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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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1,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 30
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color, with a rocky off-white head that is sustained briefly and leaves very little lace behind on the walls of the glass.

Smells of pumpkin pie spices, with a strong earthy, peaty, even smoky aroma, with a slight hint of chocolate peaking through.

Medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. A light sweetness appears up front, with a wide swath of spicy flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other holiday spices, along with a slight earthiness. Finishes with a strong, lingering sweetness.

Fairly drinkable, but the long sweet aftertaste is not very desirable. A fairly middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale.

superdedooperboy, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of rkinsella
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance - Beautiful golden orange color. One finger head which leaves pretty fast. Tiny amount of lacing.

Smell - Malt with spicy nutmeg. Perhaps a faint smell of pumpkin...but mainly an autumn spice smell.

Taste - Malt with tangy sweetness, then you get the pumpkin spices toward the end. Aftertaste is nutty spice.

Mouthfeel - Round and hearty

Drinkability - Paired with autumn foods...I could drink a couple. Otherwise it's fun just to have one to celebrate the season.

Overall this is a well crafted spice ale. Not really a huge pumpkin taste. Better quality than most of the novelty pumpkin ales. Worth a try.

rkinsella, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of uwmgdman
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a slightly hazy dark golden/copper color with a quickly diminishing thin white head. The aroma is pleasant - noticeable pumpkin, some spices - clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg? The flavor is initially kind of salty; a little spice emerges along with some pumpkin. There isn't much malt or hop presence and hop bitterness is low, enhanced by a bit of tartness. Carbonation is moderate and body medium-full. Overall an interesting brew, the aroma is nice, but the flavor isn't. It could use more 'beer' flavor, more malt or more hop, as is it is simply a bland beer with a bit of spice/pumpkin flavor. The saltiness upfront is also quite odd. I didn't finish it.

uwmgdman, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light shade of orange/copper with a two finger off-white head. Minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Smells of pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, and a little bit of caramel malts.

T- Tastes is very similar to the smell. It starts out with some sweet pumpkin flavors then the allspice and cinnamon flavors come out and it finishes with some hop bitterness.

M- Light to medium in body, good carbonation and just a touch watery.

D- Not too bad of a brew, kind of got to be in the mood for this one. Worth a try for sure.

nrbw23, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with nice head & lacing which clings to the glass.
Smells spicy, like a pumpkin pie. Lots of cinnamon & some pumpkin.
Baking spices dominate the flavor...cinnamon, clove & ginger (which burns the mouth). Not much pumpkin flavor at all, which is a bit disappointing. I didn't discern many hops or malts in this one.
Drinkability is "meh"; I would've rather tasted the pumpkin than the in-your-face spices.

Natural510, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Shumista
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a dimpled beer mug.
A- Ichabod Ale pours a clear copper color with about 1 finger worth of head.
S- I smell some faint pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cinnamon etc.) as well as some sweet malts.
T- The taste is more along the lines of pumpkin pie than pumpkin in my opinion. As others have said, I get a lot of the spices that they used but not a lot of pumpkin in the flavor. That aside though, I think this is a pretty tasty beer. It would go really well with dessert or with a big Holiday meal.
M- Medium-bodied with good carbonation.
D- I could have a few of these with dinner but I wouldn't sit down and drink a whole six pack.
This is the second pumpkin ale I've tried and I'm still looking for a really good one. I think I will seek out Dogfish Head's Punkin' Ale next to see how that stacks up.

Shumista, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear honey amber hue with a thin white head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

The aroma is filled with light pumpkin scents, along with some spices.

The pumpkin shows up in the front and lingers for a while. Some spices show up in the middle. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is about as average as it gets. Not as bad as Shipyard or Jack's Pumpkin Spice, but it still leaves a little to be desired.

BeerSox, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of phrygian68
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice Amber Color, nice 2 finger head that dissipated rather quckly, aroma was of clove and alcohol no Pumpkin or nutmeg in either the taste or smell! Not traditional pumpkin ale, good beer but pumpkin ale should well taste like pumpkin! But that's just me! Good Overall,but would not buy again!

phrygian68, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow brown with a thin white head.

S - Tons of spices, this smells great.

T - My problem with this beer is that it says it's an ale brewed with pumpkin. This is more like a spiced ale. The pumpkin is very faint but the spice is really bold and strong. I like the spice but it should not be called an ale brewed with pumpkin.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer.

jeffmonarch, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Copper/orange with a white head. Fair amount of lacing. Smell of pumpkin and some malt. When I taste it the first thing that I notice is the taste of pumpkin pie. The hops don't overpower the pumpkin flavor too much. It's a very pleasant beer and a nice break from the octoberfests this time of year.

BierFan, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper. Thick head is a bit loose and drops somewhat quickly.

