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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 39
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a hazy and bright muddled auburn colour with a thin fine off white head which leaves wisps of lace. nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon dominate the nose...riding a wave a sweet maltiness that makes for a nice smelling pumpkin beer. the taste is a bit of vegetal inspired maltiness, no doubt from the pumpkin used...then the pumpkin pie spice provides a high level of nutmeg and cinnamon on the tastebuds. it finishes on the dry side with what i think is some spicy hopping in the back end, too. a straight up, no messing around autumn and halloween inspired pumpkin ale. plenty of flavour to satisfy. medium bodied with a roughed up mouthfeel due to the spicing used. drinkability is good...definitely has all the goods when it comes to this style of spiced ale.

overall i guess i'm impressed, having a limited amount of pumpkin ales to compare it to. i would also guess it would pair well with indian cuisine or some asain fare. recommended.

Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours amber, with thick off-white head that quickly fades. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate.

Taste: Nutmeg, cinnamon, some subtle malt notes towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A tasty, well balanced pumpkin beer. Very drinkable. Good spice level.

Photo of n2185
2.46/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with good lacing. Definitely one of the better looking pumpkin ales I've had.

S: Typical spices up front--cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc.--followed by some faint vanilla aromas. Not much else.

T: Again, the typical array of spices at first followed by an odd combination of dry, piny hops and bread flavor. Finishes bland and bitter. There is an astringent chemical flavor in the finish as well.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is pretty smooth and would be creamy if not for the clashing and unpleasant flavors.

O: While this beer looks great, it is very much a let-down in the flavor department. Not enjoyable at all and went down the drain before I was halfway through the bottle.

Photo of ONUMello
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Amber/copper color; one-finger head
S: A bit of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, mostly nutmeg/allspice, with just a hint of caramel.
T: Similar to the nose, more spice with less pumpkin/caramel. A bit one dimensional/not complex.
M: Medium-bodied, not much depth.
O: Nothing bad, but I've been drinking lots of pumpkin ales this month and this one doesn't really stand out.

Photo of mattyb
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice orange color and contrasting white head, looks like a pumpkin ale.

S - This is the highlight of the beer, nice pumpkin spice aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - The taste pales in comparison to the smell. It is crisp and dry, not warm. Slight taste of the cinnamon and nutmeg, slightly malty. The pumpkin taste is bitter, like the pumpkin rind.

M - Slightly thin, but decent carbonation.

O - Not impressed with this pumpkin ale, not terrible, but not great.

Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of TheStig
2.64/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My personal definition for what qualifies as a "gimmick" beer is something that's brewed with specific, typically non-traditional ingredients to take advantage of a particular event or other non-beer related theme. You know, like if someone put liquid smoke into beer and called it "bacon beer" to capitalize on the bacon fad. Holiday themed beers are no different, and pumpkin-themed beers are pretty solidly in the "gimmick" camp.

With that said, this isn't a bad tasting brew regardless of the season it is made to commemorate. Pumpkin is obviously very prominent, but other fruity flavors pop up now and then-- banana and apple to be specific. Nutmeg is very prominent, but not obtrusive. I'm dinging the "smell" not because I didn't like it or I thought it was offensive, but because I couldn't detect anything out of the ordinary or "special" that a gimmicky beer like this should have. If you're going to make a pumpkin beer for Halloween and name it after Sleepy Hollow, it should damn well smell like pumpkin, autumn, wet leaves or hell, even a beheaded corpse.

It's a fine, inoffensive tasting beer that suggests the taste and pumpkin somewhat. It's not earth shaking or spiritual in any regard, but I'd much rather be drinking this than a macro-brew.

Photo of nandemo1
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper orange with a small off white head that dissipated quickly. Lacing is minimal.

Smell is a bit malty with spice and a bit of pumpkin in the background. Taste is somewhat bland, sweeter than most "single" pumpkin ales, but the spices don't come through as much as in the smell, definitely some pumpkin in there. A touch bitter.

Feel is pretty light and crisp.

Drinkable, but not one I'd turn to regularly.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. No freshness info to be found on bottle. Like the label art.

Pours a nice, deep, pecan-brown. Clearish with a white ring that washes the glass. Smell is of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some decent pumpkin flavor comes through, but is muted by a hot and acrid taste on the back end. Finishes a little sour. Feel is a bit thin. OK, but the aftertaste keeps this from being exciting.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the Ichabod Ale yesterday at our local Tap House Bar & Grill. The beer came in a pint glass. The color was a rich clear amber with decent white foam that laced at the top....not so much at the bottom. I'm suffering from allergies currently so my smell might be a little off, but I smelled more cinnamon and nutmeg than I did pumpkin. The taste started like a typical red ale, then the cinnamon really took over. The pallat was left clean, but then the pumpkin start to come out. As the beer warmed the flavor because more robust. This is a very good pumpkin beer. The mouthfeel was docked slightly due to the spicey cinnamon flavor...made it so one is probably enough. Good job Holland!

