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New Holland Ichabod Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

546 Reviews
New Holland Ichabod AleNew Holland Ichabod Ale

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Photo of MtnBikingandBeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pub pint glass at one of the local watering holes. Amber/orange in color, one finger head that didn't last too long. Smell is faint pumpkin/ginger, subtle. It tastes about how it smells, pumpkin, ginger and malt, but nothing overpowering. Smooth, average mouthfeel, carbonation very minimal. Compared to years past, this year's version is much more drinkable. In the past, it was very sweet and one/two was enough for me. This year, as with a number of the Brewery's other beers, the beer seems to be toned down to appeal to a greater number of people, hence the increased drinkability. But "pumpkin pie in a bottle" as I remembered it, no longer is the case.

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Photo of peabody
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a slight hazy yellow amber with very little suds.
Yeast malt sugars and alcohol hit the nose first then very weak spice and fruits.
Taste is very watery and weak. Not much happening in the mouth dept. Sugars clove and very slight hops put the finish on this flavor.
Mouthfeel is watery at best.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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 laintringulis
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pub glass. Pours a dark peach/amber color with thin white head that thins quickly.

Smells: Light pumpkin and apple sweet smell dominated by nutmeg and cloves. Light earthy hops. Vague apple smell.

Tastes: Mild toasted pumpkin taste. Brief caramel malt flavors. Heavy nutmeg, clove, ginger, and a little cinnamon. Tastes a little like apple cider.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Not watery. I would have preferred a heavier mouthfeel and more maltiness. Finishes with a pleasant dryness, more of a spiciness even.

This beer is easy to drink, but I would prefer other beers based on taste. I think this beer makes a better spiced beer than a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Newer, updated, better-looking label for the 2006 season. This really seems to be an average pumpkin ale. Faint notes of pumpkin are slightly noticeable in the aroma and flavor, but mostly masked by the characteristics of nutmeg and cinnamon and other fall spices. Worth a try if your big on this style of beer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2006 vesion. 12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating, but it has some fantastic artwork.

The beer pours a hazy tan/orange with a smallish off-white head. not much retention, but I like the look of the beer.

The nose is nicely fresh, with malts, crackers and a bit of pumpkin. The spices are very subdued in this one.

The taste is of pumpkins, semi-sweet malts and those spices that were MIA in the nose come out more in the taste. This is an interesting version of this style, while I prefer a bit bolder taste profile in my pumpkin beers, this one does have a subtler charm that makes it an easy going easy to drink beer.

The carbonation is brisk and that helps overcome a slightly thin mouth. Not a bad effort at all, if they could ramp up the spices a notch and make the mouth a bit fuller, this would be a top of the line offering!

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Photo of jhammerly
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy of jpm30 (robertdoesbeer also sent me one as an extra).

Yellow orange body with a white head - not much retention. Left some lacing on the sides. A very light pumpkin aroma mixed with some spice. Taste was about the same as the smell, nothing very strong and it's what you'd expect from a pumpkin ale. There is a seltzer-like finish and it's not sweet either. Some decent carbonation gives it a spritzy mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, just not a great one. Pretty average.

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Photo of alexgash
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale orange to light copper with a small, off-white head. Pumpkin spice, sweetish malt/dough, nutmeg. Taste starts with doughy sweetness and pumpkin flavoring. Caramel notes, with baking spices and nutmeg. Finish is mildly bitter with lingering spice. Pumpkin sure enough. One bottle is enough for me!

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Photo of MrVisegrips
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured a soft orange color with an average (but short lived) creamy white head and little lace. A bit on the cloudy side and the carbonation was moderate. A nutmeg smell is evident but not over powering. The taste was lightly malty with a soft but noticeably light and clean finish. Because I’m drinking pumpkin ale, I would appreciate a little more emphasis on the pumpkin spice. Overall, a nice seasonal beer; but, missing that little extra that I expect from seasonal brew to put it over the top.

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Photo of stouty1
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured deep orangish yellow into a mug with a soft egg-white foamy head. Sticking to the glass leaving a nice lacedown the side of the mug.

