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New Holland Night Tripper | New Holland Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 01-22-2008

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931
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4.05
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
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Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into snifter, looks flat, no head and very little lacing (maybe harder pour next glass...). Loud smell, very dark. The taste is amazing to say the least, one of the best overall lasting feel. At 11.5% for the 2014, this is very well hidden. Another great stout from New Holland, cheers!

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Photo of Flopjack
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Jet black, about 1/4 finger off white head

Smell - Milk chocolate and sweet cream, some roastiness and alcohol.

Taste - Chocolate both on the sweet side and with a hint of bitterness. Roasty and slightly smoky at the end with a bourbon barrel type flavor for just a moment or two along with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth

Overall - This beer was good. This beer has got a little something for everyone. The milk chocolate smell reminded me of chocolate soft serve ice cream for some reason.

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Photo of jpro
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into a tulip glass...

A: Pours a syrupy, viscous black; one-finger, light khaki head; a few fine strands of lace.

S: Chocolate on the pop of the cap; roasted malt; rich, malted barley aroma; some sweetness, too.

T: Cocoa and milk chocolate... wow! Light roasty and coffee notes; decadent and delicious.

M: Velvety; full-bodied; low carbonation; really nice texture and feel.

O: A pleasant surprise of an imperial stout; picked this one up at 50% off and wish I had got more. Mmmm.

*from notes 12.1.13

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/26/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, toast, toffee, molasses, light char, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, toffee, molasses, light smoke, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, char, toast, toffee, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dtivp
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a half of a finger dark tan head that fades quicly into a very thin cap with light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and hints of alcohol.

Taste of dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, traces dark fruit, licorice and a touch of alcohol.

Mouth Feel is full body, light carbonation, silky smooth with a slight dry ending with a slight bozy after taste.

Overall a very good, solid imperial stout, I hope to enjoy again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's Night Tripper a few months ago for $7.49 at The Lager Mill. For some reason I always thought that I have tried and reviewed this beer before, but when I went to see what score I gave it I realized that was not the case, so I decided to pick up a bottle and give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a foiled brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label doesn't look that great, I'm just not a fan of it. It poured a nice used motor oil black color that didn't let any light come through with three fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice sticky patches of lacing behind. This is a very good looking Imperial Stout, the color, head and lacing were all very nice and spot on for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight molasses like aroma to it and was followed by loads of dark roasted malts that impart some nice roasted aromas with some light coffee aromas in the background with lots of dark chocolate aromas seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slightly lighter amount of medium dark fruits with no one fruit sticking out the most and I picked up some alcohol that smelled a little boozy. The aroma is really nice, it had some nice balance to it and it was very true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a slight molasses like flavor along with a slight candied sugar like flavors and were followed by loads of dark roasted malts that imparted a roasted and slightly charred flavor with some coffee flavors showing up in the background, but it's still the dark chocolate that's the most dominant. Up next comes some medium dark fruit flavors with no single fruit sticking out the most and a lighter boozy flavor that wasn't really warming. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with some more sweetness with a very chocolate and coffee like aftertaste.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly cloying, a little sticky, creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was nice, but the sweetness seems to hurt it a little.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of an Imperial Stout, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, but it was still a little rough around the edges and that prevents it from being a top tier Imperial Stout. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not too filling, not too boozy, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, but the sweetness would prevent me from drinking the whole bottom by myself, I think splitting this with someone is the perfect amount, I would attempt to drink a whole bottle but the I think the sweetness would start to get to me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both really nice and i loved how the aroma was dominated by dark chocolate. What I liked the least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness, if the sweetness was toned down some this would be pretty close to perfect, but I feel like the high amount of sweetness prevents it from being as good as it could be. I would buy this beer again, I would like to throw one in my cellar to see if it smooths out a little overtime, I think it has potential to do well in the cellar and I would recommend this to most Imperial Stout lovers, especially if they don't mind a little extra sweetness. All in all, I was happy with this beer, there was room for improvement but in the end I think this is a very solid example of the style and it just might be one of the better beers that I have tried from New Holland, I would love to try a barrel aged version of this beer and I think it has the potential to be better than Dragons Milk since I feel like that beer needs a stronger Stout base and I think this beer is sturdy enough to support those nice bourbon barrel flavors.. Nice work guys, I don't know why I was sleeping on this beer, but I don't think I will overlook it anymore and I'm interested to see how it develops over time.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a small tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, coffee, molasses, dark chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, raisins, dark rich chocolate, coffee, molasses, has a bourbon-barrel quality

F-medium to full body with little carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-this imperial stout was impressive and had a barrel-aged quality to it, enjoyed this one

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Photo of hitter114
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a stella chalice while watching the finals of the players, a good sunday funday

A: Black, Dark brown in the light, thin tan head
S: Smells of whiskey leather alcohol some roastiness, not a ton
T: Smooth medium roast alcohol burn is mild smoky but pleasant
M: Motor oil thick syrup with a slight hoppiness to it, nice medium high carbonation
O: An enjoyable beer, drinks pretty good for 10.8%, you can definitely taste the alcohol, but it is smooth smoky and warming not offensive. Not very stout, I can see why some people here think it drinks like a porter but maybe its just splitting hairs, its toasty drinkable and smooth compared to a lot of IS but some elements of a stout, would like to try the BA version

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam on top of a black body. The head fades quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Chocolate. Raisin, licorice, clove, and some cinnamon.

