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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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707 Ratings
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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002)
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Photo of BierFan
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Big tan head. Dark brown body. Almost a black.

Smell: Sweet smell of malts. Bit of roastiness to it.

Taste: Nice balance between roasted bitterness and chocolatey sweetness. This might be the best tasting brown ale I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation gives it a really smooth mouth coating quality.

BierFan, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of lpayette
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from fellow BA sjvicker on a visit he made here back in the winter. This has been sitting in the beer fridge for quite some time now- time to clean up some of the older stuff in the fridge.

Appearance- Pours a nice deep ruby brown with a small head that diminishes to just a small ring around the outside.

Smell- is very much on the sweet side with leanings towards brown sugar/molasses, cinnamon, and faint spices. Hops are pretty minimal, probably especially so after at least 6 months of aging.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Just like the smell, this is a very sweet beer (at least at this point anyway). Brown sugar, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate, and cinnamon. Slickish mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Drinkability- Certainly a drinkable beer for a brown if not for anything else but for the sweety goodness contained within. At this point in the aging process it definitely needs to be served after dinner and not with dinner. Just a bit too sweet for that.

lpayette, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an ice cream fudge borwn with white head encasment. Malty smell, brought aggressive with toasting. Some chocolate malt, brown sugar, caramel. Some hop and aggressive carbonation workws as offset. Very malty taste. Medium mouthfeel. Some astringency in finish. Altogether so-so.

Sammy, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of blakesell
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on tap at Fox & Hound Centerville, OH location. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- There appears to be something brown floating in the finger deep head. Looks completely foreign to me. I have dipped a finger in and flipped the offending brown thing towards some businessmen sitting across from me. A dark brown but still clear when held to the light. Lacing glued to the side of the glass.

Smell- Brown malts and soapy with very little in the hops department. Cinnamon spices, but soap overpowers. Could be hops, could be off flavours. A syrupy sweetness that I'm guessing is a byproduct of extract brewing.

Taste- Soapy again, but outside of that, a nicely balanced brown. Amber malt extracts and Maris Otter malt. A light hop spice character. Is this spiced? I'm thinking no but this beer has some strange byproducts.

Mouthfeel- Light but still thick on the mouthfeel. For the purposes of this review I'll call the body medium-light with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- A little warming but very nice and smooth for drinkability. Good for a session or a pint at the bar.

blakesell, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: You can't ask for more from any kind of beer. Color is brown, pretty dark, with real deep and dark garnet highlights. Head is perfect, great retention, nice texture-creamy, perfect size and very nice lacing.

Nose: Either my nose is out of whack or I actually am getting some clove and banana phenols. I also detect chocolate in the aroma and just a hint of some dark toasted/roasted smells. Hops are there but a bit subdued, a somewhat spicy aroma. All in all it smells nice.

Tongue: On the tongue there are a number of different flavors. I get chocolate, black patent malt, some coffee flavor, general malt sweetness, a bit of fruitiness and some warmth and sweet notes from alcohol. Also some bitterness from black or roasted grains.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Smooth on the palate and creamy. The beer is medium bodied, and as afore mentioned it has a bit of a warming character. It goes down real easy, and I have no problem drinking this all night, this is one that I can see myself coming back to. All in all this is a nice beer, nothing really grand, but extremely enjoyable. I can see this appealing to alot of people, just something about it.

becktone, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany root beer brown with a solid cm of whipped, khaki head. Nose of molasses, cocoa, chocolate Twizzlers, faint vanilla, and caramel. Nice. Toasted malt and nuts. Roasted chocolate flavor fills in. Light peat and earthy licorice. Hints of vanilla and sasparilla. Moderate herbal hop bitterness gently glides in and brings a little balance. Some residual brown sugar sweetness. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, mouth-coating feel. A very nice beer from New Holland and a welcome addition to Michigan's winter seasonals.

alexgash, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown,with a small tan head.No lacing is left.Head falls to a nice patch.

Fruity,very sweet malts,

I taste molasses,brown sugar,almost no hops and some malts.

Good mouthful,very tastycarbonation is awesome.

Great session beer,maybe a bit too sweet but im not counting that.

MmmIPA, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with ruby edges. Thin off-white head that reduces to fine lacing.

S-A little roasted malt and faint chocolate

T-Surprising kick of chocolate and coffee tones. A fair amount of flavour in this one.

M-Fairly full-bodied for a "light" beer. I liked the way the chocolate notes lingered on.

D - Very drinkable. I would not mind having some of these on hand to help me with my cabin fever! A fully respectable American Brown.

