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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
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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Reviews: 299 | Ratings: 949
Reviews by FickleBeast:
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a finger of mocha foam. Aroma is quite roasty with bitter black roast malt dominating.

First sip is rather smoky tasting, with a decent amount of sweetness. Not much hop flavor to speak of. This is just smoky, sweet, raisiny tasting.

Certainly an interesting take on an American Brown ale. The flavors work decently well with each other between the smoke, raisin, and licorice notes. But it doesn't pull me in and really excite my taste buds - I feel like after drinking one, I'm not in the mood to have another... it just grows on you in a negative way.

That being said - this is a nice beer, just not something I'd like to have everyday.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
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

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a medium to dark brown with a weel defined half finger head that held well,aromas I picked up were some light brown sugar and a tinge of roast.Flavors started out with a bit of dark fruit and brown sugar but a sour note came out of nowhere and hijacked the palate,really an unpleasant finish to a nice start.I always hope to really like beer from the breweries I came to enjoy as a craft beer novice,most of wich are from Michigan,but this just wasnt that great.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown, oak color with a head that is whiter than you may expect. Head retained for a short time and little lacing was left on the glass. This beer smells very nutty, woody, and grainy, with slight hints of toasted malts and maybe even a bit of cocoa beans. It has a very "warm" smell and is quite powerful on the nose. The taste is very nutty, earthy and grainy with a very mild bitter finish. Medium-thin bodied with a slick mouth feel, leaving a bit of a wet finish. Not much carbonation in this one.

Pretty good brown ale here, sure to compliment a cold winter day very nicely.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of sabitu
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a light tan, creamy head that leaves plenty of lace.
The aroma is nutty with chocolate and toffee not far behind.
Taste is led by bitter chocolate with hazlenut, raisin and toffee along for the ride. A nice lingering bitter and a touch of alcohol warmth as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
Pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of schnjac
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BK2084
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of chip26
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of barhoc11
4/5  rDev +9%

This is better than expected. I drank an Imperial Stout before this and it holds up in the flavor department!

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of Guden
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown with one inch of orangey tanned leather colored head.

S- A harsh ash character with a lot of fruity sweetness as well. Seems like a harsh porter, not what I was expecting.

T- The harshness of the nose is much more refrained into a moderate smokey and roast ash flavor that blends with a chocolaty caramel character that's nice. It's a lot like a cross between a porter and an English brown ale but there isn't the hoppiness I expect from an American brown.

M- Pretty thick and syrupy with medium to low carbonation, pretty on point for a porter but a bit heavy for this sweeter version. Still fills the mouth nicely and goes down easily.

D- This is a nice beer that might not adhere to a specific style well but is a nice in between of a more roasty porter and a sweeter brown.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

12 oz bottle. Bottled 101315 etched on the label

Pours dark brown, under a minor darker khaki head, leaves a thicker film and some spotty bitsand strands of lacing.

Light caramel and toasted malts on the nose.

More of the same on the palate, heavy caramel, cafe au lait, dark malty goodness.

Decent brown ale, perhaps a bit thin and lacking the oomph of the heavy hitters of the style

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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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with nice light tan cap and some minor lacing lines.

Smell: Pretty sweet, with lots of caramel and fruitiness (plum, raisins, cherry). Maybe a touch of rye, and dry spices from the hops.

Taste: Very sweet upfront, with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and cherry. Toward the finish there is a light nuttiness and spiciness, which leads to a noble hop aftertaste. A medicinal aftertaste also develops after a while, which really starts to bother me.

Feel: Medium to full body with relatively low carbonation. Finish is a little dry despite the initial sweetness.

Overall: Pretty much as expected for a Brown Ale that has an elevated alcohol content. However, the finishing hops don't mesh with the malts and the medicinal aftertaste is a major issue. Decent.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown in color with minimal light penetrating it. A fingernail of beige head covers the majority of the top. Aroma is very sweet dark malt to the point of being cloying. The taste is overwhelmingly sweet dark malt with a light,smoky note. The mouth is thick and oily. Not a typical brown ale by any stretch of imagination.

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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.