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Alpine Beer Company Ichabod Ale (2012)

Alpine Beer Company Ichabod Ale (2012)
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
We have released, for your ghoulish pleasure, our spiced holiday ale “Ichabod 2012.”
Available in 22 oz. bottles and on draught in the pub.

For those that don’t know, Ichabod is supposed to be an annually produced beer that always uses “pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg” but has a different base beer. The "annually" part has been an issue, but this year’s version has a base of a nice chocolaty Porter. It comes in at 6% abv and is creamy, dark and smooth with the spices and pumpkin kicking in as a nice compliment.

We have always had a hard time getting the pumpkin to contribute its flavor. So this year we used 240 pounds of pumpkin puree from Oregon. We used it in the mash tun, the boil kettle and the fermenter too! That amount of pumpkin is about 5 times more than our previous versions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21421) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Hazy maroon color, beige head with great retention. Aroma of coffee grounds, brandy, cocoa poder, Christmas spice. Taste is rich coffee, dark chocolate, spice. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle shared on the GABF Friday brewery tour bus, thanks Steve (I think, well thanks anyway). It pours an amber color supporting a light tan head of foam. The modest aroma offers up a pleasing mix of pumpkin and spices with cinnamon and some nutmeg and then some nearly dark roasted maltiness in the background. The taste has a nearly bright richness but it doesn’t become too rich but rather light on its feet. Really tasty almost refreshing degree of richness (if that even makes the slightest sense). I get fresh pumpkin meat sprinkled with crushed dark roasted malty grains, cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Dynamite stuff. If you want something rich yet less than imperial this is it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Tap 2012 ed at Alpine. Pours a clear, deep ruby to near black. Medium tan foam. Nose is chocolate chunk cookie, brown sugar, cinnamon, star anise. Taste is chocolate chunk oatmeal cookie, mild spice. Not really a pumpkin beer as much as an awesome porter all around. Muted spice, nothing contrived. Subtle, complex. Really solid. Palate is very clean, refreshing, mild oil, no sugar or syrup. Better than all of their hoppy stuff on tap actually save for the WHAle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Pours dark and black with a small tan head. Nose is pumpkins, yams, cinnamon, nutmeg. Date I say it smells like pumpkin pie in a bottle. Taste is sweet and well balanced with a good bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a heavy body and a long finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1740) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
22 oz. bomber. Pours dark brown-almost black color, with a thin tan head which fades to some lacing on the edges. Aroma is of roasted malts, coco, pumpkin meat, nutmeg & cinnamon, and some faint hops. Taste is of roasted malts, bakers coco, earthy pumpkin meat, some coffee, pie spices, some general hop bitterness in the end. Has a medium body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel a a semi dry, roastey, semi bitter finish. overall, a pretty nice pumpkin porter that isn’t too sweet like a lot of pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2012
I opened this on the party bus, Friday of GABF. Bottle from hamilton23. Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, some good pumpkin backbone and light spice. Flavor is all roasted malt, pumpkin flavor and just the perfect amount of spice. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2371) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a small beige head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is earthy, roasty and musty with mocha, dark chocolates and melons. The taste is complex with well roasted grains in the forefront, then--fruits, spices, chocolates and bitter walnuts. The palate is full and creamy smooth and the carbonation is soft. Finishes long, dry and leaves you with an earthy aftertaste. Overall: This is what a Bud drinker would call Weird, but I call it Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2012
At brewery. Deep brown with thin tab head. Nose of spice , bit of roasted malts. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, hint of spice. Nice pumpkin porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Courtesy of rayl101

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and citrus. There is some light pumpkin in the background. The finish more chocolate mixed with some light cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5368) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2013
22 ounce bottle poured a dark brown color with aromas of light coffee, earth, some pumpkin and nutmeg. Flavors were light coffee and pumpkin. I liked the pumpkin flavor a lot did not taste artificial, smooth, and easy to drink.

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