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Cabin Fever Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

very good
156 Reviews
Cabin Fever AleCabin Fever Ale

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 maximum12
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gn0sis for sending this over as an extra in an early spring trade; the last surviving bottle. It's been resting comfortably in the beer fridge ever since, the lack of an identifiable POV keeping it undrunk. Winter warmer? Who knew? Split with my wife.

Pour is vigorous, resulting in a deep russet brew that one can only see shadows through. Smells remarkably like beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

I got Cabin Fever on my own couch! The spicing in this is subtle & complements the beer, which I hugely appreciate - massively spiced beers are an affront to nature. I'm not cool enough to pick out individual spices, but they are multiple & tasty. There's also a bouquet of fruit too, including ripe pears, green apples, & others. Sprite & snappy on the palate, & light enough to be appealing on a warm summer evening.

Winter warmer? Bah! Dial it down a notch or two & BBC would have a nice, easy-drinkin' summer beer for the porch. I am pleasantly surprised, very good beer.

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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 billab914
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. Poured copper in color with a thick, frothy half inch white head. The head had some pretty nice retention to it along with a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a malty sweet flavor to it with some notes of caramel and spice. The spice is fairly mild compared to a lot of winter spiced beers, which I appreciate. It has more of an earthy, hoppy, spice to it then any other spice really.

The taste has a lot of the malty, bready and caramel notes that the nose suggested. The spices are even milder in the taste which I also like. Like the aroma the spice seems more of a hoppy spice in the finish then actual spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malty flavors to it and the spices weren't overdone. Pretty enjoyable brew that would fit nicely with a cold winter night.

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

Served on tap at the Flatbread pizza company in Canton CT. Shaker pint glass.

Pours reddish brown with a wisp of white foam at the top. Some stickiness around the top.

Malty sweet smell, not prominent.

Taste is a malty blend with a nutty background. There are some subtle hops buried in the background. Light sweetness. Well balanced carbonation.

This is a tasty beer, no doubt. Good balance, nice nuttyness that pokes through.

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Photo of TtheGrey
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish brown, a bit cloudy. When I poured from the bottle to the glass a large head was evident and had staying power.

S - A yeasty smell is present.

T - Quite tasty and not an over=abundance of hops. I am still new to this beer exploring world, but know that I generally don't like really hoppy beers (like IPAs).

M - Nice mouthfeel, rich and lasting.

D - Though full with flavor I could see quite a few of these going down, though the 6.3% ABV could come up to surprise me.

Overall I would say this is a high quality beer, and I would get this again.

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Photo of CavePainter
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, deep reddish copper with a thick off-white head that fades to a thin, lingering lacing.

Smell: Honey-like malt with floral a floral bouquet.

Taste: A malt heavy beer. Sweet, rich, honey-like malt, with spicy, floral hop bitterness desperately trying to balance out the malt, but just falling short.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Finishes malt heavy, just on the verge of being cloying.

Drinkability: Goes down slow and easy - smooth malt - a slightly warm alcohol strength that hangs in the background, creeping up on you as you drink - This beer is designed to sooth the disgruntled sole. No bells, no whistles. No frills. Just a wonderful mix of malt, and hops trying desperately to keep up. Great as a single, but perhaps a tad too heavy to have more than one.

A great seasonal single. You could learn a lot about winter in Western Mass from the character of this beer. It is rich, warm, sweet and soothing.You stretch it out, curled up on a couch. It comforts - it mellows. Suddenly, you don't want to eat your housemates - you're too full of malt! And that snowdrift that ate your car...eh, you'll get it tomorrow.

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

22 oz. bottle, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass (a couple of times). Has a big frothy head sort of a creamy light orange color. It sticks around for awhile and produces some very generous lacing to it. The lacing really adds to the effect on this one, it sticks to the glass extremely well. The beer itself looks a little lighter than several winter warmer's I've had, but still quite nice looking. A light amber color at first and when held to the light looks orange with a medium haze to it. I've seen good looking IPA's, even DIPA's look like this in the past, an interesting approach. The smell is good for a winter warmer. Pine hops stand out the most, but you can tell it's very well malted as well, caramel if I'm not mistaken. Most are generally very malty, but this takes a more well balanced approach. In the taste you get more of a malty flavor. Sweet malts, caramel and chocolate well roasted and then a mild pine and citrus blend of hops, tastes even a little herbal. Mouthfeel is good, could be great if it was a little heavier/bolder. Medium overall with a nice clean bitter finish from the hops and very drinkable. Another solid brew from Berkshire.

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

A: Rich deep copper color with ruby tones, and pillowy off white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malty aroma, some winter spices, and hints of fresh brewed tea.

T: Sweet and fruity. Carmel malt, candied apples and ripe plums, cinnimon and nutmeg. Some light notes of tea as well.

M: Medium bodied ale, with ample carbonation.

D: This is a easy drinking winter warmer. Nice spice flavor without being overpowering. And at 6.30%, this is a great session beer. Another solid offering from BBC.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in my BBC pint. Poured a translucent copper with a loose, quarter inch bright white head quickly dissipates into a skim and a bubbly band around the edges. Subdued nose - just the slightest hint of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice). Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also some citrus in the mix on a pleasantly malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-light and lively with a little prickliness at the back of the throat. Really quite delicious and nicely balanced for the style.

