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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Hophead101
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
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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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of woosterbill
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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