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New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Imperial HatterNew Holland Imperial Hatter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

610 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 34
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.38% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SupaCelt on 07-20-2005

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Ratings: 610 | Reviews: 247
Photo of cmq103
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I expected a hop bomb, but not so much. Sweet malty presence dominates, like Maibock malty. Still very good in my opinion. The ABV is well hidden.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and earthy hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character breadiness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a decent alcohol sting comes in. The hops presence is subdued for the style but creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

Photo of weirdohappy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Maybe it's the hoppiness, maybe I'm turning against the IPA, but in any case I wasn't impressed with this beer. Nice pour, cloudy amber with a full head that slowly reduces to a creamy foam. (You know what I mean). Highly bitter hoppiness is the taste. After half the bottle I look like the cat on the label, got a top hat on, some kind of card stuck in it, bow tie. Suit coat. One eye bigger than the other. Lips kind of drawn up from the bitterness. How do they knkwbwhat I look like?!?

Photo of RyanPoff
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Bomber from Costco.

A: Pours a dark, clear copper without about a finger of head, mild retention of this toffee colored head.

S: Caramel, molasses, sugar, sweetness. Not much in the way of bitter hoppiness.

T: The flavors above with a slightly more hop character and a bit of astringency on back end. Booze is well hidden.

M: Creamy and full. Not as fresh as I'd like. A beer that's a meal.

This is above average, but I wouldn't beat the down doors for it.

Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Very clear, dark copper body with a very thick, billowy head; sheets of clinging foam sticks to the glass (4.0). Excellent combination of malt sweetness and piney hop aroma; mild orange and tangerine scents (3.75). Tasty blend of caramel, zesty hop bitterness, and a very subdued hint of alcohol heat; melon-like fruitiness (3.75). Heavy body; smooth feel overall with a bit of raspiness popping into the picture; fairly dry (3.75).

Well blended and balanced powerhouse IPA. Malt sweetness and body mate well with the hop bitterness and aroma, neither component outshining the other. Both grains and hops do an excellent job of keeping the alcohol taste in check. Big and delicious...

Photo of ArrogantB
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

22oz bottle purchased for $5. Unfortunately it was bottled in May, not sure why they sent three month old beer for their first foray into Colorado nor shy I bought it. Dark orange, almost amber. Smells like dead hops, stale. Tastes like alcohol, malt and stale hops. Pretty disappointing.

Photo of breakingbland
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served into a snifter from a CO2 pressurized growler filled at New Holland's brewpub in Holland, MI.

Appearance: A clear copper color. The off-white head dissipated into a foam ring fairly quickly.

Aroma: Nice piney hops with a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Piney hops again with a surprisingly good, strong malt backbone. The other major presence was a slight vanilla, bourbon barrel aged component -- a pleasant addition. The hoppiness, bourbon barrel, and a slight alcohol hotness were all very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A medium body. (Won't comment on carbonation as I could control this with the CO2 pressurization.)

Overall: This beer was a very pleasant surprise as I'm not into big hops. What made it for me was how well-balanced the beer is. It had a complexity without being overdone. I'll definitely get this again.

Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, low carbonation, copper in color, cloudy

Smell: pine, bread, and caramel

Taste: pine, bread, caramel and light grapefruit

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet start with bitter middle and dry bitter end, medium carbonation

Overall: Wow this beer gets bitter in a hurry. This is tasty, but a sipper. I do like the way the bready taste interacts with the pine. That said, I enjoyed regular Mad Hatter much more.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly; heavy lacing;

S: malt and alcohol sweetness; grapefruit in the background;

T: follows the nose; very little bitterness in the finish;

M: thin; light to moderate carbonation;

O: I would have liked a little more hop character;

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy orange color with a two finger head of billowy foam atop the brew. As the brew sits the head fades rather slowly leaving a fantastic level of white foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a grapefruit and pine smell along with a little bit of a bready aroma. A moderate amount of a caramel smell as well as a little bit of a tropical fruit aroma are there as well, producing a malty and moderately hopped aroma overall.

Taste - The taste begins with a very smooth bready and doughy flavor along with a little bit of a grapefruit citrus hop and a moderate level of sweeter fruits of tangerine and pineapple as well as some caramel. As the taste advances the grapefruit increases a bit, but never gets too strong. Along with the grapefruit comes some pine hop flavors along with the sweeter fruit flavor that was present upfront fading some. Toward the end, the hops get moderately strong, but never all that powerful and with the doughty and bready flavors remaining rather strong and a light herbal flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a smooth and moderately hopped malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the big bready flavors the thick body is rather nice and it does help accentuate the hop a bit more, which is needed, as it is a bit too low for the Imperial IPA style.

Overall - Decent in flavor, but somewhat lacking in hops. A little too thick and malty with not enough hop to be classified as an imperial IPA. A nice drinker, but overall rather not really what I am looking for in an imperial IPA.

Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 edition. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House tulip.

a: Hazy amber with a finger thick offwhite head which became a bare film of surface foam and some spotty lacing.

s: Mild citrus and pine.

t: Moderate bready malt and pine followed by some bitterness on the tongue.

m: Medium, good body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A powerful and tasty IIPA, very good sipper.

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Hop Stoopid Priced bomber, obviously that means an actually good price!

Pours a copperish color half finger of light tan head, nice lacing

Smell is pineapple, bready and caramel malt, grapefruit, pine, a spicy note aswell. Smells like your average DIPA

Taste is a dose of bready malt followed by a some citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple, pine, spicey hop note, piney bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel is medium full, carbonation is full and cleaning.

