Ichabod Ale 2008 | Alpine Beer Company

Ichabod Ale 2008Ichabod Ale 2008
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Ichabod Ale 2008Ichabod Ale 2008

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by seaoflament on 11-01-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why do all the headless guys always use pumpkins? Why not squash, or watermelon? Anywho, pours a darker brown color that is board line black. A good pour left a soft white head. Ok retention and lacing but limited.

The first thing I get from the nose is chocolate. Some underlining wheat notes from the malt and a bit of bready aromas as well. Some minor lactic aroma giving it more of a milk chocolate type of thing going on. Some spices but rather limited, mostly a light nutmeg and cinnamon smell. Some esters as well, banana and some yeast and raisin notes, but light. No real clove or pumpkin aromas.

The taste is similar. The malt is a bit more balanced, but the chocolate notes really come out. The wheat is a little hidden overall but some spicy notes. This is hidden more as the nutmeg comes out. The cinnamon backs off though. There is a light nuttiness as well, almost like a DMS issue but not overly detectable. Some minor yeast notes but finishes very clean with a silky texture.

Very nice texture which is surprising with all of the spice and wheat going on. Really impressed the lack of astringency on this. Overall I think this is a tasty beer, but doesn't hit style too well. Oh well I enjoyed it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to grab my fair share of these from Joey recently. This is always a treat for me this time of year, as one of my favorite seasonal releases by far. Served this one chilled, and poured it into a tall pilsner glass. This was consumed on 11/17/2008.

The pour was very nice, with a deep, dark brown color coloring through right away. Very nice look to this one I have to admit, with a one inch high head of tan coming up over the top and settling down nicely with a good bit of side glass lacing. Solid.

The aroma was loaded down with caramel malts, and a good amount of roasted notes to it as well. Some light hints of chocolate rolling around in there as well as a nice touch of light spice. The flavor was more of the same. Classic Weizenbock here, with a deep malt profile, that was nicely accented by hints of light grain, chocolate and a touch of spice. Interesting mixture to say the least. Smooth and creamy, a very rich feel with a very solid carbonation profile. Smooth, and delightfully drinkable, I had no issue at all with getting this one down in no time.

Overall I thought this was an excellent seasonal from Alpine. Solid in every sense of the word with no real weakness so to speak. I would have no issue at all with this one should it come my way again.

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Photo of goodspeed94
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro at O'Briens.

A: Served in a pint glass, this beer was a good dark color with a smooth creamy head that was not going anywhere quickly. Looked to have a decent body.

S: Right away you can smell the pumpkin and the spices, although I would say less than if this were a true pumpkin ale. The pumpkin/fall take on the dunkelweisse style added some complexity to the nose, but offered an inviting scent. Smells like it would pair well with a freshly baked sugar spiced donut.

T: I have to say that I had this earlier from the bottle and was slightly disappointed, but on the nitro-tap, this beer was really a treat. The flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg, dark sugar all blended together perfectly and created a delicious fall brew. I have shyed away from some other fall seasonals, but this one made me feel like going on a hayride. Really gives a lingering taste, unlike the bottle which I felt dropped out a little on the back end

M: Smooth. Really smooth. The carbonation was at a perfect level, beer was slightly warming but not in an alcohol kind of way. Coats the entire mouth and sticks around for a good finish.

D: This beer in lighter in body than in looks, and was actually very drinkable. I would put this so far as one of my top fall seasonals, although I think much of the enjoyment was due to the serving style.

Overall, Ichabod 2008 is not quite as good as last year, but then again it is completely different. I would urge to try on tap, but the bottle still retains most of the core flavors. Great style to blend with a autumn beer.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber picked up at Pizza Port Carlsbad's bottle shop back in December.

Pours a clear dark brown with 1 finger of khaki tan head. OK retention left some thin lacing rings. Smells of cinnamon, clove, pumpkin spice, chocolate, roasted nuts, and bread. Tastes of pumpkin meat, roasted nuts and pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, chocolate, and spiced bread. Medium in body with good carbonation. A little thin and a tad burnt, but overall quite roasty and enjoyable. Good pumpkin flavors, but still brings more to the plate than just spices. Could use more weizenbock character, but definitely an enjoyable Autumn brew.

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Photo of DJButters
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of likestoswallow
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 bomber from Beverages 4 less. $4.99

Look: A hazy, opaque, dark brown pour with a two finger khaki head that had good retention.

