Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: New Holland Michigan Hatter

New Holland Michigan Hatter
4.8% ABV
New Holland Brewing Company, Holland, MI
12 oz bottle
Served in Duvel tulip glass
No date on bottle
Reviewed on 8/28/13

This pale ale pours a solid amber color with a good 1/2" off-white head that has nice retention.  Moderate lacing.

Smell consists of malt, hops, citrus, light grapefruit, mild breadiness, some spice, touch of brown sugar.

Taste consists of malt, hops, dry citrus, breadiness, some peppery-like spiciness, mild yeast, floral earthiness.

Mouthfeel is quite dry on the palate with some moderate bitterness.  A bit thin through the middle.

Overall, decent tasting if not overly distinctive pale ale.  Probably the most distinctive aspect of this beer is the dryness--it almost comes as a dry, hoppy IPA, but is quickly muted by decent maltiness.  Still, it's sessionable and fairly refreshing.

My score: 87

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