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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 534
Hads: 1,466
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 24.29%
Wants: 41
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
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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 Jackofallbrews
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the venerable craft pumpkin beers, first debuted in 1997. I've had it before, but figured I'd try it out with all the rest this year.

Aroma: Starts out with a strong nutmeg aroma, followed by some earthy pumpkin flesh. There is some malty sweet grain in the background, but the spice dominates.

Appearance: orange to copper in color with a large off-white head. There is a bit of haze to this one as well.

Flavor: Like the aroma, has a strong up-front nutmeg flavor. The malt/grain sweetness arrives late on the palate. This ends fairly dry with a bit of tannic astringency. A bit tart and earthy. As it warms I can pick out more cinnamon. The body is a little thin for my tastes.

Overall: A fairly well balanced beer. I would like a bit more malt or body to this, but loads better than the Jack'd Up. Not a ton of depth to this beer, but does have a real pumpkin taste.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We continue our Halloween line with a brew that pours the color of a caramel covered apple. It holds a two finger head of wet tan foam, showing decent retention into ridges of milky lacing around the edges of the glass. A definite haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives wet and salty pumpkin flesh, liquefied candle wax, sweaty dog fur, spice of gingerbread, nutmeg, allspice, and dried pumpkin spice, salty sunflower seediness, metallic red and brown malts, tomato vegetals, chickpeas, lemon juice, honey, white sugar, vanilla cream, menthol, and light florals. Our first impression is that while the spice is present and nicely palpable, the rest of the flavor falls a bit flat. As we sip, the taste begins with heavy and oily spiciness, light hoppy florals, rubber cement, lactic acidity, butterscotch, wheat crackers, eucalyptus leaves, pumpkin seeds, foamy plastics, flower pollen, and roasty caramel and amber maltiness. Hitting at the peak of the swallow are notes of amber malt breadiness, cheap buttery diacetyls, stark tinny metallics, grassy hops, pear juiciness, soured brown malts, coriander, and soy sauce saltiness. The end washes with bright floral sweetness, honeysuckle, herbal fruit tea zest, sweet and clean pumpkin pie flavoring, peanut dust, citric acidity, lightly soapy hops, gingerroot, raw brown cane sugar, phenolic plastics, and gravel. The aftertaste breathes of sourdough yeast, bitter cultured bacteria, fresh cucumber, pumpkin flesh and seed, echoes of soured citric juiciness, plastics, walnut oils, dried grassiness, fresh ginger, clovey spice, black cherry fruitiness, and hot cider warmth. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high, with tough prickle at the periphery of the palate. Each sip gives okay slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with no memorable pop or mustached crispness. The mouth is quickly cooled and coated with an oily film, but this dries into a raw grittiness across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the complexity of its nose. While not all of the components therein were entirely appropriate, the general mix end effort didn’t go unnoticed. In comparison, the taste was frankly dull and flat for everything except its spiciness, cleanliness, and decent freshness, which showed nice raw ginger root and punch throughout. This seems to be a “commercial” type of pumpkin ale. The spice is enough to make sure anyone who was drinking it know it was there, but the rest of the beer is just standard and relatively cheap, so you can buy and consume a ton without getting overwhelmed. This is great for someone looking for an easy autumnal to bring to a party, but might be on the bland side for the seasoned crafter.

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Photo of biegaman
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

True to its name, Ichabod doesn't have a head. Normally I'd deduct points for that kind of thing but it's obviously hard to hold it against this offering. Though orange, it also lacks the jack-o-lantern flare of most pumpkin ales; I didn't see any sediment come out the bottle but you'd think it had given its distastefully murky complexion.

Unlike many others in the style, Ichabod is actually brewed with pumpkin and, despite its spices, it also manages to still smell a little like the inside of one. The distinctive gourd-like quality, those squash-like flavours, are readily apparent. It's not terribly appetizing and would be even less so if not for the graces of a biscuity malt bill.

So it may not be great in its own right, but the brewery is spot on with their recommended pairing of roast chicken and root vegetables; the ale's subtly sweet malt and gentle spices simultaneously compliment and animate the savory herbs and meat of the poultry. It made tonight's dinner that much more enjoyable.

And while cinnamon and nutmeg find their way into a good number of sweet treats, the use of those spices in this offering are a little too conservative to warrant dessert consideration. Still, they combine with the nutty maltiness to invoke a Greek pastry-like profile.

Ichabod wouldn't be anywhere near my top choice for prototypical Pumpkin Ale - it's nothing to lose your head over (ha!). It's definitely not the stuff of legends (ha! again). I mean, it's not exactly worth hunting down (ha! a third time). But in all fairness it does make an enjoyable fall-time treat and, like most all New Holland offerings, is worth grabbing if you see it.

