Ichabod Ale 2007 | Alpine Beer Company

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Ichabod Ale 2007Ichabod Ale 2007
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Ichabod Ale 2007Ichabod Ale 2007

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Brown Ale aged 3 months in Calloway Vineyard's red wine oak barrels with cinnamon, nutmeg (fresh, hand-ground) and Pumpkin + wild yeast.

Every time this beer is made, a different base beer is used but the main ingredients remain - Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. 6-7%ABV

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 33
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Photo of BeerTruth
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic thanks to Joey.

Pours a murky dark brown with an amber tint. One finger off-white head quickly dies down to a thin layer of almost nothing. Very little lacing on the sides of the glass, pretty much non-existant. Smell, this is where it gets interesting. From the first whiff, I detect wild ale all the way. Big sour notes of cherry and grapes. Maybe a small hint of pumpkin, or am I just thinking that? Either way, I love the nose of this one. So here goes with the first sip. Um, I absolutely love it. Up front is a sour apple flavor that is quickly followed by creamy pumpkin and cinnamon spice. The brown ale flavors finally emerge midway to finish with a bit of toasted nut mixed with sweet cherry and brett. Oak flavors and red wine are here and there from start to finish, but they never became overwhelming. Such amazing complex flavors, did I mention I love it? Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a bit too much carbonation. Is this a Pumpkin Ale, Brown Ale, or Wild Ale? I say it's a hybrid ale called a Wild Brown Pumpkin Ale and it's one of the most unique beers I've ever had to date. Definitely a must try for any beer/wine lover. Oh yeah, this beer officially begins to fill my BA glass and my god is it worthy to do so :) I'm a disciple!!!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 release. A Belgian brown ale aged in red wine oak barrels with cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin added. Pours into my glass a reddish brown hue with some little yeast floaties as well. A small off white head appears and then falls on top. Aromas are quite complex with brown sugar and sour cherries mixing in with a vinous grape aroma as well. Spicy notes move in and out with cinnamon the most prevalent. There's a sour/vinegar twang as well which is really nice along with a woody backbone. Really nice, it draws me in.

First sip brings a spicy, light malt upfront with notes of brown sugar and sour cherries. Vinous flavors meet with the cinammon, nutmeg and a light but noticeable pumpkin flavor. Flows down with a tart, lightly vinegar sourness that's really nice along with a touch of yeast and oak. Ends smooth with a lingering pumpkin spice aftertaste. Quite a complex, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the lighter side. Quite arid with small bubbly fast moving carbonation. Goes down easily and is quite enjoyable. Overall, the bomber goes down easily and I really enjoy the unique flavor profile here. I wish I had another bottle, but I guess I will have to wait until next year for this one again.

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Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a white head that retains pretty well. The nose is pretty nice with some oak notes and perhaps a bit of pepper. Definitely some pumpkin spice and maybe a touch of dark fruit. Sourness also plays a role in the aroma, but is almost a secondary thought with some of the other aromas present. Taste is nice and sour, some cherry and there is still some pumpkin presence as well. It seems as though I get a bit of oak as well, but I don't know that I get any red wine notes. Higher carbonation with a lighter body to it. Nice beer here, I could handle drinking a fair amount of this.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky reddish brown. It sports a thin light tan head. The head fades a little quickly, leaving almost no lace.

This beer has a slightly sour aroma. I can smells a slight pumpkin aroma, but it is almost not there. Some very sublte spices. Some cinnimon and nutmeg. Ageing this beer in red wine barrels really did a number on the pumpkin aromas.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A slight tart, sour flavor. If I look deep, I can taste the pumpkin, and other spices. They are there, but very subtle. Not exactly what I expected from a pumpkin beer, but it is still great.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a tart slightly spicy aftertaste. The carbonation fits the beer well.

This beer might make a good session beer. The flavors are good, and not overly aggressive, if you like a sour flavor in your beer. Also, the alcohol content is not too high.

Overall: I just got this beer from Alpine. It was just released today, with bottles comming out next week. The label will be the same as the old Icabod label. I never had that one, and reading the reviews, I am not sure if this beer is exactly the same.

At first, I thought that rating this beer would be hard. It is listed as a pumpkin ale, but it has so little pumpkin flavor and aroma, that I couldnt rightly score it high, since it dosent fit the style guidelines. Then I thought about what the brewery said about the beer. They never called it a pumpkin beer. They said: " A Belgian brown ale aged in red wine barrels, and spiced with pumpkin and nutmeg." So, since they never actually refer to it as a "pumpkin beer" I can assume that on this site, it may be mislabled. I think it is more of a Flanders Red with some pumpkin spices. As for that style, I like it. That is how I reviewed it.

