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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

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83
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692 Ratings
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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002)
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very appropriate brew for the weather! It's been in the teens and very windy. I'll run and bike outside down to about 25 degrees, but the last several days have been Cabin Fever weather for sure!

A - This is pretty dark for a brown ale... more porter-like in color really. It does show some nice chestnut-brown hues when held to the light. The head is a light tan, and stands at about two fingers for quite some time. The lace consists of massive sheets of foam that wash down the side of the glass without too much stickage. Good looking brew.

S - Hard water minerals, assorted whole nuts in the shell (like you would serve in a bowl with a metal nut-cracker utensil), root beer, and sassafras. Rustic.

T - Nutty, but much sweeter and more chocolaty than the nose suggests. Hershey's Dark Chocolate Syrup on top of Rocky Road ice cream. I mention rocky road since there is a big marshmallow flavor here too... the sweetness is almost a little overdone, but not so much that it detracts from my enjoyment of this one.

M - This one manages to be really syrupy and heavy without actually having a full body. It feels dextrin laden at first sip, but then more nutty and woody notes knock the sugar down a notch and help this beer finish a little cleaner.

D - With an ABV of 6.5%, this is sort of like an "imperial brown" if there is such a thing, and as such it's got some great things going for it. This is a bit too sugary-syrupy IMO, and would benefit from maybe a little less chocolate-and-sugar notes. The finish and lingering notes, however, are excellent and despite a not-so-drinkable sugary-ness this is still a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 17:28:30 | More by pmcadamis
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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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