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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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691 Ratings
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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 03:40:46 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

11-25-2013 12:44:51 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 22:30:57 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 14:00:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:15:39 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 02:58:40 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 16:24:44 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 06:06:21 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 20:26:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-07-2013 01:24:11 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-09-2013 22:50:29 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 23:57:13 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 21:27:01 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 18:23:32 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 00:54:31 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 00:14:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:32:52 | More by WVbeergeek
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 16:02:28 | More by jwc215
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-04-2012 15:34:12 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a c;ear light brown color with some orange highlights. A 1" head lasts a while and produces some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: light chocolate and hints of nuttiness are mild on the nose.

Taste: mild malt profile with some milk chocolate tones, molassess, black plums, and a bit of toasted nuts. Bitterness is moderate and there is a hint of earthiness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability: this is an easy to quaff beer, but is not refreshing as some other brown ales. Worth picking this up for a cold winter day.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 17:02:26 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 20:51:39 | More by kojevergas
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-13-2013 07:25:21 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Kraftwerk during their New Holland event on 2/5/11.

Pours a very dark brown color that's almost completely opaque except for slight mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly fades without leaving much lacing.

Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with hints of rye, caramel and toffee. There's also an odd spicy character and subtle sweet dark fruit.

Medium bodied and not very robust or roasty with sweet caramel malt and hints of rye and toffee. Sweeter than expected with dark fruit notes, notably raisin, plum and grape.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 09:03:05 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-01-2011 21:06:41 | More by imperialking
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yeah, yeah, I know, Cabin Fever on the fourth day of Summer?!? Well, I am trying to winnow my way through a massive backlog of beer and the older ones are on the verge of becoming V.O.S., so they get priority.

From the bottle: "Hints of rye, roast and raisin join a subtle caramel sweetness before a clean finish. Parirings: roasted meats, dried fruits, gruyere & smoked cheeses."

The drill is becoming a familiar one by now - pop the cap, heavy pour, sit back as the pseudo-cascade takes place, record results thereof. This time, the two-plus fingers of head were a dense, light-brown with good retention. I was reminded of the top of a coffee or mocha ice cream cone. Nose definitely gave off raisin and a smoky roastiness, hence their suggestion for smoked cheeses. Color was mahogany (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was creamy and the taste was chocolaty with raisins and smoke. It was like a Cadbury Fruit and Nut chocolate bar. Finish was semi-sweet, with the roasted malt offsetting the chocolatiness and the fruitiness. This was one that need not be thought of a a seasonal, but it would have been nice to have paired it with some of their suggestions. Maybe next time ...

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 02:36:20 | More by woodychandler
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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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