Cabin Fever
New Holland Brewing Company

Cabin FeverCabin Fever
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #542
Ranked #39,723
3.7 | pDev: 12.7%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Cabin FeverCabin Fever
Reviews: 315 | Ratings: 1,025 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of beersampler6
beersampler6 from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly nice brown ale, tasty and safe. "Bottled 12/17/19" date printed on bottle. Pours a medium dark brown color with just a little off-white head and some spotty lingering lacing that looked quite nice. Smells of malt, milk chocolate, lighter roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar and bread. Maybe a little light toasted nuts. Taste follows the nose, decently smooth and balanced, I appreciated the subtle richness throughout. Very easy to drink. Smooth, mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. Would definitely look for this one again.

Apr 01, 2020
Photo of Caveworm
Caveworm from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cabin Fever | New Holland Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, I'm presented with a four finger thick head, solid lacing, and a profoundly brown body.

The smell isn't very aromatic; just roasted malts.

I taste full-bodied malts, almost smoked-tasting. Slightly nutty mid-palate.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll choose to give an overall 4.25 to Cabin Fever | New Holland Brewing Company.

Apr 27, 2019
Photo of REVZEB
REVZEB from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a classic clear brown with some quickly disappearing bubbles. Smell is more earthy than normal, but pleasantly so, providing a jumping off point for the caramel malt, brown sugar, and roasted nuts, with a bit of campfire char on the finish. Taste is nutty at first then where there is usually a sweeter malt I am instead greeted by smoky and earthy malt and grain. Not bad, but prefer the sweeter brown to the bready style. Little rye infusion as you go down the glass. Solid

Jan 15, 2019
Photo of nicholas2121
nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cabin Fever Brown Ale brewed by New Holland Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.50% This American Brown Ale pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. This brew has a nice deep brown color with a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of the cola, not saying that is a bad thing. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts. You also pick up on mirror sweetness mixed with hop bitterness in the smell. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold an deep with flavors. You first pick up a lot of roasted goodness. Lots of good an smooth grains and malts. You also pick up on hit of sweetness but just a touch. This is a well put together brown ale. The body of Cabin Fever Brown Ale is a solid medium. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.50% ABV in this brew it is just that smooth. This brew would go nice with dinner on a cold winter day. The mouth feel is Bold , Rich, Clean , Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Cabin Fever Brown Ale, a Soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. New Holland Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this American Brown Ale.

Dec 19, 2018
Photo of SaltofOH
SaltofOH from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 10/6/17. Nonic pint.

A: pours an extremely dark, slightly hazy brown with two fingers of full, frothy sandy head. Excellent lacing.

S: has a flinty/metallic note to start, then eases in to some roasty malts, yeast esters, and earthy hops.

T: initial arrival is sweet, malty, bready, with a solid roast aspect that you don't get in enough brown ales. Oh, I like this! Toward the end a little herbal, floral, medicinal hop note builds. Stays sweet throughout, but the hops manage to prevent it from being cloying. I wonder if it would have been even hoppier a month or two ago?

M: a lot of reviewers said this felt thin, but I am not getting that at all. Solidly midweight, slick with slightly high (but not excessive) carbonation for the style.

O:Yes sir, this is right up my alley. Sweet, roasty malts combine with herbal and earthy hops for a pleasant and easy drinking winter ale. Well done New Holland.

Feb 02, 2018
Photo of IronLover
IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cola brown in color with ruby highlights and heavy haze. Poured with a moderate, creamy, light tan foam with medium low retention. Sweet dark malt and brown bread aromas with light roasty and nutty notes. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with light carbonation and light warmth near the finish. Feel is a bit thin. Roasted malt flavors with sweet dark malt beneath. Light nutty notes with hints of earthy hops. Medium, spicy hop bitterness balances the maltiness through the middle. Sweet, dark, bready malt flavors near the end. Finished with a light bitterness and a touch of roasted malt. Well balanced with good malty character. Feel was a bit thin and the roasty character are not really appropriate for the style, but didn't change my scores. Easy drinking and overall, pretty tasty.

Jan 06, 2018
Photo of chitoryu12
chitoryu12 from Florida

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks: Dark brown/red. Crystal clear.

Smell: Malt-forward with a hint of roasted coffee and nuts.

