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 JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

A brownish burnt orange body holds up a cream colored head that recedes to a wisp. Light foamy lacing remains on the glass. The aroma is strong with the expected: clove and nutmeg come strong, with a hint of cinnamon. The taste is buttery with all of the spices playing their part. It's exactly as I'd want it. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

Overall, glad I tried it but nothing unexpected. It's got all the right spices and has a good mouthfeel.

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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 mountdew1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Not bad, had more aroma than flavor. Decent pumpkin flavor up front with some of the pie spicyness, but quickly faded as the beer went on, left just trace notes.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Med to dark amber and slight orange tint. Finger of dense tan head. Superior lacing.

S: Typical cinnameon, brown sugar, clove and nutmeg. Raisted pumpkin and biscuit.

M: Bright, moderate body, low carb, but crisp.

T: Has a quite spice laden texture from cinnamon and nutmeg powder. Decent pumpkin flavor and lots of flaky biscuit malt.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Amber body, slight slight haze, small off white head.

S - Malt sweetness, light spice notes.

T - Very light pumpkin and spice (clove, cinnamon). A nice change of pace from the pumpkin bombs out there.

M - Light body, light carb. Thin. Moves across the palate easily.

O - My kind of pumpkin beer, the pumpkin accents the ale, it doesn't overpower it.

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Photo of Trifecta1
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%

One of the least impressive pumpkin ales I've ever experienced. Not very flavorful, only a tiny iota of spice and pumpkin flesh. All in all, very ho-hum and meh.

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

I'm a sucker for pumpkin beers. Usually they are over-spiced. This one is a pleasant surprise. Malty, moderately sweet, and not overly spicy. There is a nice pumpkin flavor, some moderate pie spice, and a good balance. The finish isn't overly sweet. It's a little hazy, bronzish-amber in color, and has a nice white head. The smell is the best quality, although the taste is solid as well. Full in body. It's a great Fall brew.

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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 ordybill
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a very aromatic presence of hops and spices. Appearance - A murky orange color with a large tan colored head. Taste- You can really taste the hops and spices but the flavor doesn’t last. Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a semi-creamy feel to it. Overall- Not a bad beer at all but there are plenty of others that can exceed this one.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Typical pumpkin beer spices, pumpkin, caramel, bready malts, and toasted grains.

Taste: Same as above. Nice, but I want more gourds.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty standard pumpkin feel. Nice flavor, bit a little more pumpkin, yam, or squash could make this beer a bit more starchy and presentable to the consumer.

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Photo of hophugger
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a great deep pumpkin color, semi-clear. Head is a couple inches and hangs out for a long time. Lacing is some of the best I have seen. Aroma is of spiced pumpkin, what I expected. Flavor is ok, but the spices are a little much and take away from the true pumpkin flavor. Spice also leaves a little dry spice feel on the palate. Overall, would have been a bit better with less nutmeg and spice and a little more natural pumpkin flavor

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Photo of ttroha
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Tap from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours transparent amber with an off-white head. Aroma and taste of pumpkin and spices. I like pumpkin beers, but this one was not my favorite. There are much better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%

Inspired to purchase by the recent Sept. cold snap. Great color and smallish head. Tight aroma for style but some spices come through.
Teh problem I have with this beer is that it lacks pumpkin. It is spiced nicely, overall (bigger on the nutmeg than cinnamon), but a great lack of pumpkin flavor.
Feel is good. Small enough size to be drinkable.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange-brown with 1/4 inch head. Tastes like a good amber ale mixed with cinnamon and clove. Nice mixture of beer and pumpkin. One to have several of.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of spice
Head average (2.5 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing
Lacing fair, partial rings and stalactites of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor very light and spicy, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.0625. Final weighted score: 4.0375
A pleasant pumpkin ale. This is not over spiced as most are.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

12oz bottle, $1.99. Dark amber color, so so head. Aroma is spicy, pumpkin, meh. Flavor is a typical pumpkin spiciness but then some sort of weird soapiness. I didn't care for this beer much at all.


