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New Holland Imperial Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

514 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 26
Gots: 13 | 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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deereless

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Buffed copper to amber in color, medium layer of head, some lacing along the sides of the glass - 3.75, S: Tons of pungent hop aromas, some sticky sweet caramel buns, orange marmalade, extremely citrusy - 4.50, T: A solid layer of syrupy sweetness quickly countered by a strong grapefruit bite, tail end of the beer is surprising mellow considering all the hops, hearty malt base - 3.75, M: Thick and slightly chewy - 3.75, D: A nice imperial IPA, some might argue the hops should be turned up even more for the style but this one is quite drinkable - 4.25

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 00:08:51 | More by deereless
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gatorbreath

Fiji

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is hazy/orange with a healthy frothy white head. Lacing is comparable to most DIPAs I have had. Really enjoy the smell of citrusy/hoppy DIPAs in general and this one was sure not to disappoint. Mouhtfeel and taste is just fine. Loving the citrusy notes to accompany the hoppiness and no "salty" feeling over being overwhelmed. Definitely well-balanced and I could drink a bomber or 2.

Overall a grand offering, I love trying random DIPAs to see whats good and this one was just nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 01:25:58 | More by gatorbreath
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into Chimay goblet. No freshness date.

A: Hazy orange hue. Nice color. Small head that vanished quickly leaving just a ring of head around the sides of glass and some in the middle from the etching in the glass. Dissapointing head retention

S: Citrus-like hop aromas. Orange zest. Smells like centennial. A little sprucey. Slight hint of sweet carmel as the beer warms. Overall the scent is a bit muted, though.

T: I expected more in your face bitterness from Imp Hatter. I suspect that the hops have faded quite a bit in this sample, but without a freshness date I can't be certain. This is drinking more like a standard IPA with a nice malty backbone. Centennial hops are definitely present. This tastes the way one would expect given the aroma. Citrus, pine, and carmel sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation not bad. Has a creamy feel.

D: About what I expected. Near 10%abv is well hidden (again might be due to age). There are no unpleasant flavors that would prevent having more than one of these, assuming a normal size portion. This bomber however, is quite enough for me:)

Thouroughly enjoyed this one, but I'm left wondering what could have been. I feel like this btl has more age on it than one would generally consider ideal for this style. I've always considered the New Holland lineup to be above average but not great except for Dragon's Milk, which I happen to love. Given the chance I'd love to try this again if I knew it was fresh, but I certainly won't go out of my way to track it down.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 06:56:48 | More by AdamGarcia
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely crafted DIPA, good for the style and a solid offering.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Mad Hatter holding a beer screen printed illustration. Short back narrative with a note about the brew itself, touching on the intent, and basic ingredients. Lacks date of bottling or freshness. Displays °Plato (20°). and Alc. by Vol. (9.4%)

A - Slightly off clear medium amber pour with a nice creamy head. Medium retention and a rich lacing.

S - Resiny nose, pine and grapefruit and a malty sweetness coming at the end to coat the experience.

T - Taste follows and expands the smell, with a nice assertive profile of hops and malt, leaning on the grapefruit, pine, and caramel range.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a crisp finish.

D - Works very well as a DIPA, though a bomber to share (or have on one's own) is typically satisfying, far from boring but about a good measure.

Notes: I wouldn't mind hitting on this one again. In fact this is not the first time. Nothing really makes me look for it as an outstanding DIPA but it is close and certainly good to have handy.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 04:58:04 | More by Daniellobo
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JayQue

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 0z bomber. Drank the whole thing. Started out pairing it with spicy hot and sour soup and a mild Chinese dish. The beer held up very nicely.

Poured into a pint glass. Nice orange/amber color. White head is not all that impressive for either size or retention. Light lacing.

Smell is impressive (and deceiving) - citrus hops all the way!!! Taste is good but not what the smell would lead you to expect.

Initial strong, but not in-your-face piney and citrus hops. This is quickly followed by a solid caramel malt presence that hangs in there throughout. Kind of like a sip of an AIPA followed by a sip of an English IPA.

Mouthfeel is crisp and solid. I have had richer DIPAs/IPAs but this one was far from watery.

