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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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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 kshankar

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange with a nice amount of head with decent lacing. Looks good

Aroma: Spices...cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Pumpkin pie scent is also there, but subdued.

Taste: Spicy...the cinnamon does a good job here, as well as the other spices to make a great tingling going down. The pumpkin isn't as strong, but its there and works well with the rest of the spices

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, the spices create a lingering spice bite. Goes down great. Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Pretty good pumpkin ale. Can have a couple of these easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 03:53:20 | More by kshankar
Photo of hustlesworth


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

A- hazy pumpkin colored body topped by a beautiful creamy ivory head and sheer sheets of lace. foam doesn't last long, but the thick ring left over is just as attractive. so is the golden tangerine color of the beer.

S- pumpkin pie and spices, very natural, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pepper, with caramel toffee malt similar to an english pale ale. some earthy hop aromas sneak in but the nose is mostly based on the pie spice.

T- extremely fresh pumpkin taste with good hoppy bitterness, more so than any pumpkin ale i can think of. cinnamon flavor is strong while nutmeg is more subdued and the balance of bitter and sweet in remarkable. sharp and acrid, hops take on a grassy herbal tone mid way. caramel and toffee, pumpkin bread and pie, and butternut squash. sweet spice vapors hang around but the finish is of toasted grains, pumpkin meat, and clean hop bitterness.

MF- medium bodied and medium carbonation with a juicy feeling and a vinous dryness that sticks to the palate for a short time. crisp and rather refreshing, not too heavy, but with a definite viscosity.

D- pumpkin beer with a strong pale ale foundation, the spices and sweet malt against zesty hops attain a pleasant balance. that oft isn't the case with this style from what i've tasted but ichabod and dogfish head punkin' genuinely deserve high scores.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:46:26 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of younger35


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed 12 pack of New Holland brews from Friar Tucks in Bloomington, IL. Going to try to review all 6 different beers that come in the mixed pack today while watching football. Drank from a generic mug while watching North Carolina vs. Maryland & Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. LY under the cap.

Appearance- Pours a very light orange with tinges of yellow with a teeny tiny head that dissipates very quickly. A tiny little Lilly pad of bubbles sits atop the beer with a small collar that leaves a sad few strips of lacing. Not sure what's up with New Holland but I'm 0-3 on any sort of head, even with a VERY aggressive pour.
Smell- Very disappointing and underwhelming nose. Some light spices of clove and nutmeg and even a bit of white pepper. The pumpkin is very light if even existent in the nose. A bit of lightly sweet malt that adds a touch a brown sugar.
Taste- Still very underwhelming but tasty in a subtle way. It's not intense and vibrant like Pumking but light and slightly spicy. A bit of cinnamon and all-spice and a big dose of coarse black pepper add a spicy kick. The pumpkin is light and probably roasted with enough malt to add a light load of caramel sweetness. Slightly bitter but I can't tell if it's from the pumpkin or hops. The more I drink the more I seem to convince myself there is a twinge of citrus hops toward the finish.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium body with some fairly crisp carbonation and a light zesty feel.
Drinkability- Honestly at first I wasn't impressed by this Pumpkin Ale. It's very light and subtle and not really all that impressive. After a couple more pulls I'm appreciating it much more for what it is. I'm thinking all pumpkin brews have to be big and intense and flavorful (which this is not) but I'm liking what New Holland is going for here. Very drinkable, even sessionable Pumpkin Ale that is very approachable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 21:13:13 | More by younger35
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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a light golden amber with a nice bone white head of a half inch, and some nice lacing. The aroma is pretty slim, but some nice nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin were there. The taste is a bit better, again good spices, an all-around tasty brew with a bit of room for improvement. The mouth is solid, easy enough to drink, and a nice session pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 16:33:16 | More by objectivemonkey
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2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light orange/amber with moderate carbonation crowned with big off white head. The head dies a quick death. Nutmeg and allspice greet the nose. Unfortunately, not much pumpkin backs this up. The beer lacks sweetness and instead has mainly a bitter earthy aroma. When you sip this one, the pumpkin becomes evident among the above mentioned spices. Again very little sweetness. Overall, this is a thin rather bland beer that fortunately only comes once a year.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 20:30:54 | More by BWH3
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3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy orange gold color with a thin 1/4" fizzy head. The head quickly dropped to a very thin skim of a ring around the edge of my glass.

