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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
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526 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 526
Hads: 1,428
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 38
Gots: 160 | 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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Photo of JISurfer
1.78/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This was a mixture of high's and low's for me. The appearamce was the strong point, with it's nice orangey/amber color and the off white fluffy head. After that, it went down the preverbial crapper. Just the thought of the taste and smell makes me cringe in horror. The smell was of old stinky feet and rancid puke. Seriously. I could find a little hint of some all spice in there, but it was then quickly bludgened to death by the horrid smell. The taste was quite similar, but the stinky crap was still there. If you drank it while you held your nose, it wasn't so bad, but I don't want to do that when I drink beer. I drink beer to taste and smell everything it has to offer, so I can fully enjoy it. The mouthfell was a little creamy, but still had the sting of carbonation. Again, this is some nasty stuff. I couldn't finish it, maybe it was a bad bottle, but it was horrid. (879 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
1.79/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Orangey amber colored body with a small whitish colored head. Poor retention, nice legs.

Smells and tastes a bit odd... Here's what I'm picking up;
Caramel malt, Munich malt, some odd dry biscuit malt, pumpkin flesh, tons of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and a German lager type yeast on the finish... It gets better as it warms, but doesn't pull through in the end.

Odd chalky dry feel with a really dry bitter pumpkin and spice finish.

Overall-- let's be honest, I don't usually like pumpkin beers... But this one I find outright offensive. (546 characters)

Photo of MBABJJ
1.86/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A nice orange look. Lots of carbonation. Looks like an average beer

S - Smells malty and like dirty socks.

T - Tastes like...beer. Not really any pumpkin flavor. Very disappointed as I was told this was to taste like pumpkin pie. It's actually pretty gross and not sweet at all

M - Just lots of carbonation. No feel on tongue at all from flavors.

D - I'd rather have Bud light (385 characters)

Photo of herman77
1.88/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Never had a pumpkin ale before. Here goes.

A: Dark, clear orange with a modest off white head. Decent sheets of lacing.

S: Spice is the first thing that hits you, then cinnamon, nutmeg and a little bit of pumpkin. There is a touch of bready malt lurking in the background, just barely enough to let you know this is still a beer.

T: Spice is the main thing you taste. Cinnamon and lots of nutmeg again. A little bit of pumpkin flavor comes through. Kind of like an odd spiced liquid pumpkin pie. There is a little bit of bitter and sourness at the backend. This hardly taste like beer to me, not sure if all pumpkin ales are like this or not so its hard to compare.

M: Lighter body. Pretty soft carbonation. It does feel very thin though, un-beer like.

D: Hmmm. Can't say that I want another one or that I even want to finish this one. Probably will though since I've never had one before.

Glad I only got one in a mix six. Pumpkin beers may not be my thing. I will definitely try a different kind in the future, maybe not this fall though. (1,047 characters)

Photo of crossovert
1.92/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, pours a deep reddish caramel color.

It smells like the forgot the cinnamon and instead got a load of pickling spice. Also some pumpkin and nutmeg.

It tastes more like cinnamon, cinnamon water. It was not a ver good beer, very watery. New Holland failed me here. (277 characters)

Photo of flowerysong
2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Clear medium amber, rocky white head.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt, honey, and spices.

Taste: Ergh, too much cinnamon. Honey and nutmeg in the background, some hops bitterness, but mainly the overpowering cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Light, with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not much. (294 characters)

Photo of HopManEric
2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Im really not sure how they can call this one a pumpkin beer. Aggressive pour leads to nearly no head. Smell had quite a bit of cinnamon which was pretty much the only taste that stuck out to me. Nearly no pumpkin taste which was disappointing given its a pumpkin beer. (269 characters)

Photo of bernie215
2.09/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-has a nice color and poured well
S-Doesnt have much of a smell. I was expecting something reminiscing of fall.
T-Doesnt taste like much. I didnt taste the spices or pumpkin.
M-Smell and Taste didnt do much, neither does the mouthfeel
D-Im pissed I spent $13 on a 6 pack of this stuff. Not good at all. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin is still the pumpkin beer to beat IMO. (371 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
2.27/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing this on my fourth bottle.

Appearence - An opaque reddish-orange color. Two fingers of head with an aggressive pour. The head itself is foamy and clings to the glass. Appears to have low carbonation.

Smell - Nutmeg and gourd right away. Smells sweet and sugary. Very faint cinnamon and other spices. No noticeable fruit notes. Light malt.

Taste - Light gourd and pumpkin are noticeable. Sweet and sugary. Quite viny and stem-like in its taste. The spice does not translate well to the taste. Instead of cinnamon or nutmeg, I just taste sugar.

