Cabin Fever Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Cabin Fever AleCabin Fever Ale

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very good

305 Ratings

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kelticblood on 12-30-2002

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Reviews by BeerResearcher:
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz dark brown bottle. Best before date stamped on bottle.
Served in a SA perfect pint glass.
It pours a murky amber color with an off-white head and substantial lacing.
The smells are very fruit forward with some citrus and doughy bread smells pulling through.
The flavors are fruit forward as well. Tastes of pears, ripe green grapes are balanced with caramel malt and a dose of warming alcohol, which rolls in late. I get a very slight taste of Bazooka Bubblegum in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is medium/full and very rounded.
Nice beer, but a bit odd for me to describe.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look forward to this one from BBC every year. My old matly friend! Buy it often to drink @ home and get it often on tap when I see it (becoming more visible - a good sign).

Pours a deep brown/copper with a nice head. Smells really malty/caramelly...yum.

Flavor hits the tongue right away - sweet malty buttery (in a good way) with some slight spices on the back end. Yes, there are some hops and this beer and they manage to clean up the malt circus at the end of the sip.

Like this beer alot. Glad it is reasonably priced and widely available around town for a long time each year.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very ruddy, cider like color with a decent head and decent lacing.

Smells extremely floral, hops, sweet malts, bubble gum, slightly fruity...

Taste is of grain, maltiness, very spicy hops, ending semi dry, some nuttiness, slightly fruity. smooth and tasty.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with litle carbonation.

Very drinkable.

Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Light on the lacing and head but sufficient for while the beer is in the glass. The amberish brown hue show a great clarity.

Smell: Hard raking of hop leaf on the nostrils, earthy and complex. Mild sugary caramel like malt in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a slightly viscous rolling carbonation in the mouth. Lots of layered malt flavors push against a thick wall of hop flavor, the bitterness is more subdued but balances perfectly. Some nutty yeast and a kiss of ale like fruitiness in the mix. Earthy and faint piney flavors from the hops meld well with the sugary, almost nougat maltiness. Finishes with a long lived crispness and fresh lingering hops.

Drinkability & Notes: One of my favorite brews from Berkshire, very fresh with little nooks of complexities everywhere.

Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper colored with a tightly bubbled, very thick beige-orange head that leaves a quarter inch of foam suspended. Aroma is sweet malt and spice, a bit of hops, and sweet fruit. Flavor delivers an upfront puckery bitter, nice and hoppy with citrus but not over the top, followed closely behind by sweet malt and cinnamon, some ripe pear. Mouthfeel is full, but fairly tingly with carbonation. Oily webs of lace run down the inside of the glass. Very tasty, very drinkable.

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Imperial pint glass

A- golden dark amber with a huge head. Head was white, frothy and lasted forever what a great looking beer.

S- balanced hops not to strong but enough to get some nose. Not overpowering, subtle foral hops. This beer smells good.

T- smooth with just the right amount of hops with a slight bitterness/ dryness in the finish

M- a bit thinner than I antisipated, but about on par with others in this style

D- an easy drinker with a subtle complexity, will I be having this again? yes

Notes: BA member acarroll413 and I shared this 22 oz bottle, but as you can read from his review everyone's tastes are different. This was a good purchase, I liked this beer.

Photo of rdilauro
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly, I really dont know what to make of this ale. There was nothing really negative about it yet I have a hard time coming up with some positives.

The pour, the smell, the mouthful were ok, but what I did not like was the aftertaste. I always like a beer (or wine) that starts off and finishes the same way. To me, the drink ability was
not what I would hope for

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber with no style stated on the label.

This has a mulit-hued effect with a base color of light brown with amber and red hues. The head is about 1" high, tan colored, quick to dissipate, not exactly as heady looking as I would hope to get me through this kind of winter.

The nose is mostly fruity, with the majority being pineapple. slight Cedar wood smoke, sweet malt, deep red fruits, strawberry, watermellon and mostly pineapple. The malt smells a bit thin, dominated by fruits.

This has a rather thin, water malt body, certainly not complex and malty enough for a winter Warmer, or any other winter season brew. The malt is quickly taked over by the bland, pineapple flavored hops with some slight starfruit in the back ground. a dry, crisp middle body seems to fade fast with a woody, pencil shavings edge that seems really strange. The flavor's simply don't work toagether at all.

A beer made for winter? "cabin fever"...seems like it should be a decent malt bomb with a warming effect, I can't even detect any alcohol in the flavor, not bite, no warming. Oh well.

Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber rust color with a smallish head. The head does leave good lacing on this beer. The smell is abit light with sweet malt, bread yeast, and some pine hops. The taste has sweet malt, carmel, light hops, and some chewy nuttiness. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing well. A very good winter warmer without alot of the holiday spices that overwhelm other winter warmers.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass this beer yielded a dirty copper color with a cloudy body.
A pleasant aroma but at the same time not to much there. Very subtle.
A malt character is up front with a hint of hops near the finish as well as a typical winter warmer spice, Cardamom?
A great body, very full with good carbonation.
Not spiced very much for a winter warmer which for me is a plus. This is a good beer that I will visit again next year.

