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New Holland Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,303 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,303
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 37
Gots: 126 | 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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Photo of LanceW
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

LanceW, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of crossovert
1.9/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

crossovert, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of davesway10
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

davesway10, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of TCMike
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

TCMike, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

DrDemento456, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of erikdwallace
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

erikdwallace, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of johncampbell
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

johncampbell, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of BigB415
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

BigB415, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Tone, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

tjsdomer2, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

Brent, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Augustiner719, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

weatherdog, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Khazadum
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Khazadum, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of beerphan
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

beerphan, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Tee76
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

Tee76, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of darkmartin
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

darkmartin, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of herman77
1.8/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Never had a pumpkin ale before. Here goes.

A: Dark, clear orange with a modest off white head. Decent sheets of lacing.

S: Spice is the first thing that hits you, then cinnamon, nutmeg and a little bit of pumpkin. There is a touch of bready malt lurking in the background, just barely enough to let you know this is still a beer.

T: Spice is the main thing you taste. Cinnamon and lots of nutmeg again. A little bit of pumpkin flavor comes through. Kind of like an odd spiced liquid pumpkin pie. There is a little bit of bitter and sourness at the backend. This hardly taste like beer to me, not sure if all pumpkin ales are like this or not so its hard to compare.

M: Lighter body. Pretty soft carbonation. It does feel very thin though, un-beer like.

D: Hmmm. Can't say that I want another one or that I even want to finish this one. Probably will though since I've never had one before.

Glad I only got one in a mix six. Pumpkin beers may not be my thing. I will definitely try a different kind in the future, maybe not this fall though.

herman77, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Chaney
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark orange, almost the color of a roasted pumpkin with moderate carbonation and a very small head, which dissipated on contact.

S: Smells of spices that don't seem fresh to me. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices are there, but no sign of the pumpkin.

T: Meh.... slightly better is some ways than the smell, but the overall taste is pretty thin. Where is the pumpkin?

M: Like a lite beer with spices. The ABV is undetectable, but this is flimsy stuff.

D: I will not have this again. Unsavory spices and fake pumpkin....not a good combination.

Chaney, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of motorhed
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

A - Hazy orange and copper color with decent lacing.

S - Hints of pumpkin, spices, and cinnamon.

T - Pumpkin spices and cinnamon. Weird, a bit bitter on the backend.

M - Good carbonation, medium bodied. Drinks easy.

D - Overall, Ichabod is a drinkable pumpkin ale but i've had many that were better. I will not be purchasing this one again. Alternatives? I enjoyed Southern Tier Pumking much more.

motorhed, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looked nice, decent head retention and lacing on a dark brown body with red tints. It has a nice smell of cinnamon and cloves with a decent malty body. The taste was quite similar to the smell. A bit like watered down pumpkin pie mix. Not great by any measure.

That being said, it was much better than the other Pumpkin Beer I had this season. The mouthfeel was smooth but a little flat and lighter than expected. Really not a drinkable beer. I would not seek this out.

EwaldEichstaett, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of kgrober
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of an Autumn tasting @ Grapevine in Fort Mill, SC.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours slightly cloudy amber/copper color with a nice frothy head that stays throughout.

Nice pumpkin and spice notes on the nose that are subtle and well balanced. Nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon present.

There is a nice toasty pumpkin flavor with great balance and the pumpkin flavors are present without being overpowering.

Very enjoyable seasonal beer. Very drinkable with medium body mouthfeel.

kgrober, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle shared with brewslut on 10/13/10. Poured into a half pint glass.

A - Hazy autumn orange with a coppery tint and half a finger's width of slightly off-white head that quickly reduced to a patchy film and thin ring of retention but produced thick tiger stripes of lace.

S - Hmmmm... not getting much pumpkin or spice in the nose, actually. The aroma strikes me as more floral than anything. After a while, some cinnamon, nutmeg and clove melds into the mix.

T - Pumpkin spices are at the forefront, with cinnamon as the most obvious, followed by nutmeg and clove. Malt is bready, almost graham crackery. Finish is quite bitter for a pumpkin ale and suggests floral notes and traces of spicy, earthy perfume oils.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and pretty lively carbonation. Finishes with moderate bitterness and residual spiciness on the palate, especially for the style. Maybe too much bitterness, unfortunately.

D - Ichabod is quite an unusual Pumpkin Ale. The appearance was pleasant and the mouthfeel is solid, but certain elements of the aroma and flavor kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I feel it is a bit too bitter for the style, and the spices outweigh the roasted pumpkin meat and vanilla attributes.

ffejherb, Oct 14, 2010
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.