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New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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564 Ratings

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 29
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of lennerja
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear copper color with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing.

S- Smell is of citrus hops up front and some sweet malts at the end.

T- Slight hop bitterness mixed with sweet malts that leaves a bitterness in the mouth.

M- Medium bodied beer that coats the mouth.

O- Overall it is a good imperial IPA with good hop character and some sweet malts to balance it out, which makes it easy to drink.

lennerja, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Holland
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the New Holland Brewery.

A: amber colored in a thin New Holland tulip glass. Not a lot of head by the time it got to me upstairs, but the carbonation allowed the lacing to come back with each sip.

S: hops, but not too much. Smells sweet.

T: tastes of hops, sweetness, malts

M: medium bodied, just like an imperial IPA should be. Leaves a crisp but slightly sticky and sweet taste.

O: to me this is the classic Imperial IPA - it's no Hopslam, but it's worth your time and money to find and I'll have it again.

Holland, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of techfed87
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12-ounce bottle.

Head was thinner than I expected it to be and quite quick to dissipate.

Smell is characteristically hoppy and full of grapefruit notes and other citrus-like characteristics.

First sip is well-rounded and full of life. Although, the level of carbonation could be raised a bit more and not damage the overall mouthfeel.

A pretty good IPA. Maybe not as intense or as ridiculously hopped as some of them come, but nonetheless very good.

techfed87, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at a beer shop in OH. 2010 vintage, 12oz bottle...

A: An agressive pour yields a murky medium copper color that has a 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace, but never completely disappears. Good.

S: I can smell this one from the table. A nice piney hop blended with a sugary malt, and blended perfectly! Some citrus / grapefruit appears in the middle and some toffee hidden on the backend. Very good!

T: Wow, how did this one fail? After the scent, I was so excited. A strange boozy mess. I get booze upfront with a bitter dry, unflavorful hop and some caramel on the backend. A very odd blend of flavors. What is their brew trying to do? Eh.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A very dry finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is not a good example of a DIPA. It seems like this beer is confused on what it wants to be. Smelled great, tasted confused. An odd blend of booze, IPA, and barleywine. Don't both about this one at all.

steve8robin, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label, this little dandy is from the brewers’ “High Gravity Series.” In any case, this is a very drinkable dry-hopped IPA; it begins in a luxuriant vanilla froth that subsides atop a body of dark copper. Look within: there is a vast swarm of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

The nose is an intense citric blend of orange and pineapple; the palate detects a faint hint of caramel, raisins and pine nuts; the mouthfeel is smooth, albeit somewhat heavy on the tongue and provides a quick kick of alcohol at the finish.

This one was surprising as it was not the “hop bomb” that I originally though it would be; there is a nice non-aggressive body here with a subtle balance that makes the Imperial Hatter one to leisurely sip without the bitterness usually left in the wake of this complex style.

jjboesen, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of jables7
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a perfect amber colored beer. this one makes me want to cry just looking at it

S- a good hop burst but not as strong as I would have expected out of an imperial ipa.

T- a solid, balance hop profile. it sticks to your tongue and leaves you wanting more

M- a classic double ipa mouthfeel. it's much thicker than it's color lets on.

O- This one impressed me. I've never really been a fan of the regular mad hatter from New Holland. This beer takes the caution that holds mad hatter back and amps it up creating a well balanced, delicious double ipa.

jables7, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper-orange colour with thick white head. Nice head retention, some lacing around the glass. Smells very malty, with citrus hops and some resiny hops as well. Flavour is sweet, but has a nice level of bitterness to it. This is not a hop bomb, but a nicely balanced double IPA. Medium bodied carbonation level. A nice beer.

kwjd, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

barkeeper lets me know - this DIPA keg is 4 months old. no sweat for me though.

cold, semi translucent, and mahogany brown (?) from the tap at tavern on south to a 12oz goblet with a 1/2 finger, longer lasting, off white head leaving lace to the rim.

hmmm... aroma is quite subdued, almost not there. I'm getting hints of floral hops and malts in the wayback.

hops up front, but just barely considering the style. floral hops lying alongside sweet brown sugary malts. toffees also present.

smooth and creamy, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

deniability - maybe one or two.

overall - nice balance for a DIPA. looking for a palate buster ? this one isn't for you. otherwise thumbs up.

robwestcott, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks for the extra Jay!

A: Pours a very dark amber with an oily off-white head that faded into a thick film that left a sticky network of lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of sticky grapefruit, pineapple and oily hop resin. There is a blast of sweet malt with a hint of roastedness to it.
T: Follows the nose with a fairly malty flavor coupled with bitter grapefruit and sweet pineapple juice. Sweet and resinous all the around with just a touch of alcohol coming through in the finish.
M: Thickish body with a sticky oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable but not warm, and the bitterness is under control.
D: Balanced for a DIPA and easy to drink. Similar in sweet malt character to DFH 90 min. I like my DIPA's hop forward and bitter, but I would never pass this one up as a good beer. Thanks again jbck109.

scottfrie, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass (with a texture inside, which I think killed the lacing).

