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: 787
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 54 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002)
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Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a medium to dark brown with a weel defined half finger head that held well,aromas I picked up were some light brown sugar and a tinge of roast.Flavors started out with a bit of dark fruit and brown sugar but a sour note came out of nowhere and hijacked the palate,really an unpleasant finish to a nice start.I always hope to really like beer from the breweries I came to enjoy as a craft beer novice,most of wich are from Michigan,but this just wasnt that great.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle not dated

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale poured a chocolate brown color with a slight warm cast. The head produced was 1-finger and tan in color. The smell is of light chocolate and a hint of nuts. The taste is malty, toffee and caramel with chocolate and dark fruits added. The Ale is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Cabin Fever Ale is not my favorite Brown Ale, however it is a solid offering from New Holland - sure worth a try if you enjoy the style.

Photo of stewart124
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin tan head atop this dark ruby to brown colored beer.

Fairly strong toasted notes with bits of raisin in the nose.

Bold roasted flavors. More than I would expect from an American Brown Ale but I am digging it. Burnt toast characters with a very pleasing raisin note. Delicious caramel flavors add a bit of complexity.

Medium mouthfeel and a lingering toasted character in the aftertaste. Overall this is a very pleasing brown ale.

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

A brown ale for your holiday seasonal? A gutsy move by a brewer competing against a sea of hopped-up, spiced-up, roasted-up warmers and strong ales. Overall, a worthy contender. Nice roasted malt, with big flavor but not beyond the style. Hops stand out enough to qualify for listing in the American-ized incarnation of the brown ale. Overall, a nicely substantial example of the style.

Photo of Giggy
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brown ale poured to an almost black color with a full-scale, creamy, tan head. There are scents of roasted malts, molasses, ripe fruit, coffee and caramel. First drink was full flavored with a slightly burnt sweet malt flavor. It is nutty and slightly sweet. It is very easy to drink and very fresh.

Photo of Lillenk
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Very nice appearance. Dark brown with a nice head.

Smell was huge. Lots going on. Chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, etc.

Taste was good. Very malty, sweet, roasty.

Mouthfeel was very big, especially for a brown ale. If I were to have this blindfolded I might even think this was a porter. Huge brown ale that would definately be classified as a "sipper".

Photo of DannyDan
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours into a dark mahogany body with a thin tan head that has good retention, excellent lacing, and moderate carbonation. This is a very attractive beer to look at, it make me order one at a bar if I was unsure of what to try if I were to try something new.
S. The smell is a caramel and rye smell mixed with chocolate with a slight hint of raisins.
T. The taste is a smooth and balanced blend of roasted nuts, caramel, chocolate and a hint of raisins that is very palatable.
M. Mouthfeel is a medium body that feel sticky and syrupy.
D. This is a very drinkable beer that could easily down it or just sip on it. Seems to be a versatile beer when it comes to how you drink it. A few reviewers said they could taste the alcohol in it and gave drinkability a lower grade than I did since I couldn't taste the alcohol very well. I know it is there since it is 6.0% ABV according to the bottle. I did say the taste was balanced.

Photo of chaz410
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark amber body with a thin off white head. It's nearly dark mahogany until you hold it to the light.
Smells very roasty full of biscuit character. There's heavy caramel and burnt barley on the nose as well. No real hop presence in the smell and some subtle chocolate character.
Taste is far more balanced and complex than the smell leads on. It's got fantastic toasted biscuit sweetness with thick layers of caramel. Nice roasted nut sweetness and maple character that follows right behind a very mocha sweetness. It's full bodied and very rounded with a nice balance from some earthy hop finish.
Very smooth body and very crisp finish even after it warms up.
Not hard to drink at all and you can easily drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of NeutroMan
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown with virtually no head to speak of despite a hard pour.

Smell: Strong malty sweetness - mostly chocolate and toasted nuts.

