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Former editor in chief of an award winning publication, avid outdoorsman, love hiking, kayaking, fishing, biking, visiting state parks, published writer, avid drinker, certified bartender, beer rater and I ran a bar tending school, and blogger writing under title of the Man Can Critic 

Saturday, December 31, 2011

12/30/11 Full Circle Kolsch Style Beer from New Holland Brewery

So last night after my wife prepared a delicious super of home made seasoned french fries, and grilled portobella mushroom with lettuce and a poppy seed dressing on top a perused my fridge for the perfect beer to go with it. As I read the pairing on the labels for New Holland beers I had left I decided on Full Circle a Kolsch Style beer(available at Brewer's Outlet in Pottsville). The Temperature came in at 42.5 degrees with a large 3" head with a foamy white appearance. The head lacing was excellent and the head dissipated quickly. The clarity and color were sparkling and yellow with a citrus and clove aroma and taste. The flavor was light with an average finish length and a creamy mouth feel. It hit my tongue in the front and had good body lacing. Overall it was an A- it had a different taste and was pretty easy going down and went well with my super. I definitely enjoyed this New Holland beer and it was one of the better beers in the pack. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.





Information from myfitnessplan.com

New Holland Full Circle - Beer

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Calories158Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs10 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Information from New Holland Brewery website


A k├Âlsch-style beer, Full Circle is a refreshing celebration of our brewery’s belief in balance. The soft, well-rounded malt character, light hop profile and crisp finish bring us back around to the familiar tastes of classic, thirst quenching beer. A perfect session beer, we recommend Full Circle with fish, grilled vegetables, grilled sausages, and just about anything else served on a patio.
11.5° Plato, Alc. 4.9% by Vol.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

12/28/11 Sun Dog Amber Ale by New Holland Brewery

So I start my mini vacation of the next six days off so hopefully I'll get some drinking accomplished and get back on task with writing more often. I looked at the stats for the blog and I was really surprised at the number of people who have visited it the past to days. Hopefully you'll enjoy the new posts I have been doing. I know a lot of the recent beers aren't as main stream but I always say you got to expand you horizons if you ever want to find something truly great. So last night after a decent night at work and a crappy morning finding out one of my pipes in the basement came apart I decided to reward myself with a different New Holland beer. I figured that the Sun Dog Amber Ale (purchased in a variety pack from Brewer's Outlet in Pottsville my favorite place to pick up beer) would be good to go with my chips and salsa because one of the suggested pairing on the bottle was tomatoes. It had a good temperature at 38.9 degrees and an average to large head size at 2 1/2" with a frothy off-white appearance. The head lacing was excellent and the head dissipated slowly. The carbonation was medium with a hazy orange clarity and color. The beer smelt good with a citrus and caramel mixture but the taste wasn't the best with what I call a burnt nutty caramel flavor. The flavor was heavy with a long finish that had a buttery mouth feel. The tongue hit was in the back and the body lacing was good. Overall I would say it was a B to B-. At first as I started drinking it I thought it was a pretty decent beer and I was going to rate it an A-. It was certainly something different but it was hard to finish and the flavor did the opposite of growing on me. It just made me not want to finish it more and more as I got to the bottom of the glass. Alas some might disagree but that is this writers opinion and for now I'm sticking with it. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.





Information from New Holland Brewery website (it doesn't say tomatoes on their website but I could have sworn it said tomatoes on the bottle)

Sundog is an amber ale that emulates the copper glow of a Lake Michigan sunset. A showcase for caramel malt,
Sundog presents a toasty character, with subtle malty sweetness and a nutty finish. Sundog brings out the best in
grilled foods, caramelized onions, medium-bodied cheeses, barbecue, or your favorite pizza.
13° Plato, Alc. 6.0% by Vol.
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Nutritional information from myfitnessplan.com

New Holland - Sun Dog Amber Ale

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Calories180Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs0 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Monday, December 26, 2011

12/25/11 New Holland Mad Hatter IPA

So it was Christmas night last night and I gave out a couple of my homemade variety packs so I figured I would work on finish rating the beers from the pack. My sister's boyfriend had Mad Hatter IPA (available at Brewer's Outlet in Pottsville) when I was up at my mom's house and sad it was good so I figured I would try it out. Now I haven't had an IPA since last summer or maybe longer. It was a Sam Adams and I wasn't a huge fan of it so I didn't have to high of expectations. I had my beer in a pilsner and it had a temperature of 39.1 degrees. The ABV was 5.35% and it had an average head of 2" with a foamy light brown appearance. The head dissipated slowly and it had excellent head lacing. The carbonation was soft and the clarity was normal with an orange color. The taste and aroma were a citrus smell and burnt and citrus taste. The flavor was moderate with a short finish length and a creamy mouth feel. the tongue hit was towards the front with excellent body lacing. Overall I would rate it an A- and definitely better than any IPA I've had before. It was a solid flavor and easy to drink. So thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.





information from myfitnessplan.com

New Holland - Mad Hatter India Pale Ale Beer

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Calories159Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs12 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Information from New Holland website


Dry-hopped for a distinctive, floral hop aroma; subtly balanced with delicious malt notes.
Pairings: spicy dishes, greens and aged cheese.
12.5° Plato
Alc. 5.25% by Vol.
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