Pinchy Jeek Barl | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Pinchy Jeek BarlPinchy Jeek Barl

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -0.3%
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 +6.3%
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 +1.4%
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 +12%
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 +16.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +16.9%
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 +12%
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 +4.1%
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 -9.8%
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 +30.3%
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%
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 0%
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 -27.3%
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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Photo of hman43
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown in appearance. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. Tastes of pumpkin, cinnamon, cherries, Bourbon and other spices. the Bourbon and cherries are very prominent on the first taste with the pumpkin.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into an impy nonic a deep amber brown with a creamy/sticky beige colored head,multiple rings of lace left behind.Vanilla tinged bourbon with a bit of toast followed by light pie spice and real pumpkin.Very impressed with the creamy but not to heavy feel,Iam likin this stuff so far.Not over the top in either the bourbon barrel or pumpkin spice but both come together very well on the palate,mild vanilla and oak but not overly sweet,pumpkin more than pumpkin "spice " in the finish.In my opinion vastly underrated unless there has been a change in recipe.

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Photo of Budlum
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown body with shades of red and black topped with a lasting creamy tan head that lasted most of the glass. Very impressive appearance. The nose is a bit muted with a rounded vanilla and oak smells that was lacking much in the way of pumpkin or spice. The flavors are sweet bourbon with coconut, vanilla, toffee,, the barrel was good to this. The flavors are almost a bit spicy from bourbon, but not pumpkin spice. I kind of want to ding this as a pumpkin ale, but it is just too damn tasty. There is just a hint of uncooked pumpkin which might be my imagination. This is not your typical spicy pumpkin beer, rather a wonderful demonstration of barrel aging. The feel is smooth and velvety matching perfectly with the flavors.

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Photo of naomiyaki
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pumkin Rating: Hinted
Drink Again: Definitely, anytime!
Extreme oakyness right out of the bottle, but got flat a little faster than I usually sip. Strong and dark without tasting too bitter. A little too heavy with an autumnal meal, but would be great complimented with something light and sweet.

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Photo of 303beer
4.81/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep deep dark clear red with a rocky off white head about 0.75 inches high. The nose is of spice and burbon barrel. Alright burbon and pumpkin go together well. It is a pumpkin beer until the backend then you get the barrel. Very well done.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was excited to see what this had to it when I read the label, but ultimately, I was kind of disappointed. It's not a bad beer (malt beverage), but it doesn't taste like anything associated with Wild Turkey or bourbon barrels. It's smooth, and has a nice finish to it, but the pumpkin flavor isn't readily apparent, and neither is the bourbon.

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Photo of TH28
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Appearance: Deep brown, nearly black and opaque, with a low khaki foam head. Aroma: bourbon, oak, vanilla dominate. Slight nutmeg character, but barely there. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, strong oak and vanilla, with a balancing bitterness and hint of nutmeg and clove on the finish. Pumpkin spicing only noticeable on the swallow, and very low. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Leaves some alcohol warmth. Finish: definite oak and vanilla linger in the finish. Leaves minimal pumpkin spice. Overall: Pumpkin spicing is minimal and overpowered by a strong barrel character of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. A good beer, but would love to see a better balance of the pumpkin spice vs. the oak character.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, and barrel-aged, just like it sez right there on the label. Anyway, I tried, but I could not come up with a meaning for this one's moniker, the admittedly limited online Boontling resources exhausted - I'm just going to assume that it's their way (literally) of referring to Wild Turkey barrels.

This beer pours a rather dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some decent grotto-esque painted lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of sugary vanilla, as if it were sourced from multiple ingredients (stops to slap head), warm gooey pumpkin puree, caramel malt, buttery toffee, muddled seasonal spices (maybe a hint of ginger and allspice sticking out), a mild wooden astringency, and a not so mild alcohol edginess. The taste is more vanilla/caramel sweetness straight off, once again from malt and Bourbon wood alike, a growing buttery slickness, faintly biscuity toffee, much lessened pumpkin mass notes, and even more blase and uninterested-seeming spices - can't really get a word out of them edgewise. A soft woody booziness keeps its distance in the meantime.

The carbonation is quite understated in its barely-perceptible frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and actually rather smooth, with a low-level, simmering creaminess on the verge. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, vanilla, ethereal pumpkin, and sneaky alcohol tittering in their little fiefdom.

I gotta say, this is tasty and enjoyable as a brew for when fall suddenly decides it wants its long-coming divorce from reality, bails, and we're left with the snowy aftermath, 6 weeks til the official 'start' of winter. The whole pumpkin side of things may have gotten short shrift here, in light of the Pinchy Jeek Barl (I'm going with that 'translation') flooding over the whole of this offering, but 'tis no great loss - time to get acquainted with more warming cold-weather goodness, methinks.

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Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Sampled on 10/4/14 at annual pumpkin tasting party, reviewed from notes:

Poured from bottle into tasting glass

A- Darker, orange hue with small fluffy off white head

S- Smelled of pumpkin spices alcohol and...buttered popcorn?

T- Very unique, interesting. Some pumpkin and spice flavors, BUTTER...very...buttery. Again, interesting. Some vanilla and slight coconut from the bourbon and oak. A big plus for "style points"

M- Medium bodied with slight carbonation, smooth and silky, most likely due to the barrel aging.

O- Not the greatest beer I've had but a zinger none the less. The taste profile certainly surprised me. It was a "Trick AND and a Treat!" The butter taste was very up front but did seem to work. It's certainly a different direction which I like and even commend with the thousands of options out there. It seems like the majority of pumpkin beers taste the same or similar, but Anderson Valley tried something different here and it worked. I would recommend this brew!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Vanilla, graham cracker, butter, a little hint of cinnamon. Needs more carbonation. Not picking up any bourbon. Meh, Not the worst ever hut I could do without ever drinking this again.

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