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 rolive
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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 PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a creamy tan head. Clear but with only a little light getting through (and giving it a reddish hue). Head drops to chunky thick film eventually but the retention is quite good. Only knock is there is very little lace.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate all well balanced with a hint of hop.
Taste is coffee, toast, malt, baking chocolate, faint hops. Balance is very good.
Smooth, slightly drying with a mild warming from the alcohol bloom. Medium plus body with light, gentle effervescence. This is better than Newcastle for certain and I like some Newk.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a finger of mocha foam. Aroma is quite roasty with bitter black roast malt dominating.

First sip is rather smoky tasting, with a decent amount of sweetness. Not much hop flavor to speak of. This is just smoky, sweet, raisiny tasting.

Certainly an interesting take on an American Brown ale. The flavors work decently well with each other between the smoke, raisin, and licorice notes. But it doesn't pull me in and really excite my taste buds - I feel like after drinking one, I'm not in the mood to have another... it just grows on you in a negative way.

That being said - this is a nice beer, just not something I'd like to have everyday.

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Photo of Raime
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours extremely dark brown with a finger and a half worth of head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Slight burnt malt, slight caramel. That's about it.

T - Moderate burnt malt, chestnuts, bread, burnt caramel, raisins.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, not a bad brew, although the flavors could have been more pronounced. I'd have again.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, robust reddish brown, with basically no head but a thin tan rim around the glass with minimal lacing.

S: Smells pretty sweet, has a smoky character to it, earthy as well, woody

T: Tastes very sweet, roasted malts, burnt sugars

M: Medium carbonation, pretty refreshing, very easy to drink

O: Overall its a stand up brown ale, it wasn't anything totally out of the ordinary but it's pretty damn good, wouldn't mind having another but I only had one. =[

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown/amber pour with not much of a head. Looks pretty still and clear.

S - Definitely a bouquet of roasted elements. Charcoal, campfire, burnt wood, peat. A nice dry nose with some earthy qualities and smoked malt.

T - The roasted character of a coal porter with dry burnt wood, charcoal and smokey flavors. A hint of bitter chocolate and well smoked grains. Slightly sweet with burnt sugar and some sweet malt. A little alcohol warmth in the end.

M - Fairly dry on the palate, robust and toasty. Medium bodied but the flavors put forth a slightly bolder effect. Moderately carbonated and pretty clean dry finish. A nice mixture for a winter beer.

O - Brown ale closer to a porter, which works for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tlazaroff
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light brown sugar and molases on the nose with a strange cola backdrop of aromas.

Very dark brown in color, but crystal clear. It has no speakable head except for a little light tan foam cap that just disappears but leaves a little lacing. Just as it smells of cola, it looks like cola too.

Good news, it doesn't taste like cola! I get lightly burnt caramel, molases, and nice robust malt flavors. Moderately carbonated and a medium body, it is easy to drink, I just wish it was a better experience overall.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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