Cabin Fever Ale
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Cabin Fever AleCabin Fever Ale
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Winter Warmer
Ranked #25
Ranked #15,782
3.87 | pDev: 11.89%
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Cabin Fever AleCabin Fever Ale
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Photo of brureview
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer. Nice pour: copper color, 3F head in a Brooklyn Ocktoberfest mug. Is this a winter warmer? Hmm... don’t think so. More of an English ale.

Piney, minty aroma. Smooth, low carbonated MF. The pine and mint transition to the taste.

Overall- interesting. It’s well done, but the piney, minty flavors are odd in an ale other than an IPA.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a glass at The '06 House Pub in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
A: Pours a hazy orange amber with a solid white head, strong retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel and woods with a distinct cherry note.
T: Flavor largely caramel. I thought I detected a butterscotch note (not unpleasantly so), but this disappeared as it warmed. Light bitterness (appropriately so).
M: Light to medium bodied with solid effervescence.
O: An enjoyable, light bodied brown ale. Not sure it is characterized as a Winter Warmer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a ruddy burnt orange to brown color with a solid sustaining finger’s worth of off white foamy head. The head must last for a good minute before gently dissipating and creating some light speckled lace. The aroma starts off with some sweet to spicy estery fruit flowing upon rich caramel and toffee malts. Some grassy notes. Clean earthy and spicy hops beat feet upon those malts to add a little bit of zing. Sly herbal notes underneath and then a little bit of chocolate. The flavor balances very nicely between the sweet to spicy to fruity and caramel/toffee blended flow all combining extremely nice and right on into the aftertaste and on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable flow smoothing out on my tongue. The use of the malts in this beer really helped smooth out some of that "zing" I smelled in the aroma as it doesn’t let in any cloying features but just really feels absolutely wonderful. Overall, an English pale ale with a little beef. Feels just a tad heavier than some others of it’s style, perhaps the chocolate in it, but if anything for a medium ABV-ed beer, it’s heartier than expected and definitely could still go with some fish n’chips.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A: slight haze; deep bronze in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: sweet malt; there's a tang to this that I wasn't expecting;

T: follows the nose - sweet malt with a little tang; virtually no bitterness; a little nutmeg in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: can't get past the tang in the flavor;

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Photo of Bierman9
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shaker pint fill today at the Nashua Garden, $3.00 during Happy Hour...

Pours a deep, cloudy chestnut color. Head is thin and sparse, mostly some tan foam clinging to the edges. Lacing is decent, for the most part. Smell is exceedingly mild, with subtle caramel and fruity hops detected. It is quite smooth but a bit thinner than medium.

Flavor has a touch of caramel and light sweetness at first. From there it gets a touch fruity, with some pear and green apple. Ends on the dry side with some bitter, floral hopping. Not overly impressed; was expecting a much maltier, sweeter, warming bier. Prosit!

3.56/5 rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of MaxBrews
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After cracking open this 22oz bottle of Berkshire Brewing Company Cabin Fever Ale, I poured it straight into a Samuel Adams 22oz Perfect Pint Glass. A big foamy brown head formed rising from the blue line on the glass, making for an excellent presentation when combined with this beer's spectacular hazy copper color.

Pouring straight into the glass agitated this beer quite well revealing a well balanced aroma of malt, fruity esters resembling green apple and cherry; the nose is finished off with a strong aroma of spicy and herbal hops. A very intriguing combination.

This beer's heavy malt back bone becomes apparent upon the first sip. "Bready" malt flavors are followed by an earthy hop characteristic. The flavors of this beer are quite simple, but well balanced. A lingering sweetness is followed by a nice hop bitterness. The sweetness of the malt plays well with the hops, if this beer was not well-hopped it may be sickly sweet. A good job done by BBC here.

I enjoyed this beer with great delight. I'm sad to see it's winter seasonal, however I can see the logic here. The malt characteristic was fortifying after coming home from a cold commute. This beer upholds many English brewing traditions; a nice balance of malt and earthy hops. With so many breweries pushing towards extremes it's nice to a see a simple beer well-balanced brew on the shelves.

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Photo of scotorum
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper with an inch and a half offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Mild ripe fruit notes, hints of caramel malt.

t; Caramel malt under mixed light fruit notes. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A very pleasant English style pale ale, perhaps slightly fruitier than an ESB might be but not to the point that it dominates the malt. Really enjoyed this with dinner and sipping afterwards. Even my wife liked it, which is rare.

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Photo of BeerMagistrate
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Flavor and color were great, but I was expecting more body, maybe a bit more spice as well (The name of the brew is "Cabin Fever" after all). Overall, solid!