Aroma: I have a bit of sinus congestion so my nose is not at its best today, but here goes--Moderate in strength with coffee, licorice, nuts and wet dog.

Taste: Mostly mocha and coffee flavors with spices filling in the sides, and a touch of biter walnuts filling in the back end.

Palate: A bit thinner than I would have preferred, but it builds to a lightly malty conclusion.

Finish: Short and clean with a lingering malts.

D: Very drinkable beer, a wonderful addition to the Ichabod series.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, pretty much black, even in the light. Tall brown fluffy head, very little retention, only a little lace.

Smells mostly of roast and a little pumpkin spice. Interesting but its so heavy on the roast that I can't smell any of the german aspects of the beer.

Medium/heavy roast, some pumpkin flavor, cinnamon and nutmeg (?) or maybe clove, not quite sure. Basically everything is subtle behind the pumpkin. Medium bitterness, no alcohol.

Light/medium body, light carbonation, very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a very thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: all spice, cinnamon, and nutmef were pretty faint on the aroma with slight vinger tart notes and mild vinous notes.

T: the all spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg were more apparent on the palate with some tart qualities mild vinegar but a touch fo chocolate and brown sugar.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, mild vinous, and tart finish.

D: drank real good and was definitely a cool take on a pumpkin style dunkelweizen.

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Photo of joe1510
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

I have the opportunity to sample this dunkleweizen courtesy of the man, the myth, the legend...errantnight, thanks Derek! Ichabod 2008 fills this here weizen glass with a dark chocolate liquid that borders on black. The body doesn't allow a whole lot of light to shine through but there are a few small highlights of deep mahogany. Two fingers of creamy khaki head established itself on the pour and although it fell to a thick cap, had good staying power throughout the drink.

There's an interesting nose on this brew that I really enjoy. Lightly roasty grains bring coffee and dark chocolate while a graham cracker crust lays down the base. Pumpkin and nutmeg make up for the fillers in this brew and create a good mix of pumpkin pie, dark chocolate, and coffee. Actually the nose is like Thanksgiving dessert all in a glass. I'm very intrigued by the smell of this beer and can't keep from drinking any longer.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. Pumpkin and pie spices, nutmeg being most apparent, with a graham cracker crust. Lightly roasty grains quickly combine with dark chocolate and cocoa with freshly brewed coffee bringing up the rear. The concept of a pumpkin pie infused dunkelweizen works really well in this case with all the roasty flavors adding the finishing touch.

The body is medium with a velvety smooth body and slick feel. When first poured the carbonation pushes things through a little fast but that quickly settles and the velvetiness takes over to create sheer bliss on the tongue.

This bomber goes down incredibly easy and I could see myself drinking a couple more glasses afterwards. The pumpkin pie spices may get in the way after a session of this dunkelweizen but it's hard to tell at this point. All I know is this bottle is going down easy.

Ichabod '08 is a high quality beer that I would love to have again. The light roastiness plays really well with the pumpkin and spices. I've read the reviews on this beer in the past and noticed they weren't all that great. I can't see why, I really enjoy this brew. Thanks again Derek!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown, almost black. With a vigorous pour, I get about an inch of tan foam.
Head retention is poor and there's no lacing to speak of.

The smell has a niced holiday nose to it. I'm picking up nutmeg, pumpkin, and cinnamon and a light tartness. I don't know how that tartness will fit in with the taste but I'm about to find out. ;^)

The taste is full of caramel malt and the spices I mentioned with light notes of dark fruit and no sign of any tartness. Maybe a touch of chocolate in there as well and very light clove? Maybe, maybe not. The overall flavours are not big and bold by any means but they are nice.

The mouthfeel is medium, it's fairly lively in the carbonation department, and it finishes roasty with a light bitter bite.

Drinkability? The abv says it should be an easy drinker and it is. This is a well crafted brew.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received from seaoflament as an extra in a trade. Thanks, Carlos, I was waiting to buy this one. Into my Guinness pint glass. Given the nature of the beer, I'm reviewing this more as a pumpkin ale rather than a dunkelweizen.

A: For all intents and purposes, this one is black. Holding it against a strong light reveals nothing but hazy reddish brown highlights. A brown head rises and recedes quickly to a disk, leaving no lace, allowing me to fill my glass up again.

