Cabin Fever Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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156 Reviews
Cabin Fever AleCabin Fever Ale

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kelticblood on 12-30-2002

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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 brouleeĀ“ 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 mschofield
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a leathery amber-brown, topped with a one finger creamy tan head, leaves rings of lacing with little bits connecting them.
Nice malty aroma, bread, fruit and nuts.
Malty, nutty taste, coffee, cocoa note, herbs, tea and a touch of caramel.
A winter warmer but it would also pass as a really good brown ale. Medium bodied, with good drinkability. I agree with the brewers on the label who advised stocking up on BBC for the winter, this review in my notes is from 12/12/04 and to accompany it I cracked open my last Cabin Fever as I wrote - it has held up well.

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Photo of harsley
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer. I knew nothing about it expect figured it would good for a cold Winter night, which is was. Not warming alcohol or anything really, but nice and malty.

It poured a hazy light brown with plenty of lacing and foam. The smell is all malt with some caramel aroma. The taste is filled with malt, caramel, and some earthiness, probably from the yeast (I'm guessing English). It's not sweet though, they do a great job balancing it all even though it's malt heavy. I really plowed through this 22oz bottle and enjoyed every sip. I will defintely have this one again.

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Photo of Genuine
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into my 22oz Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Poured about 17 oz in at first, which left a beautiful creamy tan 2-3 finger head that sat upon a dark amber/red body that was clear. When I poured the rest in, it became cloudy and I"m assuming that's from the yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Crisp hops and some biscuity bready malts hit the nose first and foremost. Almost has the nose of a decent pale ale.

Taste - I didn't know what to expect, but other winter warmers have left me disappointed before so, here goes. WOW - this is exactly what I was hoping for when I think of a winter warmer. Clean hops hit the palate, followed by the malty biscuitness for a balance backbone, and the finish is this wonderful, spicy hop that resonates ever so much to make this beer pop.

Mouthfeel - medium and creamy, carbonation is there just enough so you don't forget about it.

Overall - I think this is a home run from Berkshire. I am a fan of their Pale ale and with the snow we're getting in CT, I figured this one would go well with today. I'm so glad I picked it up. This is an easy drinking, almost pale ale like beer, with some spicy hop notes that appear in the finish. Another Delicious beer from Berkshire. Well done! I only wish I purchased more of this, earlier in the winter season.

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Photo of KELPAK
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


We love Cabin Fever time, a great ale. Recieved in a 220z bottle, the perfect size beer to go home on a Berkshire fall day and enjoy a beer after work.

Rich flavor with a nice smooth finish. pours light brown in color with about a finger of head. Another excellent craft beer from Berkshire Brewing and at a very reasonable price.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Brewhouse. poured into a shaker pint- ours a hazy brown with a thin off white head. SMells off candied malt. Taste is very mellow. SOme caramel, with a finishing kick of cinamon and spices. Very creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. Good beer for these cold winter months.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a hop-head.

I like this beer. Not too malty, not too sweet just perfectly balanced.

Pours a clear copper with a two finger head that leaves lots of sticky lace. Little visible carbonation after the pour, but it is in there.

Smell is floral hops, fruity, yeasty,earthy, sweet malt with a hint of spice ... cinnamon?

The taste is equally complex. Sweet Malt, dry hops, hints of spice and a rich interplay of all of the preceding as it crosses your tongue.

A nice firm bodied brew with lots of carbonation to tickle your toungue and tonsils as you swallow.

Seek this one out, enjoy it and have another.

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Photo of Gatch
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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 thespaceman
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium amber in color, nice streamline of bubbles up the glass, nice thick head slowly dissapates but leaves excellent lacing and good head retention.

Smell: Up front I get a nice fruity profile from the hops, hints of raspberry and some apple. Maltiness spells out firm in the nose, bits of caramel malt and some spice. Nice and aromatic, the nose is toasty and pretty subtle yet features all the right elements for an interesting Winter Warmer.

Taste: Again, a light fruit profile is evident off the top, slight hoppiness isn't overpowering and features a nice array of grape, some cranberry and some light citrus. Maltiness is nice and balanced, a slight bread like aroma takes over and leads into some crystal malts, toffee and caramel. Unlike your typical Winter Warmers, this one has a very light fruit profile to balance things out and it works in conjunction with the malt perfectly. Finishes with a nice touch of candy like sweetness and a hint of some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, the hops leave a barely noticeable bittering effect. Medium bodied and holds up well on the tongue while sitting.

Drinkability: I don't think I will ever be dissapointed by a BBC brew, this must be the 9th BBC beer I've tried and have still yet had one I didn't like. An excellent Winter Warmer that features a good balance, and the light fruitiness holds up nicely against this subtle malt backbone. Good drinkability considering the 6.3% ABV and this one could be sessioned with ease. Can't wait to revisit this one on a cold winter night!

