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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale

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1,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 27
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of Bierguy5


2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness or best by date. Slightly hazy golden liquid, with a touch of an orange tint. White foamy head, which stayed for a few minutes leaving a little bit of lace. Smells of some pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg. None of the smells were terribly overpowering, mostly faint. Pale malt flavor, kind of a funky taste with some bitterness, but maybe not hop related. Light body, highly carbonated, slightly fizzy. Overall, seems kind of messy, bitter which doesn't seem to fit pumpkin ales. Not the worst out there, but I don't think I would search this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 01:32:50 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Skidz


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

Pours out gold and sits amber in the glass with a fluffy off-white head with nice lacings.

Smells malty and filled with pumpkin and spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon and nice hops backing it up.

Taste starts out sweet and spicy, again, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger. Maltiness is well balanced with the hoppy finish, still lingering with spices. Excellent flavoring of pumpkin pie.

Smooth and creamy in a medium body and good carbonation. Easy drinking with nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 23:54:02 | More by Skidz
Photo of noclue


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12oz. bottle served in shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a boring pale golden colored concoction with a small tan head that lasts as long as my interest in this beer.

Smell: Smell? What smell? Mild spicey aroma with faint hint of hops.

Taste: Cloves and ginger, mild acidic bite.

Mouthfeel: Watery, medium to high carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability: Easy, yet not very enjoyable to drink. I've heard good things about New Holland, but I fear we've gotten off to a bad start.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 03:39:50 | More by noclue
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with a one finger head and pretty good lace. Smell of cinnamon and orange with some ginger and slight alcohol overtones. I don't smell much pumpkin though. Initial hop bitterness, followed by orange and cinnamon. A bit watery for a pumpkin ale, but decent though. Finishes a bit dry and leaves a nice hop bitterness on the sides of your tongue. I could drink a couple of these in one sitting but not much more than that. It's better to get a six, stick it in the fridge, and have one on a Sunday afternoon while watching some football. Not a great beer, but it is a nice one to drink this time of year. Grab some just to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 21:17:46 | More by sabrills70
Photo of BrewMaster


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that I picked up while in Dearborn, MI. The beer is a nice orange to yellow color with a light tan head. The aroma, as expected, is full of pumpkin spice smells. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet pumpkin. It also has a bit of alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor is not potent but more sublte. It has a cinnamon taste but more of an earthy cinnamon than a sweet cinnamon. It is a bark quality to it too. The subtle flavor makes the beer seem a bit weak on flavor. It has more of an alcohol taste than a pumpkin taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 21:32:38 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of ZAP


3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden color...creamy white head..nose is big on cinnamon and ginger...not much in the way of pumpkin....body is on the lighter side of medium...not real substantial...taste is mild... cinnamon again...seems almost watery at the end...the spicining is nice but it just seems to be lacking in pumpkin and also depth and body...average..

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 05:19:15 | More by ZAP
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first impression of this beer was its suprisingly light color. It wasn't as light as a Bud Light, but for a pumpkin ale, it was pretty weak. The aroma was nice and pure with a true pumpkin spice smell filled with heavy nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste was ok, but it finished way too dry for me to enjoy it. The spices came quick from the start but in the end I was just left with a wierd mouthfeel. I would not go as far as saying this is a bad beer, but there are definately some better pumpkins out this season.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 23:40:02 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of Bighuge


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

Pale golden tone that shows no carbonation. LIght colored for a pumpkin beer. Thin off white head recedes to a rimming in no time. Lacing is negligible. Sweet and spicy aroma. Honey and orange and cinnamon, nutmeg...a dash of ginger. Not bad. Get the orange/honey thing on the palate as well. Some pumpkin if you look real hard, but barely detectable. A lot of cinnamon on the buds as well. Spicy. Body is medium at best. Everything is pretty average with this pumpkin brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 02:14:24 | More by Bighuge
Photo of CortexBomb


2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 23:35:07 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of lackenhauser


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

Amber in color-sort of leans towards orange. OK head. Spices in the aroma.Some malt. Ok flavor-theres a slight maltiness and the spices come thru but both are hidden behind a slight metallic flavor that lasts the whole way down. Body is suited to the style. A decent enough beer. Id say to definately try it if your looking to find a better pumpkin beer. Perhaps I got an off sample-lose the slight harshness I think it could be a better,more enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2004 01:29:00 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Brian700


