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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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Reviews: 546 | Ratings: 1,533
Photo of beveritt
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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 +2.3%
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 -10.9%
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 +27.7%
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 -10.6%
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 +13.7%
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 +11.4%
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 -21.4%
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 +4.3%
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 peterittenhouse
4.2/5  rDev +20%
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 +10%
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 +14.3%
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 +9.4%
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 +26.3%
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 -13.4%
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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Photo of xgrigorix
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Pale golden brown. Thin, sporadic carbonation. Slim off white rim of foam. No lace.

Light aromas of nutmeg & cinnamon. Gentle flavours of alspice, nutmeg & cinnamon. More spice than anything else, and the spice just isn't all that impressive. Light side of medium bodied, gentle carbonation.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A light golden/straw color with a small head that dissipated slowly. Also some lacing.

Smell: Smells of some hops but more of pumpkin pie spices with a slight butter smell in the background.

Taste: Pumpkin pies spices, mild hop bitterness. Taste reminds me of a wheat ale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouth feel with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could have a few of these in a sitting.

Nice seasonal offering by New Holland Brewing. My first pumpkin ale and I like it.

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Photo of sopor
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden with a finger of frothy clumpy head quickly dissipating to a film. Rapidly rising towers of bubbles promise to keep head around. Smells like a Werthers Pumpkin Pie. Too much butterschotch.

This is one buttery spicy brew. Slight pumpkin pie flavors and lots, I mean way too much (for me), butterscotch followed by some biscuity malt and pleasantly assertive herbal and resinous hops. Light body and delicate carbonation make this beer refreshing though.

Way to much diaceyl, but otherwise a good brew that I will likely drink again, even if it is just to remind myself what diacetyl tastes like.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours an orangish-golden body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin cream head that is a bit soapy. The body has a very faint haze to it.

S- The smell of gingerbread spices and graham crackers is strong but not chemical. A note of honey and some pale malt along with a faint spiciness that might be hops give it more support.

T- The taste of ginger and cinnamon with some nutmeg and pale malt give this a spicy taste. Note of pepper and a carbonic acid or chalkiness combine with the dry taste at the finish.

M- medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol warmth

D-This beer has a very good balance of spices and has some good malt to play a supporting role. It would be nice to see some more malt or hops or alcohol help balance the spices perhaps. The finish is a little too chalky or dry.

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Photo of malty
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sept '05 release - very fresh.

Pours a very slightly cloudy straw color with a fluffy 3/4" white head. Visible carbonation at a low-moderate pace.

The scent is very yeasty with a sweet dose of vanilla and yellow cake batter - very little (if at all) pumpkin detected.

There's the pumpkin and the fall spices the label mentions. Still sweet with vanilla notes and faint cinnamon & nutmeg. The yeasty esters are prevalent akin to a wheat ale. Pumpkin and vanilla finish.

Mouthfeel is very soft and somewhat chalky-dry. Medium body plays nicely on the tongue with an airy fluffiness.

Drinkability is good for a vegetable/spiced beer. Carbonation is very tame making it quaffable. Definitely could drink a few consecutively.

Overall a very good pumpkin ale. I happened to enjoy the sweetness that doesn't get the chance to become cloying due to the nicely placed chalky-dry finish. Sweet, dry and pumpkiny with just enough spice makes this an ale to seek-out this time of year.

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

Pours hazy yellow gold with thin Ivory head that quickly fades to nothing but a ring at the edge of the glass; Bottle is clean, no sediment.

Smell is faintly malty and spicy.

Taste is sweet, buttery pumpkin with a blend of malt and spice -subtle hints of nutmeg, ginger and clove. Clean, but NOT a big pumpkin taste, which is what I was expecting from a beer that shows a headless person holding a pumpkin head and a mug of beer.

Very subtle hop finish with no lingering bitterness.

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Photo of carln26
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a bright orange, very hazy, topped with a thin white head that left little lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is dominated by pumpkin, cinnamon, and perhaps a little nutmeg. The taste has all of those as you would expect, plus a light, yet satisfying malt back. The sweetness of the malt does balance the remainder of the flavor well. I like this beer, but I’d really like a pumpkin beer with a base that has more flavor and body (Smutty and DFH do a nice job). The mouth feel is a little thin, but id does have a nice drinakbility

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a slightly hazy brownish yellow color. The aroma is very strong, with lots of pumpkin pie spice (ginger and nutmeg) and not enough pumpkin. Malty flavor with spices and a little pumpkin. The flavor is actually pretty nice. The spice doesn't totally dominate the beer. More nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Mouthfeel is a little light. Nice drinkability for a beer with this much spice. This was a pretty good first pumpkin beer of the season.

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Photo of battlekow
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ichabod pours a cloudy, very light golden color, with no head (ha fucking ha). The label says, "We take the soul of a Michigan fall and blend it into a beer;" if that's the case, then diacetyl must be a strong Michigan tradition, because Ichabod tastes like buttered popcorn kernels. There's also a little bit of hop bitterness, and it finishes with some toastiness. It doesn't taste BAD--I actually like it--just a little odd. Up there in the Buttery Beer Hall of Fame with Harbor City Main Street Brown. Despite actually liking the flavor, one is easily enough for me.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New Holland has got a winner here. Poured out to a solid bright and light orange color with a short lived head. No lace. Aromas of pumpkin, cooked veggies with a touch of sweetness. The smell was rather light but still inviting. Taste was smooth, rich and complex enough to make this a good beer but simple enough for the casual beer drinker. Flavors of mild hops, malt, pumpkin, light sugar, and some mild spices. Very nice. Mouthfeel was well balanced, not too heavy and not too light, similar to the weather during the fall season. This is a very drinkable beer, as I am now glad I got more than one. If you're gonna have only one pumpkin ale this year, this should be it. Highly recommended.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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