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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no dates or nothing.

Pours a very deep amber color with a tan head that barely even develops. What does quickly dissipates.

Smell is of bittersweet chocolate, raisins, plums, and caramel.

Taste follows suit: malty creaminess with a deep caramel character. Taste is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired. It wasn't necessarily flat but the carbonation was a little too low for my likings of a brown ale.

A nice example of the style but nothing I'd go out of my way to get again... unless it was on cask. I bet this would taste fantastic on cask.

Photo of zoso1967
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cabin Fever pours a reddish brown color with a small light tan head. The head fades very quickly and does not leave much lace at all.

The aroma is pretty nice with a dark, round sweetness that is accented by some roasted malt. Hints of cocoa and a touch of coffee mingle with caramel and a bit of buttery aroma.

The flavor is much like the aroma with a nice balance to it. This is not a very robust brown, but sometimes that is what I am in the mood for. Plenty of caramel and butterscotch accented by chocolate and a touch of tart fruitiness.

The body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. It is fairly smooth and has a nice slightly roasty finish.

Despite this being a bit of a ho-hum brown, it is very drinkable and I felt it was quite solid. While I can understand some wanting something more robust, or not enjoying the buttery aspect of the beer, to me it was a well made offering.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Fairly deep brown color with only a thin layer of light tan head which has zero retention. Some very light lacing on the glass as The beer goes down in the glass. Looks kind of watery, thin and flat to be honest.

S: Sweet caramel malts, with also some hints of a roasty aroma, molasses and kind of an oaky smell.

T: Sweet and roasty malts up front, followed by the spicy notes from the rye which give way to... pretty much nothing. All the flavor is up front, then the beer falls totally flat for me. I feel like the beer keeps me waiting for something to finish out the flavor, to balance it or round it out, but there's nothing there.

M: Medium bodied, a medium amount of carbonation. Slightly creamy, and it actually feels better than it looks upon first glance.

D: I don't find anything objectionable about this beer, but nor do I find anything special about it. It doesn't sate my thirst for beer, it just leaves me wanting a good brown ale. Or stout. Or porter. Or really anything to round out the flavor.

Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body with red edges with very little off-white head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, cream, slight roast, butter notes. Chocolate, roast, diacetyl, some cola, and slight gingerbread. Medium carbonation and body. A sweet brew with some roast characteristics.

Photo of Erish
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: clear dark mahogany, an aggressive pour produced a 2-finger cappuccino-colored head which quickly fell into a good cap with decent lacing.

S: coffee, chocolate, caramel malt, a hint of farm cheese, fruity/floral note.

T: sweet caramel malt and milk chocolate up front, the middle features roasted grain, mocha/coffee and tree fruit, and the finish is lightly bitter and a hint of chalkiness. Very nice.

M: medium-weight, lightly creamy, low carbonation, gently chalky finish.

D: pretty damn tasty, and probably the first brown ale I have truly enjoyed. To my palate it is like a stout "lite." I would definitely get this again.

Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Co. Tried a sample of this at a local bar a few winters ago from the tap. My unsophisticated palate at the time drew hints of asphalt from the flavor. Let's hope I was just a young aficionado.

Smells like a smokey porter. Looks like one, too. Deep roasted barley; near charred. Fully roasted aroma. Sweet hop flowers describe the contour, making this one serve up an exceptional treat to the nose.

Oily-charred malts in the taste. Like it smells, but darker. Pretty reserved in the hops category when compared to the dark malts. Dry as the label claims, with a tamer finish. Very little astringency, but the alcohol is beginning to show face. That being said, it only stands at 6% ABV.

A solid, as expected body to this brew. Somewhere past medium, but not quite as thick as a stout. Crosses over into the realms of a porter. The malts-to-hops ratio, with the malts as the victor, renders this a highly drinkable option, and, for sure, I could see myself drinking a few of these while my wife imbibes hot cocoa in a cabin in the woods surrounded by the stark cold of winter. Cheers!

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rich dark brown, with a very small amount of off white head. The smell is quite good consisting of lightly roasted malt primarily with a nice breadiness as well. The taste is also of roasted malts and light bread flavors, but with a very faint citrus aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth, but not too light for the style. This quite a drinkable beverage, especially in the winter season. Overall, I find this quite an enjoyable drink.