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Photo of sloejams
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY some Alpine is available in Los Angeles. At least one variety. At least once. That was back in November. And it seemed that was it, so far.

Alpine with a Pumpkin beer is a glorious combination. I've searched long and hard for a quality pumpkin offering all Autemn. I was lucky to score a few of these and quite glad I did.

It's by no means a traditional pumpkin ale. This is more Belgian Dark / Oud Bruin with pumpkin spices added. It is dark crimson color with a slight trickly head. Sour nose - not quite puckery, but green apple is there. But it's masked a bit with spices such as the obvious pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices.

Altogether told - it's not very pumpkin-y - if thinking that way you will be disappointed. If you'd like to toss back a barrel aged wild ale - you're in for a treat!

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Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a reddish color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention but no lacing. Aroma of oak with some sour notes and some very light cinnamon notes. Taste is dominated by some sour oak notes with some traces of cinnamon. I hardly could trace pumpkin or cloves in here and this beer was dominated by the red wine barrel. Full body with average carbonation. Not really a pumpkin beer but not a great sour either.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to be able to attain this one as it has not been widely available before, and felt it was a good way to close out my pumpkin collection for the season. This one poured a very nice and somewhat hazy orange tinted amber with a lot of fizzy and foamy carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. A somewhat smallish head formed on top that nestled down into simply a thin layer across the top which hung around for a good little while before settling down into nothing. Smell was very tart at first. As it warmed a light earthy grain like aroma took over and a small but still detectable amount of spice as well. The taste was very bitter, and not at all what I was expecting to be honest. It had a nice grainy back which came through nicely with a hint of spice on the end of it, however these were blown out of the water by a sour and bitter fruit like bite to the finish. Almost came off as a sour ale in a way, very bitter. Medium body was lightened a bit by the ample carbonation. Smooth texture though and a great dry finish just added on to it. Overall again this was not what I expected at all, but as it turned out was still very good. I really enjoyed the different take it had to the normal fall classic and really the flavor came out of left field for me. I will definitely try this one again and I am glad I have another one to enjoy. This is a must try for anyone looking for something that is a bit different with a raw edge to it.

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Photo of rallison
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joey from South Bay for shipping this up to me.

Pours a great looking cloudy dark brown/red with a nice 1 finger somewhat creamy white head that leaves a nice bit of lacing.

Smell. Oh the smell. Red wine. Brett. Mellow pumpkin pie spices. Before even tasting, I was intrigued. One of the better smelling beers I have had for some time.

Taste carries this on nicely. Initially, a mellow brett character contributes a touch of tartness. The red wine barrel aging lends an excellent vinous characteristic to the taste. The pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices are definitely there, but are thankfully supporting characters. They lend a nice bit of spiciness and complexity but never overwhelm. The Belgian brown ale base also works surprisingly well. What is particularly amazing about this beer is the balance. Nothing overwhelms, and nothing seems to weak. All flavors are held nicely in check and complement all the other flavors. A delicious, perfectly balanced, complex beer. My expectations were high for this based on the description - and they were more than met.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the creamy side at first, with a pleasing mid-body followed by a nice touch of dryness. Wonderful.

Drinkability is exceptional. That is all that needs to be said.

Highly recommended. This is a beautiful beer that everyone should try at least once. Absolutely the best pumpkin ale I have had. But then again, this is not your standard pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after its pour from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a limpid burnished copper color with a behemothic creamy light tan head that after ever so slowly dematerializing leads to a full coating of lace around the glass. Nose is spicy with pumpkin and nutmeg with hints of clove and the sweet grain, start is lightly sweet with a pleasing grain profile, the top is fair to middling in its feel. Finish is hardy in its acidity, the hops delectably spicy and the pumpkin lingers on in the very dry aftertaste, a real “Hoot” of a beer, my thanks to my favorite bartender “Magnificent Melanie and my old friend Sean” for this bottle.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mikesgroove for this bottle.

a - pours a deep brown color with orange highlights, two-finger cream colored head with decent retention a good lacing, plenty of yeast sediment

s - funky Brett aroma is strong on the nose, sour cherries, definite pumpkin notes along with the cinnamon and nutmeg, but much more subtle than any other pumpkin ale I've had, some nuttiness as well, very complex

t - somewhat intense funky, sour Brett taste up front, hints of sour cherry that evolve quickly into more "traditional" pumpkin ale flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg and a little cinnamon, these flavors linger while the funkiness creeps back in with a distinct nuttiness

m - good amount of carbonation, medium-bodied, dry on the finish

d - fairly drinkable, but much more so than the overwhelming nature of many pumpkin ales, so complex that you keep on drinking trying to decipher the flavors

Not being a big fan of pumpkin ales, I sought out a bottle of this primarily because of its uniqueness - being aged in red wine barrels and with some funk. This turned out to be an absolutely amazing beer...so complex and interesting. Alpine has a winner here. I just wish I had a few more bottles.

