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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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633 Ratings
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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 56
Gots: 58 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
A barleywine-style ale made with 50% wheat malt (a wheatwine) aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2003)
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Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchsed from CBX in Charleston, SC.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with hints of booze-soaked pears and apricots.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Syrupy caramel malt flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip a good deal of medium fruit flavors - pears and apricots as in the aroma with very mild amounts of dried plums. The ending is on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness augmented by the wheat and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I don't think this beer did itself any favors by straddling the line between barleywine and wheatwine. Definitely not a bad beer but it's not worth seeking out.

glid02, May 03, 2010
Photo of dfillius
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright, another wheatwine! Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of cream colored head with fair retention. Hazy reddish-brown. More head please.

S: Raisin, cinnamon, toast. Smells very sugary, could there be some unfermented sugar left over?

T: Savory almost. Ghostly alcohol is breathy. Slight ester. Very bready, slightly spicy. Boozy. Odd and not my favorite. Best as it warms to ~55 degrees. Interesting slight chocolate comes through at that point.

M: Booziness is surprisingly restrained. Lukewarm but not hot. Syrupy.

D: I am enjoying my pint. Only might order again or buy again.

dfillius, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007.

Named after the assistance (free bread and ale rations) given to wayfarers on holy pilgrimages in early 14th cen- tury England. We scored a couple of extra cases after our American Beer Fest in June 2006. Loved it then, but we've been dying to try it after some cellaring.

Pours pretty damn thick; mildly syrupy, with thick, fluffy, off-white head and excellent lacing and retention. Wonderful cascading carbonation up front, but once the chaos settles, the bubbles seem to struggle in the murky brown-and-orange depths of this brew. Impressive. Quite alcoholic in the nose. Toffee, overripe pine- apple, floral hops, and charred raisins. Thick, smooth and viscous on the palate. Massive malt body and presence. The syrupy texture seems to glide across the palate with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, golden syrup, hints of candied pineap- ple, and rich, toasty flavors. Boozy and fruity. Rum-soaked raisins. A smack of bit- terness helps to break things up, pricking the palate with an aggressive spiciness and a slightly wheaty twang. Vodka notes. Big, lingering sweetness; toasty toffee notes, with a foundation of alcohol heat and spice in the finish.

If this was life on the dole, we'd be two very happy pilgrims. Enjoy on its own, in a snifter. Serve slightly cool, but allow the beer to warm and unfold.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of brdc
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 4-5 year old vintage small bottle kept under proper conditions in my cellar. This one keeps getting better and better, although I think it has now peaked. From notes.

Some haziness in this dark copper body, with a small but decent head for the age and ABV. Nice lacing, oily.
The aroma is really nice, lots of caramel, with some mild booziness that has mellowed down quite a lot over the years. Hoppiness is still present but now well balanced, fruity and floral.
Full bodied, with a mostly sweet, caramel and butterscotch flavors, but well balanced by the still noticeable fruity hoppiness and brandy like booziness.
A very good beer, which has aged quite nicely, with very well integrated flavors.
Interesting to see, after I finished my review that the BA I shared the bottle with, alcstradamus, gave the same overall score.

brdc, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 5 year old vintage 12 oz. bottle shared by brdc. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear copper color with a sliver of head. The aroma is a potent dose of caramel maltiness and a floral/citrus hop combination. The flavor is heavy on butterscotch and caramel malt sweetness. The finish is bready. Very smooth after 5 years in the bottle but the alcohol is still noticeable as a background complexity. The body is nearly full and the carbonation is low but sufficient for the style. Overall I have to say that this beer surprised the heck out of me and I thought the butterscotch flavors were particularly noteworthy. Drinkability is good because I would love to be able to have this again soon, although after only around 4 oz. I was satisfied.

alcstradamus, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of trbergman
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep red-orange color with a thin ecru head. 4

S - Rich caramel and toffee with some apple. There's also a slight sherry-like note of oxidation.

