NEW HOLLAND BREWING COMPANY
New Holland Brewing Company was established in 1996. Their production facility and brewpub are located in Holland, MI. They produce seasonal as well as year-round beers; they also produce special beers in their imperial series and cellar series. Some of their more famous brews include Mad Hatter Ale India Pale Ale and Ichabod Pumpkin Ale. Their mission is to, “enhance our customers quality of life by providing the most remarkable experience possible. We strive to discover and empower an artistic approach in all aspects of our craft.”
- Beerhive Honey Ginger Tripel Ale (68 Points)
- Dragon’s Milk (91 Points)
- Ichabod (89 Points)
- Mad Hatter (91 Points)
- Monkey King (80 Points)
- Night Tripper (95 Points)
BEERHIVE HONEY GINGER TRIPEL ALE: 68 Points
This is part of their High Gravity Series. It is a Belgian tripel and they threw in some honey and ginger to give it their own perspective.
Brewer’ Description: “Little John’s local bees create a spring wildflower-honey that lends a sweet, earthy complexity to a traditional style of beer with a balancing snap of ginger in the finish.”
My Description: This beer gets such a low rating because I just could not stand the aroma and neither could three of my friends who drank this with me. The aroma has a sweet ginger scent but it is hidden behind the unbearable metallic scent spewing from this ale. It smelled equivalent to having a lead pipe in my nostril. I just couldn’t believe it. I checked the bottle for dates and I made sure the bottle wasn’t cracked or if it looked like it was tampered with and found nothing visually wrong. This ale has a decent head for the alcohol content but it does not last long and produces minimal lacing. The beer tastes sweet when it first hits your tongue followed by a strong ginger aftertaste that lingers. The ginger is really nice and this beer isn’t so bad when you drink it as long as you don’t inhale. I did not pick up on much alcohol taste which is nice considering the ABV of this beer. I began drinking this around 45°F and it got a little better as the beer warmed up. I am a tripel fan but this is not one of my favorites; it is not refreshing or crisp, the aroma is horrible, and I don’t see a reason why I would drink this again. This would pair nice with sushi, pumpkin pie, or salads with vinaigrette dressings.
ABV: 8.4% Color: Dark Amber Sweetness: 6.5/10 Bitterness: 1/10
DRAGON’S MILK: 91 Points
Part of their High Gravity Series, this ale is aged in oak barrels. It is available year-round in 12 oz. four packs, 22 oz. bottles and in half barrel kegs.
Brewer’s Description: “The beer you hold in your hand, Dragon’s Milk Ale, is a crown jewel of New Holland Brewing Company. It is the unrivaled result of painstaking processes – both creative and scientific. Expect a complex ale with a soft, rich caramel-malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones; all dancing in an oak bath. Unmistakably distinctive example of New Holland’s Art in Fermented Form.”
My Description: This beer is smooth and the flavor profile is enjoyable. It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that lasts for some time leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is welcoming with faint notes of oak and vanilla along with notes of roasted malt. The beer itself is medium to heavy bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. Flavor notes of roasted malt and oak are joined by a prominent vanilla flavor and some alcohol presence. Bourbon notes were extremely faint but that is probably what they were going for. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a lingering chocolate flavor. Overall, this is a nicely executed stout that is strong but not intrusive. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with soft cheeses, dark chocolate, or a maduro cigar.
ABV: 10% Color: Black Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 4/10
ICHABOD: 89 Points
This Pumpkin Beer is released seasonally in late Summer in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert.”
My Description: Ichabod is one of those pumpkin beers that you can drink a six pack of. It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of malt, cinnamon, pumpkin, and an overall vegetative presence. Ichabod is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pleasant and the notes work cleanly together without having the spices overpower the rest of the beer. Upfront, there are notes of pumpkins and a hint of cinnamon and malt which transition cleanly into the aftertaste that is slightly bitter with lingering clove notes. Generally the spice notes of this beer are in the undertone allowing the pumpkin and malt to come through nicely. Overall, this is a good Pumpkin beer that is worth your time. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with smoked sausage, grilled chicken, or baked ham.
ABV: 5.2% Color: Orange/Red Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3/10
MAD HATTER: 91 Points
This IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Dry-hopped for a distinctive, floral hop aroma; subtly balanced with delicious malt notes.
Pairings: spicy dishes, greens and aged cheese.”
My Description: This is a great everyday IPA; it has a low alcoholic content, it tastes great, and it is affordable. It starts out with a rather large, off-white colored head that lasts for some time and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is straightforward with notes of caramel malt and floral/herbal hops. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The Mad Hatter is very smooth, clean, and nicely balanced. Upfront there are notes of roasted malts, caramel malts, and some floral hop notes. This transitions effortlessly into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter and will linger for some time. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with steak sandwiches, spicy chicken stir-fry, or grilled pork chops.
ABV: 5.25% Color: Copper Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10
MONKEY KING: 80 Points
This Farmhouse Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A soft, medium body saison with subtle pepper character and fruity undertones.”
My Description: This is a Farmhouse ale that plays it more on the safe side to target a larger audience that doesn’t have the palate to enjoy the bolder end of the style. I don’t care for caution when it comes to craft beer! It begins with a good sized, white colored head with a good retention level that holds most of the way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with notes of white pepper, subtle fruit undertones, and coriander but not much else. Monkey King is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is rather bland. There are notes of wheat malt, citrus peel, coriander, and a hint of clementine but they are faint and have to be searched. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a soft pepper finish. If you love farmhouse ales than this won’t satisfy but it makes for a good session beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with shellfish, spiced tacos, and soft cheeses.
ABV: 6.6% Color: Straw Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
NIGHT TRIPPER: 95 Points
Part of their High Gravity Series, this Imperial Stout is released randomly in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “An abundance of roasted malts and flaked barley create rich, roasty stout with deeply intense, lush flavors.”
My Description: This beer just melts in your mouth delivering a plethora of flavors while keeping the alcohol in check. It begins with a large, beige colored head that leaves a thin film the rest of the way as well as a good amount of lacing. The aroma is subtle but welcoming with notes of roasted malts and faint dark fruit notes. Night Tripper is full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is amazingly crafted and immediately becomes addicting. Notes of roasted malt and caramel are accompanied by tobacco, espresso, dark cherries, coffee beans, and a slight earthiness. This beer has great depth and the aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing great balance. This is an excellent Imperial Stout that is perfect for those long nights. This beer is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, blue cheese, and grilled steaks.
ABV: 11.5% Color: Black Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
PILGRIM’S DOLE (BOURBON BARREL 2015): 93 Points
This Bourbon Barrel Wheatwine is released in limited quantities in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A barleywine-style ale made with fifty percent wheat malt, or what we at New Holland call a wheatwine. Pilgrim’s Dole blends warming and slightly sweet flavors with a unique caramelized character.”
My Description: Sipping this ale slow is not just because of the high alcohol, but also it allows more flavors to come through. It begins with a very large, light beige colored head that lasts forever leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of caramel, bourbon, licorice, and fruit notes like raisins. Pilgrim’s Dole is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is complex with great depth. A thick caramel malt backbone gives this beer a chewy texture. Notes of dark fruits, oak, vanilla, figs, and bourbon undertones blend cleanly. The alcohol creeps in as the beer warms but does not become intrusive. The aftertaste is minimally bitter allowing this beer to stay on the sweeter side. Overall, this is a smooth and enjoyable sipper. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted lamb, vanilla desserts, or a mild cigar.
ABV: 12% Color: Garnet Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10