T - Molasses, dark chocolate, and raisins up front. Sweet coffee in the finish with some red fruit and molasses that lingers in the palate.

M - A sweet, thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is quite nice, but the flavor profile is far too sweet and borders on cloying. Drinkable, but more of an imperial porter based on the level of roast.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No head really on a near jet black body. Aroma of licorice, cherry, dark chocolate and vanilla. Flavors include very mild roasted malts, dark malt, hint of coffee bitterness, some vanilla up front. The flavor is very good but standard in a way. Not too strong with the roasted malts understated. Still has stout presence but almost like a stout porter hybrid. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into new holland high gravity glass at luckys in Dayton. Nice deep brown black pour with slight tan head. Sticky lacing...
Great roasted malt and chocolate boozey woody aroma.
Taste is dark candied fruit and chocolate roasted malts with some vanilla and booze...seriously tastes barrel aged. A bit ot alcohol burn but overall smooth and pleasant.
This is a great imperial stout...way more than worth it. Definitely get one of these.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler fill from TCT (Greenville). Pours brown/black with a decent head.
Aroma of dark roasted malt with hints of rum, dark chocolate and weak coffee. There’s some chocolate and coffee in the flavor too, but a much more substantial load of dark roasted malts, particularly towards the finish. A bit boozy and a touch of burnt grain, but both are more welcome than objectionable. Rather sweet up front; a quality appreciated in the finely-balanced, mildly bitter finish and aftertaste.
O: A well crafted, mainstream imperial stout.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Holland Brewing-The High Gravity Series branded stemmed glass

Pours an opaque black capped by creamy bone white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind a significant amount of splotchy lacing, excellent retention. Roasty chocolate malt, pruny dark fruit, and perhaps even a hint of nutty toffee. Bakers chocolate immediately, black cherry, sticky, chewy prunes and raisins, bitter orange and other citrus notes. Finishes with roasty bitterness and thick dark chocolate. Very creamy, huge full body with a lower level of carbonation. This is really an exceptional stout and one of New Holland's best offerings. A brew that every stoutie should seek out.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black-hole black and pretty thick looking as it makes its way from the bottle to the glass. A big and creamy tan head forms on top and grows with a little bit of aggressive swirling. Been holding on to this one for a bit, excited to finally crack it.

The aroma is a bit more subdued that I would have liked/imagined. But, my initial speculation that this was due to the beer being too cold was confirmed as the beer warmed and the aromas finally came out. After stuffing my nose into this for minutes, the thing I smell the most is heavy, dark fudge.

There are some secondary aromas floating in the back; your standard roasted malts, coffee and such, but my mind keeps coming back to that fudge. This beer smells like bittersweet fudge cake - an explosion of fudge. Light alcohol on the nose, too. Somewhat expected for a 10%+ ABV beer.

Holy shit... Night Tripper feels so big on the palate, it's crazy. Just so commanding, robust, and huge. Sweet dark fudge and chocolate cascade over my senses, following suit with the heavy fudge nose I was getting. The taste reveals a bit more than the aroma, however. Much more roasted malt which induces some light, balancing bitterness.

Dark prunes, light coffee beans, and more fudge make up the remainder of the profile. There's a slight dry and ashy tone that hits the back of my tongue with each sip and it slightly resembles burnt coffee beans... Not a bad addition. The alcohol is warming, but not as noticeable at is was in the aroma. Thick and heavy body, chewy, robust, low carbonation overall.

After hearing a bunch of people tell me this was New Holland's best offering, I can finally see where they're coming from. I still might be slightly biased towards the Poet, but this is certainly a top-notch brew from New Holland and no doubt one of their best.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Ned's

Appearance: Doesn't pour super dark, but its quite black as it sits. Really nice head and lacing.

Smell: Dark and milk chocolate. Some coffee beans. Sweet malty aromas, and some roast.

Taste: There's considerably more bitter roastiness than I expected from the aroma. Dark chocolate malt and a bit of booze.

Mouthfeel: Very nice soft, creamy mouthfeel, especially upfront. Becomes a little drying on the finish.

Overall: Its a good, not great big stout. Pretty good value.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been in the growler over a day, so head is minimal, with tan bubbles on the surface. Body is an opaque black color.

Roast malt, sweet chocolate, coffee, booze (amaretto-like), and a hint of tar and soy form the aroma. Rum soaked plums come to mind in the finish.

Flavor is sweet initially, with sorghum richness and dark fruit giving way to roast malt and chocolate. The finish is fairly roasty, with coffee notes contributing to the light bitterness at the finish. Bruised cherries and plums become more distinct as it warms. Toasted nuts surface in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly thick and smooth, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Fairly complex beer, with lots of forward fruity, estery notes and a solid roast malt base. It's a tad on the hot side.

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Photo of katan
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours thick black, amber highlights. Mocha head formation, light but sticks around for a while. Looks "bubbly".

