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Cabin Fever Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Cabin Fever AleCabin Fever Ale

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very good

272 Ratings

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
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)
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Photo of bort11


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

big thanks to jaxon53 and the BA Secret Santa 08

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. One inch tightly packed head, recedes to a solid looking ring and some wispy trailers. Color is a dark orange/amber. The second pour was more hazy with sediment.

Smell has a mild chocolate malt character with stronger orange peel aromas. It is sweet and a little spicy. Taste is a strong mix of orange peel and baker's spices. Mostly ginger, a little honey and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is a lighter medium body which adds to the drinkability. I think this one would age nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 03:32:06 | More by bort11
Photo of erosier


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

L: Pours a nice amber brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied brown colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramel, hints of spice and a slight hop hint at the end of the aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramel malts, then nice cinnamon hints and then a clean hop finish.
M: Very smooth, right amount of carbonation, warming for sure.
D: Pretty drinkable beer. I liked the flavors and the way that the whole beer blended together. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 04:58:13 | More by erosier
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 22:42:02 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of Reagan1984


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in the mood for a winter warmer. Fire going, College football on. Dinner on the stove. Sounds like a good timing for a Cabin Fever.

The beer overall was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting something a little bigger, bolder and something to slowly work your way through. This was two clicks lighter in body and flavor than I had expected.

Poured with a light off white head that formed then vanished rather quickly. No real lacing to speak of. The beer itself was a muddy brown color. Even in the early pour there was a haze to the beer, so it wasn't just yeast sediment. I had been careful not to disturb any potential sediment.

Aroma was very slight. Slightly sweet and slightly malt like.

Flavor was nice, but not bold or complex. Starts with a mild malt flavor and then moves to a caramel flavor. There is a creamy nature that compliments the caramel. A touch of cinnamon perhaps.

Mouth feel was light/medium bodied and lighter than I would have expected.

Pretty drinkable, but also, not very exciting.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 23:16:50 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the Daily Planet in B-town this beer was a hazy, dark garnet color. The head was tan with some reddish hues and retained very well as a thin cap and laced in broken curtains. The aroma was caramel malt, some ripened fruit and yeast. The flavors were similar, pale malt and caramel malt sweetness with notes of vanilla, a little yeast twang, something akin to strawberry yogurt (seriously, Yoplait - so weird!) and it finished on a hint of hops. The body was medium, the mouthfeel creamy and the carbonation good. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 21:03:06 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of DrDogbeer


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

Had on tap at Union Brewhouse. poured into a shaker pint- ours a hazy brown with a thin off white head. SMells off candied malt. Taste is very mellow. SOme caramel, with a finishing kick of cinamon and spices. Very creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. Good beer for these cold winter months.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2008 14:58:42 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of gfreed


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice offering from BBC, but not as nice as the others in their line. The aroma was filled with autumn smells like leaves, bread and tobacco. The body was quite smooth-- perhaps it could have used a tad more carbonation-- and the malt was front and center. The alcohol level was just high enough to add some warmth-- it was just right, in fact. Still, I felt like something was missing. Perhaps it could have used a little bite? More hops to give it a little boost? This was almost monochromatic. A little more balance in the taste would vault this into the A level for me. Still, if you're a BBC fan like me, you'll want to try this.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 01:53:55 | More by gfreed
Photo of currysage1


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Berkshires Winter Warmer poured into my Ommegang chalice. Pours a very nice saffron red topped with a very minimal off white head, does not last long. Was expecting more of a head due to moderate ABV.

Smell is difficult to place but I believe it is sarsparilla but not so subtle, maybe closer to root beer barells candy and licorice.

Taste is of the forest, leaf litter, dried bark, but then a splash of malted cereal grains, and some toffeeand raisin. Mild hop presence that seems to not be able to tame the sweetness.

Feel is malty and the body is what I would expect for the style. Sweetness is getting in the way of the drinkability though.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 04:25:12 | More by currysage1
Photo of Jayli


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice orange brown color that was slightly hazy. Decent head that dissapeared quickly. There is a distinct scent specific to Berkshire brews. This beer had a bit of carbonation, but not to much that it is overpowering. There is a nice, dry clean finish.
A pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 00:53:47 | More by Jayli
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy toffee-brown pub ale. Large rocky head. Thick lace sticks to the glass. Color turns light yellow at the edges.

The smell is the sweet biscuity aroma of a pub ale. A mild, flowery hop as well. The malt is dry and bready. Very very nice.

The malt flavor dominates the taste, like a slightly sweet amber. The roasted qualities of the malt make the sweetness work. Hops are mild and estery. Somewhere between an amber and a brown, although slightly more of an amber flavor.

The feel is medium bodied; a nice milky, creamy thickness on the way down. It's a really easy drinking beer with goo dbody and balanced roasted/sweet flavors. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 01:36:37 | More by williamherbert
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

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 05:06:02 | More by russpowell
Photo of edmedina


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name kind of threw me here. When I read it for some reason I thought of American Pale Ale. However, the taste did not match that all. So I had to go to Beer Advocate to figure this one out. There is absolutely no hoppiness in here. This is very much a malty beer. There is a hint of citrus in here but the over all taste is malt. The pour is a hazy amber with a lot of head. As the beer sits carbonation sit continues after the pour. I really don't get any thing strong here in the smell. This would be a good session beer. Nothing over whelming or worth noting here.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 20:02:29 | More by edmedina
Photo of jwc215


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

Thanks to Wasatch for including this 22 oz. bomber in a trade!

