Ichabod Ale 2009
Alpine Beer Company

Ichabod Ale 2009Ichabod Ale 2009
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American Wild Ale
4.34 | pDev: 9.22%
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Ichabod Ale 2009Ichabod Ale 2009
Notes: "Ichabod 2009" is a lightly sour, tart pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg ale aged in a mix of red and white wine barrels 1.5 years.

Every time this beer is made, a different base beer is used but the main ingredients remain - Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Nutmeg. 6-7%ABV
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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange pour, looks like Halloween and Thanksgiving all rolled into one, small 1/3" head on it, white. Aroma drops more holiday smells, like sour pumpkin pie, I really dig it.

Nice mixing of the sour, pumpkin, cinnamon and malt here. Easily the best beer ever made for this time of year. Awesome. Nutmeg stays the F out of the way. Some barrel notes, white more than red able to be discerned in the taste, red in the appearance.

This is a studly beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to spry for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep, crystal clear ruby brown color with a thin film of light tan, fizzy head which recedes quickly to a ring. Good retention but no lacing.

S: Tart and funkiness, slight cherry, red fruit, pumpkin, and spice (nutmeg and cinnamon) underneath.

T: Bright tartness is up front but its very mild and incredibly nice. A little red fruit, wine, and just a tinge of pumpkin, and light barrel characteristics complement the sourness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation with a superb bite.

O: Very nice, mild sour. The pumpkin is subdued and melds well with the other flavors creating an inviting complexity.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, Feb 27, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ichabod 2009. Thank you, Carlos. Mike was kind enough to share a bottle a couple of years back, but it's nice to be able to reflect on a whole bottle solo.

Crystal clear, this beer is the color of dried blood. It is capped with a dense, off-white head that quickly falls off to a disk. The nose is a riot. Unique, this combines the essences of pumpkin and squash, in all their meaty glory, without any of their vegetal characteristics, with sourness, red wine and accents the blend with a delicate spice note. Moderately funky with clove from the Brett working nicely with the cinnamon. The sourness is actually rather delicate, with most of the wildness in this beer from Brett. There is some lactic and a touch of acetic character here. Quite excellent.

The palate is a lot more sour than the nose. Very lactic with the yogurt notes pairing quite well with the fruity red wine (blackberries, tropical fruit, pineapple). The sourness does hide the pumpkin flavors, though they are decidedly present. As with the nose, the pumpkin character is more meaty, concentrated and bright than the vegetal/cooked squash notes that some beers have. The finish is a riot of fruity red wine. Berries, summer fruit and a little pineapple are present. Mildly yogurty and moderately sour on the finish, this beer combines spices and wine quite wonderfully. Medium in body and moderately carbonated, this is great on the palate. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of sour pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg and some light tart fruit notes. The flavor is similar and is exactly what I expected from a sour pumpkin ale. The pumpkin notes definitely come through, and have some tartness to them which goes very well. I also get some light cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes. The tartness level is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A unique beer that I am glad I got to try.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

surprised i don't have a review on this one as i've had it a few times already. thanks to mike for opening this tonight with scott and i.

a - brownishorange with a thin head gone quickly with spotty lacing.

s - festive pumpkin cinnamon potpouri.

t - just like the nose but sour. cinnamon potpouri pumpkin.

m - good carbonation and nice feel. sour, but smooth.

o - overall a fantastic pumpkin sour. cinnamon delight.

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cosmicevan from New York, Feb 11, 2012
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4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

okey dokey doggy daddy - blind beer #9 from toro de flexionar

A:4 poured a luscious brownish copper colored beer into my snifter glass that had some pink tints peeking from behind the curtain (mmm pink .... ahh never mind). an average bubbly off white head appeared only to vanish shortly thereafter, but was nice while it lasted. it did leave behind a nice collar and uber thin top film. lacing that followed wasn't that bad either.

S:4.5 nom nom. the aroma was wafting about even before I got my schnoz into the glass to smell it. funky cold medina glared about. some real nice fruityness - I am guessing raspberry, but could be convinced otherwise. definitely sour. my taste buds are getting very excited for what is about to happen next. (wow - I am just realizing that if you change a few words this could be submitted to Penthouse Forum). anyway...

