I may be putting my ignorance on full display here, but can someone please tell me what pinchy jeek barl means? Unless it’s Norwegian for barrel aged pumpkin beer, I have no clue. Although the name is confusing, we do know that Pinchy Jeek Barl is in fact a pumpkin ale by Anderson Valley that has been aged in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels for 6 months. Few things in the libations world are as hot as craft brew & bourbon, and by virtue of also being a pumpkin ale, this brew hits the trifecta of trendy booze choices. Let’s see what this Norwegian hipster has to offer…
The Pinchy Jeek pours a dark reddish brown with a lacy, beige head. The aroma has a heavy bourbon presence with strong vanilla and oak. Dark fruit, cinnamon sugar, and light pumpkin are also present on the nose.
The flavor is also dominated by bourbon qualities of vanilla and oak with a big dark fruit presence. Sweet molasses, caramel, and cinnamon sugar notes inhabit the heavy, velvety body with only the slightest hint of pumpkin. The heavy wings of the wild turkey certainly cast a shadow over some of the more subtle flavor characteristics.
If you’re a fan of bourbon, you’re going to love this offering from Anderson Valley. However, like other pumpkin brews that incorporate barrel aging, the subtle pumpkin aspects are overpowered by the intensity of the oak. Although the pumpkin gets pummeled by the larger flavors, the Jeek is still a pleasantly smooth sipper. Cheers!
- Appearance: Dark Reddish Brown / Lacy, Beige Head
- Aroma: Vanilla, Bourbon, Dark Fruit, Cinnamon Sugar, Pumpkin, Oak
- Flavor: Vanilla, Bourbon, Molasses, Caramel, Oak, Baking Spices
- Mouthfeel: Heavy, Velvety
- ABV: 8.5%
- Score: 84