New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

601 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 32
Gots: 26 | 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  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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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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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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%

Photo of MadScientist
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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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2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Appears a dark caramel color with orange hints. Has a below average white head, minimal lacing, and the head dissipates quickly.

Nose is very sweet. Caramel and sweet bready malts. The label says bitter with grapefruit notes, but i'm not getting it. Disappointing. Taste is more bitter, but the finish is just straight bitter, not much going on.

Mouthfeel is heavy and very sticky. Average carbonation. Overall, I was disappointed, hoping for more out of this. Not complex at all, and not interesting to me...

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Hazy coppery amber brew with a cream-colored head. Decent retention and lacing. 3.5

Pine and citrus hop nose with bitterness, bread, caramel, and sweet notes. 4.0

Big malt backbone with gooey toffee and dark toasted grains. Pine and earthy hops come through with a few citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. The bitterness is upfront and not terribly lingering. Sweet malts, creeping booze, and leafy hops make a tantalizing three-way. 4.0

Decent carbonation. A little too sticky from a syrupy body. Not as creamy as the dream wants it to be. 3.5

Lovely little DIPA. An underrated brew. Worth checking out once a year. 4.0

New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.