New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown AleNew Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown…awesome, finger thick khaki colored head formed and stayed…nice legs all over the glass…super, duper inviting…(5/5)

Smell: Caramel malts! Sweet, creamy, deep malt aroma…dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla…I’m expecting a rich, creamy flavor…this thing smells awesome! (4.5/5)

Taste: Creamy, vanilla, toasted malt…there’s some earthy hops balancing the malts finely, creating a fantastic flavor…some coffee, chocolate, bready/sweet malts, vanilla, caramel and sugar adding tones that round out this fine brew…no alcohol heat to speak of…as it warms, the deeper chocolate notes begin to flourish…fantastic! (5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation…fluff does form creating chocolate shake taste, making my mouth salivate…ends crisply, some creamy chocolate, malt after taste…my mouth is watering for more…(4.5/5)

Overall: This is a fantastic brown ale, one of the best beers I’ve tried in a while…the creamy, malt flavor isn’t exotic by any means, but works so well here…it’s not overly hoppy or bitter, just balanced superbly…the phrase, “drinkable” doesn’t do this ale justice, I could easily drink 3 or 4 of these in a sitting and be very happy…there is no sign of the 6.8% ABV in the flavor, I’m expecting this to sneak up on me…absolutely nothing missing from this brew, I couldn’t recommend it more…go get a six pack and you’ll thank me later…(5/5)

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Photo of centurian62
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Brown Ales. Cabin Fever is the quintessential winter brown. I am fortunate enough to get it at the brewery, however, in a bottle is pretty close to the tap. It has a fantastic malty flavor and aroma and finishes cleanly with a great malt aftertaste. If you are forced to drink one brown ale the rest of your life, this would be a fantastic choice!

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Photo of Cryptic
4.71/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This by far is my favorite, has a smooth taste and easy to drink. I tried this in Holland MI and have been buying this one ever since. My only complaint is I get to full on them to fast. If you want a great beer buy this one. Really enjoy this beer and keep returning to it.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've got to disagree with my friend from Georgia and the review from earlier today. This is absolutely one of my favorite browns, hands down. I've always thought of the brown ale style as a gateway beer to other craft beers. I started my own conversion from mass produced domestic swill, to browns, and then moved onto on to IPA's, Stouts, and various other craft brew styles. I still make my way back to browns once the calendar turns to November, the snow starts to fly, and the weather takes a turns for the worse. Crack a Cabin Fever and hunker down in front of the fire for a long, cold Winter.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown, poured from a bottle or on tap (stop by New Holland, great food and atmosphere) into a pint glass. Forms a nice brown head with slowly dissipates and leaves some generous lacing.

Smell: subtle chocolate aroma

Taste: Yes, this is what a brown should be, Very drinkable, not overpowering, with a beautiful malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Exactly like a brown should be. A subtle creamy feel that doesn't leave a strong aftertaste.

Overall: Great beer to drink on the river while Steelhead fishing in Northern Michigan. Also one of the best logos in the business. Make sure and get a sticker for your drift boat.

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Photo of Catherine8189
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a 16oz beer glass. Great brown ale very tasty. Aroma in wonderful with deep, rich dark chocolate and coffee notes. Dark brown color with dark tan frothy head. Caramel malts come shining through on the first taste. Creamy, full mouthfeel that coats the tongue. The beer has a lasting sweet, balanced flavor that is very pleasant. The brown le is great enjoyed with red meats and heavier foods.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a creamy tan head. Clear but with only a little light getting through (and giving it a reddish hue). Head drops to chunky thick film eventually but the retention is quite good. Only knock is there is very little lace.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate all well balanced with a hint of hop.
Taste is coffee, toast, malt, baking chocolate, faint hops. Balance is very good.
Smooth, slightly drying with a mild warming from the alcohol bloom. Medium plus body with light, gentle effervescence. This is better than Newcastle for certain and I like some Newk.

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Photo of tmm313
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, dark brown. Creamiest 1 finger head I have ever seen AND it lasted all the way to the bottom of the glass. It looked like warm whipped cream on top of a cappuccino. Awesome trailing and lacing.

S- Chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and little roastiness.

T- Big, rich chocolate up front. Reminds me of cocoa. Behind that, there's some caramel, a touch of roasted malt and coffee. Its pretty crazy how much chocolate is in there.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Creamy on the tongue with a subtle roasty aftertaste.

O- I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. I'm still a bit confused, in a good way, how this beer was put together. It was like a brown ale meets a chocolate shake. What I'll remember most is the incredible creamy head and the decadent cocoa in the flavor. I would definitely have this again.

Update: Grains used are 2 row, wheat, rye, munich, and chocolate. Hops used are Brewers Gold and Nugget

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Photo of Schimms
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours dark brown with tan/brown thin head from continuous bubbling.
S: smells of things to come: chocolate rainsiny malt.
T: great coffee, raisin, chocolate.
F: smooth, creamy with light carbonation.
O: Solid strong brown ale.

