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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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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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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3/5  rDev -17.8%

ashleylake, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Hopstout, Dec 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Chugs13, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

madman45, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of paperbackfoster
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours with very little light penetration - brown to black, with only a bit of maple/mahogany color reflecting. Head is minimal, slowly coming up to a half finger after the pour which quickly resides. No sheeting, slight ring on top of the brew.

S - Notes of raisin, some sweetness. Pretty light on scent.

T - Very roasty. Dry. The raisin comes back with fig and a little bit of date or plum. A back spiciness to it, almost like clove or nutmeg but on the bitter side of the spice, not the usual associated sweet. Leather and wood notes round out the profile.

M - Again, very dry. If there was a barely carbonated dark red wine, I imagine it would feel like this on the tongue.

Overall - I like this one. It's a decent brown that, as the name says, hits the target of being a wintery beer. The roast notes are prevalent but not overpowering, and the spicing steers away from the "warmer" category as well as the sugary sweetness of a baked good. More of a sweetened bread than a gingerbread man, as far as the season goes.

paperbackfoster, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +9.6%

RichH55, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of bezakjon
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bezakjon, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours deep opaque black with brown hue around the edges. Minimal head.

Some fig like elements in the scent along with a bit of brown sugar, mostly dark grain malts though.

Kind of a bland nutty grain malt flavor, hint of brown sugar though. Some non-hop bitterness as well.

Medium body and a tingle of carbonation.

So so, not fantastic and certainly not the best from New Holland, but not totally disappointing either. Hurt mostly by its bland taste. Wouldn't turn my nose up at it but probably wouldn't seek it out again in the future either.

Cylinsier, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

oldvines, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of keanex
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep garnet when held up to the light, light tan head that quickly disappears.

S: Very bland, not much outside of a slight raison smell coming through, light earth hints. Very bland and not inviting.

T: Toasted malts, brown nut flavors, and slight raison. Very bland on the taste too.

M: Medium bodied, light fizzy carbonation.

O: This is very boring, I wish I'd bought a Newcastle instead, and yes I mean that. This beer brings nothing to the table and will be forgotten.

keanex, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

IlPostino, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37%

JoeBoxer522, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Coffee and malt. Some earthy hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Brown sugar, cherry, and nutty. Nice.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Creamy and warm.

O: Not bad. Basically, a higher alcohol brown ale for the winter season. Appearance was descent. Nose and taste were a bit mild. Mouthfeel was pretty good. Overall, not bad, but not great.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

ATPete, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rico488, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

JTADD, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

ortie, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cabin fever pours a deep brown color that is almost too dark to see through. The head is fluffy brown, sticky and reminds of fine latte frothed milk. A real look of a beer.

The nose is thin but still malty. A touch of brown sugar and roasted grains. Very simple and nice.

The taste is a lot like the nose in that it's very simple. Roasted malts covered with brown sugar and a little cream. It's a smooth flavor and makes it easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy with a subtle carbonation. Cabin fever is a simple, easy drinking brew that you can stick with all night. It's nothing to slouch at but there are better browns out there. Well worth trying if you see it.

jbphoto88, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

thisladyluck, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of RepMichigan
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving out of a twelve ounce bottle into a Bavarian inn glass

Appearance: dark brown, little to no head retention

Smell: smells floral with a hint of earthy tones

Taste: You can taste a bit of floral tones, some hoppy flavors. Not much malt going on, some spicy flavors though

Mouth feel: light carbonation little bit of alcohol comes through the end

Overall: a good beer, not one i will revisit often but enjoyable

RepMichigan, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cabin Fever pours a hazelnut brown color that is transparent but too dense for much light to get through. A few ruby rays manage the feat. A small tan head bubbles up and away, leaving only a small ring around the edge of the glass and no noticeable lace.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malts, cocoa, some butterscotch and peat.

Taste: The flavor starts out with dark, lightly roasted malts that provide some sweetness. A bit of caramel, raisin, and a touch of molasses. Toward the end there is some some earth spices and a quick soft of smoke.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation strikes a crisp tone up front and has a softer creamy nature at the back end. Overall the body is smooth, slightly grainy toward the end, with light lingering sweetness and an oily residue. A buttery feel is noticeable up front but fades by the end. There are some

Overall: I am not sure exactly what to make of this beer. It has a few nice flavors, but with each sip I like it a little bit less. Off flavor

KickInTheChalice, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of stercomm
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - dark mahogany in color, slight off white head good glass lacing.

S - Get a subdued scent of coffee, maybe some toffee,

T - More going on here, get some nice toasted maltiness, some raisins, a slight maple sweetness.

M - Medium bodied mild carbonation.

O - A nicely balanced brew, shows some dryness on the finish which I always like

stercomm, Nov 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

MacStinson, Nov 22, 2011
New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.