Ichabod Ale 2009 | Alpine Beer Company

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Ichabod Ale 2009Ichabod Ale 2009

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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

Added by ZX6Chris on 10-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
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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4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.64/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Ichabod Ale 2009 from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 108 ratings