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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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BA SCORE
83
good

701 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002)
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Andrewtherooster
1.65/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This stuff just got to the shelf of my local store about a month ago or so, and as I used to enjoy it, I figured I'd grab a bottle and see if the appeal is still there.

It pours a dark, translucent brown with very little head. No lacing. Some carbonation rising to the top, but not much.

I take a whiff of it and am unimpressed. It smells like stale beer, like beer on someone's breath. No hops in the aroma, and only a slight hint of nutty malts.

When I taste this beer at first, it's not awful, but nothing stands out. As I continue to drink it, it gets worse. This beer cloyingly tastes of soy sauce, with very little of the nice malt I would expect from a craft-brewed brown ale. The mouthfeel is thin with very little carbonation.

I can think of so many other brown ales I would much rather have. This was a major disappointment and almost a drainpour. It's going to be some time before I give this seasonal another chance.

Andrewtherooster, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of TheBigBoy
1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

TheBigBoy, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of roadhouse
1.9/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a dark mahogany brown with a one inch light tan head. It sinks to a skim and leaves some spotty lacing. By far the best part of the beer.

Aroma is just like butterscotch candy. Quite filthy if you ask me. There's a slight fruity component to it but it can't top the butter.

Taste is like the aroma only slightly better. It starts out slightly tart with a bit of cherry-like fruitiness then that butter just blows everything away in the finish. Terrible aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good actually, it's medium bodied, and pretty creamy. Too bad it tastes horrible.

I have no idea what's going on with this stuff. Way too much buttery diacetyl - yuck.

roadhouse, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of kynap55
2/5  rDev -45.4%

kynap55, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of tzieser
2/5  rDev -45.4%

tzieser, May 27, 2013
Photo of JCFinn
2/5  rDev -45.4%

JCFinn, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of TLove
2.08/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a seasonal 12 pack at Paul's Liquors in DC. LOVED the pumpkin and oatmeal stouts and was a big fan of the kolsch as well, but this one? Not a big fan.

Great color and heavy dark brown body, with a definitive, frothy 2 finger head that holds well and leaves a lot of lacing. The roasted malts were apparent, but there was an almost immediately overpowering scent of dark cherry sweet and sourness that went well through the mouth as well. Honestly, I had a very hard time tasting anything else.

The finish also had a pungent sourness from the cherry and blackberry scents that drowned everything else out. Maybe I got a bad batch? If this was the way it was intended to be, let me first say that I applaud New Holland for taking a normal brown ale base and aspiring to create a cherry porter, but at least forewarn me.

TLove, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of mmmbeer
2.28/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Pours like a porter - off-black with a tan collar, and light carbonation that leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of light roast coffee and milk chocolate, sweet caramel, licorice and a dash of aged malt. Well-integrated and refined, but it's downhill from here. Tastes roasty, lactic and acidic, with coffee and a bit of hops. The roast and the acid clash quite offensively, and it ends bitter. Thin body, moderate carbonation and short finish. This is very hard to drink. It looked and smelled so good, but it ended up in the drain. I would love to try a proper one.

mmmbeer, May 10, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear brown color. The head is absolutely none existent. The aroma is of molasses, nougat, and toffee. The taste is of dull caramel with some not so pleasant astringency. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with almost no carbonation, and a oily texture. Overall, this is a disappointing beer.

KarlHungus, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Segelstrom
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Segelstrom, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of angeepangie
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

angeepangie, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Redstar137
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Redstar137, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a dark brown color, almost mahogany with a rather small/thin layer of tan head.

S: Smells overly roasty and acidic, slightly acrid, perhaps. Mild toffee and malt sweetness, and a little bit of a nuttiness. A little bit of bad/stale coffee aroma in there as well. Poor all around.

T: Slightly better as I take a sip. Some sweet toffee and caramel underneath with some toasted bread. However, there is a noticeable acidity which intensifies as the beer warms up. Acrid roastiness is still present.

M: Medium in body with a nice medium and smooth carbonation--the one redeeming factor for this beer.

O: Overall, this was a pretty bad beer. Far too acidic and no real brown ale flavors to it.

womencantsail, May 01, 2011
Photo of mmsimmons
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

mmsimmons, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Kaveman
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Kaveman, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of pest
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

pest, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of CORKSCREWFISH
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

CORKSCREWFISH, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Beerlover
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Beerlover, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of nightcrawler
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown. The liquid was very thick, almost like an oatmeal or imperial stout. In fact, it was thicker than the Guinness I chased it with. The higher carbonation saved it from being too thick for me.

It had no real smell, even though it produced a nice, fairly long-lived head. The taste was sweeter than I expected. That alone makes me only want to drink one in a sitting, if any.

As far as American browns go, I'll probably spend my money on a different brand in the future.

nightcrawler, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
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

OhYesILoveBeer, Nov 26, 2013
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2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a De Struise bottle... Pours a dark and very clear mahogany. A light tan head that rises about a finger but then falls fast to only a thing ring, poor lacing... The aroma is really weak, a hint of roasted coffee a little nut. Boring, too light... The taste is really bad, stale grassy hopppy coffee, gross... Terrible mouthfeel that is harsh, chalky, too carbonated... I don't want to drink this.

PASS

jrallen34, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of ddavison
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

ddavison, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear dark brown color. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head with about average retention and a small ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Butterscotch, caramel, and nuts. There's also hints of dish detergent, but that might be a problem on my end, so I won't hold it against them. The aroma isn't too bad, but isn't too good either.

2.5 T: Butterscotch is overly present in the taste. It's way too strong and covers up some of the nuttiness, toffee, and toasted notes. Low bitterness and maybe a touch of chocolate to round it off.

2.5 M: The mouthfeel isn't pleasant at all. It has a light to lighter medium body that is slippery and fatty. Carbonation is at a good level, but it's a harsher breed of carbonation.

2.5 D: I'll pass on this if I ever see it again. Plenty of problems without a lot done right.

DavoleBomb, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of david18
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

david18, Feb 18, 2014
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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.