New Holland in New Amsterdam

New Holland Brewing

Somehow, here in old New Amsterdam, I’ve never had anything from New Holland. Correcting that omission…

NewHolland MadHatterMad Hatter Midwest India Pale Ale

Gold in the glass with a fluffy lemon chiffon head. Earthy spicy hops arrive as soon as the cap came off, citrus then arrives on a bed of malt. Citrus builds in the flavor, still on a bready malt base. It has a lightly foamy mouthfeel. The finish is fairly bitter but a caramel sweetness sneaks through with underlying malt. This is very tasty, resting on the Three Cs of Centennial, Citra and Cascade. It isn’t as citrusy as the canonical West Coast IPA and I’m not sure what distinguishes Midwest from East Coast IPA. Regardless, it’s very balanced and very good. 7% ABV 55 IBU

NewHolland TasmanianHatterTasmanian Hatter Galaxy India Pale Ale

The same gold capped with Lemon chiffon, it’s not as instantly fragrant but a grassy citrus dominates reminding me of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The citrus mixes with mango and gets stronger as the head dissipates. It has a very earthy flavor with plenty of biscuity malt and a slightly fuller feel than the 3-C version. The hint of caramel comes in a little sooner too. The finish is distinctly less bitter, but still very much in balance. Here we have Galaxy from Australia, Nelson Sauvin (new to me) from New Zealand and Mosaic from the Pacific Northwest. This produces a subtly different profile meeting the same numbers. 7% ABV 55 IBU

A lovely pair of IPAs! I’ll have to receive New Holland again soon!

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