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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Ratings: 1,610 |  Reviews: 563
Photo of soper2000
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't seen too much New Holland here in Indiana. The last month or so. we started getting some in. Anyways, the pour pours a semi-flat burnt amber color with a miniscule white head that quickly fades. Aroma is of malt and spice. Not an overly sweet aroma but there are some nods towards sweetness. I initially got a "winter warmer" type taste from this one, but as it warms it comes into its own. Stronger pumkin notes start coming through, along with some clove. Very easy to drink. A solid fall brew. Get me some more New Holland.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.84/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - a lusty pour into a Maudite glass yields a beer that has a slight hazy, translucent orange glow. Thin cap but manages to lace nonetheless.

Aroma - light pumpkin, strong cinnamon, with a smattering of some other good fall spice aromas that are hard to identify.

Taste - rich malty flavor with layers of pumpkin pie spices all throughout. Very toasty and full-flavored with just enough hops to accentuate the malts and spices, culminating with a nice pie crust finish. The most complete pumpkin ale so far.

Mouthfeel - medium body, sufficient carbonation to give it a crisp autumn feel.

Drinkability - a great pumpkin ale, deserving of its following. I feel lucky to have scored the last sixer from Mitch at my local Shop Kwik. Thanks, Mitch!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's getting to be that time of year again. The frost isn't quite on the pumpkin yet, but the leaves have turned and have begun to settle to the earth and there's a melancholy note in the quickening autumn breeze. Winter will be upon us before long, but we can keep the harvest season alive a while longer by drinking and reveling in the great beers of the season. To that end, a pumpkin ale from one of the Midwest's best breweries seems the perfect choice on this crisp, late October day.

Lightly hazy pale pumpkin orange with a generous infusion of amber, as well as candy corn yellow highlights. Saying that Ichabod is a 'headless' beer would make for a great narrative, but thankfully that isn't the case. The dark cream-colored cap is reasonably dense while appearing soft and unsticky. When it drops, it leaves nothing more than a short collar of lace.

The nose is a bit underpowered and lacks much in the way of actual pumpkin. I smell lightly toasted pale malt with a hint of earthiness and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spices. Not bad, just not what I had expected and hoped for.

The flavor is more assertive and is more in keeping with the style. Pumpkin is now evident with the aforementioned spices (nutmeg mostly, some cinnamon) contributing nicely. I'd prefer even more flavor however. Malt provides a light sweetness kept in check by a hop bitterness that is more noticeable on the finish.

The body/mouthfeel is light-medium and the amount of carbonation is spot on. I can imagine a better example of the style, but perhaps not a more approachable one. This is a well-balanced pumpkin ale that tries to be all things to all people and succeeds.

Ichabod is not my Holy Grail of pumpkin ales. It is, however, a solid-across-the-board seasonal beer that aficionados of the style should enjoy. It may not be New Holland's best, but it is a more worthy member of their lineup.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness or best by date. Slightly hazy golden liquid, with a touch of an orange tint. White foamy head, which stayed for a few minutes leaving a little bit of lace. Smells of some pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg. None of the smells were terribly overpowering, mostly faint. Pale malt flavor, kind of a funky taste with some bitterness, but maybe not hop related. Light body, highly carbonated, slightly fizzy. Overall, seems kind of messy, bitter which doesn't seem to fit pumpkin ales. Not the worst out there, but I don't think I would search this one out again.

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Photo of Skidz
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out gold and sits amber in the glass with a fluffy off-white head with nice lacings.

Smells malty and filled with pumpkin and spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon and nice hops backing it up.

Taste starts out sweet and spicy, again, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger. Maltiness is well balanced with the hoppy finish, still lingering with spices. Excellent flavoring of pumpkin pie.

Smooth and creamy in a medium body and good carbonation. Easy drinking with nice flavor.

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Photo of noclue
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12oz. bottle served in shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a boring pale golden colored concoction with a small tan head that lasts as long as my interest in this beer.

Smell: Smell? What smell? Mild spicey aroma with faint hint of hops.

Taste: Cloves and ginger, mild acidic bite.

Mouthfeel: Watery, medium to high carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability: Easy, yet not very enjoyable to drink. I've heard good things about New Holland, but I fear we've gotten off to a bad start.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with a one finger head and pretty good lace. Smell of cinnamon and orange with some ginger and slight alcohol overtones. I don't smell much pumpkin though. Initial hop bitterness, followed by orange and cinnamon. A bit watery for a pumpkin ale, but decent though. Finishes a bit dry and leaves a nice hop bitterness on the sides of your tongue. I could drink a couple of these in one sitting but not much more than that. It's better to get a six, stick it in the fridge, and have one on a Sunday afternoon while watching some football. Not a great beer, but it is a nice one to drink this time of year. Grab some just to give it a try.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that I picked up while in Dearborn, MI. The beer is a nice orange to yellow color with a light tan head. The aroma, as expected, is full of pumpkin spice smells. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet pumpkin. It also has a bit of alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor is not potent but more sublte. It has a cinnamon taste but more of an earthy cinnamon than a sweet cinnamon. It is a bark quality to it too. The subtle flavor makes the beer seem a bit weak on flavor. It has more of an alcohol taste than a pumpkin taste.

