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New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

524 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.38% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SupaCelt on 07-20-2005)
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GregoryVII

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used a snifter for the Imperial Hatter. It poured a moderate head that didn't last long and had an amber, light brown color. The smell was grass and pine with a few dandelions thrown into the mix. Malt sweetness was there as well, with light fruit notes.

The flavor had a good balance between sweet and bitter. The middle ground was nutty, like a good southern pecan and before I got to the hop bitters I ran into sweet malt. The hops grow as you sip and the beer warms. It turns into a summer lawn with sugar, alcohol, caramel all jumbled together. The body was medium full with decent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 19:46:44 | More by GregoryVII
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Great lakes snifter.

Pours a small amount of white head. Leaves some lace rings. Color is a dark orange copper. A pretty nice looking dipa.

Aroma: grassy/weedy hops. Big bready malt backbone. It as some fruity notes. Some orange flavors with a bit of grapefruit.

Taste: Grassy hops with some floral notes. Still, fairly malty with a little booze showing. Grapefruit citrus with some fruit notes. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but some smoothness to it. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and sticky. Hop resin feel to it.

Overall, not to drinkable for me. Split 4 ways and I really didn't even want to finish my pour. Just not the IIPA for me. Hops didn't work and it was trying to be something it couldn't be imo.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 04:15:05 | More by mothman
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stewart124

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker copper color with ruby tints and a slightly tan head. The head starts out fluffy and then gradually drifts away. There is a bit of lace.

Soft smells of biscuit and grapfruit. Fairly complex and lots of layers to this imperial ipa.

Big mouthfeel and quite bitter on the sides of the tongue. Plenty of sharp grapefruit and pine from the hops with some fruity esters and medium caramel. Didn't I say this was complex?

This isn't an overpowering hop bomb but a great balance of malts adds to the complexity. Good drinkability and I believe I could put away a few of these before the alcohol snuck up on me. Solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 01:23:26 | More by stewart124
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with an eighth-inch white head that thins out a little but remains full. Decent lacing.
Smell is bready malts and fairly piney hops, with some faint citrus notes. Pineapple and cinnamon notes come in as well, with the malts carrying, taking on a touch of butter and toasted qualities.
Taste is slightly toasted malts with some fairly subdued, piney hops. Alcohol comes in a bit towards the end, but not to a level that's offensive. Mushy citrus notes come in after the front. Finish is quite bitter, with an ample malt representation.
Mouthfeel is fairly flat and sticky at the finish. Medium-light body. Low level of carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. No problem finishing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 00:39:36 | More by Parrotbeak
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass from a 12oz bottle. A thick and creamy head, 2 fingers deep, formed on top of the sunset amber body. The foam receded down to a thin layer, leaving lots of lace behind.

The nose is dominated by hops...piney with a bready backbone. Some malts and (something sweet, maybe) honey are also present.

The first thing to hit your palate is a bitter hop punch. This lasts throughout the drink but turns sweeter toward the finish. The middle is grainy and doughy. Lots of bitter resin in the aftertaste.

The mouth feel is medium, slick and well carbonated.

This is a smooth drinking beer for an imperial IPA...the 9.4% ABV is well hidden. Another nice offering from the guys at NH!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 02:33:36 | More by mgbickel
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semibaked

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A - Pours a great clear dark ruby with light white foam and almost no lacing.

S - Big hops, tropical fruits, and honey type sweetness.

T - Grapefruit flavor and bitterness from the hops, along with citrus rind, and slight pine flavors.

M - light bodied, some resin, and big time carbonation.

D - This is a good DIPA, not in the class as Hopslam or others, but still good tasting, reasonably priced and refreshing, give it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 00:16:41 | More by semibaked
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Mondiale 2010. Hop aromas, emminating from very golden coloured body with a white hjead and lace rings. You can see the carbonation bubbles. Good piney hops and creamy malts, hits the bullseye for the style. But you can detect the a.b.v. Bit above average mouthfeel.A little more drinkable the second bottle courtesy of Christian of Chancey Smith.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 20:10:38 | More by Sammy
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danielharper

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange red with a one-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly. Slightly hazy. Smells strongly of hops, but with a lot of sweetness from residual sugars and a nice bready undertone.

