New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown AleNew Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale

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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 15
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours bright brown with a 2” cream to light tan colored clingy foam collar. S: Nutty malt aromas with floral citrusy hops. T: Nutty malt, hint of rye spice, light anise, chocolate, toast. F: Creamy smooth with above average carbonation and medium to medium full body. O: Nicely done, full flavored American Brown Ale

Photo of Extol
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's just ok. Wouldn't get it again. If it was offered to me at a friend's house, I'd accept if there wasn't any others available.

Photo of mchegash
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3/5
Looks dark-brown in low light, but when held up to bright light one can see it's actually a very dark red. A much lighter red is visible around the edges of the glass. About 1/2 finger of tan head. Not totally opaque, but quite dark.

Smell - 3.75/5
Delicious dark roasty and nutty aroma. A hint of hops is also detectable

Taste - 3/5
An earthy smoky roastiness, with a little bit of sweetness. Some hints of hops as well. The flavor is slightly off, there's something weird and not-so-pleasant about it. It's not terrible, but probably won't buy again.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium-full body. Crisp, medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3.5/5
This is not a terrible beer, but nothing special either. There is something off about the taste that I don't particularly like.

Photo of Bieniek30
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Really didn't care for the tobacco notes I got in this.

Photo of Telcocoffeedad
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sweet chocolate aroma. Nice level of carbonation. This has a sweet chocolate undertone. The flavor gives way to a nice bread like finish. Molasses and nut flavors.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft.
Never really cared for many Browns at all. This is good! Good flavor, good substance, good brown goes down easily. Best brown ale I have ever had! Give it a go.

Photo of Mrbseward
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark, dark brown with little head that doesn't last long and leaves no lacing. Smells of some brown sugar and a hint of chocolate. Has the taste of some sort of nut, hazelnut possibly, but goes to more of a dark chocolate taste as you drink. Feel is nice and warm and goes down smooth. Overall decent beer.

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and malty, drinkable brown ale

Photo of fscottkey
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.25] The beer is a transparent brown color. The pur formed a 1/2 finger tan head on top. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but evenly. The bottle lists the ABV (6.6%) and the born on date (via a wacky code that is not human readable) it translates to 11/04/2014.

S: [3.50] I am getting brown sugar on the nose. There is another scent that I can't put my finger on. Maybe vanilla or marshmallow.

T: [3.25] The beer has a really nice nutty flavor. If it said "Hazelnut" on the label I would believe it. The flavor seems to fade as I continue to drink. Meaning it was more potent at the beginning. As I go on it is weaker and less flavorful.

M: [3.25] The body is a bit thin and watery.

O: [3.50] This beer had a pleasant flavor initially but somehow it faded as I kept going losing some punch. That, in addition to the thin mouthfeel, hurt the overall scoring a bit. It is still a decent beer. I wouldn't turn it down - but I am not seeking it out either.

Photo of kissmybunniebutt
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spicy and hoppy, this brown ale really warmed you up as the label would suggest. Nice dark chocolate and fig qualities. Almost christmasy. Very unique in it's flavor balance. It was a very pretty rich amber color as well.

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard brown ale. Nothing spectacular...

Photo of tigg924
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To me this is an average American Brown ale. The taste hits all the right flavors. There is milk chocolate, cocoa, and light tree bark. The taste is somewhere between bitter and sweet as neither sensation really dominates. This is not a bad beer, but not one I would seek out again either.

Photo of JDoHo
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A complex and sturdy brown ale.

Photo of Schimms
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours dark brown with tan/brown thin head from continuous bubbling.
S: smells of things to come: chocolate rainsiny malt.
T: great coffee, raisin, chocolate.
F: smooth, creamy with light carbonation.
O: Solid strong brown ale.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, almost opaque, mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very roasty and toasty. Tons of roasted malt and freshly toasted bread. Nutty and slightly earthy with some notes of coffee, toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Some subtle hops notes too.

Taste: Very good. Tons of roasted malt and roasted nuts. Very nutty. Some good brown sugar-like sweetness to balance out the flavors. Reminds me some of Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. Very good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and creamy as there is not much carbonation at all. With an ABV of 6.5%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very good brown ale. Great, roasty, nutty flavors balanced beautifully by some brown sugar-like sweetness. Definitely recommended.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A bit nutty tasting and slightly sweet. I don't really get much of a chocolate flavor despite this beer being brewed with chocolate. The mouth feel is surprising light. Overall, just OK.

Photo of Randallrap33
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If there is snow outside your home. Then relaxing and drinking this beer makes total sense to this guy.

Photo of BeerMama2014
4.9/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome - just how a brown ale should be!

Photo of hophugger
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep chocolate brown with nice head that quickly diminishes. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is strong of malts and light in chocolate. Taste is sweet, malty, with touches of light hops and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is nice, cool, slightly thick going down. Overall, a nicely balanced brown ale at just the right strength and feel.....

Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque dark brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate amounts of dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lightly roasted and dark malts with a light aroma of chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of lightly roasted malts with a light amount of bittersweet chocolate flavors. Hints of caramel and coffee. Light amounts of lingering bitterness from the roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: I enjoyed this beer more than I thought I would and was pleasantly surprised by the roastiness to the flavors. Really nice winter beer and I would likely grab this one again.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cola brown - a bit of mahogany at the edges; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: roasted grains, and bittersweet chocolate; hops are hidden behind that;

T: follows the nose up front; by mid-palate, it's got some nut and tobacco with a little molasses; perhaps a touch of citrus in the background; a bit of bitterness at the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; slightly dry;

O: very enjoyable; I would have liked the hops to be more present, in aroma, flavor, and bitterness;

Photo of bigmontcd
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

very tasty beer, was pleasantly surprised after seeing it only has a good rating

Photo of mlacanne
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Nice full bodied ale

Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%

Chocolatey, light roast, and a fairly bitter finish. On the sweet side, but I really enjoyed the coffee character. There's just a touch of acrid notes.

Photo of cbutova
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Holland hitting New England. From random grabs in other states over the years I have found most of their beers solid. Cheap singles are never a terrible thing (almost never).

A- Poured into a tall chalice from the 12oz bottle with a dark brown body and a massive, foamy tan cap. The bubbles are very fine and retention is rather amazing. Hopefully not overcarbed. Huge pillows of lace as the head dies with rings of thick lace at the end of each sip.

S- Malty aroma with both heavily toasted and medium roast character. Dark chocolate comes to mind beneath the toasted nuts, caramelized brown sugars, cocoa cereal and slight dried dark fruits. Almost all malts though.

T- Sweetness and more dark fruits and a spiciness seem to open up and gain strength compared to the aroma. They take away just a bit from a rich maltiness of heavily toasted grains, soothing smoke, milk chocolate, slight roast, crystal caramel sugars and bread.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a consistency that is silky and fairly creamy with just a bit of a chewy aspect. Carbonation is about moderately placed. Finishes somewhat bitter with toastiness lingering.

I gotta say they got the toastiness of this brew to match up nicely with the name and label. I really do like the malts here but something spicy and fruity from the yeast clashes just a bit on my palate. Chocolate and smoke do good deeds though. Impressive looks too.

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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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