What’s On Tap: Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

Bar: Michael Diversey’s, 670 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago.
Beer: New Holland Brewing’s Ichabod Pumpkin Ale
Bottle, Can, or Draft: Draft
Body: Gorgeous deep amber with a thin layer of white foam.
Flavor Profile: Bursting with cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, balanced by moderate hops and finished with a subtle hint of pumpkin.
Occasion: A breezy fall afternoon. Or any other weather and time…do we really need an excuse to drink anything pumpkin related?

Every fall when Starbucks comes out with its pumpkin spice latte, Red Mango offers pumpkin frozen yogurt, and Williams-Sonoma sells pumpkin butter, I wonder why we need crisp golden leaves and cold weather to eat, drink and breathe pumpkin? After all, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel thrive all year round. Why does the creamy and spicy pumpkin have to disappear from December through September? I react to this dilemma in the similar fashion I would when I find out there are only 10 minutes left in the night’s open bar: consume as much as possible, as fast as possible. This was my excuse for drinking an ungodly amount of pumpkin beer in the last week. My favorite to date is New Holland Brewery’s Ichabod Pumpkin Ale: the epitome of autumn in a glass (with the added bonus of alcohol!). The color reminds me of the gold and copper fall leaves that have begun to decorate the Chicago sidewalks, and the cinnamon and nutmeg in every sip offer a warming sensation. The pumpkin flavor doesn’t stand out like it does in the Starbucks latte, but taking a waft I can pick up the pumpkin notes and can’t help but be happy that it’s pumpkin season.

Alex Milling is a recent graduate of Northwestern University and can’t wait to spend the coming weekend carving pumpkins and baking apple pie.

Originally posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

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