T - Sweet and chewy, with tastes of baked apple and caramel. Some spicy clove phenolics and the suggestion of banana remind me that this is a wheatwine. I wish I could have tried this on the fresher side, as now this is closer to a true barleywine than I would like. Bitterness is moderate, enough to cut through the sweet caramel fruitiness. Some mellow booziness picks up as this warms.

M - Very smooth and mellow, with warm alcohol contributing to a nice, full body.

D - Overall a pretty good beer, though the booziness makes this a bit of a challenge to finish. I would drink it again if I had a friend or two to split the bottle.

trbergman, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of manahansf
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy deep amber color with some subtle orange highlights. The brew is crowned with a thin yet creamy off-white head which disapates quickly into a very thin lacing which remains on top of the beer til the end. The aroma is a big and bold nose of oaky vanilla with a grainy malt and vinous background. The aroma is echoed in the drink with vanilla, malty graininess, and a slight vinous flavor flow slowly through the viscous body. All though there is a touch of a carbonation sting on the tongue, the carbonation level only moderately high. The finish emphasizes the oak and vanilla flavors while it begins to warm. The end is not clean but instead lingers on with a slight sweetness and continued warmth.

manahansf, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at New Holland.

A dark golden brown color. Smells a sweet mixture of fruits and spices. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Taste is heavy on alcohol, and is a highly sweet combination of cloves, vanilla, raisins, bananas, and other fruits it is hard to put a finger around. This was a pretty interesting beer that I'd like to try again.

webmanspidey, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a vase: deep, clear amber with 2 fingers white head, golden-orange highlights, stalactite lacing.

Smells of toasty & sweet caramel malt with a serious "barleywine" character, struggling with how to describe it: has notes of peppermint, estery, fried banana, buckwheat pancakes & maple syrup. Buttery -- that's it, buttery pancakes with syrup. Just a tiny bit of chalkiness. Overall awesome smell that built with warming.

Taste holds all the debate described in the aroma, but distilled into syrup & alcohol. One point in the aftertaste is like pure caramel. Delicious, but kind of boiled down & not quite as complex I'd imagined.

Feels full with a mild bite but otherwise very smooth. Again, a "coolness" in the aftertaste, reinforcing the suggestion of mint.

Very tasty & rich. I was looking for the wheat throughout, & the fried banana was the only thing point to it. Hides the booze well, but with a beer this big & packed, one is plenty.

OneDropSoup, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of THORN
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 Fl.Oz. bottle poured into dt snifter. Served 40-45 F.
A: Cherry brown. Pours thin head and retains only around edges. CO2 bubbles from bottom of snifter. Leaves sticky lacing around snifter.
S: Caramel, toasted bread, and citrus.
T: Dark citrus filled hops. Robust sweet toasted malts. Wheat is noticeable, but overwhelmed by barley. Alcohol very apparent. Coconut and raisins lead into dry lingering bitterness
M: Alcohol sweeps across mouth with a gentle warming. Slight syrupy texture.
D: Big body matches strong alcohol character.

THORN, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a standard pint glass at the Barley House - Algonquin, IL.

Poured a deep amber with reddish hues. Cream colored head held pretty good retention and left some nice ringed lacing on the glass. Aromas and tastes were similar with a large dose of malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Some mild fruity esters were notable, but not distinguishable. Alcohol is noticeable by its warming ability, but not in taste. Overall, I really enjoyed sipping this one down. It didn't blow me away, but definitely recommendable.

barnzy78, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled from 2007. Beer is dark brown and really hazy. Forms a thick head of large bubbles that falls away to almost nothing leaving behind a lot of lacing. Carbonation is low (lower than it should be). Bubbles, small to medium, rise slowly through the beer. The resulting head is thin and white made of medium sized bubbles.

Aroma of the beer is primarily alcohol and malt. I'm not getting many esters or fruits as I would expect.

