Passion Blaster
New Holland Brewing Company

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #445
ABV:
6%
Score:
82
Ranked #38,646
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 13.5%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
37
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New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
82
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miwestcoaster from Michigan

3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First time drinking a fruit beer. Look is a light ruby with a small cap that lasts. This is not in my lane and I would not purchase this beer again. However, it does taste like a fruity cranberry seltzer water and those drinks are popular.

Dec 03, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper to amber in color with a fingernail of beige on top. Light lacing is present. The aroma is of passion fruit with an undercurrent of apple and peach. It seems a bit artificial. The flavor is comprised of passion fruit, peach, and apple. The mouth is highly carbonated and somewhat acidic.

Sep 22, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly nice fruit ale but just a little too sweet and one-note for me. Looks fairly nice, dark pink-orange color with some mild foamy white head that quickly dissipated, and very scant spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some sweet fruit - raspberry, apple, lemon - as well as more distant malt and bread. Taste follows the nose. A little cloyingly sweet but not terribly so. Tasty, mild mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Just not balanced and I wouldn’t try it again.

Jul 13, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Plassion Baster! Diabeetus! Wilford Brimley! How'd you get diabeetus? I had too much plassion baster! Wilford Brimley doesn't approve, bassion plaster gave him diabeetus!" --Two Guinness Chugging Irishmen drinking Passion Blaster

It's hard to get a nose out of the can, so I poured it, and it looks like a red amber, just a touch darker than the can's color, darker and more fizzy than a cider, but not much clarity. There's enough head that you know it's packaged correctly, light lacing.

Easy on the nose, nothing overpowering, fruity notes. Comparable to a cider. The apple-iness that's done to the plassion baster is a nice offshet. Light on the tongue, crisp, one might even suggest refreshing. Fruity, but not overpowering. The raspberry and the apple balance out the plassionfruit so you're not dealing with a tartness. Front/middle palate, a clean finish where nothing lingers except perhaps the desire for another sip.

The flavor is good. It's not a juice, but it could be. I'm a beer drinker so I'd take this over a cider. As far as fruity ales goes, I've had Founders Raspberry, Jackio-s Raspberry, and Fatheads Bumbleberry, and this one tops out all 3.

It's approachable and won't put hair on your chest, and I recommend it to those who don't want hair on their chest. 6.0% ABV, middle heaviness, it's a good cruise.

Blassion pastor

May 29, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good balance of a fruit and field beer. This one is a good one but then again this is something for the ladies. New Holland does well blending a few styles together and creating a fruity but not overly sweet bouquet of goodness.

Oct 08, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 3/22/18; drank 8/11/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through red/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big, noisy eggshell head; frothy lace.

Passionfruit, strawberry, tart apple & dry wheat notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Passionfruit & tart apple flavors up front; strawberry, mild dry wheat & faint cane sugar notes on the finish.

This tastes like an above average shandy to me; not quite on Short's level, but this will do the trick in the heat.

Aug 12, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber; creamy white head with pink hues that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas smell like fresh fruit juice. Lots of apple and raspberries. Some malts. The flavors follow the nose. It drinks just like juice. More apple and raspberry leading the way. Some grape in the mix. It's definitely on the sweeter side. Mild tart characteristics. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth, refreshing and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid fruit brew despite it barely feeling like drinking an actual beer. It drinks more like juice than beer. The fruit flavors are pretty nice though. They deliver on the apple and raspberries. I like it.

Jul 11, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy New New Holland/Belgium Beer Sunday (Week 698) as The CANQuest (tm) CANtinues to roll through a backlog of CANs! I have been CANticipating today for over a week as I cleared space in the reefer in preparation. Dr. Joel Armato of New Holland has been alerted & all systems are Green & Go!

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed in Holland, Michigan"; "Rose Ale with Passion Fruit, Raspberry and Apple Flavors"; "Fresh*Tropic[*]Satisfying Refreshing".

I Crack!ed open the vent & as I beCAN my slow, gentle Glug, I was shocked by what was going into my glass. It was an orangish-pink color & the head looked like freshly-spun pink cotton CANdy! OMFG! I had no idea about any of this, I swear. I poured most of it & then let it form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, pinkish head with outstanding retention. Color was tough to quantify - I could be funny & say something like "pinkish-orange (SRM = N/A)", but that would not do it justice. The other idea would be to mark it as an imprecise Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity & leave myself open to laughter & ridicule. I'm going with the latter since I'd prefer you laughing at me than laughing with me. Nose again elicited a smile. It smelled like New Glarus Raspberry Tart! 8=O I will cop to not having had any Raspberry Tart in a while, but it definitely triggered a memory. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was lightly tart, mildly puckering where Raspberry Tart is very close to a dry Red wine. It was definitely raspberry-driven plus I could taste sweet apple, but the passion fruit may have been too subtle for me to pick up. Finish was straddling semi-sweet & semi-dry & a good case could be made for either.

Now, the tricky bit - ratings. I have to mark it down on "Look" simply because of my CANundrum. If I CAN't seriously quantify a beer's color, it needs to be noted. Smell & Taste - smelled & tasted VERY fruity. It's a Fruit Beer! Mouthfeel - Meh. Kinda standard. Overall - I have to rate it pretty highly given Smell & Taste, but this will all mark me as an outlier. I just CANnot understand its current 3.47 "Okay" rating. It's a Fruit Beer!

Jul 08, 2018
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dboivin from Michigan

3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you like fruity beers you’ll love this. I like to diversify my pallet as much as possible and this one was interesting. Very sweet beer but still good, I wouldn’t buy it for myself but if offered one I wouldn’t turn it down either

Jun 16, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a lightly hazed ruby red with a two finger creamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is raspberry, strawberry and wheat.

T - The taste is red apple, raspberry, grape, starwberry and wheat.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - A nice little fruit ale. The flavors are bright and refreshing.

Mar 25, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lately I've found a few things that drink a lot like this brew - Debonne's raspberry flavored wine fortified with raspberry flavored vodka, for instance. Even though it was either in the Caribbean or at home where there is still some snow around, this made me want to sit by my pool and absorb some sunlight.

It pours less odd looking than it is. Reddish with fizz. The marvelous fruit cocktail aroma is a stern warning of the taste to come. It's pretty light and easy drinking, Fortified with some flavored vodka and some fresh fruit this could be really interesting.

Recommended as a novelty fruity drink (but you could drink it as a fruity ale as is).

Mar 19, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into signature pint glass, canned on 2/2/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium orange/amber/light copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Thick spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy raspberries, passion fruit, red apple, strawberry, melon, hibiscus, caramel, wheat, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruits and dark/pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy raspberries, passion fruit, red apple, strawberry, melon, hibiscus, caramel, wheat, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal/floral/grassy bitterness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy raspberries, passion fruit, red apple, strawberry, melon, hibiscus, caramel, wheat, lightly toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruits and dark/pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from fruit tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly acidic/tangy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is an excellent fruit beer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruits and dark/pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly tart/tangy/drying finish. Big juicy fruit presence with a nice malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example. No complaints at all.

Feb 24, 2018
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