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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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1,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 30
Gots: 89 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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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
Photo of cvstrickland
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle with a Headless Horseman astride his steed on the label, still head-in-hand and apparently pissed about it, poured into a tulip yields a glowing clear amber body with a thin white cap of foam that recedes immediately into a ring that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

A little fruity pumpkin and a bit of spice make a faint impression on the nose.

The taste is dry and malty with a bit of pumpkin that neither stands out nor up for itself, leaving me feeling like Ichabod is more of a toasty pale ale than a bona fide pumpkin ale. Despite a touch of pie spice, a bitter finish doesn't make it any more pumpkiny, either.

The feel of the drink is fine, but I'm not compelled to drink any more of them. Unremarkable.

cvstrickland, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of CWiggins
2.4/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm picky about pumpkin beers, and there are only a handful that I find worth re-visiting. I suppose that prejudice may severly influence the way I experience and review new examples, but oh well, that's just the way it is.

New Holland's Ichabod pours a medium amber, and the white head that forms is decent enough; it begins fluffy and is retained for a moment before dissolving into a thin surface covering. The smell certainly betrays the maker's intent: there are hint of pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, and pumpkin here. Unfortunately, most of this doesn't seem to have transferred to the flavor. It is more on the malty/hoppy side, almost like English Pale Ale with a touch of pumpkin than a true pumpkin-centered ale. Very little or no sweetness remains, and the bitter hops totally consume the finish and aftertaste, leaving no room for true pumpkin-ale characteristics. It's certainly not unpleasant to drink, but it doesn't reach up to a true archetype of the style for this reviewer.

CWiggins, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this 2007 version...
Appears a hazy, orange toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, wood, heavy spice, cinnamon, and ginger.
Taste is of pumpkin, tart apples, brown sugar, and weird spicing with ginger standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, and sweet.

weeare138, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with micro sediment. A small amount of foam in the glass, it ebbs to a soapy ring with tiny bits of lacing.

Floral aroma, with a fair amount of squash underpinnings. Is that a word? Yes. For those curious as to what roasted pumpkin smells like, this is pretty accurate. Here we are, four months after October, and this is still drinking like a champ.

Malty flavors, with the requisite pumpkin, some buttery and nutty flavor too. Some floral chamomile from the spicing, possibly nutmeg. Spices seem a little subdued after a few months in the bottle.

Smooth and easy drinking. Malty, definitely for bock fans. Several of these fresh would be welcome, only had a single...there's always next year.

emerge077, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a finger's worth of bone-white, foamy head from pouring this one. The color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a faint spiciness along with a subtle dryness that I just could not quite quantify. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a light cinnamon flavor on the tongue. The finish had a really nice dryness along with a lingering cinnamon-spicy flavor. Better than Jaw Jacker, but still not the best pumpkin ale that I have had.

woodychandler, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The clear, dark gold (light orange?) beer was topped by a cap of fine white foam with a collar of large, soapy bubbles. There was some spotty lacing and it had decent head retention. The aroma was quite earthy, with notes of squash and musty fruit, plus a bit of perfumy spice. Same in the flavour along with low bitterness, but there was also a bit of clove spice in the finish. Medium bodied with carbonation on the low side. Fine carbonation. Pretty easy drinking. The spices seemed restrained compared to other pumpkin beers, which is a good thing.

DrJay, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.83/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite pumpkin brew to date. I look forward to the release party every year. Most pumpkin brews are too over the top in spice flavors, but this one is perfect. So perfect that you can drink one after another and love it... All the other pumpkins brews you can enjoy about 1 and choke down any after that.

On draught amazing, bottle (2007) dang good.

the best I've had thus far was 2007's "Ichabod Tripel" only available at the autumnfest party. Oh man I wish I had a keg of that.

BeaBeerWife, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, pumpkin, slight cinammon, slight nutmeg, and caramel. The taste is malty, slight sweetness, pumpkin, cinammon/nutmeg, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty pumpkin ale.

Wasatch, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of flowerysong
1.93/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Clear medium amber, rocky white head.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt, honey, and spices.

Taste: Ergh, too much cinnamon. Honey and nutmeg in the background, some hops bitterness, but mainly the overpowering cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Light, with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not much.

flowerysong, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of CoSMoSYS
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange. Somewhat cloudy but I was still able to see visible carbonation bubbles rise to the top. A very decent head but it quickly fades. Little lacing is evident.

Smells like pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, cinnamon and mace are all there. Smells light (if that's possible!)

Totally not what I expected at all. Definitely not a sweet pumpkin beer. Very hard tasting though it is very well balanced. strong presence of pumpkin and mace as discussed earlier.

Well bodied and there is a tiny hoppy aftertaste.

With pumpkin beers you usually expect it to be sweet but this one sure surprised me with the kick in the butt that it gave me. I will be drinking this again next year.