Mouth feel and overall - Light-bodied and far too sweet. In my opinion, not enough spice or pumpkin taste. Fizzy on the roof of your mouth. A bit skunk overall. Not my top pumpkin ale by a long shot. (755 characters)

Photo of bob3701
2.27/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lighter than most pumpkin brews more yellow than orange. Really white foamy head a decent lacing.
Strange taste to me hard to describe, somewhat bitter with no real pumpkin or pumpkin spice taste. Hint of pumpkin spice in after taste. It was drinkable but not very pumpkin. (273 characters)

Photo of CortexBomb
2.3/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out an off orangish colour with mild haze, not much head though, just a ring left only a minute after the pour. Smell is mainly pumpkin spice with some malt standing behind it.

Taste...a spice blast up front, but it's not like the aroma, it's more ginger mixed with pepper, and doesn't fit the beer that well. The malt is there, along with the most vague rememberence of pumpkin, and an odd...very aluminum bite throughout though, like I imagine biting into a beer can would taste like. I do not like this.

Mouthfeel..thin, as expected for the style, but not much carbonation either. Drinkability reflects my general feeling on this beer, good idea, terrible implementation. I love a well done spice featuring beer, but this doesn't do it for me, not even close.

New Holland continues to underwhelm me... (819 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
2.33/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

26th Review
Bottle to stem-less wine glass.
No info on freshness/drink-by.

L: Burnt copper and a hint of sparkle. 0.5 head on gentle pour. Looks refreshing and like fall!

S: Cloves and cinnamon - a bit overwhelming, but nice. Slight hint of vanilla.

T: Lots of spice up-front that fades to nothing...quite disappointing and not very refreshing - almost a train wreck of a beer.

M: Light and crisp - not much going on here.

O: Not very good. They missed the boat on this beer as there is just too much spice, not enough pumpkin and an overall mess. Quite lame if you ask me. (578 characters)

Photo of Chaney
2.34/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark orange, almost the color of a roasted pumpkin with moderate carbonation and a very small head, which dissipated on contact.

S: Smells of spices that don't seem fresh to me. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices are there, but no sign of the pumpkin.

T: Meh.... slightly better is some ways than the smell, but the overall taste is pretty thin. Where is the pumpkin?

M: Like a lite beer with spices. The ABV is undetectable, but this is flimsy stuff.

D: I will not have this again. Unsavory spices and fake pumpkin....not a good combination. (549 characters)

Photo of bobutt
2.36/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A-A great dark golden, autumn, almost brown color. Late forming head that quickly turn to lace and collar's the glass.

S-NUTMEG over powers everything. get a little cinnamon

T- like fall! with a strong nutmeg and spice followed by a mild pumpkin.

M- very carbonated, so much that it feels like soda water.

Overall It littler lighter then some pumpkins, so it seems more drinkable, but I really didn't like the mouthfeel or the heaviness of the nut meg. I drink it again, but I would not buy it again.

Go Buffs! (519 characters)

Photo of aaronh
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange body topped by a very thin ring of fine bubbles. aroma is faintly of pumpkin pie - nutmeg comes through the most. Flavor is a bit metallic, somewhat artificial tasting. The pumpkin spices just don't blend with the malt and hop profile. Body is also a little thin - seems almost watery with respect to the pumpkin flavor. Drinkability is poor - I saved a few of these hoping they would improve, but it's still the same disappointing beer I bought in the fall. That being said, nobody's perfect. Most of New Holland's line is well above average. (555 characters)

Photo of CWiggins
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm picky about pumpkin beers, and there are only a handful that I find worth re-visiting. I suppose that prejudice may severly influence the way I experience and review new examples, but oh well, that's just the way it is.

New Holland's Ichabod pours a medium amber, and the white head that forms is decent enough; it begins fluffy and is retained for a moment before dissolving into a thin surface covering. The smell certainly betrays the maker's intent: there are hint of pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, and pumpkin here. Unfortunately, most of this doesn't seem to have transferred to the flavor. It is more on the malty/hoppy side, almost like English Pale Ale with a touch of pumpkin than a true pumpkin-centered ale. Very little or no sweetness remains, and the bitter hops totally consume the finish and aftertaste, leaving no room for true pumpkin-ale characteristics. It's certainly not unpleasant to drink, but it doesn't reach up to a true archetype of the style for this reviewer. (995 characters)

Photo of n2185
2.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with good lacing. Definitely one of the better looking pumpkin ales I've had.

S: Typical spices up front--cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc.--followed by some faint vanilla aromas. Not much else.

T: Again, the typical array of spices at first followed by an odd combination of dry, piny hops and bread flavor. Finishes bland and bitter. There is an astringent chemical flavor in the finish as well.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is pretty smooth and would be creamy if not for the clashing and unpleasant flavors.

O: While this beer looks great, it is very much a let-down in the flavor department. Not enjoyable at all and went down the drain before I was halfway through the bottle. (787 characters)

Photo of GusDom
2.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very translucent copper color. The head was just under a finger's worth. Lacing was decent, not too thick but still had some stick around.

Aroma: First smell I got was slight pumkin, cinnamon, and spicy hops. With some more sniffing comes the nutmeg and sweet caramel notes. Not as much pumkin aroma as I had hoped for. Very disappointed with the aroma.

