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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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1,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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Photo of Ek0nomik


3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: Cannery Wine & Spirits (Sun Prairie, WI)

Appearance: The pour is an amber and mahogany color with very little head sitting on top. The beer is slightly effervescent. After giving the beer a few whirls in my glass I'm left with some streaks of lace.

Smell: I first had a bottle of this about 5 months ago and I feel like the spice didn't come out as much, but it could be my imagination. The nose brings out clove, allspice and nutmeg. The pumpkin doesn't shine out in the nose, but it's present along with some lightly sweetened caramel malt.

Taste: The beginning of the tasting starts out rather bland. Some slightly sweet malt comes out, but to be honest I find it a bit watery. The spice does start to come out through in the middle of the tasting and leads it out. More of the usual suspects including clove, nutmeg, allspice and a bit o' cinnamon. The beer finishes very nicely, unfortunately the start is disappointing for me.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, well carbonated.

Drinkability: I'm still on a quest to try all sorts of different pumpkin beers. I'm not sure this one will end up in my crate next year, but I'm sure it'll be had again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:29:52 | More by Ek0nomik
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From fall brew ranking notes (2010): Pour produced a yellow-amber body with a quick diminishing head. The aroma is funky, reminiscent of cooked squash. The palate is on the flat side with light carbonation. Medium bodied. The overall flavor really isn't all that good, slightly metallic with spice that lingers and warms for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 14:34:43 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of ToddT


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy dark amber topped with a one finger off white head. Head falls slowly to a ring and leaves lots of spotty lace on the glass.

S- nice mix of malt and allspice, but not much else.

T- Flavor slowly builds to a climax of allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Finish is dry with a mix of the flavors as a lingering aftertaste.

M- A little less than medium in body, and decently carbonated.

D- Easy to get one down, not sure I'd want to try to finish a lot of these on any one given night. The 5.5% ABV isn't the problem just the uneven taste, as it warms up.

Not the best pumpkin beer I've had but not the worst either.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 05:50:25 | More by ToddT
Photo of samie85


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a a medium amber color with two fingers of frothy, white head.

S-Smells of nutmeg and some allspice with a little bit of cloves and some light malt and a faint hint of pumpkin.

T-A bit of spice: nutmeg and allspice with some cinnamon, some light malt, a faint earthy hop character, and some pumpkin.

M-Remarkably not thin; this is the problem I've run into with every other pumpkin I've tried. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a crisp, mildly grainy finish.

D-Wow this has to be the first pumpkin beer that I've had that the spice doesn't completely overwhelm the rest of the beer. This is by far the easiest drinking pumpkin beer yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 03:22:39 | More by samie85
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This pours a transparent copper color. It has a nice off-white head. The head left good lacing on the glass. There is some carbonation bubbles present.

S - It smells of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also some sweet malts and a touch of hops.

T - The flavor is pretty sweet, and it has some spices like cinnamon and clove. The finish is a bit dry, and has some cinnamon notes.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It is very creamy and goes down easy.

D - The drinkability is pretty good. I goes down easy and I think it's a good fall beer. I think this would be a good one to have with a big slice of pumpkin pie.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 13:23:31 | More by JizackFH
Photo of bushbeer75


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle not dated

New Holland Ichabod Ale is dirty amber in color with a small off-white head that left limited lacing. The smell is of very light spices - cinnamon and ginger. Taste matches the nose however, is a little more assertive. Nutmeg is the dominate spice in the flavor with no bitterness to speak of. The body/mouth feel is to the lighter medium side with the right amount of carbonation.

I should mention I am not a fan of Pumpkin Ales. Ichabod was purchased as part of a New Holland variety pack so I thought I would give-it-a-go. Ichabod is not a bad Pumpkin Ale; I just wish the flavor was richer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 19:36:39 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of LanceW


2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer use to be one of my fall time favorites.

However, when I paired it up against other pumpkin ales I realized that this brew lacks in comparison. I would still drink this beer and not complain one bit. It is a dark amber in color and offer spices of the fall time season. The flavor is simple and not overly complex.

I would recommend this to just about anyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 01:39:08 | More by LanceW
Photo of crossovert


1.9/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, pours a deep reddish caramel color.

It smells like the forgot the cinnamon and instead got a load of pickling spice. Also some pumpkin and nutmeg.

