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

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

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RedHaze on 12-26-2005)
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Photo of mrfrancis


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, murky golden amber with a creamy, clinging white head.

S: Big bourbon barrel aromas of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, woody spices, charred oak, honeysuckle, toasted coconut, sweet cream, and chocolate are underscored by subtler elements of fresh herbs, blood orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and biscuit.

T: An oddly neutral entry reveals clipped notes of minerals, grass, herbs, cedar, lemon, lime, pine, and grapefruit, while faint notes of biscuit, caramel, crackers, and toffee are present in the background. The only traces of bourbon barrel aging are the subtle notes of spice, coconut, and charred oak that develop after everything else settles. The finish retains an herbal, citrusy bite with traces of biscuit and oak.

M: Medium in body and rather dry. Carbonation is crisp and prickly on the entry, but mellows out afterward. Alcohol is so well masked as to be virtually undetectable.

O: I'm not wowed, but I'm also not entirely disappointed. On the one hand, this is a very attractive beer in the glass, the nose is great and intriguing, and the mouthfeel is somewhat better than average, but on the other hand, the taste never really comes together. In the end, this does not seem bad to me, it just seems mildly disappointing. This one is sort of a missed opportunity...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:23:39 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of maxcoinage


4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bottle (2013 vintage) into imperial pint glass.

A- Huge 3 finger foamy white head took it's time to settle down. Beer is a light amber

S - Oak and malts

T - nice mellow hop flavor some malty sweetness, vanilla, toffee. oak on the finish

M - Medium body, great carb, very smooth finish

O - Pleasantly surprised by this. I think I like it better than the regular hatter. Definitely would pick upanother one of these (especially at the sale price of 2.99 I got this) best value bomber I've ever purchased probably!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:59:44 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear chestnut with a thick, fluffy, and rather persistent ivory head. Aroma is quite hoppy and fruity, as much apple and pear as citrus, sweeter than most IPAs I have sampled. Oak and bourbon hints come out in the hoppy, lively flavor, as well as a hint of caramel; fruit notes are not as prominent as in the aroma. Texture is smooth and creamy, yet fairly fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy and woody finish. Get your Hatter on!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:34:08 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of eaker

North Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep amber, cloudy, small amount of lacing.

S: Sweet with nice hints of oak.

T: Very upfront oak flavor that moves into a citrusy finish. Seems a little unbalanced between the oak and the hops…it just does not come together very well.

M: Loose, moderate carbonation that keeps the hops around in between drinks.

O: The oak aged barrel gives the Hatter a bit of a different experience especially given the IPA and Imperial Hatter profiles. It dulls down the bitterness and maintains a sweeter backend.

I was hoping that the oak would override the sweeter flavors with a deep resin profile, but to my surprise it did the opposite and muted the bittering of the hops and pushed a caramel flavor to the front. While I enjoyed the beer, I had a hard time reconciling the effect.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 00:31:06 | More by eaker
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in ale glasses at White house.

A: very clear amber; big head (foamy); good carbonation; amazing lacing
S: nice burst of hops up front, then turns to yeast/malt, a lighter level than how it started; soap also comes through
T: oak foremost; thin flavor; tastes like an artificial adjunct to an IPA, not well integrated to the wort

OK, but its positives are offset by the disconnect between the oak and the IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 20:50:27 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of drewfull


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer from New Holland here. This is now my fourth variation on the mad hatter, and I think my favorite yet.

A: Pours well, a rich golden color with about a finger of head that sticks around fairly well. Some lacing stays too.
S: mostly barrel with some hoppiness in there. Smells delicious...
T: taste doesn't quite hold up to the smell however. A bit less flavor than I was expecting, but oaky, with a very light hops bitterness and some orange/citrus. Not bad, not outstanding.
M: a little thin overall, wish there was a little more to this one.

Overall a pretty good IPA here, and one of not that many that get some barrel in there. Enjoyed it, particularly at the $5 price point and would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 04:38:20 | More by drewfull
Photo of jbaker67


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark copper pour with a medium bone white head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, caramel and yeast. Light to medium body with an oaky character and notes of caramel malt, yeast and herbal hops. The finish is dry and hoppy. Overall the oak aging is nuanced enough that it strikes a nice balance. Pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 16:49:06 | More by jbaker67
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber red, no clarity, lots of head and sticky lace. Its a beaut..

