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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown AleNew Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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666 Ratings
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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%


Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002)
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LooseGasCap

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Well, it's 35 degrees again and there's snowflakes blowing in the breeze. Must be April, right??
This beer is a perfect touch to another dog day of winter. Creamy mouthfeel, toasted and dark color with a roasty, malty flavor that makes indoors seem tolerable again. I think I'll load up the fireplace for one last look at winter...

The lacing makes this one an enjoyable sight, too, from top to bottom. New Holland does well with this one. Maybe I'll save one for August 4.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:56:00 | More by LooseGasCap
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tmm313

Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, dark brown. Creamiest 1 finger head I have ever seen AND it lasted all the way to the bottom of the glass. It looked like warm whipped cream on top of a cappuccino. Awesome trailing and lacing.

S- Chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and little roastiness.

T- Big, rich chocolate up front. Reminds me of cocoa. Behind that, there's some caramel, a touch of roasted malt and coffee. Its pretty crazy how much chocolate is in there.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Creamy on the tongue with a subtle roasty aftertaste.

O- I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. I'm still a bit confused, in a good way, how this beer was put together. It was like a brown ale meets a chocolate shake. What I'll remember most is the incredible creamy head and the decadent cocoa in the flavor. I would definitely have this again.

Update: Grains used are 2 row, wheat, rye, munich, and chocolate. Hops used are Brewers Gold and Nugget

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:12:09 | More by tmm313
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date J313 on the side of the bottle. Another new beer to me from New Holland, this time a brown ale. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark mahogany / chestnut colored body with less than a finger of khaki head. Fairly thin look appearance. Some thin spotty lacing. Looks alright.

S - Smell is pretty nice: toasted chocolate malts, nuttiness, brown bread, some earthy must yeast, and a hint of minerals.

T - Taste is much sweeter than the nose implies, but is still very nice. Chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, hazelnut, caramel, some cola, a hint of alcohol astringency.

M - Feel is fairly smooth and creamy enough, medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, it is about what I expected. Nothing spectacular, but a solid warming brown ale. Probably one of the better beers I have had from New Holland.

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:29:05 | More by mfnmbvp
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up some winter ales for the snow:
Poured into a chalice, color is dark brown, solid, head is tan, presenting 1/2 inch thick, some solid lacing and a top that lingers.

Smell is full of malty goodness: great blend of chocolate, light toffee, some biscuit, wheat and full bodied presence; hops are earthy, some light pine.

Taste is also full bodied: great chocolate front, toffee middle and drier earthy finish from the rye. This is a great tasting full brown ale. Some lighter notes of sweetness, caramel, good presence of biscuit or wheat flavors (maybe from the rye). Hops are mild, light earth and grass.

Mouthfeel is full, good presence on the tongue, chocolate, rye, wheat and caramel linger well, carbonation is lighter creating a good presence. Finish is dry on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great brown ale. Full bodied, good riff with the rye and nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:38:11 | More by mvanaskie13
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Act25

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Move over Smutty Nose and Avery Ellie, there's a new top brown ale in town, tied with Six Point Brownstone - This is good!

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark brown body w amber highlights with a sturdy 2 inch head of tan froth that lasts all the way down (Bravo) and laces.

S: Smells of coffee and cream over a roasty, nutty, malty, earthy aroma. Hot mocha out on a muddy playground in winter.

T: The coffee roaster start follows into sweetened coffee with cream, roasted nuts, light chocolate, caramel and a pinch dark fruits. There's more, and it's all balanced: faint earthy hops with balancing bitterness to cut the initial sweetness. Roasty and creamy into the long smooth, satisfying finish. I opened this after 4pm coffee, tea and cookie session with friends, and it's the perfect shift into Christmas even dinner time. (Salmon, and three kinds of whipped (Potatoes, sweet potatoes and butter nut squash).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Creamy, malty brown ale, must try, it's my top rated brown ale. (Over Avery & Smutty nose by a hair).

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 22:01:55 | More by Act25
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FLima

Brazil

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown reddish color with a caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of toffee, mocha and milk.
Similarly, predominant flavor of a sweet cold Mocha with all its coffee, cream and chocolate notes. Hints of spices and nuts.
Medium body with a creamy sensation and appropriate carbonation.
Decent brown ale, a bit too sweet though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 03:12:08 | More by FLima
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walkinginplace

North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark brown body with a khaki top. Minimal head.

S: Very malty and roasty. Maybe a little coffee and caramel.

T: Toffee and coffee at the start followed by an acrid/sour finish.

F: Medium to heavy bodied. Kind of flat, honestly.

