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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale

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Ratings: 1009
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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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 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 alkemy


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Faintly cloudy amber color with a rich light tan head. Lacing is quite prominent.
S - Very nice spices including clove and hints of nutmeg. Unlike Pumking, this seems to get its flavor from the spices added. I mean, you could add allspice and cinnamon to my description as well…more in the taste section...
T – Super smooth. The taste is identical to the smell profile. As with the smell, it seems this beer is conjured with a few bottles of spices, but that is not being said as a detriment. This is a really satisfying beer…also tasted great with my blackened fish sandwich.
M – I’d like it to be a bit stickier, but nonetheless, mouthfeel was satisfying.
O – Good. Pumpkin was not overpowering and the beer was very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 02:17:35 | More by alkemy
Photo of Jdouble777


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: mildly dark reddish orange look with minimal froth, overall tempting but not enticing
S: slight pumpkin/nutmeg hints, could stand to be more bold and profound but has some of what your hoping for...
T: nothing special, but that makes it special to me...very smooth, simple, to the point, and drinkable...has some clove, nutmeg, pumpkin to it but relaxed
M: very full feel with actively hop feel that does not follow into the tast too much, nice
O: enjoyable, well worth checking out but not something to brag about per se

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2012 22:48:03 | More by Jdouble777
Photo of stckhndlr


2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- had on tap at capital ale house in Richmond VA. Very clear amber beer with a foam head made of micro bubbles. So clear I could read through it.

S- lots of pumpkin spice notes. Blends with a caramel sugar aroma. Very strong. Also getting hints of clove and nutmeg in the back half.

T- a brief flash of the pumpkin gives way to the spices and the clove. The finish ends with a bitterness that seems to be a cross between faint hops and the cloves.

M- smooth feel to it. Easy to drink. Low carbonation.

O- I love how this smells and it really shows a lot of promise when I hold it to my nose. But it disappoints from there. The clove bitterness is a turnoff. The taste just doesn't live up to the aroma. If you are looking for a pumpkin ale that drinks like a regular pale ale then this is for u. But if u prefer bigger pumpkin flavor I would try something else.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 19:01:37 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a clear, amber-tan body with a very slim coating of near white foam from a generous pour.

Smell: Where the taste was woefully one-note in its spice quality, the aroma promised something a bit more rounded, as, while the spicing is prevalent here, the pumpkin and malts played a fair part in the nose. Just didn't translate in the flavor, unfortunately.

Taste: Bready, scantly toasty malted barley interrupted by a big bolt of cinnamon and nutmeg cutting off the pumpkin flavor and giving it the middle digit. Nil hop character, very low bitterness. It's mainly just the spices straight through to the dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: More pumpkin, less spice, if you please. Hell, I'll just take less spice. One step at a time, you know?

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 03:52:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a golden-orange colored brew with a one finger off white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a moderate amount of lacing

Smell – The aroma is malty with a good strong pumpkin smell. Mixed with these are pie spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some allspice. While pumpkin pie like, the aroma is actually more on the savory side with the sweet smell being on the lower side.

Taste – The taste begins with a malt backbone and a heavy sweetened pumpkin flavor. While not detected much in the nose, the sweetness is mainly brown sugar in nature. Spice flavors are upfront in the taste, but actually grown stronger more toward the middle. Cinnamon and nutmeg overpower at the start, but are then matched by some clove and allspice toward the middle and the end of the taste. These flavors bring the taste to the end leaving a medium robust spiced pumpkin pie flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium side with a higher level of carbonation. While making it somewhat more refreshing, a slight decline in the carbonation would have suited the pumpkin and spice flavors better.

Overall – Not too bad. Not overly sweet and it had a decent flavor and feel profile. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 00:25:24 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of BigTuna

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ichabod is an amber orange color and pours with little head. Not much lacing to speak of.

The smell is wonderful: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, brown sugar, etc. The smell is followed nicely by a very similar taste. I got strong hints of cinnamon with undertones of nutmeg and pumpkin. And yet, Ichabod never forgets that it is a beer. The cinnamon taste accents the beer wonderfully.

Mouthfeel is where this beer gets in a little trouble. It's a bit flat and goes down almost too smoothly. It teeters on the edge of being too watery. But still, the wonderful flavor helped me overlook this slight malfunction.

Overall, I would say this is quite an underrated pumpkin ale. It does exactly what beer drinkers ask a pumpkin ale to do, no more and no less. Granted, it does taste a bit better on-tap than from the bottle, so if you have the opportunity to try this on draft, go for it. I'm usually not a huge fan of NH, but I have to say they pull this off well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 13:46:37 | More by BigTuna
Photo of mactrail


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant malty taste with a distinct touch of pumpkin, especially after it warms up. A light hand with the spice, but a nose of cinammon and candy. Some hops give it a more quaffable edge. Not so over-flavored as others in the pumpkin patch. Quite decent with an interesting spicy tang. Light coppery color.