T:4.5 love it. love it. love it. the nose did not lead me astray and provided my mouth with a fantastic tasting beer. not quite as much funk as in the nose, but well balanced. very sour but not overly so. still get the fruity taste, but not as sure it is raspberries. thinking it might be some grape tannin, so potentially aged in wine barrels. I am pretty sure I have not had this before, but regardless, I will be seeking this beer out again (as many as I can get).

M:4 well carbonated beer, pretty decently balanced overall. definitely very tart, and almost a bit too tart at the finish of the beer. but unlike jerry seinfeld, I won't let this one small flaw deter me from enjoying this beer over and over again.

D:4 gotta say this was a pretty fine beer. not much more to say that already hasn't been said above. more thanks to paul for another fine beer, regardless of what it is.

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Hophead101 from Pennsylvania, Jan 17, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 and Amyliz4 for opening this one, another want. Thanks Mike and Amy! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky brown-orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of white wine, brett, funk, sour fruity malts. Not pumpkin at all in the nose, but very funky and sour. Awesome nose.

t - Tastes of brett, funk, white wine, sour fruits, light spices, and very little pumpkin. Not quite as funky as the nose, but still very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very nice sour with a great nose. The taste isn't as sour or funky as the nose, but still light and enjoyable. A beer I'd certainly like to have again.

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mdfb79 from New York, Jan 03, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to amyliz4 for sharing this one.

A: Pours a hazy amber/gold color with a thin white head, no lacing.

S: Has a really nice sour/vinous aroma with hints of spices.

T: I think the pumpkin has faded some, but this is a great tasting vinous sour with some spice lurking in the background.

M: This has got a really nice, full bodied mouthfeel that coats your mouth. Really helps set this one apart.

O: This isn't quite as unique as I had hoped but it ends up as a really nice, easy to drink sour.

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starrdogg from District of Columbia, Jan 02, 2012
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3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to whoever it was who shared this at CdC.

A: Chill-hazed orange body; wispy off-white bubbles. Ok.

S: Actual pumpkin (as opposed to pumpkin pie spice), spicy clove, and moderate sourness. Strange, and all right.

T: Much more sour and vinous than the nose, with the gourd coming in midway through. Huge lactic sourness on the finish. Tasty.

M: Light body, moderate froth. Solid.

O: Interesting beer, but not one I'd seek out. I liked that the pumpkin came through in its own right, but actually would have liked the spices to play a slightly bigger role.


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woosterbill from Kentucky, Dec 11, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jeff saves the day again. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a light pumpkin orange with a finger of off-white head that quickly faded into a thin collar that left no lace.
S: Tart nose, lightly funky with a touch of fruit and maybe a hint of pumpkin. Smells a bit flowery as well.
T: Light funky and tart notes of fruit, spice, and a hint of lemon zest in the finish. The pumpkin isn’t prominent, but I do get a nice shake of pumpkin spice. The finish is vinous, and the aftertaste has hints of cinnamon and other spices.
M: Medium body, a bit dry, smooth mouthfeel with only a touch of acetone-like alcohol.
O: Really good but a little bit of a letdown for me. Still I enjoyed this and would gladly drink it again. Thanks again, ipa247.

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scottfrie from California, Nov 24, 2011
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4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to heyohhh for the share. For a sour/wild brew, this is one of the most drinkable (chuggable) I've ever had. It pours a caramel-y orange-brown hue, somewhat drab, capped with soapy bubbles. The nose is very comforting; full of soft fruity and spicy notes, like a delectable marmalade. When the brew hits my lips, I realize what is so familiar; it reminds me of old-school orange Gatorade made with the powder, extra-strength. Except, the sour beer version of such a thing. And so, I pound it down. Very very delicious. ISO more.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Cheers to Arthur for the late birthday gift. Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark orange with a crimson tinge. This is a very nice color. An inch of white foam crowns the liquid, settling to a thin collar.

S: Dark cherry accompanies plum, oak, leather, and vanilla. There's a pervasive tartness, as well as a firm lactic presence. Vinegar is insistent, and it accompanies nutmeg and grape. I get a dash of pumpkin. The aroma is really impressive.

T: Smooth and lactic up front, with a blend of plum, grape, and pumpkin. I get oak and vanilla. There's a moderate acetic acidity and decent amount of vinegar in the flavor. A light tartness is evident, as well as a faint spiciness. The finish is acetic and tart, with drying oak.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and lightly tannic.

