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

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Photo of xav33
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
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 -14.5%
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%
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 -11.4%
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 +8.3%
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%
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 +32.5%
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 -18.8%
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 +5.1%
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%
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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Photo of beveritt
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no apparent freshness date. I have seen soem other reviews of this showing up, so I don't think it is too early to see a fall beer. Bought as a single, can't remember where. This is my first pumpkin ale.

Appearance: Medium to light brown with a very apparent orange hue. Average size loght tan head.

Smell: Smells malty and a little spicy. A hint of pumpkins here, but just a hint.

Taste: Malty with very little bitterness. The taste of pureed pumpkins is very evident. I wasn't sure what I would think of a pumpkin ale, but this is good.

Mouthfeel: Average, not thick, but not watery.

Drinkability: Nice seasonal beer. I think I am going to try some of this with Thanksgiving dinner. Interesting enough to maybe tempt some non-beer drinkers to try.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear orangey gold color, flat and small head that settles out as a skim on the top of the glass after 40 seconds. Decent lace, dripping rings. Malty aroma, fairly rich with a nutmeg dominance. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body. A few people have told me that this beer drinks like an Oktoberfest, however, its pretty marked by pie spice, possibly showing more pumpkin richness in resembling the pie filling as much by simply showcasing the spices used in the filling itself. Pretty easy-drinking if you like the expected set-up, a little bit of green leafy sharpness as the flavor profile rounds out. I'd say that this is a pretty good rendition, not overly laden with spice and with a fairly good drinkability to me.

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Photo of beckje01
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light amber with almost no head, but little bubbles rising to the top

S- Pumpkin with a slight hint of spice nice but not wonderful

T- Light pumpkin to start and ending a bit bitter with a bit of spice throughout from the smell and look I expected more pumpkin taste and it just seems a touch week for a pumpkin beer.

M- Has a tang and lots of activity to it

D- Easy, very aprochable overall seems balenced but weak.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pumpkin ale of the season. Clear gold body, creamy white head, 3/4". Nutmeg, cinnamon,then the pumpkin. A very nice, rich pumpkin ale, strong spiciness of hop, along with the other spices. The pumpkin is evident, and interesting. Pumpkin ales are somewhat of a challenge to find a really good one, but this may be the best I have had. Combines the boldness of a substantially hopped PA with the seasonably appropriate pumpkin pie spices. Bring a 6 to Thanksgiving, and it would pair wonderfully.

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Photo of Vancer
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lemon yellow / amber with a quickly dying white head. Aroma of some subtle winter spices, which carried over to the taste. The pumpkin in this one was a disappointment - weak, barely noticeable. I want a pumpkin brew to have a firm taste, but not be overpowering where it’s similar to eating a huge fattening piece of pumpkin pie.

Ol’ Ichabod was drinkable and tasty – but it was more along the lines of an Oktoberfest than pumpkin.

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Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What you expect from a pumpkin ale. An orangish hue with a solid white head that's very thin and light, however it leaves a thick sticky lace.

Of course the aromas of pumpkin, all spice, nutmeg, and brown sugar. But there is also a sweet malty prescence as well although all the aromas are somewhat in the background.

Very well balanced pumpkin ale. Complex spices and a good straightforward taste of pumpkin. Nutmeg, ginger, all spice, brown sugar and cinnamon topped with a thick malty finish.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very refreshing.

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Photo of thelagerheads
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a beer lover per se, I'm just in it for the reviews. Seriously. Tasting is merely an ingredient in formulating my own perfect idea of a beer to brew. One of these ideas involves pumpkin beer. Of the two kinds I imagine one is a dark animal with light pumpkin pudding mutton chops and a whipped cream chin strap. The other is a transparent ale with overwrought punky pollutants. Not overly spicy like Buffalo Bill's and not quite as faint as our dear comrade Ichabod. He has a head the size of the Sears Tower and bubbles as if just born. Viddy viddy smoof wif a specklin' da de punkie. It's a pumpkin with a full set of teeth and glowing eyes and a cumberbund. I want mine to have a derelict smile with a few fangs knocked out and the others rotting from over-indulgence in the candy goblin's bag and eyes maddened with malty sucroses. A notch above Blue Moon but a kerbobble below my future jack o' lantern bier.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull golden orange with definite chill haze. 1/2 inch foamy white head with good retention and spotty lacing. Ginger and allspice nose with some faint pale malt but no detectable pumpkin. Gingerbread and allspice very apparent in the taste with a pale malt foundation- and mabye a hint of pumpkin. The aftertaste is dry with a mild herbal hop bitterness that balances the malt well while the spices are overkill, but fade quickly enough. Medium in body and carbonation but still seemed a bit on the fizzy side. The fall spice character was nice but becomes annoying near the finish; and the real question for the brewers at New Holland is...where's the pumpkin?

