Pinchy Jeek Barl - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #274
Ranked #40,315
3.69 | pDev: 15.18%
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Pinchy Jeek Barl - Bourbon Barrel-AgedPinchy Jeek Barl - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: 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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eddingsaur from Singapore

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Ordered off the tap from American Taproom in Singapore for the price of a high ABV import beer. Have I complained about the price of alcohol in Singapore yet? I should.

Alcohol is really expensive in Singapore.

L: Served in a flute with a fluffy white head. Almost looks like nicely beaten egg whites. Sadly, unlike beaten egg whites, it doesn't hold it's shape for very long. Dissipates down the glass with very light lacing. If you like it thick and bubbly you might have to look elsewhere - like at the large smiling lady at the end of the bar. It's a dark beer - almost opaque, but with a bit of light, you can appreciate the amber-red glow of the beer. It's like a really thick tea - amber-red, clear and, equally effervescent.

S: The description says coconut, vanilla, and oak. I smell blackcurrants. Or specifically: blackcurrant cordial. Or even more specifically: Ribena, which is a blackcurrant cordial. Which, looking back, tastes a bit like slightly sour, dried coconut and vanilla. There's a little bit of something else there. Like some Asian herb - it's pleasantly woody and reminds me of something my mom made me drink when I was a kid.

Now that I think about it, coconut, vanilla, and oak really does fit the description. Damn...

T: Down the hatch. A BBA. But not really. It's got the bourbon barrel-ness, and it's ale-y with pleasant hoppy spiciness. But it's too easy on the palate - I'm on edge here. Come on beer... surprise me with some complex depth... And yep. There it is. At the back of the mouth. Something different: Pumpkin. Which is what it says on the label. So maybe I'm not THAT surprised. But at least it's something. Caramel? Yeah, it's all in there, but I was going in expecting rich dark fruit and complex malt profiles. I didn't get much of that. I guess I need to keep my expectations in check. I'm taking another sip now and it's warm - room temperature. And there it is - hints of dark fruit, and biscuit, and creamed pumpkin. Jeek, it took you long enough to surprise me.

M: It says smooth and rounded in the info. It started crisp and sharp. It's almost like the copywriters barely got a taste of this drin... and it's warmed up now. And it's smooth. And it's rounded. There's still a slight snap to it, but if the past 20 or so minutes are a thing, I'll find out that that changes too. Pinchy Jeek, why are you such a blueballer... Was I rushing in to this too quick?

O: It's not the best BBA out there by a long shot. But it's a pretty safe segue into the style. It's not hard, it's not complex, it's not esoteric. It's a good, safe ale that beginner drinkers can lose their BBA virginities to. For the rest of us, it's like that one person we all know that blueballs us to hell and the let's us get off to the most vanilla of vanilla-coconut-pumpkin orgasms.

Awkward first time getting it on.

Apr 12, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby orange with little carbonation, clean filtered with a half finger of beige head.

Smells of pumpkin, caramel, and coke bourbon.

Tastes of bourbon, pumpkin, caramel, toffee and a tannic, bitter finish.

Medium body with a slightly sticky feel and moderate carbonation.

Got this in Redding, where I am enjoying it Sept 14th, 2018.

Sep 15, 2018
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BeerTastesGood from California

2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

There were three warning signs. First, the barrels are prominently advertised as Wild Turkey, which I only know as cheap whiskey from college. Second, it was $7, which is the cheapest beer I've seen that has been aged in barrels. Third, what is a pumpkin beer doing on a supermarket shelf at the end of March? What I learned is that there's a reason barrel aged beers are expensive. This beer has a light brown body, harsh nose, a very flat mouth feel. I thought the beer had a chance, like it could be a a nice deep pumpkin, but no I'm going to get it over with quickly.

Mar 30, 2018
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richj1970 from Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber.

A: Very dark crimson red with 1-2 finger off white head. Lasting retention and leaving moderate lacing.

S: Bourbon, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and all spice.

T: Bourbon, pumpkin, cinnamon, and vanilla. The bourbon is a little overpowering. I wish the pumpkin was more pronounced.

M: Light to medium body with average carbonation. Thinner than I woudl like, and a little hot; this might benefit from aging a bit.

O: Good BA pumpkin beer, but misses the mark that might take it to the next level.

Aug 20, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to light black in color. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. I'm picking up aromas of sweet bourbon, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. I'm tasting sweet bourbon, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The spices seem rather muddled with the overpowering bourbon. The mouth is thick, chewy, and dry.

Jul 02, 2017
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sjdevel from Utah

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

May 08, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Feb 10, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

Jan 28, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

Jan 14, 2017
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Jan 02, 2017
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Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Jan 01, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Dec 13, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Dec 04, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Nov 08, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Oct 09, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Dec 10, 2015
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Vierenner from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Dec 05, 2015
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look: hazy medium dark brown. Tan head and messy swaths of lacing.
smell: Pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, cloves. Sweet pumpkin pie.
taste: more bland and drier than the nose. Taste is like a Brown Ale with hints of other flavors.

Dec 02, 2015
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Nov 18, 2015
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Nov 11, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Nov 10, 2015
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elNopalero from California

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Nov 02, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Oct 25, 2015
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manfromanotherplace from New York

3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Was disappointed with their wild turkey stout....this was the long do they age these beers?if i was wild turkey id be slightly annoyed that my name was being put on such average mouthfeel and light on taste.average.

Oct 19, 2015
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +16%
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.


Oct 17, 2015
Pinchy Jeek Barl - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 356 ratings