Saturday, October 2, 2010

New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

Now that October is finally here, it means that another set of Fall-themed brews are getting pumped into circulation - Pumpkin ales. I previously sampled Brooklyn's Post Road Pumpkin Ale, but now I have access to several more from this season.

I am a big fan of these beers because they usually include some good spicy character, but I have found that they can be pretty easy to screw up. Brewers need to carefully balance the pumpkin, malt and spice ingredients to avoid going to far in any one direction. Fortunately, this turned out to be one of the better samples of the season!

New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale is a clear, copper colored brew with a two-finger head of off-white fizz that fades to a small ring. The beer smells VERY heavily of the spices involved, noticeably cinnamon and nutmeg.  At first sip, the cinnamon is the most prevalent characteristic - it makes the brew a little spicy which I enjoy tremendously!

This brew is medium-bodied with some awesome malt and biscuity flavoring, and light hop bitterness. You can actually taste the pumpkin meat in the beer, which is normally hit-or-miss...A lot of times the pumpkin tastes fake from artificial flavoring or late addition. This one tastes just like pumpkin pie - I wish I had some cool whip!

1 comment:

  1. This is the best beer ever. My favorite, by FAR. A few come close,... but I gnaw my fingers waiting for October and Ichabod!