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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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527 Reviews

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Reviews: 527
Hads: 1,435
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 40
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
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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Reviews: 527 | Hads: 1,435
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.84/5  rDev +39.5%
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! (765 characters)

Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.82/5  rDev +38.9%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +34%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of BogleHill
4.59/5  rDev +32.3%
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! (351 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.44/5  rDev +28%
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?). (1,301 characters)

Photo of jewski
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of jfeger
4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of EBeckett3
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
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 (436 characters)

Photo of kgrober
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
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 (516 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of erikdwallace
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Eric (798 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
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! (649 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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! (298 characters)

Photo of rob111270
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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!! (188 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (1,384 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a Napoli Grande glass

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with one and a half fingers of soapy head

S- A cornucopia of Autumn aromas. Nice pie crust smell, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin.

T- Big pie crust like breadiness, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin, and some citrus character as well. A really nice balance of malty and spicy. Only drawback is the finish is a little bit seltzer like in the taste and carbonation once it got warmer.

M- Good mouthfeel that falls between some of the thinner pumpkins beers like Post Road and some of the fuller bodied ones like Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin.

O- This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers out of the ones I have had. I like pumpkin beers but usually after one that is enough for me, this is much more drinkable than many of the pumpkin ales I have had. This one strikes a great balance between the malt and the spice. I had this on tap several times last fall and thought it was great, still holds up. (990 characters)

Photo of palma
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: cinnamon, big nutmeg.

Taste. Raw pumkin. Sweet upfront. A little soapy bitterness. A good soapyness though. I dont know but i like it. Piney hop oil. Finishes very good. Lingering malt, oily. Lingering light pepper notes. Very complex for a pumkin ale. I love the finish of this beer. Dispite the complexity and sweetness, it still says BEER at the end.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. Slick. Good feel.

This is a great pumkin ale. Of of the best I've had. (457 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased March, 2012 and enjoyed a month later. From Fall, 2011.

This poured with a nice amber hue and some foam.
I smell a nice nutmeg aroma, along with some cloves and cinnamon, as well as some pumpkin notes. Not just the holiday spices but actual pumpkin. A refreshing change from some other pumpkin ales.

Pleasant, pleasing flavor. More of the same spices are present, along with the pumpkin flavoring. Maybe this is just because its off season and I don’t have a recent point of reference but I’m digging this brew. (529 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating

A= Pours a dark amber color with a thin bubbly head that rises to a skin and falls somewhat slowly to a ring around the glass Solid lacing despite the lack of a head.

S= A little light but I get a nice pumpkin aroma with the right amount of spice in it. Cinnamon and nutmeg come through nicely.

T= The taste is very nice. A good mix of beer and spicey pumpkin flavor. Lots of good spice comes up front before being swallowed by a rich malty sweetness and a strong pumpkin finish. There is a bit of a hop profile that briefly makes an appearance as well.

M= A little too high on the carbonation.

O= This is a solid pumpkin beer. It deserves way better than it's rating that's for sure. A good drinkability as well as a nice flavor profile. Most pumpkin beers are either too light on flavor or too large in alcohol. This baby is just right. (863 characters)

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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