New Holland Brewing Co.
Ichabod Pumpkin Ale
One of the newer pumpkin beers I’ve come across this year is New Holland‘s Ichabod. There doesn’t seem to be anything too exciting about the beer – brewed with real pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg – but New Holland is one of my favorite breweries, and they consistently put out great beers, so I figured it was worth a shot.
The pour is a brownish orange color with more of a copper tint toward the middle. There’s half a finger of a foamy head on top that’s gone fast. There’s really no lacing or alcohol legs, not that surprising for such a low-ABV beer.
There’s a good bit of spice on the nose. Definitely a big cinnamon note, almost like one of those cinnamon brooms you can find at craft stores or whatever. There’s just a very slight sweetness from the pumpkin and a bit of nutmeg, too. Overall, it’s balanced and not overpowering.
The spice from the nose is very prevalent on the taste as well. You get that bite of dry cinnamon on the front of the tongue and it comes up again on the back along with some clove and nutmeg. Again, a very slight pumpkin taste to it, but just enough to balance out the spiciness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it’s very drinkable and a good solid midrange pumpkin beer.
Nothing stands out about Ichabod aside from the face that it’s very well-balanced. You get that punch of spices on the front, but it’s evened out nicely with the sweetness and richness of the pumpkin. Not necessarily one I’d come back to over and over, but certainly worth checking out.