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Cabin Fever Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Cabin Fever AleCabin Fever Ale

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very good

266 Ratings

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%

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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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 01:31:03 | More by far333
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ppoitras for the opportunity to try this!

Cloudy glowing amber red pour with a nice thick head the color of old bone. As the head is reduced to a lasting veil, random spots of lace are left behind.

Aroma is nice, albeit a bit subdued. Warm chewy malts, molasses sweetness, cookie dough, holiday spice, and citrus hops. Intensifies as it warms.

Flavor starts off with creamy malts, light fruit, hints of baking spice, and leads to a mildly hopped citrussy hop flavor. Nice balance and very easy to drink. I was expecting a heartier flavor from a winter warmer, this reminds me of a good pale or amber ale. Becomes fruitier as it warms, with a dry hop finish.

Body between light and medium, a tad light for this style. Soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel make for a highly drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 01:27:48 | More by AlexJ
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure what to make of this beer. The nose reminds me of my parents' old compost pile that I had to turn over and I just came upon a bunch of old grass clippings. Poured a thick mahagony in color with a slight thin and creamy head. Flavor is havey on the malts and has a creamy taste going on. Slight hop towards the back end. The spices are very much so present but it is as if I am tasting them through cheese cloth. They are fairly muted. Full body and creamy mouthfeel. The spice kind of hand out around my teeth.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 18:24:59 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Dithyramb


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bomber, courtesy of ppoitras and WTFBIF05
Dark semicloudy amber with loads of lacing leftover from the fluffy, but short lived tan head.
Oily hops on the nose with biscuity malt underneath
Comes through with a rather brutish oily hops on the front, which gets sidestepped and uppercut with a sugary malts. The malts are complex, with gingerbread, biscuity, and maybe some licorice undertones. Expected a hop bomb, but was (enjoyably) deceived by the dry hopping. As I was sipping, I read some earlier reviews, and they hit it on the nose. This is one winter warmer that will remind you of those nice sugar cookies that I can't keep myself from eating while showing face time at boring work related XMas parties. You know, those ones to munch on while watching the drunk HR chick do the "bootie call" song. Classic.
Light mouthfeel, but that doesn't inhibit the flavor. Works pretty well. Leaves the mouth dry and warm. Drinkable? Lets just say the bomber didn't last very long.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 02:31:32 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of JasonCoop


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice cloudy reddish dark amber. big offwhite head. looks good.

smells very malty. very earthy malts with hints of sweetness to them. a touch of hops but this is a malty brew.

tastes like great malts. a little sweet, warming. full bodied and nice. i dont tend to drink brews this far on the malty side but this one is delicious.

mouthfeel is full, nice sweet fullness to it. good drinkability but a bit full. overall excellent, a good winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 09:13:17 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

distinctively dark, amberlicious. lacing all over the glass in little specks.. and boy does this pack some serious whiffs. green hoppiness with hints of xmas pine and gingerbread dough. this sure gets me in the wintery mood. light mouthfeel and body with a big spicy profile. first thing i notice is a sharp, licorice-like bite in the finish. my tongue is left coated with a sugary sweetness, this is where the maple-infused gingerbread comes in. after-mouthfeel is creamy and tastes like i just ate said cookie. repeated sips bring out a little unwanted bitterness around the belly of the gulp.. almost like a stale hop or waxy, burnt wood.. but maybe that's part of the warming winter warmer warmth. tha bitterness seems to perk up with repeated drinking.. like a toasted cinnamon stick. overall, this beer is mad complex for its lack of weight and a nice, drinkable holiday beer. bbc continues to impress and this beer seems to be getting better and better with time.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 00:39:30 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 03:46:34 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of mschofield


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a leathery amber-brown, topped with a one finger creamy tan head, leaves rings of lacing with little bits connecting them.
Nice malty aroma, bread, fruit and nuts.
Malty, nutty taste, coffee, cocoa note, herbs, tea and a touch of caramel.
A winter warmer but it would also pass as a really good brown ale. Medium bodied, with good drinkability. I agree with the brewers on the label who advised stocking up on BBC for the winter, this review in my notes is from 12/12/04 and to accompany it I cracked open my last Cabin Fever as I wrote - it has held up well.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 01:52:05 | More by mschofield
Photo of smcolw


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, clear orange-amber color. Excellent head with a solid three finger head. Light lace.

Oily caramel malts predominate the aroma of this beer. The soft hop is present and fresh.

Shocking, yes shocking, flavor of hop up front. Where did this come from? From the smell, I was expecting more of an old ale taste. Nope, it's hop to malt to a hop aftertaste that lingers... This is as rich as the aroma leads on on.

A very nice treat, unexpectedly complex and very tasty. I would reach for another if I had one.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 20:28:29 | More by smcolw
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 13:07:28 | More by bditty187
Photo of bigbeerdrinka


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange almost copper color with a light white head. The nose is super fruity for this beer giving off some citrusy orange, strawberries, grapes and just a bit of hop. Initial flavors give off a creamy mix of caramels and fruity flavors. Peaches and strawberries are the closest things I can compare these flavors too. The finish is nicely hoppy and slightly bitter, with a nice citrus tone. There is also a bready tone right at the end. Overall this is a nice winter seasonal considering that most brews are big bruiser impy stouts or something of the sorts. This is a more subtle full flavored brew that just works well

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 01:28:56 | More by bigbeerdrinka
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a hop-head.

