Overall: I've got respect for the New Holland group, they seem very serious about their craft. My initial thought that I was drinking just anotyher IPA. But, upon further reflection this is big sweetness, big hops, and big alcohol that blend very well together. The alcohol level is very much hidden (careful amatuers). I've got to try this again to be fair.
Poured without any head, so I can't say much about the retention and lacing. The aroma is that of hops, pine, and some malts.
The taste follows the aroma. There are some citrus undertones. The pine comes through from start to finish and seems to have a little stronger hop/pine finish than Über Sun from Southern Tier, which I believe is far better over all. They do a great job hiding the high alcohol content and there is some sweetness. Nice job of balancing everything together.
Not a bad Imperial IPA but not my favorite (mentioned above). I might not understand marketing all that well but it seems to me that these bomber in the $8 - $10 range cost the same for less than two beers that I can buy a sixer of most American craft microbrews - stopping here before I sound too cheap and I rant on this in the wrong place.
My local liquor store (to work) was only allocated a case of these (assuming 12). So I don't know how hard this is to get, but if you enjoy IPAs I would recommend this one as long as you realize there are better ones out there.
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than selfish and worry about my liver.'" - Jack Handy