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New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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561 Ratings

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 29
Gots: 19 | 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 cokes
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Vintage 2010.

Somewhat hazed, weathered bronze bodied with a low-slung head of patchy suds. Retention is on the low side, lacing is moderate to low.
Apricot, grapefruit, guava, and peach aroma, filtered heavily through bread. Yeah, it's alright, but it seems completely stifled. As it warms, metallic, brown bag, toffee, and sherry notes arrive, making it seem aged (which it's not) or oxidized (which it shouldn't be).
Caramel breadiness is first through the mouth, which is actually two separate things that merge almost immediately. Way in the background, some dark fruit maltiness is manifest, raisins and dates, and touches of brown sugar. Hops take their star turn, and fizzle immediately. Limp grapefruit peel, rusted iron, blood, wet weeds. More raw brown sugar seeps in, as though it senses that the hops aren't holding up their end. Some oxidized brown bag and woody notes pop up late, and finally a lingering grassy bitterness. Alcohol never really shows.
This drinks far lighter than it is. The build is medium full, if not slightly smaller, and the carbonation trickles out, but it doesn't effect the drinkability, which paradoxically is this beer's strong point.
It reminds me most of an aged SN Celebration (which is one I've stopped cellaring due to these type of results). It's a bit bitter, a bit malty, but faded to a point that neither impresses. That's not a ringing endorsement for a fresh DIPA.

cokes, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010 on the label.

A: Amber with orange hues. One finger head, great lacing
S: Somewhat bland at the nose. Nothing overwhelming. Citrus hops, sweet maltiness.
T: Nice citrus bitterness well balanced with sweet maltiness. Very good overall.
M: Nice creaminess lingering bitterness makes you want another drink.
D: Very, Very drinkable for 9% ABV. Scary good actually.

Outstanding DIPA, high alcohol is well hidden, nice balance with a nice bitter finish. Will buy in bottle on occasion and would never pass up on draft.

jmich24, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to my NC Beer hook-up,Brian.

A-Poured a hazy amber with a crown of 2 inch chalky white head that had decent retention and receded leaving moderate lacing.

S-Slightly grassy,herbaceous hop notes were present but mostly the citric qualities of the Simcoe and Palisades hops played the largest role.The maltiness was subtle but played perfectly against the hops.

T-Taste was smooth and dominated by grapefruit with honeysuckle and light caramel malt rounding the flavor profile out.

M-Lively and buttery.Smooth with just a touch of warmth in the finish.

D-The slight burn on the end is the only thing keeping this beer's drinkability from being a 4.Excellent offering from New Holland.

StlHopHead77, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Very young children eat their books, literally devouring their contents. This is one reason for the scarcity of first editions of Alice in Wonderland and other favorites of the nursery."

--A.S.W. Rosenbach (U.S. book and manuscript collector and dealer)

Vintage 2010. Harvest orange with diamond-like clarity and several fine bubbles streams ascending within. The Imperial looking head is closer to sandstone than alabaster, has a firmly creamy texture, develops some impressive rockiness as it melts, and is doing a bang-up job coating the glass with lace.

The aroma is classic C-hopped American DIPA. The malts smell largely pale, the hops are white grapefruit-orange peel fruity, and there's the smallest hint of alcohol imaginable. If there are enough lupulins in the house, this might be pretty good stuff.

Imperial Hatter is good beer that tastes like quite a few other American DIPAs that I could name. That isn't a knock, because truly great DIPAs are relatively hard to come by. It makes no major missteps and seems to have a lot going for it in the first few ounces.

In spite of the orange color, there can't be a very high percentage of 'darker than pale malt'. Maybe a wee blip of toasted bread and that's it. The citrus fruity hops are on the aggressive side, though their flavor and bitterness are tamed to some extent by all the malt sugars. That's precisely why IPAs (rather than DIPAs) are my favorite style.

Warming brings the expected changes: more cushy malts, bolder hops, and more mellow alcohol. The taste score still doesn't deserve a bump, but the drinkability score does. This really is an easy drinker considering style and ABV.

The body/mouthfeel is impressive now that mid-bottle has arrived. It's glassy smooth and the carbonaton is dead... solid... perfect. Amazing sheets of BB-shot lace (once the beer falls with drinking) result in a well-deserved appearance score increase.

