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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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1,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,382
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 39
Gots: 132 | 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 raymo55
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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
2.28/5  rDev -35.6%
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
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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
2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
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
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
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
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
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
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't decipher the coding on the bottle. But I'm fairly sure it's fresh. I mean, it's a pumpkin ale, and it's September, and I'm pretty sure it's not from last year.

Pours a clear orangey red color, garnet, with one finger of cream-colored head. Head fades fast but leaves some good lacing. No visible carbonation, despite the beer being crystal clear.

Smells like a whole lot of raw pumpkin, with a bit of spice on the side. Kinda like pumpkin pie without the sugar, and before it's cooked. Nutmeg is the most obvious spice. I can pick up a hint of grainy malt peaking through as well. In general, it's heavy on the pumpkin, and good.

Taste is maltier than the smell - here it's more a balance of pumpkin and the light sweetness of the malts. Tastes like a pumpkin beer, rather than an unsweetened pumpkin pie. A tiny hit of hops late, but the bitterness is about a 1 out of 10. I liked the first sip a lot, but as I move through the glass I'm finding myself chasing the flavor, and not quite finding it. I feel like it's thinning out, like the flavor is draining out of the beer faster than I'm drinking it. Why is this happening??? Too bad, as initially I really liked it.

Mouthfeel is a little flat, though a token amount of carbonation rises up from the depths. Kinda watery, a little on the thin side. Finish is a fade-out.

When I first smelled and tasted this beer, I though "dang, that's good." But it went gradually downhill from there. It's not terrible, in fact I still think it's pretty good. But the pumpkin, so present at first, just seems to disappear, leaving the flavor thin and uninspired. Weird.

Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap in pint glass

A- pours a golden crimson color with an off-white head and a small amount of lacing..a fresh collar remains thru-out

S- was light pumpkin,brown sugar,nutmeg,and malts

T- was pumpkin spice with sweet malts,a touch of cinnamon ,with vanilla and hops

M- medium carbonation with spices sweet and crisp

O- its a light pumpkin ale but tasty

Photo of KDawg
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark copper/goldish color but with no real head that lasts.

The pumpkin isn't dominating on the nose but is certainly there. Spice tones as well with some malty tones and a slight bit of chocolate

Medium bodied with a real smooth feel to it, but lacking a bit on the finish. A good beer overall, but the pumpkin flavors never really do too much for me in the end

Photo of mdvatab
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into cabernet glass at Amy and JR's wedding reception at the Lemp Grand Hall.
Very cool label art shows the beer's namesake holding his "head" at his side.

Aroma: Lots of nutmeg, and, although the bottle label doesn't call it out, I pick up tons of ginger as well. Allspice is next in line, followed by cinnamon. Some cooked squash. Finally, an underlying sweet brown sugar note. This one's spicy allright, but a bit off the reservation in the nutmeg and ginger departments...

Appearance: One finger of off-white head falls quickly, and leaves minimal lacing. Body is a hazy brown/amber.

Flavor: Again a tart, spicy ginger-nutmeg one-two punch, with the other components in the aroma also present. Bitterness appears not so much as a product of hops, but more like the kind of bitter aftertaste that one would get by throwing a pinch of nutmeg, ginger, and/or cinnamon into one's mouth. Definitely not my ideal flavor profile for a pumpkin ale. I guess this is their own take on the style, but if I were to taste it blindly, I would say "spiced ale", but not "pumpkin ale".

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body. (Less than I'd hoped for.) Medium carbonation. Spices leave some drying tannins in the mouth.

Overall: Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of this one. I look more for allspice, cinnamon, and vanilla to be highlighted in a pumpkin ale. Ichabod is probably fairly polarizing, though. Some might really enjoy the way that New Holland has tweaked their ingredient list, but in my opinion, what they wound up w/ has nothing on the classic pumpkin pie/pumpkin ale aroma/flavor. Not a drainpour, but also not one I'd try to get my hands on again.

Photo of tdm168
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrived a deep amber with no head. Smells of very faint pumpkin but a ton of spice; cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice all very intense. In the taste cinnamon and nutmeg dominate. The pumpkin comes through in a back up roll in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Overall not a very good pumpkin ale.

Photo of dorianmarley
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is a gold and orange yellow, with not much head.

Not much pumpkin in the smell, but spices, caramel, and malt.

Subtle pumpkin flavor with more coming out in the aftertaste. It has a toasty malt flavor with hoppy aftertones.

The mouthfeel has a good carbonation with a pleasant, silky coating.

Overall, it is just OK. Spice is subtle, but also forgettable.

Photo of JRed
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours see-through reddish amber with bubbly white head. Smells of cinnamon, pie with crust. Tastes of pumpkin pie crust, cinnamon, and some hops towards the finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation that zaps the tongue. A pumpkin that's a session with dessert flavors.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light brown with awesome white head and lacing.

The smell is a little malt and a one dimensional spice (not that it's a bad thing)

The taste is where this beer falls short. Fairly bitter from the spice and has a strange lingering taste before and after the malt comes in for a second on the back.

Not bad but not my favorite for the style.

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

12 oz 2011 bottle (5.2% ABV) served in a pint glass. No sediment.

With Fall approaching, there seem to be more pumpkin ales than ever to chose from. In my experience, the pumpkin contribution is subtle, at best, with "pumpkin spices" substituting for the pumpkin. This ale has a prominent dose of natural pumpkin flavor and very little spicing except nutmeg. The beer pours a slightly hazy pale orange-amber with a similarly tinted off-white head. The cap leaves ample sudsy lacing.

The nose has a surprising level of actual pumpkin over lightly toasted pale malt; not "pumpkin pie spices" but actual cooked pumpkin. It is slightly earthy with nutmeg, spicy hops and a hint of cinnamon.

The flavor follows the aroma, if a bit more assertive and spicy. Neither sweet nor bitter, overall, these are well-balanced as are the more complex flavor components. Pumpkin, nutmeg, toasted malt, spicy hops and a touch of cinnamon all contribute to the lasting finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with slightly aggressive but well-chosen amount of carbonation. Nice dry finish.

O - Ichabod is a true pumpkin ale, with an ample dose of pumpkin flavor and well-balanced spicing and hopping that allow the pumpkin and malt backbone to shine thru. It this respect, it is an exceptional Fall seasonal. Can serve as an excellent standard for the style.

Photo of wingman14
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with a small off white head that didn't stick around too long. Smell is reminiscent of pumpkin with nutmeg and cinnamon, also some sweet malt notes thrown in. The taste starts with with the malt and subtle sweet notes, not as sweet as other beers of this style. The flavors then quickly shift to the cinnamon and others, very spicy finish, but not overwhelming. Great pumpkin flavors weaved in. This one had nice carbonation and a medium mouthfeel, it was smooth and enjoyable, and didn't overwhelm the palette. Could have multiple beers and not be put off by the spices. An enjoyable pumpkin beer, worth checking out.

Photo of jsanford
2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a glowing mahogany-orange with a creamy white head that fades to a slight ring and haze.
S - Nice aromas of pumpkin, sweet caramel malt, cinnamon, allspice, and clove. Fits nicely in the middle between the "super pumpkin pie" aroma of Pumking and the "Pale Ale-meets-pumpkin" of Smuttynose.
T - Pretty weak flavors of pumpkin, malt, and some subdued spices. Really watered-down and bland.
M - Fairly smooth, with a medium-thin body and lowish carbonation. Again, really watery. Pretty disappointing.
O - A weak offering that I had high hopes for, I won't be switching away from Punkin just yet...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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).

New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,382 ratings.