Ichabod's Midnight Ride | Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by roan22 on 10-14-2008

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 21
Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Not too impressed with this one, especially after having a Southern Tier Pumking right before it. This beer was served in a nonic, a clear, dark burnt orange color, with a small but sturdy beige head. Smell was decent and inviting, with scents of toasted bread, caramel malts and pumpkin. The taste was, hmm, not that great, quite frankly. A bit harsh and metallic right up front, nutty, bready, and a little bitter, some mellow yeast notes, with some bready pumpkin taste following, and a touch of earthy hops in the finish. A little bland and off-centered overall. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat harsh as previously mentioned; one glass was plenty for this one.

(And it didn't help that a patron next to me ordered it and pronounced it "ITCH-a-bod.")

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Photo of rfgetz
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Institute as part of their "Pumpkin Patch" event...

Cloudy, orange color with hints of amber. Frothy white head. Smell is of mild belgian yeasts, fall spices (clove and nutmeg), slightly herbal. Taste follows the smell, but comes across as weak - mild flavors all around with nothing domination. No real notes of pumpkin. Thinner, watery body, needs more carbonation. As a pumpkin ale, it suffers from lack of pumpkiny flavors.

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Photo of roan22
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First off, I'm not sure if this beer should be labeled a "pumpkin ale," but "belgian-pumpkin ale," which is the closest way to describe it, is not available as a choice.

Had it on tap at Philly's Oktoberfest and again at Kennett Beerfest.

An experimental recipe I take it, and it works. The appearance is a reddishy brune. I was drinking it out of a plastic cup, but there was a nice head and lacing apparent. it appeared to be somewhat cloudy.

Awesome fall spiced aroma of cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice, maybe some caramel apple cider.

Tastes extremely smooth, belgianesque, with a delicious pumpkin note that creeps in and mixes perfectly with the natural spiciness and fruitiness of belgian yeast. Also an earthy roastiness present. I believe they aged this like a lager, and if so, the smoothness makes a big impact.

Mouthfeel is clean. Its very drinkable and packed with flavor. Who else is brewing a Pumpkin-belgian hybrid beer? Nobody. And Roy Pitz's brewers are like what, 23-25 tops??

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Photo of MaltyBob
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the brewery in Chambersburg.

Good color and aroma. Belgiany yeast comes through and makes the initial flavors fruity along with the pumpkin pie spice. It is not too heavy though.
After you swallow, then the earthiness of the pumpkin comes through. An awesome execution of an autumn seasonal. Clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel could be a little thicker, but that is a personal thing.

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Photo of pvsob
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a lovely, cloudy apricot color with a inch and a half head. The head dissipates quickly, leaving some decent lacing.

Smell - Roasted pumpkin, toasted malt, apples, clove, cinnamon, and sugar cookies. Some spicy alcohol aromas mixed with a nice black pepper aroma come through in the end. The spiciness becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. Basically, everything you'd expect from a Pumpkin Ale with the addition of the esters and phenols of Belgian yeast.

Taste - A nice clove/cinnamon, and pumpkin flavor up front followed by a toasted malt flavor. Pumpkin, spice, black pepper, and alcohol all rear their heads during and after the swallow. This produces a nice spicy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium texture with a mid-level of carbonation. This Ale has a silky smooth feel on the tongue.

Drinkability/Overall - One hell of a Belgian Pale/Pumpkin Ale. The Belgian yeast worked perfectly in this beer. The fruitiness and spiciness that it provided, made this beer a joy to drink. Spice and pumpkin flavors were well balanced and I never felt like I was drinking a "spice rack bomb." I didn't feel like I needed to take a trip to the dentist's office after drinking this beer either. Bottom-line: This is a great beer. Cheers!

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Ichabod's Midnight Ride from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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