Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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2.4/5 rDev -35.5%
Excited to see this bad boy on tap at D's in Monroeville, PA.
Poured a light, brassy orange with gold highlights & about a finger of head. Little lacing (I guess due to the high ABV & oaking?).
Citrus was most prominent in the aroma, that orange & lemon zest that brightens your day. Didn't notice any oak in the nose at first, but halfway through the glass it was about all I could smell.
Taste had a huge oak presence, as well as bitterness from the hops & just straight booze. Now think of this combination: wood, bitter citrus, alcohol. Put it together, stir it around, & you got furniture polish, right? This is really what it started to remind me of after a while. Big flavor, but not necessarily one I enjoyed. The mouthfeel was tannic & drying. Too much!
I had difficulty getting through one of these babies. This feels like a worthwhile experiment, & I applaud New Holland for trying a relatively novel approach to a ubiquitous style, but I don't think it worked out for the better. I can't even say I'm "not impressed" with the taste -- I'm very impressed, overwhelmed even. Experimentation is good, but this is one specimen that mutated, broke free from the lab, & wreaked havoc on my tastebuds.
08-07-2009 21:41:10 | More by OneDropSoup
2.45/5 rDev -34.1%
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.
07-01-2011 00:58:31 | More by alleykatking
2.48/5 rDev -33.3%
Aroma:This beer doesn't have much of an aroma, but I do get a little orange.
Appearance:It's a tad bit lighter than the normal Mad Hatter IPA.
Taste:On the first sip of the beer, the oak hit me in the face. It's a musty oak flavor that overshadows the rest of the IPA through the fore and midtastes. The aftertaste does contain some maltyness. Even though this is a bourbon barrel oak, it only has a slight bourbon flavor.
Mouthfeel:A little alcohol burn because of the bourbon, but not too much.
Drinkability:The mustyness imparted by the oak is a little distracting, and hinders the IPA somewhat, compared to the Mad Hatter IPA.
06-26-2010 23:14:52 | More by fear025
2.63/5 rDev -29.3%
Deuce to pint (frosty). Appearance was average -at best. Way too clear for its type, with virtually no head. Smell wasn't good. Cheap, wet wood. Taste was sub-par as well. Tastes like a flat, wooded (chipped) Killian's. Mouthfeel was its best attribute, and that's only because it goes down easily. Overall, a MAJOR disappointment.
06-15-2011 22:28:36 | More by b3shine
2.68/5 rDev -28%
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.
12-09-2009 17:11:00 | More by jhoban19
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
2.85/5 rDev -23.4%
Pours a bold, clear copper with a large, fast fading tan head. Big swirls and huge whiffs lead to little on the nose. Just a touch of malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol, go along with a little bit of oak. Really shocking to get little in the way of hops or really much of anything. In the taste, there is some malt sweetness early, a touch of oak and vanilla and a kind of flavorless bitterness. None of this comes together well, as the finishing bitterness and oak tannins in back don't finish so well and the front is a mess of malt and not a whole lot else. There is an oddity in the early to middle part of this beer in that it is almost watery. The nice presence of oak and vanilla that comes out more over time improve the taste grade one notch. Mouthfeel is decent, I guess. Carbonated and thin to medium. I was really excited to pop this beer and I really do not like it. They should talk to the people at Cigar City on how to get wood flavors into an IPA without ruining the qualities that make an IPA enjoyable.
06-10-2011 00:14:33 | More by seeswo
3/5 rDev -19.4%
A: Pours a clear orange with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin layer with no lacing.
S: Citrusy hops on the nose with orange and grapefruit mostly. That's about it.
T: Grapefruit and resiny bitterness on the palate as well with slight oaky notes.
M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery.
O: Not a bad beer overall, but it was just . . . boring. I expected some complexity from the oak, but it's just a bland IPA. The very definition of mediocre.
07-25-2012 06:28:48 | More by n2185
3/5 rDev -19.4%
As a fan of New Holland's regular Mad Hatter IPA, this was certainly a letdown.
Pours a dark brown and redish color with a one-finger of head.
Smell was nice, rich caramel, wood and hops flowing together nicely.
But the taste is when I discovered this wasn't my kind of beer. The beer, which is aged in oak barrels, tastes very sweet, and the oak tasted more like earthy soil instead of a crisp wood flavor.
Overall, nothing I'd search out. Other Hatter IPAs are much stronger.
06-18-2011 14:47:36 | More by devinoconnor
3.05/5 rDev -18%
Appearance is stunning ... crystal clear, copper/red, and a dense foam head which dissipates to a thin, gentle lace. As far as taste and smell, I was hoping for more oaky overtones but I get none of that. It seems a bit watery, actually, and the smell is very much like any IPA I've had. I feel they put more effort into the label than the beer.
07-15-2014 23:01:55 | More by Vierenner
Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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