omhper (25963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2010
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear dark amber, faint head. Concentrated spicy caramel aroma. Sweet, hugely caramelly with aggressive resiny bitter orange building up to an inky hugely bitter finish. fear025 (214) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Aroma:A nice sweet, mild, fruity aroma. There are kiwi and kumquat flavors, not grapefruit, but still citrusy.
Appearance:This amber colored beer is a fair amount darker than the original Mad Hatter. It has a small amount of lacing.
Taste:This is a quite potent beer. You get the alcohol burn, you get the massive hops in the foretaste. It’s pretty much straight bitterness without any tartness. This is a even, mellow bitter, that’s not super astringent. It doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste either. The malts are also rather mild, but it sets a nice stage for this huge bitterness play. On subsequent tastes, I get more apricot notes with a lot of sweetness. The hop bitterness keeps sticking with you on the mid and aftertastes, not at all unpleasantly.
Palate:The carbonation is wonderful with small bubbles that foam up in my mouth, giving this beer a creamy aspect.
Overall:A fantastic example of an Imperial IPA. tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Touch of raisin and grapefruit...high level of boozy aroma coming off the head. The alcohol seems to overpower the initial taste. Yeah, it’s an Imperial, but it seems to hit like a hammer a bit more than I’d like. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Draft at Revolution. Pours a mostly clear gold/copper with lasting sticky head. Nose is robust American hops with a kiss of malt. Pine & citrus abound with a slight ethanol note. On taste, the body is quite thin and the alcohol comes through somewhat strongly. Clean bitterness that is propped up with a decent malt background, but the thinness with the alcohol bothers me. Okay. emacgee (4712) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Pours a copper amber with a thin sandy head. Nose is resinous, piny, sweet malt, peanut shell, rich and resinous. Flavor is mildly astringent, piny, peanut shell, off, phenolic, bleh. Palate is no good, astringent.
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2010
Taste at the mondial de la biere 2010....
Flavor:Good bitterness,pine hops... Frank (4262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2010
New Holland is one of those breweries that make beers that I like very consistently that I am constantly overlooking one way or the other. I have no idea how many times this has been available to me in the past but I am glad I finally picked up a four pack. It is not much to look at--just a golden amber color w/ a slight, soapy head--but the hop character is so nice that that hardly matters. While some IIPAs push into barleywine territory in terms of sweetness, this one stays nice, dry and drinkable in the west coast style and it suits the light, citrus and floral character quite well. It is perhaps medium bodied but the mouthfeel is lightened by moderately vigorous carb which prevents it from feeling any more than a little bit sticky. The finish is a bit astringent which a long w/ the lemon/floral hops provide something of an iced tea character and is rounded out by just a nice, balanced amount of earthy resinous bitterness. This is another good one from New Holland. Bullit (4825) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Draft @ New Holland Brewery. Clear orange colour, off-white head. Aroma is pine hops, grapefruit, bit malty. Flavour is bitter hoppy, malty backbone, grapefruit. Bitter finish and a little alcohol burn. Very drinkable. DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Ruby amber pour, warm orange highlights and topped with a creamy, one-finger, off-white head from the bomber courtesy of dkachur (thanks, Dan!): Nose of orange marinade, summery citrus (lemon) oils, honeydew, herbs, toffee, maple syrup, bran flakes, and buttered toast, all backed by solid caramel malts. Taste is similar, surprisingly spicy at that first second, but carefully blending into a smooth, thick resinous feel. Medium-bodied, mildly carbonated. A bit too syrupy sweet at times, but that can be overlooked. It’s an enjoyable brew. Drinkability: Bold notes, nothing hidden. Pairing: Beefsteak burger, lots of cajun garlic fries. Rebuy: Probably. #462 on 12062010, DG.
portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Pour is a tight creamy looking head that dissipates to a spotty film, not alot of carbonation somewhat flat. Aroma is sweet floral citrus and grapefruit. Taste is creamy sweet flowers and dry grapefruit orange finish. Palate is creamy again and a dry grit finish.