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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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743 Ratings
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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 15
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an ice cream fudge borwn with white head encasment. Malty smell, brought aggressive with toasting. Some chocolate malt, brown sugar, caramel. Some hop and aggressive carbonation workws as offset. Very malty taste. Medium mouthfeel. Some astringency in finish. Altogether so-so.

Sammy, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

djrn2, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate caramel-brown color with a light tan head and not really any lacing. The nose is pretty nice with a good dose of chocolate malt as well as some caramel, toffee, and lightly-roasted brown malt. Flavor is a bit toasty with some caramel and bread. Medium body with good carbonation and a very slight roast character. Drinks pretty well; a nice fall sipper.

Thorpe429, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

metter98, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with tawny highlights; not much of a head or lacing

Smell: Butterscotch delight, with a hint of mocha; great for candy, not so much for beer

Taste: Butterscotch and mocha up front, but it turns somewhat sour by mid-palate, with a balsa wood undertone; woody, over-roasted and sour in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: For diacetyl lovers only, this beer just has a lot of flaws

brentk56, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Ales are the style of beers that I often overlook. Then when I taste one like this, I ask myself 'why?'. The beer begins with a firm, malty plop in the glass with a deep brown color and tan head formation that would prove to withstand until the end. Aromas of chocolate malt, light roasting / toasting, a milk-sugar sweetness, and pine-ey hops all promise great things in flavor. The taste takes on the same characteristics as in the aroma, with emphasis on the chocolate and malty flavors and textures. An unexpected peat-ey flavor and aroma begins to take hold as the beer warms, giving hte beer a lot of complexity and flavor. The hops are not as agressive in the flavor as in the scent, but work well to balance the sweetness. Body is a bit higher than medium, but not heavy, relying on a creamy base to cary the flavors. Finishes with a long linger of chocolate and earthy-dirty character.

BEERchitect, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate brown with generous orange accents (on the coaster)... black cherry when held up to the sunlight streaming through my front window. The khaki colored crown is on the small side, though it does hang around for a spell. So far, a high collar of lace is the only glass decoration.

The nose is interesting and makes me think that there's something other than barley, hops, yeast and water present. The dominant aroma is a caramel-butterscotch sort of vibe that I've smelled in some Lake Louie beer. Whatever it is, it works just fine in an American brown.

Unfortunately, it doesn't work quite as well on the palate. Cabin Fever tastes artificially flavored, like something that Leinenkugel would release. Not quite that bad, but along those lines. Man oh man, there's some serious clashing goin' on.

Sweet clashes with tart (there isn't much bitterness), and the flavors clash too. Specifics include brown bread, caramel-butterscotch, cocoa and unripe fruit. The website implies that rye malt is present. Hard to figure. It tastes like something went wrong at the design stage, not necessarily at the execution stage.

The mouthfeel was expected to have some amount of robustness. It doesn't. It isn't bad for the style... if the ABV was 4.5% rather than 6.25%. No beer this (moderately) big should bring the word 'watery' to mind, even if it doesn't quite qualify. Less than high quality carbonation doesn't help.

New Holland is a better brewery than Cabin Fever Brown Ale would suggest. I'm not sure what went astray with this offering (diacetyl most likely), but I would much rather stock the cabin with something more substantial and more tasty. This is disappointing beer. Especially considering the source.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark brown body with a two finger off white head,

S: sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, toasted grain and some chocolate.

T: toasted malts, rye, nuts, with a smokey note that is stronger in this than other browns out there.

M: medium body and a moderate carbonation.

Overall: A touch watery overall which is often the downfall of many in this genre. Not very memorable or unique in any way.

kylehay2004, May 26, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jaydoc, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2013
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 Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep brown color, it had some nice looking red highlights in there. The head was tan and had a pretty good retention to it. The smell of the beer has some spiciness to it along with a soft roasted aroma and dark fruits. The taste is a little sweet like brown sugar upfront that fades into a spicy aftertaste with some nutty fruit flavors mixed in. The mouthfeel was moderate, Nothing too heavy or too light. There was a good carbonation to the beer as well. Overall I find this beer to be pretty good, I'd drink it again for sure.

Knapp85, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark amber body with a finger-high head comprised of light tan froth.

Smell: Moderately roasty, nutty aroma, smelling of Breakfast Blend coffee, a firm shard of milk chocolate, walnuts, with a little touch of date fruitiness.

