Cabin Fever Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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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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Photo of warmstorage
2.29/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle, poured into pint glass. Label has a dating system stating "FOR BREWERY-FRESH TASTE, PURCHASE BEFORE MONTH NOTCHED." Unfortunately, no month is notched...

Pours with a dense, somewhat rocky tan head that sticks around for quite a while. Medium to deep copper red.

Aroma is slightly sweet grain, but muted.

Taste is buttery, sweet, with a slightly citrusy hop bite, and lots of butter. Wow, buttered popcorn style butter. Presumably this is way overstated diacetyl. Ugh. Present both in the body and in the finish. More malt flavors as it warms to room temp, but the butter is still easily detected. Finish includes plums as it warms.

Mouth is slick, almost to the point of syrupy. Pretty unpleasant, in the way it coats your mouth with butter.

Really a disappointment, since I've liked every other beer I've had from Berkshire. I'll buy it again, at least once, to find out if I just got a bottle from a flawed batch -- I sure hope so.

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Photo of greenengineer
2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
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 MuddyFeet
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure what to make of this beer. The nose reminds me of my parents' old compost pile that I had to turn over and I just came upon a bunch of old grass clippings. Poured a thick mahagony in color with a slight thin and creamy head. Flavor is havey on the malts and has a creamy taste going on. Slight hop towards the back end. The spices are very much so present but it is as if I am tasting them through cheese cloth. They are fairly muted. Full body and creamy mouthfeel. The spice kind of hand out around my teeth.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly, I really dont know what to make of this ale. There was nothing really negative about it yet I have a hard time coming up with some positives.

The pour, the smell, the mouthful were ok, but what I did not like was the aftertaste. I always like a beer (or wine) that starts off and finishes the same way. To me, the drink ability was
not what I would hope for

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber with no style stated on the label.

This has a mulit-hued effect with a base color of light brown with amber and red hues. The head is about 1" high, tan colored, quick to dissipate, not exactly as heady looking as I would hope to get me through this kind of winter.

The nose is mostly fruity, with the majority being pineapple. slight Cedar wood smoke, sweet malt, deep red fruits, strawberry, watermellon and mostly pineapple. The malt smells a bit thin, dominated by fruits.

This has a rather thin, water malt body, certainly not complex and malty enough for a winter Warmer, or any other winter season brew. The malt is quickly taked over by the bland, pineapple flavored hops with some slight starfruit in the back ground. a dry, crisp middle body seems to fade fast with a woody, pencil shavings edge that seems really strange. The flavor's simply don't work toagether at all.

A beer made for winter? "cabin fever"...seems like it should be a decent malt bomb with a warming effect, I can't even detect any alcohol in the flavor, not bite, no warming. Oh well.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new one for me, we brought a bunch over to the fourth of July cookout. Served cold and poured
into a nice tasting glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2010.

Was not really sure what to make of this one as the light caramel color came out of the bottle and
into the glass. Very thin looking without much of a head to speak of at all.

Aroma is caramel, bitter hops, a touch of some off malts. Not really getting the warm and fuzzy from
this one right now. As it comes up to temperature it leaves hints of bready tones, brown sugar,
touches of light candied notes and a burnt coffee finish. Not really sure where that one came from.

Overall I will pass. It was not terrible by any means, just not what I had in mind.

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Photo of deanhead
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Deep Rich brown inviting beer.
Although little to virtually Non existent head, this beer is begging to be consumed.

Smell- Lackluster, some malt , even less hope. This is a true sign of a good beer, one that is simple in some aspects yet complex on other levels.

Taste-malty, sweet, some tobacco, almost lager like

Mouthfeel- light in body, somewhat lame mouthfeel. Something is missing.

Drinkability- I'm not totally impressed with this beer. It's good but, just doesn't tap my malt receptors. Enjoy a bottle soon before it goes away.

Not really a session beer, or a sipping beer. This beer does enjoy being consumed, can't figure out exactly why, but it is.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22-ounce bottle courtesy of HikerCT. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a bright light brown color with a single-finger off-white head that has some spotty lacing. The nose carries a bit of light caramel and some bread, not too much else. The flavor is equally bland. Some bread. Maybe bread crust, too. Yay! Not much in the way of spicing, so at least it's not overspiced. Medium body and quite chewy. Blah.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark shade of amber with good clarity. Head is an off white color with good lace. The head fizzed out too quickly for my liking.

