New Holland Ichabod Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale
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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): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another October rolls around, and another opportunity to try out a new pumpkin ale. First time trying New Holland Ichabod Ale and was impressed. Pours a dark orange with a foamy, inch, off-white head that is pretty much gone after a few minutes. The smell of this beer is really something -- pumpkin spice, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg all contained wrapped around a subtle smokiness. Considering the strength of the smell, the taste is very balanced. Very easy to drink. Cinnamon and pumpkin spice are probably the most notable features, but there's also a subtle mint taste towards the end. A complex brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a coppery amber with a single finger of cream colored head that lasts for about a minute, fairly decent lacing left behind on the glass. Medium-light carbonation levels and body.

Smells of fresh pumpkin puree with a side of cinnamon/nutmeg/mint spicing and a touch of butternut squash aroma. Very savory nose, there is hardly any sweet malt aroma at all! Flavor starts out as a dusty cinnamon spice that transforms into a good solid toasted bread malt and savory pumpkin flesh combo that works well without overpowering my palate on spicing like many pumpkin ales tend to do. This one is worth trying out for a "drier approach" to the pumpkin ale concept.

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3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a golden-orange colored brew with a one finger off white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a moderate amount of lacing

Smell – The aroma is malty with a good strong pumpkin smell. Mixed with these are pie spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some allspice. While pumpkin pie like, the aroma is actually more on the savory side with the sweet smell being on the lower side.

Taste – The taste begins with a malt backbone and a heavy sweetened pumpkin flavor. While not detected much in the nose, the sweetness is mainly brown sugar in nature. Spice flavors are upfront in the taste, but actually grown stronger more toward the middle. Cinnamon and nutmeg overpower at the start, but are then matched by some clove and allspice toward the middle and the end of the taste. These flavors bring the taste to the end leaving a medium robust spiced pumpkin pie flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium side with a higher level of carbonation. While making it somewhat more refreshing, a slight decline in the carbonation would have suited the pumpkin and spice flavors better.

Overall – Not too bad. Not overly sweet and it had a decent flavor and feel profile. Worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer along with another similar choice (Blue Moon Harvest Moon) and I quite enjoyed it. The smell and taste of pumpkin was evident and had a very nice sweetness to it. It beat my expectations. The presentation of the label was great as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.36/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A-A great dark golden, autumn, almost brown color. Late forming head that quickly turn to lace and collar's the glass.

S-NUTMEG over powers everything. get a little cinnamon

T- like fall! with a strong nutmeg and spice followed by a mild pumpkin.

M- very carbonated, so much that it feels like soda water.

Overall It littler lighter then some pumpkins, so it seems more drinkable, but I really didn't like the mouthfeel or the heaviness of the nut meg. I drink it again, but I would not buy it again.

Go Buffs!

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3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle at GCT. Drawn to it by he name.

Pours to an orangish-red with a vanilla colored head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg; I'm not getting the pumpkin. It's a bit too heavy on he spice side in he nose.

Tastes really good--luckily, the taste is much more balanced than the smell. The cinnamon is the dominant taste, and I wish the pumpkin were more prevalent, but it is good.

It's a little thinner than I'd like. Aside from the weakness of the body, the mouthfeel is just fine. A little bite, but it is from the cinnamon not the alcohol, so it's okay.

I think there's just a little too much spice--especially cinnamon--which held this pumpkin ale back from being what it could be. Still, it's nice.

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3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this brew at my local spot Civera's Deli. The label definitely got my attention I must say. I'm pretty damn stoked to be diving straight into the pumpkin beer season.

Appearance: Has quite a nice blend of dark orange and brown haze. Mostly reminds me of something very common amongst pumpkin beers. Something I've seen a lot, so this didn't really intrigue me, but it was nice.

Smell: Has a strong aroma of spices which seem to be in a very fine balance. I noticed cinnamon of course, but also has a nice malt scent. Not too much pumpkin however, but its there, just in a light hint. The nutmeg is also noticeable. This is the kind of aroma that will keep me coming back again.

Taste: Has a nice balance of cinnamon and pumpkin this time. Glad it's there in a very nice balance. Also noticed a hefty addition of roasted malts. Enjoyed that thoroughly.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that is quite good.

Overall: This beer was quite a nice selection, especially for a first time. It really had all three elements of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, all in a fair balance. The malted roasted was also a nice decision. I really enjoyed this beer while sitting in my living room, windows down, slight, chilly breeze in the air and the smell of a bonfire coming in from the outside. This is the type of beer I look for on a night like this. The one thing that can best describe this beer is "well-balanced". I will be looking for this beer again hopefully before the fall season is over. Cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger bubbly cream-colored head. Pretty good retention with a little bit of lacing. Clear with lots and lots of bubbles.

S – Grainy malt, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and a little bit of nutmeg. Smells nice.

T – Follows the nose well. It’s sweet pretty much all the way through with grainy malt and pumpkin and then has a nice spicy finish with cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Not as layered as a lot of the better pumpkin beers but still tasty.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with lots of carbonation, a crisp but creamy mouthfeel, and a slightly spicy and dry finish. Grainy malt and pumpkin pie spice flavors linger for a little bit.

O – This is a pretty nice pumpkin ale. It looks and smells great, but the taste is a bit too one-dimensional, and the mouthfeel is too thin for my taste in a hearty fall pumpkin beer. Still, this is a tasty and very drinkable beer. Good beer and clever name, New Holland.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light amber with a small white head, no lacing.

S: Aroma of spices, a light amber ale, biscuits

T: Huge cinnamon bomb, overdone in my opinion on the cinnamon. Light amber flavors, a little bit of biscuit, some nutmeg. A stinging carbonation. Some pumpkin flavors, but mostly spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, dry finish.

M: Stinging carbonation, slightly overdone with a light body.

O: not impressed by this one. Definitely on my long list of dont bother pumpkin ales.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,605 ratings
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