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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: 826
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 69 | 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 McNealc31
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of thatdavegy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of rlbthree
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of CWhite
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mastershake77
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of toyfull1
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of cagocubs
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle from a bar, poured into a snifter glass.

A: Pours dark brown. Very thin ivory head with some emerging carbonation flowing to the top. Fairly lackadaisical.

S: Malt, sweet caramel, chocolate, and a rye scent come through the nose.

T: Roasted malts, caramel, pretty smokey.

M: Medium body with a creamy texture. Sweet to bitter with a dry finish. Nice characters.

Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of greg4579
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A finger of tan head, tone of lace. Deep ruby body with nice retention.

Crisp malty nose, straightforward if one-dimensional.

Rich, roasty malt and a clean, almost metallic finish. Some mild fruit character before the finish-- orange, maybe.

Smooth, but kinda bright. Decent feel.

Nice brown with good character.

Photo of beerfish68
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Michigan beer, let's see how this American Brown weighs in with my favorites. Pours a very nice velvet texture with a brown ruby highlighted huee with a big khaki tan head forming thick. Fine speckled lacing scattered sporadically. Aroma has a nice fruity roasted malt character going on, slightly nutty with some hints of dark chocolate. A touch of alcohol in both the nose and the palate. Flavor is a bit astringent with alcohol and dark roasted malts bring out a hint of raisin and mild dark chocolate notes. Finishes dry with some herbal hop finish, maybe a hint of pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied moderate carbonation with a fittingly dry finish not overly sweet enough hops and alcohol to balance out the malt sweetness. Overall maybe one of the better beers out of their seasonals up in New Holland, I'm typically not crazy about their beers but this isn't half bad.

Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of pest
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of rsitarski
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DCon
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. (355 ML) bottle of this & added it to my Mix-A-Six Pack @ Naked Vine in Chesterfield, MO for $9.99. Poured from the black/white labeled bottle w/ a cabin on it & the New Holland logo into a 16oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date.

Aroma- Good coffee and roast. Very average brown ale. Nothing big here.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a medium-dark colored body that is clear but tons of depth. Leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor- Starts sweet, malty and a bit of roast. Light hops in the background and a light-medium bitterness level. Easy.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Malty finish and some coffee on the palate.

Overall Impression- Expected more from this beer but its a hit or miss from New Holland... I enjoyed the hell out of their Mad Hatter Series (Black, Rye, Double, etc.) but a very good brown ale here. Would not steer anyone from this one but I will be venturing out and enjoying many more Brown ales to come.

Photo of JCaweinstein
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with shades of a deep rich red around the edges of my SA Perfect Pint. Agressive pour leaves a two finger off white head that tops off above the rim of the glass. The head is very rich and creamy, to me one of the best components of this brew. The retention is also above average. It's clear and with a good amount of carbonation.
Intially there were some strong aromas pouring out of the glass but as the head settled the aromas were hard to bring back. I'm picking up roasted malts and caramel.
First tasting a bit of rye, which was pleasant. Not as strong as rye bread but still detectable. I also taste raisins and caramel sweetness which is nice following the roast and rye notes. There is a nice balance between the two.
The beer is medium bodied and very smooth with a nice crisp finish.
Overall this is a very tasty brown ale. There are lots of flavors and I really enjoy the smoothness of it as well. It pretty to look at but for me lacked in the aroma department. I would buy this again.

Photo of TCgoalie
3/5  rDev -18.3%

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.