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Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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350 Reviews
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Reviews: 350
Hads: 772
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 16.5%
Wants: 67
Gots: 97 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2003

A barleywine-style ale made with 50% wheat malt (a wheatwine) aged in bourbon barrels.
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Reviews: 350 | Hads: 772
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, sweet nectar of life. Special thanks to my bud sopor for the sample of this amazing creation called Wheat Wine. This is my first of the style and will not be the last. Poured out to a medium amber orange color with a short lived head that fizzed down to little more than a thin film on top of the beer. Some notes of lace. Aromas of grain, sweetness (almost bubblegum like), and alcohol. Taste was complex and nearly overwhelming; flavors of grain, malts, sweet maple, earth, hops and spice flashed across the palate keeping things interesting. Slightly bitter aftertaste, with notes of alcohol. This beer really gets your attention. Mouthfeel is really nice, medium to full bodied, yet not syrupy or thick. A good level of drinkability. This is not an everyday brew, but on occasion, this beer is a real treat. Recommended.

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Photo of sopor
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is about one year old.

Hazy golden amber with tiny lazy bubbles rising slowly to the top. A finger of creamy head dies to a clumpy sticky film & ring. Smells of sweet wheat, like a grain farm, and alcohol.

Vinous and a little dry wheat flavor, hints of green olives and green grapes. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering under the very slight hop flavor. Thick and slick but not overly oily with delicate carbonation.

Tasty and very winey, I will definitely drink this again.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. This is also my first try of a wheat ale.

Appearance: A dark amber color with a small head.

Smell: A fruity citrus aroma with a hint of wheat.

Taste: Starts with a sweet taste and then hints of wheat hits the tongue. It ends with a slight hop taste. Alcohol taste is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Good mouth feel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could only have one or two of these in a sitting.

This is the first beer I have tried from the New Holland Brewing Company. I look forward to trying all of their other offerings. Keep up the great work New Holland.

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Photo of CortexBomb
2/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours out hazy orange with a light white head, but that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is faintly wheaty with some hops there and alcohol, but not overly distinct.

The flavour is just...odd and not enjoyable though. It starts off promising with some sweetness, but an odd tart half hop bitter then grabs hold and refuses to let go, and drowns out everything else in the process. This also has some sour tones, and becomes even more intense (if that is even possible) as the beer warms. This went from strange to borderline undrinkable as it got warmer.

Mouth, ok for the style. Drinkability, not good at all. It wasn't something I'd be able to put down easily when it was fresh from the fridge, and now I'm questioning whether or not I can finish it.

Overall, to be avoided at all costs.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first wheat-wine, and I'm not sure what to think of it. Very clear, bright auburn color with a thin white head and large, cascading bubbles. No lace.

Aroma is definately wheaty, with notes of nuts, floral, cut grass, hay, and tart minerality. Odd.

Flavor starts of mildly sweet with notes of wheat. It quickly overcomes my palate with a tart astringancy, but not unpleasant. Some grain flavors and a touch of hops in the finish.

Body is light to medium, rather thin, and has a slick, wet mouthfeel. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, making it highly drinkable.

Interesting, but not something I'd seek out. I'm very confident that my bottle of Triticus will prompt a much better review!

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Photo of carln26
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into a snifter a hazy copper color with a thin tan head. The head receded quickly and left little lace. The nose is all fruit with hints of apples and pears backed by strong citrus grapefruit. It has just a touch of a brandy character in the finish. The taste has more fruit. The pear is there, along with tangy citrus (orange this time). No brandy character other than mild heat on the finish. The mouth feel is slick, and a little oily. Decent drinakbility. The heat might be a bit of a detraction. This is a nice wheat wine, but not a great one.

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Photo of far333
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first wheat wine. Orangey honey colored with a low yellowish-beige head that sinks quickly, but leaves a wall of foam around the top of the liquid. Aroma is a little grassy, a little hoppy, with some sweetness, and that metallic alcohol tinge. Taste is interesting - initially tangy, followed by tart, followed by a strong alcohol bite that warms the flesh all the way down the throat into the pit of my stomach. These three flavors domintate, and leave little room for other flavors, but some fruits and toffee emerge in the finish, along with a bitterness that doesn't seem to be attributable to hops. Not sure if this is right for the style or not, but it's an enjoyable beer. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing this one.