S - Hefty nose of chocolate and some earthy hopping. I get whifs of graininess from the malts as it warms.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, lightly roasted. Mid-stream gets hoppier but maintains that huge bittersweet chocolate profile. As it sits on the tongue I get a small amount of graininess. Some sweetness in the finish. A huge beer all around.

M - Full bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Comes off stick y and sweet. Not much alcohol warmth considering. Sugars must be big.

O/D - A really good but not overly assertive double stout. The smooth malts (esp chocolate) win the day, with more direct flavors such as hopping or roasted flavors play second fiddle. ABV is huge, watch out. Somewhat filling.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i had a friend suggest this night tripper from new holland. it pours close to opaque with a white head. the smell isnt very spicy, a little malty. it tastes very rich and bitter, not to sweet. this is a big boy stout. this beer runs nearly 11%abv so there is an alcohol taste at the back end, but it doesnt take away from the beer....just lets you know how serious it is. i have heard that this beer ages well, i may buy another bottle and try and hang on to it for awhile....its gonna be hard to pull off though..im really gonna be tempted to drink it.

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Photo of tut2528
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A: pours very dark brown almost black, with a nice semi-thick fingers worth of head formation that was light brown in color. decent lacing as well. alcohol legs are obvious as well.

S: a big blast of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. secondary notes consist of alcohol soaked dark fruits and barley.

T: the roasted malts really come forward here. alcohol is quite present as well. there is some bitter dark chocolate in the finish with a slight creaminess that provides some balance. i even pick up on a soy sauce character.

M: heavier side of medium bodied, and the palate is lit up with alcohol heat, chocolate and coffee grounds.

O: a nice brew with big bold chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee as its main players. pretty nice brew for the price.

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Photo of mortarit
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have had this before and fell head over hills for it. The problem I never could find it again till now. It still as good from the last time I tried it.

Color: Dark Brown
Head retention: Very little
Taste: Rasins, dates, and licorice
Texture: Smooth, touch of butter
Drinking style: Sipper

A must try to anyone looking for the next flavor for Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours very dark brown to black with a two finger brown head, leaves drippy webs of lacing like an IPA, holds a light cap.

Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa powder, semi-sweet smelling, vanilla, some caramel, a bit nutty, a little hops. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is chocolate, cocoa, rich caramel, roasted malts, coffee, hazelnuts, vanilla, touch of dark fruit, fairly sweet, hint of herbal hops, pretty rich, some alcohol but really not bad at all for a fresh 11% brew.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, a little sticky, soft to moderate carbonation.

Man this is pretty good stuff. Kind of unique too...got that dessert beer sort of vibe without any vanilla, chocolate, etc additions. Lack of boozy taste in such a big beer is a nice plus too. I like it better than their Dragon’s Milk (which is still pretty good in its own right).

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Photo of dvmin98
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have been holding on to this for about 6 months, cellared. Looking for a nice occasion to hit it. How about a Thursday night when the wife is out??? Sounds good to me.

Black out, no light coming through this baby. Mild lacing.

Smell has some chocolate and coffee overtones.

I get some good chocolate, with a bit of licorice. But I really get a boozy aftertaste. Not a bad aftertaste, but you can definitely tell its 10+%.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with limited carbonation. I like it.

Overall I do like this, but it is not a go-to stout for me due to the very boozy taste. But I would drink it again

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to alelover for this one - 2011 vintage:

Classic looking imperial stout... coffee black body, creamy khaki head with decent lace and beading.

Loads of fudge and cocoa powder, mellow cherry and fig, toasty malts, caramel. Smooth and pretty tame in terms of booze heat.

A very chocolate forward stout, chalky cocoa and Hershey syrup, a hint of tobacco, some vanilla... again, no real discernible alcohol character.

Thanks Joel!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Rich cocoa and coffee aromas up front with a big sweetness. Some molasses and brown sugar notes in the background.

T - A big roast presence up front with an abundance of cocoa and coffee notes. There is a fairly substantial warming alcohol presence and a fairly big bitterness are also present and help to somewhat balance out the big sweetness. Molasses, brown sugar and a hint of smoke in the background.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Some chew.

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Photo of merzeone
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving 22 oz bottle shared with friends
AP: Black and awesome nice tan head that was about 3 fingers thick that lasted, good lacing.
AR: Huge notes of Caramel, Chocolate malts with some Coffee type aromas subtle but nice and broke up with some alcohol presence. Nice deep rich malt profile. Some minor burnt sugar notes as well..
TA: Malt upfront, Bready,Chocolate,Caramel and roast, the roast is not overly astringent it dissipates quickly, Low hop bittering,minor oxidation sherry type notes present, ends with dark chocolate, dark fruit, prunes, raisins etc... Nice and complex malt flavoring its a lot to take in.
MF: Thick and Viscous cut with medium carb level but the beer ends somewhat cloying, minor alc burn. No astringency
OA: Really nice big beer, good to share with friends, help you stay warm in the winter that is for sure. If you are not a fan of roasty chocolate type beers this may very well change your mind give it a shot if you come a crossed it.

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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.
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