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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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BA SCORE
83
good

685 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 685
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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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-22-2011 02:08:18 | More by Another6Pack
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-21-2011 23:08:57 | More by KC9LDB
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is almost-black with chestnut brown hints. Great, creamy/frothy head with very nice lacing.

Nose is roasted coffee beans, but less sweet than a coffee stout. Raisins are strong, and so is chicory.

Taste is plenty of raisins and caramel. Dark, roasted hops, and a light smoke are throughout. Great, light maple syrup flavor. Light hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. The bold flavors suggest that a bite should come, but it never does. Carbonation is light, and the frothy head gives it a nice creaminess. It could use a bit more carbonation.

Overall, a smooth, decadent beer that is perfect for a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 03:43:38 | More by dorianmarley
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FedExPope

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-21-2011 03:36:50 | More by FedExPope
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MichiganHopHead

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-21-2011 01:04:23 | More by MichiganHopHead
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-20-2011 23:12:43 | More by captainbearcat
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rwilde

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-20-2011 15:20:58 | More by rwilde
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thearsenal

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18%

11-18-2011 19:02:31 | More by thearsenal
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Lozanoa11

Michigan

5/5  rDev +36.6%

11-17-2011 22:42:25 | More by Lozanoa11
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horrorspecialty

Virginia

5/5  rDev +36.6%

11-16-2011 21:36:45 | More by horrorspecialty
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with nice light tan cap and some minor lacing lines.

Smell: Pretty sweet, with lots of caramel and fruitiness (plum, raisins, cherry). Maybe a touch of rye, and dry spices from the hops.

Taste: Very sweet upfront, with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and cherry. Toward the finish there is a light nuttiness and spiciness, which leads to a noble hop aftertaste. A medicinal aftertaste also develops after a while, which really starts to bother me.

Feel: Medium to full body with relatively low carbonation. Finish is a little dry despite the initial sweetness.

Overall: Pretty much as expected for a Brown Ale that has an elevated alcohol content. However, the finishing hops don't mesh with the malts and the medicinal aftertaste is a major issue. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 22:49:18 | More by bsp77
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Illtryit

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer because I liked the label. I'm ready for cold weather and great beer.

Pours brown to black with a full two finger head. Off white and lacing left behind. Beautiful appearance.

Aroma leaves a little to be desired. Not bad, just not all that complex. Grain is all i'm getting.

I taste a little rye, some raisin, and a nutty-toffee finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing.

A very full bodied and flavorful brwon ale. I would definitely buy again. Not a favorite, but a nice change of pace for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 04:02:44 | More by Illtryit
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divineaudio

Michigan

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

pint glass

a - pours a deep chestnut shade and forms a finger's worth of tan head that doesn't last long. after calming i get a thin film and a ring of lacing around the glass.

s - nutty malt, notes of sour apple and a slight pungency.

t - nutty malt up front with an earthy hop character in back. some dark fruity notes here and there. a bit of spiciness comes out as the beer warms up. bitterness is more pronounced than most other brown ales that i have tried and lingers just a bit.

m - medium in body with a little more carbonation than i prefer. slightly mouth coating.

