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.

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

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice cloudy brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice kinda quick thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves a pretty nice medium size oil slick, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice pumpkin notes, nutmeg, cinimmon, and a nice touch of bourbon. The taste is very nice malty, nice pumpkin, nutmeg, cinimmon, and a nice touch of bourbon. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, this is a very tasty brew, definitely not over powering like other BBA brews, and pumpkin brews as well. I enjoy WTRB, Kentucky Spirit, and a few other WT bourbons, wondering which barrels were used.

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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper color with a half finger of head. The bourbon is the feature of the nose with the spices in the background. The flavor is somewhat the opposite - seasonal spices, then really sweet bourbon notes on the finish. The body is adequate for the style.

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

Short Review. This is a nice Pumpkin Ale, it has good balance to it and the bourbon barrel aren't too overpowering while giving it some nice complexity. I liked it and I would get a bottle when they release next year. It's a good example of a bourbon barrel aged Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an okay beer ... not one I would buy again, however. Maybe my opinion is an outlier, but I'm of the belief that beer sold in a bomber bottle should be something very special ... something the brewery is very proud of. This isn't that. For a robust pumpkin beer, try Southern Tier Warlock! I'm not in any way associated with Southern Tier ... but their Pumpking and Warlock are the best pumpkin beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz

Pours a deep opaque brown, inch of light tan head. Has a clean ruddy tint when held to light.

Smells of caramel, brown sugar, pumpkin, and oak.

Tastes of caramel, pumpkin, oak barrel, and hints of licorice.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Fairly decent tasty ale. A lot of enjoyable characteristics. But its a bit discombobulated. A lot going on but not very harmonious. Still worth a try.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bru Craft and Wurst in Philly. Great to see an AVBC on tap! Seven in a short snifter. Not as much bourbon nor pumpkin as I had hoped, yet still a classy ale. I had a few with my spicy brat after Ryan's interview. This could be served year round without the pumpkin moniker. Get some, but if Rumpkin is on tap, opt for that.

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Photo of Moose90
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no visible date code poured into 16oz tulip for tasting

Appearance (4/5) — Pours somewhat quickly out of the bottle with a brownish coppery hue. After it sits in the glass there is a quickly fading khaki colored head that settles into a thin layer of foam atop the glass, doesn't leave much behind in the form of lacing along the inside of the glass. When held up to the light there is a nice ruby red hue around the edges of the beer. Nice bit of clarity when you can get light to pass through it.

Aroma (4/5) — Fairly light initially, even though this was served around 50º there isn't much going on initially. As it sits and swirls in the glass there are nice notes that develop, hints of pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, spice notes of clove, allspice, nutmeg, and...Bourbon, there are great notes of vanilla, oak, wheat, peppery spice, cinnamon stick, and a little bit of a cocoa powder note as well. Not overly sweet.

Taste (4.25/5) — This is a well driven vehicle of pumpkin spice, there are notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and pumpkin. Somehow this is all balanced by a nice and dry note of cinnamon, oak, ginger, Bourbon, and a bit of a warming heat to it as well.

Mouthfeel (4/5) — Not overly sweet, though it definitely errs on the sweet side of the spectrum, there is a lingering finish that warms you up a bit.

Overall (4/5) — Very nice overall, there is a really good balance here of Bourbon and pumpkin, I don't want pumpkin in my Bourbon, but I don't mind Bourbon in my pumpkin (beer), this is a great reminder beer here that can certainly extend the season of pumpkin beers, this would be absolutely fantastic before, during, or after the Thanksgiving festivities.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon barrel aged!
Pours a light brown with big bubbles, nice pumpkin spice aroma. Clove, some ginger. There's a pleasant roast and sweetness to this, with a slightly chalky clove finish.

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Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Barrel aging works well, with the bourbon barrels not as up front as I would have thought. Smooths out the flavor as well, pumpkin flavor without the spice. Hints of vanilla and cinnamon, tasty, extremely gentle warmth.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a free bottle of this to take home with me when I was getting a great tour of the brewery from my best friend Jon Passow, who is Barrel Operations Manager at Anderson Valley when I was visiting him and his wife in Mendocino County, CA back in July of this year. I knew I was going to wait until October to drink this beer because it is now in season for this type/style of beer. Poured out of a 22 oz bomber into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark amber brown color with some deep ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a slightly tan/off-white head that is about an inch thick when first poured that settles quickly to a nice thick surface film layer of foam along with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Has decent lacing. Excellent aromas of bourbon, roasted caramel malts, and pumpkin are all certainly present. The taste pretty much follows suit, with roasted caramel malt sweetness along with bourbon goodness and strong pumpkin notes that are all rounded out with a slight touch of hop bitterness. All the flavors work very well together and really compliment each other and balance out quite nicely as the beer sits and warms up a bit. Has a fairly crisp, slightly prickly and chewy, also somewhat smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice clean finish. This is quite a unique and excellent take on this beer style. Certainly worth a try if you can get your hands on it.


