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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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250 Reviews

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Reviews: 250
Hads: 671
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 18.06%
Wants: 37
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews: 250 | Hads: 671
Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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;

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

UPDATE 7/12/15: Got hold of a fourpack and having one from it now. Finding the malt more hefty and more caramel than bready, which makes it more flavorful, and the net effect is to cover the high 10% ABV amazingly well, making this a dangerous but enjoyable sipper. Raising my ratings on taste to 4.25, mouthfeel to 4.5 and overall to 4.25.

UPDATE 8/29/15: After running through the fourpack above all too quickly, bought another. Bottling code suggests it was made in late April, so it has four months on it. Same reactions as 7/12, however, just so malty tasty, easy drinking and smooth for 10% ABV. Tempted to raise my ratings for taste and overall again, but will hold off until I can obtain fresher examples.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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"

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of lochef81
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of JG-90
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of hustlesworth
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of jep2606
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Until trying Imperial Hatter I had never had an IPA that was specifically marketed as aged by the brewery and sold in that fashion. That being said I may judge this beer too harshly because I almost feel as if I was expecting something other than what this beer delivered, while at the same time having no idea what to really expect other than that over time the bitterness of hops mellows and in some cases becomes more fruity and sweet.

In the case of Imperial Hatter I feel like I got a taste that was very much a dark fruit sensation. Specifically I though of raisins. There was a pungent taste that was unexpectedly pleasing and even now I am honestly not truly sure what my impressions of the beer should be.

Based upon the notes I have in front of me I would say that I did enjoy this beer, however I certainly need more experience with ages ales.

I gave it a personal score of 7.8/10

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A nice transparent amber color, a little finger of off white head at the top the left quickly, not to much lacing.

S: Very hoppy nose, grapefruit is very present, a slight hint of honey as well.

T: The taste is almost just like the nose, very bitter up front from the hops, little bit of sweetness and the booze is present.

M:Medium bodied, with a sticky backbone, a good amount of carbonation.

O: Not a bad IPA, glad I was able to try it at least once, nothing wild, refreshing.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The orange amber colored body was clear, and the pour formed three ginger thick head. The carbonation looked subdued. The aroma was very tropical, with mango, peach, and papaya smells. There were also spicy and herbal notes in the nose. The taste was quite intense, as the spicy hops battled with the very sweet malt base. The result was not unlike sucking on a cinnamon flavored red hot. The alcohol was very warming as well, and the mouthfeel was sticky. This was a typical east coast style DIPA, with complex malt bill, lots of herbal hops, but no bracing bitterness.

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Photo of mrw1zard
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Indybier
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage.

Nice murky amber in the glass. Creamy foam w/decent lacing.

The nose has the hops, but, not as much as one might expect from an Imperial. Pretty standard nose.

Initial offering on the palate was a bitter bomb coupled w/the 9+ abv. After a few minutes in the glass the bitterness toned down and the hops came around. Not too much backbone here or complexity.

The mouthfeel is probably this beers best attribute as it has a nice creaminess to the hop and booze.

The fact that my local mega-grocer has opened it's doors to craft and has this on the shelf for 9.99, I can't complain. But, given it's sitting right next to double jack, sucks and 6xers of southern tier 2x dipa and lagunitas maximus, I probably will not be stocking up.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.