New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Imperial HatterNew Holland Imperial Hatter

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 35
Gots: 37 | 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: 632 | Reviews: 249
Reviews by lochef81:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad Hatter was the very first IPA I ever had back home,it was the first beer where the aromas stood out and led me down the path of becoming a hophead...enough of that shite.Poured into a impy nonic a deep bronze with a large clingy white head that settles oh so slowly,leaving multiple rows of lace behind.A mix of resiny hop and caramel malt in the nose with the hop profile winning out,flavors are "green"with hops,leafy and herbal with some citrus notes, a biscuit base holds up well to the onslaught.Its nice with more of a herbal "green" hop profile,its not as in your face as many wich might be a good thing,I enjoyed it.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from the 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a pretty clear ruby-copper into a medium-sized wine glass. A 3/4 off-white head is here and gone as soon as it came. The lacing is thin and stretchy. Lots of tiny bubbles move quickly through the beer.

S: The first whiff is a little weak. I'm not getting all that much aroma out of this one, and what I do is mostly unconcentrated floral and earth hop smell. It actually smells a little watery. I cannot detect alcohol in there, but that shouldn't be too surprising because I do not smell much else, either. There are ever-so-slight citrus aromas coming into my nose.

T: It has a pretty different fruit character in the taste than other DIPAs I've tried; I'm sensing a lot of plum on my palate. That is odd. The hops lend an earthy-floral note to the flavor, but really do not have any citrus overtones to them. The alcohol is more noticeable in the flavor than the smell. One more thing, and this is something that I've noticed from the Mad Hatter IPA as well. The finish has a little bit of a salty flavor to me, and reminds me of green olives. I like green olives, but not necessarily in my beer. I am pretty confused about this beer, actually. I do like the taste, but it's different enough than what I am used to from a DIPA that I'm not really sure what to think.

M: This beer has a pretty big feel, but a lot of that is from the high level of carbonation that it carries. I'll say it is a little overcarbonated. It does have a good puckering sensation from the bittering hops.

D: I would not turn down one of these if I was offered one by a friendly person in a social setting, but I also will not seek it out again. There are too many better DIPAs that I can get my hands on that I would choose over this.

Photo of MadScientist
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle while I was in Michigan for a wedding and didn't notice it was a 2011 vintage, so it's 6 to 18 months old at this point.

This is a bright and clear, medium copper colored beer with a persistant light tan head. There is a tiny stream of bubble rising from just the center of the glass, obviously a light carbonation.

Moderate Pineapple and citrus hops aroma and a light alcohol aroma that come together in an almost cidery way. There is also malt sweetness and a slight resinous note in the back. There is nothing in the way of fermentation aromas. Overal it doesn't have the strength nor depth of hop aromas I'd expected until I realized that it had some age on it.

The hop flavors are also muted like in the aroma only that the moderate citrus and pine are the stronger flavors with pineapple playing a supporting role along with a malt sweetness. There is a moderately-high hops bitterness and a smooth alcohol note leading the way to an semi-dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

It has a medium body and a moderately-light carbonation with a moderate alcohol heat. Very smooth with no astringency.

This is drinking like an aggressively hop American Barley Wine and is still an enjoyable beer. I'd look for a fresh vintage to get agressive hops characters but woun't shy away from one with some age on it is still a great beer.

Photo of newk340
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a gorgeous golden amber, no visible carbonation, a thin ring of foam that leaves decent lacing.

S: delicious citrusy hops sizzle the nostrils. if you like IPAs, this is the beer for you.

T: burst of citrus flavor and hops that discretely fades to nothing. splendid flavors though!

MF/D: sizzle of carbonation that recedes quickly, one of the smoothest IPAs down the throat ive had. a bitterness remains on the back of the tongue following each sip.

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

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Rocky dense head, reddish brass color.

SMELL: Spearmint, pine sap, grapefruit rid, pipe tobacco, pineapple, mango, cake batter, booze soaked golden raisins.

