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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%

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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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North Carolina

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

On-tap at Raleigh Times served in a New Holland tulip a crisp orange with a thin head that diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is an intriguing blend of oak and citrus hops with slight vanilla. The taste is an interesting blend of citrus and oak that gives way to sticky oak in the finish. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. I enjoyed this one, at long last, oaked IPAs have grown on me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 22:50:11 | More by atsprings
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 21:27:36 | More by oberon
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a light amber color and a modest head that leaves a bit of lace

Smell: Floral citrus, but more tea-like than a typical IPA; tempered by the oak

Taste: Opens with the biscuity malt and citrusy grapefruit flavors you would expect; the malt flavors tend to balance the fruit by mid palate, with a lingering subtle barrel flavor in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The effect of the oak barrel on this one is very different than what I expected; the beer didn't have the big wood and vanilla flavor; in fact, the oak was very subtle, but added a sweeter dimension to the bitter IPA flavors

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 21:36:42 | More by brentk56
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2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 21:41:10 | More by OneDropSoup
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Meant to get the non-barrel aged Imperial Mad Hatter, but it turned out ok I guess. I just was wondering why I was getting bourbon from the beer...Anyway, pours a light orange with a small head. Aroma of light citrus and grassy hops. Flavor bourbon initially with a hoppy finish. Actually decent for a bourbon-aged IPA (which sounded quite frightening to me initially).

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 16:32:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

small pour into a samuel smith glass at the grumpy bull dog on the fourth of july. taken from notes.

A- this one pours a very clear golden amber colored body with a head that vanishes instantly. very weak rings of lacing left on the sides of my glass.

S- caramel malts first and foremost. then comes the barrel smell. lots of oak/vanilla in this one. a bit of bourbon as well. theres a decent amount of hops at the end. pine and citrus. grapefruit.

T- the malts and the barrel come through strong again. less bourbon than i could smell. about the same amount of caramel. lots of vanilla from the oak. the hops are much more faded than i thought. less astringency from the barrel than i was expecting.

M- a little thin and watery for my liking. low level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish such a small glass, and at 7$ i dont think i would have wanted another. im glad the bar tender comped this one for me. one of the better barrel aged IPAs ive tried.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 04:34:33 | More by jwinship83
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed one of these on tap at the Comet last week. Didn't know at the time it had been retired for awhile (according to this site). I wasn't blown away by it, but it's always cool to try something I'll probably never get the chance to try again. Review on the tap pull into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very toasty orange-brown color, fairly clear, with light carbonation running throughout. A short, white head fizzles out quickly and leaves a weak ring of white bubbles along the walls of the glass.

Smell: Initially I smell nothing, but as the beer warms, more aroma starts to come through. Sticky, stinky hops take the lead, a little pine sappy, along with some hardly detectable sticky, caramel malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is VERY oakey, surprisingly, considering the absence of oak in the nose. Alcohol comes through very hot and earthy, and the sticky hops join in later in the taste. The aftertaste provides only the slightest hint of toasted malt undertaones. Feel is sticky, moderately thick, fizzy, filmy and oily.

Drinkability: Moderate at best. The lack of the malt/grain balance to the hops and alcohol brings it down a little bit. The oakiness is really nice, however. Just wish it came through more in the aroma as well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 12:50:28 | More by kels
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HopCat in GR. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden yellow, some orange, thick off white head forms, drops to a nice ring, some lace chunks, looks good. Smell is nice, very fragrant, grapefruit and pine, lightly sugary, caramel, sweet middle, oranges, touch of vanilla and wood, quite hoppy. Taste is great, oaky up front, lots of vanilla, toasted coconut, almost bourbony, grapefruit and floral, caramel, some biscuit malt, solid bitterness in the background, nicely done. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and I really like the barrel character. Real nice IPA that more than holds up to the oak. My travelling partner did not enjoy it as much as I did.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 18:17:32 | More by Viggo
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seeing that this is retired makes it a little more enticing to try. I've had the original and didn't think it was too bad, but this one just didn't cut it. Perhaps oak-aging is just not for everything... Had on tap at The Comet -- poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Comes a nice golden coppery color with no head whatsoever; body is pretty clear and shows no signs of carbonation.

Smell: Hoppy, but a funky kind of hop -- it's sticky and smelling piney and a hint of sweet citrus to it; there is also a honey sweet maltiness coming through; a slight woodiness comes in as it warms a bit as well.

Taste: Wood. Straight up wood and then some bitter piney hops; a very mild hint of the sweet/syrupy malts offers a little bit of a blance; slight presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It looks a little on the viscous side and it comes across oily/slippery; I find the body a little more watery than what I would prefer; the roof of my mouth is left a little dry and there is a slight stickiness on the tongue; mouth is left tingly due to the alcohol's burn and the mouth and tummy are left warm.

