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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale

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Ratings: 1008
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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small head, horrible aroma with booziness. Apple juice with strong carbonation. Pumpkin and cloves in taste, the nutmeg and the cinammon, brown suger. Off-bitterness in finish. Light mouthfeel. A me-too pumpkin. Didn't work for drinking, perhaps for cooking.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 05:16:21 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's getting to be that time of year again. The frost isn't quite on the pumpkin yet, but the leaves have turned and have begun to settle to the earth and there's a melancholy note in the quickening autumn breeze. Winter will be upon us before long, but we can keep the harvest season alive a while longer by drinking and reveling in the great beers of the season. To that end, a pumpkin ale from one of the Midwest's best breweries seems the perfect choice on this crisp, late October day.

Lightly hazy pale pumpkin orange with a generous infusion of amber, as well as candy corn yellow highlights. Saying that Ichabod is a 'headless' beer would make for a great narrative, but thankfully that isn't the case. The dark cream-colored cap is reasonably dense while appearing soft and unsticky. When it drops, it leaves nothing more than a short collar of lace.

The nose is a bit underpowered and lacks much in the way of actual pumpkin. I smell lightly toasted pale malt with a hint of earthiness and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spices. Not bad, just not what I had expected and hoped for.

The flavor is more assertive and is more in keeping with the style. Pumpkin is now evident with the aforementioned spices (nutmeg mostly, some cinnamon) contributing nicely. I'd prefer even more flavor however. Malt provides a light sweetness kept in check by a hop bitterness that is more noticeable on the finish.

The body/mouthfeel is light-medium and the amount of carbonation is spot on. I can imagine a better example of the style, but perhaps not a more approachable one. This is a well-balanced pumpkin ale that tries to be all things to all people and succeeds.

Ichabod is not my Holy Grail of pumpkin ales. It is, however, a solid-across-the-board seasonal beer that aficionados of the style should enjoy. It may not be New Holland's best, but it is a more worthy member of their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 16:23:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out the lightest of the three with a hazy orange tinted amber color and a nice soft off white head that reached a height of around an inch or so before it settled down with some nice lacing on the side that really just surprised me with how well it hung in there to be honest. Really quite the solid look. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, all the usual characters here with a touch of a west coast hop flair to it, especially as it warms. Crisp and super clean flavor here. Starts with a touch of a light malt note and then swoops in with a big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg which dries out the palate very nicely. Very even consistency I have to admit as it comes together very nice. Light drying of palate leaves a touch of light spice and the lightest hint of hops on the back of the tongue. Super drinkable, in fact out of the whole night I enjoyed this one the most out of all of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:45:05 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three-fingered head that leaves significant clumpage around the pint glass

Smell: Very nice pumpkin aroma with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg spicing

Taste: Pumpkin flavors followed by subtle pie spicing elements that linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A disaster when I first tasted this in 2007, the 2011 version is nicely balanced with just enough pumpkin flavor and spicing

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 22:53:02 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


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

Similar to many other Pumpkin Ales in that they are lightly malted Pale Ales with added spiciness. Pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, cinamon, and all-spice added for complexity and richness. However, the malts and spices keep the beer a bit thin. Turns out more tea-like than beer-like. Herbal and spicy, but lackluster otherwise. Moderately clean and fresh in the finish, but never rises above the herbal qualities.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 04:08:24 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orangish brown with a light head. Nose brings a good dose of slicing with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Mild pumpkin. The taste and feel are really both quite tainted by an excessive amount of spicing in comparison to anything else that is going on. In the end, this was just taken too far in one direction and there is no balance to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 12:58:45 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles completely covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin spices in the nose
T: The taste has flavors of cinnamon along with notes of pumpkin and nutmeg. The cinnamon really stands out in particular and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Like some IPAs can be considered as a hop bomb, this beer seems like it's a cinnamon bomb and could use a better balance between the flavors of pumpkins and spices.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:30:12 | More by metter98
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 oberon

