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New Holland Envious - New Holland Brewing Company

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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 20.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 04-07-2010)
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Photo of jlindros


3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, or maybe I should say no-thanks to John D. for this one, vintage 2010.

Very light head, semi clear dark marroon rosy brown color.

Nose sweet malts and syrup, weird fruits, light raspberry, pear, lighter dark reddish malts, fruit juice light apple juice.

Taste fruit juice, pear, apple, light grape, raspberry, light syrupy malts, sticky extract, no real malts, watery, light iffy syrup on the finish, little sticky and gritty.

Mouth is lighter with little carb.

Overall meh,

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 18:44:05 | More by jlindros
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Holland Envious Vintage 2010 - roughly a year old.

Steadily poured, New Hollands Envious brought up a short head of creamy yellowed-tan foam. A rougher pour didn't fare much better. Knowing that this is a beer clean glass (that just held a massive head and beautiful rings of lace for a prior beer), I have to see this as a bit of a defect. The head retention is almost non-existent, and it drops immediately to a standard collar. Lacing is very minimal, and only left with each new sip. Beyond that, the body is an attractive, clear ruby-mahogany.

The aroma is malty, and it delivers a bit of the fruit promised on the label (pears and raspberry), as well as some oak and a little whiff of alcohol (heat, some coconut & papaya/mango). The fruitiness is not pronounced, nor is it specific, and most tasters will probably just pass it over, focusing more on the caramel and chocolate of the malt until it warms to room temperature and levels out. At that point, however, some Bourbon character also becomes noticeable, which is interesting (is that the source of the coconut I was finding?).

In the mouth it's supple and smooth, with a restrained carbonation and medium-full body. Perhaps that's the trade off for a limited head? Duly noted, and quite possibly to the betterment of the beer all around.

The flavor delivers more fruit than the nose suggests, and the first sip displays a delicate blend of soft, cocoa-dusted malt and fruit. It's initially more like pear with a little bit of that slightly grating flavor and tartness that pear has, but the raspberry appears across the middle as it warms, and then becomes even more clear in the finish. That's not to say that the fruitiness is bold, as it's certainly not, and I don't think anyone would consider this a fruit beer had they been given it to taste "blind"; the blend of malt and oak and alcohol dominate it too much for that. That said, however, the fruit really does enhance what I might otherwise consider an "old ale", and I find it quite interesting. I'd like to say it was delicate as well, because the flavor components mingle with each other so nicely, except that the alcohol stands out. A minor bit is fine, and although I don't want to find it in the aroma, I think a little bit in the flavor helps to round it and give it balance. That would be expected in an "old ale". It's a little more present than that, however, most likely due to the secondary fermentation of the pear juice.

In conclusion, I have to give New Holland credit for this one. It's unique. It's interesting. And it's fairly well-done given the process that it goes through. I see it as a special occasion beer, fitting in well with holiday dinners or specialty meals; and I think the suggestion of pairing it with grilled stone fruits on the label is brilliant (those and a buttery, earthy, ripe soft cheese and crusty bread would be magnificent!). On the other hand, I haven't tasted it fresh, and perhaps aging has done wonders for it. I'll never know.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 20:23:17 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of JohnQVegas


2.28/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle into red wine glass. I'm not sure if I should actually thank Jeff (Alewatcher) for this one - he sounded almost vengeful when he described it to me.

Pours a pretty dark red-brown, highlights of ruby as the light hits it. No head at all, anywhere, but nice color - not an entirely ugly beer.

Nose is kind of weird. Like plasticized prunes, bit rubbery, and a bit of overly-toasted breadcrust mixed in there as well. Prunes come off as almost rotting at points.

Taste is both better and worse. Promising, bright raspberry tartness almost instantly evaporate into those same rotting prune and bizarrely chalky breadcrust notes. The pears come through really clearly, which is a shame - this one really leads me to believe that pears have no place in beer. The flavor combo is nigh on revolting, ESPECIALLY when combined with the weird, chalky, bready brown ale qualities this one takes on. Raspberries are there in the finish, and I feel like they could almost turn things around with a different base beer, but not this one. I suppose I could say this one was a bit too ambitious, but after reading the bill of ingredients it looks like something a 12 year old would dream up - I can't imagine ANYONE thinking a brown ale with pears and raspberries and a wee bit of tartness would be a good idea. And it isn't. If they had taken out the pears, it would have moved up a notch, I believe, and changing the base beer to something like a golden ale would maybe move it up another. But as it is, blech

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Finish isn't nearly clean enough for my taste. Drinkability is a barefoot walk through broken glass. You're left dwelling on the awful bits endless, losing any promising aspects way too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 21:05:44 | More by JohnQVegas
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1.63/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Received from AleWather (Jeff) in the "invitational" Blind Beer BIF, thanks Jeff.

