Sean Lightholder’s Pumpkin Ale’s : Guest Post No 6


 The fifth in our series of 2014 pumpkin beers is Anderson Valleys Pinchy Jeek Barl.

 In their inimitable style, Anderson Valley evokes their boonting dialect to name this, eh, complex beer. Subtitled, a malt beverage brewed with pumpkin and spices and aged in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels, little is left to the imagination. This heady, dark concoction (20 SRM) bursts out of its bottle and fills the nose with strong, sweet, and woody bourbon notes. Absolutely the most powerfully aromatic of any of this years pumpkin beer, there is no question where this beer has been hanging out before bottling: in a muthafeckin bourbon barrel, bitches. Like the large orange turkey watermark on the label, the bourbon dominates the background of this beer, but does not manage to eclipse its spicy character of cinnamon, clove, and ginger. Sweet and heavy, Anderson bows out with a strong, resin-y (not unpleasant) aftertaste.

Not for the faint of heart, this beer is a real treat and would be excellent served with ice cream, custard, or in place of a well-spiced mince pie.

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