Photo of heebes
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark rustic orange with a thin tannish foam head. Nose is big on spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, hints of real pumpkin. Taste is bitter upfront, dry, metallic, watery, no real sense of flavour...late notes of the pumpkin and spices show towards the finish, but at this point its little too late. Watery mouthfeel, light to medium bodied.
Overall, dissapointed in the end with the flavour, the nose was promising but it lacks body and taste. Too high of an abv for such a lack of body as well.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ichabod Ale pours a darker amber color, with a small but lacing head. There is a strong pumpkin smell, very autumish. The taste has a nice creamy pumkin taste, with hints of some other spices. I found it easy to drink, and very enjoyable. Overall I found this a pretty good pumkin ale, not the best, but very enjoyable.

Photo of raymo55
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review...bear with me!

From a bottle to a 14oz snifter

A - a light carmel color with a small amount of sparkling white head

S - a pleasent smell of cinnimon and cloves with a very min. scent of pumpkin

T - pretty disapointing taste to go with the great smell...starts with a nice crisp spice to the tounge and fades to almost nothing

M - clean and crisp in taste, but with no aftertaste at all, hard to be impressed

O - have had much better pumpkin ales, not a horrible version, a great beer at the beginning with a poor ending

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Some cinnamon and just a tiny bit of pumpkin.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate hop bitterness to balance. Very subtle pumpkin and spice. More bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: Nice looking pumpkin ale. Tastes and smells like what you would expect, though nothing extraordinary. Can't really compare this to the Tommyknocker since that is brewed with molasses.

Photo of spdyfire83
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

26th Review
Bottle to stem-less wine glass.
No info on freshness/drink-by.

L: Burnt copper and a hint of sparkle. 0.5 head on gentle pour. Looks refreshing and like fall!

S: Cloves and cinnamon - a bit overwhelming, but nice. Slight hint of vanilla.

T: Lots of spice up-front that fades to nothing...quite disappointing and not very refreshing - almost a train wreck of a beer.

M: Light and crisp - not much going on here.

O: Not very good. They missed the boat on this beer as there is just too much spice, not enough pumpkin and an overall mess. Quite lame if you ask me.

Photo of engisch
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a copper amber that is mostly translucent. Has a frothy head and looks thick in body.

Smell is very malty sweet with surprisingly little spiciness or pumpkin bit both are also definitely there.

Taste is malty sweet with earthy spiciness and obviously pumpkin.

This is a very nice ale with a hint of pumpkin and spices. Not a huge pumpkin taste compared to other pumpkin beers.

Photo of stercomm
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - slight hazy amber color, minimal off-white head, little lacing on the glass.

S - some malt, cinnamon, cloves, maybe some nutmeg, hint of pumpkin.

T - initial impression is a slate like taste with some spice, more nutmeg very subdued pumpkin flavor, some Carmel on the finish.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation

D - is a refreshing beer, not lots of extreme flavors, little to zero hops encountered.

Photo of 33nickadams
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-orange color with little to no head, and no lacing. Translucent. Smells of pumpkin pie spices. I don't smell any pumpkin. Is this brewed with pumpkin? Malty, spicy and slight bitterness at the end from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation.
Overall, I like this pumpkin ale the best of what I have tried so far this season. It doesn't have the creamed corn funk that I noticed with the Pumking and Punkin Ale. If I were to choose between the three again next fall, I'll go with Ichabod. I know I'm probably in the minority with this one.

Photo of ahq514
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a copper color, slightly amber. Very little head that dissipates quickly. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Some light lacing.

Smells like most other pumpkin beers. Spices dominate the nose. Cinnamon, clove, and lots of nutmeg. Some light pumpkin lingers there too. Not much in the aroma in the way of hops or malt.

Pretty average pumpkin beer. This one isn't overspiced, but its kinda watered down. Get some real nice initial spices (typical cinnamon, clove, nutmeg) and a slight hint of pumpkin buried in there. Then it kind of just flattens out and dies. Almost like an amber ale that has a little hint of pumpkin-ness to it. Malt is there but nothing substantial, hops are almost non-existent.

Mouthfeel is ok, kinda undercarbonated I thought, which is rare for me to think. Body seemed about right though, light to medium.

Overall, this pumpkin beer is lost among the rest. It's certainly drinkable but nothing to really seek out. The initial taste on it is good, but it just dies after that. I think New Holland can do better.

Photo of McNealc31
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the most pumpkin-forward beer I've had this season. A clingy white head floats on top of a gorgeous copper body.

While the aroma is nearly all pumpkin, there are some pumpkin pie spices in the flavor with cinnamon and nutmeg. Smooth and refreshing, the flavors are more subdued than most other pumpkin beers, but it's very tasty.

Quite earthy with a medium to light body.

Killer label, too.

I'd say it's good, but doesn't quite come up to Pumking.

Photo of kell50
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had on draft at one of my favorite pubs in the world- Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC.