Appearance - Copper colored. Makes me think it's going to be malty before I even try it. The head disappears quickly. I think my glass may not have been great as it had a weird texture inside.

Smell - Not so aromatic, really. Less than I would have expected. I smell a caramel maltiness more than hops. Maybe a bit of piny hops.

Taste - Good hop flavor, maybe not like a DIPA should have, but it's good. I've had APAs with a hoppier profile than this. Still very tasty. Hardly any bitterness from the hops. The malt flavor is apparent. Not too sweet, just enough to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel - Splendid mouthfeel. Just thick enough to justify the 9.4% alcohol. Carbonation is maybe a bit low. Makes it feel slightly to creamy for the style.

Overall - Perhaps I'm nitpicking with my criticism, because it's actually quite good. I thought maybe it was a bit astringent in the finish, but that seemed to go away after a few sips. I suppose I might have been spoiled by the recent arrival of some west coast IPAs that have made me question what a DIPA should be.

Alieniloquium, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Nearly perfect. Pours a deep amber color, with burnt sienna undertones. Mild-to-moderate carbonation is present. The head (which began at a whopping three fingers) recedes slowly and leaves a thick, chewy-looking lacing on the glass. It stops at about 1/2 finger and recedes no further. Yes!!

Smell: Lots of stuff going on here. Fruity. Floral. Full-bodied. Funky. Fresh. Some flowery hop action is supplemented with a carob/vanilla bean scent. A mild breadiness entwined with mellow citrus finishes out the sniff. You really have to strain to smell the alcohol in this one. Looking forward to tasting it!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Perfect, in my opinion. Beer enters with a smoothness from the hop oils. Grapefruit vibes mingle with bitter hops and sweet herbs. The malt is actually really tasty in this, and compliments the hops perfectly. Just a touch of mellow sweetness as the beer begins to bubble. At this point, the malt really takes hold. Aftertaste is very, very mellow...no horrible hop breath on this one. A gentle coating of hop oil and a mild sweetness. Awesome.

Overall: One of the best beers I have ever tasted. Really glad I tried this one!

Lauthaha, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Body is a pretty orange-copper color, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves a bit of nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is big on piny hops, with lots of grapefruit and a whiff of pineapple. A decent whiff of alcohol and a faint touch of mustiness.
Palate is big on grapefruit and piny hops, balanced by a solid dose of caramel malt. Notes of citrus and pineapple emerge mid-palate, with a surprising dose of sweet caramel coming through on the finish. More than a little booze becomes evident on the swallow.
Body is full, slightly syrupy and sticky, but not overly thick. Carbonation is mellow and adds just a bit of creaminess. A nice warming hit of alcohol on the finish reminds you of the strength. This is a delicious beer, for sure, but not quite in the league with the best west coast hop bombs.

ElGordo, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Copper-colored body with a pretty respectable head.

S: The usual grapefruit and pine notes.

T: Plenty of grapefruit, some biscuity malt, a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied, not really syrupy, medium carbonation.

D: Not a bad DIPA at all. Recommended.

BarrelO, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up via the single bottle from Totowa this past week and couldn't believe how strong it was. After drinking it last night, I was quite surprised at how easy it was to down. While this isn't the best representation of its particular style, this was a good brew that can match up with any of its West Coast counterparts.

Nice copper hue to the pour with a good head on top. The lacing was one of the better examples that I've seen lately as rings were left on my glass after every sip. The taste was strong in the grapefruit with strong metallic and pine notes to accompany that. The mouthfeel was nicely balanced but this didn't have the wax or resin consistency that I've come to expect from other hoppy beers that taste like this one did. The aftertaste was mellow and lingered like a dry-hopped beer, in addition.

Even though this packs a bit of a wallop, I could barely discern any alcohol as I worked my way down my glass. This isn't for the novice Double/Imperial drinker but for those who like a hopped beer with a lot of kick and a good aroma, this would be a fine choice. I'm not sure how the Mat Hatter fits into all of this and if I had to venture a guess, I'd say that he'd enjoy this too if it were available in Wonderland.

JerzDevl2000, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall not a terrible beer, but not that great in my opinion either. Looks nice though with a deep oak brown color with moderate white head. Nose is pretty hoppy, not overly sweet--but the flavor is pretty sweet. There's a hoppy kick to it, which flows right into a sweet cake-y malt backbone. I'm not crazy about it. Too sweet, and the hops are pretty muted. Decent drinkability, if only in that the ABV is decently masked. I'd pass it up for other available options that are better.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark red copper color with a one finger white head that dies down and leaves decent lacing. On the nose it's grapefruit, bready malts, actually lots of bready malts. There is some darker fruit in there too, figs maybe, or dates, or prunes. The dark fruits and bread kind of conspire to make me think of an English barleywine, which have been known to have some of my favorite noses. In the mouth the grapefruit takes over, and it's a good deal dryer than I might have expected. The spicy or tangy hops remind me that this is no English barleywine. The body is medium wide, and the finish is really long as it tends to be with this style, lots of hop bitterness, some real pleasant heat, all lingering for a good while. It might be a bit too boozy to hang with for a few rounds, but this is a pleasant surprise for me.

