off as annoying. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 19:53:39 | More by drabmuh
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Thirstybird. Pours an amber hue with a swirl of foam comprising the head and a thin band around the shoulders. Nose reveals all-spice, citrus, grapefruit and a certain tartness. Taste expresses pumpkin spice, citric acid, salty and tart. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a somewhat assertive carbonation and a puckeringly dry finish. Overall, great complexity - I have to say that I really dig the sour pie pumpkin flavors - I'm not sure if it's supposed to be sour, but I really dig this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 00:09:41 | More by Jwale73
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Phelps

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Provided by ejyoung, poured into a snifter. 2009 edition.

A touch of soft haze blurs the cranberry-amber liquid. One finger of sandy tan head composed of large bubbles shows off some stickiness.

Heavy lactic tartness in the nose. Cranberry, lemon peel, a touch of barnyard funk. Maybe a touch of cinnamon, but not much pumpkin.

Fairly standard sourness here. Vinegar, lemon peel, cranberry, a touch of caramel apple. For something brewed with pumpkin, I don’t get much mid-palate, though subtle hints of it emerge between sips. Some floral hops are in there as well, lending notes of roses or lavender. I wish there was a bit more complexity — most everything has been taken over by lactic tartness, but it’s not distracting.

Light, massaging carb in a thin medium body. Not a hint of alcohol, but the sourness does a good job of squeezing the tongue and ripping the enamel off my teeth.

At this point, Ichabod seems less of a great pumpkin beer and more of just a really good sour. Not complex, but crazy drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:58:15 | More by Phelps
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Xul

California

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderately hazy brown with amber highlights, capped by a finger of frothy, eggshell colored head. Retention is good as the head settles slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Moderate lactic acidity up front with some sweet lemon zest character, followed by a big dose of winter baking spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, and some light cloves. Some pumpkin lurks in the background along with vanilla and wine notes from the barrel aging.

T: Opens up with lactic acidity, a high quick burst that quickly returns to a moderate level. Wine barrel character comes in on the mid-palate with light oak shining through, while the pumpkin and spices build up to a strong, pumpkin pie type finish. Good, but I think a bit more age will do it some benefit as far as flavor integration.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Interesting flavors and holds up well, the acidity is a touch high at times but not bracingly so...good take on the pumpkin ale style, I look forward to seeing how this develops over time.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:57:53 | More by Xul
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber thanks to Kan!

A - Pours a dark orange/light brown, off-white head, some random spotty lacing, a thin whisp here and there on top.

S - Nice sour/tart, slight funk, some oak, ever so slight pumpkin.

T - A good level of sour/funk, oak, the sour/funk really kills anything remnants of pumpkin that was there to being with. Just a good amount of sour/funk with a nice oaky finish.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - A solid sour from Alpine....seems they do other things well then just APA/IPA/DIPA. I really enjoyed this one. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 20:28:56 | More by Sean9689
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 15:46:21 | More by mikesgroove
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HopHead84

California

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/19/2011

Cheers to Arthur for the late birthday gift. Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark orange with a crimson tinge. This is a very nice color. An inch of white foam crowns the liquid, settling to a thin collar.

S: Dark cherry accompanies plum, oak, leather, and vanilla. There's a pervasive tartness, as well as a firm lactic presence. Vinegar is insistent, and it accompanies nutmeg and grape. I get a dash of pumpkin. The aroma is really impressive.

T: Smooth and lactic up front, with a blend of plum, grape, and pumpkin. I get oak and vanilla. There's a moderate acetic acidity and decent amount of vinegar in the flavor. A light tartness is evident, as well as a faint spiciness. The finish is acetic and tart, with drying oak.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and lightly tannic.

Overall: A good American sour with light pumpkin notes. Definitely recommended. This is right behind the 2007 batch at its prime.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 06:50:41 | More by HopHead84
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 and Amyliz4 for opening this one, another want. Thanks Mike and Amy! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky brown-orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of white wine, brett, funk, sour fruity malts. Not pumpkin at all in the nose, but very funky and sour. Awesome nose.

t - Tastes of brett, funk, white wine, sour fruits, light spices, and very little pumpkin. Not quite as funky as the nose, but still very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very nice sour with a great nose. The taste isn't as sour or funky as the nose, but still light and enjoyable. A beer I'd certainly like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:51:41 | More by mdfb79
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A- nice golden gold. Is that a color?
S-very sweet and sour tasting
T-puckeringly tart in taste. Sweet start and sour finish.
M-light body and very smooth
O-plesently suprised by this. Very solid beer and very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 19:11:43 | More by brew3crew
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Ichabod Ale 2009 from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.