Photo of weizenbob
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an early Christmas gift from my Mother-on-law. 12 ounce bottle poured to a pint glass. I'm sampling this at the higher end of the suggested serving temperature for brown ale. An aggressive pour yields a two finger head of creamy bubbles that retains pretty well. The brew is deep amber in color. Sticky lacing is thick on the glass.

The aroma is a little bready. The caramelized malt is giving off a nutty fragrance. Some bitterness is detectable on the nose. Wooden earthy scents emerge from a deeper whiff as well as alcohol, which lightly tickles my nose hairs.

I've had a couple of these at colder temperatures and I must say that this beer is much improved in taste and mouthfeel up around 50 degrees. The taste immediately yields all of that caramelized malt. It's very sweet and flavorful. The flavor of baker's chocolate is perceivable. The earthy tones in the scent are somewhat mild in the flavor, but still noticeable. Also noticeable is the alcohol, which comes dangerously close to appearing boozy without crossing the line.

The mouthfeel is indeed pleasant. The beer is medium bodied and pretty sticky, but not syrupy. The carbonation provides a mild soda-like bite while the alcohol warms mildly.

On the drinkability scale, Cabin Fever is closer to desert beer than refreshment beer. It is nearly a sipper but it's flexible enough to remain appropriate in diverse situations. ABV is 6.0% (according to the label) so a lightweight like me isn't going to drink these all night. But there is a lot of flavor here, not only for the style, but also for the price. I enjoy this winter seasonal and I will most certainly be revisiting Cabin Fever next year.


The Two Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
When I'm in the mood for a brown ale, I definitely give two Schlitz about Cabin Fever.

Photo of wampahoofus
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Poured with an eruption of carbonation. A nice cream colored head appeared. It is not very think and won't last. Yup the head faded quickly leaving a bit of lacing on top of this very dark brown ale. The bubbles keep coming.

Smell: Bits of caramel and vanilla.

Taste: Nutty roasted malts with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. The taste ends solidly back on the the dark sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: I let this one roll around on the tongue for a little while. The beer takes on a creamy texture as more carbonation is released. This was unexpected and a bit unique.

drinkability: Yes, I can sit by the fire all night in my cabin sipping these. It is not a remarkable beer, but is a very fine example of a brown ale.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber color with an inch of creamy head

S - Smells of caramel and biscuit malts. Bit of molasses.

T - Tastes kind of like an old ale than a brown ale. Also tastes like more ABV than 6.25 but flavors are good and warming. Tastes of slight booze (very mild) caramel biscuit malts with a touch of oak. Really weird winter warmer.

M - Medium to heavy. A sipper but a good brown ale.

D - Well it wasn't as bad as some said. A definite sipper but kind of a weird offering from New Holland. If I were this company I would add spices and call it a winter warmer than an old ale (brown ale)

Photo of ToddT
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown almost black, topped with a thin tan head. Head fade out quickly to a ring and leaves a few spots of lace on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Complex aroma that improves as it warms.

T- Taste follows right along with the nose. Semisweet roasted malt and molasses at first, followed by coffee notes and dark bitter chocolate, a little hint of hops leads to the dry finish which in a lingering note of coffee.

M- Not quite full bodies and low in carbonation. Mouthfeel is almost creamy and silky smooth but not quite there, almost though.

D- Nice easy drinker, this is going down fast but at 6.3% ABV I should be sipping it. The alcohol starts to appear in the finish as this warms

Solid beer, there are better examples of this style out there but this is not one I'll turn down if offered it again.

Photo of LanceW
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark almost jet black. When held to the light it would get a dark red color around the edges. The head was very thin and dissipated very quickly.

Smell: The only I can really remember is the distinct smell of roasted grain

Taste: I was expecting this beer to have stronger flavor than what it did. I think i had this beer in the bast and it was higher in ABV? Still a very tasty beer. I feel that it could almost past as a breakfast stout.

Mouth feel. Picking up the dryness of the roasted grain but all kinda thin sensation.

Drinkability: Drinkable with a smile.

Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -4.6%
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
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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%
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
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
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
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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 ....

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