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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

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
Photo of BARx3
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep amber with a fairly decent head

Aroma doesn't excite me

Not sure where to rate the taste, very drinkable, but not any taste that really stands out.

I have had better and worse. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.83/12 oz bottle ($ 0.152/oz) at Giant Eagle, Meadville, PA
12 oz bottle marked K044 11:37 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and raisins, weak, doesn’t last entire glass
Head average (Four cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with many rocks, diminishing to three mm ring and partial thin layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown, nearly opaque
Flavor starts moderately sweet, caramel and raisins, ends with slight roasted malt, sticky; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.5

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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 JustLikeMyDad
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a beer mug, pours dark brown, almost black.
Small foam head pour, some lacing.
Smells chocolaty.
Tastes as chocolaty as it smells, no surprised there, though compared tot he bottled description, it feels misleading. I had assumed it would be chocolate tasting when I purchased it though.
Feels smooth enough, not watery, bold flavor, nice carbonation.
Overall, I don't like chocolate but it's not bad, I kinda like it.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest brown color possible without going into porter territory. Garnet around the edges. Off white head that fades into a thin ring. Clear when held up to the light, but not noticable in regular lighting. This beer is exceptionally rich and well balanced, I lowered the score a bit because of some burnt malt notes that I would attribute to a porter or stout. The malt is fairly complex and features bread crust and chocolate notes prominant in the aroma and taste. Slight floral hops come through in the medium-dry finish. No esters coming through for me. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark chestnut brown color with ruby hues. Tight light brown head retains at a thin cap. Wispy lacing.

S: Coarse grainy and spicy rye is enveloped in a blanket of bakers chocolate, coffee grounds, and nutty cocoa. Mildly smoky. Hints of raisins. Chocolate caramel chews. Whispers of earthy hops.

T: Follows the nose. A big, pervasive dose of spicy rye is surrounded by supporting notes of nutty cocoa, dry bakers chocolate, coffee grounds, and a wisp of smoke. Pumpernickel rye bread. Raisins. Woody earthy hops on the back end. finishes with some nutty cocoa and rye and a light acidic dark malt bitterness that is coffee-like.

M: Full medium body has some heft behind it. Creamy and chewy. Scrubbing carbonation lifts it away and enhances a dry feel.

O: Damn solid beer. This brown ale is pretty brawny and has some stout-like qualities. The rye character adds a welcome wrinkle too, and brings a more-ish dryness that really aids drinkability. It's a hearty cold-weather brew that somehow commands sessionability. A fine winter seasonal through and through.

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Photo of rwhitmore
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby brown, with nice tan head with attractive lacing. Nose is chocolate and dark fruit, which follows in the flavor with a bit of warmth. A delicious, and well-named, brown ale for the cold months. This will be a staple for me.

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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 Marraybay
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

American brown ale supposedly, but from my vantage point, this was more of a porter.
Very dark pour, with a finger or so of beige head. Some roasty coffee and fruit flavors
in the nose, with the taste following suit. A fair amount of dry coffee bitterness in
the close, that seemed to deepen as the pour proceeded/warmed. In the end, a pretty
nice / enjoyable pour. Would I want it frequently? Meh...probably not, but a nice
occasional addition to the rotation.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-brown clear body, virtually no head. Aroma contains a fair bit of sweetness, dark fruit like grape, dark chocolate. Flavor contains chocolate malt, caramel malt, raisin, finish of mild crisp bitterness, some spice, and grain husk. Fluid body, slightly oily, prickly fine carbonation.
I just didn't care for the flavor pairings here, nor the light body. I think the brewers' vision was realized, as it did match the description on the bottle, I'm just not sure why they wanted this.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had at a Thanksgiving dinner, poured from bottle to blue Solo cup. Rich nut brown in color with a finger of creamy off white foam cap. Aroma and flavor of sweet caramel and roasted malt and almonds. Some mild fruity notes. Medium feel and carbonation. Nice little brown ale.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with copper edges and less than a finger of head. The nose is both bready and nutty. The flavor follows the nose and the finish is semi-dry.

This is a solid basic brown ale from a really solid brewery.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the thing i like about brown ales is that they're not fancy or have weird things added to them. no one has a brown ale and says "ooh, tastes like mangoes!"

it's brown, with a tan head and some light lacing. nothing remarkable, nothing weird. smells and tastes like you'd expect - a little roasted and brown sugar, mild fruit sweetness. mouthfeel is a bit thin, but doesn't hang around in a way you'd dislike.

pretty standard fare here - i could have 2-3 of these easily, but not one i'd go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Modest, dense, fine-beaded off-white head atop an amber-colored body. The head slowly fades to a modest dusting. Thin, unbroken lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Nutty and toasted malt flavors vie with strong brown sugar and caramel. A little bitter cocoa and some sweet alcohol are also notable.

Taste: Nutty and toasted malts and a caramel undercurrent open the taste, as with the aroma. Beneath this, there is and undercurrent of brown sugar and sweet alcohol. Bitter cocoa and some earthy notes offers a substantial contribution, as well. The hop presence, citric and pine, is mercifully restrained, allowing the complexity of Cabin Fever Brown Ale to shine. Finishes with mild, but lingering hop notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth soft, full, and pleasant, with only a little carbonation felt.

Drinkability/notes: Very nicely done, a wonderful companion to autumn and winter and an "over-the-top" example of an American Brown Ale.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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