Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mad Hatter India Pale Ale

Today is Groundhog Day. Besides the movie, which was more annoying than cute or funny, Punxsutawney Phil supposedly predicts the end or extension of winter today. Whatever! I didn't even pay attention to what he said. Winter's been long gone for us in Florida! Funniest thing is that I didn't even pay attention to what the rodent said when I was growing up in a town 30 miles from the annual event.

But what I did pay attention to this year was when PETA said they'd like the groundhog replaced with a robot. Now, anyone who's too sensitive to hear my "far-right leaning" commentary and thinks I should stick to beer reviews only, it's time to skip to the next paragraph... I'll wait... OK. This groundhog probably has the life of a king, with butlers and manicurists, treated better than most pets, and PETA should focus on their more radical agenda of throwing animal blood on people that wear furs. Oh, and the naked chicks program, the ones that would rather be naked... I'd rather they be naked, too, so keep that campaign alive and thriving.

Today I'm drinking Mad Hatter India Pale Ale brewed by New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, Michigan. My first beer from this brewery. According to the label, their philosophy is "delicious beer delivered with painstaking consistency". There is a Mad Hatter with 10/6 on his hat.

Decent yet distant grapefruit and pine aroma. The flavors are very weak with a watery bitterness to start. Maybe some grapefruit and pine with a light citrus are in the background, but the main theme is that bitter water. Along with some medium carbonation comes a black pepper spiciness before you finish on a dry, medicinal note. Below average and I'd suggest finding something else.

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