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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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1,029 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 25
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 mdcrouser


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit more muted with gold than many other pumpkin ales, though still mostly a good harvest-ready orange. Only a faint ring of head rings the glass - you might call it headless.

Absolutely one of my favorite smells on the planet, this beer holds true to form with obvious notes of characteristic spices and pumpkin.

Mildly bitter and a little thin, almost like watery iced tea, the spices are what stand out here - nutmeg and cinnamon no doubt, and maybe some others as well, rounding out the flavors.

Punchy carbonation nails the tongue from the outset, leaving behind a faint trail of spices and bitterness.

This is a drinkable beer, especially given the season, but it's not all that appealling. It's just a mediocre whiff of better pumpkin ales.

While there's nothing bad about this beer, it doesn't stand up to others that I've had in this and past seasons.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 03:00:14 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange with a small white head that nearly completely dissipates rather quickly.

S-Nothing over powering here; a nutmeg and cinnamon spiciness flavor stands out the most, some pumpkin. It basically smells like pumpkin pie.

T-It tastes just like it smells. This is pumpkin pie in beer form. Its not too sweet which is nice.

M-Thin and carbonated.

D-Pretty drinkable beer, but I wouldn't drink more than 2 in one sitting because it seems too much like a dessert.

Overall, pretty good beer. Its my first pumpkin beer ever and I wouldn't mind trying a few others in the future. It goes well with the Fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 21:52:36 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of krisandajt


4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying yet another pumpkin beer for Fall...

Appearance: A rough pour reveals a slightly opaque, amber colored brew with a half inch of head that fades very quickly leaving behind a little soapy lacing.

Smell: Aaaah, delicious pumpkin. The spices definitely do not overwhelm, which is a welcome change to some of the other pumpkin brews I have reviewed.

Taste: Like the smell, pumpkin dominates with only a hint of spice. This is what I'm looking for in a pumpkin ale. A refreshing pumpkin taste with only a hint of spice to back it up.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, medium bodied.

Drinkability: One of the better pumpkin ales I've sampled. Not heavy on the spice, a prominent sweet pumpkin taste. A very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 01:42:34 | More by krisandajt
Photo of zeff80


3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with a small, white, soapy head of of foam. It left behind sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin.

T - The pumpkin pie spices dominate this one with loads of nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. The pumpkin flavor plays a minor role to the spices.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth mouthfeel. A light bodied pumpkin ale.

D - This is a pretty good pumpkin beer. You gotta like the labels with the headless horseman.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 20:03:07 | More by zeff80
Photo of russpowell


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

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, & cinnamon in good quantity

T: Pumpkin, breadyness & nutmeg up front. Pumpkin flavor stays strong as this warms along with slight grainyness. Finishes dry with pie spices, pumpkin muffin & a touch of herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation; smooths out & become richer as this warms

Drinks really easy, one of the better pumpkin ales out there

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 03:57:14 | More by russpowell
Photo of alleykatking


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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy burnt orange color. 1 1/2 finger white head that dies down almost as fast as it came. Lacing is left to cling on the glass and slide down.

S- The nose of this aroma is screaming brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Some sweeter malts come through here and there with a trace of pumpkin as well. Mostly it is a spice based aroma with this beer.

T- Big nutmeg and pumpkin taste right up front with this beer. Middle comes through as a sweeter malt backbone with some cinnamon undertones to it. As this beer warms the cinnamon comes through more and more. Almost too much spices going on here but just enough to not make me drainpour the thing.

M- Medium mouthfeel to this. Carbonation is pretty good with this beer and makes the beer run across the palate pretty clean. Nice spice aftertastes left across the palate which make this a enjoyable taste in the mouth.

D- This is a drinkable beer but I would not want to have a 6 pack of this. Maybe 3 or 4 but not six. Not the best pumpkin ale out there but not the worst pretty above average I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 03:23:42 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: Pours a mildly hazy, semi-burnt orange color. The head has a faint orange hint and is moderately sized with a frothy, somewhat dense texture. Retention is above average, with some fine lacing left along the glass.

S: Toasted pale malt up front. Pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) are noticeable. Pumpkin aroma is present, but in an interestingly unsweetened fashion, somewhat akin to the gourdy smell from a freshly carved jack o'lantern.

T: Toasty pale malt up front. Actually a bit grainy. Sweetness is low. Pie spices add a nice touch, again of cinnamon and nutmeg. A moderate raw pumpkin flavor is present. A medium dose of herbal hop flavor and bitterness adds balance.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is crisp and lively. The finish is definitely on the dry side. Clean overall.

D: A pretty good pumpkin ale. Nothing offensive or out of whack to this one, but it could use a more pumpkiny flavor. It's rather herbal and surprisingly unsweetened, although not really in a bad way. An accessible pumpkin ale and a worthwhile fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 03:08:40 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of kegger22


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amber with a respectable head that faded to a patchy skin. The aroma was mild squash. The taste was weak, this is a beer that you can spice the hell out of, so why weak?. Mouth feel was light bodied with a ample carbonation. Drinkability was OK. Taste was weak, beer was weak. I'm disappointed in New Holland with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 05:18:35 | More by kegger22
Photo of Vonerichs


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

It pours a burnt orange with a light head, low retention and lacing.