S= Predominantly punpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, etc. Some faint malt sweetness and actual pumpkin in the background.

T= Not what I was expecting from the smell. Rather than a balance of the different pie spices used, this one was way over the top with the nutmeg, making this a bit cloying. To its credit, this had more pumpkin flavor than most pumpkin beers, but it is debateable if that is a good thing. The finish was a bit astringent and left a mild unpleasant aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied, lower carbonation level.

D= I love New Holland beers but this was a total miss for me. Not very drinkable for me due to the unbalanced and odd taste profile. Others who enjoy the taste of this beer wold find it highly sessionable I imagine.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 19:48:32 | More by spointon
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4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best pumpkin ales I've had so far. This beer pours golden-orange with a head that quickly fizzes out. A small ring remains. Smells like pumpkin pie. Aromas of spice, pumpkin and a slight hint of vanilla. Flavor starts with spices of balanced nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Pumpkin kicks in towards the middle with some malts. Not much of a yeast presence. Very slightly sweet then balanced by a crisp bitterness that cleans the palate. This brew is best consumed cold. Allowed to warm the bitter finish becomes very pronounced and overpowers the other flavors.
In the mouth beer is smooth, well carbonated and flavors allow for a medium body. Solid, no watery finish and little to no alcohol presence that I get with some other pumpkin brews. Drinkability is good. I can drink a couple of these at one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 15:41:05 | More by LunaChick
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3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks pretty, pours a delicate head that rapidly fades, the color is a light, see-through copper

S: Nutmeg and cinnamon are the dominant aromas, light buttery caramel and malt, just behind is some clove and a light, sweet, hop

M: Light carbonation, medium body, it was a little, tiny bit tingly

T: Pumpkin pie is upfront, nutmeg is the biggest flavor, along with a little cinnamon and allspice and then pumpkin, light, sweet caramel. There was something strong about the nutmeg taste that left a slight bitter aftertaste in my mouth, almost like a fermented taste.

d: I was obligated to a six pack and it took me a few weeks to finally finish it. I wouldn't but it again, the aftertaste kind of turned me off to this particular pumpkin ale. I have had better.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:40:20 | More by cindiwindi1025
Photo of orangemoustache


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

This pours a golden straw color with a touch of amber shading. The foamy cream colored cap retains well,before leaving some small,patchy lacing. The nose is sweet and malty,with hints of cinnamon and other subtle spices. This is a really nice pumpkin brew. Big,bold and fresh pumpkin pie flavors are very realistic. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg upfront,followed by lightly roasted malts that taste like graham crackers. This Pumpkin Ale is pretty light bodied in comparison to some of the others I have had,the carbonation is also very light and almost non existent by the last couple swallows. This one hit the nail on the head,I'll have one of these over pumpkin pie any day!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 02:55:37 | More by orangemoustache
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a week away from Halloween, I figured tonight would be a good night for this holiday brew. Poured it into a pint glass...

A: Pours a surprisingly very light copper peach color with bubbles moving nonchalantly up the glass . Creates a decent half inch head and this one, to my surprise, laces the glass pretty well.

S: Creates an aroma of a sweet potato drenched with brown sugar and nutmeg. Very sweet smelling and perhaps a hint of pumpkin in the smell, but I will have to use my imagination.

T: The taste is light, but this time in a good way. It has the necessary spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, and slight brown sugar, followed by a dash of pumpkin. Tastes like saaz hops got thrown in here as well, which is really the apex of this beer.

Overall, this was a good example of the style. It is not on par with Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, but the hop aspect of this sets it apart and allows it to dominate other beers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 01:04:02 | More by treyrab
Photo of madtowndmb1


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I recently had the pleasure of going to the New Holland brewery and enjoyed myself to say the least! I may have tried everything there?