S - Musty, vegetal, and lightly malty with a light floral hop.

T/M - Buttery and soft, full body. A bit on the acidic side with a vegetal (pumpkin?) character and mild hopping. Hint of cinnamon maybe?

D - Could be I just don't get along well with pumpkin ales... this just doesn't really do it for me.

allergictomacros, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden copper in color with a very small, wispy white head. No lacing and no retention of the head whatsoever.

Not a whole lot to speak of in the nose on this one. Subtle spices and spiciness. Small amount of caramel and biscuit and french toast. Smells like beer to me, but nothing special.

Some good clove in the taste along with pepper. A little bitterness; not sure if it is from the spices or the hop bitterness (I detect no hop flavor). Decent flavor overall but nothing spectacular. Tastes like a pale ale with some pumpkin spices. No real "pumpkin" flavor.

Okay overall. Ive had much better and a little worse. I wont be buying this again.

SaCkErZ9, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a DFH off-centered pint glass. Thanks to atsprings for the freebie.

An aggressive pour results in little more than a few millimeters of off-white head. Foam recedes to a patch & ring of tiny bubbles. The body is attractive, however, with a hazy, pumpkin-orange hue. Despite the creative name, I'm not "losing my head" over the aroma of Ichabod: some cooked pumpkin pulp, faint cinnamon spice, and a touch of grain husks.

The flavor isn't much of an improvement, sadly. All I get are slight notes of pumpkin spice and sweet malts before an overly hoppy/bitter aftertaste washes through. The body is fizzy and thin, with a lingering bitterness that doesn't fit the style or benefit the experience. All in all, a relatively lack-luster brew. New Holland is either hit or miss, and this one definately misses in my book.

wagenvolks, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of slinhans
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light gold in color and slightly cloudy. The color took me off guard as I expected this beer to be a bit more orange. The head dissipated quickly and left me with a slight lace around the rim of the glass.

S: Very nice "fall" pumpkin aroma. Seems to be heavy on the cinamon and maybe a little less on the nutmeg. Spices are not quite as potent as other pumpkin beers I have sampled. Maybe also a slight bready aroma.

T: Heavy spice and cinnamon flavor backed by a nice bready malt. There also seems to be a decent amount of bitterness to balance it out. Maybe a litttle bit more than I would expect but very nice. Spice lingers on after a sip while the malt and hops fade fairly quick.

M: A fairly high carbonation make this beer feel fairly thin and a little spritzy. Definitely makes for easy drinking.

D: This is pretty easy drinking beer and I would definitely take a couple of them. Sometimes spiced beers can be too overpowering or cloying but this one is not. Probably not the best pumpkin beer I have ever had but far from the worst. I would push for a bit stronger malt flavor and a little fuller body but all in all a good beer.

slinhans, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of JDK
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with very little head.
Lacing was heavier than most beers but then disappeared quicker too
Nice lite hoppy smell with just a touch of spice
Nice carbonation that ended with more hops on the palette than other Oktoberfest brews I've tried.
This beer is really worth a try and would make a refreshing session drink

JDK, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden blonde pour, topped with a very slightly foaming head. A little stick, and moderate retention.

S: A rather pleasant toasted malt scent, accompanied by the soft aromas of pumpkin. Spices aren't as intense as some others I have experienced, rather more subdued aromatics. Something of a pumpernickel breadiness.

T: Toasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg. Lighter notes of pumpkin. A touch of hops to add some balancing. Not a favourite, but not too shabby.

M: A little zip of carbonation on the tip of the tongue which mellows into the medium body. Finishes quite smooth, and offers a refreshing touch on the way down.

D: An easy drinker, certainly, and I wouldn't turn down more. I wouldn't complain with a little more robust flavour, but it's not a bad beer as it is, either.

Proteus93, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish brown in color. There is about an inch of head forms on the pour. But is gone quickly after the pour. Smell is very malty with subtle spice. Taste is more of the malts with a hint of pumpkin in the finish. Easy drinking and decent. Pretty basic pumpkin beer.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of drxandy
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to tulip glass, pours a golden orange shade, good bubble lacing and carbonation, white head fades

smells of macro lager plus pumpkin, good malts, nice hop choice, spices

tastes of malts and hops with a pumpkin pie spice finish, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, real pumpkin, good carbonation makes everything pop, malts are caramel/biscuity, hop choice is mild, fairly sessionable and not sweet or offensive, a nice simple pumpkin ale

mouthfeel is of good carbonation, spices finish while the malt and hop start things off nice, not bad

drxandy, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy, nice amber/copper color. Two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Falls to a thick cap and leaves great lacing.

S - Maybe some pumpkin going on? Not really sure, but it's loaded with traditional pumpkin pie spices. Lots of ginger, clove, allspice, and cinnamon. Bready aroma as well.

