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Ichabod Ale 2009 - Alpine Beer Company

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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 108
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 78
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 10-31-2010

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
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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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! (907 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of sleepyhead, thanks again!

Pours a light and bright orange color with a faint off white head.

Aromas are of light pumpkin, some spice, nutmeg, and cider vinegar. It's on the light side when it comes to the nose.

Taste is super complex. With each sip I seemed to taste something different. Cider, red wine vinegar, pumpkin, white wine, and mixed spice flavors were all noted at different times. Finish has a light creaminess, and a sour lemon like crispness.

Mouthfeel is superb. Very full, smooth, soft and well rounded.

Drinkability is quite good. This sour packs a lot of punch, complexity, and flavors into a lighter, and almost sessionable ABV level. Well worth trying. (696 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a 16oz tulip
A: Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin slightly off white head

S:Smells a mild tartness, hints of spice and acetobacter. Wild Brett notes fade into pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg. Very inviting aroma

T: WOW, The flavor is so much more intense than the nose suggests. Very pungent, tart, sauvignon blanc brightness... sour apple with some oaky notes. Brett comes through in the finish very well. Spice and pumpkin are in the background but noticeable. Red winesque tannins on tongue on the way out, begging for another sip... I must oblige

M: Lively but not from the carbonation, the sourness tingles on the palate. Tannins dry out the mouth

O: Excellent for the style. Amazing wild ale flavors. (730 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,539 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to sleepyhead for hooking me up with a couple of these beers. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany (with more red than brown) into my Russian River Tulip. About a finger of slight off-white head is achieved that dissipates at a quick pace, leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - After reading about this beer I was curious how strong the nose would be of spices. Thankfully it is a bit subdued and is not overpowering. Nutmeg, cinnamon, slight pumpkin, and brown sugar shines through explicitly. Once these "spicy" notes finish the great aroma of brett and other sour aromas begin to show. The two aromas meld together in an altogether fascinating way.

Taste - Woah! I am pleasantly surprised! I was not expecting such a tart/sour rush from the, in my opinion, rather subdued nose. My mouth immediately puckers up from the acidic and tart flavors. There is a clear wine barrel taste mixed with oak and slight barnyard funk (though there really is quite a bit of acidity to it, the more I'm drinking this the more I am noticing it). It is not until my mouth has recovered from the initial sour shock that at the tail end I can taste the pumpkin and spices. As with the nose, they are not dominant and I am thankful for this. I was hoping this would be more AWA than Spicy Pumpkin beer, and it most certainly is. Freaking delicious. Very glad I have one more of these to save/age.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly creamy - moderate body and carbonation, finishes dry and tart.

Drinkability - Very interesting beer. The only thing I will mention is it is a bit high in acidity so I am taking my time and enjoying this, but people (like me) who enjoy damn tart beers will absolutely love this. Highly recommended. (1,743 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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! (1,042 characters)

Photo of Xul
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (373 characters)

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Ichabod Ale 2009 from Alpine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.