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Photo of ledhed1234
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent winter warmer for a cold night indeed. Great flavor and look-the smell is actually better, somehow. Excellent like all other BBC ales I've had.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark tan/brown color with a tan head that leave trails. The smell is a lot of malt and a little heavy. The taste is all malt and very warm. Gives hints of caramel and vanilla but isn't too sweet. Very nice, clean, aftertaste. The mouthfeel was also nice, not to thick but still had a nice body about it. Overall I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Hazy golden brown / copper in color. 2 finger head that lasted. Lacing on glass holds

s. Yeast and malt

t. Taste Malt and slight citrus, or pear, in the finish.

m. holds the carbonation well.

o. very, very good beer. very solid brew - true to the

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Photo of youngs11
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1pt 6oz bottle into pint glass.

Brownish-copper in appearance and rather opaque with very visible carbonation. Half finger head settles to thin film. Displays good retention and consistent lacing.

Smells of sweet fruit and toasted grains.

Taste follows the smell, beginning with sweet malty goodness and finishing with a nutty, toasty back end. Not much bitterness at all, but just enough to keep the malt backbone from being too much.

Velvety mouthfeel, slightly above medium-bodied and slightly below medium carbonation with a subtle prickliness.

This is a very satisfying example of the style. Its above average ABV creates a warming factor and yet is still masked by the complex flavor profile. Hits the spot on a cold night.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz bomber from liqiours inc poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a ruby red. Half finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S - nutmeg and gingerbread? Grains.

T - malt forward, bread and some mild spice. Toffee and vanilla notes. Picking up a hint of dark fruit as it warms.

M - carbonation is good, a smidge on the low side, prickly finish.

O - reminds me of Highland's Gaelic, with a touch of spice. Solid offering and is recommended.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(copied from blog - written March 16, 2013)

Appearance – Brown/amber color with a thin white head that mostly dissipates rather quickly but leaves a lingering foam.
Smell – Brown sugar and malty sweetness. Some sort of dark fruit — plum or cherry.
Taste – Nice solid malt back with slight spice taste.

Yet another tasty offering from BBC. I got this beer as a sample from my store and as we all know, there’s nothing better than free beer. Actually I stand corrected, there’s nothing better than free, GOOD beer! This beer is bready, sweet and leaves a bit of cinnamon spice on the tongue, but it isn’t overwhelmingly sweet as are the majority of winter warmers that I’ve tried. It’s just about Spring time but not quite and this is a pleasantly timed winter beer on a cool night — after a VERY hard day of work — while watching Louisville battle for their second championship win in a row!

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Photo of Gatch
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange-amber with a fizzy off-white head that fades into decent lacing and retention.

S: Heavy on the malt and spice, as it should be. Unique and inviting nose.

T: Great balance of sweetness, maltiness, spice, and a slight bitterness. Caramelized sugar, some dark, dried fruit, roasted malt, and do I detect a hint of hops in the finish?

M: Super smooth, huge flavor, and carbonation and body are spot-on.

O: This is, in my opinion, the epitome of the style. It's exactly what I expect and look for when I want to drink a beer like this. I don't want a spice bomb. This is perfect for the season and a great beer by itself. Well done Berkshire!

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Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


A: Pours a murky auburn with a nice off-white head.

S: Mild brown sugar, molasses, buttery and yeasty, wholegrain bread, light greenish hops. Smells like a ringwood beer.

T: Crisp bitterness and light citrus from the hops, brown bread, toffee, caramelized grain, a bit of malty spice, dryish finish.

M: Medium-bodied with zingy carbonation, creamy feel.

O: The yeastiness is a bit strong in the aroma, but besides that this is tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Burnt orange with reddish hints. Head is legit. About a half-inch high. It is frothy and bubbly and it leaves capes of lacing. Body of the beer is crystal clear. A good looker.

S-As the label states, the malt profile is "reminiscent of an English Pale Ale". Butterscotch and caramel and sweet breadiness. Has a mulch aspect to it too. Maybe even some Agave nectar too. Hops are lightly grassy with a twitch of pine. Its those Tettnang hops in action. Light on spice; which I find to be a breath of fresh air.

T-I must ironically start with the finish. This beer finishes with a beautiful honey-covered graham cracker flavor. It wowed me. At first I thought that the earlier aspects of the flavor profile were not as inspiring, but then Cabin Fever took hold of me. Hops are quite spicy; actually maybe its not the hops because I am experiencing some legitimate pepper flavors. Again, I get the mulch. The more I describe it and sip it, the more I enjoy it. Holiday spice is more prominent here. Definitely unique.

M-Buzzing carbonation. A bit sticky. Semi-dry, lighter bitterness. Pretty drinkable, especially once you get accustomed to the flavor.

