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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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Reviews: 286
Hads: 871
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 22.68%
Wants: 15
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
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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 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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Photo of woodychandler
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 ...

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: minimal to no carbonation, with moderate "ale-ish" aroma of dark brown/red coloration

Entree: nice initial taste, w/ heavy to moderate mouthful

Dessert: nice lingering aftertaste; upon completion, nice "buzz"

Overall decent sampling--Ch33rs!!!

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Photo of LooseGasCap
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Well, it's 35 degrees again and there's snowflakes blowing in the breeze. Must be April, right??
This beer is a perfect touch to another dog day of winter. Creamy mouthfeel, toasted and dark color with a roasty, malty flavor that makes indoors seem tolerable again. I think I'll load up the fireplace for one last look at winter...

The lacing makes this one an enjoyable sight, too, from top to bottom. New Holland does well with this one. Maybe I'll save one for August 4.

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Photo of tmm313
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, dark brown. Creamiest 1 finger head I have ever seen AND it lasted all the way to the bottom of the glass. It looked like warm whipped cream on top of a cappuccino. Awesome trailing and lacing.

S- Chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and little roastiness.

T- Big, rich chocolate up front. Reminds me of cocoa. Behind that, there's some caramel, a touch of roasted malt and coffee. Its pretty crazy how much chocolate is in there.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Creamy on the tongue with a subtle roasty aftertaste.

O- I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. I'm still a bit confused, in a good way, how this beer was put together. It was like a brown ale meets a chocolate shake. What I'll remember most is the incredible creamy head and the decadent cocoa in the flavor. I would definitely have this again.

Update: Grains used are 2 row, wheat, rye, munich, and chocolate. Hops used are Brewers Gold and Nugget

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date J313 on the side of the bottle. Another new beer to me from New Holland, this time a brown ale. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark mahogany / chestnut colored body with less than a finger of khaki head. Fairly thin look appearance. Some thin spotty lacing. Looks alright.

S - Smell is pretty nice: toasted chocolate malts, nuttiness, brown bread, some earthy must yeast, and a hint of minerals.

T - Taste is much sweeter than the nose implies, but is still very nice. Chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, hazelnut, caramel, some cola, a hint of alcohol astringency.

M - Feel is fairly smooth and creamy enough, medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, it is about what I expected. Nothing spectacular, but a solid warming brown ale. Probably one of the better beers I have had from New Holland.

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up some winter ales for the snow:
Poured into a chalice, color is dark brown, solid, head is tan, presenting 1/2 inch thick, some solid lacing and a top that lingers.

Smell is full of malty goodness: great blend of chocolate, light toffee, some biscuit, wheat and full bodied presence; hops are earthy, some light pine.

Taste is also full bodied: great chocolate front, toffee middle and drier earthy finish from the rye. This is a great tasting full brown ale. Some lighter notes of sweetness, caramel, good presence of biscuit or wheat flavors (maybe from the rye). Hops are mild, light earth and grass.

Mouthfeel is full, good presence on the tongue, chocolate, rye, wheat and caramel linger well, carbonation is lighter creating a good presence. Finish is dry on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great brown ale. Full bodied, good riff with the rye and nice finish.

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Photo of Act25
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Move over Smutty Nose and Avery Ellie, there's a new top brown ale in town, tied with Six Point Brownstone - This is good!

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark brown body w amber highlights with a sturdy 2 inch head of tan froth that lasts all the way down (Bravo) and laces.

S: Smells of coffee and cream over a roasty, nutty, malty, earthy aroma. Hot mocha out on a muddy playground in winter.

T: The coffee roaster start follows into sweetened coffee with cream, roasted nuts, light chocolate, caramel and a pinch dark fruits. There's more, and it's all balanced: faint earthy hops with balancing bitterness to cut the initial sweetness. Roasty and creamy into the long smooth, satisfying finish. I opened this after 4pm coffee, tea and cookie session with friends, and it's the perfect shift into Christmas even dinner time. (Salmon, and three kinds of whipped (Potatoes, sweet potatoes and butter nut squash).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Creamy, malty brown ale, must try, it's my top rated brown ale. (Over Avery & Smutty nose by a hair).

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown reddish color with a caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of toffee, mocha and milk.
Similarly, predominant flavor of a sweet cold Mocha with all its coffee, cream and chocolate notes. Hints of spices and nuts.
Medium body with a creamy sensation and appropriate carbonation.
Decent brown ale, a bit too sweet though.

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Photo of walkinginplace
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark brown body with a khaki top. Minimal head.

S: Very malty and roasty. Maybe a little coffee and caramel.

T: Toffee and coffee at the start followed by an acrid/sour finish.

F: Medium to heavy bodied. Kind of flat, honestly.

Overall: Not bad, a solid, if unimpressive, brown winter ale.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 9/24/2013. Pours very hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, nuttiness, biscuit, toast, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/toasted malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice brown ale! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.66/5  rDev -27.3%
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.



