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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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541 Reviews

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Reviews: 541
Hads: 1,506
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 24.29%
Wants: 43
Gots: 202 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.84/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - a lusty pour into a Maudite glass yields a beer that has a slight hazy, translucent orange glow. Thin cap but manages to lace nonetheless.

Aroma - light pumpkin, strong cinnamon, with a smattering of some other good fall spice aromas that are hard to identify.

Taste - rich malty flavor with layers of pumpkin pie spices all throughout. Very toasty and full-flavored with just enough hops to accentuate the malts and spices, culminating with a nice pie crust finish. The most complete pumpkin ale so far.

Mouthfeel - medium body, sufficient carbonation to give it a crisp autumn feel.

Drinkability - a great pumpkin ale, deserving of its following. I feel lucky to have scored the last sixer from Mitch at my local Shop Kwik. Thanks, Mitch!

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.82/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite pumpkin brew to date. I look forward to the release party every year. Most pumpkin brews are too over the top in spice flavors, but this one is perfect. So perfect that you can drink one after another and love it... All the other pumpkins brews you can enjoy about 1 and choke down any after that.

On draught amazing, bottle (2007) dang good.

the best I've had thus far was 2007's "Ichabod Tripel" only available at the autumnfest party. Oh man I wish I had a keg of that.

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Photo of nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with a nice, frothy white head. I suspect that the color comes almost exclusively from pumpkin.

Very light spice notes in the nose, a bit of cooked pumpkin in there as well. Reminiscent of the smells you get walking by a bakery in the height of the fall season.

Slightly sweet flavor with a moderated spice presence. Ends with a surprisingly assertive bitterness.

A bit thin bodied, but quite drinkable, one of my favorite pumpkin ales.

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Photo of BogleHill
4.59/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To me, there's nothing more welcoming in Fall than the aroma of pumpkin roasting in the oven. One sniff of this beer and I am reminded of that feeling. This clear medium amber brew has a wonderfully roasty malt and pumpkin spice balanced flavor. Good mouthfeel and body. Finish is clean malt and pumpkin. Nods to birchstick for this one - great trade!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pumpkin ale of the season. Clear gold body, creamy white head, 3/4". Nutmeg, cinnamon,then the pumpkin. A very nice, rich pumpkin ale, strong spiciness of hop, along with the other spices. The pumpkin is evident, and interesting. Pumpkin ales are somewhat of a challenge to find a really good one, but this may be the best I have had. Combines the boldness of a substantially hopped PA with the seasonably appropriate pumpkin pie spices. Bring a 6 to Thanksgiving, and it would pair wonderfully.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.44/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This is a light-peach hued brew, slightly hazy, with a good two fingers of thick foam. Big time lace sticks all around the glass, and head retention is very respectable. This is a few shades lighter than most pumpkin beers...I hope that doesn't translate to lighter flavor.

S - This smells EXACTLY like canned pumpkin pie filling! This smells outstanding...you can even smell the nutmeg that goes in the pie, and the malt tones are much like flaky pie crust. No real trace of hops or any notes besides pumpkin pie filling, but the one thing that I smell is ridiculously accurate and mouthwatering.

T - More hops in the mouth than in the nose, this starts hoppy and almost piney before transitioning back to that gloriously authentic pumpkin pie note. As in the nose, all of the aspects of pumpkin pie are there...canned filling, flaky white crust, and tons of autumn/winter spice.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a really dry hoppy finish. I like the contrast of hoppy dryness and mouthwatering pumpkin spice at the end.

D - Well done! This one is outstanding. This is the most authentic pumpkin beer I've ever had (although that authenticity is more like pumpkin pie filling than actual pumpkins...that's okay, because who eats raw pumpkin anyhow?).

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great pumpkin beer. The look of it is a nice dark amber, clear body, and a nice white head that dissipates pretty quickly. The smell is really nice. Not the strongest smelling pumpkin ale I've tried, but the nose has a nice malty, pumpkin spice aroma to it. It smells a lot like pumpkin pie. Delicious! The taste is always the best part, right? Well Ichabod has a wonderful pumpkin pie flavor with lots of cinnamon up front. It is a really nice taste of fall. The mouthfeel is medium in texture, nice carbonation. The actual pumpkin makes the mouthfeel nice and smooth. Overall, a great pumpkin ale. One of my favorites this year. I would drink this over and over!

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Photo of jewski
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tons of great foam. Thick, tan foam. Very thick but carbonated as well. Ichabod Ale has a nice dark brown color as well with a red-amber tint. Not unique, but it stacks up at least as well as other premiere beers.

Smell: Tons of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, and some spicy hops as well. Some brown sugar here as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Unlike other fall beers, this stuff actually does really taste like pumpkin (granted it's the second pumpkin ale I've tried). More nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon that balances with the spicy hops and pumpkin-y malt. Good smoothness as well.

Drinkability: Extremely enjoyable with some pumpkin muffins and seeds.

Overall: Awesome.

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Photo of pb9613
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful deep amber/orange color with a nice tan head that lingers.

Smell: This beer smells like pumpkin pie in a glass. There is a hint of the hops but it is in the background of the spices.

Taste: This beer tastes like it pumpkin pie in a glass. You can taste the pumpkin balanced by the spices. The hops are light and in the background.

Mouthfeel: This has a has a nice sweet body.

Overall: The best pumpkin beers have real pumpkin in the mash. Mediocre pumpkin beers just have the spice blend. This is one of the best pumpkin beers on the market in West Michigan.

