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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
981
Reviews:
306
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
158
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 981 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an ice cream fudge borwn with white head encasment. Malty smell, brought aggressive with toasting. Some chocolate malt, brown sugar, caramel. Some hop and aggressive carbonation workws as offset. Very malty taste. Medium mouthfeel. Some astringency in finish. Altogether so-so.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark brown body with a two finger off white head,

S: sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, toasted grain and some chocolate.

T: toasted malts, rye, nuts, with a smokey note that is stronger in this than other browns out there.

M: medium body and a moderate carbonation.

Overall: A touch watery overall which is often the downfall of many in this genre. Not very memorable or unique in any way.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep brown color, it had some nice looking red highlights in there. The head was tan and had a pretty good retention to it. The smell of the beer has some spiciness to it along with a soft roasted aroma and dark fruits. The taste is a little sweet like brown sugar upfront that fades into a spicy aftertaste with some nutty fruit flavors mixed in. The mouthfeel was moderate, Nothing too heavy or too light. There was a good carbonation to the beer as well. Overall I find this beer to be pretty good, I'd drink it again for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface and down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste is nutty and has flavors of dark malts along with notes of toffee and sweetness along with some hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Ales are the style of beers that I often overlook. Then when I taste one like this, I ask myself 'why?'. The beer begins with a firm, malty plop in the glass with a deep brown color and tan head formation that would prove to withstand until the end. Aromas of chocolate malt, light roasting / toasting, a milk-sugar sweetness, and pine-ey hops all promise great things in flavor. The taste takes on the same characteristics as in the aroma, with emphasis on the chocolate and malty flavors and textures. An unexpected peat-ey flavor and aroma begins to take hold as the beer warms, giving hte beer a lot of complexity and flavor. The hops are not as agressive in the flavor as in the scent, but work well to balance the sweetness. Body is a bit higher than medium, but not heavy, relying on a creamy base to cary the flavors. Finishes with a long linger of chocolate and earthy-dirty character.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

6.5% per my bottle. 17 plato. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Dick's Last Resort pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice thickness and cream, and pretty decent retention considering the above average ABV. Colour is a very dark amber. Nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toasted malt, caramelization, floral hopping, some nutty notes, cream, biscuit malt, and still more caramelization. A moderate strength aroma.

T/Mf: Toasted smooth malts, creamy qualities, prominent nuts, biscuit malt, and minimal hopping. Balanced and tasty, if simple. Smooth and wet. Clean. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Alcohol does come through. No yeast is detectable.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I wouldn't have it again, but it's a decent little brown ale. Doesn't hide its ABV all that well. Meh.

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Photo of brentk56
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with tawny highlights; not much of a head or lacing

Smell: Butterscotch delight, with a hint of mocha; great for candy, not so much for beer

Taste: Butterscotch and mocha up front, but it turns somewhat sour by mid-palate, with a balsa wood undertone; woody, over-roasted and sour in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: For diacetyl lovers only, this beer just has a lot of flaws

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a tan, foamy, one-finger head. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled very nutty, lots of hazelnut. It had a sweet roasted malt nose, too.

T - This had a very nutty flavor, especially hazelnut. Sweet caramel flavors emerged underneath the nutty taste and a biscuity malt flavor added to the sweetness.

M - It was smooth and very soft. A light to medium-bodied brew.

D - This has to be one of the best brown ales that I have had in some time. Great sweetness and nutty flavors.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 9/24/2013. Pours very hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, light roast, and toasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, nuttiness, biscuit, toast, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/toasted malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice brown ale! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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 oberon
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a medium to dark brown with a weel defined half finger head that held well,aromas I picked up were some light brown sugar and a tinge of roast.Flavors started out with a bit of dark fruit and brown sugar but a sour note came out of nowhere and hijacked the palate,really an unpleasant finish to a nice start.I always hope to really like beer from the breweries I came to enjoy as a craft beer novice,most of wich are from Michigan,but this just wasnt that great.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale
12 oz. bottle; $1.99 @ Joe Canal's, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

A rough pour brings up a massive head of tan froth over a dark mahogany brown body. The head retention and lacing are pretty good.

In the nose it's gently cocoa-ish and chocolatey with a flicker of spiciness, and a subtle edge of roastiness.

The body is medium-light, yet it somehow appears a touch creamy across the palate (perhaps because I poured it so roughly and released a bit of the CO2).

The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, and it's rich with caramel and notes of chocolate. At times it's more like soft cocoa or milk chocolate, but it can also show a touch of underlying roastiness that's more reminiscent of very dark chocolate. There's an edge of spiciness that may or may not be due to hops; and very little yeasty fruitiness except that it does have a minor bit of raisin or other dark, dried fruit to it. Its moderate bitterness leads to a lingering, dry and dusty cocoa-like finish with a bit of dark fruit skin.

Overall it's not a really complex beer, but it is rich. Worth trying.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque dark brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate amounts of dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lightly roasted and dark malts with a light aroma of chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of lightly roasted malts with a light amount of bittersweet chocolate flavors. Hints of caramel and coffee. Light amounts of lingering bitterness from the roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: I enjoyed this beer more than I thought I would and was pleasantly surprised by the roastiness to the flavors. Really nice winter beer and I would likely grab this one again.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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 atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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