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