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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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1,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 30
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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Photo of beerwolf77
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

beerwolf77, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of fakedelight
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

fakedelight, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of claminat420
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

claminat420, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of jfeger
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

jfeger, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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...

philbe311, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of gabemasiulis
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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

gabemasiulis, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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.


buschbeer, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

adamette, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of FickleBeast
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

FickleBeast, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

rfgetz, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of blackenmn
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

blackenmn, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Gyle41386, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of brewshakes
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

brewshakes, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

ColForbinBC, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from mixpack bought at Pauls in DC. Sweet, sweet pumpkin bliss. Its no wonder why fall is my favorite season with a few of these lying around.

A nice, chestnut orange with a creamy head and steady carbonation. Thin lacing. Heavy spices in the smell and taste. I don't care if the proportion of spices to pumpkin works well here, which it does, it still is VERY heavily spiced. Clove, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, sunflower, and coriander seed are all present in the taste.

Brown sugar comes through in the back, with a nice malt spread to mellow out the spices and balance the taste. Not high alcohol like Southern Tier's Pumking, but then again, this beer doesn't have the hop structure that the Pumking had.

Overall, one of the better pumpkin ales I've had this season so far. Looking to expand further with the pumpkin ale soon.

TLove, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this brew is exactly what amber is. The head pours fluffy but tight, staying most of the way and leaving rings of lacing. Lively carbonation remains for a long time and contributes to the continuance of the head.
There's lots of pumpkin on the nose with just a bit of spices and more of the pumpkin body than sweetness. Very natural.
There's a nice, fresh, raw pumpkin on the palate with just a very slight soapiness in the first couple of sips. A very natural raw nutmeg and light cinnamon are there as well. Hops balance is also higher than I had anticipated.
The body is medium, and this one's got a nice richness in a smooth feel.
This is a nicely crafted ale that isn't too subtle or too assertive. Definitely try this one if you're looking for a good pumpkin ale.

Brenden, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i feel like their should be an imperial pumpkin ale category.aslo,this beer has a nice pumpkin spice aroma in the nose,as well as a nice head and orange hue to it.

very strong pumpkin pie flavor (nutmeg,cinnamon,ginger,allspice) in the palate.finishes with an every so slight bitterness and clean palate.pretty good./

this is a pretty refreshing beer for a fall seasonal, not as good as pumking but still very good. definately worth a shot.

wyattshotmaker, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

mdcrouser, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

thegodfather2701, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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.

krisandajt, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

zeff80, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
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

russpowell, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

alleykatking, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Clydesdale, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

kegger22, Sep 23, 2009
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