New Holland Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,222
Ranked #38,741
3.66 | pDev: 9.84%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: Our classic Pale Ale, with Michigan grown, cascade hops. Bright hoppiness and pleasant aromatics framed with balancing sweetness of pale malts.
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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 371
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A golden honey amber color starts this one off...with a tall, fluffy 3 fingered head. 80% opaque made up of haze and sediment.

I get typical faint IPA aromas on the nose...halved orange, pale malts, pine, hop oils. Not particularly loud or interesting.

Flavor is mostly pine with a cracker backing. The finish is rather heavy with hop oil but only in flavor, not in feel (a positive). Some bread soaked in pine juice remains.

Feel is pretty darn creamy, and also sustains a taut carbonation as well. Great drinker, this one.

Overall I think next time I'll take a pass on Paleooza. It was one I hadn't had before, and it's really nothing special - even though it never claimed to be. It's a little less than decent.

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Photo of MNAle
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Beer was dated using the mysterious secret decoder ring code. I knew it was old since it was marked down, but I took a shot anyway. Looked up the code: bottled March 24, 2015, so a year old. Keep this in mind in reading the review. Massive foam eruption on opening 4 of the 6 beers in the 6 pack, making a mess the first time in that it overlowed my Imperial pint glass. Aroma a mixture of fruit, vegetable, and bread, no hops. Super large thick, creamy, white head that recedes slowly. Hazy golden amber with heavy carbonation. Some small floaties visible. Good mouth feel for the pale ale style; excellent and thicker than expected for a low ABV pale. With lots of malt presence, the initial taste is fruit/vegetable with bread (like the aroma) sustaining through the middle, with a slight bittering asserting in the finish. Finishes dry and clean. The fruit/vege taste is front and center in this beer. It is not a citrus taste, but more of a melon taste combnied with green vegetables. Not unpleasant, but not standard for a pale ale. On the positive, this beer has substantial malt presence even though it is low ABV and billed as a session ale. Fresh, this probably would have been much better.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/25....pours dark dirty amber, almost brown. Thick white foam layer on the top. Classic pale smell, burnt toffee, malts, breads. Smooth layered malt taste, even, with a hint of a pine bitter. Crisp finish. Some citrus deep below. Murky but well flavored.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BMC colored beer, but a full inch of head on it, plenty of clarity. Aroma is lacking hops.

Flavor is meh, bland, unimaginative and just lacking. No off flavors, but also just so mild, lacking hops/bitterness. Fuck that herbal shit tea coming out. Meh dude.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy Amber color. Fine-bubbled white head settles into a quarter inch cap. Webby lacing.

S: Earthy hops bring pine, bark, and a hint of grapefruit zest. Floral. Sturdy malt presence of toasty grain and caramel.

T: Fat malt base of toast and caramel. Vague esters are quiet. Pine and bark from the hops. Floral into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Fat and chewy feel. Prickling carbonation.

O: A pretty average American Pale. Classic Cascade hop presence, but other than that there's not a lot to look at twice.

P.S. Hokey name, hokey label.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no bottle on date found. Poured into a pint glass. Cloudy copper with brown sediment. One inch head that recedes slowly leaving moderate lace. Smell is caramel, bread and some citrus. Taste is pretty hoppy for a pale ale balanced with a heavy sweet caramel malt flavor. Slick light finish. Pretty good pale ale! Cheers!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Bearcat_42
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Very Clean and Crisp with a small, quickly retreating head

S: Pleasant aroma - neither overpowering or nonexistent

T: Crisp and Refreshing - Fruity with a very slightly bitter finish, definitely not a kicking IPA

F: Very smooth and easy to drink

O: A great, refreshing pale ale that is perfect for a go to drink outside in the summer by the pool.

First Review! Whoo!

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Photo of utahbeerdude
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Nice and clear; very light in color for a pale ale; not much head.

Smell: Really nice Cascade aroma. Dry hopped?

Taste: This pale ale is rather light in taste and thus very definitely hop centric. Most brewers these days would refer to this beer as a Session IPA. Apparently this beer has been brewed for many years, and so its introduction preceded the moniker Session IPA. This beer only used pale malt, Caramunich and Carapils, and not much of the specialty malts, as judged by color and taste.

Feel: Light on the palate.

Overall: A really delightful beer. I had this in a flight at Lock 47 in Centerville, OH (recommended). It was definitely my favorite in the flight.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. A new one to me from New Holland, acquired a single of this as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Label art is different on my bottle than the beer pictured here on BeerAdvocate. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange body. Less than a finger of frothy soapy white head. Lots of good thin scattered strands of lacing. A good traditional appearance.

S - Clean pale bready malts, soft notes of caramel, and some earthy yeast content. Earthy, herbal hopping is noticeable but faint.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready & malty. Notes of caramel, and some earthy coppery metallics. Subtle dried herbal hop content. I've had greater pale ales.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Bready & malty, mildly metallic finish. Light-bodied and easy-drinking.

Overall, I've had better pales, but it is inoffensive and easy-drinking. Gets the job done. Sessionable, but very average.

New Holland Paleooza -----3.5/5

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Photo of pb9613
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I love cascade hops and this pale ale puts them front and center. I remember living in Holland and stopping every Tuesday after work to get a growler filled with Paleooza or Zoomer Wit. They quit producing both beers a year or so later. I am so glad they brought back Paleooza. It proves that prayers to the beer gods sometimes gets answered.

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
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 tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is a pale golden color with a thick, blanket like white head. The aroma is floral, and the taste is soft,month nice malt undertones and balancing hop bitterness. Fruit is present in the taste....peach? Nice east coast pale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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 JustLikeMyDad
2.71/5  rDev -26%
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 TMoney2591
2.89/5  rDev -21%
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 10Crumra
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy rich golden color. Very little head, limited carbonation.

Strong citrusy hop aroma (Bottle says cascade hops). Some sweetness.

Taste was less hoppy than the aroma with more malt and breadiness coming through. Minimal bitterness. Light carbonation and medium-bodied.

Aroma and taste were surprisingly different. I found this beer quite enjoyable and would gladly buy some more.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in color with well over a finger of head. Decent hoppiness on the nose. Good balance between the malts and hops.

An average to slightly better APA.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Date stamp of 1244 10:47

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold color. Thin white head with lots of persistent walls and strands of lacing.

Smell: Floral, citrus. A hint of tropical fruit every now and then.

Taste: Citrus and pine bitterness up front, followed by a quick transition to a cracker-like malt. Crisp bitter finish with a bit of leafiness/herbal flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick, but a bit watery. Light carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: An okay APA. Nice aroma and appearance, but the taste and mouthfeel fall a bit short. One is enough as I'm not really wanting another one.

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Photo of crzegrl
4.71/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light amber in color, beautiful lacing and head retention. Citrus and slight pine notes. Medium body mouth feel with mild bitterness. Easy drinking and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of Vljensen
4.82/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A brilliant pale ale. Citrus, grassy, tropical fruit,lemon notes with a light/medium body. Very aromatic with rich flavors and sweet, vibrant hops within the structure of a lighter beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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 beergoot
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Partially hazy, apricot-colored body featuring a thick, fluffy, white head (3.75). Floral and citrus scented aroma (4.0). Juicy, lemon/orange flavor with a very nice hop bitterness (3.5). Medium bodied; semi-dry finish (3.5).

Hops rule at the expense of any real malt aroma or flavor. This is not a bad thing per se, but does lessen the complexity and balance of this beer. A great beer overall if you care little for malt taste or aroma.

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