This beer is thick and has a full bodied character to it. There is almost a coconut like character to the flavors. Very sweet but its a little overwhelming. Mouthfeel is ok. There is no aftertaste. Its a really heavy beer and drinkability suffers. There is almost no bitterness and there is a strong malt / grain sweetness to it almost like a barleywine. Actually, it tastes a lot like liquor. Not my favorite wheatwine but I'm glad I tried it.

drabmuh, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of kegger22
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Holland Pilgrim's Dole Wheatwine is an opaque dark amber with a tiny beige head that displays little retention.

The aroma is caramel sweet malt and very boozy.

The taste is the same boozy caramel malt, very sweet and chewy. Quite a bit like a barleywine, in fact, I'm searching for the wheat's influence on taste and cannot find it.

The mouth feel is full bodied, oily and with very minimal carbonation. It is smooth despite the heavy alcohol taste.

The drinkability is decent considering the high ABV.

Difficult to judge this one to style, being the first, and the wheatwine description being a little nebulous. Compared to the barleywines that I've had, it is barely in the upper half of 13. I guess it just comes down to the fact that I liked it.

kegger22, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Consistent with most barleywine style ales, albeit a bit lighter. Deep amber is pleasantly sitting in chalice.

S: Very consistent with barelywine styles. Thick sugar and malt smell, much like figs and raisins but to a lesser degree.

T: Big and rich. I get huge vanilla and oak immediately. Followed by the rich malty, burnt sugar and fig taste. There is an alcohol here that is detectable, but appropriate for the style. The spiciness of the wheat creates an exceptional character while creating less darkness and a lighter vibrancy to the ale.

M: Viscous yet not syrupy. This is where this ale shines down. To me, a lot of barleywines are rich, almost syrupy. While this wheatwine is lightly carbonated, it does not seem too thick. An outstanding balance between malt/alcohol/CO2.

D: I'm almost halfway through my first pour and I'm already feeling it. This one will take a while to consume, definitely a respecting beer. I wouldn't want two in row. I like changing it up, especially from a beer so rich and flavorful. No need to be a glutton on this beer.

O: The vanilla oak and light spiciness balanced on the malty, fig-like back bone are what this beer is all about. It almost reminds of rye used at this concentration. Interestingly, I notice the hops last, somewhat unusual, but welcome to the style. This is my first wheatwine, but one of many barleywines. Snatch one up, you'll be glad you did if you like big, rich, tasty ales.

MaltyHoppyGood, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a light amber with a sparse head. Big malt aroma with some caramel, a bit of hops and a little alcohol. Big malty body, warming, but not hot with alcohol. Toffee and caramel in the flavor. Decent amount of hop bitterness to balance the malt. Maybe a little lighter bodied than a typical big barleywine. I didn't get a lot of wheat characteristics. Nice beer.

homebrewhawk, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of wnh
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darkish amber with a small, fleeting dark cream head.

Aromas of oxidized apples, raisins, molasses, and butter--but not as an off flavor. Sweet and rich, and gets better as it warms.

Thick and almost cloying on the palate, with a bit of chewiness that doesn't really work with the flavor profile. Sweet buttery caramel dominates, with more oxidized apples and light buttered toast. Lingering hop bitterness, but little discernible hop flavor. Quite a lot of hot alcohol coming through, but lessens as the beer warms.

I was not a fan of this beer at all upon the first few sips, but after it sat around for an hour or so it was remarkably better. I recommend doing the same.

wnh, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure exactly what to make of this. Perhaps it's just too unusual a style for me to get my head around.

Pours deep amber with a lazy head. Smell is plumy and raisiny. Flavor is carmellized, slightly sour, sugary sweet. Mouthfeel is viscous and thick and flat. Alcohol punch is obvious, with a syrupy character. Not particularly good.