A: standard Pumpkin ale with all the classic scents you want and enjoy.
S: I actaully loved the smell of this beer. Some Pumpkins can be overwhelming but this one was quite nice.
T: I liked, it was what I expected. My Wife LOVED it!
M: I enjoyed the thinness of it and it didn't linger to make room for the next sip right away.
D: I wouldn't want more than one or two, but that goes for this style. I'd have it again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2008 15:48:49 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of tempest


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

Picked a single bottle out of the cooler at Liberty St. Tavern. Pours a light amber with a short white head.

This has a pretty standard pumpkin and spice character, but with lighter malts. While most pumpkin ales have an amber or light brown base, this is more like a pale ale for plain, light biscuit malts. Frankly, I don't think it works as well as typical beers from the style. The slightly lighter body makes it more drinkable, but the sweet pumpkin flavor is off-balanced and not as pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 15:19:26 | More by tempest
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3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow in color with a bright white foamy/carbonated head that fades down to a thin layer.

S - Slight pumpkin spice

T - Not much going on here.. malts and slight pumpkin spice

M - Thin, very carbonated, watery

D - Very light and thin, simple to drink. Not my style of brew though.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 01:14:28 | More by Yesac
Photo of MBABJJ


1.83/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A nice orange look. Lots of carbonation. Looks like an average beer

S - Smells malty and like dirty socks.

T - Tastes like...beer. Not really any pumpkin flavor. Very disappointed as I was told this was to taste like pumpkin pie. It's actually pretty gross and not sweet at all

M - Just lots of carbonation. No feel on tongue at all from flavors.

D - I'd rather have Bud light

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 17:47:58 | More by MBABJJ
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4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This is a light-peach hued brew, slightly hazy, with a good two fingers of thick foam. Big time lace sticks all around the glass, and head retention is very respectable. This is a few shades lighter than most pumpkin beers...I hope that doesn't translate to lighter flavor.

S - This smells EXACTLY like canned pumpkin pie filling! This smells outstanding...you can even smell the nutmeg that goes in the pie, and the malt tones are much like flaky pie crust. No real trace of hops or any notes besides pumpkin pie filling, but the one thing that I smell is ridiculously accurate and mouthwatering.

T - More hops in the mouth than in the nose, this starts hoppy and almost piney before transitioning back to that gloriously authentic pumpkin pie note. As in the nose, all of the aspects of pumpkin pie are there...canned filling, flaky white crust, and tons of autumn/winter spice.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a really dry hoppy finish. I like the contrast of hoppy dryness and mouthwatering pumpkin spice at the end.

D - Well done! This one is outstanding. This is the most authentic pumpkin beer I've ever had (although that authenticity is more like pumpkin pie filling than actual pumpkins...that's okay, because who eats raw pumpkin anyhow?).

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 16:29:56 | More by pmcadamis
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3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint. Pours a light golden yellow with some faint orange highlights. There is a small 1/2 inch white head which quickly drops to a collar, minimal lacing.

The nose is a fairly standard pumpkin ale affair; pumpkin base with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and faint clove nuances. Little to no hop aroma present, perhaps a slight earthiness.

The spices jump right to the fore in the mouth, led by cinnamon and nutmeg, then subtle caramel sweetness, brown sugar and pumpkin while cloves whirl in from time to time. The finish is pleasantly bitter, subtle and refined earthy and herbal hops just barely present. I like the pumpkin flavor to be a bit more pronounced in these types of beers.

Light bodied, not watery per se, but close. There may be a touch too much carbonation, but it's a tough call.

Ichabod is a pretty standard pumpkin ale, a tad above average, surely better than those pumpkins that use flavoring vs the real thing. It's easy to drink, is spiced well and does what it should, but isn't particularly a standout.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 23:57:23 | More by SiriusAth
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3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color, with a rocky off-white head that is sustained briefly and leaves very little lace behind on the walls of the glass.

Smells of pumpkin pie spices, with a strong earthy, peaty, even smoky aroma, with a slight hint of chocolate peaking through.

Medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. A light sweetness appears up front, with a wide swath of spicy flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other holiday spices, along with a slight earthiness. Finishes with a strong, lingering sweetness.

