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Iron Hill Ichabod Imperial Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This extra strong spicy Belgian pumpkin ale is truly a beer from the farm. It is unfiltered with a beautiful Burnt orange color. Ichabod’s nose is filled with flavors of the harvest including clove, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The palette is sweet with hints of roasted pumpkin, and caramel. There is a warming finish that is both fruity and aromatic. Over 6 pounds of pumpkin per barrel were added right to the mash. Drink enough and you’ll lose your head too!


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CanadaBlue (1) - Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2010 does not count
On tap @ IH, Newark This is truly the best pumpkin beer I’ve had. Very intense and rich aromas and flavors of pumpkin and spices. A true Belgian lovers delight.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Draft at Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Fest (GPBF) 08. Very nearly the beer of the day. Dark amber under a light tan head. Big sweet strawberry and pumpkin flesh nose. Creamy medium body. Pumpkin, biscuit, light caramel, very subtle funk, and a hard to place dark note, maybe anise, all on the mid-palate. Delightfully, intriguingly complex. Long nutty pumpkin finish. Absolute triumph.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Tap at IH North Wales. Deep, hazy orange color with good lacing. Aroma of pie spices, yeasty cloves and a bit of alcohol. The initial spicy yeast taste gives way to the pumpkin pie spices in a very enjoyable way. Spicy-sweet finish. Pretty substantial bodied. The alcohol was fairly well hidden. Kudos to the brewers for another great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2008
On tap at IHNW as part of their Pumpkin Celebration 2008. Pours a mostly hazy orange amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head that laced. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices...cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and all spice along with your Belgian yeast ester notes...banana, clove, pepper, apple. A bit bready, banana bread, walnuts and light pumpkin. Flavor has some more of the Belgian notes up front, peppery, spicy, banana, clove, pumpkin pie spices, candi sugar, nutty, , earthy, pumpkin. Pretty much what I expected, a Belgian strong ale with all it’s fruity/spicy ester notes complimented nicely by pumpkin pie spices.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Tasted from Growler courtesy of MrBendo. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of spices (cinnamon and cloves), pumpkin, caramel, bananas, and vanilla. Tastes of the same spices, bananas, pumpkins, caramel, fruity, and candi sugar. Light alcohol in the finish but overall well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Growler from the North Wales location. Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a medium sized light beige head. Aroma of pumpkin filling, banana bread and nutmeg. Taste of rich pumpkin filling, nutmeg and banana bread. Very good. One of the better pumpkin beers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Draft, at IH North Wales 10/26/08. Poured a murky copper color, capped with a small off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Flavor is reminiscent of pumpkin pie filling, with nutmeg, cinnamon, other spices, brown sugar and alcohol. Full bodied and hearty. Spices hang out for a long finish. This was much more impressive than the non-imperial pumpkin beer which was also on tap.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2008
This stuff was great. Lots of spicy yeast, fruity esters, spice, sweet malts, orange, pepper, some toasted nuts, and maybe banana. A ton going on in this one. Orange brown pour, hazy with a thin sticky head. The flavors are sweet and spicy. Lots of yeast and fruit. Really a standout to me at Pumpkin Fest.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Growler sampled on 10/25/08 thanks to MrBendo: Pours a hazy copper bronze with a thin, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel toffee and pumpkin spice. Body starts with good fullness and light pumpkin flavor with lots of sweet caramel malt. Well balanced with good complexity. A nice pumpkin beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Poured a murky brown orange color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of banana nut bread, some clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, caramel, and vanilla. Taste of more spices, cinnamon, light ginger, clove, banana, nuts, bread, caramel, brown sugar, pumpkin, and light alcohol in the finish as well.


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