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another one from ppotrias, cheers pete!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Caramel & breadyness fades quickly

T: Dryness, caramel, some citrussy & leafy hops up front. Fruityness (apricot, peach & figs), herbal &leafy hops as this warms. Finishes warming, fruitty & with a bit of caramel

MF: Light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation & nice balance to this

Drinks pretty easy, hides the abv fairly well. An English-slanted winter warmer that has some warmth to it as it opens up

Photo of BeerMagistrate
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Flavor and color were great, but I was expecting more body, maybe a bit more spice as well (The name of the brew is "Cabin Fever" after all). Overall, solid!

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is from the Winter '08 release. Bought this cold last spring and have kept it cold since. Let's see how it holds up.

Pours a brilliant clear amber, with a finger of solid eggshell white head. 1/4 finger of frothy retention leaves back robust lacing, which hangs in heavy rings. Just a really nice look to this. The aroma is floral (and a bit herbal) with some pleasant spicing, as well a deep tang of citric fruits, toasted caramel, and maybe even a bit of brown sugars. Nice bright smell to this.

The taste matches the aroma but maybe pops just a bit less. Caramel, toasted bread and silky fruit character. Moderately biting pithy hop presence. Nice pleasant festive spicing in this as well. Sweet and toasty flavor here overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a touch of heft to it, but is otherwise pretty mellow on the tongue.

Good stuff. Toasty and spicy, with a bit of warming beef to the body, this is a solid cooler weather sipper.

Photo of bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber gold in hue with a ruby-purple influence, especially when backlit. The color is very regal. Modest haziness. The head was slightly off-white in color, at the apex the foam was one finger in height, sadly, it faded quickly to a thin, soapy collar. What a bummer! I mean damn the color is lovely, I wish it had better head retention. There was some subsequent lacing; it was very spotty and hardly noteworthy. This beer looks very nice. The nose is soft, the potency is low; it takes a hard sniff to entice this beer to speak to me. I get an interesting dichotomy. The malt is stronger than the hops and the malt has a simple English flair to it with a sweet, slightly roasty tone and a kiss of caramel. The hops are kind of spicy, muted though, with just a tickle of earthiness. In fact the hops seem German. The two countries are not a war; there is a good harmony in fact. The nutty aromas grow in time; I even get a hint of fruit (it is an ale after all). I like the nose; there isn’t much to it though. Inviting… but the nutty aroma gets a little loud for me. I’m not going to lie; sometimes the moniker “Winter Warmer” worries me. It seems the title is too vague and too many of the beers follow suit. This offering, after the first couple sips, put my mind to ease. Even with that said, and don’t get me wrong, this beer is good, there isn’t that much stuff to really grab me. The malt backbone is the focal point of the palate; there are enough malt flavors for me to care, some roastiness, some sweetness, some caramel influences, and even a tickle of biscuit at the back. Even with all those tastes it seems to be lacking a little richness. I’m such a dick. I mean there isn’t any wrong with it, I just want something more; it needs another layer. The hops offer some spiciness that pierces the malt perfectly. Bitterness is firm and moderate. Nutty. It is lightly fruity too; hints of pine. Random kisses of sugar. This beer has excellent balance, the palate is plenty articulate and it is saying all the right things! The flavor profile is good. Medium in body, the carbonation is moderately low but quite fitting for this beer. The mouthfeel is not big or bulky; I guess this can be expected because the abv is modest for a winter seasonal. Pleasant mouthfeel. This beer was very drinkable. I mean very! I’m enjoying every ounce of the bomber. This is yet another beer from BBC that is very quaffable. They can sure brew a beer I want to drink! Thank you ppoitras for the bomber, this was yet another great addition to Secret Santa 2004.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Table and Vine in Springfield Mass. $3.99 a bomber? Word. Can't go wrong.

A- Cabin Fever poured a dark and hazy brown color. There was an amber/red hue to it, but the overall color was brown. Off white head. Some lace. Not much though. My brew wasn't too carbonated by appearance.

S- Smell was very fresh and malty. Hints of toffee. Spice? Maybe some. No hops detected.

T- I enjoyed the flavors, but they did not blow me away. I found the flavors to be somewhat underwhelming. Malts, chocolate, some caramel. Slight hints of fruit, maybe raisin or date.

M- Nice creamy mouthfeel but lacked some carbonation.

D- Easy drinking winter warmer. Not the best, but certainly respectable.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle released on Nov. 1st; today is the 4th. Fresh, fresh, fresh. Incredibly bold in color, thin head, good lacing. Beer as not aged thoroughly enough to truly give a proper representation of its emanations. Trails of smoke and maple syrup are present in its body, very malty.

I love when local breweries come out with seasonal offerings. I've had this one several times in the past I just hadn't reviewed it. However, it is better than I remember.

Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Flatbread pizza company in Canton CT. Shaker pint glass.

