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New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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595 Ratings

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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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

sideshowe, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ZAP
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Burnt orange color...looks impressive.

S-Rich....a a lot of toffee like malt and it appears a healthy dose of hops as well...sweeter tropical fruits along with some juicy peaches...toss in some basic citrus (tangerines) as well...also some plums

T-Well done. Pretty balanced with a strong toffee like malt impression. The hops lend some bitterness on the finish and a tangerine/ mango/plum fruitiness.

M-Feels the part...full bodied...rich...a lot of malt....hops aren't shortchanged either...

O-There are so many great DIPA's out there I would hesitate to put this on the top tier but this is rock solid and highly enjoyable and not that far off the top tier...

ZAP, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +3.9%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ABVfreak
5/5  rDev +29.9%

ABVfreak, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of TrentW
4/5  rDev +3.9%

TrentW, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Pillowhead
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pillowhead, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Rocky dense head, reddish brass color.

SMELL: Spearmint, pine sap, grapefruit rid, pipe tobacco, pineapple, mango, cake batter, booze soaked golden raisins.

TASTE: Bitter, pungent, grassy, citric, minty, biscuity, yeast, hint of caramel, ripe plum, mango, leafy, dry bitter finish.

Rich with layers of hop flavor, sip by sip I understand and pick this beer a part a little bit more. Hops don't completely devastate the palate which is a good thing. Very enjoyable.

Jason, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of GRPunk
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foiled bomber (labeled "2010 Vintage") poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A moderate pour created a 1-finger, tan head that settled to a pleasant film. Hazy, amber body with medium-light carbonation. Good stick left on the glass.

S- Quite balanced, barley-wineish even. Grassy and herbal hops meld with a solid, sweet malt backbone of brown sugar and caramel. There are leathery-tobacco-like qualities and some citrus notes.

T- More balance. Sweet malts of brown sugar and caramel mix with grassy and grapefruit zest, hop qualities. There's the slightest, warming alcohol in the finish along with a hint of biting hops that give a tobacco-leafy dryness.

M- Medium body for the style. Medium carbonation. Light, hoppy bite. Alcohol is smooth and late coming. Dry finish.

O- With what I assume is some age on it, it drank very barley-wineish. I would like to compare it to a fresh bottle. It's really pleasant all the same.

GRPunk, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint.
Vintage 2011, G071 printed on the neck (July 7, 2011), 20°P, 9.38% ABV.

A - Brilliantly clear and shining with a golden orange hue, Imperial Hatter is capped off with a sudsy cream pile. Great retention ends up leaving rings of thick lace around the glass.

S - Toasted biscuit and sweet caramel malt give way to American hops. Light dried grass notes add earth tones below the citrusy resin aroma. Grapefruit and pineapple fruit pull through on the finish.

T - Well-balanced, the biscuity malt profile adds some residual sweetness to compliment and counteract the hoppy profile. Grapefruit bitterness finishes out with a faint metallic hint.

M - Mild bitterness reminds of the regular IPAs of today and is battled by the lingering honey and caramel sweetness. A bit tinny going down, the metallic presence is the most annoying part of this brew.

O - Imperial Hatter is a good brew but seems to fall in the range of a normal IPA (for bitterness and hop profile, not alcohol content) rather than stand with some of the big dogs out there today. Unfortunately, my main concern with this beer isn't the hop profile but lies with it's intrusive metal flavor and feel on the finish. Otherwise, the brew is very well balanced. The malt profile is good, only needing some oomph in the hop and bitterness department. Additionally, it pairs very well with spicy pepperoni pizza and aged goat's milk blue cheese (as the label would suggest)!

BeerFMAndy, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of jsulko
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a medium copper color with a slightly off white head that does not linger

Smell has no citrus hops. Resin, oily hop smell with a large hit of booze

Taste is malty, almost biscuit, with a slight hint of citrus that I did not smell. Finish is piney with booze.

A DIPA that does not tend towards my favorite characteristics. Booze is too forward and would prefer more of a citrus hop presence.

jsulko, Nov 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, vintage 2011. A souvenir from a trip to Detroit last month.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper hue, with one finger of foamy, melted marshmallow, off-white head, which leaves a singular broad, eerily Michigan-shaped swath of lace on the lee side of the glass as it drops away. It smells of fairly strong bitter citrus and pine resin, and equal to the task bready caramel malt. The taste is more kind to the caramel/toffee, bread pudding maltiness, in the face of a steadfast, edgy pine and citrus rind fruity hoppiness, underlain all by a sneaky, simmering booze warmth. The carbonation is Plushables soft, the body a solid medium weight, and as smooth as a slightly scratchy Barry White album. It finishes off-dry, the big, enabling malt having nowhere to go, what with those crazy lurking hop notes, which have ironically, and wistfully faded.

