New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz bottle poured into a Libby globe porter glass. Date stamp on bottom of bottle: 2229 71B06
Appearance: Translucent/hazy copper-amber. Definitely a bit of a pumpkin color. Thin white head died to nothing shortly after pouring but some persistent lacing noted after the foam died away. I would rate it higher if the foam had stuck around.
Smell: Strong nutmeg and cinnamon, reminds me a bit of Great Lakes Christmas Ale at first smell. Not detecting much else besides the spices though.
Taste: Heavy on the spices, but there is some pumpkin underneath it all. Malt is barely detectable. Strikes me more like a winter warmer than a pumpkin ale. Finish is hard to figure out. It's not quite bitter, it's not hoppy....I'm not sure what it is, but it isn't any of the spices or pumpkin. Although as it warms up I think it's a bit earthy and maybe...just maybe, cayenne pepper.
Mouthfeel: Spicy, but I think that's from the heavy dosing of cinnamon rather than fizzy carbonation, although there is plenty of carbonation here. Hard to tell what's underneath the spiciness.
Overall / Drinkability: On some levels this beer works well and on others it does not. Too much in the way of spicing. Yes, the Pumpkin comes out a bit, but the spices are so strong it comes out being more of a winter warmer in the end. Tasty, but not terribly "beery". Great color, nice aroma though. One seems to be enough though.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2012 22:27:53 | More by damndirtyape
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