EricCioe, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the New Holland Brew Pub.

A: pours a clear gold, soapy white head, no lacing

S: smell features nice earthy, piny, and caramel notes. The cask conditioning allows these aromas to be on the forefront which is quite nice.

T: the front is bitter with notes of pine needle, a touch of honey, caramel, and a quick and bitter finish. Decent balance going on. I much prefer the cask version to the bottled version.

MF: creamy, smooth, and velvety...again the cask is helping out here big time

D: I've had this beer out of the bottle and wasn't too impressed. The cask version on the other hand is a whole different animal. Nice bold hop profile with a lot of flavor and aroma.

homebrew311, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of kyleisdumb
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the Mad Hatter and thought I would give this one a try....
I like this more than the Mad Hatter,
Love the grapefruit in it... Lots of bitterness which I love....
The only thing I was disappointed with the finish, It starts strong and ends with diminishing flavor, which I wish was a bit stronger on the finish, otherwise I am fairly pleased with this brew.

kyleisdumb, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Spiekerbox
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown reddish with a very thin white head

S- Sweet hoppy with a fruity base, more of an apple scent than the other typical citrus scents

T- Starts sweet with the hop flavors and a bit of maltyness. The hops hit nice and bitter in the middle. Citrus hops are the most noticeable but the bitterness is never overwhelming. Some of the more herbal/earthy hops come out at the very end, more noticeable the more you drink of the beer.

M- Low to moderate carbonation and a creamy and thick texture. Coats the mouth leading to an aftertaste that is nice and lingers for a long time.

D- This is a good offering from a brewery that is quite underrated in my mind, very drinkable, especially for a 9.4% beer. Big enough though that it still takes time to finish

Spiekerbox, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of hwy61mb
2.28/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip with very little head, but some lacing. The reddish brown, cloudy beer smelled spicy and a little sweet. The taste is also spicy and a bit hoppy. The taste is almost sour. It's kind of thick, a little carbonation. I couldn't drink very much of this. I usually really like New Hollands offerings.

hwy61mb, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage, thanks to my buddy for this gift!

Pours a quite dark and muddy brown with a very small white head with very little lacing. Nose is almost like a barleywine, it's quite malty and sweet with more of an earthy/grassy hop note, but it's subtle - based on the nose this isn't a hop bomb, in fact I almost get some chocolate on the nose.

Taste brings it much more into the IIPA range, it's quite sharp, bitter and astringent. The malt is there and it's quite sweet, almost like 90min IPA or even, as I said earlier, like a heavy barleywine. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and syrupy, somewhat low carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.

kingcrowing, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass gives off a faint cream head. Color of beer is borderline oqaque see through consisting of a faint red copper to brown. Some lacing.

Smell is a sweet front going first to hop then faint apple. As you taste the drink the apples become more prominent of a Fuji sweetness but also of a strange cider quality. Hop finish of biterness also.

Mouthfeel is like an apple cider also kind of wet instead of some hop chewyness. Easily drinkable and not alcohol tasting/overpowering.

Easily drinkable, but depends on your tolerance and sweetness level.

smakawhat, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This poured a nice amber color that had a nice white head that left good lacing as it fell. This was also quite a bit darker than the regular mad hatter.

S - The smell had some malty sweetness and earthy hops. There were a lot of fruity and citrus notes.

T - Right away you get the malty sweetness, and very shortly after the hops hit you. There is very nice hop bitterness, but it still seems decently balanced, but the hops are definitely the star of the show. There are also some nice citrus notes. The finish is hoppy and bitter, and it seems to stick to your mouth and slowly fades away. There is definite alcohol presence in the taste as well.

M - The mouthfeel was good. It seemed creamy and you could feel the carbonation bubbles tingling in your mouth a little. It had a nice medium body, and it went down smooth.

D - I would say that the drinkablility is great on this one. It goes down smooth, and it is a great example of this style of beer. I could drink these all the time. Good job NH. Cheers.

JizackFH, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hop, sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight citrus. Overall, a strangely muted aroma. A weak IIPA in general.

Tone, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a small goblet, Imperial Hatter is dark, burnt orange with a nice off-white head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is very robust with the hops, something I always worry about with a bottled, strong DIPA (that was not even in a cooler at the store). This one has punch, equally resin and citrus, very robust, nice dry hopping, some spice and not hot.

Taste is big and hoppy, definitely a nice DIPA that won't get confused with a strong ale. West coast hop profile, spicy, resiny citrus, some lemon, decent sweet malt, with complementary but not overly bitterness.

Mouthfeel is oily but a bit dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty high if you like big IPA. Due to my bias to west coast IPAs, I thought this would be a boozy malt bomb, but it's the real deal. Dank and clean, very tasty, big hops, well. done. Went down easily, and I'd like another!

ccrida, Nov 04, 2010
New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.