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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 billab914


3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a golden amber color wit ha few white bubbles on top that clung to the sides. laced a little on the glass.

Aroma is mostly spices, cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves. Taste has all the spices of the nose but the pumpkin also comes through a little as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, the spices become a little much for me after a while. It's a decent pumpkin beer but nothing spectacular. My personal preference is more pumpkin and less spices and this leans more on the spices then the pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 00:39:11 | More by billab914
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with a small white head that leaves a solid film after. No real lacing.

Nice spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. A touch of lemon and allspice. Some fruitiness. Light caramel.

Lighter in the spices than the nose suggests. More grainy maltiness with some hop presence. Spices in there as well, to a point. Apricot.

Solid body and medium carbonation.

A fine brew, a fine pumpkin, but more spiced than pumpkiny. For some reason I had this impression that New Holland was a "good" brewery, but I'm starting to think it's more "mediocre" than anything else. In any case, drinkable, if not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 22:44:05 | More by soupyman10
Photo of stangski83


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but of the pumpkin beers I've had, I would put this in second place behind O'Fallon. I like the fact that the spices are not overpowering, which definitely adds to the drinkability. Like other New Holland brews, a tasty effort, but certainly not the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 23:13:37 | More by stangski83
Photo of ThaBobfather


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

Pours a very cloudy orange yellow with a very thin rim of whitish head.
Smell is lightly spiced, pumpkin and maybe cinnamon.
Taste is solid, not outstanding. Not an esspecially spiced beer but that makes it smooth.
Finishs quickly with a small hint of its taste left for the drinker.
Drinks well, definately sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 20:08:33 | More by ThaBobfather
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served on draught at Old Chicago in Okemos, MI.

Mostly clear coppery amber in color with just a hint of haziness. Thin very white head dissipated very quickly to a thin white ring that stuck around through to the end. Light partial lacing.

A sort of malty pumpkin pie spice smell. Compared to other good pumpkin spiced brews out right now, this one seems a bit weak, but still a bit better than your average brew.

Nice solid amber ale, a bit on the dry side, good balance, and only a hint of pumpkin. Perhaps it's just me, but I would normally expect more pumpkin in a pumpkin beer. The finish is mostly clean and short and there is a bit of pumpkin spice in the finish.

Weight in the mouth is quite average - not bad, but not particularly good either. Carbonation is reasonable, but again, just middle of the road and nothing to write home about.

As for drinkability, one of these was plenty and I was ready to look for something different, even if it was a different pumpkin beer. It sounds like I'm really cracking on this beer and I don't mean to, but it is very average and, well, kinda boring.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 20:06:38 | More by SIRIUS2
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3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden amber with a thin head that lasts. Lacing sticks as it goes down the glass.

The smell of spiciness comes across as somewhat perfumy. A very mild/subdued aroma. Some light malt.

Pumpkin without the spicing doesn't really have much flavour. Neither does this beer. While I'm not a fan of the overly spiced, here the spicing is underwhelming. The beer base is grainy with a bit of a grassy dryness, with a slightly bitter touch. Eh...

Light-to-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A rather bland beer, and there's a taste of pumpkin, but without much spicing. That would be okay, I guess, but the base beer isn't that interesting. Still-in-all it drinks well enough, as it is inoffensive and isn't too sweet or spicy.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 05:49:13 | More by jwc215
Photo of fropones


2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a nice light amber color with a finger of white head that dissipates fairly quick.

S - Smells like beer spiced with nutmeg. Some smells of pumpkin pie.

T - Tastes like drinking pumpkin pie. Some hop bitterness as well. More pumpkin and spices, nutmeg. A hint of black pepper as well. Aftertaste of pumpkin seeds. Maybe not my style, but I don't find it terribly delicious.

M - Maybe if this was bigger bodied it would accomidate the pumpkin pie flavors better. This is just too thin for me. Good carbonation, however.

D - This one may end up being a drain pour for me, but maybe I'm just not a fan of the style. I think I'd like this more if it was a stout flavored with pumpkin, not something this light.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 01:45:41 | More by fropones
Photo of degerbah


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden with about a finger of head. The head dissapeared before I was done smelling the beer. Almost no smell whatsoever. Pumpkin taste is very subtle but tends become more evident as a slightly spicy aftertaste. Not nearly as over-powering as most pumpin beers I've had. I enjoy the more subtle flavoring. SOlid, but not a great choice, but better than most pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 23:44:43 | More by degerbah
Photo of blackearth