O/D-At first I was a bit unimpressed, but when I started to understand the beer's curves and intricacies, I really started to enjoy it. A mix between an English Pale Ale and a Spiced Ale. I will definitely remember this one. It really grew on me. By the time I was halfway done with the bomber, my fondness for this beer increased twofold.

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Photo of SABERG
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with "best by date" of 4/17/13. Modified tulip glass.

A - Striking copper color, great luxurious head and long lacing.
S - Toffee, burnt sugar, earthy. Warm autumnal smells abound.
T - Deep, hops in the background, warm tones, malt and biscuit. Finish lingers, all in good time.
M - Silky and smooth, carbonation is mild, matches the warmth of the beer.
O - What a good winter brew, warm, not boozy, balanced and beautiful.


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Photo of WhiteOak
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy dark copper color with mohogany red-brown hue in the light. Dark tan head leaves copious sticky lace.

S- Lovely, seductive aroma of carob, mocha, and a touch of fruit.

T- The perfect liquid candy bar: roasted hazelnuts rolled in nougat and dipped in carob/chocolate. A touch of creme broulee´ and cherry. Even a bit of Dunkel characteristics too. No bitterness.

M, D- Very creamy and drinkable, with the CO2 balancing the viscosity.

Thanks to BBC for restraining the hops!

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Photo of sommersb
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-27-2012
Freshness: Best by 05-09-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Dogfish Head signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Clear beer with a dark copper color. The head is cream colored and a couple fingers high, with a nice sticky lace and good retention.

Smell: Malty and sweet aromas, coupled with woody notes and earthy hops.

Taste: Caramel malts and spicy hops make for a well balanced taste. Maybe a bit more hop forward than other winter warmers I've had. Other flavors are cinnamon and nuts. Warms up nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and highly carbonated, with a full body. Aftertaste is moderately bitter.

Overall: A good beer for a cold winter night. Recommended.

Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!

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Photo of jb413
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, darkish amber with two fingers of thick khaki head. Retention is good and left a 1/4 inch ring on top through most of the brew. Fantastic lacing.

S - Nose consists of a welcome clash of pale and caramel malts, breadiness, fruity and slightly spicy hops.

T - Sweet in the front with a good malt profile. Caramel abounds, fruitiness accents. Hops kick in with some fruity and spicy balance, but retreat in the finish amidst the maltiness. Spicy attributes pick up as the beer warms.

MF - Syrupy, slighly thick. Carbonation was a tad high. Medium body and pretty drinkable. Refreshing, balanced finish.

O - Good! A nice combination of maltiness and fruity/spicy hops for a winter offering. Better than the average indeed.

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Photo of greenengineer
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 Oz Bottle into my Chimay Tumbler
A- not much head, almost flat - brown/bronze, a little hazy
S- spices, almost a meaty smell, hints of tomato juice?
T- spicy, pepper, cloves? a little musty
M- round, thick, a little chrunchy
O- not my cup of tea - I'm not a big fan of spiced beers, so I will not hold that against it, but the taste is kind of weird. I swear it smells like a bloody mary. Would like more maltiness perhaps.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz dark brown bottle. Best before date stamped on bottle.
Served in a SA perfect pint glass.
It pours a murky amber color with an off-white head and substantial lacing.
The smells are very fruit forward with some citrus and doughy bread smells pulling through.
The flavors are fruit forward as well. Tastes of pears, ripe green grapes are balanced with caramel malt and a dose of warming alcohol, which rolls in late. I get a very slight taste of Bazooka Bubblegum in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is medium/full and very rounded.
Nice beer, but a bit odd for me to describe.

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Photo of iceburger97
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance- amber with lighter malt mixed in
smell- light and basic, scored average because there was not much of a smell to write about
taste- licorice with great balance of fruit flavors
m- holds well, solid carbonation
overall- a nicelly crafted beer with simple but satisfying flavor, drinkable not as heavy as some of the other bbc beers

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Photo of eclipse54
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle from rowingbrewer; thank you for this "Want!" Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass...

Pours a dark reddish brown color with ruby hues in the light. About an inch of off-white head develops and hangs around for some time, forming pillowy patches as it dissipates. Patches/strands of bubbles lace the glass. The aroma is of english malt, date, vague citrus (predominantly orange), caramel, cocoa nibs, and german lager yeast/spices. The taste begins with the english malt and lager flavors, moves into citrus and muddled spice, and finishes with a strong caramel malt, dark fruit, and faint chocolate presence. It is a bit underwhelming at first, but more impressive on the finish. Mouthfeel is of mild carbonation (a touch more wouldn't hurt), smooth texture, and a bit dry/syrupy on the finish (not overly so, but noticeable). Overall, a good winter warmer that I'll enjoy sipping on for the rest of the evening.

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Cabin Fever Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 346 ratings