Ichabod Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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Ichabod AleIchabod Ale

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 567 | Ratings: 1,629
Photo of GuyFawkes
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 8/6/18; drank 10/30/18 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dark orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big eggshell head; strong, frothy lace.

Allspice, pumpkin & faint citrus notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Allspice & pumpkin flavors up front; macro lager notes on the finish.

A good pumpkin beer if you absolutely don't want too much flavor. Permanent pass for me.

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Photo of TheGent
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a gorgeous looking beer. A nice copper orange color with a thick beige head. It’s got enough of the spices to say “pumpkin pie” but the natural pumpkin adds a nice flavor and it has a dry, crackery malt finish with a touch of bitterness. An all around nice beer. And it’s just that, a beer, first. Love the 4.5% on it too.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This goes a long with the October theme, of course this makes a great brew when the leaves are falling. A different variety to the Oktoberfests. This one has variations of sweet and bitter. This one seems to a bit drier than the others but still has a sweet finish.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite a nice, refreshing beer that was surprisingly flavorful. Pours a nice amber color with lots of fluffy white head initially that slowly fades. Nice spotty lingering lacing. Smells of cinnamon, pumpkin and maybe a little clove. Tastes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pumpkin, grain and malt. Not too sweet and not too overspiced - nicely restrained. Smooth mild mouthfeel and good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Brewing Company "Ichabod"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 07/10/17 03:54"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: What's this, a pumpkin beer I haven't tried before? Hahaha, only kidding, I've just never rated it. And I will say, at least they got the name! Washington Irving, was it? Great little story. Anyway, it pours a hazy orange body beneath a finger thick head of creamy off-white. The head falls but it maintains a thin cap across the entire surface and some lacing is left where it fell. The aroma is there with the pumpkin pie spice, and in this case they list it as cinnamon and nutmeg. It's bright and clear but not overblown, and I somehow think that they've toned it down from the early days, perhaps even eliminating some other spices but I digress. The flavor follows with a caramelish maltiness, a hint of brown sugar, and some floral and leafy hops. The spice then is a perfect marriage with the gently sweetish malt, and it seems that they've set it up so that there's more spice in the aroma than there is in the flavor which is exactly the way it should be. There's a light touch of yeasty fruitiness as well, apple mainly. The only thing that I miss is a little more depth of character within the spice (allspice, clove, and ginger perhaps) but I'll gladly trade that for the nice balance that they've got going on here - and the fact that it's not overdone, too many pumpkin beers are just overdone. Oh, and I also forgot, there's actual pumpkin in the mash as well, which is nice even if it doesn't actually contribute much flavor; you can call it a pumpkin beer rather than just a spiced ale and be completely honest about it. A moderate bitterness balances it and it finishes with spice and caramel malt followed by lingering earth and spice. Medium-light in body and gently crisp. One of the more pleasant and easy to drink pumpkin beers on the market.

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Photo of brenn79
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle- Pours hazy orange with a medium whiteish head that reduces fairly quickly leaving a thin head that retains. Aroma is strong pumpkin spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, seemingly a touch of chocolate. The taste is similar, pumpkin spices, not overly sweet, balanced with enough hops. Pretty straight forward pumpkin spiced ale.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the knickerbocker tavern in altoon pa, friday night.

pint glass brought to the table, clear orange/amber body, small white head, which dissipates quite quickly leaving minimal lacing.

aroma of pumpkin spices

and, of course, it tastes like pumpkin spices. however, the taste is not strong, which i personally appreciate. it is faintly sweet

Below medium on the mouth, spicy on the finish

overall, an okay pumpkin spice beer. there are better options. and worse.

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Photo of erk0607
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Coppery orange with short lived head that turned to quick lacing.
Smell: Minimal. Not very strong, you really have to stick your nose in there, but there's some pumpkin and graininess to it.
Taste: Half bread, half pumpkin. Not many auxillary spices in this one.
Feel: Medium-heavy, not super thick though. Mild carbonation but energetic.
Overall: Ok pumpkin beer. At least it tastes like pumpkin, but there are better ones.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Standard Pint glass. Bottled on August 10th, 2017.

L: Pours a coppery orange, half finger off-white head has okay retention.

S: Smells of lots of spice and pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon are very noticeable.

T: Good amount of spice and pumpkin flavors, nutmeg and cinnamon are again the headline here, although the rich flavor seems to fade away quickly.

F: Light, crisp, semi-dry clean finish.

O: A decent Pumpkin beer, just wish the flavor would last longer.

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Photo of udfan07
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draught while out at a restaurant. A very drinkable pumpkin ale. Smelled of cinnamon and sugar and while tasting it I tasted hints of graham cracker. Very good fall beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a nice semi-dark to light orange to brown color-ed body with a nice less than a half fingered white foamy head that died extremely quickly. Lacing, hmmm...what lacing, there wasn’t any. The smell had a nice cinnamon to ginger spiced somewhat pumpkin-esque sort of spiciness trying to let a semi-decent maltiness to come about it. Does it? Hmmm....Not really, but still good for the most part. The taste, hmmm....well, its a fairly good spicy to sweet to a light hoppy bitterness combining and coming all about into itself. On the palate, it sat at/about a fairly light to medium on the body leading into a decent sessionable quality and having a fairly good carbonation running about its body. Overall, for the most part, I’d say this was a good Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Holland Ichabod Ale | New Holland Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head on this beer is three fingers thick and off-white, with solid lacing, and a clear deep mahogany brownish amber body.