Deuane, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Morey
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a single bottle of this brew on my first beer trade. Pours a lovely deep brown color with a very thin (1/4 inch) head. The label on this bottle makes you want to drink this beer in a big way. Nice snow covered cabin in the middle of the forest...what's not to like?

Not too much going on in the nose here...faint smell of alcohol..and perhaps some fresh baked wheat bread. Taste is a nice balance of malts and hops with the malts being dominant (which is common for the style). Mouthfeel is a little thin on this one.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not a bad brown ale. A little thin for a winter release though. Also has a slight metallic taste that bothers me a little. I'd definitely drink this again, but I won't be seeking it out. Not as good as Samuel Smith's Nut Brown or Rogue Hazelnut (which would be better examples of a Brown Ale).

Morey, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very anxious for this beer as I am a huge fan of New Holland, but this brown ale didn't blow my socks off. Nice color, foam dissipates quickly, smell is mostly absent if I am allowed to say that! Roasty with typical amount of bittering hops, probably too evenly balanced. It's like a moderate beer in a world of conservative and liberal beers. I've tried this a number of times both on draught and bottle, 2007/early 2008, and it's nice but not superb.

BeaBeerWife, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-16-08

Pours a very cloudy brown, with just a hint of deep red. A bubbly head quickly foams away, leaving decent rings of lacing.

Smell is quite tart, and very nice. Sharp coffee malts give way to a pleasant sweetness near the end. Very roasty but well hopped.

Taste is all coffee, but very fresh and slightly bitter. Very light and agreeable on the finish. Brutally well balanced malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and very carbonated, lightens up the malty flavors.

Drinkability is outstanding, this is a great winter session beer.

Overall, a great example of the style. I'm finding I like brown ales the more of them I try, and this is no exception.

BMoney575, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, but clear chestnut brown with a slight reddish hue. A light tan head makes a brief appearance. Smells of chocolate waft towards my nostrils, as do caramel and toasted malts. A definite nutty quality mingles in the nose as well. Light chocolate and roasted malts meet in the taste, along with some earthy nuts and a small amount of dark fruitiness (like two raisins worth). Not much carbonation to effect this medium bodied offering in anyway. It bit more balance and strength would lend nicely to this fairly average brown ale.

Slynger, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of CortexBomb
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is deep brown with a light white dusting of foam on top. Nose is lightly malty, nutty, but not a lot going on.

The flavour is heavily malty as well, almost no hop presence. Some light nutty characteristics. Alcohol flavour on the swallow, unusual for a low ABV beer. Decent.

The mouth on this is good for a brown, fairly thick. The drinkability, moderate. Not hard to drink, but not amazing and not remarkable in terms of rebuy.

The bottom line: A serviceable brown by New Holland, but nothing worth seeking out.

CortexBomb, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of enfield249
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown in color, slim band of white foam.

S - Dark fruits, brown bread, some nice roasty smells.

T - Reminds me of a fruit cake, minus the sweetness. Or a spice cake maybe. Very nice.

M - Full, but not thick like a stout. Stays in one ball, doesn't spread out much.

D - Very drinkable. I could have one of these every day in the winter.

enfield249, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Ales are the style of beers that I often overlook. Then when I taste one like this, I ask myself 'why?'. The beer begins with a firm, malty plop in the glass with a deep brown color and tan head formation that would prove to withstand until the end. Aromas of chocolate malt, light roasting / toasting, a milk-sugar sweetness, and pine-ey hops all promise great things in flavor. The taste takes on the same characteristics as in the aroma, with emphasis on the chocolate and malty flavors and textures. An unexpected peat-ey flavor and aroma begins to take hold as the beer warms, giving hte beer a lot of complexity and flavor. The hops are not as agressive in the flavor as in the scent, but work well to balance the sweetness. Body is a bit higher than medium, but not heavy, relying on a creamy base to cary the flavors. Finishes with a long linger of chocolate and earthy-dirty character.

BEERchitect, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of n0315
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice head that had little retention with a light coco look to it.

Taste was decent for a brown ale, certinally drinkable. Nuts opf course were primary but lacked a strong nut taste which I look for in a brown ale. It tasted a little watered down to me though, but good for a little known brewer in Holland, Michigan.

n0315, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a biege head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and does not leave much lacing. Body is garnet.

Smell - toasty malt biscuits with slightly burned crusts, hint of chocolate, and faint hints of plums, raisins, and nuts.

Taste - not as much of the faint hints of fruit on the tongue, but it is mainly the toasty malt biscuits with burnt crusts, as well as somewhat more chocolate and nuts than the smell indicates.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, smooth.

