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Cabin Fever Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

276 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kelticblood on 12-30-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Genuine:
Photo of Genuine
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into my 22oz Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Poured about 17 oz in at first, which left a beautiful creamy tan 2-3 finger head that sat upon a dark amber/red body that was clear. When I poured the rest in, it became cloudy and I"m assuming that's from the yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Crisp hops and some biscuity bready malts hit the nose first and foremost. Almost has the nose of a decent pale ale.

Taste - I didn't know what to expect, but other winter warmers have left me disappointed before so, here goes. WOW - this is exactly what I was hoping for when I think of a winter warmer. Clean hops hit the palate, followed by the malty biscuitness for a balance backbone, and the finish is this wonderful, spicy hop that resonates ever so much to make this beer pop.

Mouthfeel - medium and creamy, carbonation is there just enough so you don't forget about it.

Overall - I think this is a home run from Berkshire. I am a fan of their Pale ale and with the snow we're getting in CT, I figured this one would go well with today. I'm so glad I picked it up. This is an easy drinking, almost pale ale like beer, with some spicy hop notes that appear in the finish. Another Delicious beer from Berkshire. Well done! I only wish I purchased more of this, earlier in the winter season.

Genuine, Mar 21, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

SunDevilBeer, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of 40451
4/5  rDev +3.6%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of bnewall3
5/5  rDev +29.5%

bnewall3, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Doomcifer, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JakerLou, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

Jason, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of mctizzz
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

mctizzz, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

far333, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of mcarroll10177
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

mcarroll10177, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of rdilauro
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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

rdilauro, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of DrewBest
4/5  rDev +3.6%

DrewBest, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of jmz62565
4/5  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.

jmz62565, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Griffith, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jh1982, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of alovesupreme
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

alovesupreme, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Roguer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Roguer, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

tenacioustomato, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Ralphs66, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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

russpowell, May 25, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of bditty187
4/5  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.

bditty187, Feb 08, 2005
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Cabin Fever Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.