Overall: Not bad, a solid, if unimpressive, brown winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:42:23 | More by walkinginplace
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 9/24/2013. Pours very hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, nuttiness, biscuit, toast, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/toasted malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice brown ale! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:40:41 | More by superspak
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OhYesILoveBeer

Georgia

2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a deep mohagany reddish hue, crystal clear with a single finger light tan head. Smells like any other brown ale, and its starting to get old. Im not sure why every brewer and thier mother has to load these brown ales down with that horrible Tootsie Roll, fake chocolate taste. This is comparable to Abita's TurboDog, with the massive fake chocolate flavor. It gets even worse as it warms up. Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Finish is more Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Rolls, and more Tootsie Rolls...

Overall, I regret dropping the $10 on a six pack. Im not a huge fan of browns to begin with , but this one is just plain out cloying with the fake chocolate flavor.

Overall, pass it up. There are much much better brown ales out there.

2.7/5

-v

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 15:22:41 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale by: New Holland Brewing
poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A :deep brown with very little head but some lacing 3.5

S : roasted malt 3.75

T : roasted coffee/ coco /chocolate with a somewhat crisp finish 3.5

M : balanced slow start, good flavoring, clean finish 3.25

D : slightly heavy for a brown, bit a drinker 3.25

O: a good brown and a nice wintertime beer 3.5

a nice effort, glad I tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 21:30:42 | More by Extrajoker00
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: brown... Obviously. Pours a nice tan head with lacing that slowly crawls down the side of the glass. Tough to make a better looking brown ale

S: dry roasted chocolate, smoke,

T: very pleasant smokiness lots of chocolate very slightly toasted bready and earthy

M: only nitpicking flaw it's a little thin. But nice but of spiciness on the finish

O: definitely my favorite winter seasonal so far. Fits perfectly with the season and as far as brown ales go - this can't be beat. Vastly underrated. Resembles a porter without as much roasted malts. New holland killed it with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 00:08:15 | More by Givemebeer
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BreakfastStout

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've got to disagree with my friend from Georgia and the review from earlier today. This is absolutely one of my favorite browns, hands down. I've always thought of the brown ale style as a gateway beer to other craft beers. I started my own conversion from mass produced domestic swill, to browns, and then moved onto on to IPA's, Stouts, and various other craft brew styles. I still make my way back to browns once the calendar turns to November, the snow starts to fly, and the weather takes a turns for the worse. Crack a Cabin Fever and hunker down in front of the fire for a long, cold Winter.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown, poured from a bottle or on tap (stop by New Holland, great food and atmosphere) into a pint glass. Forms a nice brown head with slowly dissipates and leaves some generous lacing.

Smell: subtle chocolate aroma

Taste: Yes, this is what a brown should be, Very drinkable, not overpowering, with a beautiful malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Exactly like a brown should be. A subtle creamy feel that doesn't leave a strong aftertaste.

Overall: Great beer to drink on the river while Steelhead fishing in Northern Michigan. Also one of the best logos in the business. Make sure and get a sticker for your drift boat.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 17:32:52 | More by BreakfastStout
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The head is frothy, foamy and thick on top a rich brown chocolatey coloring.

The scent has dry cocoa powder notes, caramel malts and nice roasted qualities.

The taste has a lot of character with dry chocolate and roasted or charred malts. There is some hop bitterness near the end and the roasted flavor stays on the palate. There's a wash of water about two thirds into the swallow that knocks the score down a bit.

Overall, I see a lot of good in this brown ale and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 21:47:05 | More by KYGunner
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bnes09

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Translucent, chocolate color with descent head on the pour. Fairly weak retention but followed by some lacing on the glass. Non-specific grainy aroma. Flavor of wheat bread, maple sweetness, dark fruits, earthy hops with descent balance. Medium bodied and well carbonated, smooth feel with some grainy texture. Descent brown ale. Par for the course.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 04:35:38 | More by bnes09
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sharlie

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great brown ale that is very tasty. Aroma has dark chocolate and coffee notes that are something less common in the beers i tend to drink. The caramel malts are very noticeable on the first few tastes of beer. The creamy mouthfeel will coat your tongue. very long after taste that is balanced and pleasant. The brown ale is best served with heavier foods.s

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2013 12:26:35 | More by sharlie
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Catherine8189

Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a 16oz beer glass. Great brown ale very tasty. Aroma in wonderful with deep, rich dark chocolate and coffee notes. Dark brown color with dark tan frothy head. Caramel malts come shining through on the first taste. Creamy, full mouthfeel that coats the tongue. The beer has a lasting sweet, balanced flavor that is very pleasant. The brown le is great enjoyed with red meats and heavier foods.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 00:32:22 | More by Catherine8189
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screamking

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

This beer pours dark brown with small light tan head. Darker than a lot of brown ales I've seen lately. Strong roasted aroma, with lots of caramel in there too. Smell almost reminds of peanut butter cookies.

