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: 981 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jman005
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark chestnut-brown hue with a very small light brown head that disappears abruptly and shows no trace of lace behind.

Nose is filled with toffee and molasses, mixed with a bit of fruity esters and an ever-so-faint hint of herbal hops.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel, with a rather viscous body. This is one malty brew, with full sugary-sweet malt flavor up front, filling out across the palate with a full complement of flavors such as chocolate, nut, dark fruit, slight bitter hops, a mild earthiness, and a noticeable warming alcohol presence, with a finish that is very long and sweet.

An excellent and complex blend of flavors and textures, but the viscous, chewy mouthfeel, sometimes slightly cloying sweetness, and not-so-well-hidden alcohol presence hinder drinkability. Despite this ale's downfall as a session beer, it is certainly a nice, rich filler for a cold winter's night.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear deep brown color pour with a medium thin white head that diminishes quickly. Sticky spots of lacing left , medium carbonation. Aroma of nuts , barley, baked bread crust and molasses along with a malty undertone. Flavor was very toasty , lots of nutty and caramel flavors ,brown shugar and dark fruit notes very balanced , lightly sweet , medium body , nice nutty finish with hints of rasins , very drinkable and a nice brew , New Holland has yet another nice offering here .

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Photo of Rons35
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cabin fever pours a deep brown color that is almost too dark to see through. The head is fluffy brown, sticky and reminds of fine latte frothed milk. A real look of a beer.

The nose is thin but still malty. A touch of brown sugar and roasted grains. Very simple and nice.

The taste is a lot like the nose in that it's very simple. Roasted malts covered with brown sugar and a little cream. It's a smooth flavor and makes it easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy with a subtle carbonation. Cabin fever is a simple, easy drinking brew that you can stick with all night. It's nothing to slouch at but there are better browns out there. Well worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Caskaway
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jrs3994243
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of matty
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is malts and chocolate.Taste is chocolate and smoky malts.A decent beer that would go well with a BBQ due to it's smoky flavor.Overall pretty good and something that I would recommend and purchase again!!

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Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of burnstar
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a medium sized head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smell is toasted malt some chocolate notes also. Mellow sweet chocolately flavor. Low bitterness. Well rounded balanced flavor throughout. Great medium to full-bodied and and well carbonated mouthfeel. Overall quite pleasant. I think this is a nice wintery brown ale. Usually I prefer a more bitter American brown but I like this still.

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Photo of mwbrady12
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of EricTKole
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jordanmtate
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gmfessen
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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 treehugger02010
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I found this bottle in the New Holland variety case I purchased at Bryn Mawr Beverage located in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy dark brown color. The head is small, nice dark egg shell color, stellar retention with nice thin lacing and small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are roasted coffee, caramel and maybe some chocolate.
Taste: The flavors are tart, nutty and strawberry.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is too thin, but smooth anyways.
Drinkability: This is a great beer, but I think it's infected.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A finger of tan head, tone of lace. Deep ruby body with nice retention.

Crisp malty nose, straightforward if one-dimensional.

Rich, roasty malt and a clean, almost metallic finish. Some mild fruit character before the finish-- orange, maybe.

Smooth, but kinda bright. Decent feel.

Nice brown with good character.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had to follow up Sand Creek's Lija's brown with something else, as it was pretty unpleasant.
Rich brown nutty tone. Nice creamy head, descends down leaving nice lacing,
Smells of toffee,carapils, chocolate malt, nice backing of biscuit. Hints of smoke, toffee, coffee, nuts, and chocolate intermingle to create what I love about brown ales.
Rich, smooth, satisfying, yet light enough to keep flavors in balance. Toffee, bitter cocoa, hazelnuts, biscuit, dark bread, pepper, nice finish of pepper/smoke/nuts/ toffee.
Mouthfeel is medium, rich enough to keep it interesting, and light enough to keep it highly drinkable.
Do I have Cabin Fever on this wintery Chicago night? Yes.
Does this fit it's name perfectly? Yes, well done NH.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Three Philosophers glass. Small, off-white head quickly dissipates. Aroma is of slightly toasted, nutty malt with a hint of some honey-like sweetness. Taste has a bit of coffee along with the roasted malts. Very smooth and pretty tasty brew. Can't really find any fault with the flavors, nice overall offering.

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Photo of Mxsluis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jmartinger
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ricochet
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown as advertised. Deep brown, little light came through, strong lace with little head.
S: Caramel and toasted malts with little else.
T: Full and creamy with a strong alcohol remainder. Just a bit sweet.
M: Creamy. Flowed through the mouth. Moderate bitter going down.
O: I'd buy this again. It's a standard of what a brown should taste like .

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Photo of ultrasrs
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kegger22
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cabin Fever is brown in color with red high lights. A half inch tan head doesn't last long. It has a very sweet, malty aroma and oddly, I get alcohol too, even though it is only 6.25 ABV. The taste is very sweet, chocolate covered caramels. The feel is medium bodied, but oily, with adequate carbonation. I found Fever a little rich to be highly drinkable, but the ABV was certainly low enough. It was almost too sweet, but I really enjoyed Cabin Fever and definitely plan on picking up a few more. A shame that it doesn't appear to be a good candidate for cellaring.

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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 981 ratings.
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