New Holland Brewing was founded in 1996 by Jason Spaulding and Brett VanderKamp in Holland, Michigan. Today, the brewery’s portfolio boasts over two dozen specialty and seasonal brews. The newest addition to their “Hatter” line of beers is the Tasmanian Hatter, brewed with hops from New Zealand.
The beer pours a rich, hazy golden orange color. The one finger sturdy white head shows great retention. Once the head dissipates a moderate lacing is left a top the beer.
On the nose you’ll find aromas of tropical fruits including mango and passion fruit. Citrus notes of blood orange and tangerine follow on the heels of the tropical fruits. Piney and grassy hop notes intertwine seamlessly with the fruit. A hint of sweet malts can be found hiding beneath the fruit and hop notes.
On the palate tropical fruits including mango, pineapple and passion fruit once again meld with sweet (almost candied) citrus notes of blood orange, ruby red grapefruit and tangerine. Bitter pine notes help to balance the fruit. Biscuit malts provide a solid backbone. This smooth medium bodied beer showcases a very refreshing character.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints