Ichabod Ale 2008 | Alpine Beer Company

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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:
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Added by seaoflament on 11-01-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SShelly
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a Dark brown with a light brown head, small amount of ruby highlights.

Has some spice and light roast in the aroma, very mellow.

Flavor follows the aroma, light roast, dark malt and light spice with a very mellow finish that doesnt hang around in the mouth. Not that impressed, the spices overpower the malt and roast, and are out of balance with eachother.

Not my favorite alpine offering, if the spices were worked in better together then this beer would be much improved.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Joey for this one.

22 oz. bomber poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a mostly black with some ruby outlines and a big fluffy two finger khaki colored head that falls to a layer which lasts throughout. Some webbing sticks to the sides, but not a whole lot. Smell is a light blend of pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Some coffee and cocoa powder tickle the nose with an unwanted metallic scent as well. Pretty subdued aroma overall, but that's a good thing when it comes to pumkin beers. Taste begins with smokey chocolate malts and very faint carmelized pumpkin seeds. Midway light bready flavors with weak cinnamon and clove on the tongue. Musty cocoa powder and some earthiness in the aftertaste. Overall this is very watered down and lacks the hefty malts that I was really hoping for. Light to medium body with a stinging feel from the over the top carbonation, not very enjoyable in the mouth. Unfortunately Alpine missed the mark with 2008 Ichabod, because last years was such a winner. Definitely unique, but back to the drawing boards with this one.

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Photo of HopHeadinAZ
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a medium tan head that quickly reduces to a crown. The smell is pumpkin and spice? It's actually quite subdued but the beer could be too cold. The taste is nutmeg with a hint of chocolate and roast. The mouth feel is thin and fleeting. While this is an easily drinkable that doesn't offend it doesn't leave me wanting for more. But I'm not well acquainted with the style so my opinion may be unfair.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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 magictrokini
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap @ O'Briens. Pours dark, dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Veggie and smoke aroma with a fair amount of spice. Taste was hard to pin down. Malty and creamy with a bit of cocoa and roast, but also a nutmeg and cinnamon kick. Throughout there is a strange taste that can only be described as tasting the way a jack o'lantern smells as it burns. I really don't know whether I liked this one or not.

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Photo of mcallister
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very muddy brown appearance and thick with some carbonation streaming up the sides of the chalice. A fluffy yet refined tan head fades into a foamy blanket.

Chocolate with nutmeg, cinnamon, hints of wheat, milk chocolate, hints of clove, and cinnamon. With some more chocolate.

Unfortunately this beer is lacking complexity which I'm very suprised about. Roasty malts with hints of clove and hints of chocolate. The pumpkin pie spices come through on the finish but it's just lacking depth of flavor. Very one dimensional and thin. I think a dunkelweizenbock would have worked better:)

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Photo of hopdog
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared thanks to Josh.

Poured a dark black color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, lightly earthy, some spices,a nd light pumpkins. Tastes of pumpkin seeds, chocoalte, caramel, and some spices. The pumpkin (both aromas and tastes) where on the softer and subtle side.

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Photo of likestoswallow
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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 mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
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 Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours brown with a full off-tan head, very good retention, light lacing, a nice looking pint.

S: Strong notes of spice, some pumpkin, sweet molasses, distinct coffee.

T: Taste is markedly different than the smell. Initially heavy nutmeg hits, I love nutmeg, but it was overpowering and out of balance with the rest of the flavours. Warming up it gets better and the flavours are nice, but not the pumpkin dunkelweizen I expected on the label. It tastes a lot more like a stout, the roasted notes are nice, but not what I was expecting, it doesn't have any of the yeast character of a dark weisse. Light pumpkin flesh and cinnamon in the aftertaste, but it is really a minor note.

M: Found it fizzy with too much carbonation, definitely needs a fuller body.

D: This beer has its good points, but for what I expected going in I didn't get. This is more of mix of a stout and winter warmer than a dunkelweisse. Worth a try, but with the high price tag, this'll be my last bomber.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
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 t0rin0
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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 DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Floydster
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Red Carpet Wine in Glendale for $7.79, split with my dad yesterday, poured into my weizen glass

A-Pours a deep dark brown with some mahogany edges, 3/4 inch creamy beige head that stays around about ten minutes, nice retention, not much lacing
S-Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk chocolate, cream, wheat, brown sugar, yeast other spices, roasted malts, earthiness, toasted bread, bananas, and some anise
T-Taste is watered down and did not have enough malt backbone to really make it work, the pumpkin is not near as prominent as I hope for either, the aroma kind of fooled me on that end, starts off with some mild spciy and earthy accents, the middle has some breadier malt but not much, pumpkin is in the finish with roasted malts, some light chocolate comes to the surface later on along with the nutmeg that was also stronger in the smell, flavor was enjoyable but it was just lacking that extra push, way too light for its style
M-Mouthfeel was the weakest part of this brew, very light, slightly spicy, a bit roasty and smoky even at times, medium bodied, strong level of carbonation for its style, taste does not linger
D-Could drink a bomber and that would be about it, taste gets a little old, alcohol is low at five percent but seems higher at times from its taste, flavor can be heavy on the stomach

A Bavarian dunkelweizen with pumpkin sounds very interesting and this beer delivered that, it was not nearly as good as last year's wild pumpkin ale in my opinion though, although it seems to be selling just as well, I might drink this again but will not go out of my way, still worth trying

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Photo of goodspeed94
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
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 Brewlore
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark auburn/chocolate color with some nice hues as it poured. It quickly formed a beautiful 2-finger tan colored head that stuck around for a good while.

The spice aroma hits you first but the sweet dark malts are right there behind making sure the spice does not get unruly. The esters are present and there's a certain aroma that is predominant, I can't place what it is but it's not too pleasant. If chalky were an aroma then that would be it.

Tasting this brew was not what I expected at all! I guess I shouldn't have gone into this with a preconceived notion of what it'll taste like. The spices are present especially the nutmeg and it's eugenol is present. They actually lend a chalky taste to this brew. The ever ominous dark malts come through with a subtle chocolate flavor matched with a roasty flavor. A hit of a spicy/herbal hop bite coming in (or the spice could be from the phenols). The flavor also offers up some nutty malty notes.

It's light/medium bodied. The carbonation is perfect though. Finishes dry.

It's a lightweight beer at 5% so you can knock back a few of these pretty safely. Would I knock back more than one? Probably not, that's not saying it's a bad brew, as it offers up an interesting drink.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Ichabod Ale 2008 from Alpine Beer Company
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