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November 8, 2009

New Holland Brewing’s Ichabod Pumpkin Ale Beer 11.08.09

New Holland Brewing's Seasonal Ichabod Ale

New Holland Brewing's Seasonal Ichabod Ale

TBR Reviews New Holland’s Ichabod Pumpkin Ale Beer
File Date: 11.8.09

File Name: Fall Is For Seasonal Beer and Fireside Drinking.
The Beer:  Ichabod Ale
Type:  Pumpkin Ale
Serving:  Bottle
Stats:  5.5% ABV
Brewer:  New Holland Brewing Co.
Country of Origin:  MI, USA
Brewer Info:  Established in 1996, NHBC has grown from a scrappy two-man start-up to a thriving regional microbrewery, recognized for its creativity and artistry. All of our beer is brewed in Holland, Michigan at one of our two locations. We brew, cellar and package the main brands for distribution at our production facility on the north-side of Holland. In response to our considerable growth, we opened the new brewery in October of 2006, replacing the original headquarters.  We also brew beer and distill spirits in our pub. The pub is a great place for us to explore new ideas, meet our customers in a comfortable setting and provide a place of community for all who visit. The beers made here are typically special brews that rarely see their way outside of the friendly confines of our pub.

ich_webovalBrewer Brand Hype:  Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. A rewarding complement to many dishes, Ichabod pairs well with autumnal foods such as poultry and root vegetables. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert!

Label:  Ichabod.  Ale Brewed With Pumpkin.  Delicious beer delivered with painstaking consistency, that’s our philosophy.  We’ll give you a while to drink it in.

The Brewski Review:  Yes.  Fall is for seasonal beer and fireside drinking.  Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to have a nice outdoor fire all season.  If it wasn’t windy, we had someplace to be.  And, if we didn’t have someplace to be, we were probably home sick.  The last four weeks have been a challenge.  My son and daughter had the swine flu and my wife and I both had sinus infections.  Needless to say, I wasn’t in the slightest condition to give any objective beer reviews.  But, the Brewski is back in the saddle.  This time around I went to the fridge for Ichabod Ale.  It’s a rather pricey Pumpkin Ale that I thought would hit the spot.  It was tasty.  The overall subtle spice flavors were, let’s say average.  There are plenty more to try so I’ll keep at it until I find the perfect Pumpkin Ale beer for Mr. Brewski.  

Drinkability: Nice spicy flavor.  Goes down smooth. 
Appearance:  Pale to Medium Amber in color.  No head retention.
The Buds:  Decent beverage.  Could have a more bold spice taste to it. 
TBR Cap Rating:  4.0 out of 5.

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