Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale AleOak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedHaze on 12-26-2005

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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a clear, dull orange color. Head is a frothy cushion with an off-white hue. The head dies slowly and as I sip, circular lacing stains are left behind.

S-Candied citrus hops, a bit of grass and some soap. The most prevalent aspect of the nose is the caramel. A bit of dried oakiness. My first thought: too sweet.

T-Upfront caramel and more unspecific sweetness. The oak is not as defined as I'd like. The oak is slightly woody and it also has a sort of spicy tobacco element but it's a secondary flavor. The hops are also a secondary flavor. Sweet, perfumey, candied hops. The sweetness is the most dominating factor.

M-Medium bodied with plenty of texture. Soft carbonation. Light bitterness. Lingering sugary-liquid feel.

O-When I think. An Oaked IPA, I first think that it's probably a bad idea. Then I automatically assume, or hope that either the hops and barrel influence are the most prominent flavors. In this beer, I find that neither the hops (what you crave when you choose an IPA) nor the oak (what you want to experience when buying a beer aged in oak) are truly the most defining aspects of this beer. In closing, far too sweet.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MIbeer27
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage

The bottle pours with an amber/copper color, roughly 2 finger, off-whtie head that slowly fades, but never disappears.

Smell is rather faint with citrus and caramel sweetness taking center stage. Maybe hints of oak as the beer warms.

Taste follows the nose with a good balance between the aforementioned citrus and caramel, although the caramel sweetness begins to take the lead as the beer warms. Faint hints of oak characteristics show up late on the tongue after drinking.

Mouthfeel is medium from the sweetness, cut slightly by the citrus bitterness. Still a pretty crisp beer.

Overall, I was expecting a little bit more oak from an oak aged beer, not just trace amounts as it warmed. The beer itself was good, though maybe a bit sweet for an IPA.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad Hatter was the first hopped IPA I ever had and so I have a soft spot for this beer,the Impy hatter I liked alot more than the oaked version.Poured a deep copper with a tight 1/2 finger white head,aromas were of citric hop and deep vanilla-like oak.Flavors started out with big cirtic/oine pine flavors melding into a really hefty vaniila/oak flavor that takes over the finish.It has complexity but do I want all the oak flavors mesin with my hop flavors...no,some may like it more than me.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Maduro.

Appearance: Utterly higgledy-piggledy orange copper body with a thick and creamy white head. Honestly, one of the thickest and most cloudy bodies I have ever seen. The amount of particulate matter suspended in the beer is uncanny. A true milkshake. Perhaps the dregs at the bottom of the barrel?

Aroma: Wonderful sweet, but subtle vanilla and oak. Barrel aging effects are very light and not overbearing at all. Touches of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and coconut.

Flavor/mouthfeel: Matching well with the nose. Pine balances surprisingly well with the vanilla. The tropical notes in combination with the thick and creamy mouthfeel and vanilla make this taste like a smoothie or blended drink that one might have on a cruise ship. It is simply delicious.

Drinkability: Just fantastic. I feel like I got an off sample of this beer that was somehow far better then it regularly is. If I can get more pints like this, I will happily take them.

Photo of nickadams2
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Uptown grille in Commerce MI.

A_Dark amber. Thick eggshell white heat that dissipates into a thick foamy ring. Lacing smothers the glass.

S_ Earthy,woody oak upfront followed by piny subdued hops. Great oak aroma.

T_Bold but not overpowering oak. Smooth vanilla. Wood. Grassy pine. Terrific example of an oak aged IPA.

M_Thick and creamy. Very sticky on the lips. Full bodied.

D_ I wouldn't want to drink a whole bunch of these. This is a beer that deserves your full undivided attention. Great to savor.

This is a very close second to Dogfish Heads Burton Baton on my list of best oak aged IPAs.

Photo of warnerry
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear copper/orange with one finger of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S - Oak is quite prominent in the smell, moreso than any hop character. Not sure how much of that is due to this bottle being a few months old. I had this on tap in July and remember it being more hoppy. Seems to be some bourbon notes, but I'm not sure if this was actually aged in bourbon barrels. Some faint citrus hops and decentmalt presence.

T - As with the smell, hops are subdued in re taste, but comprise grapefeuit and line. Oak is again very prominent, with faint bourbon notes. Quite a bit of biscuity malt. Finishes quite dry and oaky.