S: On the nose, this is pretty solid with cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin puree rounding out the back end. The clove notes are delicate and by being a yeast byproduct rather than an ingredient, it's different. This beer, more than any, smells like pumpkin bread instead of pumpkin pie, and that makes it more appealing in that I can see myself drinking a lot of this, just like I'd eat a lot more bread than pie (maybe). *As this warms up, there's a more pronounced creamy chocolate note

T: Interesting! This beer opens up with plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon along with pumpkin before a rather pronounced roasted wheat flavor. There's some chocolate in there too, behind the pumpkin and wheat and it all works together pretty darned well. On the finish, this beer dries up and bringing out some clove and nutmeg.

M: This is my only complaint with this beer - it's a little over-carbed IMO. While this level of carbonation would work with a traditional dunkelweizen, it's a little high for this beer. Otherwise, this beer is pretty good with a medium-light body and a pleasing finish *As I let this sit and it loses some carbonation, that complaint goes out of the window and I wish for a little more body. Oh well!

D: At 5%, this is something I could drink more of. I'm a fan

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Photo of seaoflament
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor a few minutes ago for $4.99!!!

A description of this year's version from the label:

*Ichabod Ale 2008

Our annual holiday ale from Alpine Beer Company. A Bavavian Dunkelweizen was brewed as the base beer because of the flavor complement it has with Pumpkin, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg. We've used premium German malts and hops in keeping with style authenticity. Share this hauntingly delicious brew with a friend because two heads are better than one.*

Pours a dark chocolate color with a good inch of fizzy tan colored head. The head doesn't last as long as I would like for a dunkelweizen though, but a swirl does bring back some head for a little while. The second pour, a harder pour, produced a beautiful 2 finger crown, but still descends rapidly.

Great milk chocolate aroma hits me at first followed by some cinnamon, fresh nutmeg, roasted malts, banana, yeast, and some earthy aromas. This smells good! There's a chocolate grainy aroma in there, like chocolate wheat. Spicy and a slight vegetal aroma from the pumpkin. About halfway through my pint I detect some nutty malts, caramel, and brown sugar. Hints of coffee start to develop as well as some sweet dried fruits like raisins and plums. The chocolate, wheat, and coffee become the big Three as it warms up. I'm also getting some fruity notes near the finish.

Roasted malts, wheat, chocolate, and spices. Hints of anise and herbs in the finish. Starts out a bit light on the flavor and then the roasted malts, toast, chocolate and spices rush in near the middle. Would have liked this one a little more bready. Subtle to medium strength pumpkin notes in the aftertaste. I don't know, the finish is spicy and herbal, it reminds me of a watered down Grut beer, not in a bad way but I feel like the spices are just the slightest overdone. Slightly minty too. Not bad, just not as good as the aroma.

Effervescent, well carbonated, maybe just a tad light on the palate in the middle. Nope, just a tad too thin for my liking. Decent carbonation level though. A semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/chocolate/coffee. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of Tdizzle
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased recently at Hollingshead's.

A- Poured into a an Allagash tulip glass, this beer pours black with some clear brown hues towards the bottom of my glass. A very brief head that's light brown in color quickly settles to a thick ring along the inside of my glass.

S- Thick aromas of heavily-roasted malted barley and...coffee? The characteristic aromas of the style are understated. Banana and clove are sort of there if you really dig for them, but notes of holiday spices such as nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon are more prevalent.

T- At first, the taste is thin and slightly metallic, but the middle flavors save the day with roasted, bready malts, pumpkin pie spices, and bitter chocolate. There's a peculiar tartness that shows up towards the finish, which yields flavors of squashy pumpkin flesh, toasted grain, and coffee.

M- The mouthfeel is thin and bit watery, with a moderate amount of prickly carbonation that feels a tad too aggressive. I expected a more rich and smooth texture.

D- The 5% ABV makes this a pretty drinkable beer, but I just didn't feel compelled to explore it any further than my initial pour. I would have liked a more rich flavor that more closely resembled a dunkelweizen. Still good though.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable rich mahogany, witha huge tan head. Great retention rate and great lacing. Aromas of spices hit me first, some nutmeg and clove. Very sweet dark wheat malts in the nose. Slight funk and sourness in the nose. It has a great funked flavor, not really a dunkelweizen flavor. I get some roasted grain, very yeasty. Wonderful flavors of cinnamon and clove. I get a lot of funk, not sure if it should be there, but its good. A little chewy with all the flavor. Medium to light bodied, a fair amount of carbonation. Good brew over all but a little thin.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses. Thanks go to HopDerek for splitting this one.