That roasted aroma follows in the tase. Roasted walnut comes to mind. A good amount of sweetness in the taste as well. There's lots of carbonation in feel and it also leaves your mouth very dry. Overall feel is light and this can be drunk all night all.

This is one of my favorite brown ales available. It's more of a winter brown with the roasted notes, but it can be enjoyed in the summer too. I would drink it on hot days but warm nights by the fire are perfect.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 21:09:02 | More by screamking
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Cryptic

Michigan

4.71/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This by far is my favorite, has a smooth taste and easy to drink. I tried this in Holland MI and have been buying this one ever since. My only complaint is I get to full on them to fast. If you want a great beer buy this one. Really enjoy this beer and keep returning to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:58:04 | More by Cryptic
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steveh

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Local had a sale going on this -- distro must be trying to clear out some seasonals. $7 a sixer, couldn't pass it up.

A -- Clear, deep garnet-brown with a dense tan head that holds up well.

S -- Earthy character with some light caramel and cocoa, mild roasted malts, and the lightest of spicy hops back -- also some pepperiness from alcohol at the end.

T -- Big roasted malts up front with some caramel and nutty characters. Very mild fruitiness and hop bitterness follows. The roasted malt and caramel lingers in the aftertaste.

M -- Medium full body with a chewy mouthfeel and alcohol hotness in the finish, even lightly solvent with warming. There are smoother Browns out there.

O -- A good winter beer for warming up after too long in the elements. Goes down pretty smooth, but the hotness from the alcohol can fatigue the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 21:51:02 | More by steveh
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a thin off-white head that reduces to a fingernail. Scattered, but minimal lacing left behind.

S - Caramel and malt dominate the smell. Actually somewhat unpleasant, if you ask me. But I base very little off of the smell of a beer anyway.

T - Extremely malty, with some chocolate notes, a nutty flavor in the middle, and caramel, maybe with a hint of molasses as well. Love the heavy malt presence on this one though.

M - Very smooth and moderately thick. Velvety in a sense. Low to moderate carbonation. Goes down great, with a hint of creaminess on the back.

O - I was very impressed with this offering by New Holland. I'm partial to porters, stouts, and browns. Smuttynose Old Dog Brown is the best American Brown made in my opinion, but this isn't all that far behind. Could definitely see looking for this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 23:27:35 | More by RWLawman
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had to follow up Sand Creek's Lija's brown with something else, as it was pretty unpleasant.
Rich brown nutty tone. Nice creamy head, descends down leaving nice lacing,
Smells of toffee,carapils, chocolate malt, nice backing of biscuit. Hints of smoke, toffee, coffee, nuts, and chocolate intermingle to create what I love about brown ales.
Rich, smooth, satisfying, yet light enough to keep flavors in balance. Toffee, bitter cocoa, hazelnuts, biscuit, dark bread, pepper, nice finish of pepper/smoke/nuts/ toffee.
Mouthfeel is medium, rich enough to keep it interesting, and light enough to keep it highly drinkable.
Do I have Cabin Fever on this wintery Chicago night? Yes.
Does this fit it's name perfectly? Yes, well done NH.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:26:39 | More by czfreeman
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carlborch

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant mahogany-brown pour with a 2 inch, creamy, tan head. Spicy, dried fruit and malty nose. Medium body. Distinctive lacing. Balanced sweetness, spice, toasted bread and a faint sour note on the palate. Pleasant lingering with bitter notes towards the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 22:14:32 | More by carlborch
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chicagojustin


3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear, nice dark brown color. Weak, white to light tan head.

S: Not much in the smell department. Light malty smell.

T: It is maltier than I expected, slightly in an English style, and does not have much of a hop finish, but was still relatively balanced

M: Velvety, but with a clean aftertaste

O: Good brown, make sure to let it warm up a bit. Not overly unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:31:28 | More by chicagojustin
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Danno48

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tasting glass.

Looks very much like coke under the head. The head itself looks a silky caramel close to an inch thick.

My smell is almost gone so ill skip this part.

Tastes like roasted nuts and bitter chocolate. Slightly sweet molasses also. Roastier than most browns.

Velvety texture.

I love brown ales and this one is very nice. It would be good with a western burger.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 20:34:51 | More by Danno48
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - dark brown with reddish edges; a quarter of an inch of soft, dense, brown head that has decent retention

S - grainy and sweet at first, but then nutty, roasty, and big caramel aromas

T - big caramel maltiness, big nutty character, some stickiness, very faint graininess, a mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, a bit crisp, a tad light at times

This is a decent brown ale. It doesn't have anything that separates it from the crowd, but it is brewed to style and is easily drinkable. If you're looking for an unoffensive, solid brown ale, then this is it. If you're looking for something more, you should look elsewhere. I'm glad I tried it once, but I won't be seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:41:04 | More by tdm168
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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.