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Photo of Telcocoffeedad
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sweet chocolate aroma. Nice level of carbonation. This has a sweet chocolate undertone. The flavor gives way to a nice bread like finish. Molasses and nut flavors.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: brown... Obviously. Pours a nice tan head with lacing that slowly crawls down the side of the glass. Tough to make a better looking brown ale

S: dry roasted chocolate, smoke,

T: very pleasant smokiness lots of chocolate very slightly toasted bready and earthy

M: only nitpicking flaw it's a little thin. But nice but of spiciness on the finish

O: definitely my favorite winter seasonal so far. Fits perfectly with the season and as far as brown ales go - this can't be beat. Vastly underrated. Resembles a porter without as much roasted malts. New holland killed it with this one.

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Photo of adamette
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage for $1.83 a few weeks ago into my Dark Horse pint glass.

A Nice creamy very light brown head over a brown body that appears dark but when held in front of direct light there is a nice mahogany glow there. There is also a curtain like lacing on the inside of the pint glass. Nice look indeed. 4.5

S Very nice nutty medium roast malt smell with little to no hops. 4.0

T My nose did not fool me...this is a nice, nutty brown ale that reminds me of (but does not surpass mind you) Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. If you are reading this review and have not tried Sam Smith Nut Brown, please do yourself a favor and find that beer. Back to the current beer, this is a very good craft beer and a nice example of the style. There is even a finish of a bit of sweetness in the back too. 4.5

M Nice smoothness that is not as common as it should be in the style but can be found in the better Brown Ales. 4.0

D Very good indeed. I found the bottom of the Dark Horse pint within 10 minutes and enjoyed every sip. 4.5

Notes: Really thoroughly impressed with this beer from New Holland and they show again a great understanding of yet another beer style. Bravo!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This growler was brought back from the brewery by my roommate. It held up wonderfully. The beer pours to a dark red color with a nice thick off-white head. Nice carbonation and lacing.

The smell is good. Mild biscuity malt flavors with some nice fruity esters. Reminds me of Fat Tire, but less biscuity and more fruity. The taste is just the same, but with a touch of the hops as well.

Nice medium body with a great bitterness. Seems to stimulate every small bit of my palate. The growler will probably go down quick.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ending my Christmas night with this beer. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear brown color with deep amber highlights around the edges when held to the light. Off-white head is about an inch thick when poured before eventually settling to a decent surface coating with nice lacing. Aromas of roasted nuts and some malt along with raisins. The raisin flavor hit my palate right upfront as well. Also flavors of roasted nut and some caramel malt. Rounded out with a touch of hops. Never had a brown ale with this much raisin flavor in it before. Something about the taste does remind me of some red wines I have had. Not a bad thing, but unique. The taste of alcohol is there a bit as well. Has a nice, fairly crisp and smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. easy to drink. Certainly worth a try IMO.


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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown ale with ruby notes, good head.

Great malt nose with butterscotch notes, slightly sweet.

The flavor carries through the smell, very malty, roasty, some interesting backbones but no hops as there shouldn't be, but nicely balanced.

Good heavy mouthfeel, lowish but good carbonation.

Impressive effort for a brown ale, almost a session beer but it would be hard to only have one. Nice going!

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Photo of MtnBikingandBeer
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a pizza joint on-tap and I was quite happy to see it back after several years. Very rich amber color tending more towards brown then red. Not much of a head, surprisingly full nose of malty coffee. Wonderful malty chocolaty coffee taste, although malty, not overly sweet, making it extremely drinkable. It was served at a great temperature and the carbonation level was perfect. I had it out of a bottle several nights later not knowing what to expect, but it was pretty close to the on-tap version. I will definitely be keeping a six pack of these around during the next month or two.

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Photo of Jayli
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this one from Csmiley via Review This! BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a relatively thin looking chocolate brown that has ruby mahogany hues around the edges. Not much of a head forms and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Nose is of chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, coffee, and a bit of nuttiness.

T: Taste is all coffee up front nice bitter coffee. Middle is filled with roasted malts and hints of burnt malts. Finish is sweet, sweet, sweet tasty chocolate and toffee with just a touch of nuttiness.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, thing on the tongue but slightly creamy in the coating.

