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New Holland Paleooza - New Holland Brewing Company

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118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 343
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 343
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly dark golden color with a modest head; the retention wasn't great but there was some decent lacing action

Smell: Modest pithy aromas waft around the caramel malt

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel biscuit backbone that is quickly joined by that pithy bitterness; the two flavors blend nicely through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While it won't knock your socks off, this fits the APA category perfectly and is a great session beer

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was impressed with New Holland's Mad Hatter IPA so I'm interested to see what they can do with an APA. Hazy orangish amber with a dark cream-colored, firmsticky head. A thick disk persists for the (short) life of the beer and thin, concentric rings of lace appear each time the glass is put back on the coaster. So far, so very good.

The nose is classic Cascade grapefruit fruity and is wonderful. Paleooza inches into the lower reaches of the IPA style in terms of flavor, hoppiness and mouthfeel. There's a sweet, lightly caramel-like malt base with plenty of bitter grapefruit and orange zest doing a tap dance across my taste buds.

Malt and hops fight to a draw (although hops get in one solid punch after the bell sounds) with each one present in a greater quantity than one usually sees in this style. The body is medium-full for an APA and the mouthfeel is pleasantly silky and a trifle slick on the finish.

Paleooza is one of the bigger and one of the better APAs that I've had to date. New Holland continues to impress and I can't wait to see what the rest of their lineup has to offer. Thanks to Dogbrick for the bottle.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Hollands first brewed beer pours a light amber/copper with a tight one finger head that settles quickly.Mixed aromas of grassy,herbal hop and dry biscuity malt lets you know this is a well balanced brew,the flavors start out on the malty side some caramel and nut but a nice hit of herbal hop finishes this out nicely.A solid quaffable APA well rounded and enjoyable.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Holland's flagship Paleooza delivers a bright, golden-amber body beneath an inch or so of bright white froth that drops shortly but leaves some nice splashes of lace as it receeds. The aroma offers floral & citrusy Cascade hops over a bready maltiness. The body is medium-light with a fine, crisp carbonation that tingles the tongue and enhances its bitterness. The flavor teeters between floral & citrusy hop flavors and a biscuity & lightly caramel maltiness that's backed by an agressive bitterness. It finishes dry with a splash of floral & citrusy hops that's immediately backed by toasty malt, and then eclipsed by it's bold, lingering bitterness. Quite enjoyable with pizza!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this from Brass Rail, poured chilled from the 12oz into an IPA glass.

The color is dark golden with light haze and thick rocky white head with fine bead and lasting retention with visible carbonation rising. The smell has a slight tropical fruit smell with citrus and lemon zest with slight floral aroma and a mild spice ester. The feel is very thin with medium carbonation and mild bitterness with low sweetness and very dry finish with no alcohol apparent.

The taste has a spice element and citrus from the hops with a mild toasted grain accent and light lemon/tropical flavor with hints of floral hop flaovr with light grassy tinge and mild alcohol as it warms with dry finish and no astringency-nicely balanced. This is a very decent pale I found it refreshing and the hop flavor is balanced well with gently bitter quality for the style.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what a Michigan pale ale is supposed to taste like. But this one tastes a lot like an English pale ale. There is a minimal hop influence going on here. Fairly strong malt base, but not obnoxious. This is pretty well balanced.

10 years ago this may have seemed interesting. Today, I think people will consider it pedestrian.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/15/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, peach, lemon zest, floral, light pine, caramel, biscuit, and light nuttiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, pine, lemon zest, floral, caramel, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral earthiness. Moderate pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, caramel, biscuit, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice complexity of hop and malt flavor; with a great hop/malt flavor balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. Nice hop/malt balance and complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a very pleasant floral hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a pale malt flavor with floral hops in the aftertaste. It goes down easy and finishes bitter and smooth. It has excellent mouthfeel. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine American pale ale. It has good flavor and aroma; a fine sessions ale.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +7.5%

On tap at the Engine Room in Mystic CT
Comes to the table a slightly hazy light golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head. Earthy pine with hints of bready malt. Nice pale but hard to follow that beer'd I just had.

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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 beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Ice tea coloring, misty haze with a full volume display of effervesce. Buff-pale yellowish tint on a scant, whispy quick to dissipate head that is stingy on the lacing.

S: Lemony-lime and citrus, fresh and wet delivery, perfumy.

T: Fresh wet lemony flavor of hops and pale grains. Touches of toasted sweetness, grapefruit with a spicy sweet bite on the finish. Light dry toastedness fade.

M: Mouthful is fairly crisp, luscious malting nice depth to body.

O: Overall a full bodied pale, good rate of carbonation and nice level of fresh hoppiness. Tasty, toasty, hoppy. With a name like paleooza (obviously refering to style) would it hurt if it were a bit more pale based? Dont get me wrong, nice use of speciality grains, fresh and toasty, not at all overdone like many try to do with a pale but....