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Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, clear orange-amber color. Excellent head with a solid three finger head. Light lace.

Oily caramel malts predominate the aroma of this beer. The soft hop is present and fresh.

Shocking, yes shocking, flavor of hop up front. Where did this come from? From the smell, I was expecting more of an old ale taste. Nope, it's hop to malt to a hop aftertaste that lingers... This is as rich as the aroma leads on on.

A very nice treat, unexpectedly complex and very tasty. I would reach for another if I had one.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look forward to this one from BBC every year. My old matly friend! Buy it often to drink @ home and get it often on tap when I see it (becoming more visible - a good sign).

Pours a deep brown/copper with a nice head. Smells really malty/caramelly...yum.

Flavor hits the tongue right away - sweet malty buttery (in a good way) with some slight spices on the back end. Yes, there are some hops and this beer and they manage to clean up the malt circus at the end of the sip.

Like this beer alot. Glad it is reasonably priced and widely available around town for a long time each year.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied brown colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramel, hints of spice and a slight hop hint at the end of the aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramel malts, then nice cinnamon hints and then a clean hop finish.
M: Very smooth, right amount of carbonation, warming for sure.
D: Pretty drinkable beer. I liked the flavors and the way that the whole beer blended together. Nicely done.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice cloudy reddish dark amber. big offwhite head. looks good.

smells very malty. very earthy malts with hints of sweetness to them. a touch of hops but this is a malty brew.

tastes like great malts. a little sweet, warming. full bodied and nice. i dont tend to drink brews this far on the malty side but this one is delicious.

mouthfeel is full, nice sweet fullness to it. good drinkability but a bit full. overall excellent, a good winter brew.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with hobbie100. Thanks Richard!

A: Orange-brown hue with a medium-sized head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: Fruits, spices, malt.

T: This was my favorite of the five Berkshire Brewing beers I had the opportunity to try recently. It was the most complex and interesting, and of course had the best flavor. Spices are integrated nicely into the overall flavor of the beer, with no artificial tasting fake flavors. I have had many winter warmer beers that I found less than pleasant. This was a pleasant surprise.

M: Medium body, good feel.

D: A solid beer. I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark copper color. Copious head with tiny bubbles that are very creamy, very good retention. Hints of caramel and slight random fruits in the smell along with malts and some hops. Flavor is surprisingly nonbitter for a brown ale, but is hefty enough for the style without ruining it for me. Very nice hops amount and it does not go overboard at all. Subtley sweet as well. Unique for brown ales I have had in the past, this one is definitely my favorite. Its balance, smoothness, and consistency are really quite good.

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Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper colored with a tightly bubbled, very thick beige-orange head that leaves a quarter inch of foam suspended. Aroma is sweet malt and spice, a bit of hops, and sweet fruit. Flavor delivers an upfront puckery bitter, nice and hoppy with citrus but not over the top, followed closely behind by sweet malt and cinnamon, some ripe pear. Mouthfeel is full, but fairly tingly with carbonation. Oily webs of lace run down the inside of the glass. Very tasty, very drinkable.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice clear reddish amber ale with a big head.

The aroma was slightly sweet, with a touch of hops. Not overly hoppy.

The taste was of rich medium bodied malts, slightly nutty, and sweet, with a touch of fruitiness.

This is a wonderful ale, and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Light on the lacing and head but sufficient for while the beer is in the glass. The amberish brown hue show a great clarity.

Smell: Hard raking of hop leaf on the nostrils, earthy and complex. Mild sugary caramel like malt in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a slightly viscous rolling carbonation in the mouth. Lots of layered malt flavors push against a thick wall of hop flavor, the bitterness is more subdued but balances perfectly. Some nutty yeast and a kiss of ale like fruitiness in the mix. Earthy and faint piney flavors from the hops meld well with the sugary, almost nougat maltiness. Finishes with a long lived crispness and fresh lingering hops.

Drinkability & Notes: One of my favorite brews from Berkshire, very fresh with little nooks of complexities everywhere.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cabin Fever has the Berkshire guys snowed in. Sometimes I wonder how those guys make it: from the Cabin Fever snowstorm to the Lost Sailor desert stranding (in a boat mind you) I worry about those fellers. And why are they always together anyway? You'd think that sometimes maybe one of them would need some alone time.

Clear, reddish brown. Thin white head that doesn't change until it hits glass bottom. Leaves it's own little lacey snowstorm in its wake.