Drinkability is good. I enjoyed every sip, but am now feeling the 9.40%. Not totally outstanding but still a very nice DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 01:59:47 | More by JayQue
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. It pours a nice copper/amber color. A 1/2 inch light tan forms and leaves a nice full lacing. It is reasonably clear and no sediment.

The aroma is as expected with a healthy dose of hoppy citrus and pine. There is a mild sweet maltiness in the background.

The taste includes a much healthier dose of caramel malts mixed with a nice level of hoppy grapefruit.

The mouthfeel has a reasonable amount of carbonation but a little low. It is medium/full bodied. It is bitter but good and leaves a healthy level of dryness at the finish. Smooth and good.

Overall, this is a solid beer. It has good flavor, balance, and is not too potent in any facet, which also prevents it from being very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 01:23:46 | More by SykDoc
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer last night at Bob's Pub. Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from phone notes.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dirty amberish orange color. Good one finger head came and left pretty quickly with this beer. Nice sticky lacing stayed the entire time I drank my beer. Looked good from all angles.

S- This beer hit me first with a double dose of both pine and citrus hops in the nose. This came right before a sweet malt base came and clashed with what seemed like more bitter hops. There was a noticeable alcohol tinge to this beer.

T- Big citrus (pineapple and mango) hops hit right off the bat with light bittering hops (if you can call anything in this beer light). Sweet malts take up the middle with a almost honey sweet tinge to it. Bitter hops end this beer on a crushing note. Very tasty!

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Left my palate wrecked after this beer. Hop resin was left on both my teeth and tongue. Nice hoppy aftertaste which had me going back for more right after a sip. Crisp flavors but not as clean as I would have hoped for.

D- This was a good beer to sip on. I almost got another one except for the fact it was icy outside and I had to drive home. If you like aggressive beers then this is one you should try!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 01:50:50 | More by alleykatking
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dirty orangey color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt base with light floral hops. Taste is too sweet for the style with some floral hops though not as much as expected. Body is above average with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I found that this was way too sweet for the style and not enough hops presence - bottle has been kept in fridge since I received it though I wonder if this was maybe a bit too aged.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:34:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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Seanibus

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear viscous amber with almost no head. Looks like a thinned honey. Aroma is strong, sweet with flowery hops that give it a honeyish edge. Flavor is carmelly and sweet, with citrusy and piny hops. Not terribly subtle. Tea like. The mouthfeel is thick, clingy and somewhat flat. Lots of alcoholly warmth. Ok, not wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 01:30:38 | More by Seanibus
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ralree

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Half-transparent. A bit of head, but it's an IPA.

S: Fruity, a little sweet. Not much smell, really.

T: Nice roust hop flavor, not too much grain on the front. A bit tangy and sweet. Aftertaste of major barley.

M: Light, dry, good carbonation.

D: Goes down perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 00:33:48 | More by ralree
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Intimidtor

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood OH as a to go beer. I didn't locate any date on the bottle.
A: Poured into my GLB Christmas Ale glass. Poured a medium amber color with 1 inch of head. Nice sticky head and great lacing.
S: Very sweet, hops, pine, what I want a Double IPA to smell like.
T: Absolutly perfect. Great hop bitterness, perfectly blanced by malt sweetness. Citrus, pine, alcohol is very hidden.
M: Hard to do any better, creamy, sticky head, smooth finish.
D: When they taste this good I cant stop. Very good.
Summary: I believe that this one is heavily underated. This is a great beer and should be considered in the same level as Southern Tier UnEarthly. This is a must try for DIPA drinkers. I will pick up another bottle soon. UPDATE:: as of 4-20-10 they now sell this is a 4 pack of 12 oz bottles for $16.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 04:27:04 | More by Intimidtor
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'll start backwards on this beer's appearance: nice candle-wax-ish drippings of lace are left on the glass; the head isn't enormous but is a nice creamy off-white/light-tan thing, and the color is heavily rusted orange, although it's lacking the hop-haze seen so often in this style.

