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New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

595 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 30
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SupaCelt on 07-20-2005)
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4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Nearly perfect. Pours a deep amber color, with burnt sienna undertones. Mild-to-moderate carbonation is present. The head (which began at a whopping three fingers) recedes slowly and leaves a thick, chewy-looking lacing on the glass. It stops at about 1/2 finger and recedes no further. Yes!!

Smell: Lots of stuff going on here. Fruity. Floral. Full-bodied. Funky. Fresh. Some flowery hop action is supplemented with a carob/vanilla bean scent. A mild breadiness entwined with mellow citrus finishes out the sniff. You really have to strain to smell the alcohol in this one. Looking forward to tasting it!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Perfect, in my opinion. Beer enters with a smoothness from the hop oils. Grapefruit vibes mingle with bitter hops and sweet herbs. The malt is actually really tasty in this, and compliments the hops perfectly. Just a touch of mellow sweetness as the beer begins to bubble. At this point, the malt really takes hold. Aftertaste is very, very mellow...no horrible hop breath on this one. A gentle coating of hop oil and a mild sweetness. Awesome.

Overall: One of the best beers I have ever tasted. Really glad I tried this one!

Lauthaha, Apr 01, 2011
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4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage

A- big enough tulip for a big enough head. Glowing murky reddish orange body topped by a beautiful bubbling beige monstrosity that looks like creamy foamed liquid hop saliva. Righteous swirly lace. Under the cap it says "lust". Very fitting indeed.

S- the aroma profile here fits my ideal for a double ipa: 1) a background of marshmallowy vanilla cookie toffee malt and 2) resinous earthy deeply musky hops. Everything else from there can be variable. Luckily, this one is on the outer space positive end of the spectrum. Earthy damp and mushroomy, sweet sugar cookie, beer saturated grapefruit and a red meaty quality. Alcoholic fumes with undertones of mango and passion fruit.

T- that whole ideal standard that I mentioned in the aroma translates well here. A little drier and less sweet than led to believe but that's perfect as too much sweetness can ruin my day. Ballsy hop character laid over that marshmallow toffee cookie malt. White grapefruit, pineapple, bitter orange, like leaves, pine, glory. Finishes long and bitter with tingling alpha acids.

MF- softly carbonated and succulent bodied with a slipperiness on the palate that goes on forever along with the impression of tannic dryness. This beer feels oak aged.

D- bomb ass imperial with old cracked out cracky on the label. Very pleased with this one. I give it a 10 out of 6.

hustlesworth, Jun 30, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

djmitche, Oct 15, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours ruby with a two finger head that sticks around long after the pour. Leaves beautiful lacing. Absolutely stunning look from this beer.

S - Mild malt, strong grapefruit, mango, orange, wheat, and lemon.

T - Medium malt, grapefruit, lemon, mango, grapes, banana. Taste matches it's younger brother.

M - Medium carbonation with a medium to heavy body. Works well for this brew.

O - Maybe I'm biased due to my love of the original mad hatter, but this is a very good beer that I would have again.

SometimesIfart, Oct 23, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared with hu5om and newk340 at Bodega.

A: Yellow, golden-orange. 1/4inch ring of foam. Pretty lacing.

S: Hoppy, citrus - orange/grapefruit aroma.

T: Grapefruit punch, delicious hops - just the right amount.

M: Initially it is very hoppy, bitter. Post-swallow is so amazingly smooth. Surprised and impressed.

D: It's an imperial IPA but did not hit me in the face with that hoppy taste which was enjoyable. Left a very clean finish - SO smooth! I could even consider this a session beer. I could definitely have a few.

e11a627, Jul 14, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood OH as a to go beer. I didn't locate any date on the bottle.
A: Poured into my GLB Christmas Ale glass. Poured a medium amber color with 1 inch of head. Nice sticky head and great lacing.
S: Very sweet, hops, pine, what I want a Double IPA to smell like.
T: Absolutly perfect. Great hop bitterness, perfectly blanced by malt sweetness. Citrus, pine, alcohol is very hidden.
M: Hard to do any better, creamy, sticky head, smooth finish.
D: When they taste this good I cant stop. Very good.
Summary: I believe that this one is heavily underated. This is a great beer and should be considered in the same level as Southern Tier UnEarthly. This is a must try for DIPA drinkers. I will pick up another bottle soon. UPDATE:: as of 4-20-10 they now sell this is a 4 pack of 12 oz bottles for $16.

Intimidtor, Nov 30, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Half-transparent. A bit of head, but it's an IPA.

S: Fruity, a little sweet. Not much smell, really.

T: Nice roust hop flavor, not too much grain on the front. A bit tangy and sweet. Aftertaste of major barley.

M: Light, dry, good carbonation.

D: Goes down perfectly.

ralree, Dec 02, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the third high gravity from New Holland that I have had and was very unsure whether or not I would like it because of the regular mad hatter being so average. Nonetheless I picked up a single and was very impressed. A couple days later I find it on tap in town. . Definitely an amazing beer. This version of the hatter has a fantastic floral bouquet aroma with a very sweet taste. This is one intense beer and hard to realize that its alcoholic.

beerhan, Jul 09, 2010
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New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.