Had a pint of this on tap at Monarch in Grand Rapids.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 04:36:36 | More by mactrail
Photo of WoodBrew


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the Ichabod Ale yesterday at our local Tap House Bar & Grill. The beer came in a pint glass. The color was a rich clear amber with decent white foam that laced at the top....not so much at the bottom. I'm suffering from allergies currently so my smell might be a little off, but I smelled more cinnamon and nutmeg than I did pumpkin. The taste started like a typical red ale, then the cinnamon really took over. The pallat was left clean, but then the pumpkin start to come out. As the beer warmed the flavor because more robust. This is a very good pumpkin beer. The mouthfeel was docked slightly due to the spicey cinnamon flavor...made it so one is probably enough. Good job Holland!

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 12:19:23 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of kell50

North Carolina

2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on draft at one of my favorite pubs in the world- Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC.

A: Poured like every other beer that has ever existed since the beginning of time. Which is neither bad nor good. Looked pretty average to me.

S: Didn't really smell like much of anything; maybe a hint of malts, touch of spices, and a very faint aroma of pumpkin. This made me begin to wonder..

T: Wait a second? This is a pumpkin ale?? It tasted like a year old marzen with a hint of spices. Extremely bland with not much of anything going on.

M: As mentioned, it was really a boring beer.

O: I'm a lover of pumpkin beer & I'm also a fan of New Holland. However, NH Ichabod Pumpkin Ale.. not so much. This beer was a let down.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 00:36:58 | More by kell50
Photo of gatornation


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap in pint glass

A- pours a golden crimson color with an off-white head and a small amount of lacing..a fresh collar remains thru-out

S- was light pumpkin,brown sugar,nutmeg,and malts

T- was pumpkin spice with sweet malts,a touch of cinnamon ,with vanilla and hops

M- medium carbonation with spices sweet and crisp

O- its a light pumpkin ale but tasty

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 22:42:48 | More by gatornation
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrived a deep amber with no head. Smells of very faint pumpkin but a ton of spice; cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice all very intense. In the taste cinnamon and nutmeg dominate. The pumpkin comes through in a back up roll in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Overall not a very good pumpkin ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 16:10:11 | More by tdm168
Photo of wingman14


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with a small off white head that didn't stick around too long. Smell is reminiscent of pumpkin with nutmeg and cinnamon, also some sweet malt notes thrown in. The taste starts with with the malt and subtle sweet notes, not as sweet as other beers of this style. The flavors then quickly shift to the cinnamon and others, very spicy finish, but not overwhelming. Great pumpkin flavors weaved in. This one had nice carbonation and a medium mouthfeel, it was smooth and enjoyable, and didn't overwhelm the palette. Could have multiple beers and not be put off by the spices. An enjoyable pumpkin beer, worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 04:07:08 | More by wingman14
Photo of johncampbell


2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on November 10, 2010 from a rotating seasonal tap at Brendan's in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ichabod poured a golden-orange-brown color with a small, but creamy head that sheeted the glass.

The nose was bland and beery and offered only a faint hint of pumpkin.

The flavor was bready with just a hint of pumpkin and spice, maybe some cinnamon and clove, or maybe that's just wishful thinking. It finished just slightly dry with a hint of something like spice.

It was medium-bodied with a huge, creamy mouthfeel and proper carbonation.

This was the first time I've been disappointed by New Holland Brewing Co. They are one of my top 5 favorite American breweries and have never let me down until now. The beer wasn't bad, there just wasn't enough pumpkin spice character and New Holland rarely lacks character. One was enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 23:40:49 | More by johncampbell
Photo of jampics2


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in an open-mouthed pint glass.

Ichabod looks nice in the glass. It's an amber color with orange and brown notes. The beer is clear and filtered in appearance, and the minimal head is reawakened easily to cover the sides of the glass in white lace. But the beer does loose it's head easily, which is probably why it's called Ichabod.

The aromas are typical for the style - bready, caramel, cookie malt with just a hint of toast and lots of spices. Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, honey, clove, and allspice dmoniae, but the're some weird vegetable notes that I don't think are pumpkin. Also noted is some apparent booze which, at 5.5%, probably shouldn't raise it's ugly head.

The taste is nice, but nothing so heavy you'd need a crane to lift. So I guess we can call this Ichabod Crane-less (*ducks tomatoes*). There's some pumpkin flesh in the mix, along with toasted malt and sweet caramel. There's also the spices noted in the nose, the most prominent of which are cinnamon and nutmeg. A light bitterness is present. Pleasant and one of those pumpkin beers that is more of a beer than a dessert in a glass.

The mouthfeel is above average but nothing to write about, unless you're me and you feel you have to write about all aspects of every beer you drink. We'll, I'm like me, so here goes: Medium body, with creamy carbonation and an abrupt finish with lingering mild bitterness and spices. I like this beer, it's a good seasonal, but Elysian's Night Owl runs circles around it. For a more available alternative in the midwest, if you're willing to step up on the ABV's just a touch, go for the Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 13:35:55 | More by jampics2
Photo of Spider889


4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep orange color, thin off-white head.