S - Spicy hops hit first, then your senses are overwhelmed with smoky wood notes

T - Decent IPA, but the aftertaste with the wood notes dominate the end of the taste. Very good

M - Medium bodied, dry. Smooth

O - I am always blown away by how much beer takes on the wood characteristics when barrel aged. A good brew. Not incredible, but drinkable and tasty

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 00:44:31 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of Flopjack


3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 05:33:46 | More by Flopjack
Photo of Roman5150


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip, vintage 2013

appearance: copper with amber overtones when held to the light, with 1 finger white head, some lacing

smell: earthy, herbal, resinous hops, subtle apple, very minor citrus

taste: dank sticky hops, but you can tell the bitterness has been toned back due to the aging process. Getting some notes of apple, the oak presence is noticeable but not overwhelming, it actually balances it out quite nicely. The finish is quick and doesn't linger, very refreshing and smooth.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied

overall: Working my way through the whole Hatter line-up, so far I like the Michigan Hatter the best, but this one is very well done, it tastes very similar to the Michigan Hatter but with a bigger body and some wood flavors that fit perfectly. They both are similar and very good, for the price you can't really beat it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 05:20:24 | More by Roman5150
Photo of Gavilan


3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: deep amber color, hazy

Smell: musty, earthy hops

Taste: Malty with a oak, bitter earthy hops, dank

Mouthfeel: A bit thin with very little carbonation

Overall: not a bad beer, hides the booziness nicely would have again. I appreciate the low ABV

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 21:12:42 | More by Gavilan
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, vintage 2013. My third beer from New Holland Brewing Co., keeping my expectations low based on my previous experience with this brewery. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazed ruby / dark orange colored body, with a quarter inch of fizzy white foam which fizzles away within seconds of pouring. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S - Smell is strange, but unique. Bitter faded pine hops, sweet caramelized malts, some dirty earthiness, & smooth whiskey. Smells almost a little bit too much like whiskey.

T - Taste is of smooth creamy vanilla / wood characteristics, whiskey, lots of sweet caramel malts, dried raisins, and just the faintest hint of bitter citric / pine hops buried in the background.

M - Feel is light and creamy. Finishes sticky and dry, with perhaps a slight mineral aftertaste.

Overall, it definitely exceeded my expectations, based upon my previous experience with the New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA, and New Holland Golden Cap. I will definitely be interested in giving more of New Holland's beers another look after this. It reminded me a bit of the Great Divide Rumble IPA, although Rumble is a far superior beer. For $4.99 a bottle, this isn't a bad way to go.

New Holland Oak Aged Hatter ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:37:33 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of bobhits


2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 19:36:39 | More by bobhits
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 5/9/2013. Pours crystal clear orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, pine, vanilla, toffee, oak, caramel, light clove, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and barrel character; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, pine, vanilla, toffee, oak, caramel, light clove, and floral earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, vanilla, toffee, oak, caramel, and light clove on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop notes with barrel character; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged IPA! Very nice balance of hop notes, malt, and barrel character; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 04:01:50 | More by superspak
Photo of YoDude


4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber and poured with a one inch thick head. Head slowly recedes to a ring while ample lacing is retained from the initial pour line.

Smell: The nose hits you a foot from the glass; floral hops and vanilla with a hint alcohol get the mouth watering.

Taste: Vanilla and toasted oak lead to a sweet caramel and bitter finish.

Mouth feel: It has a full body and good carbonation, with a nice finish of alcohol warmth and lingering resin bitters.

Overall: Of the Mad Hatter variations, this is my favorite. The Kentucky oak barrel aging really adds another level of flavors to this solid American-style India Pale Ale. Drink it fresh. No need to age any further as New Holland has done it for you. I will always pick up a bottle when in stock at my local beverage retailer.

Serving type: 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 04:20:42 | More by YoDude
Photo of SerialHiker


3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Awesome orange hue, a classic fall color…nice pour makes finger width head, but that fades quick…some bubbles…(3/5)

Smell: Can really smell the oak age, almost has a bourbon smell…the caramel stands out, but certainly not a pungent beer…(2.75/5)

Taste: Awesome initial taste in the mouth…the oak aged flavor is radiant but not overpowering…the hops are soft but noticeable…for me, it’s kinda like a fluffy cloud passing over my tongue…definitely some caramel and pine after tones…very drinkable…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with little carbonation…not real noticeable in the mouth, I mean, other than the tremendous flavor…(3/5)

Overall: I like this beer…it has the bourbon stout, oak aged flavor, but it’s got hoppy undertones and drinkability that I love…I don’t know if I could drink a bunch of these, but one of these tall boys will do me just fine…I would recommend it to anyone who likes bourbon, oak aged brews…(3.25/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 02:22:52 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of kylehay2004


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a hazy golden amber body.

S: very simple and somewhat mild aroma mostly of oak and caramel malt with little of the hop aroma coming from the base IPA.

T: sort of bland really with oak, some earthy and herbal hops. The base IPA is really lost in this one. this one gets a little watery in the finish.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: hops are mild. the flavors are good and drinkable but a little watery and simple especially for any kind of barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:48:43 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nickfl


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a nice head of off whites foam on top of a lightly hazy, copper color body. The foam settles at a fairly quick pace and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Dark toffee and spicy toasted oak with some pine hop character in the background.