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

While Iam not a pumpkin pie fan,I haved enjoyed alot of the pumpkin ales I have had,I really enjoyed cottonwoods pumpkin ale down in NC.This one however fell a little flat,poured a nice deep orange color with pretty decent sized head,smell was not strong enough for me some hint of spices but not rich enough for me.Some spiceness and a very faint pumpkin taste just kinda left me wondering where the rest of it was.I'll be sure not to seek this out when Iam back in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 18:33:44 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Alright, some more Autumn seasonals working their way into the Bliss tastings. This one pours a clear dark tawn topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, rye bread, toffee, and a touch of butterscotch. The taste brings in more of the same, though the breadiness kicks into higher gear here. The spices are slightly muted, blending into the bread (creating a sort of banana bread quality). There may or may not be a hint of toasted pumpkin seeds in there as well...I can't tell for sure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy, slightly grainy feel. Overall, a generally enjoyable pumpkin beer. Nothing is done to any great degree, but that probably helps (keeps things from going too far).

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:55:11 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale. My first bottle. Had it on tap last year at Ye Olde Happy Gnome. Decided to give it a second chance.

Clear, lightly orange appearance...creamy, dotted head, lace leaving, nice looking...

Aroma: bam, pumpkin, then pumpkin spice, mostly cinnamon, ...spicy/sweet...I like it, but, ...I no longer love it. The pumpkin ale novelty has long ago worn off on me. That was so 10 years ago...though, now, it' s a seasonal inevitability in some regions...

sniff it again...more spice, more than anything else...now to drink!

Soft and sensuous mouthfeel...very light, and, probably too light. The pumpkin flavor is gone, and all we really taste is the spice...Nice balance, though, neither malt nor hops is felt too heavily, but...here's the but...it's rather blase' beyond the "pumpkin spice" aspect.

Wish it was richer, though, wish it had a bigger mouthfeel, or a mightier texture... wish you could really taste the pumpkin, but...it delivers enough of the flavor to push the product. Can't knock that approach. It's quality, it's even pumpkin-inny! Just wish it was...more...

Well, I only lost $1.75 by buying a single ....no huge loss...

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 23:04:08 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired from Tiklmelmo courtesy of the Hometown BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, pumpkins, some spices and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a minty spice flavor followed by flavors of pumpkin and caramel. The malt character is on the thin side and there's a mild hops presence that brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, does not go down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are several other beers in the style that I would choose over this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:48:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


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

Hazy orange with micro sediment. A small amount of foam in the glass, it ebbs to a soapy ring with tiny bits of lacing.

Floral aroma, with a fair amount of squash underpinnings. Is that a word? Yes. For those curious as to what roasted pumpkin smells like, this is pretty accurate. Here we are, four months after October, and this is still drinking like a champ.

Malty flavors, with the requisite pumpkin, some buttery and nutty flavor too. Some floral chamomile from the spicing, possibly nutmeg. Spices seem a little subdued after a few months in the bottle.

Smooth and easy drinking. Malty, definitely for bock fans. Several of these fresh would be welcome, only had a single...there's always next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 04:51:54 | More by emerge077
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 WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pleasant pale malt and pumpkin scent along with spices. It's dry with a slight cinnnamon/nutmeg aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale and carapils malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a smooth pumpkin/spice taste. It also has a mild hop flavor as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid fall seasonal. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

Serving type: growler

12-05-2005 22:14:58 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with a small, white, soapy head of of foam. It left behind sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin.

T - The pumpkin pie spices dominate this one with loads of nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. The pumpkin flavor plays a minor role to the spices.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth mouthfeel. A light bodied pumpkin ale.

D - This is a pretty good pumpkin beer. You gotta like the labels with the headless horseman.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 20:03:07 | More by zeff80
Photo of jlindros


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

Got on my trip down to visit dfclav in NJ/PA.

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly at first then slows, with a bit of lacing, over mostly clear amber slight reddish orange colored beer.

Nose has bright reddish malts, malty mostly, a light tart fruity like aroma and almost funky yeast like aroma, tart cherry, very light pumpkin, infected? Some pumpkin and hint of spice, light pumpkin pie.

