Ichabod Ale 2007 | Alpine Beer Company

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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

Added by xlperro on 10-30-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
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 t0rin0
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a 22 oz bottle. Everything about this beer is intense. It pours an amber color that is somewhat clear and produces a decent 1/2 inch head that laces the glass. The smell is very complex. The pumpkin is the mildest of the flavors in the nose and taste. There is also a strong presence of oak and redwine. There is also a strong smell of sour bacteria. Very interesting. The flavor is similar but the sourness is more noticeable than the wine and oak. Underneath it all is some pumpkin and some malt. The body is medium in this beer and it is very drinkable. Everything is balanced nicely.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
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 tpd975
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Westy chalice a medium brown color with a red tint. A massive foamy soap colored head that lasted and lasted. It left a good amount of lacing as well

A: Very nice. Tons of red wine, lots of sourness and tart, some hints of yeast and hazelnuts go meld well with the pumpkin in the background. If you really concentrate you can catch notes of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T: Like no other beer in this world. Huge wine qualties with notes of oak right from the start. The tartness comes at you in the middle and hangs around thru the finish. This beer is really wine like and would be enjoyed by any wine lover. The sour tartiness was so well crafted in this brew. Tons of grapes, cherries and even dried apricots can be tasted. The pumpkin is totally lost in the wine like characteristics of this one.

M: Nice and even drinking medium bodied brew. Sip it like you would a fine wine.

Overall: I drank the entire bomber myself but this is like a fine bottle of wine should be shared. This is noted on the label of the bottle saying to share because two heads are better than one. It is easy drinking like a nice red wine. It is soo nice to sit, savor, and enjoy. The alcohol is very well hidden and the pumpkin is nearly nonexistant. BeerTruth introduced me to Alpine via Pure Hoppiness and I am glad he did. It has made me search out their other brews bringing me to this masterpiece. It is like no other beer made, and should be tried, enjoyed and relished by all true Beer Advocates of the world. Pumpkin brew, Nah! Great brew you bet!!!

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Photo of Floydster
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber purchased from Beverage Warehouse for seven dollars, drank this one to finish things off last night

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter wish a medium brown color with a red tint and a massive vanilla colored head that did not go down for at least five minutes, left a good amount of lacing as well

Smell was great and mostly red wine, lots of sourness and tart, some hints of bready malt and nuttiness to go along with the mellow pumpkin aroma that was also accompanied by some ginger and nutmeg

Taste was crazy, wine and oak immediately hits, then fades into a brown ale, and have a nice tarty finish, got even more sour and complex as it warmed, the champagne like beginning was full of cherries and dark grapes, seemed like this one spent a lot of time in those wine barrels, honestly could not taste very much pumpkin, some spices and mellow herbs mixed in with roasted malt in the middle but that is all on that side, nice surprisingly sour taste, this one had a lot of different but good things going on

Thought this one might have had an excess amount of carbonation, but the body was full and it was a decent mouthfeel overall

Could drink a little more than a bomber of this and that is about all, the sourness and sweet flavors get tiresome after a while and can be heavy on the stomach, the alcohol percentage is relatively low for what kind of beer this is and is hidden very well

This was my first Alpine beer out of a bottle and it was a definite winner, highly recommended and if you going to the warehouse like I did, there was less than a case left a few days ago, best pumpkin ale I have had all year

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +11.2%
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 Westsidethreat
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Thanks Joey!

First and foremost…I don’t like pumpkin beers as a generalization…so this should be interesting.

A: Pours a really thin amber cider colored brew with some chill haze. Carbonation is really fizzy, almost like Sprite. Died real fast and left nothing but the smallest ring around the glass.

S: Whoa! Ha! That’s great. A totally bizarre mix of pumpkin, pungent oak, cinnamon and brett.

T: Initial sensation is this tangy sour which reminds me a lot of the JP beers. You can really taste all the ingredients that have gone into this brew. Its starts with the brown ale (which I am going to assume is a wild ale…cause it tastes like it). Buttery brett mixes well with this red wine oak barrel oh so well…The beer could stop right now and I’d be really pleased…but no…we are just getting started. The next step are the fall seasonings; cinnamon and nutmeg present and accounted for, but here’s the kicker…they aren’t over done! They aren’t cloying! A pumpkin beer that doesn’t have cloying spices…WTF?!?!!! OK I’m done. Spices gently linger on right as the pumpkin finally shows itself, and its well played. Its not over done, it doesn’t taste like fake pumpkin extract. It’s a well balanced pumpkin perception which fades in with a rounded sense to it opposed to that sharp and obtrusive pumpkin you find in other autumn beers. Seems the aftertaste has some barley as well.

M: Its got a medium body, thin yet soft.

D: Best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had, hands down. But to be fair, pumpkin plays a supporting roll in this show. But maybe pumpkin should never be the primary player in beer . Seek this one out, its worth a test drive. Tasting a beer that is “unique” is a difficult task now a days. This one accomplishes the goal.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Gusler
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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 oggg
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Still on tap at O'Briens

This beer is a rich red brown brew. Very clear. Leaves a nice lace. Even cold, it has this strong cinnamon/nutmeg aroma. On warming, it is even more apparent. A brief jolt of hops can be tasted before the cinnamon kicks in on the tongue. Spicy! Caramel sweetness is held back by a fair amount of dryness. Luscious malt backbone. I couldn't pick out the pumpkin, but this is my first pumpkin ale. Finish leaves the mouth a bit sticky.

Overall: fun spicy ale worth trying.

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Ichabod Ale 2007 from Alpine Beer Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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