New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale

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1,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 40
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Ratings: 1,410 | Reviews: 533
Reviews by laintringulis:
Photo of laintringulis
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pub glass. Pours a dark peach/amber color with thin white head that thins quickly.

Smells: Light pumpkin and apple sweet smell dominated by nutmeg and cloves. Light earthy hops. Vague apple smell.

Tastes: Mild toasted pumpkin taste. Brief caramel malt flavors. Heavy nutmeg, clove, ginger, and a little cinnamon. Tastes a little like apple cider.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Not watery. I would have preferred a heavier mouthfeel and more maltiness. Finishes with a pleasant dryness, more of a spiciness even.

This beer is easy to drink, but I would prefer other beers based on taste. I think this beer makes a better spiced beer than a pumpkin beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While Iam not a pumpkin pie fan,I haved enjoyed alot of the pumpkin ales I have had,I really enjoyed cottonwoods pumpkin ale down in NC.This one however fell a little flat,poured a nice deep orange color with pretty decent sized head,smell was not strong enough for me some hint of spices but not rich enough for me.Some spiceness and a very faint pumpkin taste just kinda left me wondering where the rest of it was.I'll be sure not to seek this out when Iam back in Michigan.

Photo of tjk135
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a sucker for pumpkin beers and this one is in my yearly rotation. Good balance of malt and spices. Not over done.

Photo of ZymCity
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a cloudy pale orange with a thick two finger white white head (dissipates quickly with some lacing).

Smell - Hop and spice notes are present with subtle but appropriate notes of pumpkin.

Taste - hop and malt notes are suprisingly noticable given the expected presence of sweetness, spices and pumpkin. While the latter can be identified, I was left wanting just a bit more.

Mouthfeel - light body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall - when i buy a pumpkin beer i'm really not looking for a whole lot more than some entertainment. this beer was decent and it satisfied my craving on the first chilly night of september, but there aren't any aspects of this beer that could be considered exceptional.

Photo of weatherdog
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into a Bell's tulip glass

It pours a transparent copper color with a minimal off-white, almost tan head capping the beer which dies ever so quickly. No lacing at all.

The nose is easily distinguishable as cinnamon and nutmeg. The spice level is restrained which I usually prefer but this might be a little too restrained.

The taste once again highlight the subtle spicing but it seems a little stronger than the nose which I like. A little mineral character seems present as well which is out of place.

The body is right where I would like in a pumpkin beer, medium/ full bodied. The added pumpkin may be adding some addition body or starchiness which I like and it finishes pretty smooth as well. Drinkability is above average. Overall a decent pumpkin ale.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served on draught at Old Chicago in Okemos, MI.

Mostly clear coppery amber in color with just a hint of haziness. Thin very white head dissipated very quickly to a thin white ring that stuck around through to the end. Light partial lacing.

A sort of malty pumpkin pie spice smell. Compared to other good pumpkin spiced brews out right now, this one seems a bit weak, but still a bit better than your average brew.

Nice solid amber ale, a bit on the dry side, good balance, and only a hint of pumpkin. Perhaps it's just me, but I would normally expect more pumpkin in a pumpkin beer. The finish is mostly clean and short and there is a bit of pumpkin spice in the finish.

Weight in the mouth is quite average - not bad, but not particularly good either. Carbonation is reasonable, but again, just middle of the road and nothing to write home about.

As for drinkability, one of these was plenty and I was ready to look for something different, even if it was a different pumpkin beer. It sounds like I'm really cracking on this beer and I don't mean to, but it is very average and, well, kinda boring.

Photo of blackearth
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a very hazy pale amber body with a thin white head. Aroma is pie spices, most notably nutmeg. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The nutmeg and spices are up front with the malt sweetness. Some faint pumpkin flavors are noticed in the finish. A good pumpkin beer, but not my favorite.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass an amber orange hue with a small off white head on top that quickly becomes a thin ring. Lots of particulate in suspension. Aromas begin with caramel toasted grains alongside plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Pumpkin aroma is light but comes through nicely. Slightly earthy and vegetal.

First sip brings a toasty sweet caramel malt that is quickly swept up by an array of spice flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg all over the place. Vegetal pumpkin flavor moves in on the way down, but the spices really dominate here. Ends with a touch of lingering sweetness and a big spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle creaminess. Good steady carbonation. It makes itself known while still being drinkable. Overall, this is a pretty good pumpkin ale, just a little too much on the spices for me. Not really a brew I'd drink more than one of in a sitting.

Photo of BigMarty1980
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- A plush dark Amber color. Looks like dark honey

S- Pumpkin spice. Faint nutmeg.

