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New Holland Paleooza - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland PaleoozaNew Holland Paleooza

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118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 342
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-23-2002

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank from the bottle, so I can't comment on looks. I picked it up on a whim because I liked the bears on the label. (Different label than the one posted on this site at the time of this posting.)
Smelled of nothing special, your average hoppy smell.
Tasted of moderate carbonation with a moderate bitter aftertaste I find common with most ale's. Goes down smooth.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

12oz bottle purchased for $1.79. Hazy yellow, orange maybe. Aroma was this odd vegetal greenness, line celery. Flavor was slightly bitter, hops, then that weird flavor. Overall pretty average and I don't know how they are going to make it here in CO with so much competition on the shelves.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have a tough time believing this brew is all Cascade. The nose reminds me of a lot of poor efforts from Goose Island and of Two Brothers Clark St. Ale House contract brew. You know that hops-gone-wrong smell? I guess you could describe it as sweetned bile. It leaves me longing for fruit and flowers.

On the palette, New Holland Paleooza just won't deliver. A little herbal, a little green, mostly this beer tastes like a light hop tea and washed out fast. The yeast dominates and offers a sort of styrofoam flavor that yields to a latent malt sweetness, but this beer is, overall, quite dry.

The mouthfeel is foamy, but smooth, and makes the beer taste stale. Cascades do eventually show up, far after the finish, lingering and redeeming this beer. Quaffable, I suppose, but probably the most uninteresting "flagship" craft beer I've had yet.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

This has been floating around since at least 2002? Where's it been hiding? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, light grass, powdered sugar, and some very light bits of orange zest. The taste brings in more of the same, with an odd vegetal flavor pervading the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, not my cup o' pale ale tea, partially due to the meekness of everything, but especially due to the vegetable-laden character near the end.

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Photo of abents
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden color, red hints. Small white head, no lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops overwhelm your nose.

Taste: Very ehh... Sharp citrus hops than smooth out with sweet malt and makes for a pretty nice finish. Nothing too spectacular, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: light to medium good carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable beer, drink a 6 easy.

Overall I wasn't that impressed. I would rather drink a multitude of other pales as opposed to this, but what do I know.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow color beer, 1" off white head, the liquid has a good degree of clarity to it. The smell is lacking of dry hopping or hop character. If anything, its more herbal than hoppy.

The flavor is pretty much bland biscuit malt. Some cascade hops are used, sparingly. Gives off the faintest hint of citrus and bitterness. Tea like notes picked up. Carbonation was a little lazy. Not digging the herbal tea floral components of this one, just want hops and some malt please.

Mouthfeel was just same minor grapefruit notes, and grandma's tea. I liked a few of these guys beers, but this one just is as blase as pale ales get. Not bad, but not good.

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Photo of rangerred
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is some random code on the bottle but it means nothing to me in terms of a bottling date.

Pours a hazy dark copper with a quick half finger white head that is then gone. Just a few random splotches of lacing and head.

The aroma is fairly weak but I can pick out some light tropical fruit along with a touch of pear and peach. Can't really detect any malt at all.

The flavor has more fruit than the aroma but is still on the weak side. I feel this beer might have some age on it. Nice juiciness that is really leaving me yearning more a bit more. Turns into some pine closer to the finish. Just a touch of bread in the background. Bitterness is on the moderate side with a light mouthfeel.

Overall, I feel this could be a respectable APA when it is fresh but it falls off quickly. I need to try to find a fresher sample.

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Photo of cokes
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dandelion hued under a white milky froth.
Nose full of Cheerios squeezed with lemon.
Begins with the same cereal sense, grainy and plain. Things improve with subtle influxes of honey. Hopping is limited but provides a lightly piney, lemon rind tartness. This boasts Cascades on the label, but it hardly seems so. Whatever though. The bottom line is that this is overly straightforward and uninteresting.
Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. At this point I've lost interest.
No nuance here other than the rather strange mixture of flavors.
Quite drinkable if nothing else. But as far as APAs go, there are scores and scores that I prefer to this.

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Photo of Jason417
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Average head, gold/amber hue, good clarity. No notable smell. Flavor is distinctly APA, Hop dominant with few other notes. Good sweetness, balanced flavor, lingering hop flavor on the tongue. This is a beer that would go well with rich, flavorful foods.

