Mad Hatter IPA - Great Waters Brewing

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Great Waters Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tavernjef on 09-30-2006

Not to be confused w/ New Holland's Mad Hatter India Pale Ale.
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 19
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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a 2 finger off white head that dissipates to a thin ring in about 2 minutes. Leaves some okay lacing down the glass.

Smells of floral hoppiness. A tiny bit of citrus. Fairly subdued, a decent aroma, though.

Taste is disappointing for me. A tiny bit of caramel malts, which quickly leads into some mild hoppiness. mostly earthy notes, with just a hint of citrus and spice. Not a bad flavor by any means, just not as strong as I was hoping for.

Nice carbonation level, a bit on the light side as far as body is concerned. Very easy to drink. Could be a decent session brew.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored with decent amount of head, lacing down the sides of the glass. Nice aroma of grapefruit hops balances well with a not overly sweet malt flavor. Taste finishes with a pleasant bitter bite at the back of the tongue. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. I would drink this again. Not as good as some of the more expensive IPA’s but not as expensive either. $2 a pint during happy hour, that would keep me happy for a while.

Photo of thedrewski86
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quality APA. Poured into a pint glass, this provides a good, fluffy off-white head. Leaves lacing with every sip. The color is a clear burnt amber. The smell is very floral and hoppy. Taste is very similar to an Alpha King. The thing I noticed is that the hop taste is a little burnt. That's the best way I can describe it, it's knid of a cool thing that sets this apart from other IPAs/APAs. Leaves a nice smoldering biscuit flavor. Carbonation is standard for the style, finish is quite nice. Drinkability is good, I wish I had another! Very solid, New Holland.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As far as an American IPA goes, this isn't a bad beer; but it isn't a great one either. Decent bright orange appearance, nice hoppy aroma, and decent head. Where this beer can be improved is its balance. The Cascades are too overpowering, but without a backdrop of a firmer malt base. As a result, the finish is too citrusy which leaves a bad after taste.

Photo of supercolter
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Appearance is pretty good, with a nice orange hue and slight head and lacing. Smell and taste are very good. Nice citrusy grapefruit smell and taste to start, followed by a nice blast of floral hops and just a touch of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is good, medium and oily in body. Drinkability is good as well.

Photo of Hopalong29
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with minimal head and equal carbonation.Light lacing in glass. Not much for appearance, but makes up for it in taste.
Minimal floral and citrus aroma with slight hints of malt.
Citrusy hops linger in mouth.
Decent IPA but not on my "must have" list.

Photo of goblue3509
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a nice head and decent retention. The aroma is of citrus hops and some grapefruit. The taste has a sweet malt backbone with some citrus hops over the top, the hops are not overly bitter or over powering. The taste is more smooth and rounded. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated. Drinkability is good, you could have a six pack of these and still enjoy them. Overall its a good ipa, but its more of a starter ipa, its not overly hoppy.

Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in St. Paul, Minnesota. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Quite hoppy, with some very light malted barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Toasted malt moderate cream (especially on the finish), light caramel, and some hops. Fairly complex, but decently balanced. Built alright.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nothing special. Fairly complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Pretty drinkable, and priced alright. I wouldn't have it again. Pretty mundane all around.

Photo of Beardman102088
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper in color, decent bitterness. I kind of get a slight metallic taste.
Nice hop aroma from the smell, a tad musty though.
It's fairs just okay for me, I probably will never buy it again but I'd drink it if it was given to me. I do like how they tell you what to pair it with on the back of the label.

Photo of inspektor
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a burnt copper amberish hue with a 1+ finger head.

Smells of hops upfront, followed by a fruit and citrus aroma.

The taste is just as the color, extra bitter to the point of burned hops which makes this the most bitter IPA I've ever tasted. Needless to say, the bitterness masks everything else except malt. That said, it is clean and smooth, but the bitterness spoils it for me IMHO.

Body is medium, clean and crisp.

I purchased a growler of this one and will definitely struggle to finish it. Actually, this is probably the first growler that I may actually consider not finishing, which is a definite first for me.

*Edit* This mellows out a bit after the first pour, still a bit too bitter for my pallet.

