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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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540 Reviews

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Reviews: 540
Hads: 1,503
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 24.29%
Wants: 43
Gots: 200 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Reviews: 540 | Hads: 1,503
Photo of bmeehan
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great pumpkin beer. Every now and then you'll come across a pumpkin beer every September/October/November that is actually memorable, and this is one of them. The pumpkin notes are solid and the taste is right where it should be: pumpkin, but still beer, rather than some weak iteration of a pumpkin ale that only tastes like one or the other.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Orange tinted brown, mostly opaque, but with some light passing through. White head, short, which fades to a thin film over the top. Lacing is moderate.

S - Spice first, but with subtle squash notes from the pumpkin itself. Caramel and bread elements, as well.

T - Not quite as robust as the nose, with the spice notes of clove and cinnamon fading into squash notes and closing with a slightly sour aspect.

M - Moderate carbonation and a clean close.

O - Nothing wrong here, but also nothing terribly interesting. A well-crafted pumpkin beer that delivers decent spice and a reasonable taste of the pumpkin itself, but not a brew that immediately drives me to seek another.

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Photo of Cyrano41
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this from a bottle, poured into a pint glass. It was a dark orange and smelled faintly of pumpkin pie. The pumpkin flavors are there, without disguising the fact that it is a beer. A real solid seasonal and fine pumpkin ale.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%

Soapy head that always has me worried. You definitely get the pumpkin and spice in the smell and also in the taste but it is all kinda mild. Nothing really jumps out at you. A little off in the carbonation. Nothing special, way to many Pumpkins out there to go here.

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Photo of humuloner22
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

I don't know about this one. It was too much of a spice beer to me. It almost had a soapy chemical taste to me. I was not impressed at all really. I have had this one in the past and it was pretty decent to the best of my recollection, but this batch was just bad. Maybe my palate has changed or this was just a bad batch but it was not very good. Honestly it was a drain pour for me and the only reason it got as good of a review in points as I gave it was because I remember it was better in the past.

Color: Same as just about all of them

Aroma: Spices, but soapy almost

Taste: Nasty, bad combination of poorly executed spices and soap. Very much a chemical flavor going on on this one, which for New Holland is a surprise because they usually make some decent beer.

Overall: This year is a solid pass! Past years seemed to be much better.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber in color with on off white head. Faint Brussels lacing. Aroma of nutmeg,cinnamon, and pumpkin permeate out of the glass. The taste is a bit muted with the spices not really discernable like I found in the aroma. I think it's probably a bit too much nutmeg. The mouth is moderately carbonated and slightly watery.

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Photo of rangerred
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a one finger white head that disappears quickly into some soapy bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma has loads of clove and cinnamon with some vanilla and graham cracker. Pretty typical for the style but nothing wrong with it.

The flavor is where this beer really stands out. Starts off much like the aroma but has much more depth. Cinnamon seems to dominate with plenty of clove as well. Sweetness is held in check with a drying bitterness making this very drinkable. Mouthfeel is a little watery but it doesn't really detract.

Overall, one of the better lower-alcohol pumpkin beers out there. Great flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured into my Pumking Goblet....

A - Dark, hazy, orange/amber color, 1/4" head that never completely goes away. Good looking pumpkin beer.
S - Great aroma of pumpkins and spice, no doubt you are about to taste a pumpkin beer.
T - Here is where it slips a little. After the great looks and aroma, you'd expect a strong pumpkin and spice flavor. Ichabod holds back a bit, so you get a solid, tasty beer with some pumpkin and spice and a slightly bitter finish.
M - Medium mouth feel, flavor leaves quickly, low carbonation.
O - This is a good beer, very drinkable and a good place to start for pumpkin newbies. Good middle of the road pumpkin ale.

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Photo of barczar
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin and ginger aroma, lots of ginger flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste. I'm not a fan of ginger in my beer, and this one totally overwhelms with it.

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Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

My first pumpkin beer. I most admit, i didn't want to try a beer with pumpkin smell or taste. Pours fairly clear. Honey golden colour. Spicy pumpkin, nutmeg/allspice aroma (go figure) Kinda sweet with a ginger taste. Mild pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Kinda tastes like pumpkin ginger ale! Nice beer!

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Photo of rob111270
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Had this one on a trip to Atlanta...was a very good pumpkin brew. The spices are well blended and the overal taste appealed to my taste buds! Gove it and try, you won't be disappointed!!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

A brownish burnt orange body holds up a cream colored head that recedes to a wisp. Light foamy lacing remains on the glass. The aroma is strong with the expected: clove and nutmeg come strong, with a hint of cinnamon. The taste is buttery with all of the spices playing their part. It's exactly as I'd want it. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

Overall, glad I tried it but nothing unexpected. It's got all the right spices and has a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, 5.2% ABV, and the last straggler from a mixed-sixer procured at the Liquor Mart in Glendale, Colorado last week during GABF down time.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with one chubby finger of wanly puffy, densely foamy, and slightly bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent fire lick lace around the glass as thing slowly abate.

