New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,411 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,411
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 40
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
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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 jewski
4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Photo of pentathlete
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of xgrigorix
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of bahumutx
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of sopor
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of malty
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of HopHeadKen
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of carln26
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of battlekow
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of WWbrewfan
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Ricochet
2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
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".

Photo of dirtylou
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
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

Photo of SupaCelt
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of bruachan
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this is certainly an interesting brew!

Honestly though I think my impressions would be different if I had one of these in the fall when I'd be more keen on the idea of pumpkins and the like, but still, fall is my favorite seasons so at least here is a gentle reminder of that time of year.

Pours a hazy deep gold with a thick stickly head that leaves lacing in literal sheets down the glass. Smell is of a multitude of spices, nutmeg, a little cinnamon maybe, a little clove. The taste is of the explosive type, the spices mix witht he hop to give it a little kick in the beginning tapering into a carbonation hit on the tongue then it trails off into a soft pumpkin and nutmeg combination.

All in all fairly nice, but definatly something a mood thing. Could use a bit less on the spice and more on the pumpkin though if you ask me.

Photo of deejaydan
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer either changed alot, or I did. I think that the beer did. Pours a basic clear orange color, decent head on it. I remember this thing being hazy. Smells of Cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps a hint of cloves. Taste is kinda bland, a slight astringency there. Mouthfeel follows the taste, nothing great, but nothing bad. A drinkable beer, but not the beer that I remember from 2000 and 2001.

I think I did notice something on the bottle that might explain things. It says "Ale brewed with Spices". I could swear that it used to say "Ale brewed with Pumpkin". Perhaps they took out the pumpkin??

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

A surprising golden orange color - I expected something of a deeper copper colored brew. The aroma is very fruity in addition to the spices - a lot of apricot and peach in the nose in addition to the pumpkin and nutmeg. Flavor could use to be a bit more robust; typical cinnamon and spice in the flavor, but it's lacking. A very mild hop bite in the finish, not enough to back up the other mild flavors going on here. Creamy mouthfeel. An OK pumpkin, but I've had better. Somewhat lackluster for New Holland, methinks.

Photo of beergeek279
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is orange-tinged gold, with only slight wisps of head in the glass. The smell has a bit of cinammon smell with just a bit of pumpkin in it. The taste doesn't really have much of anything, with a bit of pumpkin sweetness and not much of the spicing that a "decent" pumpkin should have. Mouthfeel is nicely carbed. As for drinkability, it's unoffensive but doesn't particularly scream for another one either.

Thank you to trbeer for the bottle....I suppose we tortured him with a pumpkin ale on our recent trip (Post Road), so he had to return the favor ;). Needless to say, pumpkin ale is not a style I particularly admire, and this is no exception. Still, I definitely admire New Holland a hell of a lot, and I can't wait till they make it into the Pittsburgh market (they're on the verge as I write this); I just wouldn't seek this one out when they have so many far superior beers.

Photo of benito
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'd had this before in a bottle but wanted to give it a second shot on tap. Thanks to Ashley's in Ann Arbor, I got the chance...

The pint comes a copperish orange with hints of rust and gold. Head is minimal, though I think this may have been the bartender's fault and not really reflective of the beer. The smell of spices is present but not particularly powerful, and were it not for the color I might have mistaken this beer (on smell alone) for any number of 'unflavored' styles.

In the mouth, the pumpkin taste is not overwhelming, but it is difficult to detect at times, as it is hidden by an acrid bitterness that made me wince. Then the pumpkin comes back and disappears again and comes back...the lack of consistency in flavor is a definite disappointment, though I certainly prefer this to an overly sweetened pumpkin ale (ie Shipyard or Blue Moon).

Overall, not bad, but I don't think I'll order this one again anytime soon. Maybe not anytime.

Photo of Puddleglum
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this ale out of the bottle and it poured with a decent head that laced nicely down the side of the glass. The aroma was a nice delicate fall spice experience that the taste failed to follow-up on entirely. It tasted as if they must have used their pale ale as the base for this one and I look forward to trying that as well. I only had one on hand and was drinking while distributing candy to the neigbor kids halloween night so didn't really want to fully test it's drinkability anyway. But I found it to be a good Pumpkin Ale that I will definitely look for again next year.

Photo of soper2000
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't seen too much New Holland here in Indiana. The last month or so. we started getting some in. Anyways, the pour pours a semi-flat burnt amber color with a miniscule white head that quickly fades. Aroma is of malt and spice. Not an overly sweet aroma but there are some nods towards sweetness. I initially got a "winter warmer" type taste from this one, but as it warms it comes into its own. Stronger pumkin notes start coming through, along with some clove. Very easy to drink. A solid fall brew. Get me some more New Holland.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.84/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - a lusty pour into a Maudite glass yields a beer that has a slight hazy, translucent orange glow. Thin cap but manages to lace nonetheless.

Aroma - light pumpkin, strong cinnamon, with a smattering of some other good fall spice aromas that are hard to identify.

Taste - rich malty flavor with layers of pumpkin pie spices all throughout. Very toasty and full-flavored with just enough hops to accentuate the malts and spices, culminating with a nice pie crust finish. The most complete pumpkin ale so far.

Mouthfeel - medium body, sufficient carbonation to give it a crisp autumn feel.

Drinkability - a great pumpkin ale, deserving of its following. I feel lucky to have scored the last sixer from Mitch at my local Shop Kwik. Thanks, Mitch!

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