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Photo of PGH_beer_head
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

After waiting nearly a month for it to be on the shelves, I'm very eager to try this beer. I'm in love with New Holland (Mad Hatter in particular). Hope this one doesn't let me down.

A- Orange hue almost amber-like

S- The first impression I get is pumpkin. After a second pass the nutmeg and spices follow through.

T- Tastes like a less sweet version of pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and pumpkin are very prominent. Not too sweet with a bitter finish. Reminds me of Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, but has a higher drinkability.

M- Nice body to it. Doesn't fatigue the palate like a few other pumpkin beers have.

O- A very nice seasonal beer. Could very well knock back a few of these by a fire. Perfect for a cold night. Looking forward to trying New Holland's Cabin Fever in a few months.

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Photo of alphagnome
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep orange-bronze color with a thin, pale yellow head. The sediment that hangs in suspension here is insane - if I didn't know any better, it could be mistaken for a slushy. Carbonation is light, but noticable.

Gentle and sweet. Spicing is spot on - it's not overpowering and it's not too light. Ground nutmeg and allspice are dominant with a generous amount Cool Whip to top it off. Pumpkin is nice and toasted - reminds me a fresh piece of my favorite pie!

Not nearly as fantastic as the aroma, but not bad either. The good - it taste like pumpkin pie. The bad - it taste cheap, like it came from diner one step below Village Inn. That said, even a cheap Pumpkin Pie is enjoyable. The spicing is light and it's not as sweet as I had imagine it would be, but everything the nose picked up is noticable.

Carbonation is hardly noticable and body is lighter than most pumpkin ales. Finish is dry.

A solid Pumpkin beer. If this one were available here where I live, I'd have no trouble reaching for this one every fall. It's light enough to drink repeatedly if desired, but packs just enough flavor to keep you wanting more.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The lace is an off white color and bubly. Nice lacing. However, the head dissipates quickly. The beer is a dark and clear amber.

A strong pumpkin smell with faint bits of nutmeg and a very slight hint of cinnamon.

The beer tastes like a slightly roasted pumpkin and bits of pecan. The nutmeg and cinnamon are still part of the taste and are about as strong as they were in the smell.

Medium bodied but still thicker than most pumpkin ales that I've had. Biting carbonation. Smooth but can sometimes feel a little watery..

A fairly unique take on the pumpkin ale. The pumpkin tastes strong and appears to be roasted as well as a lesser role for spices. I'll definitely have to pick up a six-pack next year.

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Photo of BigMarty1980
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- A plush dark Amber color. Looks like dark honey

S- Pumpkin spice. Faint nutmeg.

T- Tastes like a cold piece of pumpkin pie by itself. No creaminess.

M- Moderate body. Fuller bodied than most pumpkin ales I've had.

O- At this point, this is the best Pumpkin ALE I've ever had. I prefer Pumpkin Porter, but if you want a great pumpkin ale in mid-late October, steel gray sky and watching college football, look no further.

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Photo of EBeckett3
4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- beautiful blood orange with nice head, decent laces
S- Pumpkin pie baby - think holidays
T- more pumpkin pie than pumpkin, sweet barley malt & pie flavors, spicy and a little thinner than expected
M-nice finish, drier than I expected, a bit of allspice at the end - drank 2
O - I'm no pumpkin aficionado, but it hit the spot. Nice autumn day and a beer that tasted like it.
Served in a 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse , Westmont NJ

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Photo of TCmichigan
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as fall beers go, Ichabod is one of my all-time top 5.

In a pint glass, it looks to be a dark orange, with a nice head to it. It smells thin, but you can get the hint of nutmeg and spice, like most fall beers.

The difference in this, compared to others, to me, is it's sustainability. After finding a place with it on tap, and settling in for some college football/playoff baseball, I was able to down 4 of these puppies without even wanting to switch it up.

I found too that as the beer got closer to room temperature, I was enjoying it more. Not to say heating it would be an option, like fall wines, but if it were a cold day and I were outside, I'd grab an Ichabod right off a shelf without a care for temperature.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep brownish orange color. good clarity and a small tannish head that fades quickly

Smell: spices, pumpkin and nutmeg, lots of pumpkin pie sweetness

Taste: very smooth blend of pumpkin pie with nutmeg and pumpkin spice. maybe a touch of hops for a balance

Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, medium body feel

Overall: a tasty pumpkin beer and probably my favorite from new holland. a great new try for the fall time.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber, big foamy head that leaves thin but lasting lacing. No bubbles.

S: Pumpkin handsoap. Faint spices, a touch of caramel.

