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I love the imagery of New Holland The Poet. Deep and dark with the image of a raven adorn the label. A not-so-subtle reference to a certain Mr. Poe (I’m going to ignore a football team with similar imagery. I’m a Browns fan).
Aroma is a pleasant mix of oatmeal and loads of bitter chocolate. Chocolate continues into the flavor and the oatmeal becomes more assertive in both the flavor and the ultra-creamy texture. It’s almost like velvet in a glass. Hops come in at the back end and linger. Phenomenal balance with sweetness from the oats and charred malt.
You may want to watch this video while you enjoy this treasure.
I have rather high expectations for New Holland El Mole Ocho. Firstly, I have high expectations from anything from new Holland. I really like the concept of this beer, as well. It’s exotic, yet still within the realm of familiar flavors.
Pours a bit lighter than expected. Rather than being a dark brown, it’s closer to a dark iced tea. Fluffy beige head that has not settled a nanometer since the pour. Intense aroma of bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, and chiles. Big, big flavor with the chiles becoming more prominent. The chiles give this a distinct fruitiness, but I am not getting the heat I expected (and wanted) considering how much flavor there is. Mix of bitter chocolate and coffee give the back end a full, round taste and feel.
El Mole Ocho is part of New Holland’s High Gravity Series, clocking in at 9.8% ABV. There is not even a hint of alcohol heat here.
Really digging on this beer. Daring flavors, velvety texture, great balance, and unique. My one complaint is that I would like more chile heat. But that’s just nitpicking.
I am finally having what is considered to be one of the better Midwestern IPAs, New Holland Mad Hatter.
Pours a cloudy copper with a clingy beige foam. Pungent citrus hops attack from the aroma. However, the hops are a little more subdued (don’t read scant) in the flavor. Decidedly bready malt offers a nice counter balance. Bitter finish leading to a lingering flavor from the Centennial hops.
Another cool thing New Holland does with Mad Hatter is all the different variations, like Black Hatter, White Hatter, Imperial Hatter, Oak Aged Hatter, etc. All with fantastic labels.
Very nice IPA, even if it isn’t a bruiser.
When I drink a winter brown ale, I want earthy, smokey, warm, and roasted flavors. And just enough alcohol to warm you from the inside. That’s exactly what New Holland Cabin Fever is.
The aromas don’t set you up for how complex this brew is. It starts off almost like a chocolate bock, but then the roasted and smoked malt sneak in with a touch of dark caramel. The liberal use of rye adds nice texture and flavor. The hops round out the creamy mouthfeel with a strong earthiness. And the lacing is like a coat of snow on top of a cabin deep in the woods.
I have had about 4 or 5 offerings from New Holland now. And they’ve all been delightful to outstanding.
Wet hopped beers might be the most difficult style to come by. With these beers, the hops are added to the brew no more than 24 hours after harvest. So rather than using dried and concentrated hops, you can’t get fresher than wet hopped beers. It gives a more complex hops flavor without adding more bitterness. Here is New Holland’s offer, Hopivore
First off, I love the color. A clear and sparkling light ruby. Not much in the way of head, but those hops flavors are there immediately. Grapefruit, pine, then grass and herbs at the end. With enough sweet malt to balance things out. At 55 IBU, there is some kick, but not so much that you’ll pucker. And that’s the beauty of the wet hopped IPA.
I think it’s very tasty. I’ll need to find more wet hopped IPAs to compare it to, but so far, I’m a fan.
There are few, if any, brews like New Holland Dragon’s Milk. Inky black, with the smell of vanilla, oak, bourbon, and an alcohol burn. Creamy, bitey, bitter. Of all the barrel aged stouts I have had, this one brings the most powerful bourbon punch. Lots of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. The finish is like dry cedar.
Tons of complex, full flavors, and at 10% ABV, tons of alcohol.
An absolute gem!
The first thing that strikes me about New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale is, well, pumpkin. It’s the most pumpkin-forward beer I’ve had this season. A clingy white head floats on top of a gorgeous copper body.
While the aroma is nearly all pumpkin, there are some pumpkin pie spices in the flavor with cinnamon and nutmeg. Smooth and refreshing, the flavors are more subdued than most other pumpkin beers, but it’s very tasty.
Quite earthy with a medium to light body.
Killer label, too.
I’d say it’s good, but doesn’t quite come up to Pumking.