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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: 844
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 80 | 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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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of RepMichigan
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Photo of stercomm
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of thearsenal
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Illtryit
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of divineaudio
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Photo of lurpy1
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.