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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with odeed (thanks!). 2007 Vintage.

Poured a medium brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, light pumpkin, very light spices, vanilla, and lightly vinous. Tastes of the same with some more vanilla. The spices and pumpkins were not overpowering.

Notes from 2/8/08

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like I forgot to put my review of this one up. Thanks for sharing it, Henry!

A: The pour is a slightly hazed red amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Still a fair amount of spice notes for a beer that's 3 years old. Nutmeg and allspice really come through with some lactic tartness but it's not really all that powerful. Some notes of dark fruit (mainly cherries) are present as well.

T: A more pronounced sourness to the flavor and this beer is plenty dry. Again, lots of nutmeg, allspice, and perhaps even some cinnamon. A mild sweetness, but mostly dry, tart cherries.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: I'm glad to have finally tried this beer. Definitely an interesting one, but I really liked it. Not something you see everyday, if nothing else.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle from PP bottle shop. Poured into Delirium Tremens snifter glass an amber brown color with a carbonated soda pop head that fizzed out in less than minute leaving barely any head left. While the apperance was nothing special the rest of the beer is pretty stellar especially for the style of beer. Smell is sour brett with hints of oak nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste starts pumpkin cinnamon spiced followed by sour brown flavor finished with a buttery brett aftertaste mixed with oak wine overtones. This beer doesnt hammer you over the head with overpowering spice flavors but layers it on pretty nicely. There is a lot going on here some may say to much but it is a fun beer to drink and peel back the layers. This is the best tasting pumpkin beer I have ever tried. Mouthfeel is smooth and buttery with medium carbonation that makes this beer a easy drinking holiday beer.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Chimay goblet at O'Brein's Pub.
A: Dark brownish-red. Next to Zero head. Just a small spot of it on top.
S: Coriander, tart fruit, woody dryness.
T: Tastes like Big Hole Mythical White. Tart and pumpkin spice! Clove? There is a big flavor sitting in the middle of my tongue that I can't diagnose. Like a sour geueze mixed with a winter warmer.
M: Minty cool. It hits the borders of my mouth then contracts to the center and finishes on the back of my tongue.
D: I like it a lot, but one is enough.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky dark orange/brown hue, head is a thin layer of white condensed bubbles that sustain, moderate lacing
S- Nose is surprisingly tart fruits reminiscent of Sweet Tarts, some cherries and pumpkin I think, oak and spices
T- Initial taste is full of tartness, more than I've ever gotten from a beer, that overrides all the other flavors, still some hints of pumpkin and wood come through, as does an intriguing cola-like essence, finishes sweet and tart
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, high carbonation
D- This is one crazy ale that scores major points for originality and uniqueness, I thought this would be more like a traditional sour ale but this tartness puts it in its own category, while the alcohol is well-masked, the tart and carbonation make this difficult to drink in large quantities but it is quite a treat to try out at least once.

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Photo of Deuane
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, a barrel aged, bretted, pumpkin beer....this is a first, here we go.

A-Hazy, reddish hued dark brown with a medium fluffy, white head that left behind decent lace.

S-Mmmmm...interesting. Notes of pumpkin spice, oaken red wine casks, apple and the unmistakable overlying sting of sour, musty Brett.

T-It all works out in the end. Really interesting and highly complex. All of the parts come together to be great than the sum. Red wine dryness, pumpkin spices, brown ale maltiness and the Brett swirl, dodge and mingle into a funky dance on my palate!

M-Medium bodied with a fair amount of creaminess at the start finishing tart and rather dry.

D-A fine and very complex brew. A bit to busy to drink pint after pint but to sit and enjoy a snifter or two....certainly. Without question one of the best "all of those things together in one glass?" beers I have had. It works quite well!

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Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very deep copper orange in color. Light tightly wound carbonated head is large and leaves sticky lacing.

One sour brew. Some pumpkin aroma comes out behind all of the sour bretty type infection. Ripe and in your face almost wincing off of this strong aroma.Other fruit character with esters of various fruit.