T: Much better than the smell would hint at. I'm getting strong pumpkin and all the warm spices you would expect with a little added caramel and malt, and well balanced to boot. Has bit of a bitter finish, but still has some spices to make it overall pleasant.

M: Smooth and crisp.

O: Another good pumpkin-infused beer. If you want balanced pumpkin and beer flavors, consider this one. If you want in-your-face autumn pie, try a brewery with less reputation to uphold.

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Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: amber red with orange highlights, thick creamy off white head, good clarity

Aroma: toasted pumpkin seeds, caramel, little bready

Taste: malty, with hints rather than gobs of pumpkin flavor. Very balanced in terms of traditional caramel malt, pumpkin, and spice flavor. The pumpkin shines on the finish.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, slightly chewy, medium low carbonation

Overall: quite possibly the most balanced of the pumpkin ales in terms of real malty beer flavor and pumpkin spice. Very pleasant and easy to drink despite full body and slightly chewy mouthfeel. A great pumpkin ale overall. Another fantastic beer from New Holland!

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Photo of WolfAlynn
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is not a brew that I would purchase on a regular basis, but I really enjoyed the nutmeg flavor that comes through over the other spices. Similar brews tend to have a cinnamon base to them. I also found this to be less sweet than the cinnamon-spiced beers. This is not a great beer - buy it for the nutmeg!

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Photo of wcudwight
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with hints of classic fall hues. Thin cream-colored head sticks on the surface. Smells like wheat with hints of spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. This pumpkin ale actually taste like beer as the spices do not over power it. That's nice. Spices kind of linger in the background. Little pumpkin flavor with a slight acidic finish that doesn't really detract from the beer at all. Medium bodied mouth feel with a little zip from the carbonation. Overall a decent pumpkin ale with it's strongest quality being that the pumpkin and spice flavors do not detract from the beer flavor.

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Photo of Joerwat
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks just like a pumpkin (amber) ale should, beautiful orange color, and a nice head. Were the head a bit thicker it'd have been perfect.
Nose: pumpkin, caramely malt and what is probably the exact right amount of spices. the spice is strong, but not overpowering. It smells sweet, but not sickly so.
Palate: sharp spices front and center, gives way to the malt notes, the pumpkin is present the entire time, but comes out more against the malt. I'm not a big fan of amber ale malt profiles and pumpkin, which this has, but it's as good as any amber pumpkin malt taste pairing.
the finish is lack luster, almost watery, but hints of spice and pumpkin linger.
overall: one of the best pumpkin ales I've had, possibly even the best.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint from a bottle. Hazy dark-copper with a finger-width white head that fades to lacing.

Smells lightly of cinnamon and clove. A bit of nutty sweetness in the background. No discernable hops.

Taste starts off bright and peppery from the carbonation. Follows up with some caramel sweetness and the spices: Cinnamon and nugmet. Finishes very dry and with a lingering crisp bitterness. A bit of earthiness throughout as well, possibly from the pumpkin?

Mouthfeel - medium-light bodied with crisp (possibly slightly excessive) carbonation. Easy to dink.

Overall - a very easy drinking pumpkin ale. The sweetness or spices are not overpowering or out of balance with the beer side of things. A solid sessionable pumpkin beer.

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Photo of mscottjohnston
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A: copper colored with a one finger head that quickly dissipates to nothing.
S: nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon.
T: nutmeg hits first, followed by a full pumpkin flavor.
M: medium body lingers for a while.
O: I've had better pumpkins, but this is a decent entry. Worth drinking just for the middle flavors.

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Photo of kluebke
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had this beer out of the bottle and poured in into a freshly cleaned and wiped glass. The appearance had an amber color and a bit of a haze to it with about an inch head from the initial pour. The smell was very spicy, but still had a good amount of pumpkin to it. The taste was very unexpected. I had thought that being a pumpkin ale, this would have more of a pumpkin taste to it, but this wasn't the case. It was a lot of nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon. The mouthfeel was not too heavy, and the beer lingered a bit, but a good amount in my opinion. Overall though, I would only give it a 3. With all the great pumpkin beers out there this time of year, this is one that I would drink if someone had it, but probably wouldn't buy again. Just not really what I expected.

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Photo of carlborch
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brilliant amber with a two inch tan/off-white head of foam. Settles relatively quickly. Distinct, rich, pumpkin, allspice and nutmeg nose. Medium body and light carbonation. Malt, and distinct pumpkin and noticeable spice palate with persistent lingering. Hints of butterscotch and caramelized sugars? Somewhat sweet, although balanced against with spice and pumpkin notes.. Attractive Belgian lace. ABV is not noticeable. Fresh. Attractive. Will repurchase.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is slightly hazy with a pretty reddish-brown color and a massive frothy white head that slowly dissipates. The nose has some sweet malty notes and some allspice and cinnamon.

