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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: 781
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.50% 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 ShogoKawada
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into tulip.

A- Deep brown, khaki head, rises and settles just as quickly. No lacing, no retention.

S- Smoke, roasted malt/chocolate/coffee grounds. Pleasant, subdued.

T- Roasted grain. Very interesting. Coffee bean notes, a mild vanilla taste is fleeting, some caramel as well. Sweet, roasty, tasty. Entirely too drinkable, these flavors really work well together.

M- Thicker than almost any brown ale I've had, good complex flavors, and healthy carbonation. A joy to drink.

D- High but filling. A brown ale that explodes with flavor. This beer is not to be missed, a perfect winter beer.

Photo of mgbickel
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes from a tasting on 01/09/2010

Formed a 1/2 finger tan colored head. No retention or lacing present. Clear brown body that gets a little lighter toward the edges.

Pretty nice nose...mild coffee, chestnuts and caramel all on a roasted malt background.

The taste is pretty similar to the nose. The malts are more sweet than roasted though...the coffee flavorings come through in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel is a little lighter and thinner than I would like. Little carbonation.

Pretty good drinkability...not as complex as I would like, but would buy again.

Photo of LittleBug31
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark brown. Clear, with a ruby-red glow when held to a light. Small light tan head that diappears quickly.

S: Molasses and brown sugar. Reminds me of my Grandma's famous gingersnap cookies. Bready and sweet, with a strong dark fruit aroma. Smells a little "alcohol-y."

T: Malty and caramelly. Dark fruity and vanilla. Tasty and a bit warm from the alcohol. Roasty.

M: Moderate carbonation. Smooth and velvety.

D: Very enjoyable. Alcohol is a bit strong for anything more than a small quantity.

Photo of darklordlager
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruby/light brown, with a small light-tan head that recedes quickly.

S: Interesting. Elements from an English brown ale (fruity yeast), darker malts, light caramel, and a bit of pine from the hops. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

T: Nutty, dark malts. A good degree of roastiness, some lactose/milk stout like sweetness, and some alcohol. A little bit of dark fruit, with some hop bitterness as well.

M: Medium-high carbonation, and slick on the tongue.

D: An interesting offering from New Holland. Seems a bit like a barleywine blended with a lighter brown ale. The alcohol is a bit hot for something I would expect to be very subdued. Not something I would be prone to pick up again, but fun to try.

Photo of ribby
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opening the bottle released a yeasty aroma. The beer poured very nicely, with a moderate foamy head. The beer is a deep red color, with very little cloudiness. Even after pouring, the aroma remains a bit yeasty, but this aroma had a minimal impact on the taste. The malt flavor is strongest, accented by mild hops, just about right for a brown ale. The malt is a bit chocolatey. Overall, the taste is on the bitter side. The feel in the mouth is quite bubbly.

Photo of aaronh
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany body topped by a late-rising, parchment colored head. The head didn't form until well after the bottle was emptied. It then quickly fades to little more than a few scattered large bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is almost all malt, heavy on the molasses and brown sugar. A touch of fresh bread in there a swell. Just a hint at herbal hop aromas intermingled with all the sweetness. Flavor pretty much follows the nose - blackstrap molasses, caramelized sugars, a touch of anise. The bitterness is almost disguised as carbonation - almost like carbonic acid rather than hop bitterness. But in the age of the over-the-top IPA (which I love) this is a great break from what has become the norm to some of us. Each successive sip reveal more layers of malt and sugar. Tastes like a really hearty beer. A little more body would have been great, but at cellar temps it may have gotten cloying if it had more presence in the body. Drinkability is very good, if you like malt. A very nice offering.

Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage for $1.83 a few weeks ago into my Dark Horse pint glass.

A Nice creamy very light brown head over a brown body that appears dark but when held in front of direct light there is a nice mahogany glow there. There is also a curtain like lacing on the inside of the pint glass. Nice look indeed. 4.5

S Very nice nutty medium roast malt smell with little to no hops. 4.0

T My nose did not fool me...this is a nice, nutty brown ale that reminds me of (but does not surpass mind you) Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. If you are reading this review and have not tried Sam Smith Nut Brown, please do yourself a favor and find that beer. Back to the current beer, this is a very good craft beer and a nice example of the style. There is even a finish of a bit of sweetness in the back too. 4.5

M Nice smoothness that is not as common as it should be in the style but can be found in the better Brown Ales. 4.0

D Very good indeed. I found the bottom of the Dark Horse pint within 10 minutes and enjoyed every sip. 4.5

Notes: Really thoroughly impressed with this beer from New Holland and they show again a great understanding of yet another beer style. Bravo!

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a c;ear light brown color with some orange highlights. A 1" head lasts a while and produces some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: light chocolate and hints of nuttiness are mild on the nose.