Pours black with a finger of reddish and burnt tan colored head. Retains mostly with a thinnish ring around the edges and is absolutely dead in the middle. Swirling yields a cascade of moderately spotty lace and brown oils up on the sides of the glass. I can actually pick up some light notes of roasted pumpkin seeds in the aroma, along with some cinnamon and nutmeg spicing, which give the nose just the tiniest bit of zip. Heavy wheat and chocolate sweetness stands out to me as well, as does some green floral character in the back. Light warmth stealthily glides just under the other flavors.

The taste starts out with greenish pumpkin meat and toasted seeds, along with some sharp spicing that gives this a springy feel in the mouth. Bready wheat, cocoa powder, and maybe even some vanilla in there add some malty sweetness to the profile. There's some hop character that floats along the back of the taste but most of the green flavors that I'm getting seem to be coming from the pumpkin. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a lower feeling carbonation that gives this a more slick and viscous feel in the mouth. Considering the amount of maltiness in the taste, this works surprisingly decently.

A Pumpkin Dunkelweizen is an interesting brewing choice, and while even though the whole thing kind of seemed a bit muddled at first, this somehow worked for me. The combination of the toasted pumpkin, spices, and thicker malts gave this a pleasant harvest-time imbibing feel. I would have definitely have drank a few bombers of this last fall if it had been local to me.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I bought this one thinking it was the Wild Ale. Oh well, it'll have to do...

A: Pours just about black with a small mocha colored foam.

S: There is only a slight pumpkin aroma, but lots of coffee and a mild spice character.

T: The pumpkin taste is a bit more pronounced than the aroma. A malty, wheat bready quality and sweetness. There is a subtle spiciness and a hint of vanilla.

M: There is moderate carbonation and a medium body.

D: I was pretty disappointed at my mistake, especially because Dunkels are not really my thing. The pumpkin flavor was mild, and I would have liked more, but still a decent beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz 2008 dunkelweizen version into a pint glass. Thought this was the wild ale version, oh well.

A- Ichabod 08 pours dark with a fairly mostly brown color bordering on black depending how you look at it. A nice fizzy dark tan head that faded leaving minimal lace.

S- Fairly abundant on the spice factor with nutmeg clove and cinnamon. Getting some wheat scents as well as yeast. Some chocolate in the distance.

T- A robust dunkle with more porter notes with some roasted malts and some vreadiness. The spices are throughout with the ones mentioned above. This one is quite nutty with warming. Maybe some pumpkin, but i'm not getting alot.

M- This one goes down a bit above thin but is silky which is weird based on presentation. A good amount of carb for a dunkel. The spices stick around long after sipping. Nice carb.

D- At 5% quite sessionable but I preferred to share this as a whole bottle to the head would be muck. An interesting take on a dunkel but I won't be revisiting.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 52 degrees, courtesy of SouthBay Drugs.

Pours dark mahogany with a slight haze. A one inch head of tan foam sunk to a solid skim coat and stuck for the duration. A few streaks and dots of lacework throughout the goblet.

Roasted malt, toasted pumpkin, cocoa, and spice lead off the nose. Hints of bannana, nutmeg, hazelnut coffee, and cinnamon follow through. Quite roasty with a decent balance of pumpkin and spice.

Medium bodied with an exceptionally creamy mouthfeel. Velvety and smooth.

Roasted barley, cocoa powder, and some light pumpkin start the palate. Bannana skins, cloves, coffee grounds, and toasted nuts step forward.

Finishes with a slight warmth, lingering cocoa, fading spice, and a hint of meaty pumpkin.

Tasty enough, but not really remarkable in any aspect. Nicely balanced and highly drinkable. Just a bit meek coming from Alpine.

