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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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288 Reviews
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Reviews: 288
Hads: 882
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 22.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 chicagojustin
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear, nice dark brown color. Weak, white to light tan head.

S: Not much in the smell department. Light malty smell.

T: It is maltier than I expected, slightly in an English style, and does not have much of a hop finish, but was still relatively balanced

M: Velvety, but with a clean aftertaste

O: Good brown, make sure to let it warm up a bit. Not overly unique.

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Photo of Danno48
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tasting glass.

Looks very much like coke under the head. The head itself looks a silky caramel close to an inch thick.

My smell is almost gone so ill skip this part.

Tastes like roasted nuts and bitter chocolate. Slightly sweet molasses also. Roastier than most browns.

Velvety texture.

I love brown ales and this one is very nice. It would be good with a western burger.

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Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - dark brown with reddish edges; a quarter of an inch of soft, dense, brown head that has decent retention

S - grainy and sweet at first, but then nutty, roasty, and big caramel aromas

T - big caramel maltiness, big nutty character, some stickiness, very faint graininess, a mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, a bit crisp, a tad light at times

This is a decent brown ale. It doesn't have anything that separates it from the crowd, but it is brewed to style and is easily drinkable. If you're looking for an unoffensive, solid brown ale, then this is it. If you're looking for something more, you should look elsewhere. I'm glad I tried it once, but I won't be seeking it out again.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Date: 26 January 2013...
Glassware: chiseled mug....
Occasion: celebrating Will's triumphant first violin performance...
Appearance: shines a dark ruby body with a thick, frothy brown head; promising effervescence...
Aroma: the label promises rye, roast and raisin, and I oddly detect those scents; the roasted element is particularly appreciated...
Taste: First tastes are of caramel and raisin, somewhat sweet and mellow...
Palate: medium bodied with a warming presence at the throat that elongates the aftertaste. A noticeably effected beginning at the teeth as well--one can "breath" this beer out, in a sense....
Overall: A decent abv (6.2%) makes this a useful as well as enjoyable brew; the label is befitting its proper setting for consumption. I am not a fan of raisins per se, but I can be persuaded by the roasted atmosphere of this profile. This is the only bottle I purchased--I built my own winter six at Shop-Rite--but I would revisit this at a later date.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a medium brown colored beer with a one finger cream colored head. The head faded relatively quickly leaving a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was roasty and sweet. There was a good presence of chocolate and roasted malt with a sweet caramel and some milky smells. With these sweeter and roasted aromas there is a light toasted nut smell which rounds out the rest of the aromas nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a good roasted malt, chocolate, and some caramel flavors. The chocolate takes on a more milk chocolate flavor more toward the middle of the taste as some crème comes to the tongue. A small amount of coffee and hop flavors as well as some roasted nut come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end, leaving a light nut, sweet, and roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was a bit more on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was on the lower side. This created a very smooth feel on the tongue which was wonderful for the roasted, chocolate, and light nut flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather tasty and moderately sweet brown ale with a smooth feel and a good drinkability. Quite a nice one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown…awesome, finger thick khaki colored head formed and stayed…nice legs all over the glass…super, duper inviting…(5/5)

Smell: Caramel malts! Sweet, creamy, deep malt aroma…dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla…I’m expecting a rich, creamy flavor…this thing smells awesome! (4.5/5)

Taste: Creamy, vanilla, toasted malt…there’s some earthy hops balancing the malts finely, creating a fantastic flavor…some coffee, chocolate, bready/sweet malts, vanilla, caramel and sugar adding tones that round out this fine brew…no alcohol heat to speak of…as it warms, the deeper chocolate notes begin to flourish…fantastic! (5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation…fluff does form creating chocolate shake taste, making my mouth salivate…ends crisply, some creamy chocolate, malt after taste…my mouth is watering for more…(4.5/5)

Overall: This is a fantastic brown ale, one of the best beers I’ve tried in a while…the creamy, malt flavor isn’t exotic by any means, but works so well here…it’s not overly hoppy or bitter, just balanced superbly…the phrase, “drinkable” doesn’t do this ale justice, I could easily drink 3 or 4 of these in a sitting and be very happy…there is no sign of the 6.8% ABV in the flavor, I’m expecting this to sneak up on me…absolutely nothing missing from this brew, I couldn’t recommend it more…go get a six pack and you’ll thank me later…(5/5)