Decent offering here, glad I tried it. It is interesting, opens up malty but then hits you with the hops, kind of unique in that way, wish I knew the date instead of it just saying "Vintage 2014"

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle shared. Sampled 8-10 oz in pint glass

A- Orange/copper. Filtered clean and clear.
S- A bit of citrus hops, but I also smell roasted malts
T- Floral up front, malty in the middle, and acidy hops on the end. I supprised by the malt breaking though. Could be the sweetness the imperial IPA.
M- Good standard DIPA feel. No thin BMC crap and not too thick either. Like a woman with average curves.
O- Didn't have very high expectations, and those were pretty much met. For an imperial IPA, I can think of many others I would rather have. I won't be seeking this out.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/1/2014. Pours lightly cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and well balanced citrus hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, brown sugar, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of juicy citrus hops and a good amount of caramel/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA style. All around good complexity and balance of juicy citrus hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a hazy copper color and a decently foamy white head. Has an okay pine aroma. Taste begins with a sweet citrus flavor before turning into a dry pine flavor towards the end. There is a light amount of hops for an imperial IPA, and even the flavor is lighter than I’d expect. This is a decent beer overall, but not a great imperial IPA. I prefer New Holland’s Mad Hatter to this.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Light amount of lacing.

S - Not much of an aroma. Light amount of tropical fruit and some bready malt.

T - Nice blend of sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits. Good amount of piney hops in the finish. The hops produce a good amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Dry and sticky mouthfeel.

O - A very decent DIPA. Would definetly drink again.

Photo of lochef81
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber hue with a lasting thick off white head. The aroma is super hoppy. Grapefruit, pine, and grass abound. It sips clean and sticky as any good dipa should. The hoppy resin just coats the mouth in a bbeautiful way. The taste is definitely hop forward with tons of citrus and pine resin up front but there is a generous amount of malt balancing the flavor out. This is a very hop forward beer thatd please any hop head but it is also quite well balanced. It is no 90 minute but it is a damn good imperial ipa.

Photo of Emnmarko
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber and solid. Two finger soapy head that lingers. Abundant lacing.

S- Dank citrus notes especially grapefruit.

T- Hops. Bitter citrus. Lasting aftertaste with a mild peppery heat involved somewhere between.

M- Incredibly smooth and crisp. Perfect carbonation with every sip.

O- Great rendition of an imperial IPA. Tons of in your face hop bitterness with a dense malt balance, the backbone of a well put together beer. True to style, this IPA will satisfy most hop heads. Including myself. Cheers!

Photo of BreakfastStout
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at New Holland Brewery, served in a 10 oz. tulip glass. Nice head that quickly dissipates and leaves some modest lacing. Nice piney floral smell. Solid malty taste with a balanced mouth feel. Doesn't kick you in the ass with over the top hop bitterness.

Overall this is a tasty IIPA. Just short of fantastic but good enough that I picked up a growler to sample with my brother-in-law over Christmas. Let's see if this is tasty enough to put down his Backwoods Bastard.

Photo of JG-90
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer is amber/brown color with a moderate/small head. Head has okay retention and leaves low lacing. Smells of dark bread, sweet floral hops, and caramel malt.

Starts with musty citrus, then dry dark bread and caramel malt, with a floral, slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is average (maybe a touch light) for a DIPA, a bit chewy, with just above average carbonation.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty copper color, mostly clear with a chill haze. Leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma of heavy caramel and some pine/floral going on. In the taste, herbal hops, with earthy and faint citrus rind flavor. Lots of caramel and a hint of booze. Medium bodied and smooth feel through and through. Overall this is a pretty good double IPA.

Photo of rangerred
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger off-white head. Really good head retention but just ok lacing.

The aroma is a little weak on this one. A nice tropical fruit note with some tangerine and pineapple along with just a touch of grape. Maybe just a little bit of toast from the malt.

The flavor picks up more on these fruity characteristics and there is more Earth than in the aroma. A little dankness comes through too. Some caramel and toast from the malt along with a whiff of alcohol. A fairly thick mouthfeel along with a sticky finish.

Overall, a decent IIPA but it is still fairly run of the mill. Glad I picked it up but it is probably not something I would pick up again.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; dark hazy orange/amber with a medium fizzy white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is piney hops with some citrusey hops underneath. Taste is similar; sweet malt melding into piney bitter hops which demolish everything else. Some sweeter citrusey hops try and break through, but don't accomplish much besides a muted presence in the aftertaste, alongside some yeasty notes. Complexity develops as it warms. Overall this is a great bitter DIPA, but I'd prefer it a bit more citrusey.

Photo of Roman5150
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into tulip

appearance: copper/amber with 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, piney, sweet malt, some booze

taste: applea, pear, citrus, very well balanced, bitterness is earthy and lingers, lots of floral herbal notes

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied

overall: A great DIPA, well balanced and dirnkable, lots of fruity notes

Photo of FanofHefe
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two of these on tap at the brew pub in downtown Holland yesterday. Picked up a 4 pack to enjoy later. Just poured a 2013 vintage into a tulip.

Hazy, deep, amber colored body with a two-finger tan head. Thick head that is somewhat creamy and lines the glass with excellent retention.

Lighter aroma on the bottle that I expected. Citrus and piney hops that are backed by some earthy and slightly sweet malt.

I really dig the flavor of this brew. It's hoppy, but not in your face. Pine and light citrus hops up front, with a malt backbone that does not get overly sweet - more on the bready malt side. Nice blend overall.

Fairly thick on the mouthfeel, but not too heavy and relatively drinkable. Overall, I would recommend and could enjoy this regularly. Excellent beer.

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New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.