Pours reddish brown with a wisp of white foam at the top. Some stickiness around the top.

Malty sweet smell, not prominent.

Taste is a malty blend with a nutty background. There are some subtle hops buried in the background. Light sweetness. Well balanced carbonation.

This is a tasty beer, no doubt. Good balance, nice nuttyness that pokes through.

Photo of alleykatking
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a orange brown color. Two finger white head that shows medium retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Malts that are super sweet in the front of the beer. Caramel malts and something else I can't figure out. Light fruits in the backing and well nothing really else. Once it warms a little bit of spice.

T- Light caramel malts with a touch of toffee notes here and there. There is some light spicing in the middle of the beer with the ending being more of a spicey hop flavor. As this warmed up though the bready malts came through more.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little on the weak side. Malts and more malts are left on the palate. Some light alcohol and spicing left in the aftertaste. This beer was more malt forward and not totally balanced. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Crisp flavors overall.

D- This beer was drinkable. Not my favorite from Berkshire from what I have had but hey you can't win all the time now can you?

Photo of Franchise
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer recommended by a friend at Colonial Spirits, I've been wanting to try another brew from Berkshire since trying the Imperial stout last year, and he has never lead me wrong before so let see what this beer is all about. It pours a candied orange, similar in color to pencil shavings. It leaves a very thin white head thats semi-sticky but not really clinging to the glass. The smell of this beer is surprisingly fruity, peach, grape, citrus. The hop essence in the nose is almost non present. As I taste this beer the hops let me know there in this ale, then a fruit essence hits your palate then leaves quickly replaced with some spices cinnamon, nutmeg, corriander and finished with a squeeze of hop bitterness. This is a nice ale one that is refreshing and I could drink all winter.

Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz tall bottle sampled on Feb. 14, 2009.

Appearance - It pours an amber-red with about a 1/2 inch of foamy beige head and well distributed lacing around the top of the glass. Slightly hazy but for the most oart it has decent clarity.

Smell - I note a distinction of floral hops mainly but not overpowering followed by a smaller dose of sweeter malts.

Mouthfeel -Decent medium texture.

Taste - The hops are more evident in the flavor than in the aroma. The immediate hops are chased by a bitter sensation with a slightly dry finish.

Yum. A nice brew that keeps the inards warm on a breezy winter day.

Photo of fitzy84
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought their 22 oz. A hazy, amberish color with a thin head pours out from their bottle. Very thin aromas of caramel and malt. making it not too strong but also less attractive. A nice taste though, a little sweet and spicy. It's crisp with medium carbonation, making it relaxing and refreshing. Though it lacks a wicked punch smell/taste wise, this is a nice drink.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, murky light copper color. Minor head leaves miniscule lace.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, light fruits, orange, peaches, maybe even cherries. Big citrus hop note also.
Flavor is very crisp and tangy. Caramel base with fruity malt and hop, almost sweet on the tongue. Unique flavoring
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a bitter end. Little bit on the thin side and tastes like heavier water was used by slight mineral taste. Doesn't distract too much though.
Drinkability is decnt but not great IMHO.
Thanks to Mikeys01 for this very interesting beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new one for me, we brought a bunch over to the fourth of July cookout. Served cold and poured
into a nice tasting glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2010.

Was not really sure what to make of this one as the light caramel color came out of the bottle and
into the glass. Very thin looking without much of a head to speak of at all.

Aroma is caramel, bitter hops, a touch of some off malts. Not really getting the warm and fuzzy from
this one right now. As it comes up to temperature it leaves hints of bready tones, brown sugar,
touches of light candied notes and a burnt coffee finish. Not really sure where that one came from.

Overall I will pass. It was not terrible by any means, just not what I had in mind.

Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review would not be possible if not for BA Fantasy Football and the efforts of bjohnson and Larry Fitzgerald.
Pours a cloudy dark amber with a nice 2 finger head that is kahki in color. The head recedes and holds at 1/4". The lacing looks like early morning frost in a field.
Smells of sweet malts with a hint of spice.
This is a sweet beer for a winter warmer. It's not too sweet though. Sugary, caramel, mild spiciness and a bitter finish. This is also a bit more bitter than some other winter warmers I've had. Again, not in a bad way. It's interesting how this can be both an incredibly sweet and bitter beer for the style, but it's balanced out nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium to full and creamy.
This is a very smooth beer that is easily drinkable and sessionable.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty good looking copper colour with a decent sized off-white head that has a good amount of stickiness and retention to it.

The aroma is somewhat bland overall: hints of caramel sweetness, general malt and some spices are all here but could be beefed up a bit all around.

The flavour hits on the aromas but does the beefing up that's necessary in the aroma, and as such makes for a nice tasting brew. Caramel sweetness is still here, along with the spices, but some bread notes are mixed in as well with hints of hops that aren't terribly noticeable in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick, but nice overall.

This one is solid in all areas. It's not the cream of the crop for Berkshire, but it's still nice and drinkable and definitely worth a shot as it's a basic but tasty brew.

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Cabin Fever Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.