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been kept cold for a long time, so it shouldn't have suffered from the little age it has on it. Pours a golden color with a small head that is sparse after settling. Nose is pretty nice. I get a good bit of pumpkin, with a buttery caramel in there with nice nutmeg to balance out. Flavor is okay. Mostly pumpkin and nutmeg. Nothing is too strong or offensive. Good for the style. There is a slight astringency on the finish, but its not that bad. Feel is moderate with a light carbonation. I'd expect a touch more bubble. Overall, a nice representation of the style. I want more carbonation and to eliminate the astringent finish, but for a pumpkin beer, its okay.

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Photo of Pete9094
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours nice orange,hazy hue with thin white head. Spicy aroma is just right and leads into first sip that is crisp and spicy with creamy mouthfeel.Sticky. I'm liking this brew! Pumpkin taste is not overbearing and balances well with the hopiness of this brew.

I am working on the last few of the this case that I bought to kick off the holiday imbibing season. I look forward to this one next year. Great stuff.

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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a goldish-orange color. The head was pretty thick and leaves moderate lacing. The carbonation is great, its right where it should be. Pretty hoppy, its nice and smells great, smells like pumpkin spice cake. The taste is also good, taste like it smells, pumpkin spice cake. It is pretty sweet with a very clean crisp smooth mouthfeel. It is very drinkable, I went through a 6 pack in about an hour. Its like drinking dessert. Would probably be great with thanksgiving dinner.

Should be pretty easy to find this beer, I got it at my local grocery store. reasonably priced

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pleasant pale malt and pumpkin scent along with spices. It's dry with a slight cinnnamon/nutmeg aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale and carapils malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a smooth pumpkin/spice taste. It also has a mild hop flavor as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid fall seasonal. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of metallistout
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I've been seeing this around one of the stores that I go to and I have passed by it to get something dark, or a belgian. Today I decide to make the plunge, which is in my benefit, because it is only $5.99 on a late November day.

This beer pours a pumpkin color, which I thought was pretty cool. The head was kind of lacking, but it did lace for a while in the glass.

The aroma, of butter, pumpkin spice, orange and nutmeg.

Tasted of very sweet malt and pumpkin spice with a little hop bitterness that I didn't notice in the first one I poured, but I do now. It definately has a good flavor to it.

Ichabod is not the best pumpkin ale I've had, but it is a pretty good one.

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Photo of jewski
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having a bottle of Ichabod last fall, I was not impressed by the beer. It was an average brown ale with just the slightest hint of pumpkin and spice.

I had it again last night on-tap due to a lack of anything else interesting and it seemed to be an entirely different (for the better) beer.

Color was an appropriate cloudy 'pumpkin' orange with a slight white head. Smelled lightly of pumpkin pie. Tasted strongly of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finished with a nicely balanced bite of hops. A fairly light beer with a good amount of flavor, though the mouthfeel was pretty thin. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but quite drinkable.

Not a tremendously complex beer, but unique and enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fuzzy medium peach with little foam and a soda bubble ring. Nose has faint spices...maybe nutmeg, some oh-so-faint hints of pumpkin, maybe it was the power of suggestion from the label. Taste is nutmeg laced water with some other seasonal spices, but not very powerful. Mouthfeel is watery. The finish is carbonic acidic that wants to be dry and cannot make it. Not very drinkable for a pumpkin ale. A disappointment.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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