Taste: A roasty start, but not overly so, with tastes of sweetened coffee, fire-roasted nuts, light chocolate, even a little caramel in there. Small portion of dark fruitiness. Earthy, faintly leafy hops with sufficing bitterness to cut the initial malt sweetness. Roasty, toasty on the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A solid, soundly malty brown ale for the colder months.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a medium to dark brown with a weel defined half finger head that held well,aromas I picked up were some light brown sugar and a tinge of roast.Flavors started out with a bit of dark fruit and brown sugar but a sour note came out of nowhere and hijacked the palate,really an unpleasant finish to a nice start.I always hope to really like beer from the breweries I came to enjoy as a craft beer novice,most of wich are from Michigan,but this just wasnt that great.

oberon, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a tan, foamy, one-finger head. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled very nutty, lots of hazelnut. It had a sweet roasted malt nose, too.

T - This had a very nutty flavor, especially hazelnut. Sweet caramel flavors emerged underneath the nutty taste and a biscuity malt flavor added to the sweetness.

M - It was smooth and very soft. A light to medium-bodied brew.

D - This has to be one of the best brown ales that I have had in some time. Great sweetness and nutty flavors.

zeff80, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale
12 oz. bottle; $1.99 @ Joe Canal's, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

A rough pour brings up a massive head of tan froth over a dark mahogany brown body. The head retention and lacing are pretty good.

In the nose it's gently cocoa-ish and chocolatey with a flicker of spiciness, and a subtle edge of roastiness.

The body is medium-light, yet it somehow appears a touch creamy across the palate (perhaps because I poured it so roughly and released a bit of the CO2).

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, and it's rich with caramel and notes of chocolate. At times it's more like soft cocoa or milk chocolate, but it can also show a touch of underlying roastiness that's more reminiscent of very dark chocolate. There's an edge of spiciness that may or may not be due to hops; and very little yeasty fruitiness except that it does have a minor bit of raisin or other dark, dried fruit to it. Its moderate bitterness leads to a lingering, dry and dusty cocoa-like finish with a bit of dark fruit skin.

Overall it's not a really complex beer, but it is rich. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Michigan beer, let's see how this American Brown weighs in with my favorites. Pours a very nice velvet texture with a brown ruby highlighted huee with a big khaki tan head forming thick. Fine speckled lacing scattered sporadically. Aroma has a nice fruity roasted malt character going on, slightly nutty with some hints of dark chocolate. A touch of alcohol in both the nose and the palate. Flavor is a bit astringent with alcohol and dark roasted malts bring out a hint of raisin and mild dark chocolate notes. Finishes dry with some herbal hop finish, maybe a hint of pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied moderate carbonation with a fittingly dry finish not overly sweet enough hops and alcohol to balance out the malt sweetness. Overall maybe one of the better beers out of their seasonals up in New Holland, I'm typically not crazy about their beers but this isn't half bad.

WVbeergeek, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

mendvicdog, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby brown with a thin head that immediately becomes a slowly vanishing wispy swirl. Some dotted lacing sticks then vanishes pretty quickly.

The smell is of toffee/caramel with light roasted nuts. An earthy/fruity touch is in the background.

The taste is malty - toffee/caramel with a hint of chocolate. A hint of cherries comes through as it progresses. An earthy/slightly fruity hop touch balances sweetness though it remains sweeetish until a toasty finish wraps it up. A slight alcohol warmth shows.

Medium-bodied, with mild to medium carbonation. It has a malty smoothness.

A nice malty, but with mild roast and light hop balance, winter brown!

jwc215, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

6.5% per my bottle. 17 plato. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Dick's Last Resort pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice thickness and cream, and pretty decent retention considering the above average ABV. Colour is a very dark amber. Nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toasted malt, caramelization, floral hopping, some nutty notes, cream, biscuit malt, and still more caramelization. A moderate strength aroma.

T/Mf: Toasted smooth malts, creamy qualities, prominent nuts, biscuit malt, and minimal hopping. Balanced and tasty, if simple. Smooth and wet. Clean. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Alcohol does come through. No yeast is detectable.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I wouldn't have it again, but it's a decent little brown ale. Doesn't hide its ABV all that well. Meh.

C

kojevergas, Nov 22, 2012
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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.