msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much of a head, but oh what hops! Dry and very balanced. I like it. A very decent effort.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent IPA right up there with Bellís two hearted. Hops, Hops and more Hops. some grapefruit notes and well balanced bitter finish, very good
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thatís funny, I donít remember Michigan being on the west coast...I liked this a lot, itís among my favorite IPAs, right up there with Stone and Hop Devil. Standard grapefruit and lawn clippings smell of an insanely hopped IPA, but New Holland showed some originality in the flavor, with a surprising explosive burst in the middle. Itís like a two-pronged assault on your palate, not just a constant attack. Appearance is about average but for some reason I liked the way that the head maintained itself during the pour after I dumped the first 2/3 of the bottle, let it settle down, and then poured the rest. Somehow the finish is a bit quieter than expected. Rather complex and original.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a descent IPA. This was the first New Holland I drank that I thought was good.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange out of the bottle, with a thin white head that lingers around the edge of the glass. Aroma of grapefruit with some floral undertones. Balanced flavour with a great bitter finish. Another strong IPA from MI.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2004 After a couple of years, I keep coming back to this one. The nose is one of the best hoppy aromas on a beer. Sweet citrus, sticky pine resin and fragrant flowers. Unfortunately, the flavors are not quite as nice as the nose, but are still pretty good. Not the best IPA ever, but one, of which, I can drink several. The cask conditioned variety is also quite amazing.
9/6/2004: Very crisp and clean. Nose of significant hops (citrus, floral, and spice). A nice maltiness to the body before the extremely clean and bitter finish, led to a nicely balanced beer. Splendid.
jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pours out of the bottle with crisp, floral hop aroma, a thin white head, and an orange color with lots of particulant matter floating in it (and I poured pretty carefully too). This beer is all about the hops and the flavor reflects that. Very crisp and clean. Very refreshing, but I felt that there was not enough malt characteristics to balance the hops. It felt a little thin. All in all, a very good beer, but not the best IPA.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange amber appearance. Nose is very floral. Poured a thin head that lasted about halfway down the glass and left some decent lacing. Balance is hoppy as the description would indicate, but itís not overly hopped. This one will beat your tongue up though, so it had better be the last rating of the night as this one is for me. Itís an above average pale.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden appearance. Fruity and citrusy. I think mine was the nitro version.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rerate: On tap, at the brewery, as part of an experiment. They have two versions of this - nitro and not, and Iíve been eager to try this kind of head to head thing for some time. Sure enough, Oakes et al are right, the nitrogen tones down the flavour characteristics, even smoothing away some of Mad Hatterís generous hops. I was greatful for the full action Hatter I had next, itís such a fresh tasting, beautiful IPA. Itís heresy in some circles, but Iíll even venture to suggest that Two Hearted has come down a notch lately and this may be Michiganís premier IPA ...
Original Rating 3/22/02: Smells like spring. I mean, the full fresh florality of later may, after rain, dreaming of hops. The apearance is dreamy, too - swirls of particulates suspended in deep amber like so many prehistoric insects. Yes, hops dominate this brew but thereís almost enough amber to stand up to their madness and I end up more satisfied than I usually am with big IPAs. Or maybe itís because Iím drinking this after a solid trip to my favorite Ann Arbor brewpub. In any event, I advocate slapping a mad hat on your hophead ...