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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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Ratings: 1,402
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 39
Gots: 145 | 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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Ratings: 1,402 | Reviews: 530
Photo of cooncat
2.99/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had a few pumpkin ales already this Fall, but this is a new one for me. Picked up as a single in a mixed 6 from Save-On in Mentor, OH.

The pour at cellar temp. into a std. shaker pint glass produces an orange-amber colored brew, with a small but persistent tan head. Some nice lacing develops.

The nose is almost imperceptible. I was expecting some kind of spiciness, but if there is any, it is very light. There is a bit of caramel malt leaking through, but overall, pretty 'light in the loafers' on the aroma.

The taste is a step up from the nose. Definite notes of spice, mostly allspice and cinnamon, but again, very restrained. Whatever amount they used, it could easily be double (at least to my tastes). There is a pretty solid malt backbone, and no noticeable hop presence.

Mouthfeel is just right ... probably a shade over 2 volumes, but just right to me. It's enough to keep the bubbles rising and a thin cap on the head throughout the quaff.

Overall, this pumpkin seasonal isn't on my radar as a top notch example, at least in my experience of about 10 pumpkin ales. It's not going to knock you over with spiciness, but perhaps that will work well for you. I say its worth a try, especially if you can pick up a single as I did, just to experience the brew.

Na Zdravje!

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy, rusty translucent amber. Pours on the lighter side, the head not coming up very strongly (no more than a finger) and receding to spotty sheeting. Some retention.

S - Pumpkin (obviously) and an accompanying pie spice - nutmeg, cinnamon, a touch of clove. Allspice. Light toffee malt.

T - Sharper than expected, but not overpowering. While it’s not a subtle, mellow pumpkin, it’s not overly spiced like so many cash-in seasonals. This one’s really good. Starts a bit watery, with a sharpness from roasty pumpkin and some light spices. Big flavor in the body, an Oktoberfest style body carrying the spiced flavors. Finishes with more cinnamon. Sweet, but more on par with ginger sweetness than anything sugary.

M - On the watery side, light on body and somewhat on carbonation. For a sweet beer, it finishes dry, almost gritty.

Overall - A good beer that goes beyond the novelty of pumpkin beer, producing a balanced brew.

Photo of AleWatcher
1.79/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Orangey amber colored body with a small whitish colored head. Poor retention, nice legs.

Smells and tastes a bit odd... Here's what I'm picking up;
Caramel malt, Munich malt, some odd dry biscuit malt, pumpkin flesh, tons of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and a German lager type yeast on the finish... It gets better as it warms, but doesn't pull through in the end.

Odd chalky dry feel with a really dry bitter pumpkin and spice finish.

Overall-- let's be honest, I don't usually like pumpkin beers... But this one I find outright offensive.

Photo of Lemke10
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $9.29 in Fall 2011.

Pours a clear, medium brown color with a very slight head. Scent is quite weak with mostly sweet malts and a slight pumpkin spice hint. Taste is rather weak in pumpkin flavors. I'm mostly getting malts and some spices for the taste. The texture is rather smooth and full however, making for great drinking. I think in a blind taste test I would actually thing this was an Oktoberfest beer and not a pumpkin ale. Kind of disapointing as I was expecting more.

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant malty taste with a distinct touch of pumpkin, especially after it warms up. A light hand with the spice, but a nose of cinammon and candy. Some hops give it a more quaffable edge. Not so over-flavored as others in the pumpkin patch. Quite decent with an interesting spicy tang. Light coppery color.

Had a pint of this on tap at Monarch in Grand Rapids.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with lots of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: A spicy mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove with a solid base of pumpkin. Hints of caramel malts and toffee. Literally smells like a piece of pumpkin pie.

Taste: Like the smell, a spicy mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. A taste of pumpkin veggies fill out the base with some caramel and toffee malts. Also a light hint of Noble hops. Moderately sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Chewy, smooth, and finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good pumpkin beer. Nicely balanced. Spices don't overwhelm the pumpkin.

Photo of thebrood1987
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice pumpkin, fall look to it with smells of cinnamon, brown suger, nutmeg, cloves and a surprising citrus hop smell. The spices from the hops and nutmeg combine in the beginning then a cinnamon semi sweet in the middle and then ending with the spices,hops and vegetable bitter tasting pumpkin.

It's actually almost like a hopped up beer almost like a pumpkin IPA in some ways. Its definitely a spicy beer between the hops spices and cinnamon used. The citrus from hops come out a lot as well and leave a bitter taste which I can't tell is contributing from the pumpkin as well. Either way it tastes good.

The only thing I would have changed about this beer is a thicker mouthfeel but it is only 5.2 percent and have it a bit sweeter to balance the hops out more. Other than that its an interesting take on a pumpkin beer and definitely a tasty beer.

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Nice orangey amber color under a finger of soft, buoyant head that drops to a thick coating & leaves lichen-like lacing. Plenty of nucleation visible through the transparent, glowing body.

Mostly nutmeg in the nose, a bit of cooked gourd, not overwhelming & pretty standard. Maybe a little molasses kind of sweetness, but subtle, even a little buttery.

Taste starts off comparable to the smell, with baking spices, but with a sharp bitter dryness like seltzer that's a little alarming & sticks around, growing & making things a little less than pleasant. The longer into the aftertaste, the more it develops a kind of detergent flavor.

Sharply carbonated up front, & that dryness lingers.

Started off unremarkable but decent, gets a little gross. Don't know if I got a crappy bottle or what, but this was not doing it for me.

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.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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