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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Photo of kissmybunniebutt
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spicy and hoppy, this brown ale really warmed you up as the label would suggest. Nice dark chocolate and fig qualities. Almost christmasy. Very unique in it's flavor balance. It was a very pretty rich amber color as well.

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Photo of tigg924
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To me this is an average American Brown ale. The taste hits all the right flavors. There is milk chocolate, cocoa, and light tree bark. The taste is somewhere between bitter and sweet as neither sensation really dominates. This is not a bad beer, but not one I would seek out again either.

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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 Jeffreysan
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, almost opaque, mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very roasty and toasty. Tons of roasted malt and freshly toasted bread. Nutty and slightly earthy with some notes of coffee, toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Some subtle hops notes too.

Taste: Very good. Tons of roasted malt and roasted nuts. Very nutty. Some good brown sugar-like sweetness to balance out the flavors. Reminds me some of Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. Very good!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and creamy as there is not much carbonation at all. With an ABV of 6.5%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very good brown ale. Great, roasty, nutty flavors balanced beautifully by some brown sugar-like sweetness. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A bit nutty tasting and slightly sweet. I don't really get much of a chocolate flavor despite this beer being brewed with chocolate. The mouth feel is surprising light. Overall, just OK.

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Photo of hophugger
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep chocolate brown with nice head that quickly diminishes. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is strong of malts and light in chocolate. Taste is sweet, malty, with touches of light hops and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is nice, cool, slightly thick going down. Overall, a nicely balanced brown ale at just the right strength and feel.....

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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 HamdenHector
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cola brown - a bit of mahogany at the edges; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: rye bread, a little smoke and coffee; bittersweet chocolate; hops are hidden behind that;

T: roasted grains up front; by mid-palate, it's got some nut and tobacco with a little molasses; perhaps a touch of citrus in the background; a bit of bitterness at the finish that lasts quite a while;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; slightly dry;

O: very enjoyable; I would have liked the hops to be more present, in aroma, flavor, and bitterness;

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%

Chocolatey, light roast, and a fairly bitter finish. On the sweet side, but I really enjoyed the coffee character. There's just a touch of acrid notes.

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Photo of cbutova
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Holland hitting New England. From random grabs in other states over the years I have found most of their beers solid. Cheap singles are never a terrible thing (almost never).

A- Poured into a tall chalice from the 12oz bottle with a dark brown body and a massive, foamy tan cap. The bubbles are very fine and retention is rather amazing. Hopefully not overcarbed. Huge pillows of lace as the head dies with rings of thick lace at the end of each sip.

S- Malty aroma with both heavily toasted and medium roast character. Dark chocolate comes to mind beneath the toasted nuts, caramelized brown sugars, cocoa cereal and slight dried dark fruits. Almost all malts though.

T- Sweetness and more dark fruits and a spiciness seem to open up and gain strength compared to the aroma. They take away just a bit from a rich maltiness of heavily toasted grains, soothing smoke, milk chocolate, slight roast, crystal caramel sugars and bread.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a consistency that is silky and fairly creamy with just a bit of a chewy aspect. Carbonation is about moderately placed. Finishes somewhat bitter with toastiness lingering.

I gotta say they got the toastiness of this brew to match up nicely with the name and label. I really do like the malts here but something spicy and fruity from the yeast clashes just a bit on my palate. Chocolate and smoke do good deeds though. Impressive looks too.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A good sized off white head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a dark brown amber color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Nutty, caramel, roasted, malty, earthy, and some chocolate.

Taste: Picking up a little smoke in the back of the palate with all the above mentioned aromas. Some bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, smooth, malty, light to medium bodied, a little bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice easy drinking and flavorful brown ale. Another good brew from these guys.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown in color with minimal light penetrating it. A fingernail of beige head covers the majority of the top. Aroma is very sweet dark malt to the point of being cloying. The taste is overwhelmingly sweet dark malt with a light,smoky note. The mouth is thick and oily. Not a typical brown ale by any stretch of imagination.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am not always a big fan of brown ales. This one was straight forward. Nothing to take it down or on the same token nothing to set it above.
Enjoyable, something I could see myself drinking slowly sitting next to a warm fireplace.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of light tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and toasty malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, toast, and nuts. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, toasted bread, coffee, cream, caramel, toffee, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Also some hints of earthy hops and dark fruit. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, toasty, and nicely creamy dark malt forward taste with notes of chocolate, nuts, and toast. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of chocolate, toast, biscuit, coffee, cream, toffee, caramel, nuts, yeast, and a little smoke. Subtle hints of dark fruit. Also some light notes of earthy hops. A solid nutty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A pretty nice toasty brown ale. Good roasty malt flavors with a smooth creamy body.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A deep mahogany body that's more ruby colored against the light. The head is foamy, cream colored, and recedes very slowly. Nice sheets of lacing coat the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate, toasted bread and Tootsie Roll.