Flavor has strong hop character, with significant sweetness but dry on the back-end. Some yeasty qualities, slightly strange for a DIPA, but not unpleasant. The combination of the sweetness, bitterness, dryness, and malt backbone give a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is moderate, with heavy carbonation and a nice wallop of hops.

Overall a very nice DIPA. Definitely not my absolute favorite from New Holland, but once again they pretty much nail a style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 03:14:53 | More by danielharper
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper hue with a clear body, forms with a light beige khaki tan head leaves behin fine speckled lacing with my first sip. Aromatics offer up citrus peel mainly grapefruit and a bunch of pine accents. Flavor grips the palate with hop harshness and mimimal hop flavor, go figure. Great Lakes hop heads beware this brew is pricey 4 something a single, yes it's worth a nice DIPA but this isn't as worthy as most examples bodied around that region. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied with bitterness left behindall day, the raw hop flavors describe most DIPAs but the palate here is left abused and it's quite the harsh experience. I like me some malt and hop flavor balance to go with my bitterness. Drinkability overall isn't bad but I don't think I will revisit at this pricing.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 06:07:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. 2010 vintage.

color is a deep, transparent, reddish amber. only gave me a thin cap of off white head upon pouring, and that calmed to a thin ring pretty fast. a few legs of lace here and there but not much.

smell is floral and fruity with some grassy notes.

taste is mostly piney bitterness with a bit of carmel malt and a slight alcohol burn in the finish. bitterness hangs on the tongue as it should. honestly, i was expecting a little more here. i guess i don't see what this offers over the regular mad hatter besides higher alcohol content.

on the thicker side of a medium body. could stand a bit more carbonation.

a pretty solid beer, but not one to drink a lot of. the 9.4% seems to catch up with me a lot faster than other high abv beers. worth trying, but i think i'll stick with the regular mad hatter.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 03:53:25 | More by divineaudio
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reefkeeper99

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- deep coppery red with thin 1-finger head that does not linger long. Decent lacing.

Smell- hops, hops, and more hops, with a faint orangey background.

Taste- bold hoppy flavor. faintly citrusy and sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Warms the soul as it goes down. The >9% ABV is well-masked. A good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel- relatively thin, compared to other imperial IPA's. carbonation is restrained. Not too heavy.

Drinkability- good, given high abv. This is not overly heavy or hard to drink. Must be careful not to overindulge, as it would be easy to forget the punch that this beer packs due to it's relatively restrained nature.

Bought this as a single at a local deli/ beer store. Probably won't pick up a case of this, but a sixer isn't out of the question, and it would certainly be good with a sandwich on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 15:27:09 | More by reefkeeper99
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!

A: Pours somewhat clear yellow/orange with moderate head and lace.

S: Aromas are odd - hops with some weird astringency. The beer tastes off. This is a fresh bottle and I don't think it's infected, it's just off.

T: The taste is sharp and biting. The hop bill seems unusual. Perhaps New Holland was trying to be creative or experiment with some different hops, but in my opinion, the result is a failure.

M: Bitter, sharp and astringent.

D: Not the worst beer I have ever had, but also not very enjoyable. This was the only dud of what was a memorable night.

Notes: I would be willing to try this again and re-review if the beer tastes dramatically different.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:15:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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BB1313

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Pours a hazy reddish-brown w/ nice minimal head and nice lacing. Smells of nice citrus, floral hops are subtle but definitely present. This beer is on the maltier side, not overly sweet and not bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. This ones goes down pretty easy, alcohol is well hidden. This is a very solid DIPA.

At $4 for a single 12oz is questionable but this honestly is an awesome DIPA and should be talked about more. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 00:04:23 | More by BB1313
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber with a dark cream head.

Smells is piney and floral hops. Not very aromatic.

Taste is pine and grapefruit hops upfront with a heavy toffee malt middle. Bitter grapefruit at the finish. A little alcohol heat is present at the finish as it warms.

Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight syrupyness. Semi-dry finish.

