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Cabin Fever Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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86
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156 Reviews
Cabin Fever AleCabin Fever Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kelticblood on 12-30-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
324
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
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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

IT'S BACK!

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 rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a pint glass a dark amber with a one finger head that leaves a very nice halo and super light clouding with nice side lacing.

S - Rather nice winter spices on this. Crisp hops and sweet malts. Doesnt smell like the typical winter warmer, but that being said the smell is rather inviting.

T - Witner spices that envoke a fireplace is a nice way of putting this one. There is light maple and some nice sweet malts.

M - Crisp, but a bit too much carbonation for me on this one.

O - Overall I enjoyed this offering from BBC. Always good to support local and this one is that.

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

The beer pours a light light reddish brown color with a nice off white head. The smell is slightly sweet with hints of spice but not overpowering. The flavor follows suit with the beer having the body and some what the flavor of a red ale with slightly sweet and light spicey notes. The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall a food winter warmer without being over powering like harpoon

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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 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 mlazzaro
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks nice, reddish in color. off-white head. Smells malty and yeasty. Taste like an Alt beer yeast, perhaps an English yeast. Caramel and toasty malt flavors. End of the sip is a little strange. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Bitterness is very smooth as well. Alcohol is masked well. Warming without burning. Definitely malt dominant in flavors happening. I enjoy a winter beer that isn't over the top spiced out. tastes pretty good.

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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 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 Sam21
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottling. 22oz bomber into imperial pint glass.

Appearance - Careful long pour yields a tight creamy white head on top a deep amber body. Good sticky lace.

Smell - Ripe citrus fruits and sugary caramel malt. Great juicy oranges and also some strawberries. The fruity hops and malt balance nicely.

Taste - The flavor explodes with bready malt and light citrus hops. There is some light roasted malt sweetness in the middle, which make up the body of this winter warmer. It finishes with a flurry of fruity esters and citrus hops accompanied by a subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with some creamy carbonation.

Drinkability - An easy drinking winter warmer. Waves of smooth malty goodness to make the short days and long nights of winter more doable.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a pint glass at the Portsmouth Brewery (this beer was the guest tap when I visited).

A: Clear red/orange liquid. A finger's worth of off-white foam, but not much carbonation rising within. Very good coating.

S: Pale malts and crystal sugars. A little bit of hop bitterness.

T: Caramel malts, some sugars (it tastes a tad syrupy). Something about the flavor reminds me of apple juice--it is slightly cidery. I don't necessarily find this beer warming, but it is enjoyable.

M: Full body, medium carbonation. Tiny bubbles. Not sticky, but does coat well. The coat has more fruit juice flavors and a cider kick.

D: This beer is enjoyable, but one is enough for me. I find it to be a filling beer (although I am enjoying it over a meal). On it's own, I can see myself drinking a full 22 oz bottle.

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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 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 Aggie69143
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice solid winter warmer,bought a log of this in nov almost finished with it,easy drinking sweet malt,slight hop finish,nice head with good retention.this beer was alot better when first tapped,but still holds up 3 months later.
nice beer to enjoy a few on a cold winters eve.

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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 Vierenner
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while on a trip to Boston -- great opportunity to drink a local brew! A nicely-balanced ale with a spicy and fruity hop finish. Also carries a nutty flavor. Copper-amber in color, but mildy cloudy. I gave a little ding to appearance because of cloudiness -- a clear beer is an important attribute to me. A quality beer at an affordable price.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz. bottle into a Gritty's pint glass.

The color is a slightly hazy dark orange/amber with finger and a half of foamy off-white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a it caramel malt aroma. There is a somewhat sweetness that blends into a mellow bitterness

The taste is sweet with a creamy malt flavor. Some bread flavor is there with a touch of a slight buttery flavor. There is a touch of spice and again a mellow bitterness toward the end that finishes things off.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied. This is good, drinkable beer that goes down well and has just a small aftertaste.

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

Tap at texas bbq in Northborough.

Semi clear golden amber peach color with creamy head w lacing.

Nose has some malts, creamy, caramel and light molasses like malts and syrups, light malts, bit of earthy malt aroma.

Taste light creamy malts, earthy gritty malts, caramel, red malts, little earthy hop, light molasses and bready malt like taste. Finishes with a bit of sweetness and some very light spices like taste, and malts.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drink is decent, no real booze taste for a winter beer, light malts, a bit of sweetness and sticky finish.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in my fridge for a while, there's over a foot of snow outside, what better night to review Cabin Fever Ale?

