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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): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of alkemy
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Faintly cloudy amber color with a rich light tan head. Lacing is quite prominent.
S - Very nice spices including clove and hints of nutmeg. Unlike Pumking, this seems to get its flavor from the spices added. I mean, you could add allspice and cinnamon to my description as well…more in the taste section...
T – Super smooth. The taste is identical to the smell profile. As with the smell, it seems this beer is conjured with a few bottles of spices, but that is not being said as a detriment. This is a really satisfying beer…also tasted great with my blackened fish sandwich.
M – I’d like it to be a bit stickier, but nonetheless, mouthfeel was satisfying.
O – Good. Pumpkin was not overpowering and the beer was very drinkable.

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Photo of CGMLS3
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of raznug
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color and is topped with a ½” of off white colored head.
Smell: Pumpkin spice dominates the aroma of this beer there is a little malt aroma but most of it is masked by the spice notes.
Taste: The spice flavor doesn’t dominate the flavor but it blends well with the malt and makes for a very pumpkin beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a bit thin bodied but easy drinking and well blended beer which really makes me like it for a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint.
5.32% ABV, 12.5°P, no date.

A - Spice particles float in suspension, hazing the rich golden amber beer. Ichabod's well-formed but flimsy head collapses rather quickly, leaving gnarled branches of lace eerily stuck to the glass.

S - A pleasant fresh spice and pumpkin aroma comes from this beer with assertion but without being overpowering; cinnamon is there but nutmeg is the bigger player. Amber maltiness follows through with a nice base of toast and sweetness for a balancing effect.

T - Ichabod's flavor mirrors the aroma as the spiciness is much more potent than the pumpkin but doesn't translate quite like the nose does. The toasted malt backing present with some Munich-like sweetness but on the thin side, letting the spices run wild over the pumpkin flavor. The pumpkin is there but seems like an afterthought in comparison to the heavy spices. A touch of earthy hops aids in the dry, crisp finish.

M - Ichabod is certainly a lighter bodied pumpkin ale lending itself towards early fall drinking rather than the later, cooler weeks when something with a little more heft is necessary. The upfront spiciness almost transports you to a Sleepy Hollow envrionment though. In fact, I might just have to sit down with the movie and a 6-pack... Ichabod finishes spicy and dry with mild bitterness and a mild crisp bite.

O - New Holland's Ichabod pumpkin ale does a great job of whisking the drinker away to a mental fall fantasy world similar to the likes of Sleepy Hollow but, here in the real world, the beer's malt backbone falls just slightly short of real involvement and balance. The spiciness throughout is great, but it's in need of a little more balance and body for the cool fall days. In the end, it's one of my favorite fall seasonals I wish I could just slightly tweak.

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Photo of Jdouble777
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: mildly dark reddish orange look with minimal froth, overall tempting but not enticing
S: slight pumpkin/nutmeg hints, could stand to be more bold and profound but has some of what your hoping for...
T: nothing special, but that makes it special to me...very smooth, simple, to the point, and drinkable...has some clove, nutmeg, pumpkin to it but relaxed
M: very full feel with actively hop feel that does not follow into the tast too much, nice
O: enjoyable, well worth checking out but not something to brag about per se

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Photo of JCB14
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great head and even better head retention. The aroma was about average for this style, perhaps below average. For this style the hop bitterness was stronger than average, really a little too strong.

Overall it was about average to a little better than average for a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of MerkurKing16
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of stckhndlr
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- had on tap at capital ale house in Richmond VA. Very clear amber beer with a foam head made of micro bubbles. So clear I could read through it.

S- lots of pumpkin spice notes. Blends with a caramel sugar aroma. Very strong. Also getting hints of clove and nutmeg in the back half.

T- a brief flash of the pumpkin gives way to the spices and the clove. The finish ends with a bitterness that seems to be a cross between faint hops and the cloves.

M- smooth feel to it. Easy to drink. Low carbonation.

O- I love how this smells and it really shows a lot of promise when I hold it to my nose. But it disappoints from there. The clove bitterness is a turnoff. The taste just doesn't live up to the aroma. If you are looking for a pumpkin ale that drinks like a regular pale ale then this is for u. But if u prefer bigger pumpkin flavor I would try something else.

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Photo of thornn
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of BeerForHokie
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Keith_R
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's hard for me to rate this one. Difficult for me to give it an accurate review for whatever reason... I can easily understand the 78/90 discrepancy on this site between us and the "Bros".

Appearance: Really looks nice. A mildly hazy orange color. The head's creamy, but doesn't last long. Regardless, the lacing is fantastic on this beer.

Smell: Just what you'd expect from a quality pumpkin ale. The pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Some malts as well, but the pumpkin pie aroma is most dominant.

Taste/feel: This is where it gets difficult to me. It's not exploding with flavor, but it's extremely drinkable in every way. There's essentially no bitterness. The pumpkin and spice is there, but not overwhelmingly. The feel puts all of this together. Velvety smooth with a pretty low carbonation. It's as if I want more flavor, but at the same time, I don't. Tough call.

A fantastic pumpkin ale right here. Ichabod gets it right. If you want a sessionable pumpkin beer, you've got it.

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Photo of pogoowner
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of FEUO
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of palma
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: cinnamon, big nutmeg.

Taste. Raw pumkin. Sweet upfront. A little soapy bitterness. A good soapyness though. I dont know but i like it. Piney hop oil. Finishes very good. Lingering malt, oily. Lingering light pepper notes. Very complex for a pumkin ale. I love the finish of this beer. Dispite the complexity and sweetness, it still says BEER at the end.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. Slick. Good feel.

This is a great pumkin ale. Of of the best I've had.

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Photo of thatdavegy
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a clear, amber-tan body with a very slim coating of near white foam from a generous pour.

Smell: Where the taste was woefully one-note in its spice quality, the aroma promised something a bit more rounded, as, while the spicing is prevalent here, the pumpkin and malts played a fair part in the nose. Just didn't translate in the flavor, unfortunately.

Taste: Bready, scantly toasty malted barley interrupted by a big bolt of cinnamon and nutmeg cutting off the pumpkin flavor and giving it the middle digit. Nil hop character, very low bitterness. It's mainly just the spices straight through to the dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: More pumpkin, less spice, if you please. Hell, I'll just take less spice. One step at a time, you know?

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Photo of KYGunner
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a stiff thick single finger head with a nice orange coloring. This ale had almost no scent and even asked others to help me but no one could. The taste is rather interesting as you can detect the nutmeg and spice but it had a real earthy taste, almost gourdish. This makes sense as it is supposed to be brewed with actual pumpkin. I enjoyed this rather unique take on a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of bdn72
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of twh7
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MButkus
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mikediesel124
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,602 ratings
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