Poured into a Bellegems Bruin glass. Pours a deep garnet with a very light tan head that drops rather quickly. Some lacing evident, but it doesn't last very long, the lace races down to return to the beer. Maybe that's a good sign.

Aromas of raspberry jam, sugary, red licorise, hints of sourness. Hints of prunes, that gets stronger as it warms. No hop aroma.

Flavors of prunes. Period. Prune juice. Not pleasant. I like prunes, even had prune juice before. Don't much care for in my beer glass. Finish is short, and pruney. Did I mention it tastes like prunes.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly metallic, decent prickle from the carbonation.

Drinkability? No freaking way. My first drainpour in a long, long time. Don't bother. Use it as a marinade. Kill slugs with it. Just don't drink it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 01:20:51 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of Wildman


3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark clear amber and formed a light tan foamy head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, raspberry and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee, cocoa and raspberry. The finish was medium light and slightly sweet yet sour. Not one of their best, but maybe they mean it to be aged for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:30:57 | More by Wildman
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South Carolina

1.33/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into a tulip. Picked this up at Siciliano's in Michigan.

Brown with a slight red tint and a head that is there for a second. Smells like cough syrup and booze. Taste's like more cough syrup some alcohol, artificial fruit, oaky notes that just don't belong. This is awful. body is medium with a decent amount of carbonation. This isn't drinkable at all. I could handle a sip of this and that's about it. Honestly this is one of the worst beers I've ever had. I wouldn't drink this if you paid me never mind the 14 bucks I paid for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 01:09:57 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of Aguirre


4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see such poor reviews of this beer, I had a glass on tap yesterday and really liked it. I know things can taste different out of the bottle, but this was a tasty draught.

Beer poured a nice brown, with a reddish-purplish head. Smell was brown sugar and some raspberries.

Taste wasn't nearly as tart as I expected (the bartender said it was a sour beer...it's certainly not). There's a nice interplay between the sweetness and the tartness, and the fruit is present but not overpowering. The oak adds a nice finish too.

Not a bad beer at all, I really enjoyed this. For $8 for a pour, I think there are better choices, but a good beer, at least out of a keg.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2011 17:53:45 | More by Aguirre
Photo of Brew33


2.03/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I picked this up at my local bottle shop not knowing what to expect. It was awful. Drain poured about 14oz of it.

An odd color, brown with hints of brick red. Very little carbonation, an aggressive pour yielded a couple of bubbles with zero head. The aroma is the best part of the beer. The raspberries are very forward. A base beer that reminds me of a Quad or English Barleywine in aroma, very intriguing. The flavor basically craps all over the aroma. Very little Oak character. NONE of the aromas I detected were present in the flavor. Sweet, single note malt bill with an almost embarassing lack of complexity. Raspberries are very faint. Slight brown sugar flavor. Yikes. Not good. The mouthfeel is unimpressive because it's almost flat and very sticky without the full body you'd expect in a beer this sweet at this abv.

The drinkability is very poor. Very sweet. Not something I'd revisit. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 13:55:32 | More by Brew33
Photo of hippityhops85


1.85/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 22 oz bottle with just Vintage 2010 printed on the label. Really a beautiful bottle.

Poured a murky, muddle brown. Not attractive.

The nose was the least offensive part of this beer: ripe fruits, some bitter chocolate

The taste on this beer was absolutely horrid. Rotten fruit mixed with tobacco and cardboard.

Mouth feel didn't help the situation as the carbonation was so low it couldn't pull any of the off-flavors from my tongue.

I hate to say this but this beer was a drain pour. New Holland produces some fantastic beers, this just happens to not be one.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 15:43:14 | More by hippityhops85
Photo of ballz50401


3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2010.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a ruby red hue. Not much of a head.

Smell: Not a very strong fruit aroma. Plum, pear, sweet malt, and raspberry. There's some phenolic clove too.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly malted barley/crystal and plum. The fruit doesn't really dominate this like it should. Kinda bland. Body is a little light, carbonation good, and alcohol presence hidden.