Medium body and a sweet, spicy flavor. Nice toffee-like malt up front and allspice and cinnamon to provide balance. I don't get a lot of pumpkin, but it is enough to complement the malt and spices nicely. A fair amount of flavor for a non-imperial pumpkin beer.

Overall, an above-average offering. It seems a bit unfair to compare this to an imperial pumpkin beer (like Schlafly's or Pumking), but since ABV doesn't factor into my ratings, it should come as no surprise that this one doesn't quite reach the upper echelon.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A darker pumpkin ale, with a tiny bit of head on the pour and a little bit of residual head left over. Very bubbly remaining after the pour. Not as amber as most pumpkin ales but still within the characteristics of traditional pumpkin ales.

Smell: This has a much sweeter smell, and there is definitely some pumpkin obvious within the smell. A lot of flavor is noted when smelling the beer. I'm looking forward to tasting this.

Taste: A very medium taste. I think it benefits the actual taste. There is not so much spice upon tasting the beer just more pumpkin, which is a great mix up compared to the rest of the pumpkin beers. If this had perhaps been a bit sweeter it would have been outstanding taste, but none the less i really enjoy this happy medium.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium carbonation, and is medium thickness beer. I think this properly suits the actual taste of the beer and makes it a good beer. I can't really complain about the mouth taste of this beer other than i like it.

Overall: This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. I really enjoy the smell, and the taste actually pairs nicely with the smell and mouthfeel brings it all together. They did a good job, i feel like this captures the essence of a Pumpkin ale.

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

A - Dark brownish / orange with good clarity and nice head and lacing.

S - Nutmeg, pumpkin pie, spices.

T - Huge spice flavor hits you - nutmeg, pumpkin spice, followed by some malts. Medium body that finishes with a dry touch of pumpkin spice.

O - Solid for the style - worth a shot.

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Photo of Act25
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured as beautiful as SmuttyNose (my #1 pumpkin ale closely followed by Elysian).

LOOK: Clear, amber-mahogany body (great color), red-tan head, that lasts and laces. Good looker.

SMELL: Too subtle? Pie spice, ripe pumpkin flesh, toasted grain, yeast, some fruit, some hay.

TASTE: Follows the smell, but a distinctive, fresh pumpkin flavor first, followed by a assertive, not shy, spices. It works, but is more personality than other pumpkin ales. Like all it's a pale ale with pumkin & spice. This one is smooth, moderate body, with cracker, yeast, dark fruit, and dry grain finish. Would like more hops. A little spicy after taste.

M: Fine, like a a real beer, a real ale. Light-2-medium. Good carbonation. Not as clean a finish as the best. Not as good with food as the best. A little sweet, and tea or cola like.

Worth including in a Pumpkin line up for its originality.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with a code printed on the side. My first encounter with this beer, expectations are about average based on my past experiences with this brewery. I do like pumpkin ales a lot though, so we'll see. My bottle lists a 5.20% abv, rather than the 5.50% abv listed on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - A bit of an over aggressive pour yields three fingers of thick fluffy off-white head with some nice staying power. Lingering at about two fingers of suds. Body is a light bright amber orange color with some very fine sediment suspended in the glass.

S - Smell is pretty nonexistent. All I'm really able to pull out of this is some light holiday spice, and some flat sugary cola. Pretty poor aroma.

T - Taste is pretty lackluster for a pumpkin ale, also. The cinnamon and nutmeg is apparent on the back end, but up front is all mainly malts and some bitter earthy hop presence. The gourdy pumpkin is pretty subdued, and isn't really noticeable at all until the finish, but it is in there.

M - Feel is smooth and clean, with some coarse cinnamon & nutmeg spice lingering on the palate. Finishes dry. Carbonation is okay.

Overall, a plain and boring pumpkin beer. Low on aroma, low on flavor, has a lot more hop action to it than actual pumpkin. Not a pumpkin beer I would want to try again. Slowly ticking away at the ever growing range of average New Holland beers.

New Holland Ichabod ---3/5.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz dated 23-JUL-13 into a Hoffman House chalice.

A - Crystal clear bright red-amber with a trace of off white foam. Carbonation appears mild.

S - Pumpkin-like malt with a hint of nutmeg and a tiny bit of cinnamon.

T - Malty, simple front transitions into a caramel, spice and aggressive noble-type hop finish. Spices are mild enough not to interfere. Surprisingly hoppy for a pumpkin ale. Finish has a subtle cinnamon heat increasing the perception of dryness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - An APA with a pumpkin kick. Less sweet than many commercial examples but still a full-flavored beer.

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