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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 Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A: Poured a burnt orange, ruby amber color with a great fluffy head of eggshell foam. Lacing was nice and carbonation looked lazy and inviting.

S: Smells slightly spicy but mostly giving off fruity ale esters and alcohol aromas. Berry and citrus with a light banana fragrance.

T: A rather malty winter ale. There's a complex fruity ale profile which casts raspberry, banana and orange flavors along with the taste of a spiced tea; cloves, ginger and white pepper. A citrus-herbal hop profile finishes slightly creamy but with a slight sting of alcohol.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slightly creamy if not for the sting of alcohol and hop flavors.

D: A very nice and complex brew to split for a winter session with a friend. At 6.3% ABV and with such deep character, I wouldn't recommend it as a solo session or even a great option as a "winter warmer," but it is tasty and warming.

Paired really nicely with lemon-brushed shrimp cocktail with a nice horseradish sauce and cream cheese covered in hot pepper relish.

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

Pours a nice golden brown with a bit of cloudiness.
Smells great with some sweet fruit notes and a hint of cinnamon.
Nice flavor with citrus flavor and a nice lingering after taste. The cinnamon seems most noticeable in the after taste. Very little alcohol flavoring present.
Light to medium bodied.
Very high drinkability - would make a great sessions beer.

I'm a fan of this beer. I like BBC's products and put this on tap at home without having tried it an am glad I did. I think it offers a nice, light holiday-beer alternative for people who aren't interested in a heavy bodied or over-spiced beer (two items I like). I expect this beer to go fast.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is from the Winter '08 release. Bought this cold last spring and have kept it cold since. Let's see how it holds up.

Pours a brilliant clear amber, with a finger of solid eggshell white head. 1/4 finger of frothy retention leaves back robust lacing, which hangs in heavy rings. Just a really nice look to this. The aroma is floral (and a bit herbal) with some pleasant spicing, as well a deep tang of citric fruits, toasted caramel, and maybe even a bit of brown sugars. Nice bright smell to this.

The taste matches the aroma but maybe pops just a bit less. Caramel, toasted bread and silky fruit character. Moderately biting pithy hop presence. Nice pleasant festive spicing in this as well. Sweet and toasty flavor here overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a touch of heft to it, but is otherwise pretty mellow on the tongue.

Good stuff. Toasty and spicy, with a bit of warming beef to the body, this is a solid cooler weather sipper.

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, nearly bright, amber colour with a short cap of fine light beige bubbles. Good head retention with a bit of spotty lacing. Looks nice. Caramel aroma, some biscuity and bready malts, with a slight spice. Fairly mild though, with little in the way of hops. Bitterness was on the low side, which let the buttery caramel flavour dominate. Mild spice (ginger or nutmeg perhaps?) with a bit of hop flavour mid-palate. Slightly peppery in the finish. Medium to full bodied with carbonation on the low side of average. Not quite slick in texture, but close. Warmth wasn't evident on the palate, but I could feel it in my belly. Pretty solid overall.

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

Thanks go out to brothercannon for bringing me this, and a slew of other Berkshire bottles back for me from VT. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazy tarnished copper color with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. A nice layer of sticky lace clings to my glass with each sip. Nose and flavor are of mild spices, toffee, a touch of black pepper, maybe some nutmeg, a bit fruity, and some floral hops. Bordering near full bodied for the style with ample carbonation. Tasty stuff, thanks again Tim!

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

Poured this 22 oz. bomber into a standard pint glass.

The beer was a nice brown color, that let a little light through when held to it. Nice, mellow white 2 finger head appeared when poured correctly. The beer oddly had yeast sediment through out. When the beer was poured the yeast came with it and it ultimately created a homogenous mixture.

The smell was only above average. I received a heavy smell of brown sugar and some yeast. The beer had an aroma akin to holiday sweet bread.

The taste was decent. I really got some great yeast and sugar flavors that smoothed out to a nice finish.

The mouth feel was thick, but perfect for the style. The yeast that floated around was not really noticeable at all.

The drinkability is there. For the style, I could see myself sitting in a warm livingroom, slowly enjoying this is as the snow falls. This could be a sessionable brew if you like sweeter beers.

Final Thoughts - I like BBC a lot. Their bombers are decently priced, and their brews are wonderful. They show a level of craft and love that makes me happy to purchase it time and time again.

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Photo of schroederm
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a Sam Smith pint glass:

One finger of off-white soapy head that falls into a blanket that sticks around. Deep amber/copper color, a bit hazy. Fantastic sheeting and sticky lacing. Very subtle nose. a bit of cherry and not much more. A bit more bitter needed to balance out wonderful fruity maltiness. Nutmeg in the aftertaste, which leaves the palate clean and refreshed. Solid body and good carbonation. Sessionable, not in your face and quite tasty.

Overall: Not as spiced as most winter warmers, which is actually refreshing. I'm not often a fan of the style, and this is an exception for me.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass this beer yielded a dirty copper color with a cloudy body.
A pleasant aroma but at the same time not to much there. Very subtle.
A malt character is up front with a hint of hops near the finish as well as a typical winter warmer spice, Cardamom?
A great body, very full with good carbonation.
Not spiced very much for a winter warmer which for me is a plus. This is a good beer that I will visit again next year.

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Cabin Fever Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.
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