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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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1,384 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,384
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 39
Gots: 134 | 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 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).

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a Napoli Grande glass

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with one and a half fingers of soapy head

S- A cornucopia of Autumn aromas. Nice pie crust smell, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin.

T- Big pie crust like breadiness, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin, and some citrus character as well. A really nice balance of malty and spicy. Only drawback is the finish is a little bit seltzer like in the taste and carbonation once it got warmer.

M- Good mouthfeel that falls between some of the thinner pumpkins beers like Post Road and some of the fuller bodied ones like Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin.

O- This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers out of the ones I have had. I like pumpkin beers but usually after one that is enough for me, this is much more drinkable than many of the pumpkin ales I have had. This one strikes a great balance between the malt and the spice. I had this on tap several times last fall and thought it was great, still holds up.

Photo of soulfly1492
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold. Clear. Two-finger thick head. Just barely off-white. Very creamy. Impressive lacing and retention.

Smell: Spice. Caramel. Vegetables. Some pumpkin. A bit of cinnamon. Unripe tomatoes.

Taste: Spices, sweet pale and caramel malts, pumpkin, a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. Got a V8-like tomato taste to it. Not a fan of overly sweet beers, but I expected this to be a bit sweeter. The aftertaste is a tomato-like veggie taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body. Very little carbonation on the tongue. Almost like it's a bit old. A pumpkin beer should still be fresh in early September. On the dry side.

Overall: Could have definitely been more bold. Nice mild flavor, so they go down pretty quick. Pretty forgettable. Not much there to savor.

Photo of doughanson78
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to bobpack for this.

A: Nice dark orange color. Very clear. Fluffy off white one finger head with awesome retention and lacing.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg are right upfront. Caramely pumpkin coming through. The faintest hint of floral hops. Not a huge aroma but good.

T: The faintest hint of caramel sweetness upfront. A touch of pumpkin in the middle of the tongue along with a peppery spiciness. The cinnamon and nutmeg comes through very lightly in the end. Very light overall taste.

M: Very light bodied, watery. Doesn't coat the mouth at all. High carbonation gives a big tingle on the tongue.

O: Pouring this was promising. Smell was inviting. Taste isn't bad just very light. Mouthfeel is very lacking. I still haven't had Dogfish's Punkin or Southern Teir's Pumpking. Have high hopes for these as all other pumpkin ales have let me down.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is orange and slightly hazy, with a half inch of tan head that leaves random lacing on the glass. The aroma brings pumpkins, sweet malt, and autumn spices. The flavor is sweet and somewhat artificial, with an abundance of spices. The body is thin, with malt presence overshadowed by spice. Overall, it's not a bad pumpkin beer, but not my cup of tea. Worth a try.

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking orange brown color, it's got a good amount of clarity to it also. The smell of the beer is a little spicy, it's nothing overwhelming by any means. The taste of the beer was pretty good, the pumpkin flavors up front with a light sweetness of brown sugar. The aftertaste of the beer has a pretty nice autumn spice to it with a light warming feeling. The mouthfeel is drinkable enough to have a few in one sitting. Overall this beer isn't too bad at all.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark dark orange, almost brown in color until you look at a light through it, thin tan head but lacing is good. Clear, no visible carbonation.

S: Sadly, not much of a nose on this one. It got a 2/5 only because it's not offensive.

T: This beer is a bit more bitter than my last Pumpkin Beer review, it's almost the opposite actually. I get nothing on the nose, but the taste is nice, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg all come through on the taste. I wouldn't say it tastes like a pumpkin pie, but you can tell it's in there. The bitterness is picked up almost immediately but soon gives way to the more earthly and vegetal flavors.

M: Light bodied and moderate carbonation, and slightly, just a tad, cloying. It hangs out in your mouth refreshing the flavor for a little while after swallowing.

D: This is quaffable to the point of getting sick of it, but it doesn't mean that I'd do it. Nothing completely offensive but nothing that will make me have another either.

Photo of alohaspicoli
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass:

A: Copper color, no lacing

S: I got almost no pumpkin or spice aroma

T: Pumpkin/spices didn't come through on the taste either... completely bland

M: Average carbonation

O: It's not that it was a terrible beer where I wouldn't drink it if it someone picked it up, but it really wasn't a pumpkin ale IMO. I had to almost imagine any traces of pumpkin or spices in it to convince myself that it was a pumpkin ale at all.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bought less than a week ago from a fresh shipment.

A: Deep copper/orange color with a light tan head 1 finger thick that dissipates fast with little to no lacing or cling.

S: Light bread hints, strong spices, cinnamon/nutmeg, light pumpkin smell.

