New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale

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Reviews: 518
Hads: 1,413
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 40
Gots: 154 | 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 mscottjohnston
4.16/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of kluebke
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of carlborch
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of Fergyx825
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,250 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.61/5  rDev +4%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,433 characters)

Photo of Megahertz
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

"Real pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg enrich this amber brew. Pairings: roasted pultry, root vegetables, peanut sauce and caraway." Fall seasonal brewed in the style of a Pumpkin ale.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick copper-white tone head of a frothy foam consistency. Light specked lacing. Body color is a very hazy copper orange with bits of fine sediment. Head retention is slightly above average. A pretty good appearance for the style. 3.75

(Smell) Aroma contains notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and raw pumpkin, just barely ripe. I don't commonly pick up on clove in pumpkin beers often so it is a pleasant additive in this beer and most easy to discern. Despite some mild malty sweetness, the raw pumpkin notes plus the spices make for a more bitter spiced and dry aroma overall. Potency is high. The aroma could use a bit more malty presence for balance in the aroma while maintaining the spice and pumpkin presence. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor is less substantial than the aroma predicted, with less malt and pumpkin sweetness and even more raw, dry character. Very light profile for a pumpkin ale. Raw pumpkin rinds followed through with a cinnamon, clove and mild brown sugar residual sweetness on the finish, but not enough to overcome the spice profile. Flavor profile is quite thin and lacking in both malt body and robust pumpkin meat as well. Naturally the cinnamon spices are well preserved and amongst the thin body seem the biggest players in the beer's flavor. A decent, dry finish is preserved from the spice profile and not overdone. This beer doesn't go overboard with spice and flavor, but also doesn't really meet standards with malt flavor either. What it lacks is unfortunately the most glaring aspect of the taste. 3

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation profile is mild with a slight creaminess, noteworthily pleasant for the style, as the spices aren't perceived as doubly intense. Semi-dry finish from a notable cinnamon stick note. Body is light/medium for the style, just below medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. Enjoyable mouthfeel, good to see it's not painfully spritely. 4.25

(Overall) This beer takes it easy, which is important for the easily overdone style. Unfortunately, the pumpkin character is either out of season or poorly integrated into this beer. A touch more sweetness would have also done a better job at balancing out the malt character of this beer and bringing up the body. It's not the most substantial pumpkin beer that I have had but on a good deal, it's worth trying with its high drinkability in mind. 3.5

New Holland Brewing Company's
New Holland Ichabod Ale
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Photo of TheMatthi
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of seasonal ales (specifically pumpkin's) and this definitely rates as one on my favorites. It has a very assertive yet balanced taste.

Poured a nice amber color; great pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon aromas; the taste was smooth, balanced and had a clean if slightly biting finish; overall a very nice seasonal beer - great for fall/winter. (351 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy orangish-brown with a long lasting frothy white head and some good lacing down the side

S- cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin pie, floral, earthy, and minty

T-raw pumpkin with some nutty yeast, grainy malt, and a bit if cinnamon. A bit muted for my preference.

M- medium body with low carbonation, creamy and velvety mouthfeel and finish. Probably the creamiest pumpkin ale that I've had. I like it.

O- the look and mouthfeel of this one were great, I just wish the flavors would have been a little more pronounced. (541 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a cloudy copper body with nice lacing.

S: toasted malts, pumpkin, hint of caramel with brown sugar and nutmeg.

T: nice pumpkin, spices, yam and brown sugar flavors. typical pumpkin beer but better transition between flavors. not liking the aftertaste though.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. the aftertaste is fairly oily and a little dry.

Overall: More well rounded and complex than others even for the style which is usually straight up pumpkin which comes across as too sour. (506 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a small head of off white foam on top of a lightly hazy, copper colore body. The foam settles quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A distinct, vegetal pumpkin note with all the standard spices and some caramel malt character in the background.