I like this beer. Not too malty, not too sweet just perfectly balanced.

Pours a clear copper with a two finger head that leaves lots of sticky lace. Little visible carbonation after the pour, but it is in there.

Smell is floral hops, fruity, yeasty,earthy, sweet malt with a hint of spice ... cinnamon?

The taste is equally complex. Sweet Malt, dry hops, hints of spice and a rich interplay of all of the preceding as it crosses your tongue.

A nice firm bodied brew with lots of carbonation to tickle your toungue and tonsils as you swallow.

Seek this one out, enjoy it and have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 04:09:35 | More by Citadel82
Photo of Hibernator


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22 oz brown bomber bottle for $3.99 at Whole Foods recently. Freshness date notched for March. No year, so I am hoping 2005. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance is a hazy brown color. I was surprised to see such a small head on this beer, even with a vigorous pour. There are some sticky lacings on the glass.

Aroma of brown sugar, sweet malt and a little bit of hops.

Medium bodied brew with some sweet malts and nutty flavors. Some sips are tasting a little watery or unbalanced. Nice, little hoppy bite on the finish. Good drinkability at 6.3% ABV.

A solid winter offering from Berkshire Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 22:58:22 | More by Hibernator
Photo of connecticutpoet


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice clear reddish amber ale with a big head.

The aroma was slightly sweet, with a touch of hops. Not overly hoppy.

The taste was of rich medium bodied malts, slightly nutty, and sweet, with a touch of fruitiness.

This is a wonderful ale, and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 03:19:02 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of steinlifter


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy amber, decent head with some retention,slight hop aroma,sweet malts, tastes is rather smooth and creamy, malty with a touch of hops for balance, a bit spicy.medium carbonation, this is good drinking beer! if you like BBC products, you'll like this one. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 23:37:00 | More by steinlifter
Photo of aquatonex

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark copper color. Copious head with tiny bubbles that are very creamy, very good retention. Hints of caramel and slight random fruits in the smell along with malts and some hops. Flavor is surprisingly nonbitter for a brown ale, but is hefty enough for the style without ruining it for me. Very nice hops amount and it does not go overboard at all. Subtley sweet as well. Unique for brown ales I have had in the past, this one is definitely my favorite. Its balance, smoothness, and consistency are really quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2004 01:24:44 | More by aquatonex
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft-looking concentrated bubble head sinks fast over the dark maroon body. Fresh and unrefined-looking. Nose is rich malts, laced with wheat flour and spices. Dry.

Taste is sweet black cherry juice, almost a little too sweet to enjoy too much of. Cleanish finish, low on hops, but with a solid nutty aftertaste. Despite the mad bubbles and seeming carbonation, this beer is cold and smooth in the mouth, with actual feel from the apparent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 04:47:05 | More by donnebaby
Photo of Boto


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one opens with a loud pffft. It poured an fairly clear amber color. Suprisingly little head and about no carbonation. The aroma is quite mild. It is malty sweet, with some hints of fruitiness. Maybe some hops down in there also. Malty sweetness, with some hops in there to balance them out. No real bitterness to the tatse. A hint of spice. Very smooth. Good beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 23:43:22 | More by Boto
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 21:58:22 | More by Jason
Photo of ppoitras


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' inch tall tan colored head on top of a quite effervescent reddish brown ale. Head is very dense, and leaves foamy lace throughout the drinking experience. Aroma is a malty, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar to a bitter, with a small little kick of EtOH at the end. Also a bit of fruit flavor skulking around, not quite identifiable to me, which gives it a refreshing crispness I didn't really expect from a strong ale. Worth trying if you can find it...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 00:34:58 | More by ppoitras
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 15:41:32 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of scottum


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with a huge flowing tan head. The flavor is kinda strange. Not bad strange, but not what I was expecting. Malty chew to it with a nippy hop balance. Slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is smooth. Seems like a solid brewskie. Not sure I could down more than one of this strange beer in a night though.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 22:02:46 | More by scottum
Photo of oldgrowth

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a nice orange brown color. A tad hazy. O.k head that dissapeared quickly. Has that Berkshire signature scent. Fruity, peachy honey with a toffee mix. A roasty fruity honey sweet hops taste. Kinda creamy ,a little fizzy, some bitterness. Dry clean finish. Not what I was expecting for the desciption, but enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 14:04:59 | More by oldgrowth
Photo of UnionMade


3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy deep briwnish amber, with a very lively almond head.
Aroma is big and malty, with some estery fruitiness and mild hopping. I'm guessing it's an old ale, or something in that vein. Definitely a winter warmer.
Flavor is big and malty, with some light esteriness and mild hopping way back in the nosebleed seats. Sort of bland and simple, which is disappointing. Although it's a decent beer by any standard, this is my least favorite Berkshire beer so far. Not up to par with their other brews, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 14:52:12 | More by UnionMade
Photo of paceyourself


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured a slightly hazy and copper in color leaving a very small head. The fruity aroma makes this brew enticing from the begining. The soft buttery taste gets dominated by some sharp fruit flavors like banana and apricot. Finished peppery and with a nice hoppy bitterness. This is the second brew i have had from Berkshire and i can't wait for the next, a growler of Berkshire Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 17:46:55 | More by paceyourself
Cabin Fever Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.