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New Holland Existential Ale

I don’t know a whole lot about New Holland Brewing from Holland, Michigan having only tried their mad hatter IPA in the past. I have glanced at their existential ale’s lovely bottle on the shelves numerous times and read many reviews of it so it is finally getting its chance. Part of New Holland’s High Gravity Series and made with 200 pounds of malted barley and 37 ounces of hops per barrel this is sure to be a full flavored brew. Smells strongly of malted barley and hops, sweet roasted malt is most notable topped off with robust slight citrus hop aromas. This beer cascades beautifully as it pours and creates almost an inch of long lasting solid head. Color is of a roasted slightly red deep copper but transparent. This is an interesting imperial IPA, initial flavors are largely of bitterness but the malt slowly creeps up on your palate and creates a more mellow sweet caramel flavor while still emphasizing the bitter hops. Though bitter this beer does not taste strongly of alcohol even at 10.5% ABV. A decent beer and definitely worth the money but more caramelized and bitter than I prefer. If you love hoppy beers for the bitterness and like a roasted malty beer this is a good quality choice. Give it a shot and ride your bike.

New Holland Existential Ale

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