Cabin Fever Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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157 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 dbalsock
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber brown with a hazy orange tint. The head is quite nice and interesting and the only word i know to describe it is... almondesque.

Smell: Flowery hops mix into the smell with a sweet malt based aroma.

Taste: The hops and the malt mix very will especially with the addition of subtle spices that I have trouble identifying. I like the laid back taste as well as the laid back hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: So smooth with a nice bitter end to it. The consistency is fantastic, not too light, nor too syrup like.

Drinkability: All I have to say is that downing a bomber of this was no problem... I just wish I had some more.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Imperial pint glass

A- golden dark amber with a huge head. Head was white, frothy and lasted forever what a great looking beer.

S- balanced hops not to strong but enough to get some nose. Not overpowering, subtle foral hops. This beer smells good.

T- smooth with just the right amount of hops with a slight bitterness/ dryness in the finish

M- a bit thinner than I antisipated, but about on par with others in this style

D- an easy drinker with a subtle complexity, will I be having this again? yes

Notes: BA member acarroll413 and I shared this 22 oz bottle, but as you can read from his review everyone's tastes are different. This was a good purchase, I liked this beer.

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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 ybnorml
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark amber/copper colored beer with a light haze. Has a big creamy spoonable beige head. Light fruit notes up front (peach,apricot) with some coffee notes next. Followed by an intruigeing grapefruit hop character.A light caramel malt character first. Then some roasted nut notes with a hint of coffee and a smooth light bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Franchise
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer recommended by a friend at Colonial Spirits, I've been wanting to try another brew from Berkshire since trying the Imperial stout last year, and he has never lead me wrong before so let see what this beer is all about. It pours a candied orange, similar in color to pencil shavings. It leaves a very thin white head thats semi-sticky but not really clinging to the glass. The smell of this beer is surprisingly fruity, peach, grape, citrus. The hop essence in the nose is almost non present. As I taste this beer the hops let me know there in this ale, then a fruit essence hits your palate then leaves quickly replaced with some spices cinnamon, nutmeg, corriander and finished with a squeeze of hop bitterness. This is a nice ale one that is refreshing and I could drink all winter.

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Photo of mcowgill
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very clear copper color with a head that dissipates quickly. While drinking I notice not much of a trace remains on the side of the glass. The smell is certainly not strong but I get the faint smell of spice and alcohol. The taste is quite enjoyable, malty in nature but certainly enough hops for balance with an overall holiday spice throughout. I like how this beer feels in the mouth with some carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It will not be a chore to finish this bomber. Another fine Berkshire product.

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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 AlexJ
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ppoitras for the opportunity to try this!

Cloudy glowing amber red pour with a nice thick head the color of old bone. As the head is reduced to a lasting veil, random spots of lace are left behind.

Aroma is nice, albeit a bit subdued. Warm chewy malts, molasses sweetness, cookie dough, holiday spice, and citrus hops. Intensifies as it warms.

Flavor starts off with creamy malts, light fruit, hints of baking spice, and leads to a mildly hopped citrussy hop flavor. Nice balance and very easy to drink. I was expecting a heartier flavor from a winter warmer, this reminds me of a good pale or amber ale. Becomes fruitier as it warms, with a dry hop finish.

Body between light and medium, a tad light for this style. Soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel make for a highly drinkable ale.

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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 Dithyramb
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bomber, courtesy of ppoitras and WTFBIF05
Dark semicloudy amber with loads of lacing leftover from the fluffy, but short lived tan head.
Oily hops on the nose with biscuity malt underneath
Comes through with a rather brutish oily hops on the front, which gets sidestepped and uppercut with a sugary malts. The malts are complex, with gingerbread, biscuity, and maybe some licorice undertones. Expected a hop bomb, but was (enjoyably) deceived by the dry hopping. As I was sipping, I read some earlier reviews, and they hit it on the nose. This is one winter warmer that will remind you of those nice sugar cookies that I can't keep myself from eating while showing face time at boring work related XMas parties. You know, those ones to munch on while watching the drunk HR chick do the "bootie call" song. Classic.
Light mouthfeel, but that doesn't inhibit the flavor. Works pretty well. Leaves the mouth dry and warm. Drinkable? Lets just say the bomber didn't last very long.

