New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

Reviewed by on October 17, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Holland Brewing Company

  • Origin: Holland, MI, US

  • Rated On: October 16, 2014

  • Best Before: Bottled July 21, 2014

  • ABV: 5.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

New Holland Brewing, which is situated near the shores of Lake Michigan, has been making this pumpkin ale since 1997.  I presume it was easier to name this ‘Ichabod’, rather than the ‘Headless Horseman’, who apparently made more practical use of the gourd.

This 12oz bottle pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with one chubby finger of wanly puffy, densely foamy, and slightly bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent fire lick lace around the glass as thing slowly abate.

It smells of sharp, metallic cinnamon, further nutmeg and clove spice, grainy, gritty pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, subtle vegetal pumpkin flesh notes, and an earthy, sort of pumpkin patch dirtiness. The taste is bready, crackery, and grainy pale malt, nicely muddled nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of cardamom, a still understated toasted gourdish goodness, and more of that not-quite-hoppy earthy bitterness. The carbonation is certainly present, in a lilting, frothy, and duly beguiling manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing else really in the parade ruining mood. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt and pumpkin carrying on, while the spice starts to sag, begging for a re-up.

A decent, straight-ahead pumpkin-pie emulating affair, here, perhaps from that particular grandma whose spice measurements were always a tad suspect, but somehow everything still worked out fine in the end – i.e. enter the booze, stage left. Anyways, tasty, and an appropriately old-school Samhain-worthy offering, all-around.

Brady White

NEW POSTS RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX!

HARNESSING THE MAGIC OF THE INTERNET MACHINE

Join our cyberclub and get our newest posts delivered to your inbox. You’ll never miss a thing!