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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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very good

610 Ratings

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 34
Gots: 31 | 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
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottles says 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a light amber with orange edges. A finger and a half head dissipates to a rim and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Light citrus aroma with a caramel backing. Smells sweet.

Taste: Initial subtle hop bite that has a citrus and grassy flavor. Pretty Sweet sugars and caramel keep the balance. Finishes with a lingering citrus sweetness and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well-hidden abv, medium-bodied, and not too much bitterness on the finish.

Overall: Nice mouthfeel and balanced, moderate flavors make for an above average DIPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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.

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4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looked and smelled great--solid cloudy orange with a great citrusy hop nose. The flavor was a real hop smack but not overly bitter. Very drinkable. I'd get this again if I didn't have to pay $9.50 a bottle where I was. Worth trying for sure, though!

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz botle poured into a snifter
Vintage 2011... really need to start checking bottle dates.

A- Pours hazy orange with a half finger off white head. Quick dissipation and some alcohol legs.

S- An extremely sweet aroma. There is a ton of citrus tones, sugary pineapple, grape, mango, grapefruit. Nice stuff

T- A medium-high bitterness followed by a heap of citrus flavors. There is a lot of mango, papaya, and pineapple. This is a sugary tasting IPA and is on the sweet side. The sweetness takes the citrus flavors to the next level.

M- drinks as well as a 9.4 beer should. Good carbonation and nice full feel. Hoppy and bitter aftertaste.

O- Impressive IPA, expecially considering the fast that it is way past due. Im going to have to seek out some fresh ones.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Beer Baron (Detroit, MI). 5.29. 2011 vintage. Served in a Founders snifter. 

Pours a murky deep dark orangey yellow with about a half finger pale cream head. Head recedes quickly but leaves a few scattered spots of lacing. 

Interesting nose. Bold sour bitter grapefruit citrus, candy sugar, sweet bread, herbal and floral hops with a hint of booze. 

Bitter grapefruit hops jump out front in the flavors. A nice little blend of the citrus and herbal hops, dough, sugar, pine and currants. Thr alcohol peeps through occasionally but is well hidden for the most part. 

Medium full feel with a good amount of carbonation. Nice & oily sticky slick. An alcohol cooling effect adds to the long bitter hoppy aftertaste. 

While it isn't my favorite imperial IPA by any means, this is a solid offering. As a 2011 vintage I'm sure the hops have faded but I could still detect a good deal. I may not buy a 4 pack but I'll definately try this again if I'm ever someplace that has it fresh on tap. 

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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-dark amber with a thin cream colored head

S-smells strong of hops, old grass, and herbs. It's a strong boozy scent. 

T-comes in with a fairly decent taste of, well, what it smells like minus the booze. It's actually an okay taste. It does have a distinct aged taste to it. 

M-medium carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-it's not absolutely terrible, though it is fairly difficult to drink. I would've preferred to share this, yes the 12 ounce bottle. It just has a certain aged sweetness to it that I find difficult to finish. 

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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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.

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3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium yellow pour, inch head, fine lacing. Smell very similar to hopslam minus honey. Smells promising. More solid, fine lacing, little head. Standard IPA taste, with citrus, balanced hop profile, some malt and a bit of pine. Not overpoweringly hopped, decent balance, lighter than many IPAs. Overall it is a decent all around IPA.

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2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2011 - I have no idea when this was bottled, but I bought it with a New Holland rep present, so...

Clear, dark reddish copper colored body with a creamy off-white head that settles as a patchy sheet. Spotty lace. Dark citrus, sweet bread, caramel malt, pine, apple, mild chocolate, subtle booze...not bad as far as aromas go, but not what a DIPA should be. Flavors of black tea, vague orange and peach, with some dark pine resin. It just doesn't seem as fresh as it should be, but I'm confused as to whether this is year round, seasonal, or what? A little better than medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a solid trailing bitterness. Again, it's not terrible as a beer, but it's very far from the numerous great examples of the style. The fact that a brewery rep sold me on it and it says "Vintage 2011" and nothing else...maybe they brew it once a year? I don't know. Nothing special...

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
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