Ok I wasn't sure what type of beer this was until I looked it up on my phone. It's supposed to be a winter warmer, but you can tell from the nose it isn't spiced at all. It's got a hoppy nose that is slightly citric and fruity in character. There is also a nice toasty malt backound to the nose that has suprising strength.

The taste was suprising at first, and still suprises me. It tastes like a light bodied amber ale that favors malt flavor to hops, despite the nose. It has a lightly toasted, carmelly flavor. Hops add a slightly fruity twang to the finish. You would expect this beer to be full bodied in flavor because of the season, but it's suprisingly light. It's not just light for a winter beer, it's just light. It's thin and lifeless. The body of this beer does not match with the flavors at all. The carbonation thins it out even more.

It's easy to drink, and it doesn't feel like a high ABV beer, but I wouldn't order another. It's too lifeless and boring because of the over attenuation. It has some good qualities but fails to come together.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
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 rousee
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark orangey amber color--very murky with a small head and lots of spider web like lace.

The nose on this beer is primarily an up front maltiness followed by hops and some slight winter spices along the lines of clove, nutmeg, allspice or cinnamon.

The taste is a good refreshing malt and caramel blast up front with a good amount of hoppiness following and the winter spices kind of take over there and linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel is spicey and piney somewhat resinous and sappy.
Drinkability is about average. Better than plenty of overspiced winter warmers but this isnt one I will likely buy again very often.

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Photo of acarroll413
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass.

A- The head on this beer was HUGE; easily 4-5 inches. The color was a nice deep amber.

S- It smelled alright, kind of average as far as winter warmers go. A little bit more hoppy than I'm used to.

T- I was highly disappointed, but then again that's just because it I had set my expectations really high on this. I couldn't taste any winter spices, all I tasted was hops and lack of carbonation.

M- It wasn't very smooth, and it was quite heavy. I had hoped it was going to be carbonated more, but I was wrong.

D- I'm wicked bummed, I won't get it again.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy deep briwnish amber, with a very lively almond head.
Aroma is big and malty, with some estery fruitiness and mild hopping. I'm guessing it's an old ale, or something in that vein. Definitely a winter warmer.
Flavor is big and malty, with some light esteriness and mild hopping way back in the nosebleed seats. Sort of bland and simple, which is disappointing. Although it's a decent beer by any standard, this is my least favorite Berkshire beer so far. Not up to par with their other brews, in my opinion.

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Photo of Durge
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one shows a cloudy amber brown color with a fair sudsy tan head and decent lacing. The aroma gives me grapey wheat with a hint of malt and maybe some nutmeg. The taste is oak and grass and dry malt with a hint of citrus hops. It's a medium body brew with fine carbonation. Reasonable drinkability, a bit peppery. Not really calling out for high volume by my tastebuds. Not bad.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bomber, served in a nonic.
No best before date notched.

Amber-hued, rustic copper in color. Inch-high, dense & rocky white head that plasters the nonic's sides and is slow to recede. Webbed and condensed lacing with very good strength.

Rich, lasting sweet caramel malts. Spicy and full, floral-Germanic hop aromatics. Fig, date, and plum with a mild touch of warming alcohol.

Mildly sweet toasted malts; slick caramel and toffee, but only hints of sweetness. Faint touches of bittered fig and date. Floral hop flavors fade quickly to reveal a bland wheat and grain base. A mild bitterness is followed by a watery, light citrus and wheat aftertaste.

A light, medium in body; very thin and watery on the palate, which misses the mark for the style.

Points for appearance and aroma, but the flavor and mouthfeel fall short. The malt presence is quite thin and subdued, especially for an ale that should be big enough for the cold, winter months.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a heavy light tan head from a bomber into a pint glass. Smelled very doughy and fruity almost with a belgian yeast strain, but it was so carbonated it really brought the aroma of this beer out.

Tasted like an english ale with a lighter body, some doughy yeast, and more fruitiness to it. Finishes very dry with a tannic presence. Really seems so carbonated, I wonder if it is finished with a champagne like yeast. Very light in body, so light that it is surprising for a 6.3% abv beer. It is very drinkable because of this, but slightly not my style.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty good looking copper colour with a decent sized off-white head that has a good amount of stickiness and retention to it.