M - Disappointingly thin mouthfeel. Big tannin presence on the finish.

O - I remember enjoyng this more on tap, should have reviewed it earlier. The oak presence and subtle bourbon notes are nice. More assertive hops and a but more body would have improved this one.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quick, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: light oak, bread, and citrus hops

Taste: citrusy hop start followed by a bunch of breadiness and light oaking

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter body and less bitter finish, dry end, medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: An ok ipa base beer that the oaking adds to but in nowhere near overpowering. The flavors here are more delicate. I would get this again, but there are others I would go to first.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure if I'm digging the hoppy beers out of the barrel. This is the classic New Holland IPA after being on the oak. Appears a slightly murky amber orange hue with minimal creamy white head. Nose blasts you with barrel aging effects with some minimal charred wood, loads of vanilla, and boozy whiskey. Hidden in there were citrus and floral hop doses. Flavor for me was dominated with the barrel aging, I knew I was drinking an IPA but at the same time I couldn't focus on the hops it just seemed like the barrel aging and hop bitterness were clashing rather than becoming a nice cohesive flavor. Caramel maltiness, more vanilla and oak with citrus and floral hop flavors clashing. Mouthfeel overall was fine carbonation trickled through and barrel aging effects clung to the palate and really stuck around. Drinkability was average not my cup of tea, as stated this barrel aged IPA thing has to slow down as one of the trends in microbrewing.

Photo of pwoods
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tulip at The Comet.

A: Coppery amber pour, smi clear. Moderate head with decent lacing.

S: Sharp hops, lots of acidic grapefruit and pineapple. Big bourbon and loads of oak. Vanilla as it warms.

T/M: The sharp grapefruit and bourbon hit right off the back and it's hard to tell which is which. Bourbonis pretty raw, almost stringing. Malta barely touch base with a hint of sweetness and
some balance. Medium body withasting bitterness.

D: A. Touch rough but interesting and tasty.

Photo of shamsoftabriz
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH.

A: Transluscent, walnut-shell color with a little lacing.

S: Rich oak resin

T: Oak and nuts balance out the hops perfectly. The combination almost makes this taste like a very drinkable thin nut brown ale.

M: Thin, but not in a bad way--coats the mouth and leaves a wonderful aged oak aftertaste.

O: Loved this. Unfortunately, all the bottles at Vintage were gone. Hoppy bite + aged oak smoothness = one tasty beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A scrumptious looking beer, that's for sure: Coppery sunset color, a bit hazy, with bubbles moving quickly up to a slightly dirty white head, which is fluffy and crackly and simmers down to a crown in a couple minutes. Quintessential IPA, looks-wise.

Nice aroma, and it achieves the expected woodiness without being overbearing (or inconsequential). Gives a really great earth/herbal tone to the more recognizable IPA characteristics just underneath it--spruce, citrus peel, fruit tobacco, toffee, cinnamon roll. Yep, I'm seriously getting all that, although it's not a blazing bright aroma, so it remains fairly subdued.

About the same level of wood tones in the taste as the aroma. It's just barely the most prominent feature, mingling nicely with the citric and pine-ish elements of the hops, the old English toffee vibe of the malt, and the slightly warming alcohol tucked in underneath. Vanilla definitely edges in. Pretty dry, more so than your normal IPA, but there is a distinctive woody character in the finish...more new wood than anything. No idea if the "Kentucky barrels" noted on the label are made of freshly cut wood, if they're old, or what. Whatever.

Not a dominant presence, texturally, just kinda does it's thing, neither too sticky nor too heavy, but not exactly light and slippery either. I'm kinda ho-hum about the feel, and wish it delivered a little something more substantial to measure up to the better aspects of this beer.

Yeah, this is a pretty good beer, and a fairly novel idea, with the wood adding just the right touches while letting the base IPA breathe and assert itself.

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Champagne Cellars. Initially a very sour and then the woodiness takes over. Very Good drinkability, the barreling was effective. Lacey on a lighter yellow body. Hoppiness was well integrated and about right. A wood, whiskey and hop aroma.

Photo of bradleyp
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Homer Simpson pint glass.