It tastes more like cinnamon, cinnamon water. It was not a ver good beer, very watery. New Holland failed me here.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:57:19 | More by crossovert
Photo of davesway10


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really, this is my first "pumpkin" ale. At this point i'm not impressed. There are some nice cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin smells. And tastes i suppose, but i don't think this is a style for me.
Good beer overall, solid offering. just not something for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 21:21:39 | More by davesway10
Photo of TCMike


4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first pumpkin ale, or pumpkin beer of any sort. I was a little hesitant at first to try it, but It really surprised me.

I poured it into a glass mug, and got about a finger, and a half of a thick tan foam. It smells bready, with a slight pumpkin scent. It has low carbonation. The taste was very good. It was a good medium bodied ale, slight bitter, with just a faint taste of pumpkin.

If I could change it, I would add a bit more pumpkin flavor. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 02:16:50 | More by TCMike
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Holly cow! The carbonation pulled off at least 3 inches and almost over the rim of my glass! My gawd! Color is that of a pumpkin orange with a bit of amber.

S - well the smell being the most impressive was chalk full of spies: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and all spice.

T - It's a bit lacking and sort of bitter but it does play well with the spices making it enjoyable. Also considering its the end of Pumpkin beers season means this beer kept well. Nice.

M - Very light as I type it's almost gone.

D - Well the season is over and I will have to seek more out next year. Pretty drinkable pumpkin ale!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 23:50:09 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of erikdwallace


4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the second New Holland beer I've had and I'm very impressed with both this and The Poet. I love fall beers and this is now one of my favorites and quite possibly my favorite Pumpkin Ale. The balance between the Pumpkin and spices is right on. Very satisfying.

Sampled during the Winter 2010 tasting, brought by Timmy.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 00:39:06 | More by erikdwallace
Photo of johncampbell


2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on November 10, 2010 from a rotating seasonal tap at Brendan's in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ichabod poured a golden-orange-brown color with a small, but creamy head that sheeted the glass.

The nose was bland and beery and offered only a faint hint of pumpkin.

The flavor was bready with just a hint of pumpkin and spice, maybe some cinnamon and clove, or maybe that's just wishful thinking. It finished just slightly dry with a hint of something like spice.

It was medium-bodied with a huge, creamy mouthfeel and proper carbonation.

This was the first time I've been disappointed by New Holland Brewing Co. They are one of my top 5 favorite American breweries and have never let me down until now. The beer wasn't bad, there just wasn't enough pumpkin spice character and New Holland rarely lacks character. One was enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 23:40:49 | More by johncampbell
Photo of BigB415


3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My very first pumpkin ale received as an extra in a trade. Pours a nice orange color with a little head. Light lacing. Smells just like a pumpkin and tastes a little like a pumpkin with that familiar beer taste afterwards. Like I said this was my first pumpkin beer so I can't really compare to others.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:04:14 | More by BigB415
Photo of Tone


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper/brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pumpkin, spice (nutmeg and cinnamon), and hops. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, pumpkin, spice, and slight pale malt. Overall, good blend, appearance, and aroma. More strongly a spiced beer than a pumpkin, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:56:23 | More by Tone
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tons of great foam. Thick, tan foam. Very thick but carbonated as well. Ichabod Ale has a nice dark brown color as well with a red-amber tint. Not unique, but it stacks up at least as well as other premiere beers.

Smell: Tons of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, and some spicy hops as well. Some brown sugar here as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Unlike other fall beers, this stuff actually does really taste like pumpkin (granted it's the second pumpkin ale I've tried). More nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon that balances with the spicy hops and pumpkin-y malt. Good smoothness as well.

Drinkability: Extremely enjoyable with some pumpkin muffins and seeds.

Overall: Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:16:05 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Brent


3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Halloween tradition - pumpkin beer while giving out trick-or-treat candy. This beer was a bit of a letdown. Prominent allspice from start to finish, but the pumpkin was pretty much MIA. Fairly thin body and a little watery at the finish. Lacks festivity.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 13:48:41 | More by Brent
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a perfect amber orange color with a foamy and lacy head that recedes slowly. Has a. Gram cracker aroma, like the crust but not overly sweet. Perfect balanced pumpkin and malt backbone with a tinge of astringent bitterness on the finish. Flvors of pumpkin pie, yams, and some orange peel. Great fall brew. Mouthfeel is very dry, like cinnamon powder. Overall this is a great brew. It really is underrated and has that true pumpkin pie taste to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 20:22:44 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of Thorpe429


