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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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1,288 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 37
Gots: 119 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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Photo of tubacharlie
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice aroma of coriander with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon - pumpkin pie spices.

Pours a decent head with good retention and spotty lacing. A pretty clear golden amber color - the color of a ripe pumpkin. Good carbonation with continuous streams of bubbles from the bottom.

Pumpkin beers are not really a favorite, but this beer has improved with six months aging. When first sampled in October, it was not very impressive. Somewhat flat and tinny. While it still has a hint of minerals, the pumpkin pie spice predominates -- it has mellowed and is more well-rounded with better definition of the herbs. Succinct, pumpkin pie aftertaste is pushed by a mild hop rush through the middle of the slosh.

Went surprisingly well with a bowl of Doll'ed-up pickled-vegetable flavored ramen noodles with lemongrass tofu, cilantro and vegetables. Still not my cup of tea though, except maybe as a party novelty.

tubacharlie, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of tykees88
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer into the pumpkin realm. The pour into a pint glass was a orange color. Almost no head at all just a white haze lines the top of the glass. The drinking of this beer is one that I really enjoyed. The pumpkin is subtle, but still strong enough to know what I'm drinking. I put down 3 of these without thinking twice, and I really enjoyed this beer. I look forward to trying some more pumpkin beers next fall. I would recommend this to anybody who was curious about it.

tykees88, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of demcorhip
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks pretty nice. Quite clear somewhat deep coloured amber ale. Nice two finger offwhite head, decent retention despite mild carbonation. Head settles to leave a decent collar.

Aroma is quite subdued. Mostly slightly sour apple, some pumpkin spice, and pumpkin with a clean maltiness. Smells good, just wish there was some more emphasis on pumpkin.

Fairly mild in flavour, much like the nose. The flavours are good, and the pumpkin spice makes its presence known, mostly ginger and some nutmeg and allspice, in a nicely balanced manner.

Somewhat light and watery. Nothing special.

Thanks to the balance and light body this is pretty drinkable. Id certainly recommend it to fans of the style, although this isnt one of my favorites, with its slight emphasis on clean malts over pumpkin.

demcorhip, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of aaronh
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange body topped by a very thin ring of fine bubbles. aroma is faintly of pumpkin pie - nutmeg comes through the most. Flavor is a bit metallic, somewhat artificial tasting. The pumpkin spices just don't blend with the malt and hop profile. Body is also a little thin - seems almost watery with respect to the pumpkin flavor. Drinkability is poor - I saved a few of these hoping they would improve, but it's still the same disappointing beer I bought in the fall. That being said, nobody's perfect. Most of New Holland's line is well above average.

aaronh, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a golden amber color wit ha few white bubbles on top that clung to the sides. laced a little on the glass.

Aroma is mostly spices, cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves. Taste has all the spices of the nose but the pumpkin also comes through a little as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, the spices become a little much for me after a while. It's a decent pumpkin beer but nothing spectacular. My personal preference is more pumpkin and less spices and this leans more on the spices then the pumpkin.

billab914, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of soupyman10
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with a small white head that leaves a solid film after. No real lacing.

Nice spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. A touch of lemon and allspice. Some fruitiness. Light caramel.

Lighter in the spices than the nose suggests. More grainy maltiness with some hop presence. Spices in there as well, to a point. Apricot.

Solid body and medium carbonation.

A fine brew, a fine pumpkin, but more spiced than pumpkiny. For some reason I had this impression that New Holland was a "good" brewery, but I'm starting to think it's more "mediocre" than anything else. In any case, drinkable, if not memorable.

soupyman10, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of stangski83
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but of the pumpkin beers I've had, I would put this in second place behind O'Fallon. I like the fact that the spices are not overpowering, which definitely adds to the drinkability. Like other New Holland brews, a tasty effort, but certainly not the best in the style.

stangski83, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy orange yellow with a very thin rim of whitish head.
Smell is lightly spiced, pumpkin and maybe cinnamon.
Taste is solid, not outstanding. Not an esspecially spiced beer but that makes it smooth.
Finishs quickly with a small hint of its taste left for the drinker.
Drinks well, definately sessionable.

ThaBobfather, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of SIRIUS2
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served on draught at Old Chicago in Okemos, MI.

Mostly clear coppery amber in color with just a hint of haziness. Thin very white head dissipated very quickly to a thin white ring that stuck around through to the end. Light partial lacing.