Taste: A mostly malty affair up front with the likes of chocolate, nuts, and some breadiness. On the back end it gets a little more bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly dry.

Overall: A very flavorful brown ale, no complaints at all.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

"Hints of rye, roast and raisin join a subtle caramel sweetness before a clean finish. Pairings: roasted meats, dried fruits, gruyere & smoked cheeses." Brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale, available as a winter seasonal in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a New Holland tulip glass. Served above 51 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a tan white head of a frothy cream consistency over a light cola brown with plentiful assertive carbonation and flecked sediment. The aroma is a blend of bready caramel and moderately roasted barley with undertones of chocolate malt, lactose and raisin. The flavor shares some similarities, with a more pronounced acidic fruitiness, a moderate roasted grain, a pinch of black patent roast and a lesser sweetness. The texture is slick, chewy with a moderate dryness, carbonation is moderate and slightly frothy for a subtly creamy mouthfeel. Balance is slightly roasty and acidic fruity over sweet. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. The alcohol presence is mild, off characters are minimal. Overall it's a lighter bodied brown ale with a nice raisin fruitiness and moderate roast to it, nice and drinkable.

New Holland Brewing's
Cabin Fever Brown Ale

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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 Honisbygonis
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: minimal to no carbonation, with moderate "ale-ish" aroma of dark brown/red coloration

Entree: nice initial taste, w/ heavy to moderate mouthful

Dessert: nice lingering aftertaste; upon completion, nice "buzz"

Overall decent sampling--Ch33rs!!!

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Photo of LooseGasCap
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Well, it's 35 degrees again and there's snowflakes blowing in the breeze. Must be April, right??
This beer is a perfect touch to another dog day of winter. Creamy mouthfeel, toasted and dark color with a roasty, malty flavor that makes indoors seem tolerable again. I think I'll load up the fireplace for one last look at winter...

The lacing makes this one an enjoyable sight, too, from top to bottom. New Holland does well with this one. Maybe I'll save one for August 4.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date J313 on the side of the bottle. Another new beer to me from New Holland, this time a brown ale. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark mahogany / chestnut colored body with less than a finger of khaki head. Fairly thin look appearance. Some thin spotty lacing. Looks alright.

S - Smell is pretty nice: toasted chocolate malts, nuttiness, brown bread, some earthy must yeast, and a hint of minerals.

T - Taste is much sweeter than the nose implies, but is still very nice. Chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, hazelnut, caramel, some cola, a hint of alcohol astringency.

M - Feel is fairly smooth and creamy enough, medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, it is about what I expected. Nothing spectacular, but a solid warming brown ale. Probably one of the better beers I have had from New Holland.

New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale ---3.5/5

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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 Act25
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Move over Smutty Nose and Avery Ellie, there's a new top brown ale in town, tied with Six Point Brownstone - This is good!

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark brown body w amber highlights with a sturdy 2 inch head of tan froth that lasts all the way down (Bravo) and laces.

S: Smells of coffee and cream over a roasty, nutty, malty, earthy aroma. Hot mocha out on a muddy playground in winter.

T: The coffee roaster start follows into sweetened coffee with cream, roasted nuts, light chocolate, caramel and a pinch dark fruits. There's more, and it's all balanced: faint earthy hops with balancing bitterness to cut the initial sweetness. Roasty and creamy into the long smooth, satisfying finish. I opened this after 4pm coffee, tea and cookie session with friends, and it's the perfect shift into Christmas even dinner time. (Salmon, and three kinds of whipped (Potatoes, sweet potatoes and butter nut squash).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Creamy, malty brown ale, must try, it's my top rated brown ale. (Over Avery & Smutty nose by a hair).

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown reddish color with a caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of toffee, mocha and milk.
Similarly, predominant flavor of a sweet cold Mocha with all its coffee, cream and chocolate notes. Hints of spices and nuts.
Medium body with a creamy sensation and appropriate carbonation.
Decent brown ale, a bit too sweet though.

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Photo of walkinginplace
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark brown body with a khaki top. Minimal head.

S: Very malty and roasty. Maybe a little coffee and caramel.

T: Toffee and coffee at the start followed by an acrid/sour finish.

F: Medium to heavy bodied. Kind of flat, honestly.

Overall: Not bad, a solid, if unimpressive, brown winter ale.

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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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