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Photo of Bighuge
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing golden-orange mix. Small particles in suspension. Slight off white head. Lacing is spotty. Nice pungent hop nose. Citric and piney. Body is about medium and the carbonation is right on. Hop bitterness hits the palate first. Hop flavors are resinous and citric in nature. There's a decent toffee based malt backing as well. Solid APA, if not spectacular.

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy brass or tea tinted gold under a 1” fairly quickly dissipating foam cap.
S: Grassy, resiny hops over lightly toasted malts with traces of biscuit.
T: Pale malts, biscuit, fruit, pear. The flavors are mainly fruit and biscuit to graham cracker that gives way to citrus and leads to a citrus rind bitter finish.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: Refreshing, easy to drink, moderate alcohol.

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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 DrDemento456
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a single of this for 3 bucks at the house of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass.

A - Quite a dark pale ale, somewhat hazy with tiny floaties of sediment. Head is minimal with just a layer of foam that settles to a light ring.
S - Smell is rather sweet with pale malts, earthy hops, and a touch of grain.
T - Somewhat hash grainy tones mixed with bitter earthy hops. Even though its old it does stick to the palate for a while each sip. Not bad just average.
M - Light to medium. Not bad for an aged pale.

Overall it's a pity I couldn't try this fresh because it may have been slightly better for what its worth its a very hoppy bitter earthy and aggressive IPA which needs a bit more balance with malt sweetness,

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant copper with a frothy one inch fairly dense head that lingers, eventually leaving a coating of sticky lacing as it dissipates.

Grain is the predominant aroma, accompanied by pine late, and a metallic note. Slightly bready and floral.

Flavor reveals a deeply toasted, nutty malt backbone, with citrus at the base and a lightly bitter finish. Citrus and floral hops become more predominant, with lemon and perfume countering the initial malt dominance. The finish is fairly earthy.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. The head on this beer never goes away completely.

A very drinkable pale ale, with one note hop flavoring and a good amount of malt character and bittering. Perhaps a little toasty for the style. Carbonation is a little odd, though.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, a goldmine visit to Steve's-University Ave

appearance: pours a hazy dull amber, looks almost like applejuice, a huge foamy beige head forms and makes it's presence felt immediately, a foamy 1/4 cap remains throughout

smell: floral and fresh, sweet fruity malts...apple, lemon, grapefruit and other citrus...hops are herbal and floral, touch of pine

taste: fresh and grassy...sweet fruity malts combine with grassy earthy hops...apple, light apricot, orange, grapefruit, lemon zest. delicate flavours, refreshing

mouthfeel: finishes a touch dry, medium-light body, crisp and clean

drinkability: good session apa

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Photo of barnzy78
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had anything from New Holland in a long time, pours deep golden, mild haze with a foamy, white head, good retention & thick lacing at the top of the glass as the head fades. Citrusy, cascade hop nose, (I always find them to be a bit soapy in aroma & flavor), bready, caramel malt. Tastes are sweet caramel, bread crust, toasty grain, pungent grapefruit rind, faint orange rind. Mouth-feel is creamy & smooth, nearly full bodied, pungent hops linger with some astringency on the finish. Nice balanced APA with good flavors.

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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 tectactoe
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

New Holland brings back an old staple... Paleooza pours a mildly turbid orange-ish and amber color that cascades from top to bottom. A somewhat aggressive pour yields a huge, three-finger eggshell colored foam cap; creamy, thick, and long lasting as it slowly recesses towards the beer-head division line, lacing webs along the glass all the way down.

Cascade hops they give and Cascade hops you get. The nose is ever-mild while retaining all of the expected characteristics of Cascade hops. Mild grapefruit and citrus peels, light white pepper spice, and some mild floral and herbal notes. The malt errs on the darker-side relative to many pale ales as evidenced by the color of the brew, as well as the light caramel and heavy toasted bread notes in the aroma.

The malts are actually the first discernible ingredient from the flavor profile as Paleooza first hits my palate. Very light, toasty caramel notes and a blanket of bread and grains. The hops aren't far behind, and remain as "Cascade-y" in the flavor as they were in the aroma. Somewhat bitter grapefruit peel and citrus pith with just a touch of sweet, fruit juiciness.

Herbal notes and the spicy aspect of the Cascade hops are more abundant on the palate as well, giving lots of white pepper and some ashy dryness that aids in the robustness of the hop profile. Though the bitterness is noticeable much of the way though, the malts counter-balance nicely and the beer remains fairly mild and easy-drinking overall. The mouth feel is kind of thin and slick with a thin-medium body and medium carbonation.

Not too much to say about this one; it didn't really blow me away but it wasn't disappointing or anything at all either. Fairly neutral and actually very well balanced. A solid pale ale effort from New Holland, although they have a few beers I'd reach for before I picked this one up again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste is pale malt and citrus with orange and lemon jumping out. True to style, but very sessionable. Nice mix of bitter and sweet. This could be a go to summer pale ale.

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