S: A deep snort pulls some pumpkin pie and some nutmeg into my nose. Not much and I had to make several huge whiffs. Although at the bottom of the glass, when i tilt to drink I get a better snuff of pumpkin. Kinda nice.

T: Burnt malt causing bitterness. A smidge of pumpkin on the back of your tongue.

M: Carbonated soda with some resemblance of a malty beer. Semi-chewy.

D: Would be easy to drink a few of these as it hides the alchol well, if it weren't for the burnt toast aftertaste.

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Photo of dfried
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangeish amber in color, little head that was mainly a ring. Spicy aroma, like spice cake or pumpkin pie, go figure. The flavor was much of the same, Thanksgiving dessert flavors. The pumpkin is not over whelming, so that keeps it pretty drinkable. Kind of a sparkling mouthfeel almost. Not bad, but definitly a novelty beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Sep 22nd, 2006: Dark orange/copper color with a medium eggshell white head and minimal lacing. Aroma of pumpkin pie. Medium body with a good amount of pumpkin flavor, along with some caramel malt. The finish is short and lightly spiced. Slightly above average all around.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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 hammer09
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the first opportunity I've had to try a pumpkin ale so I didn't hesitate when I saw a sixer on the shelf at my local store.

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a light amber in color, but cloudy. Visual carbonation appears moderate, but head development was very thin (yes, it was a correct pour). The aroma is very lightly hopped with hints of citrus. Also present are the requisite nutmeg and cinnamon, but to a lesser extent than I would expect for a beer of this style. Taste is good with a mild pumpkin flavor and hints of spice and nutmeg. Tart, but not sour. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and slightly dry. Overall, this is a good beer, but I expected the pumpkin flavor to be more robust.

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Photo of becktone
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first thing that I noticed about this beer was its color. It seems rather light in color -lemon yellowish- for the pumpkin ale style. The head forms at less than one finger and quickly dissipates. It is pretty white in color at from what little bit remains, it looked like it might have had a creamy appearance to it. Barley any lacing. Not very impressed by the appearance of this one.

The aroma of this beer does a nice job of hitting stylistic guidelines. It is easy to smell and is fairly potent. Spices are easily detectable in the aroma; cinnamon is chief among them, and there is also a nutmeg aroma. It smells pretty much like a good pumpkin pie ought to smell. Of course there is also a pumpkin backbone to this beer's nose. No hop aroma, and the malt is hard to detect over the spices and pumpkin aromas.

The overall taste of this beer is nice. There is a nice balance between the various ingredients in this beer. The spices are not overpowering or cloying, and the pumpkin and malt give this beer a nice background. Hops have no impact on the flavor of this beer, except for their bittering characteristics which do a nice job of offsetting the spices, pumpkin and malt.

I was a bit disappointed in the mouthfeel of this beer. I was expecting something with a bit of a thicker body. The body of this beer is medium bodied. It finishes dry and goes down easy. All in all this is a pretty good beer, but I do believe that there are better examples of this style out there. I will probably buy this beer again, however it will probably be this season as I will be trying to get my hands on as many pumpkin ales as possible.

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Photo of xav33
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, carved into 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a hazy amber with a small foamy quickly diminishing white head.

Smelt of moderate sweet pumpkin with light cloves, and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter sweet pumpkin taste with the medley of spices followed by a light bitter pumpkin/squash taste and a hint of spices on a short/medium light bitter finish. Mouthfeel was light bodied, watery, fizzy, with medium astringency.

Overall, a beer that does a good job showcasing the pumpkin.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Holland- Pumpkin Ale

Appearance- Light harvest orange with no head.
Smell- Light nutmeg and cinnimon very little pumpkin detected.
Taste- pumpkin with graham cracker, nutmeg, and cinnimon.
Mouthfeel- Watery with a diluted flavor.

