Pinchy Jeek Barl | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Pinchy Jeek BarlPinchy Jeek Barl

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for 6 months in Wild Turkey® barrels, this bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ale is pleasantly creamy with a silky body and sweet caramel flavor. The aging process imparts notes of coconut, vanilla, and oak to compliment the tang of the spices and a hint of hops, all wrapped in a smooth, round finish.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 04-06-2014

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjdevel
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark-Dark Brown. 1 finger head - lower end of the carbonation scale. Fizz fades, but some decent lacing continued on. Cannot see through - pretty cloudy.

Smell: Caramel, whiskey, wood, nutty, herbs, and spices. Slight fruitiness (plum, peach, pear, apple).

Taste: Slight bitterness at first. Quite dry as well at the start, but it sweetens a bit when the charred oak and black malts charge in. Slight caramel and coffee flavors emerge along with a shot of whiskey. Hints of pumpkin, but the spices are more noticeable. Can taste some cinnamon maybe, but there's more of a clove and ginger kick. This one is very smokey tasting. As the flavors fade, you are left with a clove and burnt wood/charcoal taste.

Feel: Quite full, but I'd say that it would fall into the upper medium level. For the color of the brew, I'd expect it to feel a bit more full, but he higher ABV and whiskey extracted during the barrel aging may cut it down some.

Overall: Decent pumpkin beer. I think that it could have had a couple of other spices noticeable in flavor instead of just clove/ginger (which are very powerful). More pumpkin/veggie flavor would be good as well. A tad bit sweeter maybe. But this was good. Never had a barrel aged pumpkin beer. Maybe the things I felt were lacking were there prior to the barrel aging. I would not be afraid to drink this one again.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark amber in color (very dark brownish red when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkins, pumpkin spices, and bourbon are present in the nose; these get a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly has flavors of pumpkins and bourbon, the latter of which imparts some hints of toasted coconuts in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the pumpkin flavors and bourbon and neither overpowers the other.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasting notes from 12/28/16
Had on-tap @ Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served in a snifter, ruddy tan in color with a fluffy, two-finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, consistent layer of suds on the surface. Fair lacing, with broken streaks and spotting.

Smell - Aroma in moderate, with notes of pumpkin, spice and wood being most prominent. A faint booziness sits beneath.

Taste - Pumpkin upfront, then a bit of spice. Woody notes hit mid-taste, then some grassy bitterness and light astringency surface and complete the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with low carbonation. Somewhat watery texture that thins in the finish.

Overall - This isn't terrible, but the flaws are evident. It's definitely too thin and watery, while the finish was too astringent for my tastes. For a $3 special it was hard to pass up, but a second round will not be happening.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- pours a murky, dish water brown with a thin, off white head and creamy.
S- Pumpkin spice and malt.
T- pumpkin pie that brings a pet turkey. Nice and sweet with balance. The spive is right on. Paid 4 bucks for a bomber. Ill be right back!

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Photo of dbattey
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NilocRellim
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, garnet colour. Smells like bready and caramel matls, pumpkin, cinnamon, a bit of raisin, slight bourbon notes as well. Tastes very much like it smells, the malts are more faint, caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, raisin, creme brule, and a big bourbon note throughout.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty decent imperial. Love the pumpkin ales and I always enjoy anything bourbon barrel. Wife and I cracked this with hours to go to New Years '17. Great bourbon cask smell up front. Taste of bourbon, wood, vanilla and a little pumpkin.

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Photo of cdl
4.76/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rydowney1
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite pumpkin beer. Nice and spicy with carmel from bourbon

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a sniffer.

Mild hazy in texture and deep ruby brown in color, the pour yields thick silky tan head that endures with pretty good retention before gradually sinking to some long-lasting foamy sheet atop along with some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Bourbon is prominent with the aromas of vanilla, oaky spice, wood, and cherry. Malt imparts as buttery, biscuit, and sweet caramel while there is also pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and big spiciness. Subtle suggestion of alcohol too, it hides beneath all the layers.

Led by sweetness from both malt and the age in bourbon barrel, it is reminiscent of caramel, biscuit, butter, vanilla, wood, and oak. Big and bold spiciness in the middle same time as pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon while slight bitterness and tartness reveal at the end as a nicely wrap up.

The body is medium with plenty of soft effervescences and lively carbonation generated smooth mouthfeel through the palate. Finish is pleasantly dry.

Pretty good beer even it is not so exciting or ground-breaking, the time in Wild Turkey barrel wasn’t waste but helpfully provides some complexity and richness in both aroma and flavor, worthy without doubt.

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Photo of beagleyx2
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ruby brown color where light shines through the center of the glass. Appears to be clear. Small, but lasting, head, leaving ample spots and a few streaks.

Buttered, sweet caramel aroma with just a touch of toffee. Very light pumpkin touch.

Darker flavored (probably crystal) malts balance the pumpkin and the traditional pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. Lots of carbonation with an above average body. The swallow and aftertaste features the pumpkin and treacle-like dark toffee. Sweet.

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Photo of Treycotton
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwbetts
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson mahogany color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, pumpkin, yammy, spices, toasted, caramel, and a little booze.

Taste: Same as above, but light and subtle flavors of each. Easy drinking and simple.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, spicy, a little booze, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice barrel aged pumpkin and spiced beer. A little more of everything would be nice and make this a tastier beer.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pumpkin is moderate in this one. The cheap bourbon barrel is strong in this one

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tomb_ride
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandonwnw
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Pinchy Jeek Barl from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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