TASTE: Bitter, pungent, grassy, citric, minty, biscuity, yeast, hint of caramel, ripe plum, mango, leafy, dry bitter finish.

Rich with layers of hop flavor, sip by sip I understand and pick this beer a part a little bit more. Hops don't completely devastate the palate which is a good thing. Very enjoyable.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty-two ounce bomber pours a mostly clear, orange/amber body with a two finger beige head that has some legs. Plenty of creamy and sticky lace hangs on the glass.

Aroma is grassy hops with a grapefruit edge. A hint of toasted caramel lurks beneath.

Mouthfeel has medium carbonation and body.

Taste has a dominant grassy hop bitterness with a grapefruit edginess. So grassy, it borders on the verge of cat urine, a note I've previously encountered only in Bells Hop Slam. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes with a grapefruit rind dry bitterness.

A bit too much grassiness in the hop profile for my taste. Still, a very desirable DIPA that I will buy 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 djmitche
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in Holland. A nice, clear red pour with a thin lacy head. The aroma has the nice piney effervescence of cascade (?), but is not overpowering. The taste matches up: tasty, resiny hops without the distraction of complex malt. This us probably a bit hoppy for a session beer, but I will be daydreaming about these hops for days.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage, thanks to my buddy for this gift!

Pours a quite dark and muddy brown with a very small white head with very little lacing. Nose is almost like a barleywine, it's quite malty and sweet with more of an earthy/grassy hop note, but it's subtle - based on the nose this isn't a hop bomb, in fact I almost get some chocolate on the nose.

Taste brings it much more into the IIPA range, it's quite sharp, bitter and astringent. The malt is there and it's quite sweet, almost like 90min IPA or even, as I said earlier, like a heavy barleywine. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and syrupy, somewhat low carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.

Photo of mrw1zard
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper / amber color. Not much head, but decent lacing down the glass. Large hoppy nose to this, decent mouthfeel with a lingering effect. The ABV is definitely present in this. Probably not a session beer by any means, although I do prefer the regular Mad Hatter for that. Worth trying, but maybe only once.

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Whoa, this one poured a little darker than I envisioned, brown and dark red, little head, good retention though. Aroma, not much in terms of hops noticed here, just beer.

Taste, caramel, then sweet, and finally some hops became appreciable. I will say that this hid the alcohol quite well relatively speaking, and it didn't have that heavy wood feel on the palate like a lot of dipas will when they don't have the aggressive hopping. Seemed to have the bitterness of a dipa, but the hopping of a regular ipa, and the dry hopping of neither.

A pretty balanced and somewhat easy to drink beer, it was an extra at DLD, and I'm thankful for that, but nothing to search out either. Wouldn't turn it down if available, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Clear amber, golden, with a 2 finger white fluffy head with good retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Strong grapefruit and pine hoppy notes, a bit of booze and a nice touch of caramel malts.

T - A fairly good dry hopped imperial IPA though a little heavy on the grapefruit/citrus notes, would love a bit more complexity and some more malt or booze notes would be nice to balance things out. Otherwise a decent but not necessarily standout DIPA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty good, i don't mind drinking this one, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it after the first try.

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

Reddish copper hue with a clear body, forms with a light beige khaki tan head leaves behin fine speckled lacing with my first sip. Aromatics offer up citrus peel mainly grapefruit and a bunch of pine accents. Flavor grips the palate with hop harshness and mimimal hop flavor, go figure. Great Lakes hop heads beware this brew is pricey 4 something a single, yes it's worth a nice DIPA but this isn't as worthy as most examples bodied around that region. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied with bitterness left behindall day, the raw hop flavors describe most DIPAs but the palate here is left abused and it's quite the harsh experience. I like me some malt and hop flavor balance to go with my bitterness. Drinkability overall isn't bad but I don't think I will revisit at this pricing.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a teku)

2011 vintage

A- This beer pours a sightly dense deep caramel body with a thin broken film that sticks to the glass a bit after each sip. There are a few long strands of microbubbles that glide up the edge of the glass to the surface.