Photo of berpwillie
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy copper-orangish color with not much very tan head and thin lacing. lots of carbonation with a very light hoppy smell. very bitter piney like hop flavor. i think the bitterness of this beer over powers the hops which for me mad it slightly unpleasant to drink. all around a good beer but wouldn't go out of my way to try another.

Photo of BBP
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber with medium carbonation, and slightly thin head. Great lacing however.

S- Hoppy and smoky initially. Good potency but not much depth.

T- Hops are definitely noticable, but make more of a mark in the aftertaste. More bitter overall, but the hop taste being burnt, makes it appear as if there's more malt. Comes across as a bit smoky.

M- Thin but creamy. Carbonation feels a bit overpowered.

D- A nice IPA, and a bit different than most. I enjoyed getting to try something different, but I don't like it enough to pick up again. Not a bad choice though.

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date on the label.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to a one-and-a-half fingers of light tan head that disapated quickly and left some lacing. The brew is a lighter shade copper that is almost opaque, and just a little cloudy.

S: The aroma is very mild and consists of sweet malt and just a little floral and earthy hops.

T: The taste is a balance of robust malt and earthy hops with a strong and pleasant bitterness.

M: The body has a medium feel and it is smooth and finishes clean.

O: A solid IPA. It does not try to be a hop bomb. Instead it has good balance of both robust hops and a strong malt backbone. A very good example of the classic IPA style.

Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewpub: Slightly hazed gold with a nice firm capping of white foam about a finger high which keeps its present at length. Lots of sheeting lace is stretched across the glass.

Aroma is quite nice of citrusy juices where orange, lemon, and grapefruit collide over a little pineyness and sweet malt backing it up. Crisp, clean, hoppy, and inviting nose.

Taste is smooth and clean with a nice citric realm of lemon, orange, and grapefruit taking a nice mildly balanced flavor across the palate. Nice touches of caramel malt and sweetened, piney bitterness grab with just a touch of grassyness. It kinda reminded me a bit of Two-Hearted, but somewhat lighter and not as lengthy. Pretty solid taster though. Very smooth, lightly crisp, and enjoyably drinkable.

Body is about medium, smooth and carefully hopped with a nice balance and well rounded clean crispness to its bitterness.

A favorable drinking IPA. Its not flashy for an IPA, its a nice hop fix and tasty. Not to mention, super damn drnkable to boot. I had a few these in a hurry as they went down oh so nice.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has an auburn, fairly dark color with decent head and pretty good retention. Smell is nice and hoppy with citrus and pine notes dominating. The taste follows with a malty, citrusy sweetness followed by more hops and some pine and finishing in a rather bitter hops aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and seemed to maybe need a touch more carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer but not overly complex and a touch too harsh in the finish.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a text book IPA in my opinion. It's not particular, but if someone asked me what a good example of an IPA is, I could point to this. It's very drinkable. It's like a training wheels IPA. It can introduce you to the taste without being extreme. It's good. I like it.

Photo of iheartIPA
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPAs in general are my beer of choice. For me, the more hoppy the more happy. That being said, I must say, this was a pleasant find.

Upon popping the cap, I was instantly impressed with the hoppy/citric/pine aroma. The taste stayed true to the scent. A hint of hops, fruit and pine, followed by floral spice. Not overwhelming but certainly not too light to go unnoticed.

While I prefer a bit more "sting" (with regards to hop and fizz), this was certainly not a weak brew by any means. Drinkable for sure. Don't see there being any left overs tonight...

Photo of kingothewoods
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks caramel in color when the bartender brought it out in the pint glass. Some head retention.

S - Smells of course of the hops and hops, oh yea, some malts in there too.

T - Hops, and more hops but not too much like a double or triple IPA. I like the aftertaste with the malt.

M - Very smooth with is really great for an IPA. Usually you get that pucker up tingling sensation but not with this one.

D - Lets have a couple more please. I really enjoyed this one because it wasn't too harsh like the triple that I recently drank.

Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours pretty orangey-amber with very little head, no visible active carbonation. Smell is flowery hops with lots of sweet malts, a little odd for an IPA.

Flavor restores a lot of the hoppy character I expected. Malt is still present to balance, but focus is on the hops.

Mouthfeel is a little thick, a little sticky. Overall, decent but not amazing beer.

Mad Hatter IPA from Great Waters Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.