Taste: Again, not much pumkin activity going on. I get that mild/medium hop spice bite I was expecting from the aroma. Nutmeg and allspice is slightly overpowered by the cinnamon. Carbonation is ok, wasn't expecting much for this type of beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Conclusion: I wouldnt recommend this beer to someone looking to try their hand at a good pumkin beer. On the other hand, I would probably recommend this to someone who isnt very fond of pumkin but might want to give the style a try. Still, who the hell wants to drink a pumpkin ale without much pumkin? (952 characters)

Photo of fropones
2.51/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a nice light amber color with a finger of white head that dissipates fairly quick.

S - Smells like beer spiced with nutmeg. Some smells of pumpkin pie.

T - Tastes like drinking pumpkin pie. Some hop bitterness as well. More pumpkin and spices, nutmeg. A hint of black pepper as well. Aftertaste of pumpkin seeds. Maybe not my style, but I don't find it terribly delicious.

M - Maybe if this was bigger bodied it would accomidate the pumpkin pie flavors better. This is just too thin for me. Good carbonation, however.

D - This one may end up being a drain pour for me, but maybe I'm just not a fan of the style. I think I'd like this more if it was a stout flavored with pumpkin, not something this light. (719 characters)

Photo of darkmartin
2.54/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours to a dark, translucent orange with a small off-white head.

Smell: Rather weak with some spicy, pumpkin notes. Maybe a little cinnamon.

Taste: Again, pretty weak flavor with just some moderate spice and minor pumpkin. No discernable hops whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with zero carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly poor, almost no carbonation and weak flavor makes it seem more like a watery juice drink than a beer. (441 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
2.54/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy medium orange color with three fingers of head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly spicy, but not too strong. Little hints of pumpkin and cinnamon aromas. The taste did not really live up to my expectations. It's fairly bland at first, not much maltiness or spice coming through. It has a very metallic finish to it. Rather odd. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, but the drinkability suffers due to the taste. It's not as bad as it could be, and I'd give it another shot someday. (564 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of SeaUrchin
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had a bottle of this the other night, i do have to mention that i had just gotten over a cold and my nose was still a little stuffy

appearance - poured a nice golden amber color with moderate carbonation, barely visible head

smell - smelled of pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices but none strong enough to detect by themselves

taste - taste was alright, a sweet cinnamon at the front, faded more into an almost bitter nutmeg/clove flavor, and finished with a nice sweet pumpkin flavor, none of these flavors were too strong but detectable

mouthfeel - this brew felt almost too watery for me, very thin but the carbonation added a nice little boost to it and worked nicely with the beer, giving it a refreshing feel

drinkability - i could drink a few of these without even noticing it, but it would be one of those beers i drank if i wasnt really paying too much attention to the flavor, more of a smokey halloween party beer than a finish to a week beer that i was hoping for

this beer was alright, iv noticed this year that im not digging the pumpkin ales as much as i was last year, maybe my palate changed, maybe my im just bored with them, or maybe my memories of how they tasted last year are exaggerated to i feel like im being let down, that being said both my brother and girlfriend loved this beer so to each their own, have one more bottle left and ill give it a shot at halloween (1,406 characters)

Photo of jsanford
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a glowing mahogany-orange with a creamy white head that fades to a slight ring and haze.
S - Nice aromas of pumpkin, sweet caramel malt, cinnamon, allspice, and clove. Fits nicely in the middle between the "super pumpkin pie" aroma of Pumking and the "Pale Ale-meets-pumpkin" of Smuttynose.
T - Pretty weak flavors of pumpkin, malt, and some subdued spices. Really watered-down and bland.
M - Fairly smooth, with a medium-thin body and lowish carbonation. Again, really watery. Pretty disappointing.
O - A weak offering that I had high hopes for, I won't be switching away from Punkin just yet... (647 characters)

Photo of TheStig
2.64/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My personal definition for what qualifies as a "gimmick" beer is something that's brewed with specific, typically non-traditional ingredients to take advantage of a particular event or other non-beer related theme. You know, like if someone put liquid smoke into beer and called it "bacon beer" to capitalize on the bacon fad. Holiday themed beers are no different, and pumpkin-themed beers are pretty solidly in the "gimmick" camp.

With that said, this isn't a bad tasting brew regardless of the season it is made to commemorate. Pumpkin is obviously very prominent, but other fruity flavors pop up now and then-- banana and apple to be specific. Nutmeg is very prominent, but not obtrusive. I'm dinging the "smell" not because I didn't like it or I thought it was offensive, but because I couldn't detect anything out of the ordinary or "special" that a gimmicky beer like this should have. If you're going to make a pumpkin beer for Halloween and name it after Sleepy Hollow, it should damn well smell like pumpkin, autumn, wet leaves or hell, even a beheaded corpse.

It's a fine, inoffensive tasting beer that suggests the taste and pumpkin somewhat. It's not earth shaking or spiritual in any regard, but I'd much rather be drinking this than a macro-brew. (1,265 characters)

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.