New Holland Ichabod Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
80
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1,579 Ratings
New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,579
Reviews:
556
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
226
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,579 |  Reviews: 556
Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small head, horrible aroma with booziness. Apple juice with strong carbonation. Pumpkin and cloves in taste, the nutmeg and the cinammon, brown suger. Off-bitterness in finish. Light mouthfeel. A me-too pumpkin. Didn't work for drinking, perhaps for cooking.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a cloudy copper body with nice lacing.

S: toasted malts, pumpkin, hint of caramel with brown sugar and nutmeg.

T: nice pumpkin, spices, yam and brown sugar flavors. typical pumpkin beer but better transition between flavors. not liking the aftertaste though.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. the aftertaste is fairly oily and a little dry.

Overall: More well rounded and complex than others even for the style which is usually straight up pumpkin which comes across as too sour.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i was unimpressed by this, it seems incredibly flavorless compared to the style standard of the pumpkin beer. maybe folks like it because its so mild, minimal in malt character and in pie spice flavor. maybe its just a touch of fall, rather than a full on plunge into it, but in the context of other pumpkin beers, this one doesnt taste like much. amber colored base beer should have more sweetness and more body, its pretty thin. there is a light cinnamon nose and taste to it, but the pumpkin itself is invisible and there isnt enough other additives in here to fake it. nice carbonation though and with the lighter body i suspect this may make a decent fall session beer for some, but it lacks the spirit of the season for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking orange brown color, it's got a good amount of clarity to it also. The smell of the beer is a little spicy, it's nothing overwhelming by any means. The taste of the beer was pretty good, the pumpkin flavors up front with a light sweetness of brown sugar. The aftertaste of the beer has a pretty nice autumn spice to it with a light warming feeling. The mouthfeel is drinkable enough to have a few in one sitting. Overall this beer isn't too bad at all.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles completely covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin spices in the nose
T: The taste has flavors of cinnamon along with notes of pumpkin and nutmeg. The cinnamon really stands out in particular and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Like some IPAs can be considered as a hop bomb, this beer seems like it's a cinnamon bomb and could use a better balance between the flavors of pumpkins and spices.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Similar to many other Pumpkin Ales in that they are lightly malted Pale Ales with added spiciness. Pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, cinamon, and all-spice added for complexity and richness. However, the malts and spices keep the beer a bit thin. Turns out more tea-like than beer-like. Herbal and spicy, but lackluster otherwise. Moderately clean and fresh in the finish, but never rises above the herbal qualities.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, 5.2% ABV, and the last straggler from a mixed-sixer procured at the Liquor Mart in Glendale, Colorado last week during GABF down time.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with one chubby finger of wanly puffy, densely foamy, and slightly bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent fire lick lace around the glass as thing slowly abate.

It smells of sharp, metallic cinnamon, further nutmeg and clove spice, grainy, gritty pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, subtle vegetal pumpkin flesh notes, and an earthy, sort of pumpkin patch dirtiness. The taste is bready, crackery, and grainy pale malt, nicely muddled nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of cardamom, a still understated toasted gourdish goodness, and more of that not-quite-hoppy earthy bitterness.

The carbonation is certainly present, in a lilting, frothy, and duly beguiling manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing else really in the parade ruining mood. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt and pumpkin carrying on, while the spice starts to sag, begging for a re-up.

A decent, straight-ahead pumpkin-pie emulating affair here, perhaps from that particular grandma whose spice measurements were always a tad suspect, but somehow everything still worked out fine in the end - enter the ABV, stage left. Anyways, tasty, and an appropriately old-school Samhain-worthy offering, all-around.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three-fingered head that leaves significant clumpage around the pint glass

Smell: Very nice pumpkin aroma with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg spicing

Taste: Pumpkin flavors followed by subtle pie spicing elements that linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A disaster when I first tasted this in 2007, the 2011 version is nicely balanced with just enough pumpkin flavor and spicing

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with micro sediment. A small amount of foam in the glass, it ebbs to a soapy ring with tiny bits of lacing.

Floral aroma, with a fair amount of squash underpinnings. Is that a word? Yes. For those curious as to what roasted pumpkin smells like, this is pretty accurate. Here we are, four months after October, and this is still drinking like a champ.

Malty flavors, with the requisite pumpkin, some buttery and nutty flavor too. Some floral chamomile from the spicing, possibly nutmeg. Spices seem a little subdued after a few months in the bottle.

Smooth and easy drinking. Malty, definitely for bock fans. Several of these fresh would be welcome, only had a single...there's always next year.

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with a small, white, soapy head of of foam. It left behind sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin.

T - The pumpkin pie spices dominate this one with loads of nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. The pumpkin flavor plays a minor role to the spices.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth mouthfeel. A light bodied pumpkin ale.

D - This is a pretty good pumpkin beer. You gotta like the labels with the headless horseman.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled 7/26/2012. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, bread, cinnamon, clove, caramel, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and herbal hops. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and decent balance. Taste of biscuit, caramel, toast, cinnamon, pumpkin, clove, ginger, nuttiness, and herbal hops. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, spices, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of flavors with a good malt/spice balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Not too much pumpkin in the taste but it is noticeable; a slight vegetative note but it isn’t detrimental. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Pumpkin ale. Good balance of malt and spices; very smooth to drink. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orangish brown with a light head. Nose brings a good dose of slicing with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Mild pumpkin. The taste and feel are really both quite tainted by an excessive amount of spicing in comparison to anything else that is going on. In the end, this was just taken too far in one direction and there is no balance to this beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger slightly off white head. Color is a very hazy golden orange. Not very good retention or lace.

Aroma: Very, very sweet. Reminds me a lot like pumpkin pie with whip cream on top. Spices like ginger and cinnamon are present.

Taste: Wow the taste seems to be identical to the aroma. Most beers are close, but this seems to be right on. Just look at my notes from aroma and it is the same thing for the taste. A very sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and tingly (if that is a work). Medium bodied. High carbonation. Leaves a slight sticky aftertaste, but too many spices are left behind.

Overall, not something I would drink again. Just doesn't seem to be my style. It is interesting and worth a shot, but nothing to buy or drink a lot of.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 1,579 ratings.
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