Berkshire's website describes Cabin Fevers as: "think of an English ale dry hopped with German Tettnang hops." I find that an apt description but I was thinking if a Bass ale spent some time in the gym, maybe got a facial, balanced it's diet and maybe got a mani and pedi; it would taste like Cabin Fever. Aroma is prickly pepper noble hop and fruit aplenty. Taste is a similar English fruit explosion with some light toffee--almost like a Christmas fruitcake. Really, really, really clean.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

distinctively dark, amberlicious. lacing all over the glass in little specks.. and boy does this pack some serious whiffs. green hoppiness with hints of xmas pine and gingerbread dough. this sure gets me in the wintery mood. light mouthfeel and body with a big spicy profile. first thing i notice is a sharp, licorice-like bite in the finish. my tongue is left coated with a sugary sweetness, this is where the maple-infused gingerbread comes in. after-mouthfeel is creamy and tastes like i just ate said cookie. repeated sips bring out a little unwanted bitterness around the belly of the gulp.. almost like a stale hop or waxy, burnt wood.. but maybe that's part of the warming winter warmer warmth. tha bitterness seems to perk up with repeated drinking.. like a toasted cinnamon stick. overall, this beer is mad complex for its lack of weight and a nice, drinkable holiday beer. bbc continues to impress and this beer seems to be getting better and better with time.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy toffee-brown pub ale. Large rocky head. Thick lace sticks to the glass. Color turns light yellow at the edges.

The smell is the sweet biscuity aroma of a pub ale. A mild, flowery hop as well. The malt is dry and bready. Very very nice.

The malt flavor dominates the taste, like a slightly sweet amber. The roasted qualities of the malt make the sweetness work. Hops are mild and estery. Somewhere between an amber and a brown, although slightly more of an amber flavor.

The feel is medium bodied; a nice milky, creamy thickness on the way down. It's a really easy drinking beer with goo dbody and balanced roasted/sweet flavors. Top notch.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA over-engineered glass the color is a rich honey-orange with a slightly off-white head that slowly fades down to a chunky topper with gnarled lacing.

Smells of cherry, light fruits and bread. With a swirl of the glass I get a richer dried cherry along with some spice and licorice. Cookie and molasses too. Every whiff seems to bring a welcome new aroma.

First taste is sweet, a touch cloying, but not at all bad in that respect. Honey and molasses, no sign of hops, perhaps just for balance.

Soft but prickly carbonation to start that quickly becomes creamy and luscious in the mouth. It seems to echo on the palate once swallowed and finishes thin and slick and syrupy.

Drinkability is very good. A 22oz is just the right size for a 'one beer on a weeknight' kind of night. I could have this again.

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Photo of Lothar666
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured fresh from a brand new log on tap at home into a 24 oz stein from the dollar tree (beer glasses on a budget - woot!)

A- Head was creamy, white and thick, leaving bits of lacing on the glass. The body was ruby red to brown and opaque like maple syrup.

S- Light aromas of fruit and spices.

T- Fruity and spicy, very tasty. Takes a bit of getting used to but very pleasant, not at all what I expected. Dark fruits like figs and raisins are very present on the pallet as is a slight trace of apples or pears. Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg are present in the finish.

M- Not very carbonated, at first I thought something was wrong with my CO2 cylindar. Light and thin on the mouth, separating this one from some other winter seasonals I thought to compare it to.

D- Dangerously drinkable session brew for the cold winter months. This one goes down easy and without complaint, and its sweet fruity taste hides its 6.3% ABV enough that I would not call this a slow sipper.

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Photo of mattjv
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle reads "brewed to sustain you over the long New England winter." It's 14 degrees outside in CT as I type this, so the occasion is perfect. Poured from a bomber with clearly stamped "best by" date, is it really so hard for everyone else to do this?

Pours a dark amber/copper color with creamy white head that is slow to dissipate, hazy from bottle conditioning. something about the look of an unfiltered beer is so pleasing, anyways...

Aroma is malt forward, toasted and caramel malts up front. Some orange citrus, also hints of banana. mild solvent alcohol presence adds an edge to the aroma.

Tastes much like it smells, surprise? Rich toasted malt dominates the palate upfront, followed by prominent spice flavor reminiscent of a dark Belgian. Slight citrus flavor on the aroma as well. Mild alcohol presence warms the throat on the finish. Surprising for just 6.3 but quite welcome considering the "winter warmer" feel this brew is going for. Medium body with robust carbonation that nicely balances the malt.

Overall: a nice brew, definitely one I could have a few of in a night. This beer satisfies in the biting winter cold without having high ABV or super full body.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft-looking concentrated bubble head sinks fast over the dark maroon body. Fresh and unrefined-looking. Nose is rich malts, laced with wheat flour and spices. Dry.

Taste is sweet black cherry juice, almost a little too sweet to enjoy too much of. Cleanish finish, low on hops, but with a solid nutty aftertaste. Despite the mad bubbles and seeming carbonation, this beer is cold and smooth in the mouth, with actual feel from the apparent carbonation.

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