New Holland Mad Hatter IPA was one of my favorite American IPAs back in the day. It's time to revisit that brew the next time I have the opportunity. Imperial Hatter isn't quite that good, but it's a rock-solid example of the American DIPA style circa 2010.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber body with decent white head. Little lacing.

Citrus and pine hop scent. Heavy on the malt.

A "balanced" dipa. Definitely hop heavy, but does has a heavy malt presence. There is an earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit boozy. It does have a high abv, but I've had DIPAs just as big without as much boozey burn.

Good beer, but there are so many better DIPAs out there. For $15.99/4 pack I won't go near this again, though I wouldn't pass it on tap.

Vonerichs, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of hu5om
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle split with e11a627 and newk340
a-rich amber brown, very clear. finger of white foam. pretty decent lacing.

s-dank hops. grapefruit and lemon. almost spicy

t-lemony grapefruit, fresh big, big hops, touch of sweetness.

m-smooth for a double. very gentle finish and leaves the palate fairly clean. remarkable.

d-delic. i usually prefer the more abrasive ipas and iipas, but this one packs the hop punch and then backs off nicely. might need to grab a sixer. sessionable!

hu5om, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of newk340
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a gorgeous golden amber, no visible carbonation, a thin ring of foam that leaves decent lacing.

S: delicious citrusy hops sizzle the nostrils. if you like IPAs, this is the beer for you.

T: burst of citrus flavor and hops that discretely fades to nothing. splendid flavors though!

MF/D: sizzle of carbonation that recedes quickly, one of the smoothest IPAs down the throat ive had. a bitterness remains on the back of the tongue following each sip.

newk340, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of e11a627
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared with hu5om and newk340 at Bodega.

A: Yellow, golden-orange. 1/4inch ring of foam. Pretty lacing.

S: Hoppy, citrus - orange/grapefruit aroma.

T: Grapefruit punch, delicious hops - just the right amount.

M: Initially it is very hoppy, bitter. Post-swallow is so amazingly smooth. Surprised and impressed.

D: It's an imperial IPA but did not hit me in the face with that hoppy taste which was enjoyable. Left a very clean finish - SO smooth! I could even consider this a session beer. I could definitely have a few.

e11a627, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of cbak999
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purhcased at Green's Beverage Warehouse in Columbia, SC.

A- this beer poured a medium, orangish, amber color with about 1/4" of head.

S- carmel, piney, earthy - very sweet smelling.

T- the alcohol is nicely balanced by the hops. Tastes like a west coast IIPA with a big punch. Maybe a little too much caramel malt.

D- As with any 9+% IIPA, you only need one or 2 tops. This beer went down very well on an 80 degree summer day.

I was impressed but not blown away with this IIPA. It was very drinkable considering the ABV. I plan to pick up another and give this another shot.

cbak999, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of beerhan
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the third high gravity from New Holland that I have had and was very unsure whether or not I would like it because of the regular mad hatter being so average. Nonetheless I picked up a single and was very impressed. A couple days later I find it on tap in town. . Definitely an amazing beer. This version of the hatter has a fantastic floral bouquet aroma with a very sweet taste. This is one intense beer and hard to realize that its alcoholic.

beerhan, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of cvaypai
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber to new belgium globe.

Appearance - Pours with a thin cover of white bubbly froth that sticks to the side of the glass and laces down. Pours dark orangey brown with hints of amber. Completely translucent.

Smell - Smells extremely earthy and grassy with spicy hops. A little bit of citrusy hops can be found in the nose. Big malt presence coming in the form of a caramel like sweetness.

Taste - This is a pretty malty imperial ipa, lots of sweet caramel and bready biscuit malt comes out right up front. The earthy hops can be tasted near the end along with some pine and a bit of grapefruit, a nice bitterness on the end that isn't harsh and works along well. Very malt foward iipa but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - This beer is pretty thick, but I have to say it doesn't take away from the beer at hand. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is where it needs to be. The bitterness could be a little better on the tongue.

Drinkability - The bomber will be it for me on this, the high alcohol and big malt and hop profile make this one close to a sipper and one to savor. I don't think I could finish a second bomber.

cvaypai, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of fear025
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma:A nice sweet, mild, fruity aroma. There are kiwi and kumquat flavors, not grapefruit, but still citrusy.

