BeerDorks.com: Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries

 

Beer Reviews

Mad Hatter India Pale Ale

New Holland Brewing Co.
Holland, MI
USA
http://www.newhollandbrew.com

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV: 5.0%

Nigel’s Rating:
one beerone beerone beerone beerone beer   (Drinkable, but flawed)


Comments:
Pair With:
In the world of craft IPAs, New Holland’s entry does little to set it apart from the rest. Though the flavor is somewhat unique compared to its brethren, this beer could best be described as decent, but far from spectacular. The pour is typical of an IPA, with a slight head that dissipates into a dark golden hue. The aroma is a bit different than many IPAs, with more fruit (is that grapefruit or foot odor I smell?) and less hops than you would expect. The taste seems to back that up. A strong hint of citrus with a piney aftertaste that generally lacks the hoppy bitterness that characterizes most good craft IPAs. As someone who is a huge fan of IPAs, I must say this is one of the weaker varieties that I have sampled. That is not to say this isn’t an enjoyable brew—in fact, it may be a perfect IPA for those who are put off by the usual bitterness that typically defines the genre. However, for this hophead, New Holland’s entry into the world of craft IPAs is a bit of a disappointment.

Reviewed by Nigel Tanner on November 11, 2006.
Agree with this review?
No
Yes

Drinkin’ And Thinkin’

Beer Dorks News

Want to know how healthy the craft beer industry is? As always, look to Portland. Craft pioneer Bridgeport announces sudden closure, adding to a growing list of PDX casualties.
Did Anheuser-Busch Chicago offer their shit beer to Cody Parkey before his missed field goal? Because that may explain why he "accidentally" biffed it.
Chicago now has the most breweries of any city in the country. Other things Chicago has the most of: murders, mobsters, and Ditkas.
Trying to spin it positive, BA releases end of year graphic. Only 5% growth in the craft sector when nearly 1000 new breweries opened? That's a collapse waiting to happen.
R.I.P. Tallgrass... another casualty as the regional/national craft beer market continues to get squeezed.
Wait... Constellation Brands cut all of the Ballast Point and Funky Buddha sales staff? They merged it with their Corona/Modelo staff?? We're SHOCKED!!!
Pizza Beer founder crying about failure of company, blames everyone else. Reminder, the beer tasted like vomit. Try having better ideas or making better products so you're not a failure.
It's Bud Light so doesn't really matter, but we expect this beer to be sitting around for awhile.
Indiana brewery to open with controversial beer names to "get the conversation going". Translation: taking advantage of serious issues for free publicity.
Hundreds of amazing beers in Wisconsin and the Cubs took back the one everyone drinks just because it exists and people have heard of it. How fitting...