o - pretty good, but not great in any regard. i remember not liking this the first time i tried it, but it's growing on me. still, i can think of a half dozen other examples of the style i would pick over this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 21:24:37 | More by divineaudio
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear brown color. The head is absolutely none existent. The aroma is of molasses, nougat, and toffee. The taste is of dull caramel with some not so pleasant astringency. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with almost no carbonation, and a oily texture. Overall, this is a disappointing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:14:05 | More by KarlHungus
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good drinking experience with a deep nutty and malty flavor and a great, frothy mouthfeel.Like many New Holland beers it starts out muted and then delivers more action the farther in you get. Typical New Holland gravity. But at the end of the day I felt like I was drinking a porter, not entirely sure New Holland hit the mark in making a brown ale. No matter, a really good beer, and since some of the NH beers I've had of late have been a bit blase, a good turn for NH.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 13:28:53 | More by lurpy1
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It is brown with some red high lites. The pour is rather uninteresting passage with neither a foamy cap or carbonation.
Smells thin and sour slightly roasted malts. The taste isn't very good, there are brown ale aspects such as roasted malts and toffee but there is also a sour acidity that dominates here.
Mouthfeel is thin and bland. This really isn't very good. There was no head to speak of, little to no carbonation, a sour taste, and thin watery feeling.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 12:27:47 | More by micromaniac129
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This poured out as a deep brown color, it had some nice looking red highlights in there. The head was tan and had a pretty good retention to it. The smell of the beer has some spiciness to it along with a soft roasted aroma and dark fruits. The taste is a little sweet like brown sugar upfront that fades into a spicy aftertaste with some nutty fruit flavors mixed in. The mouthfeel was moderate, Nothing too heavy or too light. There was a good carbonation to the beer as well. Overall I find this beer to be pretty good, I'd drink it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 18:23:32 | More by Knapp85
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogoney with a fairly slight head. Smells rich and chocolatey with some nice raisiny notes and malt, without being overly sweet. Tastes even a bit better- deeply satisfying with notes of bitter chocolate, toasty malt, and a nice bitter- almost tannic- finish. Fairly full in the mouth, but both creamy and snappy. I wasn't expecting all that much- a delicious surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:01:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 2 year old bottle that ive had in my cellar for a bit, and just havent had a chance to open. Pouring into a snifter at room temperature.
THe beer pours a rich chestnut hue with some light garnet tints on the edges of the glass. A thin beige head foams up and fades quickly to an edge layer with one large island in the middle of my glass.
Aroma is mild with some roasted malt and a bit of cocoa powder but fairly subdued overall.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation, texture is smooth.
Flavor is some cocoa and a bit of brown sugar, maybe a little bit of caramel and no hops anywhere. The flavor is not overly well defined and the different tastes are kind of mushed together a little making it harder to tease out each flavor.
The beer is pretty easy to drink and has held up well for being two years old and only 6.0% ish ABV. I bet it is cleaner fresh, but still enjoy this aged version too.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 03:23:19 | More by sulldaddy
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metter98

New York

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface and down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste is nutty and has flavors of dark malts along with notes of toffee and sweetness along with some hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:15:39 | More by metter98
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

2.28/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Pours like a porter - off-black with a tan collar, and light carbonation that leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of light roast coffee and milk chocolate, sweet caramel, licorice and a dash of aged malt. Well-integrated and refined, but it's downhill from here. Tastes roasty, lactic and acidic, with coffee and a bit of hops. The roast and the acid clash quite offensively, and it ends bitter. Thin body, moderate carbonation and short finish. This is very hard to drink. It looked and smelled so good, but it ended up in the drain. I would love to try a proper one.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 18:07:01 | More by mmmbeer
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womencantsail

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a dark brown color, almost mahogany with a rather small/thin layer of tan head.

S: Smells overly roasty and acidic, slightly acrid, perhaps. Mild toffee and malt sweetness, and a little bit of a nuttiness. A little bit of bad/stale coffee aroma in there as well. Poor all around.

T: Slightly better as I take a sip. Some sweet toffee and caramel underneath with some toasted bread. However, there is a noticeable acidity which intensifies as the beer warms up. Acrid roastiness is still present.

M: Medium in body with a nice medium and smooth carbonation--the one redeeming factor for this beer.

O: Overall, this was a pretty bad beer. Far too acidic and no real brown ale flavors to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 06:06:21 | More by womencantsail
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why this is a seasonal. It's not spiced or of higher gravity. Cabin Fever is simply a straight-up, professionally-made, tasty American brown. Dark sienna hue - decent off-white creamish head, no lace. Mild roasty, toasty malt and faint earthy hop on the nose. Good showing of brown sugar and dark bread malt flavor and pleasantly roasty finish with a medium-full body, yet not coming across sweet though mildly dried fruity. Odd funkiness in there is probably the rye.

Drinks real nice. I could down a few of these with a hearty well-balanced meal - turkey with gravy, dark green vegetable, perhaps sweet potato, and a big hunk of crusty bread.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:40:57 | More by Bouleboubier
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dball

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a rich and heavy brown beer that is well labeled. The snowed in cabin on the label really fits this beer. It has a rich and heavy character and strong caramel flavor that fits nice on a cold evening. I really enjoyed it but certainly wouldn't pick it up in the summer. The color is a dynamic mahogany with a half finger head and a creamy finish. The smell is sweet and the sweetness carries through in the rich flavor. Feels great on the pallet and drinks very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 00:51:31 | More by dball
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outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously to form a tall tan head that lingered for awhile till subsiding to cover a mahogany brew. Some lacing. Grains, caramel, and touch of rye spiciness in the aroma. Initial light smoke followed by caramel/raisin sweetness and roasted grain flavor. Finishes with a slightly acidic blended bitterness and a short duration of dryness. Medium body, nice texture, soft carbonation create a pleasant experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:07:09 | More by outdoorbrewer
New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.