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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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1,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 37
Gots: 119 | 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 Tee76
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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 -28.5%
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 -49.2%
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 -33.6%
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 -8.2%
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 -8.2%
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 +24.3%
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 -9.6%
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
Photo of CBlack85
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Beer pours a clear medium light orange/amber color with about two fingers worth of creamy off white head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving behind very little lacing.

The nose is a little weaker than I would like for the style. Bready malts and pumpkin pie spices. The dominant spices are nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. I really had been hoping for a big pumpkin pie aroma, and what I get is a small pumpkin pie spice aroma with no real pumpkin anywhere to be found. All in all a small, unimpressive aroma.

The taste is much bigger than the nose would lead you to believe. The pumpkin is clearly evident, and melds well with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and other pie spices. The base beer is noticable enought to add a little bready flavor to the beer, but subdued enough not to steal the show. As the beer warms you also get just a slight hint of floral hops. Very well balanced and easy to drink. Light/medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Really a nice example of the style, not the biggest in terms of pumpkin (or pumpkin pie) flavor, but nice none the less... With so many other great pumpkin beers out there, this will probably not be one that I seek out, not one that I would turn down if offered, but would not go out of my way to find it either.

CBlack85, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of lavellen
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a clear day for brewing and this beer was acceptable, I feel like I frequently don't give New Holland enough credit. BUT this beer is second to Dogfish Head and a few others in the world of Pumpkin Beers. I liked that the aromas and flavors weren't overwhelmed by the spices, but I could have used more maltiness and more... well... everything. Properly carbonated, properly colored... just not extraordinary.

lavellen, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of dataskatt
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first pumpkin ale. Glad I only bought a single. This beer mostly tastes like an amber ale with a very small amount of pumpkin and no spice. Smell is mostly malty amber lager with a bit of pumpkin. Appearance is that of weak tea. Drinkability and mouthfeel are okay, but nothing special. Carbonation is very light. Again, this is my first pumpkin ale, but this isn't what I was expecting. Hopefully the Dogfish one will be better. I'll let you know!

dataskatt, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of bernie215
2.08/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-has a nice color and poured well
S-Doesnt have much of a smell. I was expecting something reminiscing of fall.
T-Doesnt taste like much. I didnt taste the spices or pumpkin.
M-Smell and Taste didnt do much, neither does the mouthfeel
D-Im pissed I spent $13 on a 6 pack of this stuff. Not good at all. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin is still the pumpkin beer to beat IMO.

bernie215, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in an open-mouthed pint glass.

Ichabod looks nice in the glass. It's an amber color with orange and brown notes. The beer is clear and filtered in appearance, and the minimal head is reawakened easily to cover the sides of the glass in white lace. But the beer does loose it's head easily, which is probably why it's called Ichabod.

The aromas are typical for the style - bready, caramel, cookie malt with just a hint of toast and lots of spices. Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, honey, clove, and allspice dmoniae, but the're some weird vegetable notes that I don't think are pumpkin. Also noted is some apparent booze which, at 5.5%, probably shouldn't raise it's ugly head.

The taste is nice, but nothing so heavy you'd need a crane to lift. So I guess we can call this Ichabod Crane-less (*ducks tomatoes*). There's some pumpkin flesh in the mix, along with toasted malt and sweet caramel. There's also the spices noted in the nose, the most prominent of which are cinnamon and nutmeg. A light bitterness is present. Pleasant and one of those pumpkin beers that is more of a beer than a dessert in a glass.

The mouthfeel is above average but nothing to write about, unless you're me and you feel you have to write about all aspects of every beer you drink. We'll, I'm like me, so here goes: Medium body, with creamy carbonation and an abrupt finish with lingering mild bitterness and spices. I like this beer, it's a good seasonal, but Elysian's Night Owl runs circles around it. For a more available alternative in the midwest, if you're willing to step up on the ABV's just a touch, go for the Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin.

jampics2, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Spiekerbox
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brown orange with a small head that leaves little lacing, very clear.

S- Malts and a little hops, some spice in the smell as well: cloves, allspice and a little cinnamon

T- The spice flavor hits first with some caramel malts in it as well, pumpkin is there but not overpowering. Finishes with a nice sweet and spicy bitterness.

M- Medium body and medium carbonation, finishes crisp with some spiciness in the back of the throat that lingers for a while

D- Very drinkable beer with less pumpkin flavor than I had expected. Actually very balanced compared to many beers of the style.

Spiekerbox, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of terrapinfan88
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown with an amber glow

Smell: Never smelled a beer like this Immediately I get a nose full of french vanilla ice cream. A little pumpkin, allspice, clove, cinnamon.

Taste: Carmel earthy malts, a little pumpkin, cinnamon very well rounded flavors everything fits.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation with some earthy dryness on the back end.

Drinkability: very drinkable

In my personal opinion the more pumpkin the better this didn't have as much as I would have liked but still a very good offering. Very drinkable and well rounded flavors.

terrapinfan88, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ichabod pours a beautiful burning orange amber and is perfectly clear. There is a pretty modest, slightly off-white head that fades quickly, but leaves wonderful lace.

The aroma is fairly nice with a slightly toasty and bready malt backbone that supports some nutmeg and allspice. There is also a really odd aroma in there that after drinking the whole glass I have finally decided smells a bit like browning ground turkey. I kid you not. I think it may be some weird aroma memory of my mother in law cooking this weird ground turkey thing with cinnamon and spices in it. Strangely, this smell is not a turn off.

The flavor is interesting and pretty restrained for a pumpkin beer. I would say the main flavor I am getting is some slightly toasty, brown sugary caramel malt. It is then followed by pumpkin pie spices and just a touch of pumpkin flavor. I am really having a hard time finding more to write about though. Perhaps a bit of earthy hop character is present as well. There is a fair amount of bitterness in this beer.