Overall: A good American sour with light pumpkin notes. Definitely recommended. This is right behind the 2007 batch at its prime.

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HopHead84 from California, Nov 20, 2011
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4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Provided by ejyoung, poured into a snifter. 2009 edition.

A touch of soft haze blurs the cranberry-amber liquid. One finger of sandy tan head composed of large bubbles shows off some stickiness.

Heavy lactic tartness in the nose. Cranberry, lemon peel, a touch of barnyard funk. Maybe a touch of cinnamon, but not much pumpkin.

Fairly standard sourness here. Vinegar, lemon peel, cranberry, a touch of caramel apple. For something brewed with pumpkin, I don’t get much mid-palate, though subtle hints of it emerge between sips. Some floral hops are in there as well, lending notes of roses or lavender. I wish there was a bit more complexity — most everything has been taken over by lactic tartness, but it’s not distracting.

Light, massaging carb in a thin medium body. Not a hint of alcohol, but the sourness does a good job of squeezing the tongue and ripping the enamel off my teeth.

At this point, Ichabod seems less of a great pumpkin beer and more of just a really good sour. Not complex, but crazy drinkable.

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Phelps from Arizona, Nov 14, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2009)

(Aged for 2 years)

Best Damn Sour Fest
San Diego, CA

Strange combination of blood orange and ruby. There's a very thin head and this beer doesn't leave much at all down the glass in the way of lacing.

Very mild aroma consisting of a slight sourness and a earthy component, though there simply isn't a lot here to smell.

There's certainly more to taste here than smell, and for that, I'm happy. There's a mild stinging sourness throughout along with an earthy, root, and floral character. There's certainly some Fall spices in here as well, but I'm sure they're quite muted compared to the fresh version of this.

Thin to medium bodied with very low carbonation.

This is an interesting, and above average sour. It was worth trying, but I have no desire to seek it out again.

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Photo of SDDanC
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into wine glass. Poured a orangey amber with a thin egg shell white head. Nose isn't very pungent. Definitely pick up sour notes and faint pumpkin and cinnamon. Tongue is much more abundant with flavor especially in sour pumpkin, spices, and lemon heads. Mouthfeel is excellent, very nice amount of carbonation for the sourness and dry wine character. Overall, I was very happy to finally try this. Im definitely going to seek out another.

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SDDanC from California, Nov 01, 2011
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4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Thirstybird. Pours an amber hue with a swirl of foam comprising the head and a thin band around the shoulders. Nose reveals all-spice, citrus, grapefruit and a certain tartness. Taste expresses pumpkin spice, citric acid, salty and tart. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a somewhat assertive carbonation and a puckeringly dry finish. Overall, great complexity - I have to say that I really dig the sour pie pumpkin flavors - I'm not sure if it's supposed to be sour, but I really dig this beer.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Jul 28, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

673rd Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
22 oz


App- A slightly dark orange, call it pumpkin orange (I had too), nice bubbly one finger head and some nice lines of cling on the glass. A little bit of highlights in a darker yellow.

Smell- Big ol funk on this one. A little bit of spice. Had the wine notes as well. I liked the tarty, tangy combination of the brett, tannins and spice.

Taste- A big suprise at how good this was. It was nothing like I had thought. It was light, crisp, balanced and smooth. The spices take a back seat as well as the pumpkin. Was much more tart and sour with the brett and white wine taking over.

Mouth- Light bodied, high carbed and very bubbly. The tart and citrus notes I got were all that were left.

Drink- Wonderful suprise at Clusterfork #6, was very happy to see this come out and the chance to try it. Was very clean and balanced and not overbearing pumpkin at all. The sour of this was just excellent, cant wait for this years batch to try and land a bottle.

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FosterJM from California, Jul 25, 2011
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3.26/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle available at O'Brien's. $16. Served in a Chimay challis.

Pours deep orange and brownish. Very little head but good retention. No lacing. Really interesting color, not many beers I've seen are this weird orange color.

Smells like lacto and maybe some table sugar. Might be some ripe apples or grapes and spice in there too. I think the age has lost a lot on the nose.