T: More hoppy than anything, smell is stronger than taste. Cinnamon and nutmeg hints with a light pumpkin finish. Rather bland overall though.

M: Medium carbonation, thin-medium bodied. Hoppy aftertaste lingers for a little.

O: Nothing memorable, smells better than it tastes and that's not saying a lot. More hops flavor than pumpkin and spices unfortunately. Bottle design is a decent twist on the Headless Horseman.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper brown/tan, 3 inch creamy head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Pumpkin, spices, hops, malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown suagar.

Taste - Much like pumpkin pie with all the flavors, yet rather toned down and light. Malt backbone and mix of spices. Alcohol isnt present, and hops are very masked.

Mouthfeel - Its rather smooth and easy to drink. Tounge gets sugars, spices, paeltte gets malts and sugars. Aftertaste is pumpkin and spices.

Overall - A standard, weaker, easy drinker. This toned down version may actaully be good for a occasional seasonal drinker looking to get some pumpkin flavor. Its simply too watered down for anyone else that has had this style before.

Photo of Brunite
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A decent looking dark amber/orange.

S: Not much. No spice. No pumpkin. Pretty bland.

T: Hmmmm. A pumpkin beer without much pumpkin. If I try hard and imagine it....I might get something. Honestly...if you told me this was an APA...I'd say decent job.

M: Medium

O: One and done.

Photo of brew3crew
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-burnt orange with a white whispy head that quickly disapates

S-Nice little bit of pumpkin spice that is very inviting

T-Follows the nose but not as strong, little bit watery

M-Medium body and a finish that starts smooth and finishes dry

O-Nice attempt. not really the malt backbone to make the taste more prominent...

Photo of Jesse13713
2.17/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing this on my fourth bottle.

Appearence - An opaque reddish-orange color. Two fingers of head with an aggressive pour. The head itself is foamy and clings to the glass. Appears to have low carbonation.

Smell - Nutmeg and gourd right away. Smells sweet and sugary. Very faint cinnamon and other spices. No noticeable fruit notes. Light malt.

Taste - Light gourd and pumpkin are noticeable. Sweet and sugary. Quite viny and stem-like in its taste. The spice does not translate well to the taste. Instead of cinnamon or nutmeg, I just taste sugar.

Mouth feel and overall - Light-bodied and far too sweet. In my opinion, not enough spice or pumpkin taste. Fizzy on the roof of your mouth. A bit skunk overall. Not my top pumpkin ale by a long shot.

Photo of VncentLIFE
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I know its early, but Ive been into pumpkin beers!

Poured into a Snifter.

Pours a solid orange color with a rapidly disappearing head.

Smells of overly spiced pumpkin pie, which is a good thing. Cinnamon and clove come out straight away. A little more pumpkin on the nose than the others I've had this year.

Tastes a bit watered down. Others have been more up front with the spices and the pumpkin flavor is usually lost somewhere in the mix, but this one is sugar, spice, and nothing exceptional. A little more of a crispness to it too. The smell was completely misleading; I think I found pumpkin in this one somewhere, but the spices are glaringly absent (with the exception of cinnamon which comes through the nose)

It kind of leaves an off flavor behind that I don't like. Cant really pin it down (astringent maybe, possibly malt or grain, or even some kind of errant spices), but Its bad.

If you havent had it, try it; but I wouldnt recommend it.

Photo of HopManEric
2/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Im really not sure how they can call this one a pumpkin beer. Aggressive pour leads to nearly no head. Smell had quite a bit of cinnamon which was pretty much the only taste that stuck out to me. Nearly no pumpkin taste which was disappointing given its a pumpkin beer.

Photo of DannyDan
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an amber body with a thin whitehead that disappears quickly. The retention and lacing on here are okay, but not great. Has decent carbonation. The smell is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and hops. The taste starts out with some pumpkin, but than the spices kick in and get a strong cinnamon flavor followed by some floral and pine hops. The aftertaste is a mix of pumpkin, cinnamon and pine. The mouthfeel is sticky and semi-dry and overall this is a nice beer to enjoy, but if you want a pumpkin ale with a better pumpkin flavor I'd suggest trying O'Fallen Pumpkin Beer.

Photo of GusDom
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very translucent copper color. The head was just under a finger's worth. Lacing was decent, not too thick but still had some stick around.

Aroma: First smell I got was slight pumkin, cinnamon, and spicy hops. With some more sniffing comes the nutmeg and sweet caramel notes. Not as much pumkin aroma as I had hoped for. Very disappointed with the aroma.

