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New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

604 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 32
Gots: 30 | 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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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...

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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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.

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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.

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)!

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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.

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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...

Photo of rangel2
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.

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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.

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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.

New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.