A crazy-drinkable DIPA - 9 and change points of booze, and barely a warming, nicely offset imperial IPA players, and well, this is done like dinner, before you even know it. Insert maniacal Mad Hatter laugh...

biboergosum, Oct 28, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Carolus tulip glass. Light golden, little head and head retention in these glasses.

Smell is floral, nice malt notes of damn near tootsie roll. Definite pine, slight esters of bubblegum. Pretty complex for a $6.89 bomber! Do agree that it's a little funky.

Taste up front is delicately spiced, with honey and solid floral bitter coming soon there after, that melds into a great malt background, with some pears, and OK manageable alcohol presence. Lasting taste is the only lacking thing here. Kind of disappointing for a beer that started so wonderful. Bitter, drying hops finish... eventually.

Overall, a supreme $7 bomber. Not as crisp as its younger bro, Matter Hatter IPA, but far more complex. A great beer to let your nose and taste buds discover.

rangel2, Oct 27, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium copper body, clear, and underneath a two-inch-high head of lightly yellowish foam. Decent lacing on the descent.

Smell: Resinous, pithy and slightly alcoholic with notes of citrus pith, distilled florals, and a sliver of pine.

Taste: Lightly sweet, bready-tasting malts with a very faint toastiness. Briefly sweet. Pithy citrus and a spiciness that's sharp, like popping a hop pellet in your mouth. Medium-high bitterness. Drizzle of orange oil. The orange character remains for the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: The raw, coarse hoppiness isn't entirely disagreeing, but one one-time helping is more than enough for me.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 13, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a reddish copper/amber with a manila cap of a finger or so. Stays on well and some sticky lace makes for cool patterns on the glass.

Aroma - nice smelling orange and grapefruit. I think this is an older bottle so I didn't expect much effect from dry hopping. Still, a nice aroma.

Taste - a note of biscuit beneath the malt. The hops are definitely muted but they are tasty. Pithy grapefruit, slightly spicy, the hops taste like they could be pretty intense and medicinal if fresh. Abv plays into the aftertaste with a smoothing warmth, but is well-hidden. Finishes warm with some notable drying bitterness.

Mouthfeel - smooth and big, medium carbonation.

Drinkability - not bad, but more of the hoppier hopheads brew.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 12, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a teku)

2011 vintage

A- This beer pours a sightly dense deep caramel body with a thin broken film that sticks to the glass a bit after each sip. There are a few long strands of microbubbles that glide up the edge of the glass to the surface.

S- The clean nose has some soft green pine hops with a cream quality that comes through as the beer opens. There is a dry caramel aroma in the finish that only comes through as the beer warms a bit.

T- The slightly sweet caramel malt is stopped by a piny bittern finish that is a bit woody but is mostly just hop bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel as a gentle fizz hint and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a bigger bitterness that the other hatters but much less hop aroma and flavor. There is also much less depth to the malt aswell.

rhoadsrage, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $3.50 (Employee Beer Price). Tapped from the Black New Holland Handle with the Mad Hatter on it into a .47l New Holland Tulip Glass and has a Keg Date of May 10 (2011).

Aroma- Great hops, mainly citrus with a hint of a skunky mary jane hanging out. Hits the nostels pretty hard with this aroma and dig it!

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger, creamy white head that dies very quickly. Has a dark amber body that is semi-hazy and then leaves TONS of sudsy lacing.

Taste- Easy hops here... Mostly earthy and citrus hop tastes with a ton of sweetness. Leaves a medium hop bitterness and doesn't ever punch hard, just smooth and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, and Smoother than it should be... Not enough hop on the palate or whatever should be here for a 2X IPA.

Overall Impression- A great IPA but a DIIPA? Not sure I can call this one such... Nice citrus taste and aroma but then not much else... I'm a huge fan of the Mad Hatter and should just stick to this one! Can't even believe this one is 9.4%. Well Hidden!

DCon, Sep 02, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber colored ale thats clear and lightly carbonated. Foamy head is little and fades.
A good swirl produces a fair amount of surface foam.

