New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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3.69/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
We continue our Halloween line with a brew that pours the color of a caramel covered apple. It holds a two finger head of wet tan foam, showing decent retention into ridges of milky lacing around the edges of the glass. A definite haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives wet and salty pumpkin flesh, liquefied candle wax, sweaty dog fur, spice of gingerbread, nutmeg, allspice, and dried pumpkin spice, salty sunflower seediness, metallic red and brown malts, tomato vegetals, chickpeas, lemon juice, honey, white sugar, vanilla cream, menthol, and light florals. Our first impression is that while the spice is present and nicely palpable, the rest of the flavor falls a bit flat. As we sip, the taste begins with heavy and oily spiciness, light hoppy florals, rubber cement, lactic acidity, butterscotch, wheat crackers, eucalyptus leaves, pumpkin seeds, foamy plastics, flower pollen, and roasty caramel and amber maltiness. Hitting at the peak of the swallow are notes of amber malt breadiness, cheap buttery diacetyls, stark tinny metallics, grassy hops, pear juiciness, soured brown malts, coriander, and soy sauce saltiness. The end washes with bright floral sweetness, honeysuckle, herbal fruit tea zest, sweet and clean pumpkin pie flavoring, peanut dust, citric acidity, lightly soapy hops, gingerroot, raw brown cane sugar, phenolic plastics, and gravel. The aftertaste breathes of sourdough yeast, bitter cultured bacteria, fresh cucumber, pumpkin flesh and seed, echoes of soured citric juiciness, plastics, walnut oils, dried grassiness, fresh ginger, clovey spice, black cherry fruitiness, and hot cider warmth. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high, with tough prickle at the periphery of the palate. Each sip gives okay slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with no memorable pop or mustached crispness. The mouth is quickly cooled and coated with an oily film, but this dries into a raw grittiness across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the complexity of its nose. While not all of the components therein were entirely appropriate, the general mix end effort didn’t go unnoticed. In comparison, the taste was frankly dull and flat for everything except its spiciness, cleanliness, and decent freshness, which showed nice raw ginger root and punch throughout. This seems to be a “commercial” type of pumpkin ale. The spice is enough to make sure anyone who was drinking it know it was there, but the rest of the beer is just standard and relatively cheap, so you can buy and consume a ton without getting overwhelmed. This is great for someone looking for an easy autumnal to bring to a party, but might be on the bland side for the seasoned crafter.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2013 23:37:28 | More by TheBrewo
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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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