Taste: Again, high malty flavor, and again it's mostly toasty and chocolate-y with medium bitterness. Medium dry finish on the malty aftertaste. I am picking up some alcohol warmth, too.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low bodied with low carbonation. Feels a little weak and watery, just lacking some "oomph."

Drinkability: Noticeable alcohol in the aftertaste limits its drinkability somewhat, definitely a sipper. It's not a bad effort, just seems to be missing too many pieces for a really good brown ale.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz brown bottle into my trusty pint glass to produce a nice 3/4" head that held on to well into my 3rd or 4th quaff. This ale is a deep brown in color with a nice clarity. Not much lacing left on the glass.

Nose was nice and solid. Some coffee, chocolate, even a touch smokey....

Taste was exactly as expected from the smell. All the same elements. Nice.

MF... nice and smooth...

Drinkability: nice for a chilly fall day.... have 3 or4....

Overall ... an excellent example of a brown ale.

Photo of blindeyesr3d
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz beer poured into a Founder pint glass

A Poured a dark amber almost copper color. Had about half a fingers worth of head that dissipated fast.

S The nose was mainly toasted malts with a slight hint of toffee

T Very toasty. Coffee bean notes faint caramel taste in the background. Was convinced that alcohol content to be a little higher.

M Moderate carbonation, slick over the tongue

D Drinkability was good, not really what I would expect from a Brown ale though. Very warming,

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate caramel-brown color with a light tan head and not really any lacing. The nose is pretty nice with a good dose of chocolate malt as well as some caramel, toffee, and lightly-roasted brown malt. Flavor is a bit toasty with some caramel and bread. Medium body with good carbonation and a very slight roast character. Drinks pretty well; a nice fall sipper.

Photo of britzdog
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good offering from a excellent brewer.

Poured a nice dark reddish/copper, with no real head or lacing to speak of.

Has a slightly sweet toasted malt flavor.

A very good beer to drink in front of the fire...or the tv...or the computer....or ....

Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a clear darker amber color...almost copper. One finger white lacing that shows poor retention. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

S- Muted nose. Light roasted or toasted malts dominate everything. Very faint nutty aroma which comes through as hints as well. Small amount of alcohol comes through the nose killing off most ending scents.

T- Sweet malts dominate the front of this beer with a light toasted toffee flavor as well. Middle is light nutty with some caramel malts. Backing is more roasted malts with a hint of smoke and alcohol....oh boy does the alcohol come through at the end for a lower ABV beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Sweet malts left on the palate with some alcohol warming in the aftertaste. Flavors were blended nicely with the malts coming out on top. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol....this surprised me since it seemed to come off more than what it was.

D- This was a ok beer that seemed like I would have to be in the mood to drink. Nice try for New Holland but a miss in the books for the time that I tried it. Nothing really bad about it but the aroma was muted and the flavor was so so at best.

Photo of dahlen22
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very deep bronwish reddish color.

Aroma: Can not smell anything at the moment.

Taste: Malt, toffee, caramel, nutty, spicy, and overall pretty dam good.

Overall: I like this offering from a solid brewery. It is mild enough to enjoy in the fall, but has enough deepness to work all winter.

Cheers from New Jersey!!

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

I gave this a solid 4.0 - Above average on all counts, but not overwhelmingly extraordinary. It was a welcome surprise at my favorite watering hole where I can always count on a Schlafly APA, Bells Two-Hearted, or the new Falls City Beer as my draft nightcap. It was a cold night and the rich, hearty maltiness of New Holland's Cabin Fever hit the spot! This beer was made to knock the chill off.

It was served in a 16 oz. Solo cup, so I'm going to skip the appearance and just say it was a dark brown ale that retained it's head well.

It smelled great and a bit hot (high-alcohol content) which made me guess 8% or 9% abv, but it's only 6.25. The aroma was molasses and caramelized sugar with bready sweetness.

The flavor was very similar to the smell - candied sugars, molasses, and a toasty nuttiness with a very noticeable hotness or alcohol burn, but it all worked together nicely.