Overall- I was hoping for a big flavorful Pumpkin Ale but this was weak. Not very impressed but it was drinkable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a gold/orange color, with not much of a head at all. It smells mostly like spices (nutmeg) with a sweet smell. There's a little aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon, but it's not as strong as the nutmeg is. It tastes like nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon and cloves, but there's also a noticable hoppiness to the taste. It's pretty well balanced. It's medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation (but not too much). It goes down smooth, the drinkability is pretty good. Overall it's a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light, LIGHT copper color or a deep amber. Not to shabby. No head to speak of .

S - Nicely balanced spices are prominant in the nose along with some other vegetal flavors.

T - Starts off vegetal but mellows out to a nice smooth pumpkin spice and dries nicely. Leaves a paperish flavor to the tounge.

M- Med. to Light bodied. Not a lot of bitterness, or carbination sharpness. Dries out tin the end. Almost leaves a metallic residue in the mouth.

D - If it was on tap, and it was a nice fall night. I would definitly buy it. Not too shabby but nothing to go hunting down.

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Photo of Tbone
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather pale color for a pumpkin, with lots of carbonation.

The nose is somewhat hoppy, sweet, with very faint spicing.
There is virtually no pumpkin to be found. There is sweetness followed by a slight hop bitterness mixed with minimal spicing.

4thoseabout2bock and I did a blind tasting of this, O'fallon and Dogfish punkin'. We both found Ichabod less offensive than the harsh and unbalanced Dogfish, but it was merely an inoffensive pale and not much of a pumpkin compared to the O'Fallon which is my favorite Pumpkin to date and perhaps the only one I like enough to seek out in the future.

Bought it at Sam's in Chicago.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden with a slight lacy white foam layer. The aroma is sweet, with no spice overtones. The taste is surprisingly a little hoppy.
For me, a creamy mouthfeel. A drinkable beer -- with no pumpkin profile except for a little sweetness/fruitiness somewhere in the middle of the taste and a little indescribable spicing. Also some hoppy bitterness, ending with some malt. I almost got Saison from the taste. The taste certainly did not scream "seasonal pumpkin beer" (but that is not a bad thing).

Label is not as pictured, now darker brown/black, more classic sleepy hollow looking portrait.

Bought at Sam's Marcey St for 8.49/6 pack of 12oz bottles on 9/19/06

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Photo of nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with a nice, frothy white head. I suspect that the color comes almost exclusively from pumpkin.

Very light spice notes in the nose, a bit of cooked pumpkin in there as well. Reminiscent of the smells you get walking by a bakery in the height of the fall season.

Slightly sweet flavor with a moderated spice presence. Ends with a surprisingly assertive bitterness.

A bit thin bodied, but quite drinkable, one of my favorite pumpkin ales.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear, and golden amber hue. Bubbles are almost nonexistant. Same goes for lacing. Looks more like a crappy lager than an ale.The aroma is of adjuncty pumpkin pie spices. With lots of water and a little malt. The taste starts with an almost astringent start of crappy nutmeg. Then becomes crappy cinnamon. More like pumpkin spice mix tossed into the fermenter.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This golden hued pumpkin ale pours with a bright white head and smells of fresh pumpkin -- very "squashy" -- not as spicy in the aroma as some other pumpking beers I've sampled. The fresh pumpking flavor is refreshing and plays well with the simple, crisp malt flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and the body somwhat light. The finish is very cris and pretty dry. Overall, a very "crisp" beer; much like the cool, clean air on an autumn day. A very easy drinker. An excellent alternative to drinking an Octoberfest/Marzen is to have an Ichabod.

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Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into a pint glass

A—Pours clear “pumpkin” orange with a ½ inch fluffy white head that lasts for 10 mins or so, laces in sheets

S—cinnamon and nutmeg are dominate, mild pumpkin, spicy and sweet, very inviting as it smells like pie

T—more clove, nutmeg and cinnamon than anything, the pumpkins is there too, just a little milder than I hoped

M—smooth and creamy, light bodied, good carbonation

D—it’s good, but 1 is enough at a time…like a piece of pie, you can have one after another of these.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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