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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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1,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 30
Gots: 87 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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Photo of beer2day
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow gold with a 1-finger head. Nose is faint, with only hints of pumpkin. Allspice and clove are also present.

The hit on the tongue is thin, rather clean and crisp. Finishes with a little more body as the pumpkin flavor builds. Left me wishing for a tad more malt in the body to balance the taste.

beer2day, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle...
Poured without much head, and ok lacing on down. Quite blond-yellow, and slightly opaque.

Not much to the smell ... touch of spice, brown sugar.

Flavor is nice - little spicey sweetness, pie crust, maybe a little clove.

Mouthfeel is pretty crisp - a little thin for my liking, but decent.

Overall, this turned out to be a nice beer - nothing special, but Pumpkin Ales are so hard to nail... have to give this one credit for being an easy drinker - good call for a 6 pack on a warm fall evening.

BeerImmediately, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Notes Oct 30 08
Pours copper with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with some sweet pumpkin in the background that blends well with the malt. Medium body with lots of sharp carbonation. NIce pumpkin flavor,with just a touch of spice. Very crisp and refreshing. I could only drink maybe one at a sitting but A solid offering for sure.

WakeandBake, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one's very, very clear and bronze in color. It's topped off with a white head that's roughly a finger and a half deep. Retention was relatively short and a light coat of lace lined the glass. Far from bad, but not too exciting.

Smell: The nose is not very exciting either. Very uninspiring in the horsepower department. There's a light pumpkin aroma, but it's not very strong for a pumpkin ale. There's some cinnamon and nutmeg spices, but they're even less apparent than the pumpkin. Smells like there's a little hops in there. Not much, but a little. That keeps it floating around average. That's about it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and really has a nice, solid feel. Carbonation is relatively light and does much to smooth it out. Drinkability is good. This 12 oz. bottle is going down easy. I'm not pining for any more though. It's overall enjoyable, but one, maybe two tops for me.

New Holland's got a solid Pumpkin Ale in Ichabod. Honestly, the nose could use some work and I believe more pumpkin pie spices would improve it. But it's far from a bad choice. There's just a few Pumpkin Ales I prefer to it. Definitely worth checking out though.

Taste: It's much better here. The pumpkin flavor is much more apparent, as are the pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). I'd prefer to have a tad more spice flavor. It's definitely skewed toward the pumpkin, but it's still good. The pumpkin flavor just comes across too much. It is malty and a little sweet. Hops emerge on the tail and give it a little bit of a bite. That's a nice touch that works really well here. It finishes dry and a little bitter.

prototypic, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a single bottle of this a few weeks ago from La Cave Du Vin and it has been sitting in my fridge for a few weeks now. Today December 7th is my 26th birthday so I thought it would be nice to end off my weekend/birthday with this. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer is a a clear amber orange color with a white head about 1/3-1/4 inch when poured. Little lacing. Eventually settles to a fairly thin white ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice are all present. The taste pretty much is the same, a bit of caramel malt along with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice. Has a fairly crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. Another good one here from New Holland.


neenerzig, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed golden color, leans a little more yellow than most in the style. Thin strings of lace, and a thin head that sticks around awhile.

Aroma is thin and what's there is a melange of your typical pumpkin ale spices but limp and watered down. Fruit skin aroma is also present, and pretty flat, plus the smell of boiling veggies. So-so at best.

Flavor-wise it's what you'd expect from your average pumpkin ale: pie spices. A little cinnamon, a little clove, mildly squashy, but somewhat muted. Boiled veggie thing from the nose pushes its way into the flavor. Best part is a moderate caramel-malt with creaminess that lifts everything else up a notch. Kiss of tartness in the finish, with the caramel malt vibe hanging around.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, ample carbonation, and just enough creaminess, something I love to get in this style. Not as creamy as a monster like Pumking, but what is like Pumking?

Ichabod doesn't blow my head off. It's pretty close to Cottonwood's Pumpkin Ale, if that rings a bell, yet despite the caramel-y maltiness, not quite as good as that. Of the four New Holland beers I've had so far, this is the only one that even approached disappointing, but it's okay and worth a try.

Metalmonk, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a thin, off-white head which quickly reduced to sparse bubbles. This beer is a glowing orange-copper color, brilliantly clear.

S-Predominantly spicey (mostly nutmeg) and pumpkiny, with some slight malt aroma in the background. No hop aromas.

T-As with the aroma, the taste is an up-front nutmeg spiciness with compliments of pumpkin. Bitterness is imperceptible with no hop flavors. Near the end of the flavor, an almost harsh, metallic overtone comes in. This tone then fades, leaving a clean, crisp finish.

M-Medium, but approaching thin, body. Carbonation is in the medium range. Something seems to be lacking in the mouthfeel category.

D-Moderately drinkable beer. One of the several enjoyable pumpkin ales I've tried, I like that the pumpkin flavors are not so overpowering as to be trying on my tastebuds, instead being enjoyably moderate.

CHSLBrew, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours a clear and glowing golden orange and topped with a finger and a half of frothy white head held up under a few lazy ropes of carbonation. First pumkin beer and aroma is rather interesting, slightly smokey with whiffs of pumpkin pie and a dash of cinnamon. Not really what I was expecting in the flavor department. A big taste of ginger and cereal grains, finishes with a slightly creamy, and what seems to be vanilla, though I might argue otherwise (like a fake vanilla), sweetness. I sort of like this beer I have to admit, not over the top in any way.

bluemoonswoon, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of OStrungT
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale golden yellow, with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving no lace.

This beer has a spicy aroma. Some cinnimon, and nutmeg. And some pumpkin spice. It actually smells pretty good. It has a very slight grainy aroma as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Spicy with some nutmeg and cinnimon flavor. Some nice pumpkin as well. It has a very mild grainy flavor also.

This beer is crisp, and refreshing. It leaves a cinnimon aftertaste. Carbonation suits the style.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the mild flavor is pretty good.

Overall: Thank you Orbitalr0x for this good beer. I liked it. I dont drink many pumpkin ales, but I would drink this one.

OStrungT, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

kshankar, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

hustlesworth, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of younger35
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

younger35, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

objectivemonkey, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of BWH3
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

BWH3, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

spointon, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of LunaChick
4.13/5  rDev +17%
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.

LunaChick, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

cindiwindi1025, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

orangemoustache, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

treyrab, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of madtowndmb1
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

madtowndmb1, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

tempest, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Yesac
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Yesac, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of MBABJJ
1.83/5  rDev -48.2%
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

MBABJJ, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
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?).

pmcadamis, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of SiriusAth
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

SiriusAth, Oct 13, 2008
New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.