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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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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 67 | 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 clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in the Georgetown area of DC. I only bring this up b/c I was reading some reviews after I typed in mine and noticed someone else just last week had the same beer at the same place. Small world (I ralize that probably no one cares). Here's my review before this edit.

Came in a pint glass with a dark copper body and a two-finger white head that was foamy but quickly left. A dryer, roasted malt smell with some sweet malts like butterscotch and caramel that make an appearance but are minor. Not really a significant hop presence. Is a medium-boded beer that is smooth and creamy, but this one just didn't grab me. Had some sweet and roasted malts mix it up on the tongue, a little slick, but nothing amazing. Finishes clean with a hint of dryness and that's about it. Not a bland beer, but just a run-of-the-mill brown to be honest. Kind of shocked New Holland put out a "weak" beer (their "weak" is still miles ahead of a lot of other breweries), but if you really want a brown ale and there's nothing else on the menu then go for this.

Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of gmfessen
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin but solid tan-brown head. The nose is very apparent and is a mix of caramel, chocolate, burnt sugar and maybe a hint of dark fruit. The taste is similar but has more black patent in it than I had anticipated; the taste is slightly acrid as a result. Burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate and molasses are present. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a thin but slightly viscous carbonation and a dry, alcohol-warming finish. Overall, a drinkable beer definitely excellent for a cold winter's night.

Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

$1,80 for a 12 oz bottle. No information on New Hollands website. Pours to a slightly hazy dark mahogany, barely able to eek out a small light tan head. Minimal retention, absent lacing. Very limpid carbonation. Unfilitered fine yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of carob and artificial chocolate (like a tootsie roll)Mouthfeel is sleek and smooth with a medium body. Nice mouthfeel. taste opens up with a touch of herbal hops, followed by chocolate and lightly roasted malt. There is mild to minimal bitterness and an odd fruity sourness, which makes me think it will be plaqued by the kiwi fruit bacteria that will inevitably turn this beer into vinegar. It would appear this is a completely different beer than that reviewed here. ESB...dark red? Wow. Mine is definitely dark walnut, and definitely a brown ale.

Pretty good now, but I wouldn't recommend storing this one away. For an experiment, save a bottle and taste it in 6 months. It will taste like a bowl full of pennies soaked in vinegar, guaranteed.

Photo of tneenan1
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ribby
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opening the bottle released a yeasty aroma. The beer poured very nicely, with a moderate foamy head. The beer is a deep red color, with very little cloudiness. Even after pouring, the aroma remains a bit yeasty, but this aroma had a minimal impact on the taste. The malt flavor is strongest, accented by mild hops, just about right for a brown ale. The malt is a bit chocolatey. Overall, the taste is on the bitter side. The feel in the mouth is quite bubbly.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of Bierguy5
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 6% abv. Pours a nice chestnut color with some ruby edges. Beige head disappears rather quickly, leaving a thin ring.

Slightly roasty, toffee, caramel and subtle ripe fruit. A faint earthy note at the end.

Rich toffee, with roasty notes. Some spicy and earthy rye notes. Subtle dark ripe fruit. A slight bit of heat.

Medium body, with a great creamy feel. Lower carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, although I think the spicy and earthyness detracts a bit for me.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface and down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste is nutty and has flavors of dark malts along with notes of toffee and sweetness along with some hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

Photo of Fordknox
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of soju6
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with reddish hue around the edge. Small off-white head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and grain.

T: Taste is a mixture of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit, possibly raisin. Bit of roast malt and grain with a mild bitterness.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth with decent carbonation.

O: Nice offering, but could be more robust. Good for a couple.

Photo of mamj89
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Paul_Zills121
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Ikurzmann
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ujsplace
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

This brew is a deep brown color that has a dark amber hue on the edge of the glass. The tan colored head fades quickly, but does leave a bit of lacing.

Smells of roasted caramel malts, nutty, maybe some chocolate and toast.

Tastes of roasted caramel, earthy, nutty, with a mildly bitter hop finish.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated.