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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%

The pour was dark amber with a thick off white head. The smell was pumpkin heavy, but also gave way to clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon underneath. The taste was similar although a tad sweeter than I thought it would be, it was still very delicious. The mouthfeel was heavy but worked with the style. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very nice label with awesome artwork/graphics while keeping a classic classy look with a nice fall color scheme. Front label gives a small description of the beer. Back label gives ABV info and a small description of the beer. Neck label has Ichabod logo.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz imperial pint led to a 2 finger off white head of a medium somewhat thick density atop a hazy copper apple cider looking beer. Head retention was a solid 3min 14sec before fading to a thick ring and frothy coating with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove with a bit of toasty caramel and heavy fresh pumpkin.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of nutmeg and pumpkin with a nice bit of toasted caramel malt on the front end with a mid point of clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Back end has a nice toasty malt finish with pumpkin and cinnamon dominating and a toasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and above average carbonation. Very very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: An overall very solid Pumpkin Ale that, while not great, is good across the board. This is one of the more drinkable pumpkin ales that I have had. Classified as a Pumpkin Ale @ 5.5% ABV. Consumed 12/7/2013.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle picked up in Nov'12

A - Full amber with a touch of clarity, but murky. Nice tannish red head and sticky lace left all over the glass

S - A big ole piece of pumpkin pie. Lots of nutmeg, spices, and other goodness going on. Terrific aroma.

T - Surprisingly, the taste is much more tame than the aroma. Fairly smooth and lightly pumpkin'd amber ale. Still lots of nutmeg and spices. Very drinkable.

M - Medium carbonation and easy on the palate

O - An easy to drink, tasty amber ale. Better than most pumpkin beers for sure. Well done

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Photo of stakem
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a mildly hazy burnt copper color with a strong yellow stained froth atop. The cap holds with big patches of lace clinging to the glass as the cap fades.

The aroma is fairly muted with minerals, sulfur and cheese emiting when swirled. A faint spice like ginger, clove and cinnamon is present before a raw vegetative pumpkin flesh aspect.

The flavor is dry with a sort of cinnamon spice that tastes more like bark than anything else. Somewhat tannic and veggie-like with minerals and a citrus spice almost lemony with ginger. A starchy raw pumpkin flavor persists in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is decent with a raw pumpkin character that I typically look for in pumpkin ales but for some reason it seemed weird here. Interesting to try but would probably pass on in the future.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

New Holland's Ichabod is an average pumpkin ale, almost reminding me of a thinner, lighter, less pronounced brown sugar "toaster pastry." While the pie spices, brown sugar, and toasted bread characters were present, the beer itself felt a bit thin and poorly defined. I'd enjoy consuming the "toaster pastry" more than another glass of this beer, I think. One I wouldn't purchase again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a somewhat sponge-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting about one minute in a decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of residual foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is modest, with some small to medium-sized dots clinging to the glass' walls. Beer's body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out dark orange-brown hues. Carbonation readily visible through the semi-hazy (30-40% opacity) body, though quite low in number and activity.

Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, then seamlessly transitioning to light caramel, then toast. Similar to many versions of the style, a well-balanced interplay between spices and malt sweetness, pleasant, but not particularly stand-out in any way.

Dominant flavors of thin and somewhat watered-down cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cloves. Front of palate enjoys flavors of cinnamon, toasted bread, brown sugar, nutmeg and cloves. Mid-palate of continued cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, with caramel-like, toasted bread, and dried leaf-like sweetness/characters. Back of palate finds cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove all mixed with mdoerately dark caramel. Aftertaste of malt graininess, mild cinnamon and nutmeg, slight sweetness.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is smooth and gently foamy on the palate, overall rather enjoyable and good for the style. Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the venerable craft pumpkin beers, first debuted in 1997. I've had it before, but figured I'd try it out with all the rest this year.

Aroma: Starts out with a strong nutmeg aroma, followed by some earthy pumpkin flesh. There is some malty sweet grain in the background, but the spice dominates.

Appearance: orange to copper in color with a large off-white head. There is a bit of haze to this one as well.

Flavor: Like the aroma, has a strong up-front nutmeg flavor. The malt/grain sweetness arrives late on the palate. This ends fairly dry with a bit of tannic astringency. A bit tart and earthy. As it warms I can pick out more cinnamon. The body is a little thin for my tastes.