A: Light brown with a large orange hue to it. light bubbles coming through. Head didn't last very long. Not a lot of lacing at all.

S: I can smell some woodiness to it. You can tell it's more a a light woody flavor to it.

T: Hard to say, but I can def. get some of the oaky flavors coming through it. No hop profile to speak of. It is an IPA, and there is some bitterness, but not a lot of hop taste.

M: Light, crisp, goes down pretty well.

O: Pretty average for an Oaked aged IPA. I do prefer some of the other Hatters, like the Black IPA more. So overall this was not one of the better ones of the Hatter series.

Photo of mdvatab
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage
Poured from 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Aroma: Apricot, lemon, grass, graham cracker, and (inhales, exhales) vanilla.

Appearance: A hard pour creates a one finger, persistent off-white head. Body of the beer is hazy orange-amber. Leaves less lacing expected for an IPA.

Flavor: Wow!!! Very nice oak right up front, vanilla, piney hop, a light honey sweetness, and a relatively subdued bitterness lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and medium full body. Less-drying/tannic than I'd expect for an IPA.

Overall: A very interesting and enjoyable take on the IPA. The vanilla/oak flavor shows up front-and-center, but I also love how it complements the hop flavor that one would expect in an IPA. This is certainly one that I'd buy again, and I suggest you give it a try as well!

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My labels says 7.12% abv

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of pearl
colored head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Lemons & pine, butterscotch & sourness.

T: Piney & oakyness up front, dryness & some sourwood honey up front. Puckery sourwood as this warms, along with a bit pineapple hiding on the edges, then grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, great balance

I really liked this one, a lot of hops coming through, nice oakyness too

Photo of Shumista
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler while downtown holland to enjoy over the course of the evening.

Pours clear copper amber with a 2 inch frothy white head. Smells of earthy hops, oak, some nuttiness. Taste is comprised of a very caramelly backbone, earthy hoppiness, oak, some vanilla. Pretty hoppy for having aged on oak. Nuttiness persists.
Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but so is the original mad hatter in my opinion so that is to be expected. I've never quite felt like water is a distinguishable element in a beer (besides on the most obvious level) but this is different. Profound or stupid observation, who knows? Very difficult to explain, just a feeling I'm getting. I polished off nearly the entire growler by myself in an evening, so I have to go pretty high for drinkability.

Photo of beerhan
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I am a fan of the imperial hatter but not the regular. I feel this beer is right in between. It tastes very very oaky with a maple syrup aftertaste. I had a 4oz sample last night and thought it was okay...I would never get this beer again but it was entertaining to try. I am more curious about the other hatter releases this summer

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-yellow body with a respectable white head. There's a moderate lacing.

I really had to strain to pick up much of an aroma, but what was there was pleasant. Citrus hops, vanilla, and wood.

The wood is overpowering and turns this into a dry IPA. The hops aren't allowed to come through as much as I'd like, but there is some orange peel and grapefruit buried in there. It really tastes like licking wood.

Mouthfeel is moderate, but dry almost to the point of being chalky.

Overall, the wood was way too much. It's a good price point, but not something I'd seek out.

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into Stone nonic. Pours red orange clear with a frothy off white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of hops and subtle wood note with a hint of malt. The flavor is of subtle malt with a subtle hop flavor as well. It is light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is a pretty nice brew. Glad New Holland decided to re-do it as it was listed as discontinued awhile back. Worth trying it if you haven't for sure.

Photo of morimech
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of oaked aged IPAs but maybe this one will be different.

Clear amber color with a thin head that quickly settled to a skim of suds. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass. Not the most impressive looking.

I never considered Mad Hatter as having a citrus nose but something happened in the barrel that is really bringing the citrus out and bringing with it some tropical fruit.

The flavor changes again and it is almost all tropical fruit. Totally different taste profile from the regular Mad Hatter. Hints of vanilla as well. I am really liking this beer.

A little undercarbonated but otherwise has a good body and feel. A little more life would bring this beer to good levels.

I came into this not expecting to like it but I could not have been more surprised. Totally different beer from Mad Hatter.

Photo of Flopjack
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into Tulip, Vintage 2013

Appearance : Copper with some amber touches here and there. Not the traditional IPA color that I would say most are used to because the copper color comes from the oak barrels. Lacing is there.

