New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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3.84/5 rDev +4.9%
12oz bottle poured into snifter.
This beer pours dark brown with small light tan head. Darker than a lot of brown ales I've seen lately. Strong roasted aroma, with lots of caramel in there too. Smell almost reminds of peanut butter cookies.
That roasted aroma follows in the tase. Roasted walnut comes to mind. A good amount of sweetness in the taste as well. There's lots of carbonation in feel and it also leaves your mouth very dry. Overall feel is light and this can be drunk all night all.
This is one of my favorite brown ales available. It's more of a winter brown with the roasted notes, but it can be enjoyed in the summer too. I would drink it on hot days but warm nights by the fire are perfect.
03-30-2013 21:09:02 | More by screamking
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
This was an early Christmas gift from my Mother-on-law. 12 ounce bottle poured to a pint glass. I'm sampling this at the higher end of the suggested serving temperature for brown ale. An aggressive pour yields a two finger head of creamy bubbles that retains pretty well. The brew is deep amber in color. Sticky lacing is thick on the glass.
The aroma is a little bready. The caramelized malt is giving off a nutty fragrance. Some bitterness is detectable on the nose. Wooden earthy scents emerge from a deeper whiff as well as alcohol, which lightly tickles my nose hairs.
I've had a couple of these at colder temperatures and I must say that this beer is much improved in taste and mouthfeel up around 50 degrees. The taste immediately yields all of that caramelized malt. It's very sweet and flavorful. The flavor of baker's chocolate is perceivable. The earthy tones in the scent are somewhat mild in the flavor, but still noticeable. Also noticeable is the alcohol, which comes dangerously close to appearing boozy without crossing the line.
The mouthfeel is indeed pleasant. The beer is medium bodied and pretty sticky, but not syrupy. The carbonation provides a mild soda-like bite while the alcohol warms mildly.
On the drinkability scale, Cabin Fever is closer to desert beer than refreshment beer. It is nearly a sipper but it's flexible enough to remain appropriate in diverse situations. ABV is 6.0% (according to the label) so a lightweight like me isn't going to drink these all night. But there is a lot of flavor here, not only for the style, but also for the price. I enjoy this winter seasonal and I will most certainly be revisiting Cabin Fever next year.
The Two Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
When I'm in the mood for a brown ale, I definitely give two Schlitz about Cabin Fever.
12-21-2010 19:49:25 | More by weizenbob
New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.