Taste: Similar to the smell, heavy on roasted coffee and malt. Bitterness is more like that of bitter coffee or chocolate than hops, and there's practically no hop flavor at all.

Feel: Somewhat thick, but not syrupy.

Overall: A decent example of brown ale, good on a cold night. Has more body than a lot of major brown ales that you find at the average grocery store.

Dec 05, 2017
Photo of deleted_user_971432

4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Eye: Dark chocolate with a tint of ruby red
Nose: Roasty, toasted malts
Feel: a bit heavy, almost syrupy, but not quite
Taste: roasty, smooth and silky, but roast bitterness on the end
Overall: I am not a big fan of the brown ale, but this is almost like a porter and it has some nice flavor and body to it. I would enjoy slugging a few back for sure.

Nov 26, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a brown color with a lasting finger’s worth of white foamy head. Sly lace. The aroma had a robust nutty maltiness. Light rye malt, then roast, subtle raisin all blend nicely. The flavor brings together the previously mentioned aromas adding a touch of biscuits and caramel malts. Warming malty aftertaste rolling into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body, almost closer to medium. Somewhat sessionable. Good carbonation. ABV felt fine as projected. Overall, nicely done brown ale that I could have again.

Jun 10, 2017
Photo of secondtooth
secondtooth from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown amber, with a a fair head of fine tan suds. Little lace.

Aroma: Roasty malts, coffee, cocoa. Very traditional and more than pleasing to the olfactories.

Taste: Rich and roasty with some sweet but nicely balanced malts and bitter hops at the finish. Nutty, chocolatey, and wonderful. Bottle may be 6 months old, but this one held up well. Wonderful brown ale.

Jun 02, 2017
Photo of puck1225
puck1225 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this from tap while at a college hockey tournament at Joe Louis Arena, the Great Lakes Invitational. Because of the location, it was poured into a plastic cup. Despite this, it held its head well and had great lacing. It has rye bread smell with a strong toasted malt taste, and a it of chocolate. It went great with Tim Horton's Polish sausage

Jan 01, 2017
Photo of GuyFawkes
GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky brown color.

Tan head; spotty lace.

Nuts & chocolate in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Flavor follows nose, but this is a touch cloying. Not bad but not great.

Dec 30, 2016
Photo of MNAle
MNAle from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, almost porter-like dark. Tall tan head that recedes slowly. Lightly carbonated. Nice nutty aroma with hints of chocolate. Smooth mouth feel, not thin. Mild initial taste that follows the aroma, with a chocolaty taste transitioning to some bittering in the middle and finish.

Dec 27, 2016
Photo of puboflyons
puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz.. bottle that was filled on 10/11/16. Sampled on December 12, 2016 so a tick over two months old.

The pour is a nice looking mahogany brown, slightly foggy, with reddish hues on the glass's edges and a long lasting, soft tan head.

Medium body mostly.

The taste is quite sweet and malty with maybe a touch of nuts behind ti - but mainly sweet. Low bitterness does not make this stand out. But as far as the style goes - it is on target with nothing more or nothing less.

Dec 13, 2016
Photo of NateDyk47
NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from 12oz bottle.

Look: dark brown with a hint of red, thin head, no lacing
Smell: burnt caramel
Taste: malt, caramel, raisins
Feel: heavy, rich, moderately carbonated

Overall: not bad, but brown ales aren't my thing. I'd still try again though

Nov 07, 2016
Photo of BARx3
BARx3 from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep amber with a fairly decent head

Aroma doesn't excite me

Not sure where to rate the taste, very drinkable, but not any taste that really stands out.

I have had better and worse. Very drinkable.

May 05, 2016
Photo of Beginner2
Beginner2 from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a bit of a malt-head, you'd think I'd pay more attention to the Browns. But, my Americans are only 1.42% and my English are .8%. (Using my stats as a Society Member... and you can, too.)

So, I was glad recently to revisit Cabin Fever; fresh, on tap at New Holland's bar and offer this review.
It has good Looks, a ruby tinge to the dark brown with a decent foam sitting on top that clings to the small flight glass.
Smells are mostly malt, toasted. Tastes are balanced as the hops and semi-dry chocolate continue to let themselves be known. But, this would be more interesting if they occasionally let the sweet malt in to play. (But that is a more common characteristic of the English Brown. Americans are drier.) Medium body, somewhat creamy.