Appearance:This amber colored beer is a fair amount darker than the original Mad Hatter. It has a small amount of lacing.

Taste:This is a quite potent beer. You get the alcohol burn, you get the massive hops in the foretaste. It's pretty much straight bitterness without any tartness. This is a even, mellow bitter, that's not super astringent. It doesn't have a bitter aftertaste either. The malts are also rather mild, but it sets a nice stage for this huge bitterness play. On subsequent tastes, I get more apricot notes with a lot of sweetness. The hop bitterness keeps sticking with you on the mid and aftertastes, not at all unpleasantly.

Mouthfeel:The carbonation is wonderful with small bubbles that foam up in my mouth, giving this beer a creamy aspect.

Drinkability:A fantastic example of an Imperial IPA.

fear025, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of GregoryVII
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used a snifter for the Imperial Hatter. It poured a moderate head that didn't last long and had an amber, light brown color. The smell was grass and pine with a few dandelions thrown into the mix. Malt sweetness was there as well, with light fruit notes.

The flavor had a good balance between sweet and bitter. The middle ground was nutty, like a good southern pecan and before I got to the hop bitters I ran into sweet malt. The hops grow as you sip and the beer warms. It turns into a summer lawn with sugar, alcohol, caramel all jumbled together. The body was medium full with decent carbonation.

GregoryVII, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Great lakes snifter.

Pours a small amount of white head. Leaves some lace rings. Color is a dark orange copper. A pretty nice looking dipa.

Aroma: grassy/weedy hops. Big bready malt backbone. It as some fruity notes. Some orange flavors with a bit of grapefruit.

Taste: Grassy hops with some floral notes. Still, fairly malty with a little booze showing. Grapefruit citrus with some fruit notes. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but some smoothness to it. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and sticky. Hop resin feel to it.

Overall, not to drinkable for me. Split 4 ways and I really didn't even want to finish my pour. Just not the IIPA for me. Hops didn't work and it was trying to be something it couldn't be imo.

mothman, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of stewart124
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker copper color with ruby tints and a slightly tan head. The head starts out fluffy and then gradually drifts away. There is a bit of lace.

Soft smells of biscuit and grapfruit. Fairly complex and lots of layers to this imperial ipa.

Big mouthfeel and quite bitter on the sides of the tongue. Plenty of sharp grapefruit and pine from the hops with some fruity esters and medium caramel. Didn't I say this was complex?

This isn't an overpowering hop bomb but a great balance of malts adds to the complexity. Good drinkability and I believe I could put away a few of these before the alcohol snuck up on me. Solid overall.

stewart124, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with an eighth-inch white head that thins out a little but remains full. Decent lacing.
Smell is bready malts and fairly piney hops, with some faint citrus notes. Pineapple and cinnamon notes come in as well, with the malts carrying, taking on a touch of butter and toasted qualities.
Taste is slightly toasted malts with some fairly subdued, piney hops. Alcohol comes in a bit towards the end, but not to a level that's offensive. Mushy citrus notes come in after the front. Finish is quite bitter, with an ample malt representation.
Mouthfeel is fairly flat and sticky at the finish. Medium-light body. Low level of carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. No problem finishing the bottle.

Parrotbeak, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass from a 12oz bottle. A thick and creamy head, 2 fingers deep, formed on top of the sunset amber body. The foam receded down to a thin layer, leaving lots of lace behind.

The nose is dominated by hops...piney with a bready backbone. Some malts and (something sweet, maybe) honey are also present.

The first thing to hit your palate is a bitter hop punch. This lasts throughout the drink but turns sweeter toward the finish. The middle is grainy and doughy. Lots of bitter resin in the aftertaste.

The mouth feel is medium, slick and well carbonated.

This is a smooth drinking beer for an imperial IPA...the 9.4% ABV is well hidden. Another nice offering from the guys at NH!

mgbickel, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A - Pours a great clear dark ruby with light white foam and almost no lacing.

S - Big hops, tropical fruits, and honey type sweetness.

T - Grapefruit flavor and bitterness from the hops, along with citrus rind, and slight pine flavors.

M - light bodied, some resin, and big time carbonation.