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Photo of ZAP
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden color...creamy white head..nose is big on cinnamon and ginger...not much in the way of pumpkin....body is on the lighter side of medium...not real substantial...taste is mild... cinnamon again...seems almost watery at the end...the spicining is nice but it just seems to be lacking in pumpkin and also depth and body...average..

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first impression of this beer was its suprisingly light color. It wasn't as light as a Bud Light, but for a pumpkin ale, it was pretty weak. The aroma was nice and pure with a true pumpkin spice smell filled with heavy nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste was ok, but it finished way too dry for me to enjoy it. The spices came quick from the start but in the end I was just left with a wierd mouthfeel. I would not go as far as saying this is a bad beer, but there are definately some better pumpkins out this season.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden tone that shows no carbonation. LIght colored for a pumpkin beer. Thin off white head recedes to a rimming in no time. Lacing is negligible. Sweet and spicy aroma. Honey and orange and cinnamon, nutmeg...a dash of ginger. Not bad. Get the orange/honey thing on the palate as well. Some pumpkin if you look real hard, but barely detectable. A lot of cinnamon on the buds as well. Spicy. Body is medium at best. Everything is pretty average with this pumpkin brew.

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Photo of CortexBomb
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out an off orangish colour with mild haze, not much head though, just a ring left only a minute after the pour. Smell is mainly pumpkin spice with some malt standing behind it.

Taste...a spice blast up front, but it's not like the aroma, it's more ginger mixed with pepper, and doesn't fit the beer that well. The malt is there, along with the most vague rememberence of pumpkin, and an odd...very aluminum bite throughout though, like I imagine biting into a beer can would taste like. I do not like this.

Mouthfeel..thin, as expected for the style, but not much carbonation either. Drinkability reflects my general feeling on this beer, good idea, terrible implementation. I love a well done spice featuring beer, but this doesn't do it for me, not even close.

New Holland continues to underwhelm me...

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Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber in color-sort of leans towards orange. OK head. Spices in the aroma.Some malt. Ok flavor-theres a slight maltiness and the spices come thru but both are hidden behind a slight metallic flavor that lasts the whole way down. Body is suited to the style. A decent enough beer. Id say to definately try it if your looking to find a better pumpkin beer. Perhaps I got an off sample-lose the slight harshness I think it could be a better,more enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brian700
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a decent looking beer with an O.K. looking head. It's color is a sort of a hazy golden. It doesn't look like I had imagined it would. The aroma didn't really smell like I would have expected it to as well. Pretty week on the spicey aroma. I could pick up on a little bit of ginger which isn't really the main spice you would want to emphasize in a pumpkin ale. The first sip of this beer is spiciest taste you will experience while drinking this beer. This is because that the spices are so mild that after the first drink or two your taste buds just kind of ignore or forget about them. Could definately use a little more spice. The mouthfeel is good. Nice amount of carbonation. It's an average beer. It's drinkable but I could think of many other beers I would rather be drinking.

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Photo of 99bottles
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy golden with the faintest hue of peach. Thin fizzy white head with below average to poor retention. Thin lace persists, but does not cling to glass.

Smell: Singular. Ginger. You might convince me of clove or nutmeg, but mostly ginger. Absolutely no pumpkin to this nose.

Taste: Hmmm. Not what I would expect a PUMPKIN ale to taste like. Tastes more like a Budweiser with some spices. The pumpkin taste tries to creep in the aftertaste, but the wash of “fall spices” sends it back underneath the bland two row and into only the most optimistic of memories. Ginger, in a much overstated fashion, then clove and nutmeg, then cinnamon, then finally, maybe a taste of pumpkin. Disappointing. Get Smuttynose if you want to taste pumpkin in your ale. Get Bethlehem Brew Works if you want to taste Pumpkin Pie in your ale. Get this if you want to be let down and hypocritical of pumpkin and fruit/veggie ales in the future. Sad.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Thin, highly carbonated. Nowhere near as malty as it ought to have been. Not viscous enough, not balanced. Drinkable? It’s as drinkable as Natural Light. Meaning, easy to drink and somewhat difficult to enjoy.

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Photo of ken3c
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color is appropriate. Head is a little small but leaves a ring that laces a little. Very clear.

Aroma has a subtle combination of UK hops, malt, and nutmeg.

Sweetness up front is quickly replaced by a bold bitterness. The pumpkin taste only shows up for the aftertaste. This is like a really good pale ale with a little extra.