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to Mississipping and StayWhatYouAre2’s dad for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, toasted malt, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, powdered chocolate, milk chocolate, and nutty. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I had never heard of this brew before until I saw it this night. So I really didn’t know what to expect at all. What I found actually wasn’t too bad for the style. A lot of the right components were present, but it was a little too sweet with the chocolate aspect going on in the flavor to stand out in the style. If that was toned back slightly it could have been a pretty good brew. Worth your time trying if you get the opportunity to do so.

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

12 oz brown longneck poured into a pint glass, the beer is dark brown with a tan head.

It has an inviting aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of spice.

The beer starts with dark roasted malts backed with bakers chocolate and a bit of coffee. Some spice emerges on subsequent sips. The chocolate fades and the coffee becomes slightly more prominent. The roasted almost charred malts remain constant.

The mouth is slightly thick but with small active carbonation. It goes down very easy.
I think this could be a session beer (even at 6+ %) as long as it is a short session... Well done!

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Photo of champ103
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. A small, beige head forms but recedes in a second. Thin lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, chocolate and caramel malts. English type yeast as well. Lightly woody. A nice malty aroma.
T: Again, a very nice malty treat. Toasted malt, baked bread, chocolate and caramel malts along with some English yeast. Finishes with a dry woody flavor. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp , but smooth and creamy at the same time. Even chewy. So easy and enjoyable to drink. Something I can quaff all day.

Not a big beer at all. Though hardy enough, with a great toasted warm malt flavor to make it perfect to put several back during the winter months. A very under rated brewery that makes another solid beer. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours and looks delicious. Nice caramel to with heavy toastiness. Big full tan head and a very brown clear body with deep red/garnet highlights.
Aroma fades some and a yeasty quality shows forth. Not a big issue, but too bad as the initial shots were quite nice.
Nice heavy feel with a full malt flavor. Roasty/toasty drying on the finish. Little bits of sweetness up front, but that's about for that. Just a nice mouthful of heavy malt darker malt flavor with a touch of hops and tartness (on occasion)
This is a good and very solid brown ale. Seems to have a touch of an english ale yeast, which adds a little character.
Fans of brown ales this one should work for you.

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Photo of TimmyL
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip
A- darker than expected, deep brown with off-white head that lasts a bit.
S- not too much going on here. wanted more.
T- roasted nuts, can taste the booze, tobacco, earthy favors.
M- decent carbonation, dry finish.
O- pretty good, yet different for its style. I prefer bit more nutty/caramel and a little less earthy-smokeyness but a nice change of pace from say an Ellie's Brown Ale

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Photo of weltywm
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Dogfish goblet.

Appearance: Much darker than I expected, particularly for a brown ale. Some white lacing that quickly dissipates, leaving slight lacing on the side.

Smell: About what you'd expect: malty and sweet, with a little bit of fruit and alcohol.

Taste: Follows the nose: toast, rye, raisins, caramel, a little bit of hop bitterness to balance everything out. Some warming alcohol toward the finish.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road. Very drinkable.

Overall: A very drinkable yet average version of a brown ale. Nothing bad about it, but not as good as I usually expect from New Holland. But, for the price, it was worth it, and a good brown ale to pair with some food or for a lazy evening.

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Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Very toasty grain, bready, slightly nutty.

L: Dark brown, some highlights when put up to the light. Little head that dissipates.

T: Toast like malt with hints of caramel. Medium low earthy bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a slight roasty finish. Fairly dry throughout.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied. Slight alcohol warmth.

Solid brown ale, fairly dry throughout.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown as advertised. Deep brown, little light came through, strong lace with little head.
S: Caramel and toasted malts with little else.
T: Full and creamy with a strong alcohol remainder. Just a bit sweet.
M: Creamy. Flowed through the mouth. Moderate bitter going down.
O: I'd buy this again. It's a standard of what a brown should taste like .

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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.