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Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn’t sure what to expect with my first wheat wine but it was an interesting experience. Cloudy bronze body with a decent sized light tan head that left scatterings of lace around the glass. Aroma is quite interesting with sweet fruit notes as well as some tartness. Some scents here remind of a Belgians as well as a light bready doughyness. Big fruits are in the flavor with ripe fruit sweetness mixes with a fairly strong tart. Some alcohol is evident. Good amount of bitterness and that Belgian note that was in the nose is in the flavor as well. A decent amount of bitterness as well. All this manages to mix together quite nicely in the end. Solid body and good drinkability round this out. Interesting style that I will most definitely seek out more of in the future as this was quite a treat.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eyedrinkale for this offering...
Pours a dark ruby, cloudy in appearance w/ a 1/4 finger of bright white head...lacing is quite thin, but tight w/ very little cling.
Aromas remind me more of an Old Ale with rum, raisins, cherries and a small hint of alcohol.
The taste is nice...more like prunes in the taste w/ very little wheat detected. Again, more along the lines of an Old Ale for me, but I have only had a few to date and this is only my third Wheat Wine, so what the hell do I know.
The alcohol is masked well and although it warms me up nicely, it is not harsh at all...quite bitter and dry in the finish.
Mouthfeel feels thick at first, but as I drink it, it apprears to be rather thin for its style.
The carbonation could be a touch less IMO...hurting its drinkability for me.
Otherwise, a real tasty brew from New Holland...would enjoy a couple of these in an evening, but not more than that.

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Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber color with a cream colored thumb high head that laces well.

Aroma is caramel mixed with fruit a lot of variety of fruit hard to pick out individualy. Light bready malt mixed with light spices underneath.

Taste is sweet caramel mixed with fruit sweet at first then moving to tart. Some wheat malt in taste but caramel wins out easy finish is tart and lightly spiced. Didn't know what to expect with this one but its pretty good.

Mouthfeel is thinner then I thought it would be almost oily going down.

Drinkability is pretty good very light alcohol in the finish as it warms but goes down smooth and easy. My first Wheat Wine would be up for trying more. Want to thank clvand0 for this sample and new style atleast for me.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt orange with a nice one finger head leaving sheets of lace behind,big fruity aromas along with some caramel and nut.Deep intense dark fruit hit the taste buds and are unrelenting,very fruity and nutty with a big soapy finish.Wow the compexities are are almost to much for this sipper,very complex and big.A sipping beer to savour my first wheat wine and very intriuged by it a great beer experiance.

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Photo of beerinator
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brownish, with reddish tones. Slightly cloudy. The head is off-white and the retention is hard core.

Aroma: Heavy fruit. Apple, pear sweet cherries, a big bowl of fruit cocktail with some caramel sauce dripped over. Oh, and the fruit cocktail with caramel sauce is sandwiched inside some bready pound cake too.

Taste: The mouthfeel is slick but not too thin. The beer has a great deal of fruit and sweetness. Bitterness keeps the sweetness from being overpowering. The bitterness lingers more on the palate as this beer warms. There are definately cherry flavors here in aroma and taste. The alcohol isn't very evident here.

Notes: A bit thinner in the mouthfeel than you would expect. But this beer has great depth of flavor and aroma. The alcohol isn't in your face, and the body makes it scarily drinkable. Even though it's easy going down, I think I would have ranked this one better if it had a little more "umph" in the body.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a gorgeous, deep dark orange in color with no translucency whatsoever. The head came up nicely too, leaving some pits and lacing. This is quite impressive for a 10.0 ABV Wheat Wine.

Smell – Yes, it’s just like an American Barley Wine but with a dominant wheaty nose that reminds me of a pale Belgian. The yeast is very spicy and I’m sure there are some grassy-type of hops in there. The wine is like a sweet white.

Taste – Oh, this tastes much different than it smells. There is a super-charged alcoholic sweetness that seems pumped up with some sort of tarty notes. Galliano is the only thing that I can think of at this point. This is more like a wine cocktail than beer.

Mouthfeel – This is somewhere between medium and full-bodied with a very sharp alcoholic sting. There are strong yellow summertime fruits and lime juice that pucker the lips, the booze that heats up your throat, and a huge malt base that sticks in between your teeth.

Drinkability – Well, I wouldn’t recommend tossing six of these in a beer bong, and if you aren’t familiar with the style this is probably not the best one to try first, but I enjoy strong styles and especially enjoyed this tasty and well done offering from New Holland.

Comments – I pulled this out of what was probably the most diverse box of beers I’ve ever gotten in trade. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for such a generous package and for including this gem from New Holland.

Update – Skyhand popped a 2006 bottle in May at a house party, so I was able to sample this baby once again.

It was grapier than last years with a buttery character. I didn’t get as much booze either, making this a smooth drinker. All in all it’s a good effort at a rather new and difficult style.

