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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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692 Ratings
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Ratings: 692
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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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cola color with fire brick highlights glisten from the light upon the exit from the bottle. The head is scant,tawny, weak on the hold and selfish on the lace.

S: Soft cola nuttiness with a bit of dry roastiness. Ripe dark fruit skins.

T: The flavor is softly roasted with indications of dark fruit and some dark coffee. Burnt caramel sweetness with a lingering roasty bitterness of moderate proportions.

M: tight and bubbly with a medium body, warm roastiness on the hold.

O: Overall an ok flavor. It seems to fit the parameters of requirements per style, but just didn’t seem all that exciting to drink. A bit bigger then an ideal session brown, but not quite as robust as a big brown. Unlikely revist with so many better examples available.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 23:26:55 | More by beerthulhu
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centurian62

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Brown Ales. Cabin Fever is the quintessential winter brown. I am fortunate enough to get it at the brewery, however, in a bottle is pretty close to the tap. It has a fantastic malty flavor and aroma and finishes cleanly with a great malt aftertaste. If you are forced to drink one brown ale the rest of your life, this would be a fantastic choice!

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 16:12:52 | More by centurian62
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bringmetobelgium

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-04-2012 23:38:38 | More by bringmetobelgium
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Guden

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown with one inch of orangey tanned leather colored head.

S- A harsh ash character with a lot of fruity sweetness as well. Seems like a harsh porter, not what I was expecting.

T- The harshness of the nose is much more refrained into a moderate smokey and roast ash flavor that blends with a chocolaty caramel character that's nice. It's a lot like a cross between a porter and an English brown ale but there isn't the hoppiness I expect from an American brown.

M- Pretty thick and syrupy with medium to low carbonation, pretty on point for a porter but a bit heavy for this sweeter version. Still fills the mouth nicely and goes down easily.

D- This is a nice beer that might not adhere to a specific style well but is a nice in between of a more roasty porter and a sweeter brown.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:49:14 | More by Guden
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Fallingonwater10

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +23%

02-01-2012 15:22:31 | More by Fallingonwater10
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +23%

02-01-2012 03:00:13 | More by AndrewMichael
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senorscientist

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +23%

01-30-2012 07:20:41 | More by senorscientist
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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a thin white head.

S: Dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel with hints of chocolate.

T: Raisin, carmel with some sweetness. The finish has a bit of nuttiness to it.

M: A bit thin and could do with less carbonation.

O: Solid but a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:20:58 | More by RunForYourBeer
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BellsFan

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-29-2012 00:26:55 | More by BellsFan
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mrebeka

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-27-2012 00:56:09 | More by mrebeka
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Rostie

Michigan

5/5  rDev +36.6%

01-23-2012 00:27:23 | More by Rostie
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer was dark in color with a slight tint of red. The immediate nose of the beer was that of dark dried fruit and raisin. The taste of this beer is pretty accurately described on the bottle. In itself, that is somewhat unusual. The raisin and rye flavors are very evident, and the raisin flavor is quite tolerable. I was concerned that the flavors would bring a grainy sensation, but this was not the case. The flavors changed in the aftertaste to a molasses and slightly nutty flavor. As a brown ale, it is smooth with certain mild hints of sourness. I heard some negative and positive things about this beer so I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 16:00:34 | More by JohnnyHopps
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minterro

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

3$ pint at Woody's Oasis in East Lansing.

A & S: A very similar aroma to when I had it in the bottle: rich molasses, chocolate, brown sugar, toasted sugar coated almonds, and buttery bread. Deep red-ish black colored beer. Tan foamy head that dies quickly to nothing.

T & M: Not even close to as rich and creamy as I remembered it (its almost came off watery this time). Toasty nuts and some smokiness, but overall this beer was pretty plain and boring this time around. Kind of an acidic bitter but smooth finish. Medium to low bodied low to no carbonation.

O: I don't know if the keg was almost gone but this beer wasn't even close to how good it was in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 16:16:56 | More by minterro
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Independant

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18%

01-18-2012 12:10:49 | More by Independant
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-16-2012 01:34:46 | More by Eriktheipaman
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-15-2012 00:31:46 | More by HoneyLamb
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aromas don’t set you up for how complex this brew is. It starts off almost like a chocolate bock, but then the roasted and smoked malt sneak in with a touch of dark caramel. The liberal use of rye adds nice texture and flavor. The hops round out the creamy mouthfeel with a strong earthiness. And the lacing is like a coat of snow on top of a cabin deep in the woods.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:26:47 | More by McNealc31
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

01-14-2012 19:49:11 | More by Zaphog
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thatdavegy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-14-2012 01:50:34 | More by thatdavegy
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-13-2012 21:02:25 | More by fiedler84
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rlbthree

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-11-2012 23:58:11 | More by rlbthree
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-11-2012 23:34:46 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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CWhite

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-10-2012 16:57:36 | More by CWhite
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mastershake77

Michigan

5/5  rDev +36.6%

01-09-2012 22:08:22 | More by mastershake77
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked a bottle of New Holland's Cabin Fever Brown Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on trying this beer last time it was released so when they released it this winter I made sure to grab a bottle to review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, 2011 vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good and it matches the name nicely. It poured a nice looking mild brown color that had a nice ruby hue when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left some nice lacing. This is a good looking American Brown Ale.

S- The aroma of this beer is all about the malts. It starts off with loads of malts that have a low amount of sweetness to them and it has a darker roast then you find in most Brown Ales. The roasted malts impart some nice chocolate, caramel and little bit of coffee aromas, I also picked up a little bit of spicy rye. I didn't pick up any hops in the aroma. The aroma was a little one dimensional and was dominated by the roasted malts, I would have liked to see some hops show up in the aroma.

T- The taste of this beer is similar to the aroma. It starts of with loads of malts that have a low amount of sweetness and impart a very roasty taste for a Brown Ale, with some caramel and some slight chocolate and coffee flavors coming through. There is a real slight smokey and charred tasted that is followed by a noticeable amount of spicy rye and a very light amount of earthy hops at the end. The finish had some more slight rye flavors and a low amount of bitterness and it had a roasted grain aftertaste that stayed in the mouth. This Brown Ale was heavy on the roast but it lacked balance since there wasn't any other flavors that were bold enough to stand up to all those roasted malts.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel worked well with this beer, it was a nice fit.

Overall I thought this was a good and solid American Brown Ale. This Brown Ale had much more roast then most Brown Ales, which made it more fitting for it's winter release but I feel like some additional hops in the flavor and the aroma would help make this beer more balanced and less one note. This beer has good drinkability, I could drink two or three of these in a sitting, it went down smooth and had enough flavor to hold my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the taste, this beer looked real nice and the flavor stuck out from most Brown Ales due to it's heavy roast which I liked and I thought was fitting. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of hops in the flavor and aroma, it needed about twice as much hops in both to stand up to all those roasty malts. I would buy this beer again when looking for a roasty Brown Ale for the winter season. I recommend giving this beer a try, it's not the most complex Brown Ale, but the roast lends a nice flavor that makes it stick out a little. I was glad I got a chance to try this one and I think it is a pretty fitting American Brown Ale for those cold Michigan winter nights. New Holland comes through with another solid beer, keep up the good work guys.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 04:52:30 | More by StoutHunter
New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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