New Holland Cabin Fever

Beer: Cabin Fever
Brewery: New Holland Brewing Co.
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 6.5%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa




Sight: Dull dark brown body with a zillion bubbles floating on the small head.

Smell: This is one of those beers that makes me pray that it tastes just like it smells. The aromas are charred coffee beans, dark chocolate, and dried fruit. Oddly, there’s a weird note of raw fish. But never mind that.

Flavor: And my prayers have been answered. Like its smell, coffee, smoke, and dark chocolate are the prominent flavors–and there’s just a bit of a salty funk somewhere in the middle.

Feel: Thin body with moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark: I’m beginning to understand the complexity and amazing-ness of the American Brown Ale. New Holland’s Cabin Fever is a hearty ale that is exceptionally balanced: there’s a battle of the sweet and the bitter in each sip. The funk taste comes from the inclusion of rye–while odd for the style, it adds a little je ne sais quoi to what would have been a good Brown Ale. Instead, this is a freaking good Brown Ale. Do yourself a favor and pick up a six pack of this Brown. You’ll be able to hibernate through the winter without enduring cabin fever.

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