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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,358 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 39
Gots: 132 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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Reviews by wingman14:
Photo of wingman14
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with a small off white head that didn't stick around too long. Smell is reminiscent of pumpkin with nutmeg and cinnamon, also some sweet malt notes thrown in. The taste starts with with the malt and subtle sweet notes, not as sweet as other beers of this style. The flavors then quickly shift to the cinnamon and others, very spicy finish, but not overwhelming. Great pumpkin flavors weaved in. This one had nice carbonation and a medium mouthfeel, it was smooth and enjoyable, and didn't overwhelm the palette. Could have multiple beers and not be put off by the spices. An enjoyable pumpkin beer, worth checking out.

wingman14, Sep 13, 2011
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.

oberon, May 09, 2003
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

DanGeo, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

tectactoe, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +13%

OhioBobcat, Aug 09, 2013
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.

ZymCity, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of weatherdog
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

weatherdog, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of SIRIUS2
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

SIRIUS2, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of blackearth
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

orbitalr0x, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of BigMarty1980
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

BigMarty1980, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
Photo of jewski
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

jewski, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of heddar33
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

heddar33, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

warnerry, May 02, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
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3.32/5  rDev -6.2%

TTripp725, Oct 25, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +6.2%

ps6756, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

JakerLou, Aug 30, 2014
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.

Jason, Feb 21, 2012
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.

tigg924, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of reitzbrewing
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

reitzbrewing, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of woodencardboard
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

woodencardboard, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of burninggoat
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

burninggoat, May 31, 2013
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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.