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Photo of ken3c
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very foamy. Intense lacing. Very clear. Orange color.

The aroma is citrus and alcohol. There is a sense of wheat grain.

Taste is like an orange peel sandwich. It's bitter, sweet, and tart. Each taste is quite strong but blends well.

The feel is foamy and bubbly. It also feels quite light for wheat/barley wine.

This is actually quite drinkable. It's not what I expected but I think I could drink this anytime.

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Photo of Wildman
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this at the brewery before they decided to bottle it. This beer poured a slightly cloudy amber color and formed an off white bubbly head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and brown sugar. The flavor was of malt, with a very sweet brown sugar aspect (though not as sweet as the original house version). It has a medium body, unlike the heavier house version. The finish is slightly tart. The house version was almost too heavy and sugary, but this could use a little more body. What we need is a good compromise. This is a good beer, but needs a little more.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff Doled out a nice amber color. Looks like cider. A sticky little head gave way to a ring of sugary rim work around the edges of the glass. This looks like a rich brew. Not much bubbling in the body.

The smell is like scorched brown sugar or toasted sugar cane. Sweet and burnt. Caramel apples come to mind. Faint wine-like sours are noticeable as well. Well veiled, barely perceptable alcohol essences diffuse out of the bouquet.

The taste gives me the brown sugar from the nose right off the bat. It had a grainy consistency of crystalized sugar mingled with butter toffee afloat in a toasty, warming alcohol. The finish is a little bit peculiar to me at first. It seemed a bit off. Like going from juice to water or something along those lines. Maybe it was the wheat aspect throwing me a confusing flavor. It seemed to fade after a few sips. A pleasing sticky teeth effect like after crunching up hard candies was left behind. I would gladly take this as "a free ration" as the bottle makes mention of in the name origin blurb. Yummy.

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Photo of nomad
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold-gone-peachy color, striking in glassy clarity and propping up a nice, thick head. All that wheat protein makes for a thick but tight head and fair lacing, though the alcohol content strikes against such an effort.

Smell is a powerful and persistent buzz of floral hops - I mean, this is close to a Czech pils in displaying the Noble hops, but more soft than a Saaz attack. Behind the true bouquet is a honey-ish pale malt backing with a few licks of wheat husks. Though apparent and assertive, I can't say I'm overly enticed.

Taste starts off sweet and round with pale malts, ushering in that grainy gruff of wheat before floral hops softly pepper the finish. Nary a yeast accent beyond a restrained fruitiness, I expected a little more complexity but found none. That said, it is a smooth and drinkable malt-load with a simple flavor profile, light enough that I would prefer this beer in the spring or summer.

One of the bottles I imbibed was filled all the way to the lip of the bottle instead of the typical one inch down from the top. Strange, no? Just a dumb anecdote, though I also had an entire fourpack of New Holland's Dragon Milk filled with lactobacillus.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at Rich O's Gravity Head on 3-19-05. Arrives at my table a nice amber orange color with not much head on top at all. Some nice lacing sticks to the side of the glass. A bit of red peeks through as well. There's a nice slight caramelly wheat and a tad bit of sourness in the nose as well. Some light fruit and a bit of roastiness. The nose is a bit too subdued for my liking.

A light, refreshing fruity grain flavor with hints of fresh roasted nuts. Some good caramel tones and some apparent alcohol notes as well. An interesting brew but not really my cup 'o tea.

Mouthfeel is fairly full with a medium body and a nice syrupy creaminess. This is one I can't see myself drinking much of, but it was worth a try. Definetly an intriguing brew.

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first wheat wine arrived in a 10 oz glass with a small offwhite head sitting atop a brilliantly clear apricot body. Head was gone in seconds, but profuse island chain lace decorated the glass. Aroma was a bit restrained, but featured a whiff of alcohol, mandarin oranges, earthy yeast, wheat grain, coriander, and grassy hops. Mouthfeel was snappy, with a solid medium body, alcohol, and some hops bite. Alcohol is immediately apparent in the taste, but is not intrusive. Lots of fruity orange and apricot, white pepper and a note of coriander, earthy yeast, and a subdued hops presence that is grassy. Finish is dry and mildly bitter. Very different from a barleywine with its more assertive yeast presence and more restrained hop profile. A pleasant change of pace with the different grain bill. Packs a potent punch for a 10 oz serving.