3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a very hazy pale amber body with a thin white head. Aroma is pie spices, most notably nutmeg. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The nutmeg and spices are up front with the malt sweetness. Some faint pumpkin flavors are noticed in the finish. A good pumpkin beer, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 21:32:01 | More by blackearth
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lighter than most pumpkin brews more yellow than orange. Really white foamy head a decent lacing.
Strange taste to me hard to describe, somewhat bitter with no real pumpkin or pumpkin spice taste. Hint of pumpkin spice in after taste. It was drinkable but not very pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 22:48:25 | More by bob3701
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellowish orange color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel and pumpkin spice flavors are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, pumpkin spice flavors, and a light bitterness make up a straight forward pumpkin ale. This one has a light touch of breadiness to the flavor too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: decent beer for the season. Goes down easy and hits the spot if you are looking for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 12:10:45 | More by Gavage
Photo of beerwolf77


2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pale orange with a about an inch of white head that leaves just a smattering of lace after a settling.

The aroma is typical pumpkin spice bill. Nutmeg, clove, all spice and a heavy dose of cinnimon. A hint of malt can be picked out if you really get your snooter in there.

The flavor is faint pumpkin and spice. It has a bitterness that I seem to be getting alot with pumpkin beers lately. Sweet malt and a dry wheat finish.

Medium to light body. Mouth puckering sourness. Loads of carbonation.

Overall another less then impressive pumpkin ale to add to my list of beers I never have to try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 04:03:37 | More by beerwolf77
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with white head that disappears slightly. Leaves some lacing.

Smell is of pumkin pie spices and malt.

Taste is similar to the smell, but not as strong. There is also a bitterness, which isn't bad, but I would have liked a little more pumpkin/spice flavor to balance it out better.

Full mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 01:21:34 | More by fakedelight
Photo of claminat420


2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- poured a golden amber color. solid two finger white head. light to medium lacing.

S- a nice roasted caramel malt with a fresh pumpkin pie kicker.

T- one beer that doesn't taste like what it smells. very weak on the back end. taste comes all in the beginning for like .5 seconds and it's gone. it's the fruit stripe gum of beer.

M- light to medium bodied. alil more carbonated than i would like. not to crazy tho.

D- i'm glad i'm only having one.

Overall- this to me is like a water with some pumpkin spice to it. not alot going on here. i would recommend this to someone who wants a light craft pumpkin brew. people rip on shipyard's pumpkin and i think that one is better.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 05:11:52 | More by claminat420
Photo of jfeger


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

Not sure what it is with the New Holland brews, but the Ichabod seems to follow suit very mildly flavored with just hints of it's style. Like all the others it is highly drinkable just not a powerful beer.

A nice slightly burnt orange color only a hint of haze. Good white head that dissipated quickly. carbonation traveled right through it.

S like a mild pumpkin pie hints of malt and pumpkin.

T malty with just a hint of pumpkin in the middle then a slight finish of spice. Not overpowering like many pumpkin ales can be.

M smooth and slightly watery, not thick and heavy like many ales of this variety.

D. Again a very mild flavor that only hints at spices and pumpkin. If I were to make an evening of pumpkin ale it would be this one. Not so overpowering that a second glass would be unappealing.

B+ is my overall thoughts. Like the other New Holland brews this would be a great beer to introduce people to the style. However for dedicated followers it seems a bit on the mild side.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 17:13:26 | More by jfeger
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3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A pale glowing amber color with a slight orange hue... Faintly hazy... An ever so slight white fizzy head rises and quickly faces leaving a bullseye of lace in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... Loads of small very quick paced carbonation rise throughout...

S - Sweet pumpkin... Pale malts... Not much in terms of traditional autumnal spices, just a small whiff of... Not bad in anyway, just very mundane...

T - A pumpkin ale where both the pumpkin and spice take a back seat... In this case they tack that back seat to a strong pale malt base... Then comes the pumpkin in vegtable gourd form... Finishes off with a subtle spicieness comprised of nutmeg and coriander...

M - Light to medium bodied... Slightly thin and watery... A good bit of prickly carbonation hits the tongue... Delicate and dainty, but yet still smooth...

D - A respectable pumpkin ale, but not much more than that... Quite timid all the way around... Not off-putting in any way, just uninspired... Highly quaffable...