T- Tastes like a cold piece of pumpkin pie by itself. No creaminess.

M- Moderate body. Fuller bodied than most pumpkin ales I've had.

O- At this point, this is the best Pumpkin ALE I've ever had. I prefer Pumpkin Porter, but if you want a great pumpkin ale in mid-late October, steel gray sky and watching college football, look no further.

Photo of jewski
4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having a bottle of Ichabod last fall, I was not impressed by the beer. It was an average brown ale with just the slightest hint of pumpkin and spice.

I had it again last night on-tap due to a lack of anything else interesting and it seemed to be an entirely different (for the better) beer.

Color was an appropriate cloudy 'pumpkin' orange with a slight white head. Smelled lightly of pumpkin pie. Tasted strongly of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finished with a nicely balanced bite of hops. A fairly light beer with a good amount of flavor, though the mouthfeel was pretty thin. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but quite drinkable.

Not a tremendously complex beer, but unique and enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of warnerry
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from Fall 2010

Pours clear amber with one finger of head and nice slow rising carbonation.

Smell is pretty subtle, some nutmeg and a slight amount of pumpkin coming through, but not much.

Tastes of pumpkin and a bit of brown sugar. Some drying spice notes on the finish. Pretty good,but that's about it.

Has a lihgt/medium body with good carbonation; slight lingering bitterness, mostly from the spices.

Not bad, but the spices seem to hurt drinkability in this case. Nothing I would want more of.

Photo of alarmclock314
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No date on bottle. Pours hazy amber with with some debris. Smells of pumpkin and spice, very nice. The taste follows closely but is lacking; almost watered-down. The carbonation is low-medium and body is full. Overall, a great smell but lacking in punch.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, dense froth

SMELL: Pie spice, ripe pumpkin meat, toasted grain, yeast, vague ripe fruit, vague mint

TASTE: Smooth, moderate size body, toasted cracker, fermented pumpkin flesh, spice, nutty yeast, dates, dry grainy finish

An extremely tasty pumpkin ale. Best thing about this beer ... it tastes like a beer and one I would want to have more than one of. That is saying a lot for Pumpkin Ale IMO.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Tastes like a good amber ale mixed with cinnamon and clove. Nice mixture of beer and pumpkin. One to have several of.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Amber-orange with the slightest haze. Very thin head with just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts, English-style hops and very light spice (cinnamon mostly). No pumpkin detected.

Taste: Dried-out caramel malt body with a strong spiciness that seems to be a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and English hops. The pumpkin taste is noticeable but very subtle.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, great dry finish.

Drinkability: Comes across as a dry, heavily spiced Amber Ale more than a Pumpkin Ale. Very refreshing, even if not quite as expected. The battle cap said "quaff" on the inside, which is very fitting for this beer.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.56/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. brown bottle,served into a pint glass.
Hazy golden with an amber hue.1" creamy white head falls quickly to a collar of foam. Some nice tiny bubbles, tighly knitted together streaming from the sides of the glass.

Faint aromas, fruity,with a kind of apricot aroma. Some grainy/bisquity aromas. No real pumpkin or spices related to it in the aroma.

Spicy taste with some allspice/cinnamon. Has a astigent,powdered feel from the spice,also spicy tartness.A dry bittering finish with a touch of cirtus rind. Didn't taste any pumpkin at all.

Light body with a rough grainy texture. Uninteresting beer,just did't seem anything like most of the pumpkin beers i've tried. Not a beer i would recomend.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber in color with on off white head. Faint Brussels lacing. Aroma of nutmeg,cinnamon, and pumpkin permeate out of the glass. The taste is a bit muted with the spices not really discernable like I found in the aroma. I think it's probably a bit too much nutmeg. The mouth is moderately carbonated and slightly watery.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with lots of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: A spicy mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove with a solid base of pumpkin. Hints of caramel malts and toffee. Literally smells like a piece of pumpkin pie.

Taste: Like the smell, a spicy mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. A taste of pumpkin veggies fill out the base with some caramel and toffee malts. Also a light hint of Noble hops. Moderately sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Chewy, smooth, and finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good pumpkin beer. Nicely balanced. Spices don't overwhelm the pumpkin.

Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: amber red with orange highlights, thick creamy off white head, good clarity

Aroma: toasted pumpkin seeds, caramel, little bready

Taste: malty, with hints rather than gobs of pumpkin flavor. Very balanced in terms of traditional caramel malt, pumpkin, and spice flavor. The pumpkin shines on the finish.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, slightly chewy, medium low carbonation

Overall: quite possibly the most balanced of the pumpkin ales in terms of real malty beer flavor and pumpkin spice. Very pleasant and easy to drink despite full body and slightly chewy mouthfeel. A great pumpkin ale overall. Another fantastic beer from New Holland!

Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear orangey gold color, flat and small head that settles out as a skim on the top of the glass after 40 seconds. Decent lace, dripping rings. Malty aroma, fairly rich with a nutmeg dominance. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body. A few people have told me that this beer drinks like an Oktoberfest, however, its pretty marked by pie spice, possibly showing more pumpkin richness in resembling the pie filling as much by simply showcasing the spices used in the filling itself. Pretty easy-drinking if you like the expected set-up, a little bit of green leafy sharpness as the flavor profile rounds out. I'd say that this is a pretty good rendition, not overly laden with spice and with a fairly good drinkability to me.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing copper orange body with a bright white head floating above, with fine speckled lacing as it settles. Aromatics offer up a nice vegetable gourd smell with pumpkin pie spice additions. Flavor has a nice base beer before the pumpkin and spice additions, very balanced between amber ale, pumpkin ale, and spice ale if that makes any sense. Each component is in balance with each other it doesn't hit me over the head with spice or pumpkin and at the end of it I know it's still a beer. Not too candy with the subtle spicing is a win in my book. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a touch of stickiness but never becomes cloying carbonation level is on with a bit of effervescence carrying things along. Drinkability overall is what every pumpkin beer should be able to pull off, balance and a nice level of drinkability.

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz 2011 bottle (5.2% ABV) served in a pint glass. No sediment.

With Fall approaching, there seem to be more pumpkin ales than ever to chose from. In my experience, the pumpkin contribution is subtle, at best, with "pumpkin spices" substituting for the pumpkin. This ale has a prominent dose of natural pumpkin flavor and very little spicing except nutmeg. The beer pours a slightly hazy pale orange-amber with a similarly tinted off-white head. The cap leaves ample sudsy lacing.

The nose has a surprising level of actual pumpkin over lightly toasted pale malt; not "pumpkin pie spices" but actual cooked pumpkin. It is slightly earthy with nutmeg, spicy hops and a hint of cinnamon.

The flavor follows the aroma, if a bit more assertive and spicy. Neither sweet nor bitter, overall, these are well-balanced as are the more complex flavor components. Pumpkin, nutmeg, toasted malt, spicy hops and a touch of cinnamon all contribute to the lasting finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with slightly aggressive but well-chosen amount of carbonation. Nice dry finish.

O - Ichabod is a true pumpkin ale, with an ample dose of pumpkin flavor and well-balanced spicing and hopping that allow the pumpkin and malt backbone to shine thru. It this respect, it is an exceptional Fall seasonal. Can serve as an excellent standard for the style.

Photo of OStrungT
4.39/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale golden yellow, with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving no lace.

This beer has a spicy aroma. Some cinnimon, and nutmeg. And some pumpkin spice. It actually smells pretty good. It has a very slight grainy aroma as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Spicy with some nutmeg and cinnimon flavor. Some nice pumpkin as well. It has a very mild grainy flavor also.

This beer is crisp, and refreshing. It leaves a cinnimon aftertaste. Carbonation suits the style.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the mild flavor is pretty good.

Overall: Thank you Orbitalr0x for this good beer. I liked it. I dont drink many pumpkin ales, but I would drink this one.

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

My first pumpkin beer. I most admit, i didn't want to try a beer with pumpkin smell or taste. Pours fairly clear. Honey golden colour. Spicy pumpkin, nutmeg/allspice aroma (go figure) Kinda sweet with a ginger taste. Mild pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Kinda tastes like pumpkin ginger ale! Nice beer!

Photo of FredTheSeal
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - The beer never seemed to get much head on it and what little head it had dissipated quickly. The beer itself is crystal clear and medium orange.

S - This smells exactly like pumpkin pie to me, even right from the bottle. You can tell it's going to be spicy just by the smell.

T - The pumpkin/spice/caramel flavors are definitely up front. Once these flavors fade there is a noticeable bitterness but this seemed less intense after each sip. The bitterness isn't overwhelming, it's just not typical of Pumpkin Ales. I would definitely classify this as a bold/spicy pumpkin ale.

M - The mouth feel is a little lighter than other pumpkin ales I've had but it's not bad. It seems fitting for the appearance and flavor.

D - I like pumpkin ales and I like spicy pumpkin ales even more so I could definitely have a few of these in a session. I think the lack of sweetness makes it more drinkable than some of the other pumpkin ales.

Pumpkin ales can vary a lot in flavor but this one is towards the spicy end of the category. I'd say it's a good beer in general and I would buy this one again, especially if it was a 6-pack or on tap.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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