Full CircleJuly 1, 2010 Holland, MI
New Holland Brewing Co.
Available: MI, OH, IN, IL, WI, MN, MO, PA, NJ, VA, NC, SC, KY
Established in 1996, NHBC has grown from a scrappy two-man start-up to a thriving regional microbrewery. Full Circle is a kölsch-style beer.
Original gravity: 1046
Creative yin and yang design on label features contrasting malts circled with hops. Slightly turbid pale golden ale with a bright white, cloud-like head. Subtle floral aroma is engaging. The flavor is fresh; pleasantly tart, like a Granny Smith apple; with a short finish. A good summer refresher, I would serve it garnished with fresh fruit, perhaps strawberries or even a slice of melon. We enjoyed it “au natural” with a salad of wild greens coated with a lemon tarragon dressing.
- Charles Finkel
Yellow gold with wispy white head, lean haze. Inviting aroma. A gifted pale German-style ale that gracefully refreshes the palate with no uncertainty. A great example of a style that is often overdone with too much hops or malt. This one is a perfect session, dinner, lunch and warm weather beer. Though I’d reach for it any season. Skillfully done.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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