New Holland Mischievous

I haven’t really been sleeping lately. I go through this periods of borderline insomnia and then the next week, I’m fine. Hopefully I get some sleep this weekend. One thing that helps with sleep is beer, so let’s crack this open.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mischievous presents flavors derived from its 100% Brettanomyces fermentation. This wild yeast contributes earthiness, spice, mineral-character and slight tartness.”

Random: The beer uses German Magnum hops and B. Brux Trios Ura yeast.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange color with a lot of carbonation. The nose had a significant vinous quality to it, with white wine grapes and even a light toasted oak. There was also a touch of acid, but not much else. The taste was also quite vinous with oak and white wine grape. Vanilla was there as well, and then the acidic note came through, like a mild vinegar. The body was thin with high carbonation. The finish was instantaneous and slightly tart. I enjoyed this beer. It went down easily and would make a great introductory sour beer for someone. It was also relatively affordable for a sour at $8.99 a bomber ($.41 per ounce). I wouldn’t hesitate to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

New Holland Beerhive Tripel

This was a beer that the other half picked out at Cranbury Buy Rite. We split the bomber on this one, and here’s what I thought.


ABV: 8.47%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “New Holland Brewing Company’s deep roots in the craft industry go back to 1997. Their role as an integral member of the artisan approach is something they take seriously, yet engage lightheartedly. They believe the art of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for their customers, through creating authentic beer, spirits and food while providing great service. Recognized for their creativity and artistry, their mission to improve the lives of craft consumers everywhere is seen in their diverse, balanced collection of beer and spirits.”

Random: For the first year in awhile, I didn’t watch the NFL draft because I was stuck at work.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a really hazy, orange-brown color with lots of floaters and no visible carbonation. This tipped me off that I probably got an old bottle of this. After doing some research, it appears that beer is no longer brewed. That isn’t a good sign. But, onto the nose, which was sweet with toasted graham crackers, Belgian yeast and honey. The taste had lots of depth with notes of sweet honey and fig. There was light nutmeg and golden raisins with a touch of peach as well. My biggest qualm is that the body was very thick, almost to the point of being syrupy with very light carbonation. The booze was hidden on this one. It had a long and sweet finish with honey and golden fruit. The bomber was $7.18 (with the NJCB discount), which broke down to $.33 per ounce. This was a decent domestic tripel, but there are many better examples of the style out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

New Holland Envious

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.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to, “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

New Holland The Carhartt Woodsman

So, I’m stuck at work on a Sunday, which pretty much blows. But, I managed to snag some stuff that I really wanted to get during a sale at an online beer retailer. Anyways, this is a beer that Val picked up for me at Canal’s awhile back. I don’t think I’ve ever had a barrel aged pale, so I was interested in seeing how it turned out.


ABV: 4.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Celebrates craftsmanship and hard work. Locally-grown Cascade hops bring a brightness to this barrel-aged American pale ale. Malt sweetness and toasted oak combine for a smooth, refreshing finish.”

Random: By February 1st, I think I will be sufficiently exhausted.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dusky tan color with light carbonation visible. The nose had notes of oak coupled with citrus and pine. The taste had a lot of citrus and dank pine. After a few sips, light oak came through with some vanilla as well. The oak was more subtle than I would have guessed. After the beer warmed, some sweet caramel malt was there too. The flavors transitioned very awkwardly into the oak and I didn’t think it added much. The body was on the thinner side with light carbonation. It definitely needed a bit more. The finish was quick with pine and grass. For $1.99 for the twelve ounce bottle, this broke down to $.17 per ounce, which was on the expensive side for what it was. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

New Holland Ichabod Ale

It’s yet another pumpkin beer. We’re finally getting to the bottom of our stash of pumpkin beers, although we picked up one last beer on Friday that we needed to try. Anyways, this was a beer that the other half had and let me try a sip of. Although New Holland beers are widely available here, I haven’t had as many of them as I would have liked to. Let’s see how this brew was.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: I take that back, the Giants now look like crap. Especially Eli Manning. He’s doing a great job of throwing the football to the other team.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream color head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark burnt-orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with Fall spices, specifically clove and cinnamon and allspice. The taste was impressive. It had a nice spice bite with the clove and cinnamon and a bit of sweetness that was quickly balanced by a slight hop bite. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with a lot of spice. This was a well-done pumpkin beer that I would definitely have again. For $1.99 for a twelve ounce bottle, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

New Holland Rye P.A. Hatter

This was the last beer that I had at Blend after house hunting last week. Since I’ve reviewed so many beers, it makes it difficult sometimes to find one that I haven’t reviewed, and whenever I’m out, I really prefer trying them on tap. This was one of the last ones on their draft list that I hadn’t tried. It’s been over two months since I’ve had a rye beer, so I was really interested in seeing how this was.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Rye lends spiciness to the caramel-malt base, while creating a creamy texture. Dry-hopping contributes a fresh citrus finish.”

Random: This will be my seventh New Holland beer that I’ve reviewed.