It smells of sharp, metallic cinnamon, further nutmeg and clove spice, grainy, gritty pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, subtle vegetal pumpkin flesh notes, and an earthy, sort of pumpkin patch dirtiness. The taste is bready, crackery, and grainy pale malt, nicely muddled nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of cardamom, a still understated toasted gourdish goodness, and more of that not-quite-hoppy earthy bitterness.

The carbonation is certainly present, in a lilting, frothy, and duly beguiling manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing else really in the parade ruining mood. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt and pumpkin carrying on, while the spice starts to sag, begging for a re-up.

A decent, straight-ahead pumpkin-pie emulating affair here, perhaps from that particular grandma whose spice measurements were always a tad suspect, but somehow everything still worked out fine in the end - enter the ABV, stage left. Anyways, tasty, and an appropriately old-school Samhain-worthy offering, all-around.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Not bad, had more aroma than flavor. Decent pumpkin flavor up front with some of the pie spicyness, but quickly faded as the beer went on, left just trace notes.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Med to dark amber and slight orange tint. Finger of dense tan head. Superior lacing.

S: Typical cinnameon, brown sugar, clove and nutmeg. Raisted pumpkin and biscuit.

M: Bright, moderate body, low carb, but crisp.

T: Has a quite spice laden texture from cinnamon and nutmeg powder. Decent pumpkin flavor and lots of flaky biscuit malt.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev 0%

A - Amber body, slight slight haze, small off white head.

S - Malt sweetness, light spice notes.

T - Very light pumpkin and spice (clove, cinnamon). A nice change of pace from the pumpkin bombs out there.

M - Light body, light carb. Thin. Moves across the palate easily.

O - My kind of pumpkin beer, the pumpkin accents the ale, it doesn't overpower it.

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Photo of Trifecta1
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%

One of the least impressive pumpkin ales I've ever experienced. Not very flavorful, only a tiny iota of spice and pumpkin flesh. All in all, very ho-hum and meh.

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

I'm a sucker for pumpkin beers. Usually they are over-spiced. This one is a pleasant surprise. Malty, moderately sweet, and not overly spicy. There is a nice pumpkin flavor, some moderate pie spice, and a good balance. The finish isn't overly sweet. It's a little hazy, bronzish-amber in color, and has a nice white head. The smell is the best quality, although the taste is solid as well. Full in body. It's a great Fall brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i was unimpressed by this, it seems incredibly flavorless compared to the style standard of the pumpkin beer. maybe folks like it because its so mild, minimal in malt character and in pie spice flavor. maybe its just a touch of fall, rather than a full on plunge into it, but in the context of other pumpkin beers, this one doesnt taste like much. amber colored base beer should have more sweetness and more body, its pretty thin. there is a light cinnamon nose and taste to it, but the pumpkin itself is invisible and there isnt enough other additives in here to fake it. nice carbonation though and with the lighter body i suspect this may make a decent fall session beer for some, but it lacks the spirit of the season for me.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Typical pumpkin beer spices, pumpkin, caramel, bready malts, and toasted grains.

Taste: Same as above. Nice, but I want more gourds.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty standard pumpkin feel. Nice flavor, bit a little more pumpkin, yam, or squash could make this beer a bit more starchy and presentable to the consumer.

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Photo of hophugger
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a great deep pumpkin color, semi-clear. Head is a couple inches and hangs out for a long time. Lacing is some of the best I have seen. Aroma is of spiced pumpkin, what I expected. Flavor is ok, but the spices are a little much and take away from the true pumpkin flavor. Spice also leaves a little dry spice feel on the palate. Overall, would have been a bit better with less nutmeg and spice and a little more natural pumpkin flavor

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Photo of ttroha
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Tap from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours transparent amber with an off-white head. Aroma and taste of pumpkin and spices. I like pumpkin beers, but this one was not my favorite. There are much better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%

Inspired to purchase by the recent Sept. cold snap. Great color and smallish head. Tight aroma for style but some spices come through.
Teh problem I have with this beer is that it lacks pumpkin. It is spiced nicely, overall (bigger on the nutmeg than cinnamon), but a great lack of pumpkin flavor.
Feel is good. Small enough size to be drinkable.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange-brown with 1/4 inch head. Tastes like a good amber ale mixed with cinnamon and clove. Nice mixture of beer and pumpkin. One to have several of.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of spice
Head average (2.5 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing
Lacing fair, partial rings and stalactites of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor very light and spicy, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.0625. Final weighted score: 4.0375
A pleasant pumpkin ale. This is not over spiced as most are.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.