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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: 824
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 68 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.49/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of dball
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of UltraZelda64
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Nice dark color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Clear, with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles visible if viewed with enough light. Head was disappointing (almost none), but I think that was due to the glass used... probably dishwashing detergent residues lining the insides of the glass, I need to find a better way to clean my glasses. I think the beer would have looked better with bigger bubbles, but it's not a big deal because it takes quite a bit of light to see them anyway. I'll give the head the benefit of the doubt here, believing it's a problem on my end (could be the higher alcohol though), and give the overall appearance a 3.5.

Smell: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Chocolate, maybe a hint of alcohol. Not great, but not bad either. For the price, I was somewhat disappointed already.

Taste: The taste starts off very, very sweet and chocolaty upfront as the smell suggested, with a slight alcohol tingling and taste; this beer doesn't do a very good job hiding the alcohol. The taste pretty much mirrors the smell here, and in this case that's not a very good thing. After a few seconds a very slight hop bitterness kicks in, but not very long at all before the sweet-and-alcohol aftertaste kicks it out of the way and takes over for good. Overall, the taste is maybe just above average, but still quite disappointing as I was hoping for something more well-balanced and not so seemingly alcohol- and malt-centric... I've had Russian Imperial Stouts that do a better job masking the alcohol. In fact, after a few sips, you'll be lucky to discern *any* bitterness, and by the time you're done with a bottle you'll have nothing but malt and alcohol on your tastebuds and on your breath. Not pleasant... especially when it happens with not even one beer.

Mouthfeel: No problem here, it feels pretty decent. Not light, not heavy. Honestly, probably the best part of this beer. Too bad, to me at least, the mouthfeel is often the least important part of a beer...

Drinkability: I'm sorry, but between the smell and taste (unbalanced, strong in alcohol and malts but not hops), I would have to rate this low. Now I'm no hophead, and I prefer maltier beers, but something about this one is just off. After a while, you'll wonder if there's ever an end to the sweetness. The aftertaste that lingers just reminds me of how disappointing the smell and taste of this beer is. It makes me *not* want to have any more. I will probably pass on this one if I see it again. Too bad, because I really like brown ales.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to brown in color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and some faint spices. In the taste, spices, cinnamon stands out, and a small roast. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry spice and malt in the aftertaste, Just a mellow brown ale with some spices.

Photo of silentjay
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not very dark brown with reddish highlights and a slow receding khaki-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

nutty and leathery aroma with butterscotch, toffee, a bit of chocolate, and some caramel.

nutty with some bitter chocolate and milk chocolate, sweet caramel and toffee and a bit of molasses covered toast. very sweet, sticky sweet.

almost medium bodied and very syrupy with a low carbonation and an aftertaste that is a bit off.

drinks okay. a bit too sweet with some aspects not quite meshing particularly well. not bad, not great. kind of forgettable, but not one I'd turn down, either.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): This brown ale poured an almost black colour with a big, creamy, tan coloured head. to the nose there are scents of molassass, ripe fruit, coffee and roasty caramel. First swig was full flavoured with a slightly burnt sweet malt flavour, nutty, molassass and slightly sweet. finish was roasty with sweet roasted malt flavours lasting but something was lacking from this brown ale.

Photo of fdw3
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Smell is of toasted, sweet malt with hints of caramel or molasses. Taste mirrors the smell and is dominated by roasted malt with a significant spice presence. Couldn't identify the rye or the fruit which everyone seems to notice. Body and carbonation are both moderate with a light creamy quality.

The flavor isn't quite complete in my opinion, but the beer is still pretty good. The flavor isn't very complex and all other aspects are relatively average. Worth a look but I doubt there will be many repeat buyers.

Photo of Pencible
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark cherry, with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and day-old coffee, with a bit of metallic hops and molasses.
T: It tasted like copper hops and burnt coffee, with some roasted barley and molasses. It had a somewhat dirty and soggy aftertaste that was mostly bitter.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Kind of weak.
D: This was not an impressive beer. None of the scent or flavor elements were very good. The body was ok, but drinkability suffered from my lack of general interest in finishing the beer. There are much better brown ales and winter seasonals out there. Not recommended.

Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Kraftwerk during their New Holland event on 2/5/11.

Pours a very dark brown color that's almost completely opaque except for slight mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly fades without leaving much lacing.

Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with hints of rye, caramel and toffee. There's also an odd spicy character and subtle sweet dark fruit.

Medium bodied and not very robust or roasty with sweet caramel malt and hints of rye and toffee. Sweeter than expected with dark fruit notes, notably raisin, plum and grape.

Photo of jrallen34
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a De Struise bottle... Pours a dark and very clear mahogany. A light tan head that rises about a finger but then falls fast to only a thing ring, poor lacing... The aroma is really weak, a hint of roasted coffee a little nut. Boring, too light... The taste is really bad, stale grassy hopppy coffee, gross... Terrible mouthfeel that is harsh, chalky, too carbonated... I don't want to drink this.


Photo of Bierguy5
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 6% abv. Pours a nice chestnut color with some ruby edges. Beige head disappears rather quickly, leaving a thin ring.

Slightly roasty, toffee, caramel and subtle ripe fruit. A faint earthy note at the end.

Rich toffee, with roasty notes. Some spicy and earthy rye notes. Subtle dark ripe fruit. A slight bit of heat.

Medium body, with a great creamy feel. Lower carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, although I think the spicy and earthyness detracts a bit for me.

Photo of Justin23060
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown w/amber highlights. Beige one finger head. Smells of caramel with some dried fruit. A little scared of the metalic smell. Sweet up front with some dryness in the finish. Glad to see no metalic taste what so ever. Tastes of dryfruit, coffee, tofee and chocolate. Roasty malts with a mild smoke not unlike some porters. Carbonation is adaquate. Surprisingly light to med body. After a bad experience w/ New Holland's Ichabod the brewery has redeemed themselves with this one in my opinion. I could see this easily being the brown that I compare all other browns to.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear dark brown color. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head with about average retention and a small ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Butterscotch, caramel, and nuts. There's also hints of dish detergent, but that might be a problem on my end, so I won't hold it against them. The aroma isn't too bad, but isn't too good either.

2.5 T: Butterscotch is overly present in the taste. It's way too strong and covers up some of the nuttiness, toffee, and toasted notes. Low bitterness and maybe a touch of chocolate to round it off.

2.5 M: The mouthfeel isn't pleasant at all. It has a light to lighter medium body that is slippery and fatty. Carbonation is at a good level, but it's a harsher breed of carbonation.

2.5 D: I'll pass on this if I ever see it again. Plenty of problems without a lot done right.

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.