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Ichabod Ale 2009 - Alpine Beer Company

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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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Photo of ejyoung
5/5  rDev +15.7%

ejyoung, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

John11486, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

brydeen, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

Phelps, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%

Bottle (2009)

(Aged for 2 years)

Best Damn Sour Fest
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.

ehammond1, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of SDDanC
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from bottle into wine glass. Poured a orangey amber with a thin egg shell white head. Nose isn't very pungent. Definitely pick up sour notes and faint pumpkin and cinnamon. Tongue is much more abundant with flavor especially in sour pumpkin, spices, and lemon heads. Mouthfeel is excellent, very nice amount of carbonation for the sourness and dry wine character. Overall, I was very happy to finally try this. Im definitely going to seek out another.

SDDanC, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

Jwale73, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

673rd Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
22 oz


App- A slightly dark orange, call it pumpkin orange (I had too), nice bubbly one finger head and some nice lines of cling on the glass. A little bit of highlights in a darker yellow.

Smell- Big ol funk on this one. A little bit of spice. Had the wine notes as well. I liked the tarty, tangy combination of the brett, tannins and spice.

Taste- A big suprise at how good this was. It was nothing like I had thought. It was light, crisp, balanced and smooth. The spices take a back seat as well as the pumpkin. Was much more tart and sour with the brett and white wine taking over.

Mouth- Light bodied, high carbed and very bubbly. The tart and citrus notes I got were all that were left.

Drink- Wonderful suprise at Clusterfork #6, was very happy to see this come out and the chance to try it. Was very clean and balanced and not overbearing pumpkin at all. The sour of this was just excellent, cant wait for this years batch to try and land a bottle.

FosterJM, Jul 25, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

dmsohyea, Jun 17, 2011
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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!

jbtice0315, May 07, 2011
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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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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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3.03/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

BearsOnAcid, Mar 26, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

TurdFurgison, Mar 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

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

brew3crew, Mar 19, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours murky brown with a nice orwngish tint. A bit of head with some light lacing. Smells tart and a bit spicy. Tastes really sour on the front but after the initial hit it backs down revealing some great pumpkin and cinnamon. Vry tasty finish especially. Wuld be curious to see this one minus the sour!

Urbancaver, Mar 19, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

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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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

2009 Bottle thanks to Kan, drank from a Cigar City snifter. First of all this sounds horrible, but man its good. Don't judge a book by its cover here... Medium copper, dirty, lightly clear, not very carbonation... The aroma is tart lactic notes on the front, wish it was a touch stronger. Some nice pumpkin accents come through towards the middle and through the finish, just enough to give the flavor doesn't overwhelm. A hint of nutmeg as well.... The taste is in a similar vein but even more successful. Great tart vinegar on the front, very cloying, wonderful mouthfeel. Some great vinous notes, barrel notes as well. The finish is distinctly pumpkin while not bad, is a bit distracting, lots of spices of well.

This is shockingly good. Don't reference as a pumpkin beer, just a good sour that has some pumpkin notes. Recommend.

jrallen34, Feb 20, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

Sean9689, Feb 19, 2011
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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.

notchucknorris, Feb 09, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -25.9%

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.

airohead2001, Jan 27, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

glazeman, Jan 27, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle into Bruery tulip

Pours out a deep golden color. A small head emerges that is white in color but quickly fades away to just a ring around the glass. Hazy when held up to the light and is big golden when held up to the light. Not much is left on the glass as this recedes down the glass. Some foam spots there and there but nothing of any significance.

Nice and funky nose on this one. This is the second time I've had this beer and this time it is much more sour smelling. I like this. Not getting a lot of the spices from the base beer. Perhaps those have given way to the sourness at this point.

Very interesting taste. Very tart and sour upon first taste. There is this weird wine like taste that I get but I can't put my finger on what it could be. I'm sure it's something from the red and white wine barrels coming though but I have absolutely no idea what it could be. I can't get a lot of the spices or pumpkin in the taste, I remember being able to get that when I first had this one. Much more dominated by sourness/tartness now which I'm really enjoying.

Toward the lighter side of carbonation and that leads to a thinner bodied feel in the mouth. Very puckering though as this one sits in the mouth but once swallowed not much of a sour aftertaste.

I really liked this one. I do wish I could have picked up some of the spices that are found in regular Ichabod but this is a very nice beer. It is a very delicious beer. It's not a very quick drink but every sip of this I enjoyed. If you have a bottle of this it is great right now.

Swimsum, Jan 24, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

illidurit, Jan 17, 2011
Ichabod Ale 2009 from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.