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 01:48:48 | More by philbe311
Photo of gabemasiulis


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Amber/Pumpkin in hue, crystal clear with fine bubbles. It has an off white head with medium retention. It looks to be a very crisp tasting beer.
S) Pumpkin and a very buttery yeast are the most dominant smells, the yeasty smell could very well be attributed to the pumpkin, but its not something that I've really noticed in other pumpkin beers.
T) Fizzy on the toungue, but creamy, with a pleasantly expanding pumpkin taste followed by a more bitter finish. It has some of the tang that can be attributed to pumpkins.
M) Very clean, well balanced with crispness and creaminess from the pumpkin.
D) light enough to swig down a few

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 02:08:21 | More by gabemasiulis
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3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to 3/4 inch of white head. It is orange in color. I immediately get nutmeg when I smell. I also get a bit of cinnamon. The taste is much the same. I liked it better on tap than the bottles that I purchased. I just think draft is better. It's a palatable beer.


Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 22:49:53 | More by buschbeer
Photo of adamette


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from cask at the brewery during my visit there within the past week, into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Light pumpkin color, translucent, little creamy head. Nice lacing. I was slightly disappointed that there was not more of a head or evidence of the cask, unfiltered sediment or the like. 3.5

S Light pumpkin sweetness, I like this smell. 4.0

T Nice light pumpkin malt, little hops. 4.0

M Thinner than I expected and so it was light to moderate. 3.0

D Good drinkability. I finished my pint without hesitation. 4.0

Note: I did not notice too much of a "cask" nature to this beer.

Serving type: cask

10-19-2009 03:20:06 | More by adamette
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Ithaca Beer Company pint glass.

A - Pours clear orange with little to no head, no lacing.

S - smells strongly of pumpkin, not much else.

T - this has the most pure pumpkin flavor of any pumpkin beer I've tried so far - no spices to muddy the flavor. However, I don't really enjoy pumpkin.

M - smooth, lightly carbonated.

D - not bad, but not something I would seek out - a bit too much pumpkin for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 02:59:58 | More by FickleBeast
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden oranange in color, some haze present. Moderate fluffy head with minimal lacing. Smell is of grains, bread, unsweetened pumpkin puree. Taste is malt forward with mild unsweetened pumpkin puree, minimal fall spicing (as opposed to pumpkin pie spicing, if you get my drift). Light bodied, full carbonation... becomes creamier as it sits. Tastes more like an English Pale Ale with pumpkin notes than a full blown pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 18:02:20 | More by rfgetz
Photo of blackenmn


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell:Pours a nice solid orange color, just a hint of brown to it. Loos like a dark marzen with a thin white head. Smells or spicy pumpkin and cinnamon candy.

Taste and Mouthfeel:A bit thicker than expected, pretty medium bodied. Tasted of roasty pumpkin and bread with an herby hop presence. Tastes more like mild ginger than the cinnamon I was expecting from the initial scent.

Drinkabilty:I could throw a few of these back. Very pleasant balanced subtle pumpkin taste, with a nice color that has halloween written all over it!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:04:16 | More by blackenmn
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light orange amber color. Decent sized white head doesn't retain very long, and doesn't leave behind much lacing.

Aroma is of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. More pumpkin spice than actual pumpkin. There's a scent in there that vaguely resembles ginger.

The same components appear in the flavor, but the spice isn't as pronounced, and there's more room for pumpkin flavor. Maybe even a little brown sugar to the flavor. Tastes a whole lot better than it smells.

Medium-light body with appropriate carbonation. None of the flavor components are overwhelming, which certainly aids the drinkability. Not a bad start to my mini pumpkin ale tasting.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:40:33 | More by Gyle41386
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North Carolina

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

I picked up a 6 pack of this over the weekend. I love pumpkin ale's and so I wanted to give this a shot. I thought it was average, nothing special but if you like pumpkin ale then give it a shot.

A- This was a nice amber color with a white foamy head that faded quickly.

S- Has a nice pumpkin smell, I didn't pick up a lot of spice.

T- Like the smell, I didn't pick up much spice on the taste. Only a slight hint.

MF- A refreshing, crisp beer.

D- I could definitely see putting a few of these down. Not anything special but a good beer for the season.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 22:53:58 | More by brewshakes
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a lightly hazed pale amber with very minimal visible carbonation. A two finger off-white head subsided slowly and left some dots and lines of lace.

A steady aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with a good helping of fleshy pumpkin. Some sweet caramel malt comes through in the back end, but the spice is the dominating force.

I was hoping the fleshy pumpkin would come through more so in the flavor, but the spices keep it at bay. Cinnamon and nutmeg lend a sweet flavor that finishes with a thin malt backbone. Not very sturdy.

Thin and watery with a heavy spice and a light, crisp finish. A light bodied pumpkin ale.

I was not a big fan of the flavor profile but coupled with the lighter body and crisp finish, it makes it slightly more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 19:24:58 | More by ColForbinBC
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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