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Photo of shapudding
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No dating. Deep honeyed dark amber and clear. Thick vanilla mikshakey head in a thin frothy swirling dusty that laid in a thick ring and nice dusting swirl. Lovely pungent aroma, just smells like it will be chewy! Dark caramelly/butterscoth aroma, moving into honey. Bit of pepper and spiceyness coming through. Smooth and fairly creamy, medium moving into heavy, but not too thick. Just feels silky and luscious. It doesn’t taste much like a 10 percenter. Taste of blackened toast, smooth hoppiness-not too bitter and yet they are strong. Cream sherry flavor is very strong after it warms a while. A lot of flavor is left in your mouth after each sip. This is the first time I have ever had a wheatwine that I know of, it is like a mild barleywine, or mild, non biting double IPA. Very good flavor and feel, I really stretched this one out to enjoy it for a while.

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Photo of sweethome
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is golden with a slight haze...foretelling whats in store for this 10% barleywine?

The nose is of creme broule. Vanilla and a little banana. Maybe a little cinammon in back.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Significant acidity, like a wheat beer, so big it really doesn't remind me of a hefe weizen. I reently had another wheat wine which did. This is more barleywine that wheat. A backing of sourness prevents it from really coming together.

A lot of interesting flavors here. Fruity, alcohol, spice. A rich beer that is worthy of the barleywine label, but doesn't quite deliver the knockout punch for me. I've had wheat wines which reminded me of hefe wiezen on steroids, but this is closer to a barley based "wine" - just not a flavorful.

The alcohol provides nice warming charchter and the flavors are good...just not great.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cloudy peach hued pour into a tulip containing copious odd sized chunks of suspended particles floating about, topped off with a light beige spotty well maintained head cap, leaving no lace, likely as a result of the ABV.

An instant aroma of vanilla and awl-kee-hawl esters. Nearly reminds me of a hint towards a bourbon barrel aged brew. Deep penetrating coconut scents pervade the bouquet reminiscent of a coconut chocolate candy center. Also, a husky grain like aroma is detectable.

First swigs: Pecan and almond extract awl-kee-hawl esters aim straight at the back corners, that match a coconut flavor pound for pound, edged off with a finish of orange citrous and a hint of banana. A latent sweetness results. Sake flavors become evident as this one warms somewhat. Eventually, if you allow your palate to wander, some Barleywine flavors will sneak up.

Feel is gentle and cushy with a medium body. The high 10.0 ABV% is coolly subdued by the refreshing overall craft.

Last swigs: Coconut macaroon and blended tropical fruit extract sweetness. Hints at bourbon barrel. Loads of subtlety evolve. Quite a feat of brewing trickery. This is going on the list of must try beers. After all is said and done, this is just plain good. A special prize offered from my secret santa Kathleen. Barleywines are a personal favorite and this is a treat as a wheatwine. What a perfect beer to match fish and sushi. Too bad it is rare rounf these Yuenglingville parts.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of walleye
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle poured a copper color with off white head that didn,t stay around to long but left some nice lacing. aroma a musty yeasty, some sourness, grapes, alcohol some malts and hops, honey, and orange that is almost ripe the kind that has that tart flavor to it. flavor, not much compared to the aroma, grapes apples, hints of honey, orange, raisins, malts, hops. for me this is a decent barely wine I have had better, but very drinkable

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Photo of mikeys01
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of MJR, cheers! The Dole poured into my glass a clear orangey amber color, with minimal fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet, wheaty and honey malty, with a hint of alcohol. Taste is quite different than expected, for a barley or wheatwine, but not unpleasantly so. Honey caramel sweet up front, at moments it reminds me of a strong braggot. Then it flops over in to this funky sourdough tartness before bringing out the fruit with notes of juicy orange, a bit of pineapple and banana, maybe some late harvest purple grapes. Wheat character becomes more apparent as the Dole warms a bit and the beer almost takes on a bit of a Belgian character as the malt develops. Body is quite full in part due to the overall apparent sweetness, finishes fairly dry, with a bit of spice and punctuated with an alcohol sharpness. Very interesting beer, a nice change from the norm.

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Photo of Skidz
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light golden-orange and sits a crisp reddish-amber in the glass with a good sized off-white head, fading to the faintest of skim, building up around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is brittle and edgy, big notes of grain-dust and wheat. Toasty, biscuit aromas fall out around hints of caramel and toffee. Some browned apples exist.

Tastes nearly sweet up front with a clever inkling of sourness, along the lines of lemon rinds. Rich toasty malts are dominant, providing ample loads of caramel. Some fruity esters of dates and golden raisins are present. Grassy hop flavors scatter about, providing a nicely bittered finish.

Well rounded mouthfeel, medium-full, smooth with light carbonation. Vaguely gritty and drying.

This beer definately sticks with the New Holland theme of average beers, dying to become something better. Nothing impressive here.

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Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.