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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 527
Hads: 1,434
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 40
Gots: 163 | 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 EBeckett3
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
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 (436 characters)

Photo of TCmichigan
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
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! (649 characters)

Photo of WolfAlynn
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
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! (310 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of Joerwat
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (758 characters)

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
3.36/5.00 (2,693 characters)

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)

New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.