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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,077 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 28
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

11-12-2006 05:16:21 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

06-20-2014 14:54:04 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

10-29-2010 12:58:45 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-28-2011 23:05:34 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

10-28-2004 16:23:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

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

11-06-2007 22:53:02 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

08-06-2014 06:16:21 | More by zestar
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

10-08-2006 04:08:24 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

05-11-2011 23:45:05 | More by mikesgroove
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

10-10-2013 00:45:54 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

10-09-2013 22:47:18 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -14.8%

09-18-2013 03:43:22 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-10-2013 00:13:42 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%

A: thin head on a cloudy copper body with nice lacing.

S: toasted malts, pumpkin, hint of caramel with brown sugar and nutmeg.

T: nice pumpkin, spices, yam and brown sugar flavors. typical pumpkin beer but better transition between flavors. not liking the aftertaste though.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. the aftertaste is fairly oily and a little dry.

Overall: More well rounded and complex than others even for the style which is usually straight up pumpkin which comes across as too sour.

12-06-2012 03:49:37 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -15.3%

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?

10-07-2012 03:52:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-12-2013 02:09:28 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

09-07-2011 02:28:54 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

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

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

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).

09-10-2011 03:55:11 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

02-16-2008 04:51:54 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

09-25-2009 20:03:07 | More by zeff80
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

10-24-2010 03:48:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

A - Poured with a small head of off white foam on top of a lightly hazy, copper colore body. The foam settles quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A distinct, vegetal pumpkin note with all the standard spices and some caramel malt character in the background.

T - Allspice and clove up front with some nutty malt in the middle. Finishes with cinnamon, nutmeg, and toffee as well as a touch of hop character for balance.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Well done overall with a good balanced of spices and malt and a finish that is both dry enough to avoid becming cloying, but also malty enough to keep the spices from seeming harsh. This also has the odd distinction of being perhaps the only pumpkin beer that have had that smelled like raw pumpkin, which isn't as unpleasant as it sounds.

12-06-2012 03:49:18 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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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