A sort of malty pumpkin pie spice smell. Compared to other good pumpkin spiced brews out right now, this one seems a bit weak, but still a bit better than your average brew.

Nice solid amber ale, a bit on the dry side, good balance, and only a hint of pumpkin. Perhaps it's just me, but I would normally expect more pumpkin in a pumpkin beer. The finish is mostly clean and short and there is a bit of pumpkin spice in the finish.

Weight in the mouth is quite average - not bad, but not particularly good either. Carbonation is reasonable, but again, just middle of the road and nothing to write home about.

As for drinkability, one of these was plenty and I was ready to look for something different, even if it was a different pumpkin beer. It sounds like I'm really cracking on this beer and I don't mean to, but it is very average and, well, kinda boring.

SIRIUS2, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden amber with a thin head that lasts. Lacing sticks as it goes down the glass.

The smell of spiciness comes across as somewhat perfumy. A very mild/subdued aroma. Some light malt.

Pumpkin without the spicing doesn't really have much flavour. Neither does this beer. While I'm not a fan of the overly spiced, here the spicing is underwhelming. The beer base is grainy with a bit of a grassy dryness, with a slightly bitter touch. Eh...

Light-to-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A rather bland beer, and there's a taste of pumpkin, but without much spicing. That would be okay, I guess, but the base beer isn't that interesting. Still-in-all it drinks well enough, as it is inoffensive and isn't too sweet or spicy.

jwc215, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of fropones
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a nice light amber color with a finger of white head that dissipates fairly quick.

S - Smells like beer spiced with nutmeg. Some smells of pumpkin pie.

T - Tastes like drinking pumpkin pie. Some hop bitterness as well. More pumpkin and spices, nutmeg. A hint of black pepper as well. Aftertaste of pumpkin seeds. Maybe not my style, but I don't find it terribly delicious.

M - Maybe if this was bigger bodied it would accomidate the pumpkin pie flavors better. This is just too thin for me. Good carbonation, however.

D - This one may end up being a drain pour for me, but maybe I'm just not a fan of the style. I think I'd like this more if it was a stout flavored with pumpkin, not something this light.

fropones, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of degerbah
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden with about a finger of head. The head dissapeared before I was done smelling the beer. Almost no smell whatsoever. Pumpkin taste is very subtle but tends become more evident as a slightly spicy aftertaste. Not nearly as over-powering as most pumpin beers I've had. I enjoy the more subtle flavoring. SOlid, but not a great choice, but better than most pumpkin beers.

degerbah, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of blackearth
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a very hazy pale amber body with a thin white head. Aroma is pie spices, most notably nutmeg. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The nutmeg and spices are up front with the malt sweetness. Some faint pumpkin flavors are noticed in the finish. A good pumpkin beer, but not my favorite.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of bob3701
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lighter than most pumpkin brews more yellow than orange. Really white foamy head a decent lacing.
Strange taste to me hard to describe, somewhat bitter with no real pumpkin or pumpkin spice taste. Hint of pumpkin spice in after taste. It was drinkable but not very pumpkin.

bob3701, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellowish orange color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel and pumpkin spice flavors are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, pumpkin spice flavors, and a light bitterness make up a straight forward pumpkin ale. This one has a light touch of breadiness to the flavor too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: decent beer for the season. Goes down easy and hits the spot if you are looking for the style.

Gavage, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pale orange with a about an inch of white head that leaves just a smattering of lace after a settling.

The aroma is typical pumpkin spice bill. Nutmeg, clove, all spice and a heavy dose of cinnimon. A hint of malt can be picked out if you really get your snooter in there.

The flavor is faint pumpkin and spice. It has a bitterness that I seem to be getting alot with pumpkin beers lately. Sweet malt and a dry wheat finish.

Medium to light body. Mouth puckering sourness. Loads of carbonation.

Overall another less then impressive pumpkin ale to add to my list of beers I never have to try again.

beerwolf77, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of fakedelight
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with white head that disappears slightly. Leaves some lacing.

Smell is of pumkin pie spices and malt.

Taste is similar to the smell, but not as strong. There is also a bitterness, which isn't bad, but I would have liked a little more pumpkin/spice flavor to balance it out better.

Full mouthfeel with good carbonation.

fakedelight, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of claminat420
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- poured a golden amber color. solid two finger white head. light to medium lacing.

S- a nice roasted caramel malt with a fresh pumpkin pie kicker.

T- one beer that doesn't taste like what it smells. very weak on the back end. taste comes all in the beginning for like .5 seconds and it's gone. it's the fruit stripe gum of beer.

