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

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 476 | Reviews: 160
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4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass at the local Flying Saucer.

A: Mildly hazy copper/orange color. Nice head and moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit, mild pine hop aroma and woody grain.

T&M: Nice and crispy. Smooth, medium bodied, and well-balanced hop and malt flavors. Mild bitterness that is mellowed by the aging. Finishes semi-dry with a long lasting hop flavor.

Great stuff.

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4.52/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Appeared an amber color; typical IPA appearance. Foam was about 2 fingers and lasted about 8 minutes. Lacing was moderate.

S- Smells of caramel, vanilla, citrus hops, and finally oak. The oak was not dominating but did have a presence.

T - Citrus hop flavor with chewy caramel. If you have ever had a Cabernet wine you know what oak is like. This beer had the oak flavor without the spice of the wine which was kind of cool. The hops provided a little bitterness but were not overpowering and were pretty moderate. The chewy caramel was nice - kind of reminded me of the little caramels that were available in doctor's offices or something.

M- Like I said before it was kinda chewy and coated my mouth with a slight oily resin, yet, it did have moderate carbonation. Pretty enjoyable mouth feel.

O- I would say try this if you had a chance and it was affordable (paid about 5 dollars for a bomber) and you wanted a moderate intensity IPA. The oak gives it an almost regal quality and was a nice experience tasting the oak and the hops working in tandem. Get it if it is available but don't go out of your way to run and get one.

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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent coppery glow with a finger high cap of firm beige foam on top. Keeps a thin skim and some bubbles always present and coats the glass with a ton of sheeted lace.

Aroma is made mostly of some orange and peach tones along with leafy portions to its hop load. A nice bold addition to oaky sweetness mixing with deep breadyness and caramel builds as it sits.

Wondeful taster with a very well-rounded oaky sweetness wrapped in a caramel soaked breadyness tanged with orangey/peachy tropical hoppyness. Nice balance and boldness as its not overly heavy on the body allowing its sweet-sided nature and girth flow freely among the hoppy stuff.

Boldly set medium body with a low ended carbonation that sits well and drinks down thusly. Nice feathery bittered finish of leafy orange tea tinted hoppyness and coating of oaky bourbony sweet warmth.

Very solid stuff and blurring the lines, if not all together crossing them, of reaching Imp. IPA standards in my book.

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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!

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

At the brewpub:

This beer poured a murky light amber color and formed a bubbly snow white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, caramel and oak. The falvor was of hops, caramel and vanilla. The body is medium light and the finish is sweet yet light.

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

Got this mean beer at the mellow mushroom in greensboro.
Pours a yellow tinted amber body with thick white head.
Smells of subtle flower and citris hops mixed with vanilla oak notes and caramel malts.
Taste mostly of oaky sweet malts. Flavors are enhanced by the aged hop textures. Floral and pinneapple notes ride over the vanilla oaky woood character and biscuit malts. A nice crisp grapefuirt finish along with a smooth barley and woody malt character.
Smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

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4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a 10 ounce snifter at Beer Run.

A: Gleaming orange (like a less artificial IrnBru). No head. Barely clear and really pretty.

S: Citrusy hops. Some sugars? Good, but not much going on.

T: Super-good! Round, sweet, malty-fruity. Hops are subdued and act more as complimentary accents. The endtaste has an odd dryness (maybe an oakiness?) that seals the deal for me. Damn fine IPA.

M: Transitions from wet to dry, soft to tingly. Interesting and good.

O: A well-balanced IPA that holds my interest. Sweeter, stronger, more complex, and just plain better than the normal Mad Hatter. I would love to drink it again -- definitely recommended.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last of the new Hatter series. Poured into, you guessed it, my New Holland pint glass. Pours a clear, copper hue, with a rocky, yeast head of about two fingers. Drops to about a quarter inch of froth. Leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aromas of raw oak, some funk, some caramel malts and that citrus hoppiness.

Flavors of new oak barrel, woody, with that citrus peel bitterness, some caramel malt, and a touch of funkiness. Finish is long, with oak and citrus hops fighting it out, but the oak win in a long lingering fade.

Mouthfeel is dry, astringent (in a good way), with a mouthcoating bitterness.

Overall, a very nice beer. The oakiness is a bit raw and harsh. Could use a little time to round out and mellow. But it is a nice complement to the citrus hop bitterness and the light malt backbone.

Of the four I've tried, I'd put Farmhouse Hatter, first, followed by Oak-Aged, almost tied with Black Hatter, and Rye Hatter bringing up the rear.

Nice beers all around.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried all of the Hatter project brews at New Holland. With the exception of the Black Hatter they all pretty much looked the same so the appearance in these reviews become pretty redundant.

Clear copper, orange with a caramel hues. Little white head dissipated quickly, and left behind good sticky lacing.

Sweet vanilla, oak, coconut, pineapple reminiscent of a pina colada in the nose. Some hop and malt present but somewhat masked by the oak.

Oak worked fantastically with this one. Taste of new american oak, leaving a freshly shaved coconut quality on the palate. Hints of vanilla, pineapple, and orange zest. Creamy mouthfeel teases the taste buds and leavs you calling for more. Very good and easy to drink. Hope this one makes it to the bottling line.

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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.

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