The aroma is somewhat bland overall: hints of caramel sweetness, general malt and some spices are all here but could be beefed up a bit all around.

The flavour hits on the aromas but does the beefing up that's necessary in the aroma, and as such makes for a nice tasting brew. Caramel sweetness is still here, along with the spices, but some bread notes are mixed in as well with hints of hops that aren't terribly noticeable in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick, but nice overall.

This one is solid in all areas. It's not the cream of the crop for Berkshire, but it's still nice and drinkable and definitely worth a shot as it's a basic but tasty brew.

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Photo of Jayli
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice orange brown color that was slightly hazy. Decent head that dissapeared quickly. There is a distinct scent specific to Berkshire brews. This beer had a bit of carbonation, but not to much that it is overpowering. There is a nice, dry clean finish.
A pretty decent beer.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber...small head.
Smells of malt and a hint of spice.
Taste is a well balanced mix of sweet caramel malt and bitter hops, with a flavor kind of like allspice in the background.
Light/medium body...mwdium carbonation.
Paired very well with a seafood dinner.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pillowy head that stays around for some time. Ranges in color from orange to blood red. Just a little murky.

S - At first sniff, it reminds me of a home brew straight out of the fermenter. Very sweet malt aroma, like that of sweet wort. Fusel alcohol aroma you would get from a freshly/still fermenting beer, not necessarily due to high alcohol content (not that this beer is actually still fermenting, it just gives off that flavor). Hops are subtle and somewhat spicy.

T - Fairly straightforward malt taste with a distinct cereal or grainy flavor. A bit of banana-like fruitiness and enough bitterness to keep the whole thing from being cloying.

M/D - Ends dry. Light to medium body. Not too complex, but pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of abgba121
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy copper/red color with thin head and very little lace

S: very sweet and fruity, a little yeasty, no hoppiness or bitterness present

T: sweet, expected some hops, but its all toasted hops. Pretty decent though nonetheless.

M: good carbonation, also a thick beer, but its a winter warmer so that's expected.

O: decent beer, not amazing, though I had it 3 months beyond the freshness date on the bottle. So next year I will have a fresh one and we will see what happens.

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Photo of Fluke828
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber with a Best By 06/07/11 on the shoulder. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A-> Pours a deep copper color with a solid 2 finger head that receeds slowly with great lace, beautiful nucleation as well.

S-> Immediately get bready malt aromas with the scent of a pale ale and almost a wheaty smell. Smell doesn't really give anything away...kind of faintly subtle if that makes any sense...

T-> Kind of expected some form of spice or whatnot seeing as this is a winter warmer but judging from the smell I'm not suprised there wasn't much of a spice presence. Taste is...well..hard to describe...definitely malt forward, crisp, and clean. There is a very faint hop bitterness and mayyyybe some citrus but it is VERY subdued. Toasted maltyness dominates throughout and finishes with a mellow bite of bitterness but not really getting any spicyness.

M-> At first this felt thin, but after half a tulip, it is more medium bodied with great carbonation. Really like this amount of carbo in my beers...

O-> I am enjoying this local brew...not sure how warming it would be on a cold winter night as isn't really big or full bodied...not neccesarily a bad thing...taste is just kind of bland...really tastes more like a pale or a wheat.

EDIT-> Upon examining the label, "Its rich malt profile is reminiscent of an English Pale Ale" Aha!

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Photo of fitzy84
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought their 22 oz. A hazy, amberish color with a thin head pours out from their bottle. Very thin aromas of caramel and malt. making it not too strong but also less attractive. A nice taste though, a little sweet and spicy. It's crisp with medium carbonation, making it relaxing and refreshing. Though it lacks a wicked punch smell/taste wise, this is a nice drink.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a translucent mahogany brown with a big pinkish tan head that recedes slowly but steadily and laces well.

grainy and herbal aroma with some caramel. not much spice compared to what can be found in other winter warmers. herbal tea comes to mind.

herbs come first with plenty of grain following. caramel and corn syrup sweetness come next and it finishes a bit tart and fruity. not quite what I was expecting in a winter warmer, but it isnt bad. almost like a domestic octoberfest crossed with a winter warmer.

light to medium bodied with heavy carbonation. it finishes watery with some lingering sweetness, but not much in terms of aftertaste.

drinks ok. nothing special, but nothing terrible either. really reminds me of an octoberfest with winter spices added.

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Cabin Fever Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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