New Holland Envious

Posted: April 29, 2015 in Fruit/Vegetable Beer, New Holland Brewing Company, Reviews

End of quarter has its hold on me. For the next week, I’ll be pulling crazy shifts, getting very little sleep and looking forward to Saturday night and sleeping for at least ten hours straight. So, as you can see, I really haven’t had a lot of time to update the blog or have review beers. This is one that I had a week or so ago.

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ABV: 7.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to greatbrewers.com, “Michigan pears fuel a second fermentation, providing subtle nuance between grain & fruit. A slumber on oak and local raspberries adds depth and tartness.”

Random: The other half picked this one out. She seemed to like the labels on the New Holland beers.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but a slight crown on top of the cloudy dark brown body with high carbonation visible. The nose was strong with notes of pear and raspberry. It had a marked sour note as well. The taste had old raspberries and sweet pears with oak and vanilla following those flavors. Honestly, it didn’t pair well at all. It had an odd musty taste with tartness that wasn’t pleasant. What made it worse was how thin the body was and for it being that thin, the carbonation was too light. The finish was thankfully swift with musty raspberries. I can see why the brewery discontinued this beer. For $10.79 a bomber (on sale with the NJCB discount), this broke down to $.49 per ounce, which is way too expensive for a beer that was this unpleasant. I won’t be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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