T - Caramel malt up front wit some lightly fruity hops. Notes of red apple and toffee in the middle. The beer finishes with sweet malt spicy and floral hop notes and lingering red apple yeast notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is not particularly hoppy and almost comes across as more of an English strong ale than an IPA. The impact of the oak aging is apparent, but subdued, comeing out more in the aroma than the flavor profile. Not bad overall, but not exactly my cup of tea...

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:47:56 | More by nickfl
Photo of Fanhitter

4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011 Labeled Imperial Pint bottle; poured into glass.

Poured out, the beer has a mild, quick bubbling before settling down with a smoky orange-brown hue. A minimal amount of head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin froth atop the glass.

The smell of sweet ripe apple is strong, also a very woody, sour apricot note can be detected as well. The hop aroma lingers well behind the earthy, fruity nose.

A nice sweet maltiness is complimented by mild spiced vanilla flavors. Maple, a toasty caramel hint and even a faint piney flavor creep in to the palate as well. A faint sour peach flavor settles in after consuming half the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily. Similar to Guinness in a big draw, but a bit more active due to the bubbles. Very enjoyable; makes a 22 go down like a 12 oz.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer that is big in subtle flavors. Nothing is offensively overdone with this beer. The balance is exceptional, and well executed. I look forward to trying other HATTERS in the series as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:57:03 | More by Fanhitter
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A coppery pour has a bready textured, an ivory colored head atop that stood a finger high. A good rate of misty effervesce fills the inner vessel with a rapid rate of rise. Head retention is solid, lacing sticks well enough and the covering stays a bit as well.

S: Sweet boozy grains on the nose, oak chips, fresh pine juice, & sweet caramel. The oaky character is quite sweet and pleasant.

T: The flavor holds some toasted oak wood of good strength, toasty caramel and pine. Some scothcy alcohol, smoked toffee sweetness and woodsy pine stand out. Finishes with a subtle toasted oak warmth.

M: light-medium, nothing to write home about, medium bodied, easy resistance with a low rate of carbonation. pretty lackluster.

O: Overall some nice oak character, hops show a bit along with some toasted grains. Oaky alcohol warmth rounds things out, decent, but hardly one i would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:59:19 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of tigg924


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 13:33:43 | More by tigg924
Photo of rfbenavi80


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip. There is a date code on the bottle of E082. Don't know what it means.

A- Pours a clear deep orange maybe amber color with 1 finger width of white head that didn't linger very long.

S- Lots of citrusy hops up front. Caramel malts in the back. Fresh cut oak comes out as it warms. Not exactly an overwhelming aroma. Smells good though.

T- Wow. The dings this one gets for lack of smell it makes up in taste. The oak flavor is up front. Very unique. There is the typical qualities of an IPA, the pine, the citrus, the bitterness. But then there is the oak. It adds a dimension of flavor that makes this beer worth trying. Is that vanilla from the oak? Wow.

M- Solid medium body makes this one go down pretty easy. Moderate amount of carbonation adds a refreshing quality.

O- I'm pleasantly surprised. The oak comes out really well with this one. A very unique IPA that I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 08:56:45 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear dark amber color, but not much carbonation or head. Nose has some fresh citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit. I don't detect the oak aging on the nose at all.

There's a fruity kind of sweetness on the front of the palate. At mid-palate, the fruitiness takes on bitter flavors that balance pretty nicely against the sweet. Orange, apricot, and pineapple flavors seem to be the most noticeable. The bitterness fades a bit on the finish and leaves little in the way of lingering resiny hop flavors. The impact of the oak aging seems to be very subtle (almost too subtle). I get just a hint of that sweet, woody flavor in the back of the mouth when swallowing and it lingers a bit on the finish. As the beer warms, the hops recede a bit and the oak flavors become more prevalent. The mouthfeel is slick and oily and the body is right about where it needs to be - neither too thin nor to full.

Overall, I thought this was a solid brew. It's not anything to get excited about, but it's not a disappointment either. It's certainly a decent buy at $5 for a 22oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 23:44:14 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of FosterJM


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1431st Review on BA
Bottle to small tulip

Vintage 2012
Purchased from Binny's Naperville, IL, $4.99

App- Has a ton of coloring behind it. Looks a little like a varnish with some more golds, oranges and ambers. First pour had a fizzed out head, second pour was a good 1/2-3/4" off white with good cling.

Smell- Right off the bat this is very boozy. Also follows through with a large amount of oaky dry hopped goodness. Works seemingly well at warmer temps but when cold, too bitter and stinging.

Taste- It's an okay beer with some decent pockets of flavors but the treatment makes it a little unbalanced. The base hops are a bit strong with a large bitter element, and then add to that a stinging, oak, pine flavor. Kinda off.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a prickly low- medium carbonation. The residual flavors are the dry hopped with bits of pine and oak.

Drink- Tasty at warmer temps. See how the other two compare to this one I started off with.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 03:52:12 | More by FosterJM
Photo of bradleyp


3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 04:24:21 | More by bradleyp
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Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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