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Photo of marcellaproust
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty, lacey head. Golden brown-hued honey color. This APA is completely unobtrusive, which in my opinion makes it a boring, uninteresting drink. Smell is lightly hop and vegetal; taste is straight up hoppy and bitter tang. Finish is a subtle wood taste: almost the same as when you've been chewing on a toothpick past its point of recognition--probably the most interesting taste of a veritably pedestrian beer.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All in all, a slightly above-average pale ale, this brew oozed out of the bottle with qa darker-than-golden colour. The head was somewhat legitimate, with some foam to speak of, only to fade to a light lace therafter. The aroma had some notes of hops and some background sweetness, but not enough to get this hophead in a tizzy. A decent pale ale, all in all.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of aaronh
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy deep golden body is topped by a thin off white head. Head retention is very good, as the thin layer of foam maintains for most of the duration of the beer. Aroma has hints of bubble gum amidst a strong hop floral aroma. Not as "Fresh" smelling as many beers. Flavor is light and crisp, with a moderate bitterness. A touch of hoppy sweetness accents a light caramel malt flavor. Overall, there's a lot of hop flavor here, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough malt to really balance it out. Bitterness seems to build as I work my way through the glass. Mouthfeel is average, again lacking any real substance. Drinkability is OK, but not as enjoyable as many APAs.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faded orange color with about a half finger of white head that dies rather quickly. Bit piney and citrusy on the nose.

A little boring but clean and with good flavors. Bit of soapy hop up front, Medium body that stays consistent and full throughout, faint fruitiness underneath it all. Slight bitterness to balance it all. Again, a little boring, but pretty clean with well layered flavors. In a 4 pack though? Eh, probably wouldn't get it again for that reason.

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Photo of robhbest
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter.

P: Dark Amber, small head, kind of disappointing.

S: Light citrus, slight grassy smell.

T: Biscuity, grassy with a bitter finish.

M: Good carbonation

O: Kind of disappointed in this beer. Can think of many other APA's i'd rather indulge in. With the price of 2.50 per bottle i'll probably seek other things instead. Which sucks because I really enjoy New Holland so much. They missed the mark on this one.

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Photo of Tone
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, slight earthy malt, hint of sugar, hint of grass, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, earthy malt, hops, pine, slight grass, and slight sugar. Overall, decent appearance and feel, but weak body, blend, and aroma. The exaggerated sugariness is unfavorable.

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Photo of semihobo
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ozer, no date.

First few in the six-pack foamed up like crazy, filling up two pint glasses with foam on half a beer. This one, poured very carefully, produces little head. Hrm... A great deep orange color, though. Opaque and extremely appealing. The lace settles into a perfect six-pointed star snowflake, maybe I will call my local news channel.

Smell is muted, with some piney hops and amber malt notes. Grainy.

Taste showcases Cascades. Malts are typical although flavorful for the style. Mostly floral, somewhat bitter toward the finish. It is like an APA+, a heavy hitter for the style.

Mouthfeel is thick, carbonation is heavy. It works.

I could drink a lot of these, it's a pretty decent APA, above average. The way the first two blew up after sitting still in the fridge for days was piss poor.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a four pack of New Hollands Paleooza a few days ago for $8.79 at Meijer's. I haven't seen this one around before and I'm pretty sure this is the first time New Holland has bottled this beer, so I decided to take a chance on it, lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I'm sure it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The Label looks ok, but it could look better, I'm not really sure what makes a Michigan Pale Ale different from an American Pale Ale, but it seems like they are just using that to help market the beer. It poured a slightly hazy darker golden color that took on some amber hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of dense white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a good amount of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, the color is little dark for the style, but the head and lacing were really nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of sweetness followed by some grainy and bready malts that had a slight caramel malt aroma to them and there was also a slight metallic aroma in the background. Up next comes hops that are nice mixture of floral, piney and ctirus hops aromas that's on the medium side with grapefruit and floral pine aromas sticking out the most. This beer had a nice aroma, it was pretty balanced, but it would be better without the slight metallic aroma.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by some grainy and bready malts with a slight nutty taste in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart some floral and citrus hops that were a little on the lighter side and they imparted a medium amount of bitterness with a grainy and floral hop like aftertaste. The taste is nice, it's pretty balanced and it's not overly bitter.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, crisp, slightly refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a solid example of the style, it had some nice balance to it that often get neglected in most new American Pale Ales and I thought that was a pretty redeeming quality. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth and slightly refreshing, but the flavors didn't do the best of holding my attention, I could probably drink a couple of these, but I don't think that's something I would choose to do, there's many other APA's I would rather session. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, no aspect was to overpowering and the bitterness was at just the right level. What I liked the least about this beer was that it comes in a four pack, I think it should be in a six pack, Pale Ales like this generally don't get the four pack treatment and this one shouldn't either. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's not a good value and the packaging really isn't conducive to the style, but I do recommend it to anyone who likes the style. All in all I thought this was a Solid APA, but it's nothing special and it doesn't warrant being put in the four pack. It's not a bad beer by any means, it just not something I would buy on a regular basis and I think New Holland could have marketed this beer much better, it's solid but there's room from improvement.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. No freshness dating evident. Pours a dull honey color with a hazy clarity and a tight, quarter inch, off-white head that eventually settles into a consistent slick. Swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting and exhibit excellent retention. Nose expresses floral notes and a hint of citrus. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a light, toasted malt backbone and a trace of cardboard. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a pleasant, even carbonation and a hint of acidity. Overall, not bad but I think it may be a bit past its prime as evidenced by the cardboard quality in the flavor profile.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Darker amber pour, with a thin white head that retained as a small ringlet; nice lacing. Aroma of toasted bread, caramel malts, light grassy hops. Taste was more on the malty side, toasted bread, caramel malts with a surprising amount of roastiness, with light citrus and grassy hops taking a back seat. Medium body, quite drinkable, but not exactly what I'm looking for in the style. Still pretty good overall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Resurrected from the days of old, New Holland reaches into the coffers of early days and pulls out Paleooza- a well-balanced American Pale Ale that hits the moderate stride of the style with consistency and a great deal of satisfaction.