Apr 24, 2016
Photo of Ozzylizard
Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.83/12 oz bottle ($ 0.152/oz) at Giant Eagle, Meadville, PA
12 oz bottle marked K044 11:37 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and raisins, weak, doesn’t last entire glass
Head average (Four cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with many rocks, diminishing to three mm ring and partial thin layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown, nearly opaque
Flavor starts moderately sweet, caramel and raisins, ends with slight roasted malt, sticky; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.5

Feb 05, 2016
Photo of Billolick
Billolick from New York

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Bottled 101315 etched on the label

Pours dark brown, under a minor darker khaki head, leaves a thicker film and some spotty bitsand strands of lacing.

Light caramel and toasted malts on the nose.

More of the same on the palate, heavy caramel, cafe au lait, dark malty goodness.

Decent brown ale, perhaps a bit thin and lacking the oomph of the heavy hitters of the style

Feb 02, 2016
Photo of JustLikeMyDad
JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a beer mug, pours dark brown, almost black.
Small foam head pour, some lacing.
Smells chocolaty.
Tastes as chocolaty as it smells, no surprised there, though compared tot he bottled description, it feels misleading. I had assumed it would be chocolate tasting when I purchased it though.
Feels smooth enough, not watery, bold flavor, nice carbonation.
Overall, I don't like chocolate but it's not bad, I kinda like it.

Jan 30, 2016
Photo of Phigg1102
Phigg1102 from New York

4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest brown color possible without going into porter territory. Garnet around the edges. Off white head that fades into a thin ring. Clear when held up to the light, but not noticable in regular lighting. This beer is exceptionally rich and well balanced, I lowered the score a bit because of some burnt malt notes that I would attribute to a porter or stout. The malt is fairly complex and features bread crust and chocolate notes prominant in the aroma and taste. Slight floral hops come through in the medium-dry finish. No esters coming through for me. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Jan 26, 2016
Photo of ryan1788a5
ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark chestnut brown color with ruby hues. Tight light brown head retains at a thin cap. Wispy lacing.

S: Coarse grainy and spicy rye is enveloped in a blanket of bakers chocolate, coffee grounds, and nutty cocoa. Mildly smoky. Hints of raisins. Chocolate caramel chews. Whispers of earthy hops.

T: Follows the nose. A big, pervasive dose of spicy rye is surrounded by supporting notes of nutty cocoa, dry bakers chocolate, coffee grounds, and a wisp of smoke. Pumpernickel rye bread. Raisins. Woody earthy hops on the back end. finishes with some nutty cocoa and rye and a light acidic dark malt bitterness that is coffee-like.

M: Full medium body has some heft behind it. Creamy and chewy. Scrubbing carbonation lifts it away and enhances a dry feel.

O: Damn solid beer. This brown ale is pretty brawny and has some stout-like qualities. The rye character adds a welcome wrinkle too, and brings a more-ish dryness that really aids drinkability. It's a hearty cold-weather brew that somehow commands sessionability. A fine winter seasonal through and through.

Jan 16, 2016
Photo of rwhitmore
rwhitmore from Kansas

4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby brown, with nice tan head with attractive lacing. Nose is chocolate and dark fruit, which follows in the flavor with a bit of warmth. A delicious, and well-named, brown ale for the cold months. This will be a staple for me.

Jan 11, 2016
Photo of SD-Alefan
SD-Alefan from South Dakota

3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a light tan, creamy head that leaves plenty of lace.
The aroma is nutty with chocolate and toffee not far behind.
Taste is led by bitter chocolate with hazlenut, raisin and toffee along for the ride. A nice lingering bitter and a touch of alcohol warmth as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
Pretty darn tasty.

Jan 06, 2016
Photo of Marraybay
Marraybay from District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

American brown ale supposedly, but from my vantage point, this was more of a porter.
Very dark pour, with a finger or so of beige head. Some roasty coffee and fruit flavors
in the nose, with the taste following suit. A fair amount of dry coffee bitterness in
the close, that seemed to deepen as the pour proceeded/warmed. In the end, a pretty
nice / enjoyable pour. Would I want it frequently? Meh...probably not, but a nice
occasional addition to the rotation.

Dec 23, 2015
Cabin Fever from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1025 ratings