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New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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very good

578 Ratings

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 29
Gots: 23 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Lynn, Apr 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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Soomars, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Jamison85, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, Mar 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

smartassboiler, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Indybier
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Indybier, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

tdm168, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Pookie, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kelp, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

slatetupelo, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of youngleo
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a nice two inch head that was a slight off white in color. Brew itself was a light brown in color. Head didnt hang around very long. But did leave some lacing. Smelled of sweet notes right away. And also of hops and malt. Tasted slightly sweet. Also that pine taste and malt. Had a slight bitter aftertaste. Aftertaste lasted a little bit after swallowing. Pine taste also hung around awhile. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was right. Overall I thought it was a little on the sweet side. ID buy again. It just wasnt one of my favorites IPA

youngleo, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pwillie, Jan 29, 2013
New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.