This may be my first go around with New Holland. I enjoyed this and will look for other offerings from New Holland. I wish there were a bit more body with this one, but overall pretty good.

Photo of AMCPhD
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep red with a cream colored head that sticks around with OK retention but nothing amazing. This is a clear unhazed beer.

S- Chocolate, raisin, roasted and toasted malts. Some caramel also.

T- Similar to the nose. Chocoate, rye, roasted malts and some slight hops on the end. Some alcohol too.

M- Sort of watery. Medium body, medium carbonation.

D- Slightly warming. Nice for a cold winter night.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Coffee and malt. Some earthy hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Brown sugar, cherry, and nutty. Nice.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Creamy and warm.

O: Not bad. Basically, a higher alcohol brown ale for the winter season. Appearance was descent. Nose and taste were a bit mild. Mouthfeel was pretty good. Overall, not bad, but not great.

Photo of jiggidy
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into tulip.

A- Deep brown, khaki head, rises and settles just as quickly. No lacing, no retention.

S- Smoke, roasted malt/chocolate/coffee grounds. Pleasant, subdued.

T- Roasted grain. Very interesting. Coffee bean notes, a mild vanilla taste is fleeting, some caramel as well. Sweet, roasty, tasty. Entirely too drinkable, these flavors really work well together.

M- Thicker than almost any brown ale I've had, good complex flavors, and healthy carbonation. A joy to drink.

D- High but filling. A brown ale that explodes with flavor. This beer is not to be missed, a perfect winter beer.

Photo of magine
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker.

Pours a clear cola color. Lots of bubbles; tight bubbles makeup a light tan head. Initially head sits about a finger width thick. Then settles to a wisp layer on top of the brew. Some lace remains. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of cocoa, coffee, maybe some rye even. Some dark fruits, maybe even raisins. Decent nose.

Brew is crisp upfront; light cocoa, coffee, a bit of smoke as it warms. A bit watery, despite the good flavors. Brew finishes crisp and a little dry. A good tasting brew, just a little too watery.

This a pretty good brown ale, good flavors just lacks the mouthfeel and body to make it stand out. Good.

Photo of dacrza1
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Date: 26 January 2013...
Glassware: chiseled mug....
Occasion: celebrating Will's triumphant first violin performance...
Appearance: shines a dark ruby body with a thick, frothy brown head; promising effervescence...
Aroma: the label promises rye, roast and raisin, and I oddly detect those scents; the roasted element is particularly appreciated...
Taste: First tastes are of caramel and raisin, somewhat sweet and mellow...
Palate: medium bodied with a warming presence at the throat that elongates the aftertaste. A noticeably effected beginning at the teeth as well--one can "breath" this beer out, in a sense....
Overall: A decent abv (6.2%) makes this a useful as well as enjoyable brew; the label is befitting its proper setting for consumption. I am not a fan of raisins per se, but I can be persuaded by the roasted atmosphere of this profile. This is the only bottle I purchased--I built my own winter six at Shop-Rite--but I would revisit this at a later date.

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington DC.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top leaving not very much in the lacing department.

Smells of lightly roasted malts, not quite as sweet as toasted malts but not as heavy as roasted malts in a stout/porter. There's also a hint of smokiness and buttery malts that make their way out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit less complex. Lightly roasted malts kick things off, then sweeten up as the malt flavor becomes a bit more buttery. Not much else happens, and there's a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but still manages to go down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could have more than one of these, but I'm not sure that I want to.

Overall this is right in the middle of the road with browns. There's nothing that really sticks out as above average, though in the same vein nothing sticks out as less than average. Worth a shot if you're into browns.

Photo of BeerSox
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Very deep brown, bordering on black, with ruby highlights at the bottom.

Toasty malts along with some sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Very malty aroma.

The flavor is very porter like, with some roasted malts and a bit of coffee, along with a little more caramel. Full bodied with good carbonation. The roasty malts linger for a while after each sip.

This Brown Ale is almost like a porter in aroma and flavor. But the lighter flavor and slightly thinner body makes it more of a robust Brown Ale. Recommended.

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.