The smell is bready malt with a hint of spice.

Taste is that same malt with a little added brown sugar sweetness. The finish is an obvious pumpkin spice and nutmeg.

Light body with high carbonation.

Goes down easy and is an ok example of a pumpkin ale, but it is a little watery and lacks depth of any kind.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 01:47:55 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of schoolboy


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of seasonals and I probably like flavors more than most. This one is interesting. Where the other pumpkin I tried today had too much pumpkin, this one could use a little more. The same goes for spice. The other one needed more and this one less. I might try mixing the two!

I didn't previously comment, but this is a very pricey seasonal. I understand that costs for a low volume brew might be slightly higher, but if the end product taste isn't exceptional, the high price is not justifiable. It is well made and free from any skunkiness or other rudeness. $10.99 for 6 was steep, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 17:31:10 | More by schoolboy
Photo of weasbri


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking pour, good head and lacing, nice copper color.
Nothing much in the aroma, somewhat earthy I guess. A touch of pumpkin when I look for it.
I was surprised by the hop bitterness here, not what I would expect in a pumpkin. But first there is a definite pumpkin sweetness, with some undertones of pumpkin spices like nutmeg, and a little cinnamon.
A good fall seasonal, I think.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 22:44:49 | More by weasbri
Photo of Tballz420


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty clear copper colored body. Small white head doesnt last for too long. Nose is mostly pumpkin with some malt. Probably some cinnamon notes as well. Taste is pretty complex for the style, malt front with pumpkin obviously, along with cinnamon and some other spice notes as well. Kind of a thin mouth, fairly wet. I kind of like the pumpkin beers as a fall treat anyways, but this one is probably one of the better ones i've had. Pretty tasty

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 02:16:57 | More by Tballz420
Photo of Dibujob


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper with a thin white head that quickly falls back into solution

Aroma is faint, I really had to stick my nose in there to get it. Malty with gentle pumpkin and spice notes. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg in the background.

The spicy notes really jump to the front, but not overwhelmingly so. Very well balanced. Not what I was expecting considering the aroma, a nice flavor.

Very pleasant mouthfeel, perfectly carbed for the style. It leaves a coating in my mouth and throat though that makes me think I probably wouldn't drink more than one or two of these in a session.

Overall a nice offering for the season, I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 01:24:11 | More by Dibujob
Photo of sweemzander


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color that produces a decent white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Supple pumpkin with a light cinnamon/allspice nuance. Slight chalkiness with a honey hint.

(T)- Light pumpkin with an ample spice of nutmeg/allspice with considerable corn syrup sweet malts.

(M)- Good carbonation with a fine balance. Sweet & spice; mellow.

(D)- A decent beer that fits the style well. A basic and straightforward beer, but fine to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 00:22:10 | More by sweemzander
Photo of danielharper


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear, orange/red, with a thin white head that sticks around. Slight lacing. Very slight effervescence.

Smell: Pumpkin. Lots of pumpkin. Also crisp spices, maybe some cinnamon, hints of cloves. Inviting.

Taste: Mmm... very sweet. Pumpkin is definitely there, but much less pronounced than expected. A nice malt backbone and a finish of coriander and cloves round out this beer.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, slightly chewy.

Drinkability: Pumpkin beers tend to not be very exciting, but this one is quite nice. Can't wait to have more when it gets a little cooler outside.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 04:51:21 | More by danielharper
Photo of CAP1868

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a golden copper color with a nice little head and spotted lacing throughout the brew.

S-Smells like fall, very spicy. I got really excited when I took in all the cinnamon and clove in the nose of this brew.

T-Tastes excellent full of spice, cinnamon and some other spices upfront. The pumpkin is very prevalent and you can taste it throughout the brew. This is very well balanced between the spices and pumpkin.

M-Carbonated quite well but not overwhelming. Like most pumpkin ales has a medium to light mouthfeel.

D- With the decent carbonation and light to medium mouthfeel, I could drink a 6 pack quite easily.