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Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a creamy tan head. Clear but with only a little light getting through (and giving it a reddish hue). Head drops to chunky thick film eventually but the retention is quite good. Only knock is there is very little lace.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate all well balanced with a hint of hop.
Taste is coffee, toast, malt, baking chocolate, faint hops. Balance is very good.
Smooth, slightly drying with a mild warming from the alcohol bloom. Medium plus body with light, gentle effervescence. This is better than Newcastle for certain and I like some Newk.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a finger of mocha foam. Aroma is quite roasty with bitter black roast malt dominating.

First sip is rather smoky tasting, with a decent amount of sweetness. Not much hop flavor to speak of. This is just smoky, sweet, raisiny tasting.

Certainly an interesting take on an American Brown ale. The flavors work decently well with each other between the smoke, raisin, and licorice notes. But it doesn't pull me in and really excite my taste buds - I feel like after drinking one, I'm not in the mood to have another... it just grows on you in a negative way.

That being said - this is a nice beer, just not something I'd like to have everyday.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours extremely dark brown with a finger and a half worth of head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Slight burnt malt, slight caramel. That's about it.

T - Moderate burnt malt, chestnuts, bread, burnt caramel, raisins.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, not a bad brew, although the flavors could have been more pronounced. I'd have again.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, robust reddish brown, with basically no head but a thin tan rim around the glass with minimal lacing.

S: Smells pretty sweet, has a smoky character to it, earthy as well, woody

T: Tastes very sweet, roasted malts, burnt sugars

M: Medium carbonation, pretty refreshing, very easy to drink

O: Overall its a stand up brown ale, it wasn't anything totally out of the ordinary but it's pretty damn good, wouldn't mind having another but I only had one. =[

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown/amber pour with not much of a head. Looks pretty still and clear.

S - Definitely a bouquet of roasted elements. Charcoal, campfire, burnt wood, peat. A nice dry nose with some earthy qualities and smoked malt.

T - The roasted character of a coal porter with dry burnt wood, charcoal and smokey flavors. A hint of bitter chocolate and well smoked grains. Slightly sweet with burnt sugar and some sweet malt. A little alcohol warmth in the end.

M - Fairly dry on the palate, robust and toasty. Medium bodied but the flavors put forth a slightly bolder effect. Moderately carbonated and pretty clean dry finish. A nice mixture for a winter beer.

O - Brown ale closer to a porter, which works for me.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light brown sugar and molases on the nose with a strange cola backdrop of aromas.

Very dark brown in color, but crystal clear. It has no speakable head except for a little light tan foam cap that just disappears but leaves a little lacing. Just as it smells of cola, it looks like cola too.

Good news, it doesn't taste like cola! I get lightly burnt caramel, molases, and nice robust malt flavors. Moderately carbonated and a medium body, it is easy to drink, I just wish it was a better experience overall.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown, oak color with a head that is whiter than you may expect. Head retained for a short time and little lacing was left on the glass. This beer smells very nutty, woody, and grainy, with slight hints of toasted malts and maybe even a bit of cocoa beans. It has a very "warm" smell and is quite powerful on the nose. The taste is very nutty, earthy and grainy with a very mild bitter finish. Medium-thin bodied with a slick mouth feel, leaving a bit of a wet finish. Not much carbonation in this one.

Pretty good brown ale here, sure to compliment a cold winter day very nicely.

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Photo of The_1084
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours brown with a tan head that fades quickly, but leaves decent lacing.

S - Smokey, with hints of cocoa and rye.

T - Tastes of rye and cocoa with hints of raisin and caramel; finishes with a mild aftertaste of hops.

M - A good, clean beer that is easy to drink with mild carbonation.

O - Overall, this is not one of my favorite brown ales, but definitely a good beer and one that I could easily drink again.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color—almost black—with a smallish, tan head that is hesitant to form and quickly diminishes.

Great aroma: toasty malts, chocolate, slight raisin/fig, hint of smoke

Flavor is really nice. Well balanced, drinkable, and flavorful. Light chocolate and toasty notes ride out most of the flavor, and there’s a nice bit of hops in the finish to cut off the sweets. Very agreeable. Smooth texture and light-ish-bodied. Would be a perfect beer to enjoy beside a fire or alongside some BBQ.

First beer by New Holland and I’m impressed. I’m enjoying this quite a bit, and I really don’t care much for brown ales.

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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.