Starting with the stalwart appearance of slightly hazed copper, the ale builds a frothy ivory-stained foam. With solid staying power and broken lace, the beer casts the quintessential look of American Pale Ale.

Balanced aromas of hops and malt align on the nose, neither allowing the other to pull ahead. The result is a scent of caramel-soaked citrus fruits, toasted barley, pecan, and straight-up Grapenuts cereal.

On cue, the taste does similarly as the malt sweetness lays on the early palate with the caramel taste that slowly develops into a grainy-sweet balance late. Layered upon the malts are the hop contributions- white grapefruit, citrus peel, and soft pine notes to balance the beer mid-palate. With very little influence from fruit notes or spices, the taste is all about the even-keel balance of hops to malt.

Medium bodied through and through, the soft carbonation rises from residual malt textures for a creamy upstart but a malty-dry finish that's accentuated by moderate hop resins, alcohol warmth, and trailing sweetness.

I can see where Paleooza would have been the epitome of Pale in the early New Holland days. Where the ale falls to simply another well made ale, it does little to remain memorable. Nevertheless, the beer is a pleasant and refreshing ale that's well suited for a vast array of American cuisine.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a hazy complexion and amber in color. The lingering head is small.
Aroma is mostly grains and malts, not much in way of malts.
Taste is unflavorful and bland with raw grains and some malts. The ending is a sharp bitterness.
To me it was a rather boring beer that lacked flavor,

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Photo of schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While this is an interesting, high quality pale, is a major disappointment over priced.

It looks nice in the glass. Nice and orange. The aroma is weak but good. The taste is a nice balance and it is amazingly creamy.

It is missing the characteristics of the style, the crispness, the bite. Generally, it is a terrible value.

Having bought this again on the strength of other New Hollands, I still agree with my previous ratings. The taste is a rich creamy take on the style, but for this price I expect to be blown away, and this is hardly that good. Now the pendulum swings the other way - I will AVOID New Holland brews. Too bad I just bought an expensive monster brew of theirs to stick in my aging bin. They need to discontinue this to regain me as a customer.

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Photo of peterittenhouse
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite what I expected. Poured into glass with super fluffy head. Had to wait to pour as the head was so big. I think this beer has been around a while

First smell was of nice malt aroma as I tried to figure this one out.

The label boasted of the Cascade hops in this brew but I never quite figured out where they came in...

All in all, this was an OK brew that I think might have been a little long in the tooth. Lots of things floating in this beer but am not sure if it is bottled conditioned. Not a bad brew but not a true representation in my opinion.

I need a fresh sample. Not what I would expect from an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Gary's in Wayne last week. I hadn't had anything from New Holland in quite a while and I figured this would be a welcome alternative to the West Coast APA's that I'm accustomed to. This wasn't that much different than them and I'm glad that there were only 4 of these in the pack, as this was a beer that didn't warrant anything bigger in terms of packaging.

The pour to this was typical - a light almond hue, somewhat decent head, and nearly no lacing to be seen. Lots of grapefruit and cascade hops in the nose with just as much in the taste, if not more. The bitterness was astringent, but not warming, and there wasn't any hop burn to last in between sips as well. While not a bad beer, there wasn't much of anything memorable to hold onto here and the carbonation wasn't enough to scrub my palate clean during my session. This was a very basic Pale Ale that needed more flavors and oomph to it.

At least the alcohol was somewhat light and if I wanted to have another one in a sitting, that wouldn't be a difficult thing to do. With so many of these on the shelf, I thought that this would have stood out a bit more. It's only worth a go if you can't get enough of these beers, but be forewarned - one of these at a time is just about enough for anyone.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent if mild citrus and hops aroma. Nice, crisp, and easy going, which is what I look for in a pale ale flavor. I could see this being a good beer for a day at the lake.

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New Holland Paleooza from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.