Pretty much a slam-dunk aroma-wise. Just how I like this style: lotsa resiny hops, with equal amounts of caramel/toffee-laden malt. Even though the hops aren't as spiky, citrusy or rindy (that's a lot of made up words) as others in this style, I'm thinking this is going to be pretty damn hop-tastic on the tongue...

Here's an example where mouthfeel is so wonderful that it overshadows the flavor. This feels perfect to me, certainly the way I like any imperial IPA to be: creamy, velvety, cream-like, silky, and like cream. I might even call it thin, but don't mean that in a bad way, and there's enough carbonation to keep it from feeling dead; almost like a bottle-conditioned ale. This kind of texture works so well on a massively-hopped IPA featuring as much malt action as this. And this one does: the hops have the bitterness of grapefruit rind and a bit of pine resin, while big gooey gobs of caramel and toffee are thrown at the tongue. Alcohol creeps in maybe a hair too much, but it also lends a subtle spiciness to everything. The only reason I don't give the flavor a 4.5 is that the finish is pretty dry (for the style, anyway) and the flavor fades too quickly, leaving just a lingering sensory memory of ghostly grassy/pine. Darn.

Only after I bought this did I notice a sticker on the bottle with an early August '09 date (that was over three months ago). Not quite sure what that means, I guess that's when this beer was received and/or put on the shelf at the Battleground Avenue Total Wine in Greensboro, NC? It is definitely something put on by the retailer and not the brewer. This might account for the peculiar quick-fade of the hops in flavor and finish. Whatever the case, I'm happy with the purchase and feel this beer does right by the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 20:30:17 | More by Metalmonk
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish brown amber color that produced an admirable fluffy off-white head that is sticking around for awhile. Is leaving behind bits of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

(S)- Plenty of dry piney hops with lemon/lime & pineapple citrus. Behind that are some good balancing sweet malts.

(T)- Big & sweet malt backbone that is more a part of the main taste of the beer, but is somewhat supplemented by a dry finish that has a little bit of some lemon & lime citrus, but is mostly overshadowed by the big malt sweetness.

(M)- Good carbonation level with some good IPA characteristics, but is otherwise a bit too malty perhaps for the style. Plenty of sweetness.

(D)- An alright IPA that could be even better if it had a better hop presence. Still a bit sweet for my taste, but one of New Hollands best offerings I have had thus far.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 16:50:54 | More by sweemzander
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rkuhnel

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 22 oz bottle was via a trade with Strykzone. Thanks. It poured an orange color with a very robust white head and very distinct lacing rings. The nose is of citrus and floral hops, with a hint of pine. Medium mouthfeel and a little alcohol burn. Flavor is bitter and full of citrus. Long bitter finish. A very nice DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:41:38 | More by rkuhnel
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GrizzlyBrew

Georgia

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

... made a trip up to NC a few weeks ago and had to visit "Bruisin' Ales". Good store, but I'm not sure of third best in world. Anyway... picked this up and honestly, I'm not too crazy about it.

A - Deep copper color and very clear

S - Hoppy, but not very bright, also picking up some diacetyle I think - something dense in there.

T - not a fan, I'm missing the bright/citrus hops I love so much. Also, alcohol is NOT very well blended/disguised. At the end of every sip I get a huge rush of ethyl alcohol - not very pleasing.

M - meh...

D - If you don't mind the burn (and I think I'm growing numb to it as I type), it might be alright, although at 9%+, I don't think you would want to drink to many of these at once.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 23:58:08 | More by GrizzlyBrew
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prototypic

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Imperial Hatter pours a copper or near caramel color. It's clear and doesn't have any haze. A somewhat modest off-white head sits atop. It's a little over a finger deep. Retention was on the shorter side. A sticky web of lace lines the glass, but it's not quite thick. Pretty good all around.

The nose is above average. It's a tad on the weak side of the spectrum. Hops kick it off and give it a citrusy sweet smell. There's some grapefruit and orange, but also some pine and floral notes that seem stronger. Not a bad profile by any stretch. It smells maltier than I'd like. Caramel sweetness is easily noted. If the nose is any indication, there's too much caramel malt. Alcohol is noted. It's probably blended pretty well since I wouldn't have guessed it's 9.4% abv. But, is there. It smells pretty good. Less of a malt presence would help, but it's not bad.

