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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 33
Gots: 100 | 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 BWH3
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light orange/amber with moderate carbonation crowned with big off white head. The head dies a quick death. Nutmeg and allspice greet the nose. Unfortunately, not much pumpkin backs this up. The beer lacks sweetness and instead has mainly a bitter earthy aroma. When you sip this one, the pumpkin becomes evident among the above mentioned spices. Again very little sweetness. Overall, this is a thin rather bland beer that fortunately only comes once a year.

BWH3, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy orange gold color with a thin 1/4" fizzy head. The head quickly dropped to a very thin skim of a ring around the edge of my glass.

S= Predominantly punpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, etc. Some faint malt sweetness and actual pumpkin in the background.

T= Not what I was expecting from the smell. Rather than a balance of the different pie spices used, this one was way over the top with the nutmeg, making this a bit cloying. To its credit, this had more pumpkin flavor than most pumpkin beers, but it is debateable if that is a good thing. The finish was a bit astringent and left a mild unpleasant aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied, lower carbonation level.

D= I love New Holland beers but this was a total miss for me. Not very drinkable for me due to the unbalanced and odd taste profile. Others who enjoy the taste of this beer wold find it highly sessionable I imagine.

spointon, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of LunaChick
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best pumpkin ales I've had so far. This beer pours golden-orange with a head that quickly fizzes out. A small ring remains. Smells like pumpkin pie. Aromas of spice, pumpkin and a slight hint of vanilla. Flavor starts with spices of balanced nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Pumpkin kicks in towards the middle with some malts. Not much of a yeast presence. Very slightly sweet then balanced by a crisp bitterness that cleans the palate. This brew is best consumed cold. Allowed to warm the bitter finish becomes very pronounced and overpowers the other flavors.
In the mouth beer is smooth, well carbonated and flavors allow for a medium body. Solid, no watery finish and little to no alcohol presence that I get with some other pumpkin brews. Drinkability is good. I can drink a couple of these at one sitting.

LunaChick, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks pretty, pours a delicate head that rapidly fades, the color is a light, see-through copper

S: Nutmeg and cinnamon are the dominant aromas, light buttery caramel and malt, just behind is some clove and a light, sweet, hop

M: Light carbonation, medium body, it was a little, tiny bit tingly

T: Pumpkin pie is upfront, nutmeg is the biggest flavor, along with a little cinnamon and allspice and then pumpkin, light, sweet caramel. There was something strong about the nutmeg taste that left a slight bitter aftertaste in my mouth, almost like a fermented taste.

d: I was obligated to a six pack and it took me a few weeks to finally finish it. I wouldn't but it again, the aftertaste kind of turned me off to this particular pumpkin ale. I have had better.

cindiwindi1025, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a golden straw color with a touch of amber shading. The foamy cream colored cap retains well,before leaving some small,patchy lacing. The nose is sweet and malty,with hints of cinnamon and other subtle spices. This is a really nice pumpkin brew. Big,bold and fresh pumpkin pie flavors are very realistic. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg upfront,followed by lightly roasted malts that taste like graham crackers. This Pumpkin Ale is pretty light bodied in comparison to some of the others I have had,the carbonation is also very light and almost non existent by the last couple swallows. This one hit the nail on the head,I'll have one of these over pumpkin pie any day!

orangemoustache, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a week away from Halloween, I figured tonight would be a good night for this holiday brew. Poured it into a pint glass...

A: Pours a surprisingly very light copper peach color with bubbles moving nonchalantly up the glass . Creates a decent half inch head and this one, to my surprise, laces the glass pretty well.

S: Creates an aroma of a sweet potato drenched with brown sugar and nutmeg. Very sweet smelling and perhaps a hint of pumpkin in the smell, but I will have to use my imagination.

T: The taste is light, but this time in a good way. It has the necessary spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, and slight brown sugar, followed by a dash of pumpkin. Tastes like saaz hops got thrown in here as well, which is really the apex of this beer.