Fairly drinkable, but the long sweet aftertaste is not very desirable. A fairly middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 02:02:04 | More by superdedooperboy
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance - Beautiful golden orange color. One finger head which leaves pretty fast. Tiny amount of lacing.

Smell - Malt with spicy nutmeg. Perhaps a faint smell of pumpkin...but mainly an autumn spice smell.

Taste - Malt with tangy sweetness, then you get the pumpkin spices toward the end. Aftertaste is nutty spice.

Mouthfeel - Round and hearty

Drinkability - Paired with autumn foods...I could drink a couple. Otherwise it's fun just to have one to celebrate the season.

Overall this is a well crafted spice ale. Not really a huge pumpkin taste. Better quality than most of the novelty pumpkin ales. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 15:22:36 | More by rkinsella
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2.55/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a slightly hazy dark golden/copper color with a quickly diminishing thin white head. The aroma is pleasant - noticeable pumpkin, some spices - clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg? The flavor is initially kind of salty; a little spice emerges along with some pumpkin. There isn't much malt or hop presence and hop bitterness is low, enhanced by a bit of tartness. Carbonation is moderate and body medium-full. Overall an interesting brew, the aroma is nice, but the flavor isn't. It could use more 'beer' flavor, more malt or more hop, as is it is simply a bland beer with a bit of spice/pumpkin flavor. The saltiness upfront is also quite odd. I didn't finish it.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 01:37:36 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of nrbw23


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

A- Pours a light shade of orange/copper with a two finger off-white head. Minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Smells of pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, and a little bit of caramel malts.

T- Tastes is very similar to the smell. It starts out with some sweet pumpkin flavors then the allspice and cinnamon flavors come out and it finishes with some hop bitterness.

M- Light to medium in body, good carbonation and just a touch watery.

D- Not too bad of a brew, kind of got to be in the mood for this one. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 19:05:37 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Natural510


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

Pours a dark golden color with nice head & lacing which clings to the glass.
Smells spicy, like a pumpkin pie. Lots of cinnamon & some pumpkin.
Baking spices dominate the flavor...cinnamon, clove & ginger (which burns the mouth). Not much pumpkin flavor at all, which is a bit disappointing. I didn't discern many hops or malts in this one.
Drinkability is "meh"; I would've rather tasted the pumpkin than the in-your-face spices.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 02:46:26 | More by Natural510
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a dimpled beer mug.
A- Ichabod Ale pours a clear copper color with about 1 finger worth of head.
S- I smell some faint pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cinnamon etc.) as well as some sweet malts.
T- The taste is more along the lines of pumpkin pie than pumpkin in my opinion. As others have said, I get a lot of the spices that they used but not a lot of pumpkin in the flavor. That aside though, I think this is a pretty tasty beer. It would go really well with dessert or with a big Holiday meal.
M- Medium-bodied with good carbonation.
D- I could have a few of these with dinner but I wouldn't sit down and drink a whole six pack.
This is the second pumpkin ale I've tried and I'm still looking for a really good one. I think I will seek out Dogfish Head's Punkin' Ale next to see how that stacks up.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 07:16:57 | More by Shumista
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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear honey amber hue with a thin white head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

The aroma is filled with light pumpkin scents, along with some spices.

The pumpkin shows up in the front and lingers for a while. Some spices show up in the middle. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is about as average as it gets. Not as bad as Shipyard or Jack's Pumpkin Spice, but it still leaves a little to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 19:24:09 | More by BeerSox
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3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice Amber Color, nice 2 finger head that dissipated rather quckly, aroma was of clove and alcohol no Pumpkin or nutmeg in either the taste or smell! Not traditional pumpkin ale, good beer but pumpkin ale should well taste like pumpkin! But that's just me! Good Overall,but would not buy again!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 23:12:47 | More by phrygian68
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4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow brown with a thin white head.

S - Tons of spices, this smells great.

T - My problem with this beer is that it says it's an ale brewed with pumpkin. This is more like a spiced ale. The pumpkin is very faint but the spice is really bold and strong. I like the spice but it should not be called an ale brewed with pumpkin.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 04:04:20 | More by jeffmonarch
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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