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 dont 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 years 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1062) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Bomber purchased at the brewery exactly two years ago today ($5.99). Pours black-ish with some ruby-garnet highlights and giant multi-finger creamy-pillowy dark tan head with excellent retention. AROMA of mild pumpkin, cocoa powder, dry spices (nutmeg stands out), grainy malts, and cardboard. FLAVOR of dark roasted malts, creamy dark chocolate, roasted nuts, cinnamon, coffee, and some subtle pumpkin. Nice smooth finish with some lingering spice. Improves as it warms and the pumpkin becomes a bit stronger. Still looking for a pumpkin beer that really has the pumpkin front and center...this is a good effort, though. (28, 918)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14966) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Draft, winter 12: Pours dark with nice beige head. Flavor is spiced nutmeg, pumpkin paste, toasted bread, mocha. Good blend, a bit subdued.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5463) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmoreau (4225) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a cloudy, ashen, brown tone, with modest, light tan head foam, and spots & streaks of lacing. The aroma started with a little roastiness, then nutmeg, lesser cinnamon, and a dark fruit/prune that must have been the pumpkin essence to my nose. Moderately bitter, medium bodied, and softly carbonated, the flavor was a little vegetal, earthy, dry, and somewhat astringent. Appreciated the generosity, but not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (1944) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours a cola brown color with a root beer colored head. In Alpine fashion, the head doesnt stick around long. Nutty, woody, and coffee aromas. Mouthfeel is full and wet with a bit of a carbonation burn at the finish. Raw pumpkin, smoke, and some plastic flavors. Not my favorite. Im 0-2 with pumpkin ales the Fall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (16927) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (16137) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2012
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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. Its medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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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