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orangish brown with a light head. Nose brings a good dose of slicing with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Mild pumpkin. The taste and feel are really both quite tainted by an excessive amount of spicing in comparison to anything else that is going on. In the end, this was just taken too far in one direction and there is no balance to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 12:58:45 | More by Thorpe429
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Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired from Tiklmelmo courtesy of the Hometown BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, pumpkins, some spices and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a minty spice flavor followed by flavors of pumpkin and caramel. The malt character is on the thin side and there's a mild hops presence that brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, does not go down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are several other beers in the style that I would choose over this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:48:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of weatherdog


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into a Bell's tulip glass

It pours a transparent copper color with a minimal off-white, almost tan head capping the beer which dies ever so quickly. No lacing at all.

The nose is easily distinguishable as cinnamon and nutmeg. The spice level is restrained which I usually prefer but this might be a little too restrained.

The taste once again highlight the subtle spicing but it seems a little stronger than the nose which I like. A little mineral character seems present as well which is out of place.

The body is right where I would like in a pumpkin beer, medium/ full bodied. The added pumpkin may be adding some addition body or starchiness which I like and it finishes pretty smooth as well. Drinkability is above average. Overall a decent pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:12:15 | More by weatherdog
Photo of Khazadum


3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this in a mix pack at a sweet beer store by Midway airport.

A- Average amount of pumpkin pie-crust colored head. Some singular bubbles coming up. Little bit less than average amoutn of carbonation present. What it does make up for is the retention on the head. Fantastic creamy appearance that takes a long time to dissipate, leaves some interesting lacing around the edges. Body color is honey that has had time to crystallize out dancing with crimson.

S- Crisp clean mountain air scents filtered through pumpkin. Spicy, earthy, and pretty run of the mill.

T- Heavy pumpkin forward. Hits with the spicy, earthy, bready flavors that you expect. As it transitions it lingers around and morphs from fresh pumpkin to generic store-brand pumpkin.

It tastes like I'm licking pumpkin through a plastic shield. The oils and similar flavors come forward, but so does a ton of plasticizer. This, thankfully, does not last into the finish. The finish hits upon what I imagine fresh biscuit and pie crust love child would taste like.

M- Mild to moderate amount of carbonation tingles the palate better than normal pumpkin beers. There is a full body, almost to the point where you could call this a pumpkin stout. Creamy and stringy notes, but not fully materialized. The finish lingers solely upon the tongue.

D- If the flavor didn't have that awful middle transition, I would probably drink this again. This has such stand out characteristics but some really distracting ones. If I could combine this with other run-of-the-mill pumpkin beers I might just have the best one possible.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:51:34 | More by Khazadum
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3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle -> american pint

Clear orange with a small wispy white head that starts off small slowly fades away. A few thick cliffs of heavy lace. Carbonation is minimal

Nose: Allspice nutmeg, typical fall spice

Medium full body. Starts spicey, but a good caramel base doesn't get totally overwhelmed. A little astrigent bitterness on the backend with a spice mess.

Pumpkins aren't my favorite and this isn't my favorite beer. Have one and move on.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:31:05 | More by beerphan
Photo of Tee76


3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First off i have to say i love Pumpkin Ales/beers and have been wanting to try this Ichabod for some time now.

A: Pours a dark, amber/orange with a small white head.

S: Kind of weak & flat with some spice & hints of pumpkin.

T: For a pumpkin ale this beer lacks flavor, overall it's kind of weak and watery with just a little spice & pumpkin flavor.

M: Light/Medium bodied with decent carbonation

D: I had high hopes and expected more from this beer, the watery weak flavor and lack of flavor really kills it. I wouldn't seek it out again, however i would have no problem drinking one if it was offered to me. You can do a lot better than this if you're looking for a Pumpkin Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 16:51:47 | More by Tee76
Photo of darkmartin


2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours to a dark, translucent orange with a small off-white head.

Smell: Rather weak with some spicy, pumpkin notes. Maybe a little cinnamon.

Taste: Again, pretty weak flavor with just some moderate spice and minor pumpkin. No discernable hops whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with zero carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly poor, almost no carbonation and weak flavor makes it seem more like a watery juice drink than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 05:37:49 | More by darkmartin
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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