Pours hazed orange amber with a large, fluffy white head with good retention. Trailing lace slides down the glass, leaving some rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is citric/grapefruity with biscuity malt and caramel.

The taste is of caramel, biscuity, nutty, malty with balancing citric/piney/earthy/tea-leafy hop support. It has a dry, almost woody, finish.

The body is a bit tad for a "winter warmer", but holds up well enough on its own.

A malt-accented brew with enough juicy hop support to keep it tasty and balanced. Very easy to drink - a winter brew I could drink year-round.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 16:49:38 | More by jwc215
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to purplehops and ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a cloudy brown color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger creamy tan head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, sweet, with a nice touch of caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, very slight spice, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew. Glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Stan and Andrew.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 21:30:10 | More by Wasatch
Photo of bboven


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky chestnut brown body with a one finger head that lasts and a ton of lacing.

Toasty malt and cherry are the main aromas here.

Again, lots of lighter cherry in the flavor, a good medium bitterness at the end to finish things off cleanly.

Too carbonated, the mouthful of liquid seems to almost crumble right away. Might be worth letting this one breathe for ten or fifteen minutes before drinking. Body was a bit on the thin side as well.

Great aroma and flavor make this beer a great choice if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 20:46:42 | More by bboven
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop with some soft caramel notes.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a moderate soft biscuity malt and a subtle fruity hop. A nice apricot finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very tasty and highly drinkable winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 20:56:51 | More by plaid75
Photo of albern


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

This beer is a nice surprise. It pours a slightly cloudy dark amber with some off white head with some froth on the soapy side of the continuum. The beer retains a bit and does lace. The smell is bready malts and holiday spices: nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and perhaps a touch of coriander. The taste is very nice in that you'll find a nice balance between the hoppy dryness and the malty sweetness, laid over a spicy base as listed above. The beer is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated. There is some caramel, and flattish cola hints in this beer, which is typical of spiced beers that begin to settle a bit. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp and there is some aftertaste. The beer isn't brilliant, but it is good. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 03:04:01 | More by albern
Photo of madjr80


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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle straight into a pint glass. Right off the bat I noticed that the head was thick and creamy. The top of the glass was a dark brown the seems to lighten towards the bottom. Great head retention throughout the whole glass. The smell is very sweet, but a little hoppy as well. Reminds me of a Winter Warmer or Sam Adams Winter, but a bit better. I would definately buy this again, but it is something that is a bit hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 20:50:29 | More by madjr80
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a dark amber color with a super-thin head. Aroma is rich and toasty with some spice showing through. Very smooth and even hoppy as well. Taste is somewhat smoky with a nice malt finish. Subtle. Not too spiced. Bready aftertaste. Highly drinkable. A lot of beers that identify with this style tend to ramp up the spices too much. This beer isn't that at all.

The perfect winter warmer would have the right balance of malt and spices. This one is balanced and still quite above other versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 03:14:59 | More by Brad007
Photo of fitzy84


3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 04:41:24 | More by fitzy84
Photo of deanhead


3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Deep Rich brown inviting beer.
Although little to virtually Non existent head, this beer is begging to be consumed.

Smell- Lackluster, some malt , even less hope. This is a true sign of a good beer, one that is simple in some aspects yet complex on other levels.

Taste-malty, sweet, some tobacco, almost lager like

Mouthfeel- light in body, somewhat lame mouthfeel. Something is missing.

Drinkability- I'm not totally impressed with this beer. It's good but, just doesn't tap my malt receptors. Enjoy a bottle soon before it goes away.

Not really a session beer, or a sipping beer. This beer does enjoy being consumed, can't figure out exactly why, but it is.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2007 05:05:59 | More by deanhead
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 00:57:09 | More by guinness33
Photo of jbsteiny


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

Attractive coppery color with a big yellowsh head that fell quickly, leaving little behind -- spotting on the glass. Smells faintly of caramel malts, sour cider, and a bit of spice. Tastes very good -- the sweet (caramel apple) is tempered with sourness, delicately bitter hops, and a tasteful amount of spice (nutmeg & cinnamon). The body might be a little too heavy and syrupy if it were less carbonated, but they pull it off. After one bomber, though, I think I'm ready for something else. A nicely made warmer from the BBC - ranks favorably with most examples of the style!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 20:45:49 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy copper in color with a 2" head that fell to a very thick surface foam that lasted. Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: very weak aroma, as only some hints of caramel and spices were tough to pull out.

Taste: mildly bready, caramel candy sweetness, and mild bitterness are enhanced by some soft cinammon and allspice flavors.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nice for a pint on a cold evening, but more than one or two in a session would not be my choice. A nice flavored winter beer that is just spiced enough without being offensive.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2007 11:40:07 | More by Gavage
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of caramelized malt & spices, along with some fruit (apple & raisin) and a little hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy with flavors of cinnamon, apples and caramel. There’s a good amount of complimentary hops bitterness, especially for the style. The after-taste is bready with a mild sweetness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, just a little filling, good representation of style, this is yet another beer from BBC that is at the top of the list of beers that I would choose within its style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 07:37:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
Cabin Fever Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.