Alpine Beer Company Ichabod Ale (2012)

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.

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skmikeg (1826) - 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.

hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Draft… Pours nearly black with a mid-sized, tight, beige head that slowly subsides and leaves weeping lacework. The aroma is a mixture of tree nuts, deeply roasted grist, gobs of pumpkin meat and a touch of winter spice. Medium to full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is fairly bland, but roasty and bitter with loads of grainy roasted barley. Finishes moderately bitter and burnt, but falls flat in the end. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!

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

markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle generously shared by hamilton23. Cheers, Steve! Pours an amber orange with a white head. Nose is pumpkin, gourd, and mild pumpkin pie flavors with some light vanilla and cinnamon. Flavor follows: pumpkin, some earthiness, pumpkin pie spices, and cinnamon. Mild pumpkin that does not overwhelm the senses or the palate. Light to medium in body and the Middle Way of pumpkin beers.

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Thanks to Moll for this one. Moll. Pretty spicy with some roast in the background. Pumpkin as well. Flavor is more toward the spice end. Over spiced, all in all.

ADfan (877) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
From the bottle it has a dark brown color. The aroma has some toasted malts and some spice, mild pumpkin. Taste has some nuttiness with some spice. There is some mild fruit on the finish which has a slight resin taste. Unique beer.

Ibrew2or3 (8913) - 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.

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

Travlr (26430) - 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.

GT (10017) - San Diego, 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.

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