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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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534 Reviews

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Reviews: 534
Hads: 1,462
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 24.29%
Wants: 41
Gots: 184 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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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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Photo of ArrogantB
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

12oz bottle, $1.99. Dark amber color, so so head. Aroma is spicy, pumpkin, meh. Flavor is a typical pumpkin spiciness but then some sort of weird soapiness. I didn't care for this beer much at all.


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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%

The pour was dark amber with a thick off white head. The smell was pumpkin heavy, but also gave way to clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon underneath. The taste was similar although a tad sweeter than I thought it would be, it was still very delicious. The mouthfeel was heavy but worked with the style. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very nice label with awesome artwork/graphics while keeping a classic classy look with a nice fall color scheme. Front label gives a small description of the beer. Back label gives ABV info and a small description of the beer. Neck label has Ichabod logo.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz imperial pint led to a 2 finger off white head of a medium somewhat thick density atop a hazy copper apple cider looking beer. Head retention was a solid 3min 14sec before fading to a thick ring and frothy coating with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove with a bit of toasty caramel and heavy fresh pumpkin.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of nutmeg and pumpkin with a nice bit of toasted caramel malt on the front end with a mid point of clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Back end has a nice toasty malt finish with pumpkin and cinnamon dominating and a toasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and above average carbonation. Very very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: An overall very solid Pumpkin Ale that, while not great, is good across the board. This is one of the more drinkable pumpkin ales that I have had. Classified as a Pumpkin Ale @ 5.5% ABV. Consumed 12/7/2013.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle picked up in Nov'12

A - Full amber with a touch of clarity, but murky. Nice tannish red head and sticky lace left all over the glass

S - A big ole piece of pumpkin pie. Lots of nutmeg, spices, and other goodness going on. Terrific aroma.

T - Surprisingly, the taste is much more tame than the aroma. Fairly smooth and lightly pumpkin'd amber ale. Still lots of nutmeg and spices. Very drinkable.

M - Medium carbonation and easy on the palate

O - An easy to drink, tasty amber ale. Better than most pumpkin beers for sure. Well done

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Photo of stakem
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a mildly hazy burnt copper color with a strong yellow stained froth atop. The cap holds with big patches of lace clinging to the glass as the cap fades.

The aroma is fairly muted with minerals, sulfur and cheese emiting when swirled. A faint spice like ginger, clove and cinnamon is present before a raw vegetative pumpkin flesh aspect.

The flavor is dry with a sort of cinnamon spice that tastes more like bark than anything else. Somewhat tannic and veggie-like with minerals and a citrus spice almost lemony with ginger. A starchy raw pumpkin flavor persists in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is decent with a raw pumpkin character that I typically look for in pumpkin ales but for some reason it seemed weird here. Interesting to try but would probably pass on in the future.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

New Holland's Ichabod is an average pumpkin ale, almost reminding me of a thinner, lighter, less pronounced brown sugar "toaster pastry." While the pie spices, brown sugar, and toasted bread characters were present, the beer itself felt a bit thin and poorly defined. I'd enjoy consuming the "toaster pastry" more than another glass of this beer, I think. One I wouldn't purchase again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a somewhat sponge-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting about one minute in a decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of residual foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is modest, with some small to medium-sized dots clinging to the glass' walls. Beer's body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out dark orange-brown hues. Carbonation readily visible through the semi-hazy (30-40% opacity) body, though quite low in number and activity.

Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, then seamlessly transitioning to light caramel, then toast. Similar to many versions of the style, a well-balanced interplay between spices and malt sweetness, pleasant, but not particularly stand-out in any way.

Dominant flavors of thin and somewhat watered-down cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cloves. Front of palate enjoys flavors of cinnamon, toasted bread, brown sugar, nutmeg and cloves. Mid-palate of continued cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, with caramel-like, toasted bread, and dried leaf-like sweetness/characters. Back of palate finds cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove all mixed with mdoerately dark caramel. Aftertaste of malt graininess, mild cinnamon and nutmeg, slight sweetness.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is smooth and gently foamy on the palate, overall rather enjoyable and good for the style. Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.