TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Did they accidentally send us last yearís batch? Or is this their amber that got labeled wrong? Looks like an amber, smells like a bad amber. Not really too excited to taste it. Light hops, dusty, dirty grainy malt overwhelm. Some roast, toasted malt, bitter, slightly astringent finish. Pretty bad overall for a beer and much worse when the style is concerned. Donít think I have had a New Holland beer I have enjoyed.
emacgee (3874) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper amber with one finger of frothy white head. Smells like grainy wet dog, no hop profile here. Flavor is bleh. End of my energies devoted to rating this beer
DuffMan (6157) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. surprisingly dark, like an old copper penny. Aroma is actually pretty muted in the hop department, fruity caramel is really dominant. sweet caramel malt with some cooked peaches, earthy leafy undertones. A bit of a let down really. would never have pegged this as an IPA-- thought it was an English pale ale!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ha, perhaps I should have looked at the ratings before picking this up. I figured New Holland was decent enough that a wet hop IPA might be good. And then I poured the beer and took a whiff... my expectations were downgraded from "good" to "acceptable." And then I tasted it, and downgraded again to "drinkable." Pours clear amber with fleeting head. Nose is very malty, with mild hops, which is weird, right? Tastes the same. Slightly metallic. Sweet and barely hoppy. This is pretty much a mess for an IPA, but it is indeed drinkable.
SHANER4 (454) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured copper color from 12oz. Bottle. Had medium off white sudsy head. Aroma - earthy somewhat citrus scent and not much else.
Flavor - earthy malt taste along with fairly nice citrus hop bite.
Palate - medium bodied soapy mouthfeel. Finish is mild with little aftertaste.
Overall - pretty decent beer but would not go out of my way to buy again.
phaleslu (5869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a clear, deep amber color with a small, uneven off-white head that leaves some sloppy lace and foam. Aroma of wet leaves, grass, caramel malts, paper, and earth. Flavor of floral, earthy hops, tobacco leaves, earth, caramel malts, dust, and pencil shavings. Light-bodied, with sharp carbonation early that mellows midway through, for a dry, earthy mouthfeel and finish. Nothing too exciting here, and I was hoping for more because itís so fresh.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz btl. Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. An aroma of sweet malts and some floral notes. Taste is sweet licht caramel with a bit of hops. Kind of a bitter finish. Not a huge hop profile, more malt-centric. Canít put my finger on this one. Glad I tried it but more glad I bought a single not a four pack.
nearbeer (3432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. Clear, shiny new penny color, with a lasting foam above. Nose is boiled vegetables, spicy caramel and light citrus. Taste is green herbs, caramel corn, light citrus, wood, and stale mint. Light medium body is smooth and dryish.
andyhwcinc (1348) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I picked this up at Armanettiís in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a warm early November Monday night. Is this an IPA? Aroma of syrupy malt, somewhat sweet. Appearance is a clear amber with a thin white head. Taste of butter, malt, somewhat smooth but not very bitter or hoppy. Meh.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Pour is clear copper in color with a creamy kahki head that settles to a film on top. Aroma is nothing but some faint malt and mutled fruit. Taste is big malt and spice with some faint hops. Palate is sticky and chaulky and finishes dry. I am very unimpressed with this one.