Geesh. This is a kick ass beer. Unlike any other pumpkin beer I've had. It does have a bit of graham cracker on the finish, with a cereal grain type middle that shows signs of pumpkin. Earthy with the barrel aging and infection intertwined exceptionally with the fruit. Delicous with plenty of carbonations and a good amount of acidity. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a hard time reviewing this beer. I really liked it but I have a hard time calling it a pumpkin beer. The oak barrel flavors dominate the taste profile of this beer. If someone hadn't of told me it was a pumpkin beer I honestly would have thought it was just a barrel aged belgian brown ale.

Carbonation was fairly low, not much head but had just the right amount of sourness to make it very drinkable. Available at the bottle shop at Pizza Port in Carlsbad.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 sour vintage. Bottle purchased and consumed at Downtown Johnny Brown's 22nd Anniversary party on 10/2/2009, split with Phischy (RIP) and Riko and poured into a pint glass. The beer is reddish amber with a small off white head.

The nose is immediately tart with dark cherry and lactic notes. Spices are evident in the form of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Pumpkin is detectable at a low level and the bready malt provides a solid foundation for the interesting combination of holiday spices and tartness. Oak is present, as well as a touch of vanilla.

The flavor opens up with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice. The malt is bready, and a low moderate level of tartness quickly steps in to add a unique complexity to the beer. Dark cherries are evident, as well as oak, and tannins. The beer is full medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

The combination of lactic notes, tart cherries, and traditional pumpkin beer is unique and very enjoyable.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 22oz bottle and a Duvel tulip:

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, amber with hints of ruby and mahogony. A nice 1 finger off-white head tops the beer and fades fairly quickly to a sheer lacing topping the beer.

Smell: Wow, lots going on here. Hints of cherries, red wine, sweaty, has a fantastic Brett character to the nose.

Taste: Starts nice and tart with a just a hint of pumpkin spice then a wave of red wine soaked sour cherries takes over, mildly sweet in the middle with a just taste of brown sugar. Maybe a bit of oak in there as well. Finishes with a nice sour twang and dry on the tongue. Has just the slightest bit of hop character in the finish lending a bit of bitterness to this fantastic beer. Alcohol is not a factor. This beer is so complex, its really hard to describe all the flavors that are going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with ample carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes: This is by far the best beer that I've had in a real long time. Unbelievably complex with notes of sour cherries and red wine with a hint of pumpkin. I wouldn't call this a pumpkin ale, its so much more with the Brett lending a sour character to the beer. I could drink this all day, and at 6.6% abv its very quaffable. Outstanding beer from Alpine. Highly recommended. Seek out next year and enjoy !!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to srandycarter for the chance to try this. Very unusual and very good pumpkin beer. I really like the pumpkin combo with sour elements. Quite a surprise and quite unique. Pours a hazy dark orange with some floaties and a thin head that sticks around. The smell is very tart and acetic up front followed by creamy pumpkin and some pie spice. The taste us utterly different than other pumpkin beers and, and utterly delicious. Wow! Somehow the delicious sourness and the creamy pumpkin work. The spices at the end tie things together. Tart and refreshing mouthfeel, this was an absolute pleasure to drink. I think the fact that this was 6 months old or so really help bring the flavors along.

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Photo of hophead247
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of pumpkin beers, and this one just added to my dislike of the style. Pours a golden orange color with a nice head. I all can smell was malt...no hop or pumpkin presence at all. Wasn't a bad malt smell, just expecting more. A faint pumpkin flavor was in the taste, followed by roasted malts, bread, and minimal hop flavor. Very sessionable, but not to my liking.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, with brownish hues. Very nice color with medium frothy tan head and decent retention. Smell is awesome. Chocolate sweetness that is delicately spiced. Pumpkin and nutmeg, some cinnamon. The kicker is the sour undertones from Brett and red wine. that compliment this beer wonderfully. Taste is about as great but with a bit more of a pumpkin and spice flavor coming through. If this were perhaps more subtle it would be perfect. A light toasted bread again with chocolate and some caramel. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, pretty full feeling for the alcohol content. A very light dryness in the finish, but a thirst quenching one that is soon followed by another sip. Very drinkable beer. Could easily knock down a couple bombers if more were on hand. The only complaint in my book is a little much in the spice department when it comes to flavor. It's on a more toned down level than a true Pumpkin beer or something of that nature but still too apparent here. I like what they've done with this beer. I only wish I had more for later.

A big thanks goes to mikesgroove for the chance to try this through one of his many LIF's. I'm surely not the only one who thinks Mike is as stand up as it gets and this is proof of his extreme generosity and passion for beer.

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Ichabod Ale 2007 from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 36 ratings