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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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1,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 39
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crisp, translucent, amber color with a white foam head. Lacing occurs leaving a good ring of lacing.

S - Very nice spices including clove and hints of nutmeg. Some faint cinnamon in there too along with pumpkin.

T - Bitter with some alcohol taste as well as a little spice. Not much here.

M - Decent carbonation but just lacking in flavor.

O - I've had better pumpkin brews. I just prefer more pumpkin flavor and more sweetness. The bitterness in here just hides a lot of flavor.

Photo of brewpubbung
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of thisladyluck
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy medium brown with a slight orange hue and a large (2-3 finger) off white rocky head that had decent retention and fair lacing that stuck to the glass throughout.

The aroma was mild of toasted barley malt, a mild herbal hop and a doughy yeast with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin.

The taste was very lightly sweet with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon at first and moderately bitter with a strong taste of pumpkin rind and clove at the finish. The flavor lasted an average time with the bitter flavor lingering well beyond any of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body, watery and a little dry in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall this brew has so much bitter spice flavor that it just overwhelms all the other flavors in this beer.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jlb502
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of rjvanston
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of mater
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of nsmartell
4/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to travisnd for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color wih a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, some spices. Taste is pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of jsdunlop
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange in color with a decent white head that forms and recedes to minimal covering. Lots of cinnamon and pumpkin in the nose with a touch of sweet caramel aroma. A bit spicy at first with notes of cinnamon and clove, pumpkin is light and blends in with the spiciness nicely, moderate hop presence with some floral notes that come through midpalate, finish has a touch of bitterness and another hint of cinnamon/clove spiciness. Malt presence is moderate and slightly sweet, with notes of caramel and brown sugar. Nice moderate body to this one, with average carbonation and a smooth feel to it. Overall, this is one of the better pumpkin ales I've had this year. Really enjoyed it!

Photo of cooncat
2.99/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had a few pumpkin ales already this Fall, but this is a new one for me. Picked up as a single in a mixed 6 from Save-On in Mentor, OH.

The pour at cellar temp. into a std. shaker pint glass produces an orange-amber colored brew, with a small but persistent tan head. Some nice lacing develops.

The nose is almost imperceptible. I was expecting some kind of spiciness, but if there is any, it is very light. There is a bit of caramel malt leaking through, but overall, pretty 'light in the loafers' on the aroma.

The taste is a step up from the nose. Definite notes of spice, mostly allspice and cinnamon, but again, very restrained. Whatever amount they used, it could easily be double (at least to my tastes). There is a pretty solid malt backbone, and no noticeable hop presence.

Mouthfeel is just right ... probably a shade over 2 volumes, but just right to me. It's enough to keep the bubbles rising and a thin cap on the head throughout the quaff.

Overall, this pumpkin seasonal isn't on my radar as a top notch example, at least in my experience of about 10 pumpkin ales. It's not going to knock you over with spiciness, but perhaps that will work well for you. I say its worth a try, especially if you can pick up a single as I did, just to experience the brew.

Na Zdravje!

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy, rusty translucent amber. Pours on the lighter side, the head not coming up very strongly (no more than a finger) and receding to spotty sheeting. Some retention.

S - Pumpkin (obviously) and an accompanying pie spice - nutmeg, cinnamon, a touch of clove. Allspice. Light toffee malt.

T - Sharper than expected, but not overpowering. While it’s not a subtle, mellow pumpkin, it’s not overly spiced like so many cash-in seasonals. This one’s really good. Starts a bit watery, with a sharpness from roasty pumpkin and some light spices. Big flavor in the body, an Oktoberfest style body carrying the spiced flavors. Finishes with more cinnamon. Sweet, but more on par with ginger sweetness than anything sugary.

M - On the watery side, light on body and somewhat on carbonation. For a sweet beer, it finishes dry, almost gritty.

Overall - A good beer that goes beyond the novelty of pumpkin beer, producing a balanced brew.

Photo of AleWatcher
1.79/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Orangey amber colored body with a small whitish colored head. Poor retention, nice legs.

Smells and tastes a bit odd... Here's what I'm picking up;
Caramel malt, Munich malt, some odd dry biscuit malt, pumpkin flesh, tons of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and a German lager type yeast on the finish... It gets better as it warms, but doesn't pull through in the end.

Odd chalky dry feel with a really dry bitter pumpkin and spice finish.

Overall-- let's be honest, I don't usually like pumpkin beers... But this one I find outright offensive.

Photo of Lemke10
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $9.29 in Fall 2011.

Pours a clear, medium brown color with a very slight head. Scent is quite weak with mostly sweet malts and a slight pumpkin spice hint. Taste is rather weak in pumpkin flavors. I'm mostly getting malts and some spices for the taste. The texture is rather smooth and full however, making for great drinking. I think in a blind taste test I would actually thing this was an Oktoberfest beer and not a pumpkin ale. Kind of disapointing as I was expecting more.

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant malty taste with a distinct touch of pumpkin, especially after it warms up. A light hand with the spice, but a nose of cinammon and candy. Some hops give it a more quaffable edge. Not so over-flavored as others in the pumpkin patch. Quite decent with an interesting spicy tang. Light coppery color.

Had a pint of this on tap at Monarch in Grand Rapids.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with lots of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: A spicy mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove with a solid base of pumpkin. Hints of caramel malts and toffee. Literally smells like a piece of pumpkin pie.

Taste: Like the smell, a spicy mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. A taste of pumpkin veggies fill out the base with some caramel and toffee malts. Also a light hint of Noble hops. Moderately sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Chewy, smooth, and finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good pumpkin beer. Nicely balanced. Spices don't overwhelm the pumpkin.

Photo of thebrood1987
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice pumpkin, fall look to it with smells of cinnamon, brown suger, nutmeg, cloves and a surprising citrus hop smell. The spices from the hops and nutmeg combine in the beginning then a cinnamon semi sweet in the middle and then ending with the spices,hops and vegetable bitter tasting pumpkin.

It's actually almost like a hopped up beer almost like a pumpkin IPA in some ways. Its definitely a spicy beer between the hops spices and cinnamon used. The citrus from hops come out a lot as well and leave a bitter taste which I can't tell is contributing from the pumpkin as well. Either way it tastes good.

The only thing I would have changed about this beer is a thicker mouthfeel but it is only 5.2 percent and have it a bit sweeter to balance the hops out more. Other than that its an interesting take on a pumpkin beer and definitely a tasty beer.

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Nice orangey amber color under a finger of soft, buoyant head that drops to a thick coating & leaves lichen-like lacing. Plenty of nucleation visible through the transparent, glowing body.

Mostly nutmeg in the nose, a bit of cooked gourd, not overwhelming & pretty standard. Maybe a little molasses kind of sweetness, but subtle, even a little buttery.

Taste starts off comparable to the smell, with baking spices, but with a sharp bitter dryness like seltzer that's a little alarming & sticks around, growing & making things a little less than pleasant. The longer into the aftertaste, the more it develops a kind of detergent flavor.

Sharply carbonated up front, & that dryness lingers.

Started off unremarkable but decent, gets a little gross. Don't know if I got a crappy bottle or what, but this was not doing it for me.

New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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