T - Allspice and clove up front with some nutty malt in the middle. Finishes with cinnamon, nutmeg, and toffee as well as a touch of hop character for balance.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Well done overall with a good balanced of spices and malt and a finish that is both dry enough to avoid becming cloying, but also malty enough to keep the spices from seeming harsh. This also has the odd distinction of being perhaps the only pumpkin beer that have had that smelled like raw pumpkin, which isn't as unpleasant as it sounds. (847 characters)

Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish color with a nice lacy cap of tan resting on top.

S: Aroma is of spice, mostly cinnamon, some ginger,Allspice in general...some malts with non-existent hop aroma.

T: Taste is of pumpkin pie like spices with a nice malty backbone and some lightly biting hops at the end.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good carbonation level. slight metallic taste at the back end.

O: Overall an excellent brew. love the brewers at NH They do awesome with ease. (472 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the beer into a snifter. I got a ton of foam from the initial pour. That died down with time.

Off the top I get a ton of pumpkin. I also get a decent dose of nutmeg. The smell is good, but there is a little bit of balance issues in the nose.

I don't understand the taste. The pumpkin is way off. I get a ton of spice and tobacco in my mouth. This flavor is confusing and pretty wrong. I don't get how this could be so far from the smell.

Overall this is disappointing. I usually like New Holland, but this one was not for me. (535 characters)

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle was purchased at The Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA during a recent beer haul.

Poured and sampled from a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a cloudy, hazy, semi-translucent golden orange color. A one finger head quickly fades to a skim. A small amount of lacing left after drinking.

S - A faint aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T - A beer that has all the flavors of a standard pumpkin ale but just not enough of them. It has a a rather sour taste initially that is mixed with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon but in my opinion it just falls flat compared to other pumpkin ales. It does go down easy and the ABV is not noticeable.

M - Thinnish consistency. Light carbonation.

O - I've had a lot of pumpkin ales and I guess I'm spoiled by that intense "pumpkin pie" flavor that I really enjoy. The aroma and taste pales in comparison to DFH Punkin Ale, Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin or BrewWorks Devious. This beer is just a middle of the road pumpkin ale, in my opinion. I'll look elsewhere for my pumpkin fix.

Cheers! (1,025 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled 7/26/2012. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, bread, cinnamon, clove, caramel, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and herbal hops. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and decent balance. Taste of biscuit, caramel, toast, cinnamon, pumpkin, clove, ginger, nuttiness, and herbal hops. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, spices, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of flavors with a good malt/spice balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Not too much pumpkin in the taste but it is noticeable; a slight vegetative note but it isn’t detrimental. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Pumpkin ale. Good balance of malt and spices; very smooth to drink. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. (1,080 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Libby globe porter glass. Date stamp on bottom of bottle: 2229 71B06

Appearance: Translucent/hazy copper-amber. Definitely a bit of a pumpkin color. Thin white head died to nothing shortly after pouring but some persistent lacing noted after the foam died away. I would rate it higher if the foam had stuck around.

Smell: Strong nutmeg and cinnamon, reminds me a bit of Great Lakes Christmas Ale at first smell. Not detecting much else besides the spices though.

Taste: Heavy on the spices, but there is some pumpkin underneath it all. Malt is barely detectable. Strikes me more like a winter warmer than a pumpkin ale. Finish is hard to figure out. It's not quite bitter, it's not hoppy....I'm not sure what it is, but it isn't any of the spices or pumpkin. Although as it warms up I think it's a bit earthy and maybe...just maybe, cayenne pepper.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, but I think that's from the heavy dosing of cinnamon rather than fizzy carbonation, although there is plenty of carbonation here. Hard to tell what's underneath the spiciness.

Overall / Drinkability: On some levels this beer works well and on others it does not. Too much in the way of spicing. Yes, the Pumpkin comes out a bit, but the spices are so strong it comes out being more of a winter warmer in the end. Tasty, but not terribly "beery". Great color, nice aroma though. One seems to be enough though. (1,410 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Southern Tier Pumking goblet.

