Cabin Fever Brown Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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Cabin Fever Brown AleCabin Fever Brown Ale
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Cabin Fever Brown AleCabin Fever Brown Ale

Brewed by:
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 tmars13
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of KnappStout
1.43/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Andrewtherooster
1.68/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This stuff just got to the shelf of my local store about a month ago or so, and as I used to enjoy it, I figured I'd grab a bottle and see if the appeal is still there.

It pours a dark, translucent brown with very little head. No lacing. Some carbonation rising to the top, but not much.

I take a whiff of it and am unimpressed. It smells like stale beer, like beer on someone's breath. No hops in the aroma, and only a slight hint of nutty malts.

When I taste this beer at first, it's not awful, but nothing stands out. As I continue to drink it, it gets worse. This beer cloyingly tastes of soy sauce, with very little of the nice malt I would expect from a craft-brewed brown ale. The mouthfeel is thin with very little carbonation.

I can think of so many other brown ales I would much rather have. This was a major disappointment and almost a drainpour. It's going to be some time before I give this seasonal another chance.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
1.75/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of roadhouse
1.88/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a dark mahogany brown with a one inch light tan head. It sinks to a skim and leaves some spotty lacing. By far the best part of the beer.

Aroma is just like butterscotch candy. Quite filthy if you ask me. There's a slight fruity component to it but it can't top the butter.

Taste is like the aroma only slightly better. It starts out slightly tart with a bit of cherry-like fruitiness then that butter just blows everything away in the finish. Terrible aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good actually, it's medium bodied, and pretty creamy. Too bad it tastes horrible.

I have no idea what's going on with this stuff. Way too much buttery diacetyl - yuck.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
1.96/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of TLove
2.1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a seasonal 12 pack at Paul's Liquors in DC. LOVED the pumpkin and oatmeal stouts and was a big fan of the kolsch as well, but this one? Not a big fan.

Great color and heavy dark brown body, with a definitive, frothy 2 finger head that holds well and leaves a lot of lacing. The roasted malts were apparent, but there was an almost immediately overpowering scent of dark cherry sweet and sourness that went well through the mouth as well. Honestly, I had a very hard time tasting anything else.

The finish also had a pungent sourness from the cherry and blackberry scents that drowned everything else out. Maybe I got a bad batch? If this was the way it was intended to be, let me first say that I applaud New Holland for taking a normal brown ale base and aspiring to create a cherry porter, but at least forewarn me.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Pours like a porter - off-black with a tan collar, and light carbonation that leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of light roast coffee and milk chocolate, sweet caramel, licorice and a dash of aged malt. Well-integrated and refined, but it's downhill from here. Tastes roasty, lactic and acidic, with coffee and a bit of hops. The roast and the acid clash quite offensively, and it ends bitter. Thin body, moderate carbonation and short finish. This is very hard to drink. It looked and smelled so good, but it ended up in the drain. I would love to try a proper one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.44/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear brown color. The head is absolutely none existent. The aroma is of molasses, nougat, and toffee. The taste is of dull caramel with some not so pleasant astringency. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with almost no carbonation, and a oily texture. Overall, this is a disappointing beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.49/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a dark brown color, almost mahogany with a rather small/thin layer of tan head.

S: Smells overly roasty and acidic, slightly acrid, perhaps. Mild toffee and malt sweetness, and a little bit of a nuttiness. A little bit of bad/stale coffee aroma in there as well. Poor all around.

T: Slightly better as I take a sip. Some sweet toffee and caramel underneath with some toasted bread. However, there is a noticeable acidity which intensifies as the beer warms up. Acrid roastiness is still present.

M: Medium in body with a nice medium and smooth carbonation--the one redeeming factor for this beer.

O: Overall, this was a pretty bad beer. Far too acidic and no real brown ale flavors to it.

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Photo of Segelstrom
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of angeepangie
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Redstar137
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of mmsimmons
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of LakersGotRings
2.52/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of nightcrawler
2.56/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown. The liquid was very thick, almost like an oatmeal or imperial stout. In fact, it was thicker than the Guinness I chased it with. The higher carbonation saved it from being too thick for me.

It had no real smell, even though it produced a nice, fairly long-lived head. The taste was sweeter than I expected. That alone makes me only want to drink one in a sitting, if any.

As far as American browns go, I'll probably spend my money on a different brand in the future.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.66/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a deep mohagany reddish hue, crystal clear with a single finger light tan head. Smells like any other brown ale, and its starting to get old. Im not sure why every brewer and thier mother has to load these brown ales down with that horrible Tootsie Roll, fake chocolate taste. This is comparable to Abita's TurboDog, with the massive fake chocolate flavor. It gets even worse as it warms up. Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Finish is more Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Rolls, and more Tootsie Rolls...

Overall, I regret dropping the $10 on a six pack. Im not a huge fan of browns to begin with , but this one is just plain out cloying with the fake chocolate flavor.

Overall, pass it up. There are much much better brown ales out there.



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Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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