Seanibus, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New Holland Pilgrim's Dole
New Holland Brewing Company
Style: Wheatwine
ABV: 10.00 %

Thanks to "kstrickler" for an awesome trade, and landing this one fo rmy wheatwine homebrew research!

Apperance had good head & retention when served in a mug with aggresive pour. It had liitle to no head or lace when enjoyed froma snifter with same type of pour (pour #2) from the 22oz bottle.
Color was medium/dark copper in color.
Smelled of bold dark caramel malts, with notes of dark fruits and some booze wafting in... Almost like an Imperial Belgain Dubbel with less spice.
Tastes as it smells with dark caramel/toffee/fruit notes. Noticeable high abv on palate. Little to no wheat character on palate which is strange since it's listed as 50% of the malt bill.
Mouthfeel is med+ body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability is less than I would have hoped. It's much more barleywine-esque, than it is wheatwine in my opinion. I would like to see/taste much more wheat character in this offering to be called a wheatwine IMO. I would prefer the abv to hidden a bit more, but this is less of a concern. It's not a bad brew from NH, it's just not the best rep of a wheatwine in my opinion. I would like to see a hybrid of this approaching more of a Weyerbacher Fourteen and/or Don De Dieu characteristics to rep the wheat backbone accordingly.

unclejimbay, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that when my glass was poured, it was far too cold to do justice. BY the time that it warmed, the head had reduced to wisps. Color was a slightly cloudy amber. Nose had a rich sweetness, kind of like caramel. Mouthfeel was medium with a taste like liquid toffee. OMFG, was this good! A bit of heat in the mouth, but it was forgivable. The finish was warm, semi-sweet and perfect for a late-fall evening.

woodychandler, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark tan colored head, lots of larger bubbles yet avoids retention problems, the lacing has about average stickiness. Glowing reddish hues make room around the rims for deep amber orange coloration, very light haze doesn't mess up the general transparency too much, Extremely sweet nose of caramel, brown sugar, molasses and milk chocolate, fresh butter too, rum raisin ice cream, light nuttiness, however, there's not much wheat, grain or anything deeply hop derived, plum, cherry, apricot fruit scents all sweet too. Full-bodied, for its large size and general heaviness, the carbonation is fine and full of pinpoint prickles. Very boozy and alcoholic, you feel a buzz right off the bat. While there's some dryness at the end, again, sweet and almost like a "dessert beer," piles on the molasses, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla bean, milk chocolate, you name it. Poached pear, apricot, plum fruit with notes of raisins and dates. Creamy and once more without that much hoppy qualities, more like cereal and granola. Glazed orange peels. Again the comparison to rum surfaces. While it is fairly pleasurable to drink it only has a narrow band of uses, I'd say a tawny port for beer drinkers.

farrago, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a burnished copper color with a modest head and leaves a healthy dose of lace

Smell: Rather sweet aroma with hints of toffee and fruit

Taste: Opens with a sweet, bready flavor with dark fruit and nutty elements developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet flavors blend with the wheat bread, though the profile is very much like a barleywine

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More like a barleywine than other wheatwines I have tasted, this is still a rather nice beer though it is just a tad too sweet

brentk56, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of thryn
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely dark copper, with good clarity and a finger of off-white head that recedes quickly, leaving a film atop the beer.

It's sweet in the nose, with some noticeable alcohol. I'm getting dark honey and raisin primarily.

Delicious! There is definitely a honey-raisin sweetness to it, a strong hit from the alcohol, but it's not overly boozy. Bitterness provides balance, but it's not a hoppy bitterness. A bit of dark dry chocolate, but subdued. I'm getting a little clove on the palate also. Very nice.

Slick and spicy, sticky but fairly dry finish. Low carbonation.