Drinkability - this is a decent beer, but it is somewhat tame and so I'd want something bolder after two or so, so to me it's not exactly sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of MtnBikingandBeer
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a pizza joint on-tap and I was quite happy to see it back after several years. Very rich amber color tending more towards brown then red. Not much of a head, surprisingly full nose of malty coffee. Wonderful malty chocolaty coffee taste, although malty, not overly sweet, making it extremely drinkable. It was served at a great temperature and the carbonation level was perfect. I had it out of a bottle several nights later not knowing what to expect, but it was pretty close to the on-tap version. I will definitely be keeping a six pack of these around during the next month or two.

MtnBikingandBeer, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of calinative68
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A - It has a deep brownish/reddish color with almost no head with no lacing. Very low carbonation.

S - Chocolate, nuts, coffee/toffee?.

T - Chocolate and nut tones, almost no hop presence as the malt/nutty flavor dominate the beer.

M - Again very low carbonation, which I like in brown/porters/stouts.

D- I would say you should be able to drink a couple at a time, you may feel full afterwards, but overall, very tasty!

My impression is that it's a tasty brown ale with a low alcohol stature.
Good fall beer!

calinative68, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of GRPunk
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a imperial pint glass.

A- It was a nice deep brown, but never really developed a head. There was a light tan lace that made for decent sticking. It had a light-medium carbonation.

S- Roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and nuts.

T- Rich roasted chocolate flavor with nutty tones. It sounds odd, but I almost picked up some sort of peanut flavor.

M- Nice light carbonation and a solid feel.

D- Very drinkable.

Overall- Very flavorful brown ale. Good cold weather, lower ABV option.

GRPunk, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to an imperial pint glass this selection pours a woody amber with bright ruby highlights. The creamy beige head holds fairly well and leaves some solid lace.

Much more in the nose than many beers of similar style. Malty and sweet with some yeast. Fades in to some warm roastiness, molasses and a bit of fruit. Citrus and honey. A hint of caramel in there too; very nice.

Roasty sweet malt and some caramel. Many of the flavor characteristics that the nose implies. Not quite as complex however. Just a hint of vanilla and smoke perhaps; very subtle. Pleasing and well rounded but not quite as robust as I'd hoped. Still very nice and a great session beer.

Smooth, velvety, and mostly full-bodied. Low carbonation ups the syrupy sweetness a bit. A very solid beer none-the-less. Another fine creating from New Holland.

letsgopens, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a creamy 1 1/2 finger head that's off-white in color.

S: Toasted malt dominates. Also with notes of vanilla and caramel.

T: Toasted caramel malt, mild dark chocolate, ant tangy raisins. Hops are there, but not enough.

M: Thick with a touch of hop bitterness at the finish.

D: Pretty good but I believe it could use a more assertive hop presence.

GbVDave, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, beautiful mahogany with a thick finger and a half of head.

Aromas of nuts and honey mingle with soft, roasted notes and fleeting hints of licorice root.

Lovely toffee and honey flavors are balanced by roasted bitterness on the finish. A slightly over-caramelized (read: burnt) sweetness resurfaces on the finish, somewhat diminishing the overall enjoyability of the brew.

The beers' only weakness, a touch thin and yet over-carbonated at the same time. Still, this is a winner from a rather uneven stable of beers from New Holland. I would absolutely revisit this. My only concern is how this came to be listed as a red ale; it's fucking brown!?!

malcontent, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

$1,80 for a 12 oz bottle. No information on New Hollands website. Pours to a slightly hazy dark mahogany, barely able to eek out a small light tan head. Minimal retention, absent lacing. Very limpid carbonation. Unfilitered fine yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of carob and artificial chocolate (like a tootsie roll)Mouthfeel is sleek and smooth with a medium body. Nice mouthfeel. taste opens up with a touch of herbal hops, followed by chocolate and lightly roasted malt. There is mild to minimal bitterness and an odd fruity sourness, which makes me think it will be plaqued by the kiwi fruit bacteria that will inevitably turn this beer into vinegar. It would appear this is a completely different beer than that reviewed here. ESB...dark red? Wow. Mine is definitely dark walnut, and definitely a brown ale.

Pretty good now, but I wouldn't recommend storing this one away. For an experiment, save a bottle and taste it in 6 months. It will taste like a bowl full of pennies soaked in vinegar, guaranteed.

Mitchster, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of DrainBamage
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with virtually no head. Smell is strong with nutty roasted malts aromas. Taste is sweet and alcohol content seems high. Bitterness and carbonation are moderate. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Except for the lackluster appearance this is an exceptional beer. I defiantly have to pick this up again.

DrainBamage, Nov 05, 2007
New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.