Ichabod Crandall | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Ichabod CrandallIchabod Crandall

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by siege06nd on 08-17-2013

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.36/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, golden, copper/orange with an eighth of finger of white head that completely dissolved away into nothing.

Aroma: Tons of spice notes up front: brown sugar, nutmeg, all-spice, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin. Not much malt or hops aroma though.

Taste: Jesus, that’s good! Lots of excellent roasted pumpkin or butternut squash flavors up front, followed by some notes of spice of cinnamon, rosemary and thyme. Not much brown sugar flavor, which makes this pumpkin beer less sweet than others that I’ve had. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with no carbonation. With an ABV of 5.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow, just wow. This beer is awesome! So much roasted squash flavor which I love! Completely original and unique. I’m definitely getting multiple six-packs of this next autumn. It’s fantastic! Another killer beer from Devils Backbone, my favorite Virginian brewery!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a bright and clear copper color with a small foamy white head that reduces quickly, leaving just a bit to float on the top

S- typical pumpkin spice aromas of cinnamon and clove, seems like there's some extra sweetness on the aroma, almost tart cherry-like, banana candy

T- pumpkin flavors are quite subtle, a malty sweetness kicks in mid-palate bringing some fruity notes, toasted malt with some cinnamon on the finish

M- medium-light body with medium prickly carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- middle of the road for the style, but good drinkability

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Crystal clear, rich golden color. Thin, white head with little retention or lacing.

S: Crystal malts, cinnamon, cloves, allspice. It does have a slightly vegetal smell. Also a metallic undertone that is not overly pleasant.

T: Sweet malts, slightly grassy. Some slight spice in the way of cinnamon and cloves. No hint of pumpkin in the flavor at all. The flavor in general falls a little flat.

M: Moderate body, slightly sticky, with a lot of carbonation.

O: This is a very "meh" beer. I expected a bit more from Devil's Backbone, but they have proven, once again, that a really outstanding pumpkin beer is very hard to execute. Drinkable, nice in the fall around a fire, but not really a great beer in any sense.

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Photo of Omnium
2.28/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle > Pint Glass on 9-29-13

A - Pours an orange gold, little head to it, no lacing either.
S - Very, very metallic aroma, sweet candied malt, some spice, cinnamon, clove. No pumpkin though.
T - Tastes like sugar water, and thats about it, you get a little cinnamon and spice, no pumpkin though at all.
M - Watery, thin, unmemorable.
O - Garbage pumpkin beer, absolutely not worth buying/drinking/thinking about. This tastes like you're drinking cinnamon sugar water. I cant believe a brewer or brewery would feel good about releasing something this bad, there's absolutely no pumpkin flavor, aroma, or anything pumpkin in this beer at all. Poured this one out.

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Photo of dwren89
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: orange and festive looking, thin white head, great clarity

Aroma: pumpkin, nutmeg, graham cracker, cinnamon, crisp

Taste: pumpkin flavor with finishing spice and a mildly crisp finish. A graham cracker like flavor in the malt which is nice, but not fantastic. Smooth and easy drinking

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, crisp

Overall: A good pumpkin ale that has a little lighter bodied than others in the style, but also a little less flavor. Good for sessioning, but only because it is not overpowering or particularly alcoholic

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Photo of Shumania
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a Harpoon IPA strange

A: Dark amber, minimal head, good carbonation

S: Slight pumpkin, biscuit, nutmeg. It is almost like a Marzen crossed with some pumpkin and spices.

T: The taste fails on this beer. The front is biscuit and spicy caramel. There does not appear to be much pumpkin or spices in the taste.

M: Smooth, clean beer.

This is more like a mediocre Marzen and lacks the pumpkin and spices. Good brewery, but not a good representation of the style.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper, clear. Little head.

S - Cloves and more cloves. Missing the pumpkin pie smell

T - Harsh spice clove/nutmeg flavors, nothing subtle, no pumpkiny taste. Quick finish with some bitterness.

M - Some tingling carbonation

Not for me. Over the top flavor, lacks balance.

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Photo of rob119
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into pint glass, no head.. Hm maybe my pour??

Took a swig and enjoyed the taste, but it was flat and faded quickly. No lacing along the glass edge. Average smell, pretty mild. Interesting burnt orange color I kind of enjoy though.

Nice initial flavor but thats about all its got going for it, aside from being a local beer. Im suprised at this one, wonder if it has anything to do with being in the " create your own 6 pack section ".

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pumpkin beers are just hitting the shelves here and I decided to try this. First taste gives a nice mix of the typical nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin flavors. Mid-palate those flavors diminish fast. It is somewhat flat and a little light, even for the 5.1% abv. I did get a nice roasted pumpkin flavor throughout the beer, which is good. Overall, I'd say they need to work on this one. It's not bad, but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. Pours a pretty copper color with a half finger of cream colored head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a flat looking beer only a minute or so into the experience. Meh.

S. Nutmeg, cinnamon, toasted pumpkin seed. There is a mild burnt note here that is not altogether pleasing. Quite a bit of caramel as well. Fairly pedestrian.

T. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon stick, pumpkin seed, toasted bread. Slightly tannic and drying on the mid and finish with mild hop bitterness. Reminds me of a milder version of Weyerbacher's pumpkin beer.

M. On the thin side. Flabby on the tongue, it lacks punch.

O. A very pedestrian beer from a brewery that is anything but. It's not bad, but it's hardly memorable. It's sluggish, a little flat, and far too timid. In a style that is crowded with competition, Devils Backbone's Ichabod Crandall is decidedly middle of the pack. Most disappointing 3.25 I'll give this year.

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Ichabod Crandall from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.25 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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