Enjoyable, although the hop flavors are a bit muted.

5/11/2010

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 13:01:57 | More by sidetracked
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark copper light amber color mostly transparent. An off white head that puts up a ring of lacing an inch above the liquid level. Smells of hops, hops, and subtle hints of spices. Taste is much spicier than the sent and bitter with the hops undertowed by a lightly toasted malt. Pretty sharp feel across my pallet with the spices burning their way down. pretty good beer.
Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:19:05 | More by JordanEllwanger
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MIMicrobrews

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a nice, lighter, mostly clear copper color with a decent head and nice retention on the glass. The aroma is pleasant & aromatic. Some imperial IPAs, you can smell the strength before it even touches your lips; this brew, it's not evident. I get a mild, but prominent floral citrus that pleases my sense of smell, with a malty back that adds a little body. The taste is slightly unbalanced, more hoppy than anything. However, it has a mellowness about it that prolongs hoppy character and consuming enjoyment. Actually, the body is rather light in comparison to some imperial IPAs. In front, I get a nice, citrusy-sweet hop-bitterness and in the back I get a more gritty-bitterness. It's got a nice bite to it with very little-to-no heat. What's impressive is it tastes very close to the original Mad Hatter IPA. To increase the strength, yet keep the taste on par is worthy of hearty cheers and will earn my business. The aftertaste is predominantly bitter. Nothing overwhelming, just a hop bitterness that I've known and loved.

Overall, this is a quality imperial IPA. I like the fact that I get to enjoy it in 12oz portions. It's one of those brews that come across as reliable. With New Holland's consistency in their brewing, I know that every time I pick one of these brews up, I know what I'm going to get and it's going to be good. This brew is a pleasure to drink along with a nice high ABV. On top of that, it's a light enough to enjoy any time of the year. It doesn't have the girth that many Imperial IPAs carry, yet that isn't a bad thing, as this brew is easily consumed and highly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 13:39:58 | More by MIMicrobrews
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enfield249

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark copper red, with honey colored highlights.

S - Malty, grainy and slightly caramel.

T - First thing that hits me is sweet, then some herbal hop flavor that really blooms up.

M - Very strong hop bitterness, cloying, but not unpleasant. Almost no CO2 feeling.

D - Not bad for a IIPA, but very strong alcohol wise, and would make for hard drinkin'.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 01:00:11 | More by enfield249
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You have to say wow to this kind of amazingly powerful brew. It's thick and hoppy and malty and boozy. and all pleasantly so. Sometimes a monster beer like this is in some way nasty. This one is not.

It's almost sinful that they managed to brew up such a nice beer with such monster taste. It's creamy, no bite. The booze is there, but it is nice too. The aftertaste is a wonderful hops and malt mix.

This is yet another one that I surely need to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:49:49 | More by schoolboy
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 5/7/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep coppery color with just a hint of ruby highlights; starts with a firm one finger off-white head with great retention that eventually fades to a full and firm skim; body is pretty clear and shows tons of carbonation; fair washes and spots of lacing are left holding to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Moderate strength of nose -- very bitter hops are right up front and they come across as citric and piney... Not much of a malt backing coming through at all, definitely a hop-forward beer.

Taste: Very bitter hoppiness right up front -- very piney with almost a woody astringency; a bit of a citric aspect follows the pine and combines with a very mild bit of sweet maltiness for just a touch of balance; a very slight hint of alcohol as it warms, but overall it's very well masked for a 9.4% beer.

Mouthfeel: Like a good DIPA should be, the body is of medium weight and a little thick, chewy and creamy; carbonation looks strong, but it comes across quite soft and smooth in the thicker body; a dry stickiness is left on the roof and inside the cheeks; gums are left tingly and the belly is left warm.

Drinkability: Average at best with this one -- the bitterness is great, but I do prefer a bit more of a malt balance in my DIPAs, plus the ABV is approaching 10% so too much of it would be just that... too much. Overall though, it's a very good offering from New Holland and I'll definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 20:37:59 | More by bamadog
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bartle

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brilliant dark orange with a creamy white head that stays and laces nicely. Looks really nice.

