New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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1.75/5 rDev -50.3%
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.
11-04-2011 02:09:30 | More by AleWatcher
1.8/5 rDev -48.9%
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.
10-20-2010 01:48:58 | More by herman77
1.8/5 rDev -48.9%
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.
01-02-2004 06:26:58 | More by JISurfer
1.83/5 rDev -48%
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
10-19-2008 17:47:58 | More by MBABJJ
1.9/5 rDev -46%
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.
12-01-2010 02:57:19 | More by crossovert
1.93/5 rDev -45.2%
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.
01-08-2008 03:20:15 | More by flowerysong
2/5 rDev -43.2%
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.
08-29-2011 05:02:44 | More by HopManEric
2.08/5 rDev -40.9%
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.
10-11-2010 00:10:51 | More by bernie215
2.17/5 rDev -38.4%
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.
08-29-2011 23:59:42 | More by Jesse13713
2.25/5 rDev -36.1%
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...
10-14-2004 23:35:07 | More by CortexBomb
2.25/5 rDev -36.1%
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.
11-21-2009 22:48:25 | More by bob3701
2.28/5 rDev -35.2%
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.
10-03-2011 02:03:42 | More by spdyfire83
2.33/5 rDev -33.8%
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.
09-29-2012 16:50:00 | More by bobutt
2.35/5 rDev -33.2%
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.
10-17-2011 02:12:01 | More by n2185
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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