The mouthfeel was rich and lush and very fitting of the flavors and aroma. Carbonation was on the high side, but not unpleasant.

Definitely a nice winter warmer and a great beer to pair with a bonfire and a cigar on a cold night.

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

A- Color of Coke with a fluffy tan head.
S- Roasted malt is the smell. To smokey for a Brown.
T- Tastes like it smells, hints of smoke.
MD- It is an easy drinking beer, buit one dimensional and that is the roasted malt. This was the the May BOTM selection.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a Three Philosophers glass. Small, off-white head quickly dissipates. Aroma is of slightly toasted, nutty malt with a hint of some honey-like sweetness. Taste has a bit of coffee along with the roasted malts. Very smooth and pretty tasty brew. Can't really find any fault with the flavors, nice overall offering.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Apr 2010.

Served in a Sierra Nevada Celebration shaker pint. Small yellow-tan head. Clear dark ruby brown color. Minimally carbonated. Pleasant aroma of brown sgar, molasses, and roasted malts. Flavors are similar. Lots of brown sugar and molasses with some coffe and kahlua to balance things out. Ethanol seems a bit high and warming for a brown ale. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish keeps it from becoming overly sweet. Medium body.

Tasty but a bit more alcohol than expected.

Photo of DoppleJock
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a murky brown with a tan head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

S: Toasty malts dominate the nose with the tiniest hint of brown sugar.

T: A wave of semi-sweet chocolate malts with some toffee notes. Really nice.

M: Full-bodied.

D: One of the better offerings from New Holland I've tried. Will definitely have another one soon.

Photo of kuranes
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and thick with minimal head. Head seems to linger on the edges of the glass and the bottom of the glass catches the light and shows a little brown. Looks appealing.

S: Not very strong, very difficult to distinguish anything. All I really smell is a light maltiness.

T: Awesome. Deep stout-like malt flavors that stay on the palate for a long time. This is paired with a great medium-to-light body. This is what an American Brown Ale should taste like.

M: Light enough that there's no stickiness. Nice warming effect.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of thain709
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear, deep amber body with some ruby highlights around the edge...a small, white head forms and falls rather quickly...spotty lacing

S - The nose has some nuttiness to it as well as a touch of earthy grain and some roasted chocolate malt

T - The flavors come together a little more on the palate than the nose would suggest...the nuttiness is there as you would expect in a brown ale...there is also a sweet, caramel/toffee flavor present...they work together to provide a toffee covered hazelnut flavor...and it works...there's a nice deep yet earthy finish to this beer...I couldn't tell if it was more cocoa bean or hop bitterness at the end

M - Medium bodied...coats the palate nicely and leaves a pleasant taste...smooth

D - I would say the drinkability is there but more than two of these and it might start getting too sweet for me...the mouthfeel is very nice and the flavors work well together

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich brown color with a tan colored head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is malty, sweet, nutty, and has notes iron and hard water. A sweet malty flavor overwhelms the taste profile. A bit earthy. The mouthfeel is heavy for an american brown ale, very heavy actually, but done nicely. Carbonation is light, drinkability decent. I enjoyed this offering from New Holland.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight touch of smoke notes, slight toffee, and good dose of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, alittle smokeyness, and caramel, and slight spiceyness. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Photo of Katahdin
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, almost mahogany red with a creamy head. Initial aroma of molasses and chocolate jockeys for position with a sweetness of chocolate or roasted sugar. At first glance, the beer looks very porter like not at all what you'd expect from brown ale. Taste is rather nutty and earthy, like perhaps chewing on a hickory branch, but also ha s a sweet sugar taste that blends in nicely and smoothes the earthiness. Lingering taste of a bit of floral from the hops, a bit of dark chocolate and a general sweetness not expected from Brown Ale. Finishes nice and crisp, not at all like what you would expect from such a high ABV. A pleasure very much.

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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