3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a decent looking beer with an O.K. looking head. It's color is a sort of a hazy golden. It doesn't look like I had imagined it would. The aroma didn't really smell like I would have expected it to as well. Pretty week on the spicey aroma. I could pick up on a little bit of ginger which isn't really the main spice you would want to emphasize in a pumpkin ale. The first sip of this beer is spiciest taste you will experience while drinking this beer. This is because that the spices are so mild that after the first drink or two your taste buds just kind of ignore or forget about them. Could definately use a little more spice. The mouthfeel is good. Nice amount of carbonation. It's an average beer. It's drinkable but I could think of many other beers I would rather be drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 23:40:45 | More by Brian700
Photo of 99bottles


2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy golden with the faintest hue of peach. Thin fizzy white head with below average to poor retention. Thin lace persists, but does not cling to glass.

Smell: Singular. Ginger. You might convince me of clove or nutmeg, but mostly ginger. Absolutely no pumpkin to this nose.

Taste: Hmmm. Not what I would expect a PUMPKIN ale to taste like. Tastes more like a Budweiser with some spices. The pumpkin taste tries to creep in the aftertaste, but the wash of “fall spices” sends it back underneath the bland two row and into only the most optimistic of memories. Ginger, in a much overstated fashion, then clove and nutmeg, then cinnamon, then finally, maybe a taste of pumpkin. Disappointing. Get Smuttynose if you want to taste pumpkin in your ale. Get Bethlehem Brew Works if you want to taste Pumpkin Pie in your ale. Get this if you want to be let down and hypocritical of pumpkin and fruit/veggie ales in the future. Sad.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Thin, highly carbonated. Nowhere near as malty as it ought to have been. Not viscous enough, not balanced. Drinkable? It’s as drinkable as Natural Light. Meaning, easy to drink and somewhat difficult to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 16:43:37 | More by 99bottles
Photo of ken3c


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color is appropriate. Head is a little small but leaves a ring that laces a little. Very clear.

Aroma has a subtle combination of UK hops, malt, and nutmeg.

Sweetness up front is quickly replaced by a bold bitterness. The pumpkin taste only shows up for the aftertaste. This is like a really good pale ale with a little extra.

Mouthfeel is light-medium body. Smooth and lightly carbonated.

I just can't help smiling when I drink this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 06:24:16 | More by ken3c
Photo of redmosquito


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

From the bottle a dark orange in color with a good toasted bread colored head. Spicey aroma with notes of pine. Flavor is of subdued malt sweetness and assertive pumpkin pie spice. I admit I am a pumpkin beer fan, but I think most would find this enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 20:31:03 | More by redmosquito
Photo of trumick


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

I like this beer, and this is not my normal orderly review but this is not a normal orderly beer. It is great for the style. Very spicy, nutmeg, pumpkin scent. Sweet malt, spice taste with a dry hop, ginger, pepper finish. The pepper finish stays for a while. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with heavy carbination. I could drink a bunch of these. What a nice beer. I will buy these whenever they are available.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 03:27:27 | More by trumick
Photo of mattcrill


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

States right on the label that it's brewed with real pumpkin...we shall see.

Appearance: Pours orange-amber and crystal clear with a rocky white head.

Smell: Refreshing blend of light hops, spice, and flowery aroma.

Taste: Hop bitterness first, ginger, and cinnamon next then...it's done. WTF??? I didn't taste any pumpkin in there. Sip again...nope it's the same taste. I'm not picking up any pumpkin. To me, this tastes like a mild pale ale with a few spices thrown in as an after-thought.

Mouthfeel: Very light, crispy, and refreshing.

Drinkability and overall: Pretty light, quaffable brew. To quote Bono, "I still haven't found what I'm looking for". To me, this beer did NOT come as advertised. There is a lot of hype around here about New Holland Brewing. This beer did not live up to the hype. I wouldn't even consider this a good fall brew. Your time would be better served elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 16:47:03 | More by mattcrill
Photo of SheepNutz


2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy medium orange color with three fingers of head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly spicy, but not too strong. Little hints of pumpkin and cinnamon aromas. The taste did not really live up to my expectations. It's fairly bland at first, not much maltiness or spice coming through. It has a very metallic finish to it. Rather odd. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, but the drinkability suffers due to the taste. It's not as bad as it could be, and I'd give it another shot someday.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 03:52:18 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

1.8/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 06:26:58 | More by JISurfer
Photo of marburg


2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Watery, thin, pale, lacking in flavor, and washed out.