I smell milder pumpkin/ginger spice with caramelized malts.

Tastes like the caramelized malts mixed with gingerbread making this a damn tasty brew, let alone the lighter pumpkin hints.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate New Holland Ichabod Ale | New Holland Brewing Company with a 4.5

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber colour, Smells like sweet pumpkin, cereal malts, caramel, slight spiced hop, and nutmeg. Tastes like light pumpkin throughout, cereal malts, kind of sweet, a bit of pumpkin spices at then end, but quite light.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

New Holland Ichabod Ale brewed by New Holland Brewing Company. This pumpkin ale pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice off white head. Now Ichabod Ale , has an ABV of 4.50% There is a decent amount of lacing to this pumpkin ale, it sticks nice to the glass. Ichabod Ale smell is rich with spices and pumpkin. The smell puts you in the mind set of pumpkin pie, not saying that is a thing. Between the color and smell this brew is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with spices, you pick up on cinnamon and nutmeg, then pumpkin. You also pick up on a decent amount of grains and malts. There is a lot going on in this pumpkin ale. This pumpkin ale has a bit more spices than most on the market, but it gives this brew a nice kick, that is a good thing. There really is nothing overpowering about New Holland Ichabod Ale, it a has a real nice balance to. I can't get over how smooth this ale goes down. This a fine drinking pumpkin brew, really puts you that pumpkin pie state. This is one pumpkin brew I can really enjoy. The mouth feel of New Holland Ichabod Ale is Spicy , Bold, Clean , Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving New Holland Ichabod Ale a 4.75 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. New Holland Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: pours to a 1 finger head with some lingering froth over an amber body.
S: subtle pumpkin notes with an light touch of nutmeg. Very light on the spice smell.
F:Soft small bubbles make for a smooth drink of medium body.
T:Some pumpkin seems to strike first but very well integrated with the malt/grain the follows. A trace of nutmeg through out like a guide. Slight tart flavor from hops or pumpkin? despite that finishes clean no lingering flavors, very tidy.
O: I feel this is a decent beer with a touch of pumpkin and nutmeg. It is not sweet or a spice bomb. They give you a beer with a light touch of something different. I would perfer a stronger roasted pumpkin flavor but this isn't bad.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown/amber color into the trusty old tulip. A little over a finger of off white foam. Good retention, no lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg, malt, pumpkin flesh. Taste is a nice spice blend without the cinnamon becoming too overpowering, followed by bready malt, pumpkin, green apple, white grapes. Something to have every fall.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer at my local Krogers at a make your own six pack station. Poured quite nicely, and as a person that doesn't particularly enjoy pumpkin beers this one kinda takes the cake. It isn't overpowering and has a really decent lighter flavor than most beers of its type. I would gladly drink a sixer of these by a campfire and tell ghost stories.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottled 07/12/16

Pours clear copper amber with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like big cinnamon and nutmeg spices, some bready caramely malt, brown sugar, pumpkin, with minty grassy pine. Tastes like copper amber malts, cinnamon and nutmeg spices, bready caramel, brown sugar, pumpkin, with minty herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice pumpkin ale.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New beer Friday, New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale, 4.5% ABV, 25 IBU. Pours orange and thin with 3 finger white head, OK lacing. Nose is slight pumpkin and cinnamon. Taste is roast malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, moderate bitter close. Overall a decent pumpkin beer that actually tastes like pumpkin.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours the color of clear apple juice, with a centimeter-thick, fizzy, khaki head. Aroma is of pumpkin, roasted malts, and barley. Pumpkin is forward in the flavor profile, with roasted malts and barley hiding behind. Mouth feel is thin and somewhat fizzy. Overall, it's a pretty good brew. The pumpkin is good, and flavorful, without being over-the-top or fake.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.44/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a beer glass, it pours a nice copper color with no foam head.

Smells lightly of pumpkin spice, light ale scent, watery.

Tastes like a bitterish ale with a pumpkin spice tone to it.

A bit watery, thin, and not very carbonated it drinks easy like the water feel/taste it has.

overall, wasn't expecting much and didn't get much, looks really good ina glass but the taste is underwhelming.

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Photo of Big_Neezy
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You do get some pumpkin bust mostly in the nose. Not very robust and hardly tasted it on the tongue. Drinks easily but really an average beer in the pumpkin ale class.

You'd be better served buying Sam Adams Pumkin Ale instead but I give my Michigan beers the first go. Far from NHBC's best work.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.75/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

samsmith33 (744) - - JAN 17, 2015
Dead Last in 2014 Blind Tasting; need I say more. Brownish Yellow Color; Watery Feel. Not much aroma or Flavor.
2014 Pumpkin Double Blind Tasting: 1-Sam Adams Fat Jack.
2-Hoppin’ Frog.
3-Fegleys Devious.
5-Southern Tier Pumking.
6-Terrapin Pumpkinfest.
7-Long Trail.
8-River Horse.
9-Blue Moon.
10-UFO Pumpkin (harpoon).
11-Sam Adams Pumpkin.
12-Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin.
13-Dogfishhead (shocker)

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Photo of KTCamm
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1/9...pours a dark rusty amber, fast white foam that mostly settles out. Sweet pumpkin nose, very pie like. Light peppery spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, blended in with a light pumpkin. Noteworthy carbonation but not strong.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours orange amber with a small head. Malt a some spice in the nose. Malt and lots of spice in the mouth. Intriguing take on a pumpkin beer.

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Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,629 ratings