S- The clean nose has some soft green pine hops with a cream quality that comes through as the beer opens. There is a dry caramel aroma in the finish that only comes through as the beer warms a bit.

T- The slightly sweet caramel malt is stopped by a piny bittern finish that is a bit woody but is mostly just hop bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel as a gentle fizz hint and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a bigger bitterness that the other hatters but much less hop aroma and flavor. There is also much less depth to the malt aswell.

Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a chill-hazed burnished dark orange with an iota of haze looking to be natural. It develops a yellow-tinted head just over a finger in height that shows good retention and leaves good, patchy lacing.
The bouquet is bursting with grapefruit and citrus before I begin pouring, and it smells delicious. A bit more sniffing reveals a touch of mint and great balance from biscuity supporting malts along with a lingering herbal note and a touch of tobacco. Alcohol is hinted at but very well integrated for 9.4%.
The taste has some of the citrus but not as much as the nose offers, going instead for a leafier, slightly pithier note. It edges toward that earthier, almost onion note but stops short of it. The malts again provide good balance and this beer shows the trademark of a good DIPA: lots of hops without breaking the palate, complexity and lots of flavor with balance.
The feel is pretty creamy in a medium-full body with supportive but moderate carbonation and an even nip of crispness.

Photo of pourmeup
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice dark amber with a thin white head that leaves the occasional bit of lacing on my pint glass
S- very fruity on the nose, not as potent as i would like
T- mild grapefruit flavor, nice sweetness from the malt, slight pine flavor on the after taste, well balanced in flavor
M- its a little thin for me to be honest but not as thin as many others I've had
D- despite its 9.4% alc/vol i could down a couple of these no problem
(reviewed by Daniel)

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

12oz bottle, vintage 2011. A souvenir from a trip to Detroit last month.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper hue, with one finger of foamy, melted marshmallow, off-white head, which leaves a singular broad, eerily Michigan-shaped swath of lace on the lee side of the glass as it drops away. It smells of fairly strong bitter citrus and pine resin, and equal to the task bready caramel malt. The taste is more kind to the caramel/toffee, bread pudding maltiness, in the face of a steadfast, edgy pine and citrus rind fruity hoppiness, underlain all by a sneaky, simmering booze warmth. The carbonation is Plushables soft, the body a solid medium weight, and as smooth as a slightly scratchy Barry White album. It finishes off-dry, the big, enabling malt having nowhere to go, what with those crazy lurking hop notes, which have ironically, and wistfully faded.

A crazy-drinkable DIPA - 9 and change points of booze, and barely a warming, nicely offset imperial IPA players, and well, this is done like dinner, before you even know it. Insert maniacal Mad Hatter laugh...

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'll start backwards on this beer's appearance: nice candle-wax-ish drippings of lace are left on the glass; the head isn't enormous but is a nice creamy off-white/light-tan thing, and the color is heavily rusted orange, although it's lacking the hop-haze seen so often in this style.

Pretty much a slam-dunk aroma-wise. Just how I like this style: lotsa resiny hops, with equal amounts of caramel/toffee-laden malt. Even though the hops aren't as spiky, citrusy or rindy (that's a lot of made up words) as others in this style, I'm thinking this is going to be pretty damn hop-tastic on the tongue...

Here's an example where mouthfeel is so wonderful that it overshadows the flavor. This feels perfect to me, certainly the way I like any imperial IPA to be: creamy, velvety, cream-like, silky, and like cream. I might even call it thin, but don't mean that in a bad way, and there's enough carbonation to keep it from feeling dead; almost like a bottle-conditioned ale. This kind of texture works so well on a massively-hopped IPA featuring as much malt action as this. And this one does: the hops have the bitterness of grapefruit rind and a bit of pine resin, while big gooey gobs of caramel and toffee are thrown at the tongue. Alcohol creeps in maybe a hair too much, but it also lends a subtle spiciness to everything. The only reason I don't give the flavor a 4.5 is that the finish is pretty dry (for the style, anyway) and the flavor fades too quickly, leaving just a lingering sensory memory of ghostly grassy/pine. Darn.