Taste: mild malt profile with some milk chocolate tones, molassess, black plums, and a bit of toasted nuts. Bitterness is moderate and there is a hint of earthiness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability: this is an easy to quaff beer, but is not refreshing as some other brown ales. Worth picking this up for a cold winter day.

Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this one from Csmiley via Review This! BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a relatively thin looking chocolate brown that has ruby mahogany hues around the edges. Not much of a head forms and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Nose is of chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, coffee, and a bit of nuttiness.

T: Taste is all coffee up front nice bitter coffee. Middle is filled with roasted malts and hints of burnt malts. Finish is sweet, sweet, sweet tasty chocolate and toffee with just a touch of nuttiness.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, thing on the tongue but slightly creamy in the coating.

D: Tasty beer, not filling, very smooth and goes down dangerously easy. This is one of the best brown ales that I've had.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep red with a cream colored head that sticks around with OK retention but nothing amazing. This is a clear unhazed beer.

S- Chocolate, raisin, roasted and toasted malts. Some caramel also.

T- Similar to the nose. Chocoate, rye, roasted malts and some slight hops on the end. Some alcohol too.

M- Sort of watery. Medium body, medium carbonation.

D- Slightly warming. Nice for a cold winter night.

Photo of jdflyer06
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown with some dark ruby character when held to the light. Not much head to speak of and very light in consistency.

S: Smells of burnt grains, raisins, rye bread, molasses and a bit of an acrid, almost spoiled smell finished off with some hop floralness

M: Harsh, watered down and a bit too much carbonation. It gets some creaminess on the finish but overall not a pleasant experience.

T: An acrid, astringent taste catches me off guard but as I settle into the pint, I get some sweet dark fruit and alot of biscuity flavors that really are not meshing for me at all. Roasted, almost burnt malt dominate the tongue and just won't go away. Some bitterness lingers, almost like burnt toast. Alcohol is also WAY to prominent.

O: It's a brown ale for sure, but it's a complete miss for me. Drinkability is OK given that it's not too filling, but I wouldn't ever seek it out again. I don't see how this really qualifies as a winter warmer. The first real disappointment from New Holland for me but hey, we can't all be perfect right?

Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a brown head, kinda thin but still noticeable. Recedes fast

Aroma: Malts, some toasted aromas, maybe some chocolate? I think so...

Taste: Not really a brown ale..the toasted malts come off, with a minimal hop profile. Sweetish. Its good..but I don't know if this is a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy..drinkability is high..I don't taste much alcohol, and it tastes pretty good. Kind of like a stout meeting a winter warmer.

Photo of Burl41
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Dark, dark brown yet still able to faintly see through. Light brown head that rises to 1.5 inches and retains quite well.

Smell-Almost stout like, roasted and raisin notes are clear, with carmal coming through at the end.

Taste- Quite nice, much more roasted charicter than one would normally expect from a brown ale. Yet this seems to apply well to the beer, as it is thier winter seasonal. Somewhat like a winter warmer. Hops are not very prenouced but a drinkabe dark brown ale.

I'm enjoying this one alot, maybe it's the fact that it's 20 out and snowing, but this is making my night, a warming beer, that you can enjoy with some christmas deserts, and a warm fire. Nothing out of the ordinary or exception here, but a solid brew.

Photo of gmfessen
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin but solid tan-brown head. The nose is very apparent and is a mix of caramel, chocolate, burnt sugar and maybe a hint of dark fruit. The taste is similar but has more black patent in it than I had anticipated; the taste is slightly acrid as a result. Burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate and molasses are present. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a thin but slightly viscous carbonation and a dry, alcohol-warming finish. Overall, a drinkable beer definitely excellent for a cold winter's night.

Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cabin Fever may be listed as an American Brown, but everything about this thick and creamy brew screams Winter Warmer (except maybe the abv).

On tap at ITAP, came out dark and opaque in the standard shaker pint. Not much tan head on the first pint, but the second pint had a good inch on top.

Big aromas of dark fruit like plum, spice and herb. Quaff added a nice toasty nut, with hints of coffee and toffee mixed among the strong malt backbone. A nice raspy hop finish inspired me for that second pint.

Rich, malty, and tasty with no alcohol bite to be found. Man, was this a good brew on tap. I look forward to another pull of this bad boy.

Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cabin Fever is brown in color with red high lights. A half inch tan head doesn't last long. It has a very sweet, malty aroma and oddly, I get alcohol too, even though it is only 6.25 ABV. The taste is very sweet, chocolate covered caramels. The feel is medium bodied, but oily, with adequate carbonation. I found Fever a little rich to be highly drinkable, but the ABV was certainly low enough. It was almost too sweet, but I really enjoyed Cabin Fever and definitely plan on picking up a few more. A shame that it doesn't appear to be a good candidate for cellaring.