Overall, this was a good example of the style. It is not on par with Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, but the hop aspect of this sets it apart and allows it to dominate other beers of the style.

treyrab, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of madtowndmb1
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I recently had the pleasure of going to the New Holland brewery and enjoyed myself to say the least! I may have tried everything there?

A: standard Pumpkin ale with all the classic scents you want and enjoy.
S: I actaully loved the smell of this beer. Some Pumpkins can be overwhelming but this one was quite nice.
T: I liked, it was what I expected. My Wife LOVED it!
M: I enjoyed the thinness of it and it didn't linger to make room for the next sip right away.
D: I wouldn't want more than one or two, but that goes for this style. I'd have it again for sure.

madtowndmb1, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked a single bottle out of the cooler at Liberty St. Tavern. Pours a light amber with a short white head.

This has a pretty standard pumpkin and spice character, but with lighter malts. While most pumpkin ales have an amber or light brown base, this is more like a pale ale for plain, light biscuit malts. Frankly, I don't think it works as well as typical beers from the style. The slightly lighter body makes it more drinkable, but the sweet pumpkin flavor is off-balanced and not as pleasant.

tempest, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Yesac
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow in color with a bright white foamy/carbonated head that fades down to a thin layer.

S - Slight pumpkin spice

T - Not much going on here.. malts and slight pumpkin spice

M - Thin, very carbonated, watery

D - Very light and thin, simple to drink. Not my style of brew though.

Yesac, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of MBABJJ
1.83/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A nice orange look. Lots of carbonation. Looks like an average beer

S - Smells malty and like dirty socks.

T - Tastes like...beer. Not really any pumpkin flavor. Very disappointed as I was told this was to taste like pumpkin pie. It's actually pretty gross and not sweet at all

M - Just lots of carbonation. No feel on tongue at all from flavors.

D - I'd rather have Bud light

MBABJJ, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This is a light-peach hued brew, slightly hazy, with a good two fingers of thick foam. Big time lace sticks all around the glass, and head retention is very respectable. This is a few shades lighter than most pumpkin beers...I hope that doesn't translate to lighter flavor.

S - This smells EXACTLY like canned pumpkin pie filling! This smells outstanding...you can even smell the nutmeg that goes in the pie, and the malt tones are much like flaky pie crust. No real trace of hops or any notes besides pumpkin pie filling, but the one thing that I smell is ridiculously accurate and mouthwatering.

T - More hops in the mouth than in the nose, this starts hoppy and almost piney before transitioning back to that gloriously authentic pumpkin pie note. As in the nose, all of the aspects of pumpkin pie are there...canned filling, flaky white crust, and tons of autumn/winter spice.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a really dry hoppy finish. I like the contrast of hoppy dryness and mouthwatering pumpkin spice at the end.

D - Well done! This one is outstanding. This is the most authentic pumpkin beer I've ever had (although that authenticity is more like pumpkin pie filling than actual pumpkins...that's okay, because who eats raw pumpkin anyhow?).

pmcadamis, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of SiriusAth
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint. Pours a light golden yellow with some faint orange highlights. There is a small 1/2 inch white head which quickly drops to a collar, minimal lacing.

The nose is a fairly standard pumpkin ale affair; pumpkin base with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and faint clove nuances. Little to no hop aroma present, perhaps a slight earthiness.

The spices jump right to the fore in the mouth, led by cinnamon and nutmeg, then subtle caramel sweetness, brown sugar and pumpkin while cloves whirl in from time to time. The finish is pleasantly bitter, subtle and refined earthy and herbal hops just barely present. I like the pumpkin flavor to be a bit more pronounced in these types of beers.

Light bodied, not watery per se, but close. There may be a touch too much carbonation, but it's a tough call.

Ichabod is a pretty standard pumpkin ale, a tad above average, surely better than those pumpkins that use flavoring vs the real thing. It's easy to drink, is spiced well and does what it should, but isn't particularly a standout.

SiriusAth, Oct 13, 2008
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
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.