T - The spices present play a huge role to begin with. Distinct notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe some ginger, and a surprising presence of orange peel. There's some mild malt character going on mid palate, but the brew dives into a bitterness that feels like it's derived from the spices. A vegetal note appears late palate, obviously the pumpkin. Finish is bitter, with a lot of the pumpkin lingering.

M - Starts off like it's going to be medium bodied, but by the end is too light to carry the big flavors going on. Moderately carbonated.

D - This is a decent enough beer, but it would work better with food than on it's own. The middle is so devoid of flavor while the beginning and end are chock full of bold flavor that it's difficult to imagine having a few of these.

PatrickJR, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Boston Lager glass, pours a crisp pale orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was sharp pumpkin spice and caramel malt. The pumpkin spice was a little more subdued in the taste, but still present, caramel malt dominates the initial, and the pumpkin flavor seems to be reserved for the lingering finish. The beer is light crisp and refreshing with a bit of carbonation. This one is enjoyable, but there are better pumpkin ales out there.

atsprings, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I like the new kind of simple elegance to the New Holland labels.

Appearance: Lighter than expected, with more of a copper color than amber. Nice carbonation initially that billows and forms to the top of the glass, leaving some dirty rain-like lacing around the edges.

Smell: A cleaner pumpkin ale that smells like beer, with pumpkin and the spices. Quite pleasant, but not a lot of complexity. Still, it's not overdone pumpkin pie in a bottle, which is nice.

Taste: Clean with not a lot of bite or edge, but enough flavors from the spices and the pumpkin. Again, nothing that really stands out, but balanced and tasty, with the spices and the pumpkin working well together. Also, it's not too sweet, which some can be for the season.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a lighter body than I expected.

Drinkability: Overall a pretty solid and highly drinkable pumpkin ale. Enough flavors to balance each other out and meld well as the brew warms. Glad I picked up a 6-pack. New Holland doesn't blow me away, but rarely do they have brews that are less than solid.

asabreed, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of blackie
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a very slight head that rapidly recedes to leave very little behind, the beer is a clear, bright copper in color

s: light nutmeg and cinnamon are the dominant aromas and accompany a buttery caramel and pale malt sweetness, just behind is some clove and a light metallic-herbal hop aroma not unlike a pilsner, not a complex example of the style but not a bad sniff either and unmistakably pumpkin

m: carbonation just under medium, with a light-medium body that leaves a buttery feel behind

t: pumpkin pie spices are restrained but at the front, with cinnamon and nutmeg most noticeable, but not enough pumpkin impression (whether by spice or the fruit itself), malts on the pale caramel side with a light sweetness, nicely crisp pilsner-like hops give a little snap to the finish along with a touch of butter

d: easy enough for a couple

picked up a few singles at Total Wine Cary for an upcoming pumpkin themed tasting

blackie, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Smells just like a slice of pumpkin pie with a fair amount of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T = Tastes exactly like the smell. Nice wave of cinnamon and nutmeg. Semi-sweet flavors all around with perceived bitterness.

MF = A little thin with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall, I was impressed with this pumpkin ale. I've had many different offerings, and I have to say this is my favorite due to the sweet pumpkin taste and no harsh bitterness. Could easily drink a few of these.

Riverwarrior, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a light shade of orange with a two finger off-white head. Minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas of pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, and a little bit of caramel malts.

Taste is very similar. It starts out with some sweet pumpkin flavors then the allspice and cinnamon flavors come out and it finishes with some hop bitterness. Overall, it seems a little watered down or something.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery.

Pretty good pumpkin flavors in this one but I found the Post Road to be slightly better and DFH Punkin' much much better. Worth a shot though.

roadhouse, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a lighter amber w/thin head that fades into skim. Initially, large quantity of carbonation beads clung to sides of large snifter, but they have faded in the last five minutes. Faint tracing
S-Malty backbone w/faint esters and light spice. I'm picking up more American hops than I am pumpkin, and I don't think I'd smell any pumpkin if I was doing a blind tasting. However, as temperature rises, more roast pumpkin aroma emerges.
T-Sweet malt upfront w/strong spice dominating, but I am distinguishing spices not typical of the style, like pepper. The sweetness is fleeting, and the finish is quite bitter, which brings balance to the brew, but does not correspond w/the style's parameters. There is an ephemeral pumpkin character in the aftertaste as well, but it plays 2nd fiddle to the hops.
M-Body is ample, but strong hop presence detracts from what a pumpkin ale should be, and aftertaste, although not disagreeable, is far from what I expected.
D-Quite drinkable, dare I say very likable, but if I wanted a pumpkin ale, I would opt for something else. The pumpkin emerges more and more w/each sip, but never rises above the level of hop bitterness.

BoitSansSoif, Aug 31, 2008
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.