First impressions of this was that it was a pumpkin pale ale. some nice hop bitterness for balance to the pumpkin and spice flavors.

On my second go at this I started to pick out some chamomile and sage notes in the smell and on the finish of each sip.

Overall though, the flavor was composed of lots of cinnamon. Reminded me of a snicker doodle. Nice roasty bread flavors and a pilsner-esque bitterness aftertaste.

Overall one of the better pumpkin beers I've had this year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 06:23:05 | More by Spider889
Photo of clayrock81


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber body w/ a one-finger head that died quick and left minimal lace on top of a rather pedistrian aroma as barely any spices poke out; aroma seems to be muted for some reason. A creamy, stiff pumpkin beer that isn't bad but seems like it's been made for mass consumption. The pumpkin and nutmeg spice are minimal and the beer passes very lightly, even watery for a pumpkin beer. Crisp backbite w/ spicy pepper edge is decent finish. A good beer but one is enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 16:58:26 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Goldopelgt


3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man it's been a while since my last review, not that I haven't been drinking, but I guess I just got lazy!?!

Have had this brew many times, but this (to my recollection) is the first time on tap...

A: Pours a clear, amber-reddish color with a decent looking white-ish head.
Little to no lacing, but still looks decent enough...
S: Nose is malty and spicy...nutmeg and cinnamon up front with a hint of pumpkin, floral hop notes, and something sweet, brown sugar maybe?!?
Nonetheless, smells exactly what I would expect from the style...

T: Definitely malty, but the spices do come through nicely...mostly nutmeg up front, but the cinnamon and pumpkin seem to linger on the palate.

M: Not overly carbonated, with a light/medium feel...enjoyable...

D: Overall, not the greatest pumpkin beer out there, but by far not the worst.
I've always (modestly) enjoyed this beer, and it doesn't seem to fail,.
Worth a shot, and not to mention very easily drinkable...

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 21:23:49 | More by Goldopelgt
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served on draught at Old Chicago in Okemos, MI.

Mostly clear coppery amber in color with just a hint of haziness. Thin very white head dissipated very quickly to a thin white ring that stuck around through to the end. Light partial lacing.

A sort of malty pumpkin pie spice smell. Compared to other good pumpkin spiced brews out right now, this one seems a bit weak, but still a bit better than your average brew.

Nice solid amber ale, a bit on the dry side, good balance, and only a hint of pumpkin. Perhaps it's just me, but I would normally expect more pumpkin in a pumpkin beer. The finish is mostly clean and short and there is a bit of pumpkin spice in the finish.

Weight in the mouth is quite average - not bad, but not particularly good either. Carbonation is reasonable, but again, just middle of the road and nothing to write home about.

As for drinkability, one of these was plenty and I was ready to look for something different, even if it was a different pumpkin beer. It sounds like I'm really cracking on this beer and I don't mean to, but it is very average and, well, kinda boring.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 20:06:38 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of JamesS


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange color with a bit of nice head and lacing. Nice clean scent, slightly malty with just hints of pumpkin. Good flavor, a nice malty beer with the slightest hints of pumpkin and spice. Not the deepest pumpkin ale, nor my favorite, but a good one for starting someone out that way if they like a nice amber ale. Goes down very smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2009 14:50:15 | More by JamesS
Photo of madtowndmb1


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I recently had the pleasure of going to the New Holland brewery and enjoyed myself to say the least! I may have tried everything there?

A: standard Pumpkin ale with all the classic scents you want and enjoy.
S: I actaully loved the smell of this beer. Some Pumpkins can be overwhelming but this one was quite nice.
T: I liked, it was what I expected. My Wife LOVED it!
M: I enjoyed the thinness of it and it didn't linger to make room for the next sip right away.
D: I wouldn't want more than one or two, but that goes for this style. I'd have it again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2008 15:48:49 | More by madtowndmb1
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 CDBeerDisappear


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light orange in color without a significant amount of foam. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Neither a spectacular aroma nor taste. It didn’t taste bad but given the choice between this beer and others there are many other that I would rather drink. The flavor was predominantly bready malt with the pie spices. Mouthfeel was good, carbonation was adequate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2007 19:18:34 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of MtnBikingandBeer


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pub pint glass at one of the local watering holes. Amber/orange in color, one finger head that didn't last too long. Smell is faint pumpkin/ginger, subtle. It tastes about how it smells, pumpkin, ginger and malt, but nothing overpowering. Smooth, average mouthfeel, carbonation very minimal. Compared to years past, this year's version is much more drinkable. In the past, it was very sweet and one/two was enough for me. This year, as with a number of the Brewery's other beers, the beer seems to be toned down to appeal to a greater number of people, hence the increased drinkability. But "pumpkin pie in a bottle" as I remembered it, no longer is the case.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2006 15:50:06 | More by MtnBikingandBeer
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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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