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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale

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Ratings: 1007
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.85/5  rDev +37.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 18:36:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of BeaBeerWife


4.83/5  rDev +37.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2008 01:31:08 | More by BeaBeerWife
Photo of nortmand


4.68/5  rDev +33%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2006 17:58:43 | More by nortmand
Photo of BogleHill


4.58/5  rDev +30.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 23:36:10 | More by BogleHill
Photo of TastyTaste


4.47/5  rDev +27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 06:02:26 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of pmcadamis


4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
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?).

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 16:29:56 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of jewski


4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2005 21:14:29 | More by jewski
Photo of jfeger


4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 17:13:26 | More by jfeger
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:16:05 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of OStrungT


4.4/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 04:24:13 | More by OStrungT
Photo of kgrober

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 05:18:17 | More by kgrober
Photo of EBeckett3

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +23.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 23:23:29 | More by EBeckett3
Photo of russpowell


4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 03:57:14 | More by russpowell
Photo of TCMike


4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 02:16:50 | More by TCMike
Photo of neenerzig


4.33/5  rDev +23%
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.


Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 04:01:31 | More by neenerzig
Photo of erikdwallace


4.33/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 00:39:06 | More by erikdwallace
Photo of palma

New York

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 17:22:36 | More by palma
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 04:01:22 | More by jjanega08
Photo of dwren89


4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 00:01:58 | More by dwren89
Photo of TCmichigan


4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as fall beers go, Ichabod is one of my all-time top 5.

In a pint glass, it looks to be a dark orange, with a nice head to it. It smells thin, but you can get the hint of nutmeg and spice, like most fall beers.

The difference in this, compared to others, to me, is it's sustainability. After finding a place with it on tap, and settling in for some college football/playoff baseball, I was able to down 4 of these puppies without even wanting to switch it up.

I found too that as the beer got closer to room temperature, I was enjoying it more. Not to say heating it would be an option, like fall wines, but if it were a cold day and I were outside, I'd grab an Ichabod right off a shelf without a care for temperature.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 21:46:04 | More by TCmichigan
Photo of IchabodcraneIpa


4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured once into a pint glass and drank straight from the bottle

The look of this one is a nice dark reddish brown with a ring of foam around the glass.

The smell of this one was so e spices such as nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and possibly some Ginger or other spice with a fall/ winter flavor.

The taste of this one was actual slightly hoppy at first with a kick of pumpkin spices and nutmeg that surprisingly tasted pretty damn good for a pumpkin ale. I actually prefer this beer in the fall over anything else.

The mouthfeel of this is a nice crisp pumpkin pie like feeling that I enjoyed greatly. A big step up from other pumpkin ales as the spices normally get to me.

Overall this is my fall brew of choice and I pickup multiple cases of this when it comes out on the shelves. A fall seasonal as great as the artwork that graces it's box.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 02:19:59 | More by IchabodcraneIpa
Photo of peterittenhouse


4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours nice orange,hazy hue with thin white head. Spicy aroma is just right and leads into first sip that is crisp and spicy with creamy mouthfeel.Sticky. I'm liking this brew! Pumpkin taste is not overbearing and balances well with the hopiness of this brew.

I am working on the last few of the this case that I bought to kick off the holiday imbibing season. I look forward to this one next year. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 01:32:41 | More by peterittenhouse
Photo of krisandajt


4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying yet another pumpkin beer for Fall...

Appearance: A rough pour reveals a slightly opaque, amber colored brew with a half inch of head that fades very quickly leaving behind a little soapy lacing.

Smell: Aaaah, delicious pumpkin. The spices definitely do not overwhelm, which is a welcome change to some of the other pumpkin brews I have reviewed.

Taste: Like the smell, pumpkin dominates with only a hint of spice. This is what I'm looking for in a pumpkin ale. A refreshing pumpkin taste with only a hint of spice to back it up.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, medium bodied.

Drinkability: One of the better pumpkin ales I've sampled. Not heavy on the spice, a prominent sweet pumpkin taste. A very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 01:42:34 | More by krisandajt
Photo of terrapinfan88


4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown with an amber glow

Smell: Never smelled a beer like this Immediately I get a nose full of french vanilla ice cream. A little pumpkin, allspice, clove, cinnamon.

Taste: Carmel earthy malts, a little pumpkin, cinnamon very well rounded flavors everything fits.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation with some earthy dryness on the back end.

Drinkability: very drinkable

In my personal opinion the more pumpkin the better this didn't have as much as I would have liked but still a very good offering. Very drinkable and well rounded flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:55:09 | More by terrapinfan88
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4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:43:55 | More by Hoptometrist
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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,007 ratings.