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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

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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Ratings: 991 |  Reviews: 308
Photo of stercomm
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - dark mahogany in color, slight off white head good glass lacing.

S - Get a subdued scent of coffee, maybe some toffee,

T - More going on here, get some nice toasted maltiness, some raisins, a slight maple sweetness.

M - Medium bodied mild carbonation.

O - A nicely balanced brew, shows some dryness on the finish which I always like

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in the Georgetown area of DC. I only bring this up b/c I was reading some reviews after I typed in mine and noticed someone else just last week had the same beer at the same place. Small world (I ralize that probably no one cares). Here's my review before this edit.

Came in a pint glass with a dark copper body and a two-finger white head that was foamy but quickly left. A dryer, roasted malt smell with some sweet malts like butterscotch and caramel that make an appearance but are minor. Not really a significant hop presence. Is a medium-boded beer that is smooth and creamy, but this one just didn't grab me. Had some sweet and roasted malts mix it up on the tongue, a little slick, but nothing amazing. Finishes clean with a hint of dryness and that's about it. Not a bland beer, but just a run-of-the-mill brown to be honest. Kind of shocked New Holland put out a "weak" beer (their "weak" is still miles ahead of a lot of other breweries), but if you really want a brown ale and there's nothing else on the menu then go for this.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin but solid tan-brown head. The nose is very apparent and is a mix of caramel, chocolate, burnt sugar and maybe a hint of dark fruit. The taste is similar but has more black patent in it than I had anticipated; the taste is slightly acrid as a result. Burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate and molasses are present. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a thin but slightly viscous carbonation and a dry, alcohol-warming finish. Overall, a drinkable beer definitely excellent for a cold winter's night.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer was dark in color with a slight tint of red. The immediate nose of the beer was that of dark dried fruit and raisin. The taste of this beer is pretty accurately described on the bottle. In itself, that is somewhat unusual. The raisin and rye flavors are very evident, and the raisin flavor is quite tolerable. I was concerned that the flavors would bring a grainy sensation, but this was not the case. The flavors changed in the aftertaste to a molasses and slightly nutty flavor. As a brown ale, it is smooth with certain mild hints of sourness. I heard some negative and positive things about this beer so I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of TooGood
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardyA
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LanceW
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark almost jet black. When held to the light it would get a dark red color around the edges. The head was very thin and dissipated very quickly.

Smell: The only I can really remember is the distinct smell of roasted grain

Taste: I was expecting this beer to have stronger flavor than what it did. I think i had this beer in the bast and it was higher in ABV? Still a very tasty beer. I feel that it could almost past as a breakfast stout.

Mouth feel. Picking up the dryness of the roasted grain but all kinda thin sensation.

Drinkability: Drinkable with a smile.

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Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a c;ear light brown color with some orange highlights. A 1" head lasts a while and produces some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: light chocolate and hints of nuttiness are mild on the nose.

Taste: mild malt profile with some milk chocolate tones, molassess, black plums, and a bit of toasted nuts. Bitterness is moderate and there is a hint of earthiness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability: this is an easy to quaff beer, but is not refreshing as some other brown ales. Worth picking this up for a cold winter day.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate caramel-brown color with a light tan head and not really any lacing. The nose is pretty nice with a good dose of chocolate malt as well as some caramel, toffee, and lightly-roasted brown malt. Flavor is a bit toasty with some caramel and bread. Medium body with good carbonation and a very slight roast character. Drinks pretty well; a nice fall sipper.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had at a Thanksgiving dinner, poured from bottle to blue Solo cup. Rich nut brown in color with a finger of creamy off white foam cap. Aroma and flavor of sweet caramel and roasted malt and almonds. Some mild fruity notes. Medium feel and carbonation. Nice little brown ale.

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Photo of aaronh
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany body topped by a late-rising, parchment colored head. The head didn't form until well after the bottle was emptied. It then quickly fades to little more than a few scattered large bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is almost all malt, heavy on the molasses and brown sugar. A touch of fresh bread in there a swell. Just a hint at herbal hop aromas intermingled with all the sweetness. Flavor pretty much follows the nose - blackstrap molasses, caramelized sugars, a touch of anise. The bitterness is almost disguised as carbonation - almost like carbonic acid rather than hop bitterness. But in the age of the over-the-top IPA (which I love) this is a great break from what has become the norm to some of us. Each successive sip reveal more layers of malt and sugar. Tastes like a really hearty beer. A little more body would have been great, but at cellar temps it may have gotten cloying if it had more presence in the body. Drinkability is very good, if you like malt. A very nice offering.

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Photo of bnes09
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Translucent, chocolate color with descent head on the pour. Fairly weak retention but followed by some lacing on the glass. Non-specific grainy aroma. Flavor of wheat bread, maple sweetness, dark fruits, earthy hops with descent balance. Medium bodied and well carbonated, smooth feel with some grainy texture. Descent brown ale. Par for the course.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hearneator
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BFCarr
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing wrong here, was hoping for a better mouthfeel.

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Photo of lpayette
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from fellow BA sjvicker on a visit he made here back in the winter. This has been sitting in the beer fridge for quite some time now- time to clean up some of the older stuff in the fridge.

Appearance- Pours a nice deep ruby brown with a small head that diminishes to just a small ring around the outside.

Smell- is very much on the sweet side with leanings towards brown sugar/molasses, cinnamon, and faint spices. Hops are pretty minimal, probably especially so after at least 6 months of aging.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Just like the smell, this is a very sweet beer (at least at this point anyway). Brown sugar, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate, and cinnamon. Slickish mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Drinkability- Certainly a drinkable beer for a brown if not for anything else but for the sweety goodness contained within. At this point in the aging process it definitely needs to be served after dinner and not with dinner. Just a bit too sweet for that.

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Photo of nstygles
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of vfalstad
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of king75
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 991 ratings
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