The flavor profile is also above average, but not by much. It is sweet with nice citrus fruit flavors up front. Grapefruit and orange are the most prominent flavors there. Obviously, there's a citric hop flavor, but pine and floral flavors emerge and take over from there. It flirts with bitterness, but it never really materializes. Caramel malt sweetness seems to bury that and quite a bit of the hop flavor. That's really Imperial Hatter's biggest shortcoming. An interesting light vanilla flavor enters into the mix later. It doesn't really add much. Alcohol is rather prominent in flavor and definitely has a warming effect. It finishes sweet and a little warm.

Imperial Hatter's body initially feels thin, but hits medium with a little warming. Carbonation is rather light. It actually is pretty smooth and has a nice feel. Drinkability, on the other hand, is just average. The flavor's okay, but it's nothing special. It's also a little warm and strong at 9.4% abv. There's many better DIPA choices out there. That's a fact that's hard to ignore. I'm good with a bomber, thanks.

New Holland needs to work on Imperial Hatter. There's something here and it probably wouldn't take much to improve it quite a bit. Dialing down the caramel malt sweetness and alcohol would accomplish a great deal. This is not one of New Holland's finer efforts. It's okay and probably worth a try, but I'd suggest sticking with a single bomber. Just my $.02.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 02:17:26 | More by prototypic
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty standard DIPA that focuses on a firm hop blend of citrus, pine, and hop resins. Yet, the beer has on extraordinary elements that make it a standout.

As all really good big hoppy beers do, this one carried a medium copper, light amber color with firm and creamy off-white foam. Very good lacing and a bit of hop haze.

Aromas and flavors mirror each other with an early focus on resiny and bitter hops. A wave of moderate malts carry a bit of bready taste, caramel sweetness, and sunkist grains. Mid-palate brings on more citrus hop flavors, mild fruitiness, and less sweetness. Later, the beer continues the hoppy citrus and pines but the malts begin to dry out into a graham cracker crustiness. All this is pretty typical of most big IPA's. Tack on a acetone/fruity alcohol note and we'll put a wrap on this one.

Body carries a lot of heavy sugars up front and the beer struggles to dry out later. Still, the beer is not a Barleywine comparison and still is validated as a big IPA. I would like more dryness and crispness though.

The heavy body that never dries out comnpletely, the hop profile that remains average, and a typical ester and alcohol profile keep this from becomming a standout. But it's good control of recipe formulation and relatively error free brewing keeps it from mediocrity also.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 03:03:16 | More by BEERchitect
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pourmeup

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice dark amber with a thin white head that leaves the occasional bit of lacing on my pint glass
S- very fruity on the nose, not as potent as i would like
T- mild grapefruit flavor, nice sweetness from the malt, slight pine flavor on the after taste, well balanced in flavor
M- its a little thin for me to be honest but not as thin as many others I've had
D- despite its 9.4% alc/vol i could down a couple of these no problem
(reviewed by Daniel)

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 05:45:24 | More by pourmeup
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle received in a trade with brokenleadedcask. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip (received as an extra in a trade with Vurt - thanks!).

A - Pours a beautiful dark copper, crystal clear with tons of bubbles rising constantly thorughout the glass. Dense two finger, cream colored head with good retention. Leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of citrusy hops - orange and grapefruit. Good fruityness and some dark caramel aromas too. Good double IPA a nice hop forward focus.

T - Stong alcohol presence here that pervades the entire taste experience. Sharp hop bitterness and citrusy flavors. Strong malt backbone underneath the hops...full and rich, lots of caramel.

M - Thick and chewy malt body - very full. Strong carbonation with a certain smoothness and creaminess to it. Bitterness is sharp and lingers for a good long time.

D - Not really, but tends towards being a sipper of a double IPA. I find this to have the character of a strong ale opposed to a double IPA. Alcohol is high at 9.4%, limiting drinkability...I'm definitely getting thru this bomber without a problem, but I think it is all I'm having tonight.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 01:12:05 | More by portia99
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a slight cloudiness. Short dirty white head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Big fresh ripe citrus backed by sweet caramel malts. My mouth is watering.

