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Cabin Fever Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Cabin Fever AleCabin Fever Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

290 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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)
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Reviews by zimmerbloke:
Photo of zimmerbloke
2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From Blind Bomber BIF (Thanks to Hophead101!):

A: Pours a nice, bright white head that fades rather quickly. The beer itself is a fairly light reddish cedar color, though not at all transluscent. Appears fairly carbonated.

S: Sweet malt at first, with a brighter note. Some light caramel and faint fruitiness. Hop aromas aren't partiularly evident.

T: Umm... not quite right. The two most prominent flavors are sweeter malt and an ill-paired tartness. Some caramelized sugar, but it's mostly light malt dominated by an offputting sour flavor. I would assume this bottle has turned. No real hop flavor, just fades to bitterness.

M: Not consistant with the taste. Presumably, this is not supposed to be sour, but either way... too heavy for sour, too light for anything with the stronger caramel flavors.

D: In this state, extremely low.

Curious to try this one fresh, or at least unturned. Other reviews seem interesting, but I guess reviewing something blind... drinking the beer is all you have to go on.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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 40451
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bnewall3
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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 mctizzz
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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 lambpasty
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -21.3%
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 DrewBest
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 alamode
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of alovesupreme
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Roguer
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Cabin Fever Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.