D: Tasty beer, not filling, very smooth and goes down dangerously easy. This is one of the best brown ales that I've had.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rich dark brown, with a very small amount of off white head. The smell is quite good consisting of lightly roasted malt primarily with a nice breadiness as well. The taste is also of roasted malts and light bread flavors, but with a very faint citrus aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth, but not too light for the style. This quite a drinkable beverage, especially in the winter season. Overall, I find this quite an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of ribby
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opening the bottle released a yeasty aroma. The beer poured very nicely, with a moderate foamy head. The beer is a deep red color, with very little cloudiness. Even after pouring, the aroma remains a bit yeasty, but this aroma had a minimal impact on the taste. The malt flavor is strongest, accented by mild hops, just about right for a brown ale. The malt is a bit chocolatey. Overall, the taste is on the bitter side. The feel in the mouth is quite bubbly.

11/17/2016 retasted, and this is much better than before. No yeasty off notes, and the maltiness is a bit more complex. Some nuttiness is present in both the taste and aroma. I sensed an improvement in New Holland Mad Hatter last year, so maybe they are improving things all around.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yeah, yeah, I know, Cabin Fever on the fourth day of Summer?!? Well, I am trying to winnow my way through a massive backlog of beer and the older ones are on the verge of becoming V.O.S., so they get priority.

From the bottle: "Hints of rye, roast and raisin join a subtle caramel sweetness before a clean finish. Parirings: roasted meats, dried fruits, gruyere & smoked cheeses."

The drill is becoming a familiar one by now - pop the cap, heavy pour, sit back as the pseudo-cascade takes place, record results thereof. This time, the two-plus fingers of head were a dense, light-brown with good retention. I was reminded of the top of a coffee or mocha ice cream cone. Nose definitely gave off raisin and a smoky roastiness, hence their suggestion for smoked cheeses. Color was mahogany (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was creamy and the taste was chocolaty with raisins and smoke. It was like a Cadbury Fruit and Nut chocolate bar. Finish was semi-sweet, with the roasted malt offsetting the chocolatiness and the fruitiness. This was one that need not be thought of a a seasonal, but it would have been nice to have paired it with some of their suggestions. Maybe next time ...

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours bright brown with a 2” cream to light tan colored clingy foam collar. S: Nutty malt aromas with floral citrusy hops. T: Nutty malt, hint of rye spice, light anise, chocolate, toast. F: Creamy smooth with above average carbonation and medium to medium full body. O: Nicely done, full flavored American Brown Ale

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up some winter ales for the snow:
Poured into a chalice, color is dark brown, solid, head is tan, presenting 1/2 inch thick, some solid lacing and a top that lingers.

Smell is full of malty goodness: great blend of chocolate, light toffee, some biscuit, wheat and full bodied presence; hops are earthy, some light pine.

Taste is also full bodied: great chocolate front, toffee middle and drier earthy finish from the rye. This is a great tasting full brown ale. Some lighter notes of sweetness, caramel, good presence of biscuit or wheat flavors (maybe from the rye). Hops are mild, light earth and grass.

Mouthfeel is full, good presence on the tongue, chocolate, rye, wheat and caramel linger well, carbonation is lighter creating a good presence. Finish is dry on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great brown ale. Full bodied, good riff with the rye and nice finish.

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Photo of Tee76
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark roasted brown almost black.. nice creamy head with some decent lacing that hangs around.

S: Smoke, coffee, caramel and raisin..nice combo going on here as far as smell goes.

T: Lots of caramel. and raisin along with light smoke taste and some maple syrup flavor.

M: Creamy!! and very smooth. Medium Carbonation...sits nicely on the palate.

D: Excellent Winter beer , very smooth and HIGHLY drinkable. This is the perfect beer for a cold winters night. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark amber body with a finger-high head comprised of light tan froth.

Smell: Moderately roasty, nutty aroma, smelling of Breakfast Blend coffee, a firm shard of milk chocolate, walnuts, with a little touch of date fruitiness.

Taste: A roasty start, but not overly so, with tastes of sweetened coffee, fire-roasted nuts, light chocolate, even a little caramel in there. Small portion of dark fruitiness. Earthy, faintly leafy hops with sufficing bitterness to cut the initial malt sweetness. Roasty, toasty on the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A solid, soundly malty brown ale for the colder months.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is almost-black with chestnut brown hints. Great, creamy/frothy head with very nice lacing.

Nose is roasted coffee beans, but less sweet than a coffee stout. Raisins are strong, and so is chicory.

Taste is plenty of raisins and caramel. Dark, roasted hops, and a light smoke are throughout. Great, light maple syrup flavor. Light hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. The bold flavors suggest that a bite should come, but it never does. Carbonation is light, and the frothy head gives it a nice creaminess. It could use a bit more carbonation.

Overall, a smooth, decadent beer that is perfect for a cold night.

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Photo of sharlie
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great brown ale that is very tasty. Aroma has dark chocolate and coffee notes that are something less common in the beers i tend to drink. The caramel malts are very noticeable on the first few tastes of beer. The creamy mouthfeel will coat your tongue. very long after taste that is balanced and pleasant. The brown ale is best served with heavier foods.s

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