Photo of jsh420
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of sweet carmel malts and that it

tastes of very sweet(too sweet) carmel malts coffee cocoa and a mild hop bitterness

mouthfeel is medium body very smooth and creamy

drinkability is ok just for the fact the beer was just too damn sweet

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this reminds me of Meyer's dark rum.

A- Very dark mud brown, still able to sense that this beer has pretty good clarity

S- Nutty malts... I almost smell soy sauce but it may be woody too- going back and forth- might not be able to suss this one my friends. There is definitely something here that is off

T- Molasses, Meyer's dark rum, nuts, heavy malt. I wonder what the final gravity is for this beer. I wouldn't be surprised if it's high in residual sugars...especially for its category. Finishes a little sour for me

M- Thick coating feel but dissipates faster than one would expect. Maybe better for dessert than an afternoon pick-me-up/first-beer-of-the-day-beer

D- I don't know how much of this stuff I would want to drink in quantity but I am somewhat enjoying the one I have in front of me now. I have friends that I am sure would love it

Photo of Andrewtherooster
1.65/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This stuff just got to the shelf of my local store about a month ago or so, and as I used to enjoy it, I figured I'd grab a bottle and see if the appeal is still there.

It pours a dark, translucent brown with very little head. No lacing. Some carbonation rising to the top, but not much.

I take a whiff of it and am unimpressed. It smells like stale beer, like beer on someone's breath. No hops in the aroma, and only a slight hint of nutty malts.

When I taste this beer at first, it's not awful, but nothing stands out. As I continue to drink it, it gets worse. This beer cloyingly tastes of soy sauce, with very little of the nice malt I would expect from a craft-brewed brown ale. The mouthfeel is thin with very little carbonation.

I can think of so many other brown ales I would much rather have. This was a major disappointment and almost a drainpour. It's going to be some time before I give this seasonal another chance.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Holland Cabin Fever poured blackish copper, like an old beat up penny, with no head. It left nothing on the glass.

The smell, taste, and feel were like molasses: thick and sweet. The feel was insignificant but it was very enjoyable after dinner.

New Holland Cabin Fever is a delicious slightly too-sweet brown ale.

Photo of trbergman
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a clear, reddish chestnut with one finger of ecru head.

S - Biscuit, chocolate, some fruit, and subtle, earthy hop aroma. A bit fruitier than expected.

T - Bready, chocolate malt, with esters of browned apple and raisin. Some nutty flavor, either from the malt or the yeast, comes through in the middle, along with understated hop bitterness.

M - Body is on the lighter side of medium, with good carbonation.

D - A decent beer, but not terribly exciting.

Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Ruby/brown in color, with a two-inch tan head of foam
Aroma-Malt, some phenol notes
Taste-Creamy, nutty, chocolate notes-Easy drinking-A nice brown to have on hand as an every-day, go-to beer in the winter months-Nice.

Photo of drtacks37
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark-Brown, Reddish pour. Minimal tan head and no lacing.

Smells coffee and heavy. Taste mild-sweet with definite fruit and coffee flavor and some hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel, heavy and creamy (just what I was hoping for).

A nice, heavy beer. Could pass for a light stout. A good winter beer. Curl up by the fireplace and warm up from the snow.

A good beer.

Photo of ditch
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brownish red with an off white small head that faded away pretty fast. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of sweet roasted malts. Chocolate and raisin. A bit of roast coffee.

Taste is very sweet and roasty. Very heavy for a brown ale. Has the brown sugar sweetness of a brown ale and the coffee and chocolate complexity you would normally get from a stout. Finish is slightly the bitterness of roasted coffee beans. There is something off and medicinal about the background. Not quite sure what it is. but it is masked well enough to not ruin this beer for me. A great winter brew!

Mouthfeel is a little flat and oily.

Drinkability is good, but not a session beer. Slightly heavy with the deep pallet.

All in all something worth trying. I'll probably cellar a bottle of this to try again next year. Let ya know if that helps.


Photo of TheViolator666
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl. oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Looks pretty good. Pours with a nice brown body with dark copper highlights when back lit. Great clarity. Head is about two-fingers and a nice light brown shade. Retention is low, lacing is light.

S: Notes of dark fruits and roasted malts. Some earthy hops. Pretty rich.

T: Some caramel and tons of/too much roasted malts as well as some chocolate. Not much bitterness. Slight signs of diacteyl. Sourness is detectable in the aftertaste and is definitely unexpected. Could pass for a porter. Dry aftertaste.

M/D: Mouthfeel is pretty full and a bit on the creamy side. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall, if they toned down the roasted malts a bit, fixed their diacteyl problem and got rid of that sourness this would be a nice brown ale. On the upside, I love the label!

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.