Drinkablility: It's an alright drinker, just wish the fruit came through a little more.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 01:50:26 | More by ballz50401
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep amber, almost reddish, with a tan head. In the aroma, small tartness, pears and berries. In the taste, a bit oaky and sweet to tart pears, and a end of a mixture of berries. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fresh berry aftertaste. Nice presence of oak, big pear presence with a nice small tartness. I bet this would age nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 15:39:14 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Tone


3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark red color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of raspberry, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and hint of coffee. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of raspberry, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 21:32:10 | More by Tone
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3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - wasn't really sure what to expect with all the 'purpling' on the label and bottle neck. As it goes, this was a fine looking dark caramel amber color. The head is a light coffee/mocha color that looks nice but fizzles away all too soon. Thanks to a healthy bead, it holds at a thin cover and thick collar.

Aroma - a sweet, fruity, raisiny whiff. Some Tootsie Roll style chocolate as well. Interesting...

Taste - crackery, grainy malts, certainly sweet but not syrupy. In fact it comes across a bit thin. The raspberries and oak come through evenly, softly, elegantly. Just a touch of tartness on the swallow, the beer has balanced flavors throughout, very nice. For a non-big beer, this is impressively put together, a variety of ingredients working in harmony without any one component being bossy.

Mouthfeel - the softer flavors wouldn't work nearly as well if the body didn't hold them up. Sturdy weight, lighter carbonation, pretty smooth.

Drinkability - at 7.5%, I'm not sure how long I'd cellar these, but a few years would be a good experiment. As it is, I bought only one and am in no position to seek out more, but this bottle is easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:48:27 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by someone at a tasting.

Pours medium brown with slight purplish hues to it and a small light beige head.

The aroma is decent, with blackberries, sweet malt notes, and apple.

The flavor is simple, all right but no flavors that really blow you away. Mildly tart and mildly sweet with blackberry, oak, green apple and other light fruits.

Medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Decent overall, but should be better given that it touched wood.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 05:52:21 | More by nickd717
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New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish with hints of purple with a head that quickly disappears (I think it was a purplish color, faded too fast). Almost looks like a glass of Coke.

Smell: Sweet pear and raspberry. Fig and oak. Smells similar to a jam or a jelly.

Taste: Bitter fruit, bitey raspberry, oak, and boozy; tastes like a very bad cough syrup.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: I picked this bottle up on a whim, and I wish I hadn't. I usually like New Holland beers, but this was horrible. The nose was pretty good, but that's about it. Won't be getting again. I admire them for thinking outside the box, but this one is not a home run.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 22:11:07 | More by Axic10
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3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 1/2 finger head that was gone almost immeadiately. Very little lacing. Color is dark brown with a purpleish tint.

S. Berries, alcohol, oak, woodiness. Almost smells like wine.

T. Taste is oak. Not very sweet at all. Pretty dry. Almost no fruit taste.

M. Very low carbonation. Very light bodied. Dry.

D. Was hard to put the whole bottle down. This beer was flat and had very little flavor. Not very good at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 19:50:39 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of sholland119


3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a fairly clear brown with a ruddy amber at the bottom of the glass. Initially fizzy tan head fades quickly, leaving a pool around the edges.

S-Rather light with notes of fig and hint of booze.

T-Some fruit (black cherry, fig) and some brown sugar.

M-Quite dry, rather light, fizzy carbonation.


Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 18:08:27 | More by sholland119
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3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Extremely clean and clear body, bright ruby color. Very little head is produced, needless to say the lacing is lacking too. While the lack of head does not help the score, Envious is a very visually appealing beer.

The aroma gives the impression of a much darker beer. If blindfolded and asked to identify this beer by smell alone I would likely chose something along the lines of a dopplebock. A dark sweetness and malt dominate the aroma. Molasses, caramelized sugars, prunes and a bready malt base. The raspberry presense comes and goes, sometime appearing with hints of brightness other time revealing a darker aroma. The brighter raspberry smell becomes much stronger with warmth. The pear aroma is very subtle though with warmth will start to appear as well.

The flavor requires a bit of time to pick apart. Malt flavor is darker and resembles caramelized sugar, bordering on burnt sugar. The pear flavor can be picked up through out but is rather smooth and subtle. Raspberries provide a slight tartness but once again is not a dominate flavor. The oaks contribution is noticeable. Slight oxidation, woodiness and vanilla do work to compliment the beer as a whole. Interesting beer, great combination of flavor but it does not work as well as I hoped.

The body is light, smooth and dry. The use of Chardonnay yeast in the secondary becomes quite apparent in the mouth feel. The carbonation is lower than I expected but works rather well with the overall presentation.

