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%
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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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4.2
Travlr (25185) - 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.

3.3
mcberko (18060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and some pumpkin, along with some cocoa and toasted malts. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium bodied with a wonderful mix of the spices and the porter qualities. Great stuff.

3.6
jtclockwork (16685) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose and taste of roasted pumpkin, chocolate malt, dry cocoa, vanilla and hints of tangy citrus. Finishes mostly dry with a touch of resin and dry cocoa. Some muted autumn spices in deep background. Medium body.

3.9
bhensonb (15336) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Been in the fridge a long, long time. Pours very darkly ruddy with an orange tinged (swear that) tan head. Lots of pie spice. Cinnamon in the front, I think. Med body. Starts with spice, gets a strong chocolate hit, then goes on to mixed spice followed by dry dark baking chocolate. But pumpkin? I dunno bout that. Finishes dry, chocolate and spicy. Good ale.

3.4
hopscotch (11159) - 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!

3.9
daknole (11049) - 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.

4
GT (10000) - 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.

3.6
douglas88 (9407) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Bomber shared by the guys in the party crew on the bus! 930 am, lets get cracking! 2012 version. Pours a deep brown color with a medium white head. A smooth nose of pumpkins and chocolate, light roast. Very smooth and clean flavors: pumpkins, light spices including cinnamon, light porter elements with chocolate and caramel. Good.

4.1
Ibrew2or3 (8660) - 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.

3.3
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle. Deep, near black hued body, lasting tan head. Good lace. Aromas roast pumpkin, medium spice, sweet spice, nutmeg crystallized ginger. Roast character is mild, light chocolate. Flavors are roasty, dry, tobacco ashy, cocoa, leathery, brown sugar, spicy, bitter chocolate. Very bitter roast and spice character. Medium carbonation. Dry.


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