Only after I bought this did I notice a sticker on the bottle with an early August '09 date (that was over three months ago). Not quite sure what that means, I guess that's when this beer was received and/or put on the shelf at the Battleground Avenue Total Wine in Greensboro, NC? It is definitely something put on by the retailer and not the brewer. This might account for the peculiar quick-fade of the hops in flavor and finish. Whatever the case, I'm happy with the purchase and feel this beer does right by the style.

Photo of cokes
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Vintage 2010.

Somewhat hazed, weathered bronze bodied with a low-slung head of patchy suds. Retention is on the low side, lacing is moderate to low.
Apricot, grapefruit, guava, and peach aroma, filtered heavily through bread. Yeah, it's alright, but it seems completely stifled. As it warms, metallic, brown bag, toffee, and sherry notes arrive, making it seem aged (which it's not) or oxidized (which it shouldn't be).
Caramel breadiness is first through the mouth, which is actually two separate things that merge almost immediately. Way in the background, some dark fruit maltiness is manifest, raisins and dates, and touches of brown sugar. Hops take their star turn, and fizzle immediately. Limp grapefruit peel, rusted iron, blood, wet weeds. More raw brown sugar seeps in, as though it senses that the hops aren't holding up their end. Some oxidized brown bag and woody notes pop up late, and finally a lingering grassy bitterness. Alcohol never really shows.
This drinks far lighter than it is. The build is medium full, if not slightly smaller, and the carbonation trickles out, but it doesn't effect the drinkability, which paradoxically is this beer's strong point.
It reminds me most of an aged SN Celebration (which is one I've stopped cellaring due to these type of results). It's a bit bitter, a bit malty, but faded to a point that neither impresses. That's not a ringing endorsement for a fresh DIPA.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Mondiale 2010. Hop aromas, emminating from very golden coloured body with a white hjead and lace rings. You can see the carbonation bubbles. Good piney hops and creamy malts, hits the bullseye for the style. But you can detect the a.b.v. Bit above average mouthfeel.A little more drinkable the second bottle courtesy of Christian of Chancey Smith.

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 tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark orangish amber with a thin, thick layer of off white head that has good retention

S - at first it smells a bit of wet dog with an odd mustiness, but then there are notes of bread, alcohol, sugar, and some faint hops

T - intense earthy and piney hops, some toast, some faint caramel in the finish, vegetal, intensely bitter finish, some warming alcohol

M - full bodied, a bit warm at times, well carbonated

This is a nice beer, but it could use a bit of cleaning up. The nose isn't great but underneath an odd aroma there is an indication of intense malts. The taste however reveals none of those intense malts. Instead, the hops explode on the palate immediately revealing an intense, bitter, piney, resiny, earthy hop character. There are flashes of malt that lend some balance, but the hops still dominate. Overall, this is a decent DIPA though not the most balanced. The hops are in your face and the ABV is big so it should please a lot of people on that alone. I'm glad I tried this once, and I certainly wouldn't turn it down in the future, but I'm looking for something a bit more balanced.

Photo of ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Body is a pretty orange-copper color, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves a bit of nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is big on piny hops, with lots of grapefruit and a whiff of pineapple. A decent whiff of alcohol and a faint touch of mustiness.
Palate is big on grapefruit and piny hops, balanced by a solid dose of caramel malt. Notes of citrus and pineapple emerge mid-palate, with a surprising dose of sweet caramel coming through on the finish. More than a little booze becomes evident on the swallow.
Body is full, slightly syrupy and sticky, but not overly thick. Carbonation is mellow and adds just a bit of creaminess. A nice warming hit of alcohol on the finish reminds you of the strength. This is a delicious beer, for sure, but not quite in the league with the best west coast hop bombs.

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New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.