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Photo of mayrajaeplazola
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: More stout-like than anything else, with a mignight brown color (ruby highlights) and a massive head that leaves a reasonable amount of stranding behind

Smell: Smells like an old pumpkin spice cabinet, with black bread, nutmeg and cinnamon elements

Taste: Tamarind, with a developing sour fruity character; the subtle black bread, nutmeg and cinnamon character stand out by mid-palate and after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I don't think Alpine should have ever used the word "Dunkelweizen" in describing this beer as that has thrown off countless reviewers as this does not now nor apparently never has tasted much like a Dunkelweizen; I think it is uniquely interesting and if it had more Dunkleweizen character to it would be a much better beer; as it stands it is just OK; Alpine might be on to something and I hope they figure it out with a future edition of this brew

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Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review dated 12/19/2008. Bomber from City Beer.

An interesting and complex beer, the first I have tried from Alpine. I want to dock them some points for calling a lager an ale, but I will let em off easy. Flavor is dominated by roasted malt with strong pumpkin and spices and some acidity. It is a little more watery on the mouthfeel than you would expect, but then again, as much as they try to deny it, it is a lager so you cannot fault it there.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 Release; Sampled November 2008
A fairly gentle pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, somewhat large bubbled, darkly browned head. The beer is almost black in color and doesn't pass any color when held up to the light, but does pick up a touch of amber color. The aroma smells of grassy grain, some clove, roasted grain, lots of toasted grain notes, and some light spice notes that add a perceived sweetness (cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg). I like that the spices are nice and soft here, this smells more like pumpkin pie (or something like that) than of any individual spice components.

Fairly dry tasting and it finishes with a significant toasted grain component as well as a touch of burnt grain that tends to get magnified as it lingers on in the palate. This is quite light bodied (at least for a holiday brew). There is a slight squash like note here that faintly contributes towards the middle here and the spices contribute a subdued, note towards the finish where the nutmeg seems to intermingle with the roast grain. This has a very subdued, to non-existent Weizen character; makes me wonder if a traditional Weizen yeast was used, if it was the roast grain pretty much over-powers most of the other flavors, including any Weizen notes. The roast character is nice though, not too overpowering and it has a nice mix of flavors with toasted, whole grain bread notes, a touch of roast coffee notes and a bit of burnt acidity in the finish. The dark grain character is definitely on the smooth side.

A tasty beer, but a bit of a disappointment; I would have loved to have seen either more of the traditional Weizen flavors here, or perhaps a richer beer with more pumpkin character (heck both might even have worked quite nicely). As it is this seems like a nice, quaffable, wheat-porter with a hint of spices.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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Photo of NickMunford
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark opaque brown with a small fizzy head which dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S- Malt, nutmeg and other spices. Light pumpkin spice aromas.

T- The flavors that come through when you smell it are the same ones there when you taste it. Has a bit of smokiness to it.

M- Feels a bit fizzy, but smooth in the mouth.

D- Easily drinkable. I could probably easily go through a couple of bombers in a night.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz. bottle acquired back around Thanksgiving; it's been chilling in the coldest part of the cellar for past two months. Opened last night and poured to a tall weizen glass.

The label admonishes: "Drink Alpine Ale or Go to Bed!". I chose the former...

A: Pours very dark, a brackish chocolate-brown. Shows traces of orange/auburn toward the edges, especially once the finger+ of khaki cream fades away (too quickly). A remaining gauzy film is pock-marked where carbonation rises. Slight ring of lace, nothing really sticks. A thin, orange/brown layer of silt coats the bottom of the bottle.

S: Good aroma of rich malt: several spices, cocoa powder, baked dark bread. A nice little smokiness (charcoal?) and some nutty smell, too. What was missing for me was the banana/clove esters that I expect from the style. Granted, the smell was really good/robust so my '4' grade is one I'll stick to.

T: Very dark, a muddled mix of dry/grainy huskiness and powdery/earthy spice. Bark-like nutmeg and a little chalky bitterness. On a couple sips, this tasted just like a piece of melba toast, dark and grainy. Another sip brought a light sour tang. Not unlikable, an interesting twist on a dunkelweizen, I guess...

M: Light/medium body with a moderate carbonation zest. Feel seems a little thin, and leaves a fine grit. Finishes dull and with a mineral/metallic bitterness.

D: Not bad to drink, no problem polishing off this 5% 'lightweight'. With a building carbonation, it was one of the more 'filling' beers I've had in a while. I wouldn't mind having this again, pairing with a meal next time. Unfortunately, this is a seasonal release so that chance seems unlikely.

Thanks, Kyle, for giving me a chance to try this one.

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Ichabod Ale 2008 from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 30% out of 100 with 50 ratings
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