162. Berkshire Brewing Cabin Fever Ale

BBC Cabin Fever2Commercial Description: A well-balanced, medium-bodied ale brewed to sustain you over the long New England winter. Its rich malt profile is reminiscent of an English Pale Ale, while the spicy and fruity hop finish, from German Tettnang hops, gives it a warming and welcoming feeling to bring you back in from the cold. Copper-amber in color, this offering is available all winter long.

I left this beer sitting for a while and when I returned to it, the head was still there, leaving ample lacing on the glass; creamy, off-white and well-formed. It poured an amber/brown with copper highlights. Overall, just a very fresh, nice-looking beer with great clarity.

BBC Cabin Fever3The nose is full of that rich and flowery Tettnang hop presence, followed by some soft, bready malts with a light toffee sweetness. On first sip, before even really noticing any of the flavors, the first thing I reacted too was how nice this beer is on the palate; very creamy and soft, but still has a bit of weight to it.

The taste matches the aroma in almost every way – toasted bread, light caramel, as well as a touch of fruit and spice, almost like a cinnamon quality. The earthy hop flavor is apparent and is in nice contrast to the soft and bready maltiness. At 6.3%, there is no discernable alcohol presence. Cabin Fever finishes slightly dry, with flavors that linger.

BBC Cabin FeverI wish this was a bad-idea of a beer; one where you lose interest immediately because the flavors are confused and counterproductive, only so I could relate it to the movie Cabin Fever. Eli Roth, grumble grumble. But I can’t. It’s a well put together, very drinkable beer, but for me, lacks the qualities that would make it a stand-out winter warmer. If anything, I see this being a go-to year round beer, rather than a seasonal. Though if you’re looking for a winter beer that’s not an overly-spiced, imperial malt bomb, then this might be the beer for you.

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3 thoughts on “162. Berkshire Brewing Cabin Fever Ale

  1. An interesting beer. I agree with you, it’s more of a year round beer. I lived next to the brewery for a decade. If you ever have the chance, be sure to visit Mount Sugarloaf. (Not the ski resort)

      • UMASS Amherst, SOM here! I’ve spent nearly too much time on Sugarloaf. I no longer live in that state, but still make a trek at least once a year to the top. I need the view. Heck, the picture on the cover of my short story (Don’t be a sally) was taken from the top of Sugarloaf. Anyways, happy beer travels to you both. Be sure to hit up the Moan n Dove.

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