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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 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 FLAbeergutinMASS
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle released on Nov. 1st; today is the 4th. Fresh, fresh, fresh. Incredibly bold in color, thin head, good lacing. Beer as not aged thoroughly enough to truly give a proper representation of its emanations. Trails of smoke and maple syrup are present in its body, very malty.

I love when local breweries come out with seasonal offerings. I've had this one several times in the past I just hadn't reviewed it. However, it is better than I remember.

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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 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 bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber gold in hue with a ruby-purple influence, especially when backlit. The color is very regal. Modest haziness. The head was slightly off-white in color, at the apex the foam was one finger in height, sadly, it faded quickly to a thin, soapy collar. What a bummer! I mean damn the color is lovely, I wish it had better head retention. There was some subsequent lacing; it was very spotty and hardly noteworthy. This beer looks very nice. The nose is soft, the potency is low; it takes a hard sniff to entice this beer to speak to me. I get an interesting dichotomy. The malt is stronger than the hops and the malt has a simple English flair to it with a sweet, slightly roasty tone and a kiss of caramel. The hops are kind of spicy, muted though, with just a tickle of earthiness. In fact the hops seem German. The two countries are not a war; there is a good harmony in fact. The nutty aromas grow in time; I even get a hint of fruit (it is an ale after all). I like the nose; there isn’t much to it though. Inviting… but the nutty aroma gets a little loud for me. I’m not going to lie; sometimes the moniker “Winter Warmer” worries me. It seems the title is too vague and too many of the beers follow suit. This offering, after the first couple sips, put my mind to ease. Even with that said, and don’t get me wrong, this beer is good, there isn’t that much stuff to really grab me. The malt backbone is the focal point of the palate; there are enough malt flavors for me to care, some roastiness, some sweetness, some caramel influences, and even a tickle of biscuit at the back. Even with all those tastes it seems to be lacking a little richness. I’m such a dick. I mean there isn’t any wrong with it, I just want something more; it needs another layer. The hops offer some spiciness that pierces the malt perfectly. Bitterness is firm and moderate. Nutty. It is lightly fruity too; hints of pine. Random kisses of sugar. This beer has excellent balance, the palate is plenty articulate and it is saying all the right things! The flavor profile is good. Medium in body, the carbonation is moderately low but quite fitting for this beer. The mouthfeel is not big or bulky; I guess this can be expected because the abv is modest for a winter seasonal. Pleasant mouthfeel. This beer was very drinkable. I mean very! I’m enjoying every ounce of the bomber. This is yet another beer from BBC that is very quaffable. They can sure brew a beer I want to drink! Thank you ppoitras for the bomber, this was yet another great addition to Secret Santa 2004.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange almost copper color with a light white head. The nose is super fruity for this beer giving off some citrusy orange, strawberries, grapes and just a bit of hop. Initial flavors give off a creamy mix of caramels and fruity flavors. Peaches and strawberries are the closest things I can compare these flavors too. The finish is nicely hoppy and slightly bitter, with a nice citrus tone. There is also a bready tone right at the end. Overall this is a nice winter seasonal considering that most brews are big bruiser impy stouts or something of the sorts. This is a more subtle full flavored brew that just works well

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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 Hibernator
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22 oz brown bomber bottle for $3.99 at Whole Foods recently. Freshness date notched for March. No year, so I am hoping 2005. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance is a hazy brown color. I was surprised to see such a small head on this beer, even with a vigorous pour. There are some sticky lacings on the glass.

Aroma of brown sugar, sweet malt and a little bit of hops.

Medium bodied brew with some sweet malts and nutty flavors. Some sips are tasting a little watery or unbalanced. Nice, little hoppy bite on the finish. Good drinkability at 6.3% ABV.

A solid winter offering from Berkshire Brewing Company.

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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 steinlifter
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy amber, decent head with some retention,slight hop aroma,sweet malts, tastes is rather smooth and creamy, malty with a touch of hops for balance, a bit spicy.medium carbonation, this is good drinking beer! if you like BBC products, you'll like this one. cheers!

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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 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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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one opens with a loud pffft. It poured an fairly clear amber color. Suprisingly little head and about no carbonation. The aroma is quite mild. It is malty sweet, with some hints of fruitiness. Maybe some hops down in there also. Malty sweetness, with some hops in there to balance them out. No real bitterness to the tatse. A hint of spice. Very smooth. Good beer!

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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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Cabin Fever Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.83 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
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