Tastes sufficiently sour, but not overly tart. Some grape juice and pumpkin along with pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the flavor profile. Mostly dry and no alcohol is detectable. Not much acetobacter, but a small twinge of vinegar is noted.

Mouthfeel is medium to light body and moderate to high carbonation. The pour suggests this would be less carbonated, but the body had a good amount.

Overall an interesting beer that I wouldn't mind having again. I didn't love it, but not a bad sour for what they had in mind.

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dmsohyea from California, Jun 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a bottle at a pumpkin beer tasting I put on.

So surprised at the amount of complex sourness of this beer.

Medium copper colored with some fluffy champagne head.

The smell was amazing with barely any pumpkin coming out. The smell of brett, lemon, tartness, thanksgiving spices were also present.

The taste was so surprisingly good. I would have to say this one came as a shocker how good it was. It was extremely well balanced and highly drinkable, while being tart and funky. I was able to discern the pumpkin spices, but no real pumpkin meatiness like I expected.

This was absolutely delicious - I need to get more!

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jbtice0315 from California, May 07, 2011
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4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a darker orange, looks the seasonal part. Smell is slightly tart, pumkin and cinnamon.

Good tart taste, love the interplay of the pumpkin, cinnamon and sour here. No alcohol present. Very different than anything from Alpine, different than anything I've ever had period. Its not just unique for the sake of being unique, this one is everything: Unique, complex, delicious. Triple crown. More sour than funky. Could taste the white wine barrel aftereffects, didn't pick up on red.

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this to the March Madness 2011 tasting party(ies). Drank this after Jon Jones won the title.

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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Paul at Oakquinox.

A: The pour is amber in color with a large off-white head.

S: A mild vinegar aroma with plenty of red wine. Tart red fruits, and plenty of cherry aroma. There's a nice oak aroma and a minimal amount of funk. Don't really get the pumpkin or the spices, but I'm not surprised.

T: Moderate tartness with a touch of vinegar. It becomes a bit more puckering as it warms up. Plenty of red wine and oak flavor as well as a bit of red fruit. Sour cherries and vanilla make an appearance as well.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Quite nice. None of the Alpine sours have been over the top amazing, but they've been at least good.

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womencantsail from California, Apr 22, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper body with very little khaki colored head.

Strong smell of granny smith and cortland apples mixed with red wine. Carmel opened up as it warmed. Some plastic-y acidity. It basically reminded me of a carmel apple.

Taste was nothing like the nose. Lots of spice up front. Without even knowing what was in it I could tell there was nutmeg and cinnamon. I picked up some vanilla as I searched more into the flavor. Very light sourness. Hard to pick out the pumpkin although there is a squash like flavor beneath the spicing. After taste reminded me of lemon juice cut with water. Any vinous character that the wine barrels gave to the beer was washed out by the spicing.

An interesting sour that fell flat in its complexity.

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BearsOnAcid from Washington, Mar 26, 2011
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3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graciously shared by mistakebythelake (thanks Bill!) at a Jackie O's tasting. At first I scoffed, thinking "pumpkin beer!", but I can admit I was wrong. The maker of arguably the nation's best west coast IPAs has made a VERY good wild ale here!

I got a nice pour, due to quick reflexes and some generosity, and it was really good. It's a medium-dark copper color, clear with a little haze, with a poofy white foam that wasn't long for the world. The aroma was brett-forward, tart and funky, with no discernable (to me) pumpkin. Maybe if it warmed more gourd subtleties would show themselves, but that wasn't to be. Too many bottles needed to be opened in a short time...

I tasted quite tart, not extreme, an accesible sour ale with the chops to satisfy any level of sour ale drinker. I get more grain notes than pumpkin. Maybe a little spice in the aftertaste, but it's hard for me to peg and I really might be reaching. Delicious in any case, and unexpectedly so.

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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A- nice golden gold. Is that a color?
S-very sweet and sour tasting
T-puckeringly tart in taste. Sweet start and sour finish.
M-light body and very smooth
O-plesently suprised by this. Very solid beer and very drinkable

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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown with a nice orwngish tint. A bit of head with some light lacing. Smells tart and a bit spicy. Tastes really sour on the front but after the initial hit it backs down revealing some great pumpkin and cinnamon. Vry tasty finish especially. Wuld be curious to see this one minus the sour!

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Ichabod Ale 2009 from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 108 ratings