Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl

Reviewed by on November 11, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company

  • Origin: Boonville, CA, US

  • Rated On: November 10, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

This oddly-name brew is Anderson Valley’s barrel-aged pumpkin ale – I tried, but I could not come up with a meaning for this one’s moniker, the admittedly limited online Boontling resources exhausted – I’m just going to assume that it’s their way (literally) of referring to Wild Turkey barrels.

This 22oz bottle pours a rather dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some decent grotto-esque painted lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of sugary vanilla, as if it were sourced from multiple ingredients (stops to slap head), warm gooey pumpkin puree, caramel malt, buttery toffee, muddled seasonal spices (maybe a hint of ginger and all-spice sticking out), a mild wooden astringency, and a not so mild alcohol edginess. The taste is more vanilla/caramel sweetness straight off, once again from malt and Bourbon wood alike, a growing buttery slickness, faintly biscuity toffee, much lessened pumpkin mass notes, and even more blase and uninterested-seeming spices – can’t really get a word out of them edgewise. A soft woody booziness keeps its distance in the meantime.  The carbonation is quite understated in its barely-perceptible frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and actually rather smooth, with a low-level, simmering creaminess on the verge. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, vanilla, ethereal pumpkin, and sneaky alcohol tittering in their little fiefdom.

I gotta say, this is tasty and enjoyable as a brew for when fall suddenly decides it wants its long-coming divorce from reality, bails, and we’re left with the snowy aftermath, 6 weeks til the official ‘start’ of winter. The whole pumpkin side of things may have gotten short shrift here, in light of the Pinchy Jeek Barl (I’m going with that ‘translation’) flooding over the whole of this offering, but ’tis no great loss – time to get start getting acquainted with more warming, cold-weather goodness, methinks.

Brady White

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