D - This is a good DIPA, not in the class as Hopslam or others, but still good tasting, reasonably priced and refreshing, give it a shot!

semibaked, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Mondiale 2010. Hop aromas, emminating from very golden coloured body with a white hjead and lace rings. You can see the carbonation bubbles. Good piney hops and creamy malts, hits the bullseye for the style. But you can detect the a.b.v. Bit above average mouthfeel.A little more drinkable the second bottle courtesy of Christian of Chancey Smith.

Sammy, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of danielharper
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange red with a one-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly. Slightly hazy. Smells strongly of hops, but with a lot of sweetness from residual sugars and a nice bready undertone.

Flavor has strong hop character, with significant sweetness but dry on the back-end. Some yeasty qualities, slightly strange for a DIPA, but not unpleasant. The combination of the sweetness, bitterness, dryness, and malt backbone give a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is moderate, with heavy carbonation and a nice wallop of hops.

Overall a very nice DIPA. Definitely not my absolute favorite from New Holland, but once again they pretty much nail a style.

danielharper, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper hue with a clear body, forms with a light beige khaki tan head leaves behin fine speckled lacing with my first sip. Aromatics offer up citrus peel mainly grapefruit and a bunch of pine accents. Flavor grips the palate with hop harshness and mimimal hop flavor, go figure. Great Lakes hop heads beware this brew is pricey 4 something a single, yes it's worth a nice DIPA but this isn't as worthy as most examples bodied around that region. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied with bitterness left behindall day, the raw hop flavors describe most DIPAs but the palate here is left abused and it's quite the harsh experience. I like me some malt and hop flavor balance to go with my bitterness. Drinkability overall isn't bad but I don't think I will revisit at this pricing.

WVbeergeek, May 21, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. 2010 vintage.

color is a deep, transparent, reddish amber. only gave me a thin cap of off white head upon pouring, and that calmed to a thin ring pretty fast. a few legs of lace here and there but not much.

smell is floral and fruity with some grassy notes.

taste is mostly piney bitterness with a bit of carmel malt and a slight alcohol burn in the finish. bitterness hangs on the tongue as it should. honestly, i was expecting a little more here. i guess i don't see what this offers over the regular mad hatter besides higher alcohol content.

on the thicker side of a medium body. could stand a bit more carbonation.

a pretty solid beer, but not one to drink a lot of. the 9.4% seems to catch up with me a lot faster than other high abv beers. worth trying, but i think i'll stick with the regular mad hatter.

divineaudio, May 21, 2010
Photo of reefkeeper99
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- deep coppery red with thin 1-finger head that does not linger long. Decent lacing.

Smell- hops, hops, and more hops, with a faint orangey background.

Taste- bold hoppy flavor. faintly citrusy and sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Warms the soul as it goes down. The >9% ABV is well-masked. A good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel- relatively thin, compared to other imperial IPA's. carbonation is restrained. Not too heavy.

Drinkability- good, given high abv. This is not overly heavy or hard to drink. Must be careful not to overindulge, as it would be easy to forget the punch that this beer packs due to it's relatively restrained nature.

Bought this as a single at a local deli/ beer store. Probably won't pick up a case of this, but a sixer isn't out of the question, and it would certainly be good with a sandwich on a hot day.

reefkeeper99, May 20, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!

A: Pours somewhat clear yellow/orange with moderate head and lace.

S: Aromas are odd - hops with some weird astringency. The beer tastes off. This is a fresh bottle and I don't think it's infected, it's just off.

T: The taste is sharp and biting. The hop bill seems unusual. Perhaps New Holland was trying to be creative or experiment with some different hops, but in my opinion, the result is a failure.

M: Bitter, sharp and astringent.

D: Not the worst beer I have ever had, but also not very enjoyable. This was the only dud of what was a memorable night.

Notes: I would be willing to try this again and re-review if the beer tastes dramatically different.

Huhzubendah, May 18, 2010
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Pours a hazy reddish-brown w/ nice minimal head and nice lacing. Smells of nice citrus, floral hops are subtle but definitely present. This beer is on the maltier side, not overly sweet and not bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. This ones goes down pretty easy, alcohol is well hidden. This is a very solid DIPA.

At $4 for a single 12oz is questionable but this honestly is an awesome DIPA and should be talked about more. Highly recommended.

BB1313, May 16, 2010
New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.