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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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Reviews: 541
Hads: 1,521
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 24.29%
Wants: 44
Gots: 211 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 mcallister
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What you expect from a pumpkin ale. An orangish hue with a solid white head that's very thin and light, however it leaves a thick sticky lace.

Of course the aromas of pumpkin, all spice, nutmeg, and brown sugar. But there is also a sweet malty prescence as well although all the aromas are somewhat in the background.

Very well balanced pumpkin ale. Complex spices and a good straightforward taste of pumpkin. Nutmeg, ginger, all spice, brown sugar and cinnamon topped with a thick malty finish.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very refreshing.

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Photo of thelagerheads
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a beer lover per se, I'm just in it for the reviews. Seriously. Tasting is merely an ingredient in formulating my own perfect idea of a beer to brew. One of these ideas involves pumpkin beer. Of the two kinds I imagine one is a dark animal with light pumpkin pudding mutton chops and a whipped cream chin strap. The other is a transparent ale with overwrought punky pollutants. Not overly spicy like Buffalo Bill's and not quite as faint as our dear comrade Ichabod. He has a head the size of the Sears Tower and bubbles as if just born. Viddy viddy smoof wif a specklin' da de punkie. It's a pumpkin with a full set of teeth and glowing eyes and a cumberbund. I want mine to have a derelict smile with a few fangs knocked out and the others rotting from over-indulgence in the candy goblin's bag and eyes maddened with malty sucroses. A notch above Blue Moon but a kerbobble below my future jack o' lantern bier.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull golden orange with definite chill haze. 1/2 inch foamy white head with good retention and spotty lacing. Ginger and allspice nose with some faint pale malt but no detectable pumpkin. Gingerbread and allspice very apparent in the taste with a pale malt foundation- and mabye a hint of pumpkin. The aftertaste is dry with a mild herbal hop bitterness that balances the malt well while the spices are overkill, but fade quickly enough. Medium in body and carbonation but still seemed a bit on the fizzy side. The fall spice character was nice but becomes annoying near the finish; and the real question for the brewers at New Holland is...where's the pumpkin?

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been kept cold for a long time, so it shouldn't have suffered from the little age it has on it. Pours a golden color with a small head that is sparse after settling. Nose is pretty nice. I get a good bit of pumpkin, with a buttery caramel in there with nice nutmeg to balance out. Flavor is okay. Mostly pumpkin and nutmeg. Nothing is too strong or offensive. Good for the style. There is a slight astringency on the finish, but its not that bad. Feel is moderate with a light carbonation. I'd expect a touch more bubble. Overall, a nice representation of the style. I want more carbonation and to eliminate the astringent finish, but for a pumpkin beer, its okay.

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Photo of peterittenhouse
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours nice orange,hazy hue with thin white head. Spicy aroma is just right and leads into first sip that is crisp and spicy with creamy mouthfeel.Sticky. I'm liking this brew! Pumpkin taste is not overbearing and balances well with the hopiness of this brew.

I am working on the last few of the this case that I bought to kick off the holiday imbibing season. I look forward to this one next year. Great stuff.

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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a goldish-orange color. The head was pretty thick and leaves moderate lacing. The carbonation is great, its right where it should be. Pretty hoppy, its nice and smells great, smells like pumpkin spice cake. The taste is also good, taste like it smells, pumpkin spice cake. It is pretty sweet with a very clean crisp smooth mouthfeel. It is very drinkable, I went through a 6 pack in about an hour. Its like drinking dessert. Would probably be great with thanksgiving dinner.

Should be pretty easy to find this beer, I got it at my local grocery store. reasonably priced

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pleasant pale malt and pumpkin scent along with spices. It's dry with a slight cinnnamon/nutmeg aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale and carapils malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a smooth pumpkin/spice taste. It also has a mild hop flavor as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid fall seasonal. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of metallistout
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I've been seeing this around one of the stores that I go to and I have passed by it to get something dark, or a belgian. Today I decide to make the plunge, which is in my benefit, because it is only $5.99 on a late November day.

This beer pours a pumpkin color, which I thought was pretty cool. The head was kind of lacking, but it did lace for a while in the glass.

The aroma, of butter, pumpkin spice, orange and nutmeg.

Tasted of very sweet malt and pumpkin spice with a little hop bitterness that I didn't notice in the first one I poured, but I do now. It definately has a good flavor to it.

Ichabod is not the best pumpkin ale I've had, but it is a pretty good one.

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Photo of jewski
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having a bottle of Ichabod last fall, I was not impressed by the beer. It was an average brown ale with just the slightest hint of pumpkin and spice.