Drinkability: Mediocre at absolute best. Flavor is too much wood and not enough IPA, mouthfeel is a little off.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 01:38:02 | More by bamadog
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sampled on tap at hopcat june 13/09.

pours crystal clear deep reddish amber with a small fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. slightly sweet citrus and caramel. orange and tangerine. bit of alcohol. white bread and cracker. touch of vanilla, but very little oak coming through in the aroma.

taste is good. tons of coconut. vanilla and a bit of oak, but almost no tannic presence. light caramel. bit of tropical fruit. medium-low bitterness level. the citrus is much more subdued than in the aroma, but a bit of the orange and tangerine still come through. the coconut dominates, and after a while it becomes too much for my taste.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. neat barrel character. some of the ipa character is softened or lost, but overall it remains pretty good. i grew tired of the overwhelming coconut presence - but my travel partner was more than happy to finish both our glasses.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 21:50:36 | More by grub
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Comet.

Pours a golden amber in color. There's about an inch of head from the pour. However, it is gone in no time.
Smell is citrusy hops, some oak, and at times, either a hint of bourbon or a ton of it.
That seems to be the trademark of this beer. With each sip you don't know whether the citrusy hop flavor is going to be apparent, or the oak and bourbon flavor is going to. I'd take a sip and get a hoppy flavor with some mellow oak and bourbon flavors. Next sip would be all bourbon with a bit of hops. Really interesting.
Very easy drinking and enjoyable. Just couldn't quite figure this one out. I would stick with the Oak Aged Unearthly when available.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 13:21:18 | More by FtownThrowDown
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 21:01:54 | More by pwoods
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3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 18:04:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured ontap into a pint glass.
Hazy orange color.

The smell is of floral hops.

Tastes very well balanced, piney, earthy bitter citrus hops. Towards the end the brew a subtle bourbon note picks up and adds to the experience.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, just a slight prickly notion. Unexpected smoothness for a beer of this styling.

Overall I enjoyed this brew alot, and one of my buddies from work seemed to enjoy it as well. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 19:02:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6oz. tap pour into a sampler glass.

(A)- Orange amber color

(S)- Strong pine needle and lemon citrus. The oak aging really brought out the pine scent.

(T)- Very piney and citrus of lime and orange

(M)- velvety texture for an AIPA. The oak aging really mixes things up a bit in all of the above.

(D)- Its almost wine-like in the fact that the oak barrels used bring out a bark-like appeal to it

*I will hopefully be able to try this agian, so I can give it a more respectable review*

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 21:37:40 | More by sweemzander
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Ashley's in AA, left over from their NH brewnight on Wednesday. Described as the normal Mad Hatter aged in oak for 3 months.

A- Pours out a copper color with a finger of white foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a smidgen of lacing.

S- Vanilla and brown sugar lead the way to my nostrils, followed by piney hops.

T- I found this combination poorly matched- prominent piney resinous hops with very sweet vanilla oak. There weren't many other whiskey characteristics convayed by the aging and the beer still seemed rather 'new' in terms of hops flavor.

M- Quite smooth and somewhat sticky and coating of the mouth. Bitterness was at a great level.

D- I enjoyed the individual flavors of the beer, but not there combination. This one could've used some more time in the oak to mellow out all those strong flavors. Still an interesting beer to try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2007 19:02:47 | More by zdk9
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4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2007 16:47:23 | More by Wildman
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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was good; I've had Mad Hatter before, but when barrel aged this IPA tasted to me like...tea...which is a bit odd.

This beer poured a hazy amber, appeared a bit dull, and exhibited lots of head. Aroma was rather "Cascade-y" in its hop smell. Flavor was quite odd...this beer seemed to be an intersection of sweet hop flavor and light oak barrels, and the result tasted to me like tea...which was an odd and new flavor for me to pull out of beer. Mouthfeel was good but slighty chalky.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2007 02:35:39 | More by BeerBelcher
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2006 16:51:59 | More by DaPeculierDane
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Festival.

A: Orange, plenty of off-white head, good retention, plenty of lace.

S: Pine, citrus and toffee.

T: Citrus, malty body (bread & caramel), a little pine. Flavours are smooth.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation.

D: Good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 18:26:45 | More by Derek
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2006 17:21:15 | More by mcallister
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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the New Holland Brewpb.

Pours an amber/orange color with a thin off-white head that is slow to fade to a thin ring that left behind lots of sticky lacing.

Smell; there were mild hints of grapefruit and touches of pine, but for the most part the oak smells stood out a lot.

Taste; man did the oak flavros stand out in this one. At first it was a bit hard to pick out any othe flavors, but I let it sit for a while and the grapefruit hops made an appearance, with a nice malt backbone. The oak aging made the bitterness and the citric flavors more subdued than the normal Mad Hatter, and made for a much smoother drink. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and just a little bit oily.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2005 20:54:35 | More by RedHaze
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