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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale by: New Holland Brewing
poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A :deep brown with very little head but some lacing 3.5

S : roasted malt 3.75

T : roasted coffee/ coco /chocolate with a somewhat crisp finish 3.5

M : balanced slow start, good flavoring, clean finish 3.25

D : slightly heavy for a brown, bit a drinker 3.25

O: a good brown and a nice wintertime beer 3.5

a nice effort, glad I tried this one.

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Photo of Zach136
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 - Had updated to review 11/12/14

Appearance: Clear deep brown body and thin head.

Aroma/Flavor: Toasty, roasty, chocolate-y.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, refreshing, sweet malty finish.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: brown... Obviously. Pours a nice tan head with lacing that slowly crawls down the side of the glass. Tough to make a better looking brown ale

S: dry roasted chocolate, smoke,

T: very pleasant smokiness lots of chocolate very slightly toasted bready and earthy

M: only nitpicking flaw it's a little thin. But nice but of spiciness on the finish

O: definitely my favorite winter seasonal so far. Fits perfectly with the season and as far as brown ales go - this can't be beat. Vastly underrated. Resembles a porter without as much roasted malts. New holland killed it with this one.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've got to disagree with my friend from Georgia and the review from earlier today. This is absolutely one of my favorite browns, hands down. I've always thought of the brown ale style as a gateway beer to other craft beers. I started my own conversion from mass produced domestic swill, to browns, and then moved onto on to IPA's, Stouts, and various other craft brew styles. I still make my way back to browns once the calendar turns to November, the snow starts to fly, and the weather takes a turns for the worse. Crack a Cabin Fever and hunker down in front of the fire for a long, cold Winter.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown, poured from a bottle or on tap (stop by New Holland, great food and atmosphere) into a pint glass. Forms a nice brown head with slowly dissipates and leaves some generous lacing.

Smell: subtle chocolate aroma

Taste: Yes, this is what a brown should be, Very drinkable, not overpowering, with a beautiful malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Exactly like a brown should be. A subtle creamy feel that doesn't leave a strong aftertaste.

Overall: Great beer to drink on the river while Steelhead fishing in Northern Michigan. Also one of the best logos in the business. Make sure and get a sticker for your drift boat.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The head is frothy, foamy and thick on top a rich brown chocolatey coloring.

The scent has dry cocoa powder notes, caramel malts and nice roasted qualities.

The taste has a lot of character with dry chocolate and roasted or charred malts. There is some hop bitterness near the end and the roasted flavor stays on the palate. There's a wash of water about two thirds into the swallow that knocks the score down a bit.

Overall, I see a lot of good in this brown ale and enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of bnes09
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Translucent, chocolate color with descent head on the pour. Fairly weak retention but followed by some lacing on the glass. Non-specific grainy aroma. Flavor of wheat bread, maple sweetness, dark fruits, earthy hops with descent balance. Medium bodied and well carbonated, smooth feel with some grainy texture. Descent brown ale. Par for the course.

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Photo of sharlie
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great brown ale that is very tasty. Aroma has dark chocolate and coffee notes that are something less common in the beers i tend to drink. The caramel malts are very noticeable on the first few tastes of beer. The creamy mouthfeel will coat your tongue. very long after taste that is balanced and pleasant. The brown ale is best served with heavier foods.s

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Photo of Catherine8189
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a 16oz beer glass. Great brown ale very tasty. Aroma in wonderful with deep, rich dark chocolate and coffee notes. Dark brown color with dark tan frothy head. Caramel malts come shining through on the first taste. Creamy, full mouthfeel that coats the tongue. The beer has a lasting sweet, balanced flavor that is very pleasant. The brown le is great enjoyed with red meats and heavier foods.

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Photo of screamking
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Cryptic
4.71/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This by far is my favorite, has a smooth taste and easy to drink. I tried this in Holland MI and have been buying this one ever since. My only complaint is I get to full on them to fast. If you want a great beer buy this one. Really enjoy this beer and keep returning to it.

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Photo of steveh
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Local had a sale going on this -- distro must be trying to clear out some seasonals. $7 a sixer, couldn't pass it up.

A -- Clear, deep garnet-brown with a dense tan head that holds up well.

S -- Earthy character with some light caramel and cocoa, mild roasted malts, and the lightest of spicy hops back -- also some pepperiness from alcohol at the end.

T -- Big roasted malts up front with some caramel and nutty characters. Very mild fruitiness and hop bitterness follows. The roasted malt and caramel lingers in the aftertaste.

M -- Medium full body with a chewy mouthfeel and alcohol hotness in the finish, even lightly solvent with warming. There are smoother Browns out there.

O -- A good winter beer for warming up after too long in the elements. Goes down pretty smooth, but the hotness from the alcohol can fatigue the palate.

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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.