Smell : Very aromatic earthy hoppiness, Subtle citrus on the nose, cant quite put my finger on this one. Most of the nose comes from the Kentucky barrels.

Taste : As it first settles you get the nice refreshing bitter citrus punch that is associated with IPA's. Moving along from the IPA character your focus is shifted more towards the woody flavor that comes from the oak barrels especially as the beer warms. Hard to say.

Mouthfeel : Refreshing medium carbonation, light-medium bodied weighing slightly more to the medium

Overall : This beer is drinkable. I liked it but it is not anything special when it comes to oak aged ales. I will not seek this beer out but my curiosity led me to try it. Overall okay.

Photo of alleykatking
2.45/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Poured a amberish brown color. This one had no real head to it and therefore showed a little leg but no lacing at all.

S- I thought the oak came out in this one pretty good. Actually it seems to overturn most other aromas. Light sugary bitter hops to this as well in the middle to backing. Caramel malts also show up in this but add to the sickley sweetness that kills the aroma for me. To be honest it reminds of me a Southern Tier beer in the aroma.

T- Caramel malts and light sugary floral hops stand out in the this beer in the front. Barrel notes come in next but instead of wood I get more of rotting wood with light earthy dirt. Not very good. This flavor comes through toward the ending where the sweet caramel malts come out once again. Light bitter hopping in the ending can't balance out the flavors overall. Sweet alcohol flavor in the ending kills off any non sweet balancing flavor.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was low for the style. Sweetness from caramel malts along with dirty oak are left on the palate. Aftertaste is sweet alcohol, wiht caramel malts and hints of bitter hops. Flavors were underwhelming and not balanced at all with this beer being more sweet than anything else. No off flavors per say but the oak barrel was pretty bad tasting. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was the worst of the Hatter's that I tried that night or well just in general. I would like to see this one done in a fresh clean barrel and see how it turns out. But please for the love of all things holy New Holland stay away from all the sweetness on this beer. It was like a mini Southern Tier beer just not as good.

Photo of jhoban19
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap, poured into a New Holland High Gravity Series tulip.

A: golden color with some orange/amber hues when light strikes the glass. bartender poured a decent foam, which was fairly dense and bubbly. settled into a thin ring with some moderate lacing.

S: citrus hops - mostly lemon - and vanilla... lots of vanilla. I detected a bit of toasted malts, but I couldn't quite decipher the exact flavor as the citrus and vanilla really overpowered everything else.

T: taste is akin to what I imagine lemon bars would taste like if the baker used 20 times the amount of vanilla called for in the recipe. something else that came to mind was that of a chardonay with hops in it. too much vanilla and too much lemony hops (and I usually love a lot of hops, this just didn't work for me).

M: a bit overcarbonated and too astringent with all the lemon.

D: This beer looked good and smelled ok, but went down hill from there. I like a lot of New Holland's brews, particularly Mad Hatter, but I didn't care for this one. The hops and the effects of the oak-aging just didn't seem to work together.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured with a darker than copper hue and a off white head of sticky foam.

The nose is light but it smells like an IPA in a barrel, duh. Evident bourbon, oak, pine needles, resin and a back of malt reach the nose with subdued character.

The taste is stronger and sweeter. Bourbonesque creaminess and sweetness hits the palate first with a woodsy oakey flavor. Mid palate is presented a chocolate covered raspberry taste that took to the end for me to decipher. The finish is piney and a bit bitter.

The feel is a bit brash, with bitterness and bourbon alcohols but it turns creamy and easy rather quickly.

Very interesting and different approach to the Hatter, this accepted the barrel rather well.

Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Clear slightly darker orangey gold pour. Just a whispy thin layer of white. Good carbonation present.

Aroma, piney, lightly herbal hops. Faintest vanilla bean and oak. A bit subdued really.

Starts piney than more herbal hops. Very little citrus. There is an odd vegetal taste between the piney bitter and the sweeter caramel malt and vanilla tones that finish it. Also some oakiness. All three components linger a bit.

Slightly sticky, just barely mid bodied. Carbonation keeps the sweet in check and keeps it very drinkable. Just not sure how many I'd really want to drink.
Not nearly as good as the Avery Anniversary barrel aged IPA. Still worth trying though.

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Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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