This is an excellent choice when making the pumpkin ale selection. I will be buying up quite a bit of this brew before the season is out.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 01:07:17 | More by CAP1868
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing copper orange body with a bright white head floating above, with fine speckled lacing as it settles. Aromatics offer up a nice vegetable gourd smell with pumpkin pie spice additions. Flavor has a nice base beer before the pumpkin and spice additions, very balanced between amber ale, pumpkin ale, and spice ale if that makes any sense. Each component is in balance with each other it doesn't hit me over the head with spice or pumpkin and at the end of it I know it's still a beer. Not too candy with the subtle spicing is a win in my book. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a touch of stickiness but never becomes cloying carbonation level is on with a bit of effervescence carrying things along. Drinkability overall is what every pumpkin beer should be able to pull off, balance and a nice level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 15:30:30 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of JamesS


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange color with a bit of nice head and lacing. Nice clean scent, slightly malty with just hints of pumpkin. Good flavor, a nice malty beer with the slightest hints of pumpkin and spice. Not the deepest pumpkin ale, nor my favorite, but a good one for starting someone out that way if they like a nice amber ale. Goes down very smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2009 14:50:15 | More by JamesS
Photo of bamadog


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pumpkin ale taste test continues. This is the first New Holland that I've had in a long while, so it's kind of nice to see what else they offer. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light to medium copper color and comes with a short one finger head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim on the surface; body shows strong carbonation; oily rings of spotty lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Defnitely some warm cinammon and pumpkin - smells very vegetative because of the pumpkin; possibly some cloves and nutmeg mixed in with the cinammon as well; nose isn't overly powerful though and I feel like I need to try to pull it in.

Taste: Spices are initially more subdued in the flavor - but as it warms the cinammon, which tastes very raw, becomes much more pronounced; there is a mild bitterness combined with the spiciness as well as a very slight malty sweetness - not really a bad balance overall.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation that borders on sharp; body is just a tad watery and there is just a slight stickiness left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Not too bad - flavors are OK and they get better as the drink warms; not the best pumpkin ale that I've had thus far, but far from the worst (I think that distinction would go to Buffalo Bill's...) - it's easy to drink, a little refreshing and the ABV is quite moderate so it's not like you're going to be hammered after one or two.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 04:19:08 | More by bamadog
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this elusive pumpkin ale from Ichabod in Michigan which as i understand, just recently began shipping to NJ... Their pumpkin ale leaves much to be desired... Bland, lacking adequate carbonation, flavor, essence, and style... Regular at best and definitely nothing to write home about... Peace Lady M

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 02:57:43 | More by dsa7783
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with approximately two fingers of white head. Good head retention and decent lacing.

S- Not much here, a bit spicy but no real pumpkin aroma coming out. Slightly disappointing.

T- Same as the smell, spicy and a bit sweet. There is a pumpkin taste but it doesn't come until the aftertaste.

M- Sort of watery, I expected it to be a bit thicker I guess. Good amounts of carbonation.

D- Drinkability is good, lower ABV and light-bodied make this an easy quaffer, but the taste doesn't really do it for me.

I guess I don't really know what I was expecting. This was my first pumpkin beer, but it didn't seem to have much pumpkin flavor to it. I'll have to try a different kind soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 00:33:54 | More by kbeals
Photo of homebrewhawk


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

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint glass. Poured a clear reddish gold with a finger of white head. Fairly subdued nose of typical pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, ginger) Medium bodied with a decent amount of malt. More of the pumpkin pie spices in the flavor, also a fair amount of hops that show up in the finish. Solid pumpkin beer, maybe a bit restrained.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 18:41:03 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of SpecialK088


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Light amber with no real head to speak of almost looks like a cider, laces a small amount down the glass due to the film it leaves around the edge

Smell is of light hops and some pumpkin sweetness as well as a subtle note of spices

Tastes near just like it smell, the puimpkin really feels likes it gonna come out in a big way when you first take a drink but it fades very quickly, there is alot of different flavors in this beer problem is there just isn't enough of them.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not to bad, compelxity is good the beers flavors blend well. Medium body but just barely.

Easy enough to drink just wish it had more flavor to be more appealing to do so

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 12:06:36 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of Traquairlover


3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very slight haze to this orange, light copper liquid, forms a small of white head that almost immediately becomes a thin layer of foam on surface with a couple small heavier foam islands and a nice ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S = Light hints of nutmeg and pumpkin, less of other pumpkin slices.

T = Taste is fairly simple for the style, but still quite energetic on the tongue. I get some good grains with nutmeg and light cinnamon, just a hint of clove.

M = Medium-light body, a litle too much carbonation sting on the tongue.

D = This is a very approachable beer for the style. One that is quite drinkable rather than just a big spice bomb.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 23:26:57 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of movingtrain


2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a golden, copper color...light white head with some carbonation working its way to the top...

Smells...well...to be honest, the first, and second, an third whiffs make me think of a barroom floor the morning after. It's smells stale, old, worn out. I can smell some faint hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other various pumpkin-y spices...but the aroma seems off to me...

Okay...here is where the pumpkin comes in. Sweet and spicy up front, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove...and on the finish, pumpkin. So this is pumpkin ale brewed with pumpkin...and definitely some other spices are included here in this very malty beer.

Now that I've tasted it, the aroma is changing a bit...but the beer itself feels hollow...like it's job isn't quite being achieved. I think that the ultimate goal of brewing a pumpkin beer is to achieve a beer that tastes more like pumpkin pie, not pumpkin itself...this one tastes more like a cracker with some spices thrown on top.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 22:43:03 | More by movingtrain
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