Taste: Again, not much pumkin activity going on. I get that mild/medium hop spice bite I was expecting from the aroma. Nutmeg and allspice is slightly overpowered by the cinnamon. Carbonation is ok, wasn't expecting much for this type of beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Conclusion: I wouldnt recommend this beer to someone looking to try their hand at a good pumkin beer. On the other hand, I would probably recommend this to someone who isnt very fond of pumkin but might want to give the style a try. Still, who the hell wants to drink a pumpkin ale without much pumkin?

Photo of BeerHiker
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Always an exciting time of year when the pumpkin ales start making their way onto the local beer store shelves.

12 ounce bottle poured into a small mug.

The pour gives way to an impressive amber hue topped with a spotty bubbly head. Color is very autumn-y. reminds me of color changing leaves.

aaahh yes, the smell is of nutmeg, faint cinnamon, all-spice and malt. Not as much pumpkin as I would have liked, but still interesting.

this beer tastes almost just like it smells. Strong nutmeg and all-spice flavors. Very slight pumkpin present..I wish there was a bit more. not much actual "beer flavor." I can tell the base beer they used for this was very bland, almost as a blank canvas for this pumkpin beer to be created upon.

Overall I am not too impressed with this one. It's exciting because it is a "pumpkin ale" but besides that there isn't too much going on..including the pumkpin part. Might as well mix some all-spice into a Budweiser.


Photo of jayhawk73
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber w/ a fairly weak sliver of a head. Head quickly disappears to almost nothing. Very clear looking beer, you can see right through it. Very little carbonation or lacing. Nose is that of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, malt, hops. Nutmeg and cinnamon out in front. I wish more pumpkin was there. Taste is slightly different, with cinnamon and pumpkin coming to the front, while everything else takes a step back. Feel is fairly malty, w/ a slight hop bite in the background. This is not my favorite pumpkin ale, but it's a decent one to pick up if you haven't tried it. Cheers!

Photo of hophead5588
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bold, amber hue with a good filtered transparency.

Aroma: Good malty aroma with strong cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Not very prominent pumpkin aroma for which I was hoping. There is a nice spicy hop note in the nose that I think pairs well with the pumpkin and spice makeup.

Taste: Spices overshadow the pumpkin flavor, Cinnamon being the strongest flavor. the hoppy bitterness in the finish is nice for a festive ale of this nature.

Mouthfeel: Pretty normal for an ale (i've been drinking a lot of porters and brown ales lately though, so I'm skewed...)

Overall I thought it was a pretty fair representation of a pumpkin ale. I had heard really good things about it and had this beer recommended to me by co-workers and colleagues but I'm not particularly impressed. I have however a fan of other New Holland brews like the Dragon's Milk.

Photo of vrushing88
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge pumpkin beer fan, by far my favorite seasonal.

This beer had a powerful aroma of the fall, but only a light taste of pumpkin and spice, the most prevalent was cinnamon. There was a lot of cinnamon. It wasn't a bad taste, just imbalanced. It needed more pumpkin.

Light feel to the beer, just a bit of harshness from the cinnamon.

Worth trying if you're a pumpkin beer fan. If you aren't, it's hit or miss.

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

Poured out the lightest of the three with a hazy orange tinted amber color and a nice soft off white head that reached a height of around an inch or so before it settled down with some nice lacing on the side that really just surprised me with how well it hung in there to be honest. Really quite the solid look. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, all the usual characters here with a touch of a west coast hop flair to it, especially as it warms. Crisp and super clean flavor here. Starts with a touch of a light malt note and then swoops in with a big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg which dries out the palate very nicely. Very even consistency I have to admit as it comes together very nice. Light drying of palate leaves a touch of light spice and the lightest hint of hops on the back of the tongue. Super drinkable, in fact out of the whole night I enjoyed this one the most out of all of them.

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

Notes from Fall 2010

Pours clear amber with one finger of head and nice slow rising carbonation.

Smell is pretty subtle, some nutmeg and a slight amount of pumpkin coming through, but not much.

Tastes of pumpkin and a bit of brown sugar. Some drying spice notes on the finish. Pretty good,but that's about it.

Has a lihgt/medium body with good carbonation; slight lingering bitterness, mostly from the spices.

Not bad, but the spices seem to hurt drinkability in this case. Nothing I would want more of.

Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Amber...redish orange.

S-I smell spices initially...cinnamon, ginger, cloves, earthiness, some pumpkin

T-the spices and pumpkin (in the background) comes through...the aromas are present...but...it just misses the mark...taste is not bad...but not great either...something just doesn't mesh

M-medium body and carbonation

D-I could see myself having a couple...but not if a better pumpkin ale were about...I am glad I tried it and would drink it again.

New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.