A good swirl is needed to get any hop aroma.
Malts have a sweet taste maybe caramel malts.

Taste is light and bitter. A big malt backbone and a big boozey finish.

A medium mouthfeel that has a very warm and boozey finish.

Overall I didn't much care tor this beer.
There was hardly any hop taste to speak of.
A mostly malty and very boozey beer.
One and done.

micromaniac129, Aug 28, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage printed on label. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Hazy orange with yellow and red highlights. Minimal white head leaves moderate lacing.

S - Piney hops aroma dominates. Not much else in the aroma.

T - Bitterness from the hops coats the tongue up front. Fairly strong piney hops flavor and a minimal malt flavor. Hides the alcohol well.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but there are better imperial IPA's out there.

shanblur, Aug 19, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage.

Copper in color, with some reddish hues in there. Not much head, but carbonation seems strong. Looks good.

Nose carries strong caramel and citrus notes. Caramelized red onion, a bit of funky cheese, pineapple, tart cherry, and fennel. Up front in the aroma is the hop character...very round and heavy.

At first, the flavor seems a bit hollow and, perhaps, watery. The bitterness is there, some spice, as well as a nice, gritty sweetness. There is a bit of a metallic taste in this one...it is sitting right there at the end of each taste. Up front the beer is creamy, chewy, and ripe. But on the back end there is a strange finishing note that seems to pull the beer just out of reach of where it could potentially be.

This beer works well for the style it is going for, but falls a bit flat. This, of course, could be due to the vintage of the ale...the hops have mellowed a bit, giving way to the malt backbone a bit, though still packing quite a punch on the palate.

On the whole another fine ale from New Holland, but one that seems to be just a bit unbalanced in its approach.

movingtrain, Jul 20, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S8.99 bomber from SuperSaver, Pennington.

Dark copper body, excellent clarity, topped by four fingers of level mixed size bubbles, off-white in color. Good lacing. Good looking beer.

Grapefruit aroma, with a pine chaser, hints of orange. Not as assertive as expected though.

Sweet caramel slips down the center of the tongue, but juicy fruits are pushing it along from the first contact, quickly taking over. Big bitter bite at the swallow, with a long, long linger in the afterglow, along a second wave of juicy fruits.

Enjoyable chewy mouthfeel, flows smooth, firm, and rich.

An enjoyable DIPA which just needs a bit more nose to it. Definitely worthy of a try by all IPA/DIPA fans.

RonfromJersey, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pumped out of a cask, it had a nice foamy head on it. The lacing wasn't to bad. The color of the beer was a nice looking copper color. The smell was hoppy and had some earthy tones to it as well. The taste of the beer has a soft bitterness upfront that changes into a more harsh bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Overall this isn't the best IIPA, but it wasn't bad. I'd drink it again if I was out somewhere and saw it.

Knapp85, Jun 23, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. this one is a 2010 vintage, still with the older labels on it. Enjoy the regular mad hatter, so I have high hopes for this one

a- pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. creamy white head rises and falls pretty quickly, but leaves some nice lacing on the rim of the glass

s-smells like a DIPA. some citrus hops and a lot of malt. sort of a pungent sweetness to it

t-very balanced and malty, sort of indicative of the more midwest style DIPA. Nice hoppy citrus notes, followed by a sweet malty backbone. It could be that this is last years beer, but the hops seem a bit muted. there is a little funky flavor that I cant quite figure out as well towards the end, sort of a caramelized sugar or something.

m-a little bitter oily finish, but still extremely drinkable. 9.4% abv isnt noticable.

overall, I prefer this style of DIPA where there is a nice balance between the hops and the malty sweetness, but this one is quite my favorite. A very good beer once again from New Holland, and at $5 a bomber, a great price. I am looking forward to trying the 2011 version and seeing how this slightly aged version differs.

crewfan16, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a hazed golden orange color with some darker brown hues. Thinner head fades quickly with some spotty lacing on the glass.

Pretty strong in the nose with tropical fruit, followed by nice hop bitterness. Apricot and orange with some faint alcohol and bready malt.

Softer hop profile up front, but still pretty bitter with grapefruit and citrus. Sweeter tones with orange citrus and tropical notes. Bready and caramel malts swirl in with sweetness. Finishes bitter but with notes of sweetness and alcohol.

Medium bodied, dry and sticky on the tongue. Drinks pretty well, but not exactly something I'd rush out to buy again.

xnicknj, Jun 19, 2011
New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.