Pours a hazy copper/red, really nice color. Big off-white head retains easily at a finger really caking on the lacing.

Caramel+nutty malts in the scent, slight spice and fruit as it warms. Strong at first but gets weaker over time.

Taste is pretty malt-centric (toasty and nutty mostly) but there is also a nice spicy/herbal hop presence, enough to get some hop burps going quickly. Bread and fruit in the finish, reminds me of fruitcake at times. Pulls off that 'English ale' feel pretty well.

Mouthfeel feels barely carbonated at first but gets more bubbly after a few minutes and is fine.

As usual, a solid offering from Berkshire. Enough complexities and flavor to keep you sipping.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sure I have had this one, nice to review local stuff.

A- Pours brown with a large, frothy head that has pretty damn good retention. Pretty nice spots of lace coat the glass.

S- Mostly a malt based aroma with a lot of deep caramel and some darker sugar like molasses. Floral hops open up as it warms. A bit spicy.

T- Caramel malt, toffee with slight toast tones. Some dark fruit. Certainly a spice to it but it feels from the hops as does a citrus zest and floral flavor. Some nutty malt/nutmeg. Yeast lends bready hints. The caramel and nutmeg really build a lot as I drink more.

MF- Creamy light body with smooth high-end carbonation. Somewhat bitter.

DB- Pretty good, better than the winter seasonals I am used to. Instead of going over the top with spice it is just a nice regular ale.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown amber. Finger and a half of white/off-white head that has spotty lacing on the glass.

Smells of winter spices, nutmeg etc, and lots of malts. Hard to detect a hop profile, but I'm sure some of the spiciness is due in part to hops.

Has a nice sharp bit to begin with. Now you can taste the hops.. they weren't really present in the nose. Nice spicy and earthy hop flavors. Lots of spicy and the malts are very smooth. More sweet than doughy. Spices do an alright amount of warming, but there's not enough alcohol kick to compliment it.

Medium bodied and slightly lingering in the taste. Moderate carbonation.

It's local, it's cheap, and it's good. It's overall a good beer and worth trying for sure.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received an amber glass with a cream colored thin head that surprisingly left some decent lace. Nice clarity.

This one was served too cold. Initial aromas were toasted malt, some sweet fruit. As it warmed, I got a touch of spice and toffee-like notes, with a little zing of pine.

Bitter-sweet brew with a nice toasted malt and fruit balance. Not overdone in either category, with the bitter notes of dark toasted bread and some hints of hop bitterness melding with some fruit and toffee sweetness. Nice malty grain finish with some lingering bitterness. Tasty.

Fuller bodied and appropriately carbonated.

Easy to drink. Might even do with a bit more booze in it. Smooth but lacks the punch I wanted. Nothing super distinctive, but a winner just the same. Very worth the try.

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

Poured into NB Globe Glass

Pours 1 finger of head that settles down. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is am amber hued mahogany.

Aroma: Very malty. Caramel with a lot of toffee. Some spices. Kind of reminds me of a young warm ale. Has some grassy hops showing. It also has some fruit flavors.

Taste: Very similar to the nose, but it has more hops showing. Still pretty malty. Caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Some raisins and spice. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, not a bad winter warmer. Reminded me a lot of a young old ale, still pretty hoppy. It was rather quick drinking. Above average, but nothing I would actively seek out.

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Photo of uustal
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep reddish brown. Not much of a head and subpar lacing as well. Sweet malt and fruity aroma. Begins with a nice caramelized sugar malt. Malt gives way to a good kick of fruity flavor, almost fruit punch like. Winter and grassy spices finish the beer out, especially as it warms. Tasty, sweet combination.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a orange brown color. Two finger white head that shows medium retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Malts that are super sweet in the front of the beer. Caramel malts and something else I can't figure out. Light fruits in the backing and well nothing really else. Once it warms a little bit of spice.

T- Light caramel malts with a touch of toffee notes here and there. There is some light spicing in the middle of the beer with the ending being more of a spicey hop flavor. As this warmed up though the bready malts came through more.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little on the weak side. Malts and more malts are left on the palate. Some light alcohol and spicing left in the aftertaste. This beer was more malt forward and not totally balanced. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Crisp flavors overall.

D- This beer was drinkable. Not my favorite from Berkshire from what I have had but hey you can't win all the time now can you?

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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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