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New Holland Ichabod Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 549 | Ratings: 1,556
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
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 +2.3%
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 THSdrummer
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -30.3%
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 -14.3%
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%
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 +6%
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 -0.3%
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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Photo of JackieTH
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange-amber beer topped with a creamy foam. Smells of nutmeg, allspice, faint cinnamon..definitely pumpkin pie, it's a nice smell. Taste is a bit milder than the smell. It's bready and crackers, boiled pumpkin, with muted nutmeg and allspice, not much cinnamon. So it's not overly spiced, more pumpkin than spice, that's good in my opinion. Medium light body with mild carbonation. Overall it's got some decent pumpkin elements.

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Photo of Rhine
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a pumpkin beer fan, I REALLY like this for a session pumpkin beer. Not at all overpowering, but just enough to keep your mouth happy. Can't get enough of this one.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours an opaque, dark amber color with a 2-finger head. Medium lacing.

Smells of fall spices (cinnamon & nutmeg) and pumpkin.

The taste is pretty good. Spices aren't as harsh as some pumpkin beers.

Not sure if I would buy a whole pack of these but definitely singles from time to time.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; no lacing;

S: cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice;

T: a blend of pumpkin pie spices up front; nutmeg is predominant at mid-palate - a little harsh like it didn't get cooked off; back to a balance at the end;

M: medium bodied;moderate carbonation; very dry finish;

O: no pumpkin flavor, just the pumpkin pie spices;

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- orange/brown
S- can easily identify artificial pumpkin
T- pumpkin much more subtle than in the smell, maybe a hint of cinnamon
F- kind of heavily carbonated, pretty easy to drink, kind of smooth

Decent fall beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel. Body is medium and smooth. Pumpkin, spices, grassy hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and spices. Pumpkin is very noticeable for me.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a finger of head. The nose has mild notes of seasonal spices but nothing overdone by any means. The body is solid and the mouthfeel is mildly creamy. The flavor incorporates pumpkin with pie spices and this offering finishes semi-dry.

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Photo of eskildow
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is a bold Amber color in this one. The smell is spicy, heady but not cloying. Notes of cinnamon and clove in the scent, and the taste takes this an adds pumpkin to the mix. Pumpkin is the dominant flavour with a little pop of spice in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ksimons
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dark amber color with a thin layer of white head that disappears quickly to leave a bit of lace around the top. Caramel malt and vegetable pumpkin aroma. Taste is similar to the smell with caramel, pumpkin, and light spices. light to medium body and carbonation. Overall nice pumpkin flavors but without any overpowering sweetness.

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great pumpkin beer. The look of it is a nice dark amber, clear body, and a nice white head that dissipates pretty quickly. The smell is really nice. Not the strongest smelling pumpkin ale I've tried, but the nose has a nice malty, pumpkin spice aroma to it. It smells a lot like pumpkin pie. Delicious! The taste is always the best part, right? Well Ichabod has a wonderful pumpkin pie flavor with lots of cinnamon up front. It is a really nice taste of fall. The mouthfeel is medium in texture, nice carbonation. The actual pumpkin makes the mouthfeel nice and smooth. Overall, a great pumpkin ale. One of my favorites this year. I would drink this over and over!

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Photo of pb9613
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful deep amber/orange color with a nice tan head that lingers.

Smell: This beer smells like pumpkin pie in a glass. There is a hint of the hops but it is in the background of the spices.

Taste: This beer tastes like it pumpkin pie in a glass. You can taste the pumpkin balanced by the spices. The hops are light and in the background.

Mouthfeel: This has a has a nice sweet body.

Overall: The best pumpkin beers have real pumpkin in the mash. Mediocre pumpkin beers just have the spice blend. This is one of the best pumpkin beers on the market in West Michigan.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange color with good clarity. Bubbly off-white head stands at a half inch and leaves behind clumps of lacing.

S: Gourdy pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, light grain and caramel, floral hops. Simple, but not bad.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg are more forward, pumpkin flavor and sweet malts mingle. Barley and hints of candy shell and caramel. Soft hop bitterness. Grain and fading spices on the finish.

M: Medium body. Soft and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy.

O: It really isn't bad. It's well balanced actually, with the spices and pumpkin flavor feeling natural and well-integrated. Easily drinkable too. I think I've just hit the point where it's impossible for me to care about a pumkin beer at all.

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Photo of 98green
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this is my first pumpkin spice beer, and honestly I ordered it (draft) just for the tick. But this one really surprised me. Cinnamon and ginger for sure, but in a good way. This is a nice change of pace, and I may need to find some more of the style this fall.

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Photo of Greasy
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug.

A: Orange in color with a quickly fading off white head.
S: Pumpkin pie spice, some bread notes and maybe some actual pumpkin.
T: Similar to the nose. Spices up front with some caramel malts and bread crust.
F: Pretty thin bodied with a pretty decent amount of carbonation.
O: Not the best pumpkin ale out there, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I grabbed this because I wanted to try a new pumpkin ale and I like this brewery. Nice reddish orange color with not much of a head although it never dissipated. Smell wasn't very prominent at the start but increased as it warmed. Taste wasn't as in your face as Pumking (which I like a great deal) but was a nicely smooth combination of spices. It is good enough but I think the only way I have this again is if nothing I like more is available.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Smells of real pumpkin and the classic spices of Thanksgiving pumpkin dishes, with hints of ginger, pumpkin, and nutmeg.The flavor is right in line with what I expect from a lower ABV pumpkin beer: subdued pumpkin/vegetable, with some prominent spice and low bitterness. Not sweet or dry to me, but right down the middle. I enjoy it quite a bit, and perhaps batch variability accounts for the uncommonly low BA score.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The bottle describes this as a Pumpkin Amber Ale.

A : Pours a festive hazelnut brown color (like autumn leaves), and an appreciable amount of head (forming 3 fingers at my measurement), and slowly receding to a dense foamy layer of 1/2 finger resting on top. Some light lacing is left behind. The body is roughly 80% transparent.

S : Some baked pumpkin cookie, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. Clean chlorine-infused water smell is also prevalent. Light hop trailing behind it. The bouquet is a little hard to nose and very washed out, but the smells are there.

T : A nice amount of spiced hop and gourd out front, meshing with a dry rub of spices (nutmeg, ginger root, cinnamon). The heaviest spice here is probably the ginger root. Cinnamon trailing slightly behind. It ends hoppy with a light wash of gourd. I'm surprised by the amount of palatable hop in this beer.

F : Light-to-medium bodied, and lightly creamy with a touch of stickiness. It ends partly dry.

O : An okay Pumpkin Ale. Lacking in the abundant maltiness that I am fond of in my Autumn beers, but for more hop-conscious drinkers this one will be a delight. Definitely a change up from most Pumpkin ales.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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