Pours clear amber topped with a cream-colored fluffy white head. Significant splotchy lacing along the sides of the glass. Very pleasant aroma of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, accents of caramel and of course, pumpkin. Opens with the aforementioned spice and pumpkin accents, slightly bready with toasted grain. Malty with light toffee midpalate, finishes lightly spicy, sweet but semi-dry. One of the better pumpkin ales available in the Midwest and very much a beer. Not overly spiced and sweet and there is enough here to please both those who usually are fans of pumpkin ales and those who are not. (674 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear to just a touch hazy amber in color with some orange highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon dominates but there are hints of nutmeg and allspice).

T: Strong flavors of cinnamon with moderate notes of pumpkin and light notes of nutmeg. Light notes of malt sweetness upfront and very light bitterness near the finish (which does not linger).

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is OK but unfortunately the pumpkin pie spices are a little out of balance - way too much cinnamon for the amounts of nutmeg and allspice. (875 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a rich amber to orange hue. A tad hazy with a finger width white head. No lacing to speak of.
S: semi muted, but the aroma does creep out a bit more as it warms and when agitated. Notes of cinnamon dominate the aroma, but naturally some pumpkin sneaks though as well. Spicy.
T: cinnamon and other pumpkin spices dominate the flavor from front to back. Starts with a huge amount of spice and some sweet malts. As the brew moves across the palette the pumpkin notes start to present themselves. Not a huge fan of the mix of flavors, seems a little out of balance.
M: light in body and medium in carbonation. Seems a bit too thin and a tad watery.
O: this is a decent pumpkin beer. I have had better, certainly, but worse as well. I just wish the flavors were balanced a bit better and a little more pronounced. (817 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles completely covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin spices in the nose
T: The taste has flavors of cinnamon along with notes of pumpkin and nutmeg. The cinnamon really stands out in particular and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Like some IPAs can be considered as a hop bomb, this beer seems like it's a cinnamon bomb and could use a better balance between the flavors of pumpkins and spices. (738 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating

A= Pours a dark amber color with a thin bubbly head that rises to a skin and falls somewhat slowly to a ring around the glass Solid lacing despite the lack of a head.

S= A little light but I get a nice pumpkin aroma with the right amount of spice in it. Cinnamon and nutmeg come through nicely.

T= The taste is very nice. A good mix of beer and spicey pumpkin flavor. Lots of good spice comes up front before being swallowed by a rich malty sweetness and a strong pumpkin finish. There is a bit of a hop profile that briefly makes an appearance as well.

M= A little too high on the carbonation.

O= This is a solid pumpkin beer. It deserves way better than it's rating that's for sure. A good drinkability as well as a nice flavor profile. Most pumpkin beers are either too light on flavor or too large in alcohol. This baby is just right. (863 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky caramel color with a minimal off-white head that soon disappears. It's nice to see a pumpkin ale that actually looks like pumpkin. Aroma is a pleasant blend of citric hops, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with none in excess. Crisp and invigorating, I might be perfectly content just smelling this beer instead of drinking it.

The flavor profile has a lot going on, but it's really well balanced, so much so that the flavor is more of a cohesive whole than the disparate collection of elements that one finds all too often. There is some of the citric hop flavor that was present in the nose, along with a decent dose of pumpkin and just enough of the pumpkin spices to lend some zip to the mouthfeel. The carbonation feels spot-on for the style as well. There isn't much progression in the taste, as all elements are present from start to finish, though the hops may linger just a shade longer than the rest. I typically am not a hop man myself, but it seems that in the midst of the pumpkin spices, a decent dose of hops is exactly what is called for to balance things out. If I had to identify a negative, there may be a slight metallic taste in the finish, but that really is nitpicking.

Overall, this a very well balanced and aromatic brew that embodies the season and is easy to drink. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin ales, but this is surely one I would enjoy having again. (1,384 characters)

New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.