Posts Tagged With: New Holland

New Holland Full Circle Kölsch-Style Ale

Beer: Kölsch-Style Ale
Brewery: 
Ful Circle
Style: Kölsch
ABV: 4.9%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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Sight: Slightly cloudy, golden body with a large fluffy head that recedes to small bubbly rim.

Smell: Crisp, metallic aroma with a hint of alcohol, spice, raisins, and sparkling apple cider.

Flavor: Mellow, underwhelming flavor compared to its smell. Some might not agree, but there is a slight glue and cleaning product flavor.

Feel: Medium, creamy body with low carbonation. Quite a strange mouthfeel for the style.

Concluding Remark: Well, this is my first go at an American Kölsch-style ale, and really, what was I expecting from a German beer made solely for drinking at ein brauhaus? I’m nowhere near Cologne right now, and on a slow night in suburban New Jersey, seemingly even farther away from a beer garden. While drinking some beers evoke memories of beer halls and debauched nights in Germany, Full Circle’s Kölsch just reminds me of drinking an unmemorable beer. Which means I’m reminded of nothing and instead painfully aware of my present, which consists of drinking this average beverage.

So, it’s totally not a bad beer–it does capture the sweetness and subtle malt flavors of a standard Kölsch. However, it falls short of what makes the style so drinkable: its exceptionally crisp, fresh, and light qualities. Oh well. Stick with the authentic brews certified under the Kölsch Konvetion. That is all.

*Ironically, I drank this beer before I photographed it while waiting for my camera to charge because I was just so gosh darn excited to try it and clearly couldn’t contain myself. Not worth it.

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New Holland Cabin Fever

Beer: Cabin Fever
Brewery: New Holland Brewing Co.
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 6.5%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

 

Sight: Dull dark brown body with a zillion bubbles floating on the small head.

Smell: This is one of those beers that makes me pray that it tastes just like it smells. The aromas are charred coffee beans, dark chocolate, and dried fruit. Oddly, there’s a weird note of raw fish. But never mind that.

Flavor: And my prayers have been answered. Like its smell, coffee, smoke, and dark chocolate are the prominent flavors–and there’s just a bit of a salty funk somewhere in the middle.

Feel: Thin body with moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark: I’m beginning to understand the complexity and amazing-ness of the American Brown Ale. New Holland’s Cabin Fever is a hearty ale that is exceptionally balanced: there’s a battle of the sweet and the bitter in each sip. The funk taste comes from the inclusion of rye–while odd for the style, it adds a little je ne sais quoi to what would have been a good Brown Ale. Instead, this is a freaking good Brown Ale. Do yourself a favor and pick up a six pack of this Brown. You’ll be able to hibernate through the winter without enduring cabin fever.

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