CoSMoSYS, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of zdk9
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light Halloween orange with half a finger of light creamy looking head. Just a hint of spidery lacing.

S- Strong maltiness enhanced by nice pumpkinyness- a sort of raw fresh pumpkin. A slight cinnimon is present but the spice is rather subdued in the smell.

T- More sweet maltiness, again with the raw pumpkin. This beer seems to really highlight the flavors of pumpkin with both the malt and the slight earthy bitter hops in the back of the mouth. The spices do come out a bit more, and with more dark spices- cloves, possibly mace, just a touch of cinnimon.

M- Light but still good.

D- If I could only drink pumpkin beers and I had to choose only one, I might easily go for this one. It's quite drinkable, it showcases the pumpkin flavor and the spices are a great compliment without throwing pumpkin pie in your face. Recommended

zdk9, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of xare
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours as an amber color with almost no head. There's a lot of particles swirling around in the beer (probably pumpkin spices). Appears like a darker version of Cooper's Sparkling Ale.

Smells like pumpkin spices, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Would probably be a nice alternative to a slice of pumpkin pie at a Thanksgiving dinner. There's definitely a taste of pumpkin there but what you mainly taste at first is nutmeg and cinnamon (which is good if you like those spices).

Mouthfeel is pretty nice - carbonation isn't over the top but keeps bubbling if you drink at a decent pace. It isn't easy to chug this beer but it's got a delightful creamy fizziness feel going to it.

I find it hard to drink this beer for an extended period of time due to it being so 'heavy'. It's like pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving. You crave it sometimes but you definitely aren't going to make this a standard beer to drink all the time. I'd drink this again as it's the best pumpkin ale I've had by far.

xare, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass an amber orange hue with a small off white head on top that quickly becomes a thin ring. Lots of particulate in suspension. Aromas begin with caramel toasted grains alongside plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness. Pumpkin aroma is light but comes through nicely. Slightly earthy and vegetal.

First sip brings a toasty sweet caramel malt that is quickly swept up by an array of spice flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg all over the place. Vegetal pumpkin flavor moves in on the way down, but the spices really dominate here. Ends with a touch of lingering sweetness and a big spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle creaminess. Good steady carbonation. It makes itself known while still being drinkable. Overall, this is a pretty good pumpkin ale, just a little too much on the spices for me. Not really a brew I'd drink more than one of in a sitting.

orbitalr0x, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an off-white head that quickly fades to surface skim, and leaves spots of isolated lacing. Body is a hazy orange amber with peach highlights.

Smell - spices, starchy pumpkin, and a hint of toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - starchy pumpkin, and some toasty malt biscuits, all washed through with spices.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and a starchy "fluffy" feel.

Drinkability - this is a good beer, but not a great one, at least not for a session beer, but this would probably be better served with dessert.

ultralarry2006, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light orange in color without a significant amount of foam. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Neither a spectacular aroma nor taste. It didn’t taste bad but given the choice between this beer and others there are many other that I would rather drink. The flavor was predominantly bready malt with the pie spices. Mouthfeel was good, carbonation was adequate.

CDBeerDisappear, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: bottle from France 44 poured into a pint glass

A: light golden ale, efferescent, bubbly with a thin white head that leaves a film across the top

S: lgiht spicy aroma, all spice over a sweet, light malt base, light fruity esters, and some hop

T: sweet light malt with a significant bite on the front of the tongue, carbonation but maybe also hop a little, and a pleasant but not overly aggressive spicy pumpkin, all spice taste. Not an overly pumpkiny pumpkin ale, refreshing without being light, and a nice balance of taste.

M: medium but full mouthfeel, not nearly as light as it appears in the glass.

D: very easy and smooth, but not watery.

Overall: a well balanced seasonal beer that doesn't load up the spice and pumpkin so much to forget that it's a beer primarily. Just in the background, which some might consder a fault, but I liked because it give the hint of pumkin and spice without overwhelming the beer or my senses.

FightingEntropy, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of GRPunk
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A 1 finger off-white head sat atop a hazy golden brew with an orange tint and left a nice sticky ring around the glass as I drank. It had medium-light carbonation.

S- Some bready tones from the backbone of the beer accented with sweet pie spices. I thought the major player was ginger.

T- Solid bready beer flavor again with pie spice accents and a light hop taste toward the end.

M- Solid feel with medium carbonation and some spicy bite.

D- Good beer backbone doesn't let the spices overwhelm. It woudl be easy to drink more than one.

Overall- A nice beer on the subtle side of pumpkin spice.

Note: I've had this beer a couple times in the past and finally decided to review it a couple of weeks ago and ended up with a bad bottle. It had floaters in it and came out tasting super bitter. I'm glad I gave it another chance because it tasted much more like the decent beer I'd had times past.

GRPunk, Nov 10, 2007
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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