Taste starts with malts and fruit again, some light reddish malts, bright amber malts with some tart fruit again, light cherry and sour berry like flavor, hint of pumpkin, and some earthy bitterness. A light bready malt comes through on the finish, with a bit more acidic flavor, some light pumpkin and more tart spicy fruit flavors, with a hint of bitterness, and a bit drier but sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, sticky and syrupy, good carb.

Overall weird, not quite my style despite that I love sours, this just doesn't fit like it should. Not sure if it's supposed to be like that or it's infected, but doesn't bide too well.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 23:05:09 | More by jlindros
Photo of Knapp85


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking orange brown color, it's got a good amount of clarity to it also. The smell of the beer is a little spicy, it's nothing overwhelming by any means. The taste of the beer was pretty good, the pumpkin flavors up front with a light sweetness of brown sugar. The aftertaste of the beer has a pretty nice autumn spice to it with a light warming feeling. The mouthfeel is drinkable enough to have a few in one sitting. Overall this beer isn't too bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:28:54 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden amber with a thin head that lasts. Lacing sticks as it goes down the glass.

The smell of spiciness comes across as somewhat perfumy. A very mild/subdued aroma. Some light malt.

Pumpkin without the spicing doesn't really have much flavour. Neither does this beer. While I'm not a fan of the overly spiced, here the spicing is underwhelming. The beer base is grainy with a bit of a grassy dryness, with a slightly bitter touch. Eh...

Light-to-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A rather bland beer, and there's a taste of pumpkin, but without much spicing. That would be okay, I guess, but the base beer isn't that interesting. Still-in-all it drinks well enough, as it is inoffensive and isn't too sweet or spicy.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 05:49:13 | More by jwc215
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

Pours a glowing copper orange body with a bright white head floating above, with fine speckled lacing as it settles. Aromatics offer up a nice vegetable gourd smell with pumpkin pie spice additions. Flavor has a nice base beer before the pumpkin and spice additions, very balanced between amber ale, pumpkin ale, and spice ale if that makes any sense. Each component is in balance with each other it doesn't hit me over the head with spice or pumpkin and at the end of it I know it's still a beer. Not too candy with the subtle spicing is a win in my book. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a touch of stickiness but never becomes cloying carbonation level is on with a bit of effervescence carrying things along. Drinkability overall is what every pumpkin beer should be able to pull off, balance and a nice level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 15:30:30 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: clear yellowish orange color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel and pumpkin spice flavors are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, pumpkin spice flavors, and a light bitterness make up a straight forward pumpkin ale. This one has a light touch of breadiness to the flavor too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: decent beer for the season. Goes down easy and hits the spot if you are looking for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 12:10:45 | More by Gavage
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 tempest


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

Picked a single bottle out of the cooler at Liberty St. Tavern. Pours a light amber with a short white head.

This has a pretty standard pumpkin and spice character, but with lighter malts. While most pumpkin ales have an amber or light brown base, this is more like a pale ale for plain, light biscuit malts. Frankly, I don't think it works as well as typical beers from the style. The slightly lighter body makes it more drinkable, but the sweet pumpkin flavor is off-balanced and not as pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 15:19:26 | More by tempest
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3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours an orangish-golden body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin cream head that is a bit soapy. The body has a very faint haze to it.

S- The smell of gingerbread spices and graham crackers is strong but not chemical. A note of honey and some pale malt along with a faint spiciness that might be hops give it more support.

T- The taste of ginger and cinnamon with some nutmeg and pale malt give this a spicy taste. Note of pepper and a carbonic acid or chalkiness combine with the dry taste at the finish.

M- medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol warmth

D-This beer has a very good balance of spices and has some good malt to play a supporting role. It would be nice to see some more malt or hops or alcohol help balance the spices perhaps. The finish is a little too chalky or dry.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 18:47:57 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Jason


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear amber, dense froth

SMELL: Pie spice, ripe pumpkin meat, toasted grain, yeast, vague ripe fruit, vague mint

TASTE: Smooth, moderate size body, toasted cracker, fermented pumpkin flesh, spice, nutty yeast, dates, dry grainy finish

An extremely tasty pumpkin ale. Best thing about this beer ... it tastes like a beer and one I would want to have more than one of. That is saying a lot for Pumpkin Ale IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:24:15 | More by Jason
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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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