Probably my favorite wheatwine I've had, not that I've had many!

thryn, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of everetends
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber I picked up at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC for $8.99 a bottle. Was stoked to see New Holland in stock, so I had to get the wheatwine. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pors a very dark orange in color. Kinda freakin me out a bit. This looks damn near brown, and glowing orange brown tends to scream barleywine to me . . . not wheatwine. Held to the light, a little bit of golden yellow peeks through, but barely. A pretty agressive pour gets me just a minimal amount of white head, but that stuff is gone as quickly as it showed up. No real lace going on here. The only thing good about the appearance is the color, but that is a bit off as well. Hmmm.

S: Smell is pretty nice. Picking up some nice and heavy boozy notes first and foremost. This is a pleasant booze, not an over the top booze aroma. A little woody and sweet. Picking up some dark raisin and touch of rum. Behind that I am getting some good doses of caramel. Stay a bit sweet but also has a nice nuttiness to it as well (pecans and hazelnut). Finish is some piney hop notes. Just a minimal wheat presence with that banana I so desperately want. All in all, it may be different, but it smells damn good.

T: Hmmm, yet again I am worried. This starts off with a good amount of caramel sweetness. Not what I expect from a wheat beer, yet alone a wheatwine. Booze is light and adds a little bit of rum spice in here. Ever so slight banana presence, fruit flavor is dominated by a bit of raisin. This beer has an underlying yet persistant flavor, and that is salt. Its almost like light salt flavor you can pick up on the stuff band aids are made off. Very wierd. Bothering me actually. Its drinkable and interesting, but wierd.

M: Medium bodied brew that has some slickness to it. ABV is present, has a nice warmth to it for sure. Good warmth in the tum tum. Carbonation is light, allowing the beer to have some wieght. This beer remains pretty much sweet but the aftertaste is dominated by that salt flavor.

D: Well, its not bad. I can say that, not bad. Its not great though. I was expecting more out of this. I wanted those big wheat flavors with a heft of banana to it, but this beer doesn't have it. This is absolutely more of Barleywine rather than a wheatwine. I am just not getting the wheat on the level I should be. Ah well, I was bound to run into a wheatwine I wasn't too keen on, and this is it. I can drink it, but I wouldn't say its making me tap my toes or anyhing. Meh . . .

everetends, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a stemless snifter.

Pours a deep dark ruby, very nice. No head or lacing at all. Nose is very boozy, sweet and malty.

Taste is very sharp and strong with light carbonation. Very sweet and boozy however for a wheatwine it's surprisingly fruity and floral. It's pretty decent.

kingcrowing, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightful wheatwine.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Nice evocative, wandering, granola design. It´s another kind of pilgrim.... Back narrative with a note about the brew itself, barely touching on the history of the name and intent, basic ingredients, and highlighting the kind of pleasurable experience about to be had. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, does not shows IBUs or Alc. by Vol. but displays °Plato (25°). Served on a snifter.

A - Medium to deep amber color, with a nice caramel transparency. Substantial creamy head with great retention and minimal lacing. Goes down to a thin memory on the surface and a persistent ring.

S - Sweet maltiness with a wheat embrace, dried fruits, and a vanilla like echo. Soft alcohol notes in the background.

T - Smooth sweetness, caramel and bready malt with that vanilla resonance, and a woven mesh of wheat. Alcohol lingers softly as one progresses with the bottle with caramel hints.

M - Creamy feel, soft with the right carbonation to take you through . It is there but not intrusive at all.

D - Very drinkable. A great sipper, easy and memorable to enjoy slowly.

Notes: One of the best, probably the best, tasting of the style I've had. And something worth revisiting often, this by far is not my first try and it does not disappoint a bit in any of them. Some have mentioned how interesting it might be to see this oak aged (which I believe they have do or have done in the past), and I can totally see the potential of that. For me this has a vanilla undertone resemblance that could be tremendous in the right barrel. It may also lean quite a bit to barley wine characteristics with wheat notes, which after all is what a wheat wine is sort of meant to be. But being unorthodox can't never be a problem with a brew this pleasing.

Daniellobo, Oct 07, 2009
New Holland Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
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