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Photo of jfeger
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not sure what it is with the New Holland brews, but the Ichabod seems to follow suit very mildly flavored with just hints of it's style. Like all the others it is highly drinkable just not a powerful beer.

A nice slightly burnt orange color only a hint of haze. Good white head that dissipated quickly. carbonation traveled right through it.

S like a mild pumpkin pie hints of malt and pumpkin.

T malty with just a hint of pumpkin in the middle then a slight finish of spice. Not overpowering like many pumpkin ales can be.

M smooth and slightly watery, not thick and heavy like many ales of this variety.

D. Again a very mild flavor that only hints at spices and pumpkin. If I were to make an evening of pumpkin ale it would be this one. Not so overpowering that a second glass would be unappealing.

B+ is my overall thoughts. Like the other New Holland brews this would be a great beer to introduce people to the style. However for dedicated followers it seems a bit on the mild side.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of EBeckett3
4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- beautiful blood orange with nice head, decent laces
S- Pumpkin pie baby - think holidays
T- more pumpkin pie than pumpkin, sweet barley malt & pie flavors, spicy and a little thinner than expected
M-nice finish, drier than I expected, a bit of allspice at the end - drank 2
O - I'm no pumpkin aficionado, but it hit the spot. Nice autumn day and a beer that tasted like it.
Served in a 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse , Westmont NJ

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Photo of kgrober
4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of an Autumn tasting @ Grapevine in Fort Mill, SC.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours slightly cloudy amber/copper color with a nice frothy head that stays throughout.

Nice pumpkin and spice notes on the nose that are subtle and well balanced. Nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon present.

There is a nice toasty pumpkin flavor with great balance and the pumpkin flavors are present without being overpowering.

Very enjoyable seasonal beer. Very drinkable with medium body mouthfeel.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, & cinnamon in good quantity

T: Pumpkin, breadyness & nutmeg up front. Pumpkin flavor stays strong as this warms along with slight grainyness. Finishes dry with pie spices, pumpkin muffin & a touch of herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation; smooths out & become richer as this warms

Drinks really easy, one of the better pumpkin ales out there

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Photo of TCMike
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first pumpkin ale, or pumpkin beer of any sort. I was a little hesitant at first to try it, but It really surprised me.

I poured it into a glass mug, and got about a finger, and a half of a thick tan foam. It smells bready, with a slight pumpkin scent. It has low carbonation. The taste was very good. It was a good medium bodied ale, slight bitter, with just a faint taste of pumpkin.

If I could change it, I would add a bit more pumpkin flavor. Very drinkable.

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Photo of erikdwallace
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the second New Holland beer I've had and I'm very impressed with both this and The Poet. I love fall beers and this is now one of my favorites and quite possibly my favorite Pumpkin Ale. The balance between the Pumpkin and spices is right on. Very satisfying.

Sampled during the Winter 2010 tasting, brought by Timmy.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a single bottle of this a few weeks ago from La Cave Du Vin and it has been sitting in my fridge for a few weeks now. Today December 7th is my 26th birthday so I thought it would be nice to end off my weekend/birthday with this. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a a clear amber orange color with a white head about 1/3-1/4 inch when poured. Little lacing. Eventually settles to a fairly thin white ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice are all present. The taste pretty much is the same, a bit of caramel malt along with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice. Has a fairly crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. Another good one here from New Holland.


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Photo of eskildow
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is a bold Amber color in this one. The smell is spicy, heady but not cloying. Notes of cinnamon and clove in the scent, and the taste takes this an adds pumpkin to the mix. Pumpkin is the dominant flavour with a little pop of spice in the aftertaste.

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Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

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Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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!

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Photo of rob111270
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Had this one on a trip to Atlanta...was a very good pumpkin brew. The spices are well blended and the overal taste appealed to my taste buds! Gove it and try, you won't be disappointed!!

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Photo of Glanzman
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours an opaque, dark amber color with a 2-finger head. Medium lacing.

Smells of fall spices (cinnamon & nutmeg) and pumpkin.

The taste is pretty good. Spices aren't as harsh as some pumpkin beers.

Not sure if I would buy a whole pack of these but definitely singles from time to time.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great pumpkin beer. Every now and then you'll come across a pumpkin beer every September/October/November that is actually memorable, and this is one of them. The pumpkin notes are solid and the taste is right where it should be: pumpkin, but still beer, rather than some weak iteration of a pumpkin ale that only tastes like one or the other.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky caramel color with a minimal off-white head that soon disappears. It's nice to see a pumpkin ale that actually looks like pumpkin. Aroma is a pleasant blend of citric hops, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with none in excess. Crisp and invigorating, I might be perfectly content just smelling this beer instead of drinking it.

The flavor profile has a lot going on, but it's really well balanced, so much so that the flavor is more of a cohesive whole than the disparate collection of elements that one finds all too often. There is some of the citric hop flavor that was present in the nose, along with a decent dose of pumpkin and just enough of the pumpkin spices to lend some zip to the mouthfeel. The carbonation feels spot-on for the style as well. There isn't much progression in the taste, as all elements are present from start to finish, though the hops may linger just a shade longer than the rest. I typically am not a hop man myself, but it seems that in the midst of the pumpkin spices, a decent dose of hops is exactly what is called for to balance things out. If I had to identify a negative, there may be a slight metallic taste in the finish, but that really is nitpicking.

Overall, this a very well balanced and aromatic brew that embodies the season and is easy to drink. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin ales, but this is surely one I would enjoy having again.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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