Fleshy yellowy-peach color with a mild off-white head. There's nothing "wrong" with the appearance, but a good pumpkin ale, I think, should have a deeper, richer color -- presumably to match its depth of flavor.

Pretty strong malty pale ale-like backbone with minimal spices, predominantly nutmeg. A little estery fruit flavor -- kind of a mish-mash of tropical fruits and pumpkin -- round it out. Tastes like poor store-bought pumpkin pie.

I prefer the real deal. Mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 01:37:45 | More by marburg
Photo of maxpower


3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with a nice creamy off white head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma of butter and mild pumpkin pie spices, a bit sweeter than I expected, light pumpkin pie flavors, but not over done, nice balanced, good spicy aftertaste, medium bodied with a slightly watery mouthfeel, one of the better pumpkin beers around.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 20:11:52 | More by maxpower
Photo of ngandhi


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nutmeg nose. Very "beery." New Holland does a surprisingly good job of INTEGRATING the pumpkin flavor into Ichabod Ale (instead of just laying it on thick and heavy). It tastes like pumpkin, but I don't think I would've known it on a blind taste test. The flavor's actually an odd mix between American wheat and amber ale.

This is certainly a beer to be paired with a fall dessert -- pumpkin pie, obviously, but pear tart or apple pie might also work very well. On its own, this brew is unsatiating. I appreciate that New Holland makes this a beer first (instead of a liquid pumpkin pie); the ability to ferment any residual sweetness and vegetativeness out the pumpkin while maintaining a light pumpkin flavor (helped greatly by the nutmeg nose) is commendable.

The medium/full body is fizzy and unpleasant at times.

Subtle. Subtle. Subtle.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 02:47:46 | More by ngandhi
Photo of winomark


2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep golden color, lighter than other pumpkin beers I have tried.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices dominate, but also has a good malt backbone.

Taste: Dry spices in the front, with malt taking over through the finish. Somewhat tannic.

Mouthfeel: Tasty, but the tannic flavors gives a dry, unimpressive mouthfeel.

Drinkabilty: This beer needs more pumpkin flavor to be considered to the style, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 16:57:37 | More by winomark
Photo of Mitchster


3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with Caravienne and Carapils malts. Cascade & Mt.Hood hops. Re-reviewed on 9-22-06
OG=1.065, 5.5% ABV, 15.40 IBU.

Finely cloudy peach colored brew pours with nary a head. This bottle must have had a leaky seal, as there was barely a "whoosh" as I opened it. Even with a vigorous pour, this barely achieves a flimsy soapy white head. There is no lacing to speak of. Carbonation is very mild. Aroma is predominately fruity and grainy vienna or munich malt tempered by a strong note of ginger, and more subtle nutmeg, cumin and cinnamon. Taste is decent for a pumpkin brew, not usually being a fan. There is a strong touch of the spices mentioned above, with a banana baby food sweetness rounding it out. There is a subtle touch of hop spice towards the end with a hint of bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice, with a watery crispness and medium body. Towards the end, there is a touch of toasted graininess.

Overall, an average pumpkin ale. I wouldn't drink more than one of these of these in a row, as the spices are quite palate-fatiguing.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 17:51:58 | More by Mitchster
Photo of cokes


2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Particle-laden yellow with a rapidly fading white cap.
Spiced nose of pumpkin, ginger and cinnamon. with a crust-like pale maltiness and sour tinges.
Flavor enters with a dry, pils-like maltiness. It's quickly brushed aside in favor of the promised ginger and cinnamon. Sourness hints at pumpkin pulp but also lime juice. Not much to speak of otherwise. Hopping is negliable.
Thin bodied and could have been a refreshing Autumn quaffer. Its well-spiced (but not overdone) nature is appealing. The sourness is not. Nor is the lack of malt and hop depth.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a pumpkin beer fan. But even objectively, this is miles from special.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 00:34:28 | More by cokes
Photo of Winter


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a white head that settles on the surface. Aroma consists of fleshy pumpkin, malt, damp hay, nutmeg, clove and a hint of cinnamon. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Taste consists of pumpkin with a chewy bready malt front. The middle introduces a nice balance of bitterness from Cascade and Mt. Hood hops. A nice spice-flavored finish of clove and nutmeg close things out.

As far as pumpkin beers go, this isn't half bad. Definitely something you have to be in the mood for (which I was). Not sure if I could drink this on a regular basis, but Ichabod is pretty good for a Autumn offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 20:07:44 | More by Winter
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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