A: Poured like every other beer that has ever existed since the beginning of time. Which is neither bad nor good. Looked pretty average to me.

S: Didn't really smell like much of anything; maybe a hint of malts, touch of spices, and a very faint aroma of pumpkin. This made me begin to wonder..

T: Wait a second? This is a pumpkin ale?? It tasted like a year old marzen with a hint of spices. Extremely bland with not much of anything going on.

M: As mentioned, it was really a boring beer.

O: I'm a lover of pumpkin beer & I'm also a fan of New Holland. However, NH Ichabod Pumpkin Ale.. not so much. This beer was a let down.

Photo of weizenbob
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions. I could not locate a bottling date but I think that I can safely assume that it's this year's vintage. I like the aesthetic of the label with its cleanly drawn lines and simple color palate. The rear label claims that this is brewed with real pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Just to be forthcoming, I'm on the "generally enjoy" side of the pumpkin ale fence, and look forward to them every fall.

The bottle was aggressively poured into a tulip glass. The pour yields two fingers of slightly orange head that settles slowly leaving behind a nice film of sticky lacing. The brew itself is amber in hue with just a little bit of orange bleeding through. It's fairly translucent and not looking incredibly lively through the glass.

As promised, pumpkin and nutmeg manifest themselves immediately on the nose. The pumpkin is mild, leading me to believe that this brew is going to be ale first, pumpkin second. That's not really a problem; subtlety can be nice. The base beer isn't giving me anything to get too excited about. Once you get past the nutmeg it's actually pretty light on aroma (read: watery), without so much as a trace of hop aromatics. Perhaps it's just hiding behind the spices.

The flavor follows suit with the aroma. Nutmeg, though not overpowering, is the dominant flavor as well as the first to reach the tongue. A mellow pumpkin pie sweetness follows along. This leans heavily on the spices but pumpkin is definitely noted. Beyond that, the base brew is boring, though inoffensive. Its neutrality neither adds nor detracts from the spices and the splash of pumpkin. That's not a bad thing. Alcohol is hidden. The tail end is coated in more spices and there is a mild hoppy bitterness in the finish. It retains its smoothness throughout while still reminding you that you're drinking beer.

The mouthfeel is the finest feature of this fall seasonal. It is on the lighter end of medium bodied, with a nice creamy feel and a smooth finish. The carbonation level is low but it works to the advantage of the body of the beer. With no real barbs in the flavor or feel, this beer drinks pretty easily. At 5.2% ABV this is actually a pretty flavorful beer as well. It is a good balance of flavor and weight, and fairly priced as well. It's not my favorite pumpkin ale but I certainly won't scoff at it.


The Two-Schlitz Scale:
I give a Schlitz for Ichabod. Regardless of its minimal faults, it still feels like fall. That's good enough.

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

Bought a 12 Fluid Oz. bottle @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.99 & shared w/ GeoffTheAleMan. Poured from the headless "Pumpkin Head" Horseman bottle into a 16oz Pint Glass and has no sign of a freshness date.

Aroma- Strongest cinnamon aroma I think I've ever scented in a brew! You can also tell there is nutmeg in here. To sum it up, smells like Red Hots!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has good retention. Has a orange (pale) color body and very clear. Strange it has this much clarity for a pumpkin ale! Good lacing.

Flavor- Has a huge cinnamon taste from the beginning and also stays around towards the middle of the drink. From then on, a sweetness and malty beer is present. Not much pumpkin at all but there is definitely a good amount of spice in here.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, and has some spice but very watery and weak...

Overall Impression- While I'm on this hunt for the best Pumpkin Ale, my cousin Mark mentioned this one while we were sampling. I picked one up and this will be my last time from New Holland. Very weak and almost didn't resemble a Pumpkin Ale at all... Not going to be a negative person on this brew but wouldn't recommend... Schlafly is still the best!

Photo of Cylinsier
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear orange amber with an off-white head that dissipates to nothing.

Smells of grainy fresh malts and slight vegetable notes.

Tastes of bitter pumpkin rind and semi-sweet coppery malts, some nutmeg.

Feel is medium body with a sting of carbonation.

So-so, the bitterness is unwelcome from what I expect out of a pumpkin beer. Otherwise, just a bit bland and boring. Easy enough to drink but not what I would look for if I wanted a pumpkin ale.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a reddish amber, 1.5 fingerhead that dissipates quickly with just a little bit of lacing.

S - Good pumpkiny smell, some caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Good smelling beer.

T - Starts off with a ton of spice--clove and cinnamon mostly. A bit of nutmeg. There's a little bit of pumpkin in there as it fades, but it's actually a mouthful of cinnamon more than anything

M - Leaves the mouth dry. It's a similar sensation as to when you eat something that has a little too much cinnamon.

Overall - It was okay. I thought the smell was going to give it a much more pumpkin taste, but it was really more of a spice bomb than anything else.

New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,394 ratings.