Mouthfeel is light-medium body. Smooth and lightly carbonated.

I just can't help smiling when I drink this beer.

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Photo of redmosquito
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle a dark orange in color with a good toasted bread colored head. Spicey aroma with notes of pine. Flavor is of subdued malt sweetness and assertive pumpkin pie spice. I admit I am a pumpkin beer fan, but I think most would find this enjoyable.

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Photo of trumick
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer, and this is not my normal orderly review but this is not a normal orderly beer. It is great for the style. Very spicy, nutmeg, pumpkin scent. Sweet malt, spice taste with a dry hop, ginger, pepper finish. The pepper finish stays for a while. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with heavy carbination. I could drink a bunch of these. What a nice beer. I will buy these whenever they are available.

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Photo of mattcrill
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

States right on the label that it's brewed with real pumpkin...we shall see.

Appearance: Pours orange-amber and crystal clear with a rocky white head.

Smell: Refreshing blend of light hops, spice, and flowery aroma.

Taste: Hop bitterness first, ginger, and cinnamon next's done. WTF??? I didn't taste any pumpkin in there. Sip again...nope it's the same taste. I'm not picking up any pumpkin. To me, this tastes like a mild pale ale with a few spices thrown in as an after-thought.

Mouthfeel: Very light, crispy, and refreshing.

Drinkability and overall: Pretty light, quaffable brew. To quote Bono, "I still haven't found what I'm looking for". To me, this beer did NOT come as advertised. There is a lot of hype around here about New Holland Brewing. This beer did not live up to the hype. I wouldn't even consider this a good fall brew. Your time would be better served elsewhere.

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Photo of SheepNutz
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy medium orange color with three fingers of head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly spicy, but not too strong. Little hints of pumpkin and cinnamon aromas. The taste did not really live up to my expectations. It's fairly bland at first, not much maltiness or spice coming through. It has a very metallic finish to it. Rather odd. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, but the drinkability suffers due to the taste. It's not as bad as it could be, and I'd give it another shot someday.

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Photo of JISurfer
1.78/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This was a mixture of high's and low's for me. The appearamce was the strong point, with it's nice orangey/amber color and the off white fluffy head. After that, it went down the preverbial crapper. Just the thought of the taste and smell makes me cringe in horror. The smell was of old stinky feet and rancid puke. Seriously. I could find a little hint of some all spice in there, but it was then quickly bludgened to death by the horrid smell. The taste was quite similar, but the stinky crap was still there. If you drank it while you held your nose, it wasn't so bad, but I don't want to do that when I drink beer. I drink beer to taste and smell everything it has to offer, so I can fully enjoy it. The mouthfell was a little creamy, but still had the sting of carbonation. Again, this is some nasty stuff. I couldn't finish it, maybe it was a bad bottle, but it was horrid.

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Photo of marburg
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Watery, thin, pale, lacking in flavor, and washed out.

Fleshy yellowy-peach color with a mild off-white head. There's nothing "wrong" with the appearance, but a good pumpkin ale, I think, should have a deeper, richer color -- presumably to match its depth of flavor.

Pretty strong malty pale ale-like backbone with minimal spices, predominantly nutmeg. A little estery fruit flavor -- kind of a mish-mash of tropical fruits and pumpkin -- round it out. Tastes like poor store-bought pumpkin pie.

I prefer the real deal. Mediocre.

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Photo of maxpower
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with a nice creamy off white head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma of butter and mild pumpkin pie spices, a bit sweeter than I expected, light pumpkin pie flavors, but not over done, nice balanced, good spicy aftertaste, medium bodied with a slightly watery mouthfeel, one of the better pumpkin beers around.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nutmeg nose. Very "beery." New Holland does a surprisingly good job of INTEGRATING the pumpkin flavor into Ichabod Ale (instead of just laying it on thick and heavy). It tastes like pumpkin, but I don't think I would've known it on a blind taste test. The flavor's actually an odd mix between American wheat and amber ale.

This is certainly a beer to be paired with a fall dessert -- pumpkin pie, obviously, but pear tart or apple pie might also work very well. On its own, this brew is unsatiating. I appreciate that New Holland makes this a beer first (instead of a liquid pumpkin pie); the ability to ferment any residual sweetness and vegetativeness out the pumpkin while maintaining a light pumpkin flavor (helped greatly by the nutmeg nose) is commendable.

The medium/full body is fizzy and unpleasant at times.

Subtle. Subtle. Subtle.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of winomark
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep golden color, lighter than other pumpkin beers I have tried.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices dominate, but also has a good malt backbone.

Taste: Dry spices in the front, with malt taking over through the finish. Somewhat tannic.

Mouthfeel: Tasty, but the tannic flavors gives a dry, unimpressive mouthfeel.

Drinkabilty: This beer needs more pumpkin flavor to be considered to the style, IMO.

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New Holland Ichabod Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1,610 ratings