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Photo of Treyliff
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep brow with a ruby hue, small creamy off-white head that settles to leave a bit of lace behind

S- initial aroma smells like cinnamon whiskey, followed by notes of toasted bread that resembles French toast. Brown sugar sweetness with nutmeg & clove

T- cinnamon and clove up front with notes of toasted nuts, toasted bread notes gives that French toss flavor, like in the aroma. Hints of vanilla and oaky barrel,the finish gives a maple syrup-like sweetness with a straight Wild Turkey linger

M- medium body and carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel, a hint of warming alcohol on the finish

O- the barrel adds some nice characteristics to the base beer,really enjoyed this one

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Photo of delta490
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep and murky brown with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma is like sticking your nose in bourbon barrels at first, but then becomes more like a pumpkin pie that was bourbon soaked. First sip is strongly bourbon with pumpkin balancing it out but it mellows as it warms and balances out the two better. The body is remarkably light, without any of the slickness that usually comes from such a heavy barrel aging. A little alcohol tingles.

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Photo of BWood
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pumpkin beer. The barrel taste is definitely there. But its not my favorite barrel though. Huge arker has a much more smooth bourbon feel. There are some other pumpkin beers I would pick over this but still a decent find.

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Photo of airlogan61
4.77/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had no preconceived expectations of this beer, but WOW ! Of all the barrel aged offerings out there, this one rises and makes a name for itself ! The bourbon barrel flavor presents itself as it rolls across the tongue. Next is the wash of spices and pumpkin which announce their intent to be the flavor one is left with... the alcohol glow is with you all the way, but never overwhelming the rich seasonal flavors that continue to present themselves and warm your very cockles like few other seasonal brews can manage. Enjoy !

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked this up on the strength of Anderson Valley's past success at bourbon barrel aging. Served cold into a snifter in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as a bourbon barrel aged pumpkin ale per the label. Expectations are high given the brewery.

BOTTLE: 22 fl oz. Brown glass. Orange and white label. Branded pry-off crown cap. Price was $10.99 USD.

8.50% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5cm. Off-white. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Decent thickness, creaminess, and froth. Not as full or robust as would be ideal.

BODY: Deep amber of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent but nontransparent.

It's an appealing pumpkin ale, sure, but it's far from unique or special looking.

AROMA: The bourbon barrel character is faint, but vanilla-emphatic. Amber malts provide the backbone with a bit of caramelized sugar character. The pumpkin spice exceeds any pumpkin gourd presence, with heavy notes of nutmeg and clove. Maybe some allspice too, but I don't find any cinnamon. A hint of brown sugar.

I hoped for more of a rich toastiness, oak presence, and bourbon barrel character, but this is a generally appealing aroma. The reticence of the pumpkin is disconcerting; the first thing a pumpkin ale has to accomplish is tasting undeniably like pumpkin - and I'm not sure that's the case here.

Aromatic intensity is mild. I detect no off-notes, booze, or overt hop notes.

TASTE: Follows the aroma, replete with disappointingly reticent and shallow bourbon and pumpkin notes. And in a bourbon barrel aged pumpkin ale, that's a giant issue.

Some vanilla does peek out from the bourbon, but the reticence (and frankly, absence of) any bourbon character forces me to wonder just how long this spent "aging." I wouldn't be surprised if it was in and out like a cat burglar.

Pumpkin spice exceeds the any pumpkin gourd; in fact, the amber malt/caramel sweetness buries any pumpkin gourd presence to the extent that I don't really taste any pumpkin - just the spices. And the spice profile is pretty lackluster as well - some nutmeg, some allspice, some clove, but they're all faint. I don't pick up on any cinnamon or brown sugar.

Painfully simple for the style (and for any barrel aged beer of any kind). Balance is okay, but it lacks complexity to such extent that there just isn't much to be balanced.

I don't dislike it, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Not gestalt, but it has loose cohesion. Flavour duration and intensity are brief and light, respectively.

As it comes to temperature, a kiss of coconut (probably from the bourbon) does creep in. But there's no rich white oak, barrel sugar presence, or toastiness.

TEXTURE: Medium to full-bodied. Smooth, wet, sugary, and unfortunately a biteen thin for a bourbon barrel aged pumpkin ale; this lacks the robust heft and weight on the palate it needs. Carbonation is near perfect, though.

There's no harmony of texture and taste, but this mouthfeel suits the beer decently.

OVERALL: A shrug of a beer, and a failure at even checking the basic boxes needed to satisfy the style. Not only does this lack the rich bourbon barrel character of Anderson Valley's other offering(s) aged in barrels, it lacks basic pumpkin - a crime in a pumpkin ale. I'll finish the bottle with a friend's help without issue, but this is really disappointing coming from a brewery as reputable as Anderson Valley - and isn't at all worth the $11 pricetag. I definitely wouldn't buy it again, and I find it increasingly insipid the more of it I drink.

Price aside, it's a drinkable ale with hints of nice bourbon character. Average - in a fuckabout way.


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Photo of hardy008
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a two finger beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and Bourbon.

The taste is a toned down version of the aroma. Toned down to the point where there isn't that much flavor. Disappointing compared to the aroma.

Light bodied, bordering on watery, with very low carbonation. I can't believe that a beer that started out so promising with the appearance and aroma, finished so blandly.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip from a bomber. About two inches of off white head. Deep brown color, bordering on black. Smells of toffee, vanilla, and wood, with typical pumpkin smells in the background. Taste underwhelming. Minimal pumpkiny flavors. Some strange off flavors I cannot quite put a finger on. Aftertaste is similar to whisky that has been left out in a glass overnight. Hmm...stale whisky. Anyways, mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery. Looked good, smelled ok, tasted average, finished poor.

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