Overall: A fairly well balanced beer. I would like a bit more malt or body to this, but loads better than the Jack'd Up. Not a ton of depth to this beer, but does have a real pumpkin taste.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We continue our Halloween line with a brew that pours the color of a caramel covered apple. It holds a two finger head of wet tan foam, showing decent retention into ridges of milky lacing around the edges of the glass. A definite haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives wet and salty pumpkin flesh, liquefied candle wax, sweaty dog fur, spice of gingerbread, nutmeg, allspice, and dried pumpkin spice, salty sunflower seediness, metallic red and brown malts, tomato vegetals, chickpeas, lemon juice, honey, white sugar, vanilla cream, menthol, and light florals. Our first impression is that while the spice is present and nicely palpable, the rest of the flavor falls a bit flat. As we sip, the taste begins with heavy and oily spiciness, light hoppy florals, rubber cement, lactic acidity, butterscotch, wheat crackers, eucalyptus leaves, pumpkin seeds, foamy plastics, flower pollen, and roasty caramel and amber maltiness. Hitting at the peak of the swallow are notes of amber malt breadiness, cheap buttery diacetyls, stark tinny metallics, grassy hops, pear juiciness, soured brown malts, coriander, and soy sauce saltiness. The end washes with bright floral sweetness, honeysuckle, herbal fruit tea zest, sweet and clean pumpkin pie flavoring, peanut dust, citric acidity, lightly soapy hops, gingerroot, raw brown cane sugar, phenolic plastics, and gravel. The aftertaste breathes of sourdough yeast, bitter cultured bacteria, fresh cucumber, pumpkin flesh and seed, echoes of soured citric juiciness, plastics, walnut oils, dried grassiness, fresh ginger, clovey spice, black cherry fruitiness, and hot cider warmth. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high, with tough prickle at the periphery of the palate. Each sip gives okay slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with no memorable pop or mustached crispness. The mouth is quickly cooled and coated with an oily film, but this dries into a raw grittiness across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the complexity of its nose. While not all of the components therein were entirely appropriate, the general mix end effort didn’t go unnoticed. In comparison, the taste was frankly dull and flat for everything except its spiciness, cleanliness, and decent freshness, which showed nice raw ginger root and punch throughout. This seems to be a “commercial” type of pumpkin ale. The spice is enough to make sure anyone who was drinking it know it was there, but the rest of the beer is just standard and relatively cheap, so you can buy and consume a ton without getting overwhelmed. This is great for someone looking for an easy autumnal to bring to a party, but might be on the bland side for the seasoned crafter.

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Photo of biegaman
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

True to its name, Ichabod doesn't have a head. Normally I'd deduct points for that kind of thing but it's obviously hard to hold it against this offering. Though orange, it also lacks the jack-o-lantern flare of most pumpkin ales; I didn't see any sediment come out the bottle but you'd think it had given its distastefully murky complexion.

Unlike many others in the style, Ichabod is actually brewed with pumpkin and, despite its spices, it also manages to still smell a little like the inside of one. The distinctive gourd-like quality, those squash-like flavours, are readily apparent. It's not terribly appetizing and would be even less so if not for the graces of a biscuity malt bill.

So it may not be great in its own right, but the brewery is spot on with their recommended pairing of roast chicken and root vegetables; the ale's subtly sweet malt and gentle spices simultaneously compliment and animate the savory herbs and meat of the poultry. It made tonight's dinner that much more enjoyable.

And while cinnamon and nutmeg find their way into a good number of sweet treats, the use of those spices in this offering are a little too conservative to warrant dessert consideration. Still, they combine with the nutty maltiness to invoke a Greek pastry-like profile.

Ichabod wouldn't be anywhere near my top choice for prototypical Pumpkin Ale - it's nothing to lose your head over (ha!). It's definitely not the stuff of legends (ha! again). I mean, it's not exactly worth hunting down (ha! a third time). But in all fairness it does make an enjoyable fall-time treat and, like most all New Holland offerings, is worth grabbing if you see it.

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Photo of PGH_beer_head
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

After waiting nearly a month for it to be on the shelves, I'm very eager to try this beer. I'm in love with New Holland (Mad Hatter in particular). Hope this one doesn't let me down.

A- Orange hue almost amber-like

S- The first impression I get is pumpkin. After a second pass the nutmeg and spices follow through.

T- Tastes like a less sweet version of pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and pumpkin are very prominent. Not too sweet with a bitter finish. Reminds me of Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, but has a higher drinkability.

M- Nice body to it. Doesn't fatigue the palate like a few other pumpkin beers have.

O- A very nice seasonal beer. Could very well knock back a few of these by a fire. Perfect for a cold night. Looking forward to trying New Holland's Cabin Fever in a few months.

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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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