M- light to medium bodied. alil more carbonated than i would like. not to crazy tho.

D- i'm glad i'm only having one.

Overall- this to me is like a water with some pumpkin spice to it. not alot going on here. i would recommend this to someone who wants a light craft pumpkin brew. people rip on shipyard's pumpkin and i think that one is better.

claminat420, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of jfeger
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not sure what it is with the New Holland brews, but the Ichabod seems to follow suit very mildly flavored with just hints of it's style. Like all the others it is highly drinkable just not a powerful beer.

A nice slightly burnt orange color only a hint of haze. Good white head that dissipated quickly. carbonation traveled right through it.

S like a mild pumpkin pie hints of malt and pumpkin.

T malty with just a hint of pumpkin in the middle then a slight finish of spice. Not overpowering like many pumpkin ales can be.

M smooth and slightly watery, not thick and heavy like many ales of this variety.

D. Again a very mild flavor that only hints at spices and pumpkin. If I were to make an evening of pumpkin ale it would be this one. Not so overpowering that a second glass would be unappealing.

B+ is my overall thoughts. Like the other New Holland brews this would be a great beer to introduce people to the style. However for dedicated followers it seems a bit on the mild side.

jfeger, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A pale glowing amber color with a slight orange hue... Faintly hazy... An ever so slight white fizzy head rises and quickly faces leaving a bullseye of lace in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... Loads of small very quick paced carbonation rise throughout...

S - Sweet pumpkin... Pale malts... Not much in terms of traditional autumnal spices, just a small whiff of... Not bad in anyway, just very mundane...

T - A pumpkin ale where both the pumpkin and spice take a back seat... In this case they tack that back seat to a strong pale malt base... Then comes the pumpkin in vegtable gourd form... Finishes off with a subtle spicieness comprised of nutmeg and coriander...

M - Light to medium bodied... Slightly thin and watery... A good bit of prickly carbonation hits the tongue... Delicate and dainty, but yet still smooth...

D - A respectable pumpkin ale, but not much more than that... Quite timid all the way around... Not off-putting in any way, just uninspired... Highly quaffable...

philbe311, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of gabemasiulis
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Amber/Pumpkin in hue, crystal clear with fine bubbles. It has an off white head with medium retention. It looks to be a very crisp tasting beer.
S) Pumpkin and a very buttery yeast are the most dominant smells, the yeasty smell could very well be attributed to the pumpkin, but its not something that I've really noticed in other pumpkin beers.
T) Fizzy on the toungue, but creamy, with a pleasantly expanding pumpkin taste followed by a more bitter finish. It has some of the tang that can be attributed to pumpkins.
M) Very clean, well balanced with crispness and creaminess from the pumpkin.
D) light enough to swig down a few

gabemasiulis, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to 3/4 inch of white head. It is orange in color. I immediately get nutmeg when I smell. I also get a bit of cinnamon. The taste is much the same. I liked it better on tap than the bottles that I purchased. I just think draft is better. It's a palatable beer.


buschbeer, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from cask at the brewery during my visit there within the past week, into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Light pumpkin color, translucent, little creamy head. Nice lacing. I was slightly disappointed that there was not more of a head or evidence of the cask, unfiltered sediment or the like. 3.5

S Light pumpkin sweetness, I like this smell. 4.0

T Nice light pumpkin malt, little hops. 4.0

M Thinner than I expected and so it was light to moderate. 3.0

D Good drinkability. I finished my pint without hesitation. 4.0

Note: I did not notice too much of a "cask" nature to this beer.

adamette, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of FickleBeast
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Ithaca Beer Company pint glass.

A - Pours clear orange with little to no head, no lacing.

S - smells strongly of pumpkin, not much else.

T - this has the most pure pumpkin flavor of any pumpkin beer I've tried so far - no spices to muddy the flavor. However, I don't really enjoy pumpkin.

M - smooth, lightly carbonated.

D - not bad, but not something I would seek out - a bit too much pumpkin for me.

FickleBeast, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden oranange in color, some haze present. Moderate fluffy head with minimal lacing. Smell is of grains, bread, unsweetened pumpkin puree. Taste is malt forward with mild unsweetened pumpkin puree, minimal fall spicing (as opposed to pumpkin pie spicing, if you get my drift). Light bodied, full carbonation... becomes creamier as it sits. Tastes more like an English Pale Ale with pumpkin notes than a full blown pumpkin ale.

rfgetz, Oct 16, 2009
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.