I had it again last night on-tap due to a lack of anything else interesting and it seemed to be an entirely different (for the better) beer.

Color was an appropriate cloudy 'pumpkin' orange with a slight white head. Smelled lightly of pumpkin pie. Tasted strongly of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finished with a nicely balanced bite of hops. A fairly light beer with a good amount of flavor, though the mouthfeel was pretty thin. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but quite drinkable.

Not a tremendously complex beer, but unique and enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fuzzy medium peach with little foam and a soda bubble ring. Nose has faint spices...maybe nutmeg, some oh-so-faint hints of pumpkin, maybe it was the power of suggestion from the label. Taste is nutmeg laced water with some other seasonal spices, but not very powerful. Mouthfeel is watery. The finish is carbonic acidic that wants to be dry and cannot make it. Not very drinkable for a pumpkin ale. A disappointment.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Pale golden brown. Thin, sporadic carbonation. Slim off white rim of foam. No lace.

Light aromas of nutmeg & cinnamon. Gentle flavours of alspice, nutmeg & cinnamon. More spice than anything else, and the spice just isn't all that impressive. Light side of medium bodied, gentle carbonation.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A light golden/straw color with a small head that dissipated slowly. Also some lacing.

Smell: Smells of some hops but more of pumpkin pie spices with a slight butter smell in the background.

Taste: Pumpkin pies spices, mild hop bitterness. Taste reminds me of a wheat ale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouth feel with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could have a few of these in a sitting.

Nice seasonal offering by New Holland Brewing. My first pumpkin ale and I like it.

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Photo of sopor
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden with a finger of frothy clumpy head quickly dissipating to a film. Rapidly rising towers of bubbles promise to keep head around. Smells like a Werthers Pumpkin Pie. Too much butterschotch.

This is one buttery spicy brew. Slight pumpkin pie flavors and lots, I mean way too much (for me), butterscotch followed by some biscuity malt and pleasantly assertive herbal and resinous hops. Light body and delicate carbonation make this beer refreshing though.

Way to much diaceyl, but otherwise a good brew that I will likely drink again, even if it is just to remind myself what diacetyl tastes like.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours an orangish-golden body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin cream head that is a bit soapy. The body has a very faint haze to it.

S- The smell of gingerbread spices and graham crackers is strong but not chemical. A note of honey and some pale malt along with a faint spiciness that might be hops give it more support.

T- The taste of ginger and cinnamon with some nutmeg and pale malt give this a spicy taste. Note of pepper and a carbonic acid or chalkiness combine with the dry taste at the finish.

M- medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol warmth

D-This beer has a very good balance of spices and has some good malt to play a supporting role. It would be nice to see some more malt or hops or alcohol help balance the spices perhaps. The finish is a little too chalky or dry.

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Photo of malty
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sept '05 release - very fresh.

Pours a very slightly cloudy straw color with a fluffy 3/4" white head. Visible carbonation at a low-moderate pace.

The scent is very yeasty with a sweet dose of vanilla and yellow cake batter - very little (if at all) pumpkin detected.

There's the pumpkin and the fall spices the label mentions. Still sweet with vanilla notes and faint cinnamon & nutmeg. The yeasty esters are prevalent akin to a wheat ale. Pumpkin and vanilla finish.

Mouthfeel is very soft and somewhat chalky-dry. Medium body plays nicely on the tongue with an airy fluffiness.

Drinkability is good for a vegetable/spiced beer. Carbonation is very tame making it quaffable. Definitely could drink a few consecutively.

Overall a very good pumpkin ale. I happened to enjoy the sweetness that doesn't get the chance to become cloying due to the nicely placed chalky-dry finish. Sweet, dry and pumpkiny with just enough spice makes this an ale to seek-out this time of year.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow gold with thin Ivory head that quickly fades to nothing but a ring at the edge of the glass; Bottle is clean, no sediment.

Smell is faintly malty and spicy.

Taste is sweet, buttery pumpkin with a blend of malt and spice -subtle hints of nutmeg, ginger and clove. Clean, but NOT a big pumpkin taste, which is what I was expecting from a beer that shows a headless person holding a pumpkin head and a mug of beer.

Very subtle hop finish with no lingering bitterness.

