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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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288 Reviews
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Reviews: 288
Hads: 881
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 22.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 57md
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -3.6%
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 +2.5%
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 +16.1%
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%
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 +20.5%
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 +13.9%
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 -3.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -1.1%
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 -14.2%
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 +21.3%
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 +9%
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 -9.6%
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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Photo of hophugger
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep chocolate brown with nice head that quickly diminishes. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is strong of malts and light in chocolate. Taste is sweet, malty, with touches of light hops and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is nice, cool, slightly thick going down. Overall, a nicely balanced brown ale at just the right strength and feel.....

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque dark brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate amounts of dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lightly roasted and dark malts with a light aroma of chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of lightly roasted malts with a light amount of bittersweet chocolate flavors. Hints of caramel and coffee. Light amounts of lingering bitterness from the roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: I enjoyed this beer more than I thought I would and was pleasantly surprised by the roastiness to the flavors. Really nice winter beer and I would likely grab this one again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cola brown - a bit of mahogany at the edges; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: roasted grains, and bittersweet chocolate; hops are hidden behind that;

T: follows the nose up front; by mid-palate, it's got some nut and tobacco with a little molasses; perhaps a touch of citrus in the background; a bit of bitterness at the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; slightly dry;

O: very enjoyable; I would have liked the hops to be more present, in aroma, flavor, and bitterness;

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%

Chocolatey, light roast, and a fairly bitter finish. On the sweet side, but I really enjoyed the coffee character. There's just a touch of acrid notes.

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Photo of cbutova
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Holland hitting New England. From random grabs in other states over the years I have found most of their beers solid. Cheap singles are never a terrible thing (almost never).

A- Poured into a tall chalice from the 12oz bottle with a dark brown body and a massive, foamy tan cap. The bubbles are very fine and retention is rather amazing. Hopefully not overcarbed. Huge pillows of lace as the head dies with rings of thick lace at the end of each sip.

S- Malty aroma with both heavily toasted and medium roast character. Dark chocolate comes to mind beneath the toasted nuts, caramelized brown sugars, cocoa cereal and slight dried dark fruits. Almost all malts though.

T- Sweetness and more dark fruits and a spiciness seem to open up and gain strength compared to the aroma. They take away just a bit from a rich maltiness of heavily toasted grains, soothing smoke, milk chocolate, slight roast, crystal caramel sugars and bread.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a consistency that is silky and fairly creamy with just a bit of a chewy aspect. Carbonation is about moderately placed. Finishes somewhat bitter with toastiness lingering.

I gotta say they got the toastiness of this brew to match up nicely with the name and label. I really do like the malts here but something spicy and fruity from the yeast clashes just a bit on my palate. Chocolate and smoke do good deeds though. Impressive looks too.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A good sized off white head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a dark brown amber color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Nutty, caramel, roasted, malty, earthy, and some chocolate.

Taste: Picking up a little smoke in the back of the palate with all the above mentioned aromas. Some bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, smooth, malty, light to medium bodied, a little bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice easy drinking and flavorful brown ale. Another good brew from these guys.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am not always a big fan of brown ales. This one was straight forward. Nothing to take it down or on the same token nothing to set it above.
Enjoyable, something I could see myself drinking slowly sitting next to a warm fireplace.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of light tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and toasty malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, toast, and nuts. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, toasted bread, coffee, cream, caramel, toffee, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Also some hints of earthy hops and dark fruit. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, toasty, and nicely creamy dark malt forward taste with notes of chocolate, nuts, and toast. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of chocolate, toast, biscuit, coffee, cream, toffee, caramel, nuts, yeast, and a little smoke. Subtle hints of dark fruit. Also some light notes of earthy hops. A solid nutty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A pretty nice toasty brown ale. Good roasty malt flavors with a smooth creamy body.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A deep mahogany body that's more ruby colored against the light. The head is foamy, cream colored, and recedes very slowly. Nice sheets of lacing coat the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate, toasted bread and Tootsie Roll.

Taste: A mostly malty affair up front with the likes of chocolate, nuts, and some breadiness. On the back end it gets a little more bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly dry.

Overall: A very flavorful brown ale, no complaints at all.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

"Hints of rye, roast and raisin join a subtle caramel sweetness before a clean finish. Pairings: roasted meats, dried fruits, gruyere & smoked cheeses." Brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale, available as a winter seasonal in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a New Holland tulip glass. Served above 51 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a tan white head of a frothy cream consistency over a light cola brown with plentiful assertive carbonation and flecked sediment. The aroma is a blend of bready caramel and moderately roasted barley with undertones of chocolate malt, lactose and raisin. The flavor shares some similarities, with a more pronounced acidic fruitiness, a moderate roasted grain, a pinch of black patent roast and a lesser sweetness. The texture is slick, chewy with a moderate dryness, carbonation is moderate and slightly frothy for a subtly creamy mouthfeel. Balance is slightly roasty and acidic fruity over sweet. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. The alcohol presence is mild, off characters are minimal. Overall it's a lighter bodied brown ale with a nice raisin fruitiness and moderate roast to it, nice and drinkable.

New Holland Brewing's
Cabin Fever Brown Ale

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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.