The aroma is of pine and clementines up front, followed by some hints of caramel, golden sugar, and a little alcohol from behind. The citrus of clementines had a hint of grapefruit, but not as much as expected. This isn't a citrus bomb. There is a lot of malt in this sucker.

This starts hot and heavy on really pine bitterness. Earthy, grassy, with grapefruit notes that spread on the tongue after a while. There is a warming of alcohol that comes out as being slightly cherry like. The caramel/crystal malts are present giving it a nice balance, and then finishing very dry. This isn't a palate burner but it's cool to see this style of beer lean into the pine rather than citrus.

The mouth feel is a medium to high carbonation, fairly thick, not as full bodied as I expected for the 20P. This is pretty easy to drink, and quite enjoyable.

The tartness in the flavour threw me off a little, but it's a big beer where some of the hops may have warn off a little. who knows. It's still a good one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 20:47:28 | More by bartle
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep orange with a creamy 2-figer head. Excellent retention and lacing. Very nice looking pour!

Nose is more pine than citrus, but both are present. Nice resins waft up from the glass and get much more intense as the beer warms. Nice flower and biscuit backbone.

Very creamy hit, then becomes a large hop bomb. Bitters take a long time to fade. Stays creamy in the finish. Hint of sweetness in the initial hit, but that doesn't last long.

For 9.5%, this is incredibly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 01:02:40 | More by beer2day
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jvmudd01

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer had a deep copper color when poured into the serving glass. I noticed a green tinge at the top when held up to a light. I'm guessing this is the result of the oils added from dry hopping. The aroma was strong and floral. The taste was dominated by floral hops (Cascade?).

This beer was very dry and left very little stickiness on the roof of the mouth. Overall drinkability is good. I could only finish one before the hops dominated my palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 12:40:14 | More by jvmudd01
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, vintage 2010. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper/orange color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stick around for too long. However, there was a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) hops and a bit of caramel malt. It tastes mostly like citrus (grapefruit) hops along with some pine hops. I don't taste much (if any) malt at all. With that being said, the hops are strong but not overpowering. There's also a good bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit crisp and is well carbonated. It's also a bit coating, too. Drinkability is good, it's enjoyable and easy to drink. All in all, I think this is a good DIPA. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 23:15:59 | More by bluejacket74
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. One more from Jeff, the inimitable, the mythic, the AleWatcher. Thanks again, Jeff!

Pours a hazy dark copper with very little head - half-finger of off-white suds at most , quickly fading to a thin group of bubbles in the middle of the glass. decent lacing though.

Nose is very reserved, hard to pull out - what's there is a bit soapy, some faint grapefruit. Not much to speak of initially, grows a bit bolder as it warms with some toasty caramel malt coming through alongside the grapefruit.

Taste, however, isn't bad. It isn't great by any stretch, but an improvement over the nose. Still a bit soapy, plenty of pine in the flavor, big prickly bitterness over a solid caramel foundation that provides an underlying sweetness and just a bit of toastiness. More bitterness than flavor from the hops is an issue only partially corrected by the solid malt foundation. Not bad, certainly, but not exemplary either.

Mouthfeel is prickly from the hops, light but stinging carbonation in a slightly syrupy body. Long finish with a nice, lingering bitterness.

Drinkability isn't bad, but like most of this beer's attributes, isn't great either. Bitterness sits on the tongue on the finish, which hinders the experience a tad, and the flavor isn't all that intriguing either. On the bright side, the alcohol is actually hidden fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 18:52:31 | More by JohnQVegas
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Pencible

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark gold with moderate off-white head. It smelled like earthy caramel malt, with a little lemon hops. It tasted like earthy roasted malt and caramel, with some lemon and herbal hops. It was somewhat thick with decent carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was surprisingly not hoppy. It tasted like a 2 year old IPA, but my bottle was fresh. It had decent body and hid the alcohol quite well, so it was easy enough to drink. But I'm just not impressed by this brew. Needs a lot more hops to keep up with most other modern double IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 17:57:47 | More by Pencible
New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.