The more you look at this beer as a whole the more you can appreciate it. While I appreciate the brewers vision, I am not in love with the beer. The beer is in no way offensive but the flavor just does not excite me. I can easily see this beer being very interesting to those outside of the craft beer community. Decent beer overall, I will not purchase again but it is worth a taste if you come across it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 01:07:03 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly not what I expected from a beer touting the use of pears. No bubbly fruit tonic here - more of a strong ale that chewed its way out of a pear tree trunk. A bit on the boozy side with a distinct alcohol note that seemed even bigger than the abv listed. Sweet malt, with caramel, raisin and some rosin, all lending deep, dark fruit notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 14:22:07 | More by Brent
Photo of BEERchitect


3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What's New Holland doing making a fruit beer? If a brewery of their quality is going to make the attempt, it's easy to expect a rare success. And they deliver quite well.

A dark burgundy beer sides slightly on the brownish side. A light and somewhat fizzy head forms on the glass, resends quickly, and is slight on any attempt to lace. Though the color and clarity is supurb, I'd like to see a more froathy character.

Succulent and alluring aromas of fruits and berries swirl around a molassas aroma for a fantastic balance and seductiveness. The fruit character could be a combination of tart berries, or other fruits and doesn't exactly scream raspberries. In fact, the pears hardly make an impact on the dark fruits and bold malt scents.

Flavors of fruit acidity hit early on and then fade into the more robust berry-fruity flavors. Light vinyl flavors become a deterant early on but fades quickly. Any malty-molassas taste is very fleeting and avoids syrup sweetness in favor of grain and toast. Finishes with a grain-fruit blend.

Medium textured up front but the beer's light maltiness and fleeting carbonation leads the beer to a thin and grainy feel rather quickly. Mild astringency from fruit and maybe from grain become the final impressions as the beer fades.

Where the aroma in this beer is fantastic, the flavor hardly measure up and the mouthfeel takes a severe nose-dive. If the other beer components were up to par with its aroma, we'd have a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 15:21:59 | More by BEERchitect
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3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

"A fruit beer aged in oak" I figured why not.

Appearance: A rich amber in color with a creamy off white head and some lace.

Smell: Strong smelling from the start. Some tart cherry. Fruity and strong smelling, bourbon.

Taste: Odd flavor combinations. There is a distinct fruity flavor, oak, vanilla and sugar. Together its like chocolate covered cherries soaked in bourbon. Hint of vanilla mid sip. Alcohol is very pronounced and almost detracts away from the other flavors trying to pull through. Oak is there with a woody/earthy tone. The fruit notes get overpowered. A bit hot especially for the relatively low abv.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, lingering booze on my breath, though it is not that strong, I am led to think this ale was aged in bourbon barrels.

Drinkability: This one is a nitecap for sure, a bit abrasive but still interesting and worth the try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 13:46:49 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Pencible


3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear mahogany with almost no head.
S: It smelled like strong raisins and honey, with some prune and raspberry puree and a bit of tea.
T: It tasted like sweet raisins and tart raspberries, with honey and delicate dry oak. The aftertaste was sweet and slightly tart.
M: It was watery with no carbonation; a bit underwhelming in the mouth.
D: This was a very interesting and pretty tasty beer. The body was thin but the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. It tasted like it was aged for a number of years, even though it was fresh. Good not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:19:45 | More by Pencible
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2.42/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2010 vintage.

(A)- Pours a hazy deep and dark blood red color that produced a thin film of gray bubbles.

(S)- A rich cherry, raspberry, strawberry, plum, and pear fruit flavors with a little spicy oak at the end.

(T)- Sour and tart up front. A very high acidity level. Rather thin fruits compared to the smell, but a bit of cocoa, pear, and raspberry poke through.

(M)- A decent carbonation level. The acidity level feels so high that it feels more sour than it should. For being only 7.5%, the ABV sure does not mess around; it feels at least like a 10%.

(D)- A rather disappointing attempt at the style. Feels sour and acidic enough for a lambic, but the flavor falls miserably short and thin.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 21:45:54 | More by sweemzander
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New York

2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep purple/red color with one inch of off white head and high carbonation visible.

s - Smells of dark fruit, especially raspberries. Also smells of sweet fruit juice, oak, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits, but it isn't working for me. The combination tastes a little bit weird, but I can't seem to put my finger on it. Also a little bit of alcohol, which is surprising since it's only 7.5% ABV. Not very enojoyable.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - I thought it smelled pretty good, but the taste was not good at all. Wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 00:49:38 | More by mdfb79
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2.03/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sounded good, but falls down pretty bad. Bottle opened with barely a pop. Aroma of rasperries was immediately all around. Color is a brownish amber. Flavor is at first raspberry, then pear and the oak. The oak doesn't fit at all. Also a weird flat texture in the middle and end. Wouldn't cook with this either. None of us want to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 02:38:23 | More by drpimento
New Holland Envious from New Holland Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.