The mouthfeel is medium, but it seems quite watery. The carbonation seems pretty good though, and the finish is quite desirable and slightly spicy

This is a very drinkable pumpkin beer, but not really in a good way. It is refreshing, but not hearty and comforting like most fall offerings. This is not the worst pumpkin beer I have ever tasted, but it is also far from the best.

zoso1967, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really enjoyed this one. I love pumpkin ales, and this did not disappoint. You could taste more of a pumpkin flavor than the other ingredients. Sometimes the allspice or nutmeg will stand out too much. This was all pumpkin.

The color was a nice orange for a crisp Michigan night. The head was just right, not too foamy. I really love the label too. The artwork fits perfectly.

kneeland, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Amber-orange with the slightest haze. Very thin head with just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts, English-style hops and very light spice (cinnamon mostly). No pumpkin detected.

Taste: Dried-out caramel malt body with a strong spiciness that seems to be a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and English hops. The pumpkin taste is noticeable but very subtle.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, great dry finish.

Drinkability: Comes across as a dry, heavily spiced Amber Ale more than a Pumpkin Ale. Very refreshing, even if not quite as expected. The battle cap said "quaff" on the inside, which is very fitting for this beer.

bsp77, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of LiquidBread219
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= Pours light golden amber with a thin head that lasts. Lacing sticks as it goes down the glass.

S= The smell of spiciness comes across as somewhat perfumy. A very mild/subdued aroma. Some light malt.

T= Pumpkin without the spicing doesn't really have much flavour. Neither does this beer. While I'm not a fan of the overly spiced, here the spicing is underwhelming. The beer base is grainy with a bit of a grassy dryness, with a slightly bitter touch.

M= Light-to-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D= Really kind disappointed in this beer thought it would be a lot better than it was but it really failed me don't need to try this one again. I haven't really found a pumpkin beer that I like.

LiquidBread219, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep,clear amber with a fleeting 2 inch,stark white head and attractive rings of lacing.

S-The nose is a little disappointing.Pretty uninspired.It smells like a straightforward amber ale.Some caramelization.Some bready malt and a little floral hoppiness.No pumpkin or spice on the nose.

T-Alot more here than the nose would suggest.Fresh pumpkin,baked brown sugar,sweet cinnamon and earthy nutmeg.Great flavors of fall.

M-Light to medium bodied with a natural sweetness and well-balanced spice note.

D-This beer is well-suited to fall holidays and
backyard bonfires.

StlHopHead77, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of Spider889
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep orange color, thin off-white head.

First impressions of this was that it was a pumpkin pale ale. some nice hop bitterness for balance to the pumpkin and spice flavors.

On my second go at this I started to pick out some chamomile and sage notes in the smell and on the finish of each sip.

Overall though, the flavor was composed of lots of cinnamon. Reminded me of a snicker doodle. Nice roasty bread flavors and a pilsner-esque bitterness aftertaste.

Overall one of the better pumpkin beers I've had this year.

Spider889, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of shodrod
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours with a deep, dark, hazy, golden color. The head is lovely but doesn't hang around for long. It does, however, leave a beautiful ring around the glass. Upon first sniff, there are very distinct notes of cinnamon, with just a hint of clove and ginger. The cinnamon is front and center in the taste. It finishes with a little pumpkin pie flavor to it. Pretty limited hop presence (just a bit in the finish). Overall, an excellent example of one of the many reasons I love Fall so much; but, as with all fruit/vegetable beers I can only drink so many in one sitting (which is maybe a good thing!)

shodrod, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orangish-golden body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin cream head that is a bit soapy. The body has a very faint haze to it. The smell of gingerbread spices and graham crackers is strong but not chemical. A note of honey and some pale malt along with a faint spiciness that might be hops give it more support. The taste of ginger and cinnamon with some nutmeg and pale malt give this a spicy taste. Note of pepper and a carbonic acid or chalkiness combine with the dry taste at the finish. medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol warmth. This beer has a very good balance of spices and has some good malt to play a supporting role. It would be nice to see some more malt or hops or alcohol help balance the spices perhaps.

Anthony1, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice Brownish reddish amber color wiht a slight head. Very crisp color.
S: Nice cinnamon and nutmeg flavor coupled with malt and almost a pumpkiny squash type aroma.
T:Nice strong pumpkin cinnamon flavor that actually has a woody cinnamon characteristic. Really deep layered flavor with the malt makes it really enjoyable.
D/M: Nice subtle carbonation really brings out the flavor. While being a full beer, its not too over powering and would be great on a cold day.

pzrhsau, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of SeaUrchin
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had a bottle of this the other night, i do have to mention that i had just gotten over a cold and my nose was still a little stuffy

appearance - poured a nice golden amber color with moderate carbonation, barely visible head

smell - smelled of pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices but none strong enough to detect by themselves

taste - taste was alright, a sweet cinnamon at the front, faded more into an almost bitter nutmeg/clove flavor, and finished with a nice sweet pumpkin flavor, none of these flavors were too strong but detectable

mouthfeel - this brew felt almost too watery for me, very thin but the carbonation added a nice little boost to it and worked nicely with the beer, giving it a refreshing feel

drinkability - i could drink a few of these without even noticing it, but it would be one of those beers i drank if i wasnt really paying too much attention to the flavor, more of a smokey halloween party beer than a finish to a week beer that i was hoping for

this beer was alright, iv noticed this year that im not digging the pumpkin ales as much as i was last year, maybe my palate changed, maybe my im just bored with them, or maybe my memories of how they tasted last year are exaggerated to i feel like im being let down, that being said both my brother and girlfriend loved this beer so to each their own, have one more bottle left and ill give it a shot at halloween

SeaUrchin, Sep 27, 2010
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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