Ichabod Pumpkin Ale
By: Thomas Muhs
Well folks, the summer seasonals are vanishing from the shelves only to be replaced by the next round of Oktoberfest and pumpkin flavored seasonal offerings. As a side note, when did pumpkin flavored everything become par for the course when it comes to fall? (I’m looking at you pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks, seriously people lose their minds over this stuff.) Anyway, there’s no denying that fall is approaching so it only makes sense to go out and explore what many craft brewers have to offer. The beer I’ve chosen to try in spirit of the season is Ichabod Pumpkin Ale from the New Holland Brewing Company. They’re based out of Holland, MI and have been around since 1997. They have 10 beers they make year round and seasonally which does not include anything in their Agribrew, Single Batch High Gravity, Hatter Day Hatters, and Cellar Series. They also run a full scale distillery out of their Holland location but they only distribute their products regionally to 16 states, so that’s something to keep in mind if you decide to try and purchase a product from New Holland.
First Impression: The first thing that stood out to me was the name of the beer itself. It’s a clever nod to the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman of the Hollow, which is a perfect motif to represent the fall season.
Pour: The beer is a clean deep amber color with very little head at the top once it’s poured. When you put your nose to the glass you get a smell remarkable similar to pumpkin pie, with the cinnamon and nutmeg notes standing out distinctly.
Taste: It has a well measured pumpkin flavor which blends nicely with the spices that were brewed into it. But you can also taste the barley on the back end which really helps to keep this beer from being too sweet and overdone.
This is a beautifully balanced beer that delivers great flavor without being too sweet and sitting too heavy. A great seasonal choice perhaps for a costume party you might find yourself at this Halloween (bonus points if you dress as a headless horseman.)