Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by bobhits:
2.73/5 rDev -26.6%
I feel like I've had this on draft and wasn't disappointed, but this bottle isn't doing it for me.
The flavors here are that of toffee, light hops in the back, some oak, and a good bit of bread that's nearing toast (undercooked toast).
The aroma and looks are all what you'd expect so no need go there.
The real flaw in this beer is the mouth feel is watery and runny. Their is a lack of carbonation which higher abv beers can get away with due to their intense flavors, but at under 8% this one needs something to liven it up. Instead the beer is unpleasant to drink.
If this were carbonated I think it would be a pretty decent beer all be it a bit over priced. As it stands however I cannot recommend it at all.
07-04-2013 19:36:39 | More by bobhits
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3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
07-27-2014 00:40:56 | More by MIbeer27
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-18-2009 21:27:36 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
08-31-2006 16:51:59 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
07-15-2010 19:06:58 | More by nickadams2
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
09-14-2011 00:05:44 | More by warnerry
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
08-27-2012 13:33:43 | More by tigg924
3.3/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
06-28-2009 18:04:29 | More by WVbeergeek
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
06-29-2009 21:01:54 | More by pwoods
4.55/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
06-27-2011 14:00:51 | More by shamsoftabriz
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-01-2011 22:40:42 | More by Metalmonk
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
11-02-2011 21:32:37 | More by Sammy
Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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