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Ichabod Ale 2009 - Alpine Beer Company

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
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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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from South Bay Drugs. Served in a tulip.

Pours a medium copper color with a short white head and a bit of lacing as it falls down to nothing with a thin collar around the edges. The nose brings forward some strawberry seeds, cinnamon, lactic and acetic character, as well as some other pumpkin-type spicing. The taste is along the same lines, though the sourness integrates itself more here. Good interaction between the spicing and the wild character. Thoroughly enjoyable. Mouthfeel is nice with mostly lactic acid coming through followed up by a very mild vinegar presence. Drinks pretty well. Definitely a brew worth seeking out.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

acurtis, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
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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.

womencantsail, Apr 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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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.

largadeer, Nov 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

JAHMUR, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for sharing this one. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving finger of white foam that settles to a hazy film, thin ring, and spotty lace. Hazy golden brown body. Not much of a looker, and surprisingly wussy foam for a 5% beer.

S - Bretty funk, oak, vinous white wine notes, maybe a hint of squash and/or pumpkin. Quite nice, and totally unexpected. As it warms there's a touch of pumpkin pie spice that integrates surprisingly well.

T - Taste is more vinous, with light oak and vanilla, and not much overt pumpkin or spice - perhaps a hint of pulpy squash in the finish. Mild acetic acid and tartness.

M - Some zest, very dry and tannic finish. Medium body that is a little bit grainy.

D - This is quite good! I finished my glass quite quickly and would like to have a bottle for myself.

MasterSki, Feb 21, 2011
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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.

drabmuh, Jan 06, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of sour pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg and some light tart fruit notes. The flavor is similar and is exactly what I expected from a sour pumpkin ale. The pumpkin notes definitely come through, and have some tartness to them which goes very well. I also get some light cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes. The tartness level is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A unique beer that I am glad I got to try.

Mora2000, May 18, 2012
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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.

mdfb79, Jan 03, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2012
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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.

mothman, Dec 03, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

superspak, Nov 18, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429 and Amyliz4. Thanks Mike and Amy! This was not one of the bottles that were part of Amy's Christmas present, I was informed.

A: This beer appears hazy and orange in color, with a decent sized white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is great, with scents of funk, sourness, wild yeast, holiday spices. I would be hard pressed to list pumpkin as a distinguishable scent.

T: Again, pumpkin plays a subtle role. The flavor is predominantly sour, with hints of fruity sweetness. These fruit notes are quickly consumed by an acetic and lactic sour funkiness. Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors add a very interesting twist to this already complex and unique brew, helping to highlight the somewhat lost pumpkin flavor, which quietly emerges near the finish.

M: Light to medium in body, with a healthy carbonation level. Funk and sourness present throughout, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

D: A great take on a pumpkin / spiced ale. I would absolutely have this again.

Huhzubendah, Jan 07, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

billab914, Nov 21, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 26, 2011
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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.

HopHead84, Nov 20, 2011
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Ichabod Ale 2009 from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.