This beer poured with a one finger, incredibly thick, tan-colored head. It was slow to dissipate, but only left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark amber with no visible carbonation, which was a bit surprising. The nose was definitely rye dominant with lots of spicy rye and herbal notes that transitioned into moderately potent grapefruit hops. The taste was well-balanced between the rye and caramel biscuity malt. I didn’t pick up any booze on this one. It had a medium thick body, but as I suspected from the look of this beer initially, it was really under carbonated and took something away from the beer. It had a quick finish with rye. Although I thought that this beer was only mediocre, it would make for a good beer to introduce a newer beer drinker to rye beers.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale

On New Year’s Eve, Kate and I ended up at Molly Maguire’s. It’s literally 5 minutes down the street from us in Rumson and they’re starting to get some decent craft beer in. They could use improvements, such as not serving an 11% beer in a pint glass, but they have solid food and decent brews.

ABV: 5.25%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dry-hopped for a distinctive, floral hop aroma; subtly balanced with delicious malt notes. Pairings: spicy dishes, greens and aged cheese.”

Random: Kate thought it would be funny to give my brew bunny ears.

This one poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left decent lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose was more floral than citrus, albeit more towards the mild side of IPA. The taste initially came through with some malt and as soon I wondered when I’d get hit in the mouth with hops, they came up. The hops were on the grassy and citrusy side in the taste. Some hints of flowers came through as well. The malt was definitely caramel and big. The body was on the thicker side with mild carbonation. The finish was long and grassy. I didn’t have high hopes for this brew since I haven’t had anything great from the brewery. This was an easy drinking IPA that delivered serious flavor that I would definitely order again. If you see it, grab one!

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

New Holland El Mole Ocho

I’ve been typing up reviews for about an hour or so, and I think my cat has been in the same spot for the entire hour. It’s funny, because when I got home, he was jumping on me and I completely forgot (for a very brief second) that he had claws because Kate’s cats are declawed. He sunk his claws into my leg because apparently I wasn’t paying enough attention to him. Yeah, not pleasant. So, beer time.

ABV: 9.79%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our exploration into the flavors of mole, the legendary sauce of central Mexico. Malty aroma and rich, cocoa-laden body laced with an invigorating tinge of dried chilies and coffee. Pairings: poultry, red meat, dark chocolate.”

Random: Two New Holland brews in a row for me.

This brew was a gusher. It exploded all over the counter and was not fun at all. When I finally got the beer poured, it poured with a two finger tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark chestnut color with mild visible carbonation throughout the clear body. The nose was roasted with a hint of chipotle spice. Given all of the spices and peppers that this brew advertised, I was shocked that the nose was relatively mild. The taste was a little bit underwhelming. I got notes of cocoa and pepper, but the spice wasn’t as pronounced as I would like. One of the biggest flavors in this brew was smoke. It was a lot of smoke and really wasn’t all that pleasant. The booze was pretty subdued in the taste. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with smoke. Honestly, this beer was just a big disappointment. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Oak Barrel Ale

I think I only have 3 or 4 more backlogged reviews. Finally! Anyways, this is a brew that I’ve wanted to try forever. There’s another prominent beer blog that always talks about how good this beer is and I’ve been meaning to try it forever. And, if you follow the blog at all, you know that I love a good stout, especially if it’s been aged in barrels.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. We could tell you about the centuries-old tradition of the term, Dragon’s Milk, or we could tell you about the history, craftsmanship and challenges of what’s important, the beer inside this bottle. Roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath. Pairings: red meat, smoked foods, balsamic, rich cheese & dark chocolate.”

Random: I can’t wait until it gets a little bit colder so that I can have some more stouts. For some reason, they taste better when it’s cold.

This poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very dark brown with no visibility due to the color. The nose was very oaky and roasted malts with some coffee and dark chocolate. It had a lot going on! The taste was much of the same. I got oak first, then vanilla and a huge dose of roasted malts. Coffee came through at the end with chocolate. This was really nice. The body was heavy with more than expected carbonation. The finish was very long with a bit of booze. I just loved this beer. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

New Holland Blue Sunday “2012 Gravity Head Sour Blend”

I had this brew when Katie came over this week. She brought chili and homemade cornbread, which was absolutely amazing. She’s so sweet. I love when she comes over with dinner and hangs out with my sister. They spend most of their time making fun of me, but it’s really cute to watch. That, and I think Katie likes learning all of my embarrassing moments, especially from childhood. I popped this one open and let everyone sample it.

ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This unique anniversary libation, heritage-blended from our library of barrel-soured beers, exhibits deeply layered flavors of malt and oak, with a tart finish.
Pairings: wild game, poultry & charcuterie.”

Random: Katie likes my Raspberry homebrew. I’m thinking she’s going to make me brew more of it.

The brew poured with a barely there white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark chestnut color with low, visible carbonation. The nose had a huge amount of oak and a hint of brett. But, the oak really took over the nose. It was really pleasant. The taste was the exact opposite of the nose. It had pronounced brett, but milder oak. I also got some fruit, but the brett dominated everything. The body was a medium thickness and the carbonation was more than expected. The booze was pretty well hidden. The flavor was okay, but relatively one-dimensional. It had a long finish with a lot of brett. The beer was okay, but nothing crazy impressive.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0