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Photo of carln26
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a bright orange, very hazy, topped with a thin white head that left little lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is dominated by pumpkin, cinnamon, and perhaps a little nutmeg. The taste has all of those as you would expect, plus a light, yet satisfying malt back. The sweetness of the malt does balance the remainder of the flavor well. I like this beer, but I’d really like a pumpkin beer with a base that has more flavor and body (Smutty and DFH do a nice job). The mouth feel is a little thin, but id does have a nice drinakbility

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a slightly hazy brownish yellow color. The aroma is very strong, with lots of pumpkin pie spice (ginger and nutmeg) and not enough pumpkin. Malty flavor with spices and a little pumpkin. The flavor is actually pretty nice. The spice doesn't totally dominate the beer. More nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Mouthfeel is a little light. Nice drinkability for a beer with this much spice. This was a pretty good first pumpkin beer of the season.

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Photo of battlekow
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ichabod pours a cloudy, very light golden color, with no head (ha fucking ha). The label says, "We take the soul of a Michigan fall and blend it into a beer;" if that's the case, then diacetyl must be a strong Michigan tradition, because Ichabod tastes like buttered popcorn kernels. There's also a little bit of hop bitterness, and it finishes with some toastiness. It doesn't taste BAD--I actually like it--just a little odd. Up there in the Buttery Beer Hall of Fame with Harbor City Main Street Brown. Despite actually liking the flavor, one is easily enough for me.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New Holland has got a winner here. Poured out to a solid bright and light orange color with a short lived head. No lace. Aromas of pumpkin, cooked veggies with a touch of sweetness. The smell was rather light but still inviting. Taste was smooth, rich and complex enough to make this a good beer but simple enough for the casual beer drinker. Flavors of mild hops, malt, pumpkin, light sugar, and some mild spices. Very nice. Mouthfeel was well balanced, not too heavy and not too light, similar to the weather during the fall season. This is a very drinkable beer, as I am now glad I got more than one. If you're gonna have only one pumpkin ale this year, this should be it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of WWbrewfan
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time trying this particular beer as I like the Pumpkin and have never tried this one. After first taste was surprised at Cinnamon taste being a little more dominant than Pumpkin. Very light tasting and watery in mouth. This has a nice smell but was hoping for a little more in the pumpkin flavor. This is not a bad beer but not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sell was odd. It smelled like a coffee beverage. Like dark roasted coffee, and pumphin was faint, so it was indeed sub-par in the scent category for pumpkin ales but smelled very hoppy and coffee like. It did look the part and was closer to pumpkin orange and dark yellow. I sniffed it again and I'm amazed at how much this smells like a deep roasted coffee! Mouth was average , as any other. This was a different taste for sure. It was more cinnamon than pumpkin but there was a faint pumpkin taste and well, a good ale is masked by the cinnamon. Not really pumpkin tasting. I want to rate this higher, because I could drink a few of these as it wasn't bad and was unusual if plesant tasting, but just not good enough for a pumpkin ale, maybe just a good "octoberfest".

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Photo of dirtylou
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, picked up 3 singles from Woodman's in Madison

appearance: quite a pale golden color, foamy white head with light lacing

smell: pumpkin pie, light cinnamon and ginger...smells quite nice

taste: hmm, obvious pumpkin pie taste up front with lingering cinnamon and very slight ginger, nice hop sweetness. Taste is good but something is missing

mouthfeel: very thin, with a pilsner-like zip, very clean and crisp

drinkability: I could knock back a few of these

Overall, this beer is a letdown... I love pumpkin beers but this one just doesnt do it for me. Its just too thin and light

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange in colour. Starts off with some head but ends up with just some spittle dusting the surface. It does throw off some lace.

The smell holds ginger and punkin maybe a pinch of nutmeg.

The taste is pretty darn close to liquified punkin pie. Punkin and ginger. Slight crusty effect from the yeast character. Nice fall seasonal. The idea of this beer seemed quite distasteful to my mind, but I am pleasantly surprised at how well this actually works. I am going to save some of these for Thanksgiving!

The mouthfeel is just a bit slight of medium. It works well. If it were any more heavy, this thing might feel sickening.

The drinkability falls short of good, simply because it is essentially punkin pie in a bottle. I have never sat down and ate a whole punkin pie, and similarly I would never drink a whole punkin pie (or six bottles of punkin pie if you catch my drift :). All things considered, this is surprisingly unique and tasteful. I am a fan.

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Photo of bruachan
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it's a nice light amber color—actually on the edge of gold. a frosty high-water mark presides over the festivities

i wouldn't be able to drink this and think "oh yeah, this is made with pumpkin," but i smell it, along with an earthy hop aroma and a touch of golden sweetness. it's almost more of a pumpkin pie, with the spices and hooha that come right at the foretaste (i wish i could pick them out. i once brewed a xmas beer with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. this definitely lacks the ginger, but otherwise seems similar). there's little hop flavor, but some bitterness connects consecutive sips

at first i would have criticised this beer for being one dimensional, but its assets creep out of the dark

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.