Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Alpine Ichabod

Origin: Alpine, CA
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Price: ??
ABV: 6+%
NSP: good

In case you aren't aware of this, Alpine is my favorite so'cal brewery, and 2nd overall behind Russian River only because the latter has the better brewpub/brewery experience of the two. I can never get over how incredibly hoppy and pungent Duet is, or how damn delicious and crisp Nelson is. And to top it all off, I was lucky enough to consume 4 servings of what is still BY FAR my favorite sour of all time, Chez Monmee. I still have wet dreams on occasion about that damn fine beer, I only wish I can find more of it. So when Stegs 'The Saurus' Rex came over the other night with an offering I'd never heard of before, well, I was pretty f'ing excited to get a taste. So after we took down a growler of Duet with ease and praised the beer gods for its existence, I popped open this seasonal Fall offering.

Ichabod is the lead character of the legendary "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". For a pumpkin brew, this beer is also quite legendary. Immediately you get a pleasant and distinct whiff of nutmeg while pouring. It is strong, it is fresh, and it is most definitely appetizing. The beer is also much darker than I expected, and very dry on the palate to boot. Alpine has once again mastered a perfect combination: aromas reminiscent of the Fall/Winter season (nutmeg & cinnamon) and a porter-like backbone that holds it all together, with a dry finish that is crisp and refreshing. This is by far the only Fall themed pumpkin style beer I could see myself drinking in large quantities.

In (R)Andy's own words, Thank you, Alpine. Thank you.
Sambo Approved.

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