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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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1,302 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 37
Gots: 124 | 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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Ratings: 1,302 | Reviews: 515 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Sammy, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

djrn2, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -15%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

metter98, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Texasfan549, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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

brentk56, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

kjkinsey, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

mikesgroove, May 12, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15%

ygtbsm94, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +13.3%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kylehay2004, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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?

ChainGangGuy, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

oberon, May 09, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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).

TMoney2591, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

emerge077, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, 5.2% ABV, and the last straggler from a mixed-sixer from the Liquor Mart in Glendale, Colorado last week during GABF down time.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with one chubby finger of wanly puffy, densely foamy, and slightly bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent fire lick lace around the glass as thing slowly abate.

It smells of sharp, metallic cinnamon, further nutmeg and clove spice, grainy, gritty pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, subtle vegetal pumpkin flesh notes, and an earthy, sort of pumpkin patch dirtiness. The taste is bready, crackery, and grainy pale malt, nicely muddled nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of cardamom, a still understated toasted gourdish goodness, and more of that not-quite-hoppy earthy bitterness.

The carbonation is certainly present, in a lilting, frothy, and duly beguiling manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing else really in the parade ruining mood. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt and pumpkin carrying on, while the spice starts to sag, begging for a re-up.

A decent, straight-ahead pumpkin-pie emulating affair, here, perhaps from that particular grandma whose spice measurements were always a tad suspect, but somehow everything still worked out fine in the end - enter the ABV, stage left. Anyways, tasty, and an appropriately old-school Samhain-worthy offering, all-around.

biboergosum, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

zeff80, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i was unimpressed by this, it seems incredibly flavorless compared to the style standard of the pumpkin beer. maybe folks like it because its so mild, minimal in malt character and in pie spice flavor. maybe its just a touch of fall, rather than a full on plunge into it, but in the context of other pumpkin beers, this one doesnt taste like much. amber colored base beer should have more sweetness and more body, its pretty thin. there is a light cinnamon nose and taste to it, but the pumpkin itself is invisible and there isnt enough other additives in here to fake it. nice carbonation though and with the lighter body i suspect this may make a decent fall session beer for some, but it lacks the spirit of the season for me.

StonedTrippin, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

nickfl, Dec 06, 2012
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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,302 ratings.