Wow, not what I was expecting. It's as if the malt leads the way and is backed by some piney and citrus hops. For me, as a DIPA, there's just too much malt. Malt is sweet but overwhelms the piney hops. Tastes nice, but just needs a little more hop bite.

Medium bodied, mostly soft and smooth feel. A little roughness comes from the carbonation.

Nice balanced DIPA that goes down nicely. Alcohol is felt in a warming sensation as it goes down. Overall, a pretty good DIPA, but not near the top.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 01:39:01 | More by jera1350
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received as an extra in a trade....perhaps from iceicebaby or Tyson?

Appearance: Dark and malty drown red with honey folds. A frothy 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste: Caramel malt, floral hops, a touch of astringency, a touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch chewy, and very nice!

Drinkablity: The flavor profile is the only thing holding me back from rating this brew higher in this category.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 20:46:05 | More by koopa
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty-two ounce bomber pours a mostly clear, orange/amber body with a two finger beige head that has some legs. Plenty of creamy and sticky lace hangs on the glass.

Aroma is grassy hops with a grapefruit edge. A hint of toasted caramel lurks beneath.

Mouthfeel has medium carbonation and body.

Taste has a dominant grassy hop bitterness with a grapefruit edginess. So grassy, it borders on the verge of cat urine, a note I've previously encountered only in Bells Hop Slam. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes with a grapefruit rind dry bitterness.

A bit too much grassiness in the hop profile for my taste. Still, a very desirable DIPA that I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 00:03:22 | More by merlin48
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 7/22/09

A - Clean, deep colored copper. 1/2 inch head dissipates to patchy bubbles with intermittent lacing.

S - Full-bodied nose; juicy citrus hop notes predominate - grapefruit & orange. Very piney as well. A touch of caramel & faint hints of candied malts.

T - Deep-seated grapefruit with a nice dry piney bitterness. Slightly toasted characteristic with a spot of something akin to nougat.

M - Smooth, creamy carbonation balances well with a duly-noted resiny grit. Nice heft to the beer on the palate.

D - I found it incredibly well-balanced throughout. I quite enjoyed this one & would definitely consider buying it again. I had a half pint on draft the other day & it was excellent as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 20:38:23 | More by Ryan011235
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful loooking, crystal clear amber, topped with 2 rigid fingers of off-white foam. Great retention here, with a massive flareup that leaves a big creamy latticework of lacing back. The aroma is floral and spice, with a touch of sticky pine to it. Robust grapefruit character really sticks out as well, sitting on top of some equally heavy grainy malts. Some alcohol warmth gives this a fume like feel in the nose. Moderate strength here to the aroma, but I was looking for maybe a bit more considering the stronger flavors at work here.

The hops are sticky and spicy, leaving a sharp sting of bitterness in the mouth. This is decently balanced by some tangy citrus, and once again, that same grainy and less sweet malt presence. The finish is fairly intense feeling on the palate, being spicy, sticky, and warm. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big firm creaminess throughout. Some hoppy slickness is a little more subtle in the body, being mostly noticed towards the backend. Good bit of heat to this as well, which really intensifies the bitterness to a certain degree and holds the drinkibility back some.

This was definitley bold but not quite brash enough with the flavors to make up for the high alcohol presence. Solid but not quite up there with some of the other great DIPAs coming out of the Midwest.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 12:26:25 | More by Kegatron
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BigAl723

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. I've wanted to try this for a couple weeks so I was excited when I saw it on the rotate board.

A: Outstanding! This is one awesome looking beer. Golden and slightly amber. Fairly dark and murky for a double IPA but the head is what really caught my eye. It was about two inches thick, tan and full.

S: Sweet and fruity. Grapefruits and citrus.

T: This beer really emphasizes the hops. The taste is a lot like the smell. Malt comes through towards the end. Cotton candy and grapefruits.

M: Fairly heavy in the mouth with medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Very tasty. This beer has a really good IPA taste that flows quite well.

Overall, this is a solid IPA. Another quality brew from Holland, Michigan.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 21:02:13 | More by BigAl723
New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.